Sunday, September 30, 2012

Doggie socials makes doggies social.

I have been cruising the streets of California since I was 8 weeks old. I love treats, outfits, and canine accessories.  I also have a partying spirit.  I frequently attend social gatherings to mix and mingle with other canines in my area.

Me at my first doggie social!
I am a socialite at heart. I love to go out and hang with my dawgs! I contribute my friendly socialized persona to my months of interaction with my doggie social group. I go out to shop and eat but I like the diversity of interactions that takes place during our doggie social gatherings.

photo by Banares Media
On a monthly basis, I attend events organized by a local doggie social group, South Bay Yorkshire Terrier Meetup. We meetup every month at a local dog park. We get to run around and play with our friends while our parents share stories.  We also meet new friends at the park. This keeps us busy smelling new butts while interacting with new and old friends.

February 2011 - Dog park meetup
My brother Solo was very scared the first time he visited the dog park. It can be a overwhelming place for any dog regardless if he/she is full grown or a small puppy.  Even I was scared when I first entered the dog park.

photo by Ray
Solo has visited the dog park four times so far.  He is still a little timid when dogs approach but he is running around and sniffing the grass like a pro. Solo and I have met a wide variety of dog breeds and interacted with various canine temperaments. We would not have such diverse interactions if it were not for our visits to the dog park.

2011 December Meetup - Santa Paws Santana Row
Every once in a while the group will celebrate special occasions such as birthdays and Howloween.  I celebrated my 28th birthday with the meetup group.  I had so much fun and was very happy that all of my friends could attend and eat doggie cake.

October 2011 - Clyde (warlock), Jun (army soldier), me (doctor)
Howloween is a fun time to dress up too.  Each October, we celebrate Howloween and a few birthdays during the holiday season. This year my brother Solo will be celebrating his birthday, along with my friends Clyde and Jun, during our Howloween Birthday Bash.  Mom, Solo, and I will be dressed up as clowns too. It is going to be a blast, WOOF WOOF!

Lots of skeletons, bees, and lady bugs costumes in 2011
Urban Walk and Shop - San Jose Japantown & Biscuits Dog Boutique
My brother and I are currently organizing Urban Walk and Shop events for the group.  This gives us a little bit of exercise while our parents visit local dog-centric businesses.  It think the walks and store visits give us an opportunity to learn additional doggie social skills.

We learn how to interact with humans and dogs on the street.  The stop, sniff, and walk technique is my routine.  Second, we learn to hold our pee.  I am not allowed to lift my leg and pee in the store.  I sometimes cannot help myself when I am sniffing around my favorite haunts.  I tell mom it is my way of saying, "Chewy was here" but she does not believe me. Lastly, you learn how to sit and stay at the cash register. The last skill is very important because you get treats from the store if you accomplish the skill. I also wink or give puppy dog eyes while sitting and staying.  I usually get an additional treat for it. Lick, lick, woof!

running around Biscuits
Solo and I hope to meet more humans and animals in the future. We love being canine socialites.  It is a tough job but some dog has to do it.

Keep wandering.

Who took these pawsome photos?
The puparazzi is responsible for the pictures used in this post.  The following are known members of the puparrazi: Banares Media, Ray, Mike, Marlene, Esther, mommy, and many many more to be identified.  Thanks puparazzi! You all take great pictures, woof!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bark in the Park was a big WOOFTACULAR event!

Bark in the Park is an annual dog event held at William Street Park in San Jose, CA.  This was my fourth time at Bark in the Park.  I love the vendors and friendly butts to sniff. They keep me coming back for more, woof!

We met a huge dog named Zeus
Dogs, of all colors and sizes, showed their support for the Naglee Park Campus Community Association (CCA) and local Pet Charities. The CCA hosted the event and asked for a $5 donation, per dog, when you register for the event.

I saw my stroller's doppelganger
Cool doggie decks by Lincoln Builders!
When we arrived, we parked at the Olinder Elementary School parking lot.  The school asked for a $10 donation to park. Mom likes donating money to the elementary school so we park at the school every year.

strollin' over the bridge
The parking lot is not far from the event.  It took us 5 minutes to walk from the car, over the bridge, and into the park.  I like riding in the stroller over the bridge.  It is really bumpy and makes my bark shake.  BOL!

Frankeweenie! We hope there is an outdoor screening.
Once at the park, mom filled out a registration card. We walked into the registration tent, paid our $10 donation on behalf of Solo and I, and received our yellow tags.  After registration, it was all out shopping, taste testing, and doggie swag!  That is my kind of event.

