Meet Little Sister. She joined our family two weeks ago and immediately made this house a lot more exciting…
I took a vacation from blogging last week to spend time with my family. My mom and dad flew into SF and we drove up to meet my sister in Ashland, OR. She brought Resi and I brought Harriet and they had the most fun. It reminded me of meeting with all the cousins at Christmas and how much fun we had – except now the cousins are Resi and Harriet and they bite each other for fun. And I’m pretty sure they smell worse than we did.
This isn’t a recipe for you. It’s for your best friend.
One of the best parts of having a dog (not counting the mutual love part) is that you have an excuse to take walks. Usually walks are the best when you don’t want to go on them in the first place.
Harry is the star of the neighborhood, so taking her out is a bit like going on a walk with a celebrity. You feel special basking in her popularity.
These are some of the things we saw on one of our walks this week: a grumpy old neighbor getting the mail and the last bit of fallen leaves, brown and crunchy and soon to be soaked in winter rain.
We took a walk on Saturday up a few old paths in Berkeley. Nate used to live on the top of Panoramic Way and take a pedestrian route up the hill, all staircases and dirt paths, every day. It’s one of my favorite places this side of the Mississip. Here’s a couple pictures of the greens and colors, and one of Harriet (of course).
A lot of weekend plans for NJ and Harriet and me involve getting up early and getting out for a hike. We usually get up much earlier than we do during the week – and why not, we’ve got things we want to do.
My cousin Jen was visiting for the weekend, looking at UC Berkeley for a post doc. We did kind of a crummy job of selling the Bay Area to her but did manage to get up somewhat at an early hour on Saturday for to a favorite walk on Berkeley’s Strawberry Canyon fire trail. I didn’t feed her much and then rushed her out the door. We were also out of coffee. It was kind of cruel. She was a great sport about it though :). She was saying she’d like to run the loop (seven miles I think, but I’m not gonna do it, ha) so I guess she really will have to come and live here. And we ended up having to driving through Tilden Regional Park behind the lab thanks to the Cal game, up and around with a great view of Oakland, Berkeley, across the Bay to a bit of the city that poked through the fog.
Harriet had a great time, as usual. She gets this crazy puppy gallop going and then starts sprinting back and forth. I caught her wagging her tail in her sleep earlier today – thumping the floor, I thought someone was knocking – she’s just such a cheerful pup.
Maybe someday I will post 242 (two for tuesday ) pics that don’t involve Harriet.
Welcome to the first Two for Tuesday post! Every Tuesday I will feature two favorite photos from the previous week.
Of course, as a possible portent for succeeding Tuesdays, both of these are of puppies. NJ and I spent the weekend with my little sister Tiegen and her boyfriend Brad up in the Mount Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It was a great campsite with a river walk/hike with three waterfalls. It was also free, cheers to that.
We enjoyed two good hikes, the weirdness of the nearby town of McCloud, and views of Mount Shasta, but best of all: insane puppy rompings. T and Brad just got Resi (REE-si), a panda-lookalike who is the essence of sweetness.
Somehow she got the nickname “devil dog” but I will generously assume it is a reference to the sweet fluffy pastry. I mean, look at that face.
This is Harriet looking full glorious on our camping trip a few weeks ago:
She is the best dog. I know lots of dogs are “the best dog” but I’m serious here. She is the best dog ever.
Harriet’s favorite things to do are play frisbee, get her butt scratched, and do tricks for chunks of sweet potato. She also loves loves loves to shake stuff like she’s killing it. It’s for-realz cute. This braided dog toy DIY is perfect for that, and Harriet has had a couple of really rough weeks: she got sprayed by a skunk and had to take about six baths, and now she has fleas, which means more baths. So Sadfacepup deserves a new toy for shakin’.
But dogs deserve new toys anytime. You should make this for your pup – or your friend’s or neighbor’s — or if you want crazy bonus points, make a bunch and drop them off at a shelter.
New dog toys are especially useful when your dog spends a lot of time alone. The same old toys get boring – but nobody wants to spend $10 for a wimpy cotton-stuffed bear at a pet store that won’t last a week. This braided rope is cheap, durable, and recycled. Another good idea is to rotate the toys you do have – bring out a new one every couple of days and put another one away to keep things interesting.