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Friday, April 24, 2009

Running around on grass

We took the poochie girls to a park overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes. The ran around and wrestled while we layed in the green grass and stared at the blue sky for a few hours. Given the climate around here, there aren't many public parks with pristine grounds with green luscious grass.

Our day in Palos Verdes

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Another blurry photo from my cellphone... She was so comfy sleeping in my arm! I couldn't quite stabilize my free hand while taking the photo. Too bad.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The vet was delayed and we had to wait for about 30 minutes. Luckily I brought a few toys and the poochie girls were happily entertaining themselves. Right before the vet came in, the two of them had a short nap. Mackenzie found a sunny spot by the window while Mikaela chilled on the tiled floor.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Santa Monica Boardwalk

We took Mikaela on her first long walk by the beach. She handled the noise and the crowd very well. Mackenzie acted as her body guard and made sure the little one was safe. Mikaela spent quite a bit of time smelling the flowers while Mackenzie looked on.

Santa Monica Boardwalk

Monday, April 6, 2009

Duck envy

In Mackenzie's world, car rides and chasing cats don't rank very high on her favorites list. Mackenzie goes nuts for a few things: tennis balls, birds, peanut butter, walks by the ocean, hiking in Forest Falls and walks by the Venice Canal.

The Venice Canal is a neighborhood of expensive houses built on a man-made waterway. It has cute bridges connecting the different section and a concrete path that follows the water. What makes it exciting for a bird dog is the numerous birds that populate the canal, primarily ducks. And Mackenzie loves ducks!

Venice Canal

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Hot day at the beach

We went to the beach in Malibu again this weekend. Unlike last week, the weather was warm, make that hot! Summer time hot.

Mackenzie did her usual beach rounds: chasing birds, going for a dip in the ocean, etc. Mikaela was braver this week and even went into the water. We had a picnic on the beach and I even packed a thermos of tea... It was chilly last week!

Once the weather got too hot, Mackenzie dug a hole in the send and we helped them create a doggy heat-busting habitat. Mikaela was so happy to share an activity with her big sister.

1. Dug hole in sand to cool off
2. Got humans to use beach towels as sun shields
3. Portable hydration device in proximity

J also made a puppy shelter for Mikaela while she had her post-lunch nap. We left the beach earlier than planned. Mikaela was content to stay at the beach given her shaded napping spot. However the humans were baking in the sun and so we left.

Napping in the shaded habitat

Saturday, April 4, 2009

First hug

Mackenzie wasn't impressed with the new addition to the poochie girls clan. There's was quite a few growls while Mikaela tried really hard to get attention from her new big sister. We were so happy to catch the two of them embraced in their first hug. Mackenzie has since taken to protecting and sheltering the puppy.

Protecting the little one

Bear hug

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The little monster has been contained!

Earlier this week I ordered a Precision Pro Handler Exercise Pen from Petco.com. It arrived this afternoon, much earlier than I had expected. The little monster is now contained within the walls of her new exercise pen. And I finally can get some work done without constant interruption.

She is now limited to a space of 4 feet by 4 feet. No more stepping on her toys, no more tripping over the puppy. I like that it folds flat as I don't intend to have it setup permanently in one spot.

Mackenzie is finally getting some rest while the little one gets to play in her pen.

Mikaela in her exercise pen

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gator Spaniel

Mikaela is all teeth no cuddles. More gator or shark, then puppy girl.

Stairmaster Puppy Style

Training Mikaela to go up and down the stairs. She can go up fine, but needs a little help on the way down. Big stairs for a little puppy girl. Mackenzie is leading by example and is so patient with the little one. Mikaela looks up to her big sister and seems to be asking: "Show me again. I almost got it!".