Jun, Me, Solo, Obi, Bailey, and Daisy
This was Solo, Obi, and Bailey's first time at Bark in the Park. They really enjoyed the head pats, chin scratches, and treats. But they did not enjoy the free nail clippings by VCA. Bailey said, "Nope, not doing it. " Every other tail in my group was hesitant so I went first.  The person cutting my nails was very nice and gentle.  Solo and Obi followed. Daisy was the last in our group to trim her nails. Daisy was a pro and did not move during the clipping. I am used to nail grindings so the clipping sound was a little weird. Solo and Obi were very squirmy and took the longest. We did not hate the experience. However, we would have passed on the free nail clipping opportunity if our parents were not with us.

We love Okashi, and Joanne!
In retrospect, I had a howling of a good time at Bark in the Park. My friends and I were there for 2 1/2 hours! That lots of time to eat treats and try on clothes and accessories! Mom bought a pair of Star Wars collar and leash sets from Gussied Up Dog Boutique. Solo and I are going to look furtastic in those accessories.  Mom also bought a bag of Zukes Lil' Links in Chicken and Apple from the An Jan booth.  This is a new product. Solo and I really enjoyed the taste and texture of the links. MMMMM! We also received lots of dog food samples, treats, and souvenirs from the additional booths. Woof woof! I cannot wait until next year.  I might just stay there the entire day.

Keep wandering...
Who are we wearing? Solo and I are accessorizing with Buddy Belts in Dogzilla and Lagoon. Our Hawaiian collar shirts were purchased from Collections Etc.

How do we roll? We strolled around the park in our camo PetZip stroller.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's DOGGIE BRUNCH time! Woof woof!

I love hanging out with my dawgs and bitches!  We have lots of fun playing with toys, eating delicious food, and pigging out on treats.  YUM!

Solo and I waiting for our guest (and guarding the appetizers)
Today, Solo and I had our first doggie brunch with our friends. We cleaned up our toys and told our catmate, Mooch, that canine company was coming over.  Mooch thanked us for the warning and spent the day at the kitty spa for some rest and relaxation.  Solo and I also hired our mom to bake a few human foods for our friends' parents. We paid mommy in doggie kisses and gave her a big wet nose tip. Iris' and Jun's mothers brought goodies too.  Our parents definitely liked the human food. I tried to catch every falling crumble of delicious goodness but I was not very successful. I did sniff Iris munching on a few crumbles of scones.  Go Iris, go Iris!

Wet Noses Organic Dog Treats are pawstively great!
I wanted to serve some tasty snacks at my first doggie brunch.  I did not want any of my friends going home empty pawed.  We had cooked ground chicken and blueberry pancake cookies on the menu.  Even our friend Jun brought over hard boiled eggs and peanut butter treats for us to munch on too.  The eggs and chicken were a huge hit. Every tail was wagging frantically when the words "chicken" or "eggs" were spoken by our parents.

Everyone also enjoyed Wet Noses' Blueberry Pancake Cookies.  The cookies were soft enough to break apart but were crunchy went eaten. My cousin Obi is too small for a big pancake.  He is only 10 weeks old.  Don't let his young age fool you, he can roll with the big dawgs anyday. His mom broke off a piece of pancake for him to eat. I helped Obi by eating the other half of this pancake.  That's what a good canine cousin is here for, right?  Everyone was impressed with the Wet Noses' line of Dogg Candy treats.  I cannot wait to try out Wet Noses' Butternut Squash Swirls during my next doggie brunch.

Obi looks satisfied after the pancake.
We were all tired after a few hours of playing, chasing, and eating. We probably did more eating then playing but that is what we do for brunch, EAT!  Woof woof!

(Left to Right) Clyde, Iris, Chewy, Solo, and Obi
Thank you to Clyde, Iris, Jun, and Obi for bringing all of the wonderful snacks.  We cannot wait for our next doggie brunch.  Until then, keep your eyes peeled for Solo and Jun riding by in my Fuzzuki motocycle. Keep wandering!

Solo and Jun, sitting in a tree...

Who were we wearing?
Solo and I wore "Spoiled" dachshund length t-shirts by Happy Go Lucky. I accessorized with a black Harley-Davidson leather spiked collar and Solo wore a red spiked leather collar.  Iris wore a shirring dog t-shirt and Jun wore an aloha dress, both by Pupumer.  Obi modeled Jun's purple choke-free harness while Clyde accessorized with an Up Country collar.

What were we driving?
Mom purchased by motorcycle pet bed from Collections Etc.

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