Fostering Friends

3rd July 2013

I’m part of a pet rescue group that is dedicated to poodle adoption. Being part of the NorCal Poodle Rescue is something in my life that makes me really happy. I get to go up to the hills and play with them, feed them, and then know that they get placed with local people who are able to take care of them and rehabilitate them of whatever little quirks make them a little less perfect.
 A couple of months ago, a shy little black poodle mix was surrendered by someone who couldn’t take the fact that he barks at other dogs and men. His name is Charlie and he was so cute that he got swooped up almost immediately! But soon, the next woman had the same complaints about his barking and apparent boy hate, and brought him back.

I got to spend some time with him at a recent adoption event, and kind of fell in love. I took him on a couple of mini walks that day, and after some time and discipline and treats, he was able to bark less at dogs that came by. His adoption webpage says that he would do best with an older person, so that he doesn’t have to leave the house and be around those elements that scare him. But he’s only 18 months old and I feel like he just needs to be introduced to these things he barks at. So I  asked if he could stay with Alex and I, and partake in our life until someone adopts him.

 Now we’re foster friends of this adorable little pup! Having Charlie around has been great. We wake up at the crack of dawn and go for 3 mile walks around the lake full of other dogs that he barks at a little less each time. 

 It took Charlie less than 5 minutes to realize how rad Alex is, and now loves hanging out with him. He’s kind of a sissy looking pup, so Alex has been working extra hard to keep his tough guy edge, lately.

He’s picking up on tricks really fast, he walks really well on a leash, has never shown any sign that he wants to attack anything, keeps our house clean, and sleeps really well in his crate. His only problem seems to be that he’s just too damn cute for his own good, so everyone wants to come up and pet him, and he gets scared and barks.  I’ve been watching lots of Dog Whisper episodes, and applying my new dog behavior knowledge onto Charlie so that he can find a good home in the near future. In the mean time, we’re happy that the weather is nice enough to permit all of use to go out and eat together and take long refreshing walks.

*All images in this post were taken my new Samsung NX300 camera. Samsung asked me to participate in their Imagelogger project. So if you’d like to see more photos that I’ve been taking with my new camera, just follow the hashtag: #Imagelogger on my Instagram

Pretty Things: Bold Colors

30th June 2013

pretty things

I always love lots of color, but lately I’ve been almost craving bold color combinations. Maybe its because the summer make the grass that perfect shade of standard green, the sky the perfect combination of blues, and all I can think about is refreshing taste of citrusy lemons and oranges. If I could pull all of those bold summer colors into an outfit that I want to wear on a warm sunburn filled day, it would probably consist of all of the following items and a stick of pina colada lip balm.

shirt / shorts / shoes / handbag / bracelets / bathing suit / socks / watch / shoulder bag

Flashback Friday: CLINIC

28th June 2013

FBFCLINICFor my Flashback Friday, I didn’t go back too far to find Clinic‘s Bubblegum video. Just to 2010!

I was reminded of Bubblegum when the electronic sounding twang that echoes throughout the song got caught in my head, recently. Slow yet upbeat songs tend to get stuck in my head on days when it feels too hot to do things at the fast pace you feel comfortable with.

The songs great but the video is even better. It was done by Alasdair Brotherston and Jock Mooney, who got nominated for one of those music awards that MTV still pointlessly gives out every year.

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DIG In!

26th June 2013

DIG

The other night some friends and I were invited to Oakland for dinner at my friend Kristies house. Kristie had been talking about her blooming eatable garden ever since the weathers been getting warm and was planning on making us meal using ingredients from it!

I didn’t bring a real camera because I wasn’t expecting anything like what was presented. I knew that Kristie was cooking alongside her friend Madeleine but I didn’t know that Madeleine was also a chef of Sons & Daughters in San Francisco, when she wasn’t helping my friend Mother Nature make meals. They were calling the dinner event DIG. (dinner in the garden!)

DIG

It was a little cold and rainy outside, so Skinner started up a fire while we waited for dinner to be served. Then we were called back into the garden for dinner. We sat at the dinner table underneath an umbrella of grape vines. The 4 foot tall branches of kale gated off from any sort of reminder you that you’re in Oakland and not a vineyard France. And the unique flavors of food that we were served, could be compared to nothing but the feeling you get when you realize that you’re in the middle of creating new fond memories.

 Kristie and Madeleine created a perfect 5 corse meal that blended Madeleines fine dinning background and Kristies healthy vegetarian home cooking, beautifully.  The pasta was made from scratch, the ricotta cheese was made in the house, the vegetables were all plucked from where we got to sit and talk to each other for one of those rare, no-work environments that everyone practically lives in for being self employed.

I ate a meal but created a memory of a new moment in a new environment with a group of really inspiring friends.

DIG

 

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