Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wild Cat Canyon

It was a windy day this past Saturday at Wild Cat Canyon in the East Bay, or so I'm told, anyway- I was back east visiting family. But my husband took Captain hiking with some friends- here are a few pics!

Monday, May 18, 2009

A question

Thought I'd reach out and see what I got on this- anyone have advice on the following?

My husband and I are both runners and eventually want to take Captain with us when we got out to get our exercise too. We've been cautious so far since I've read about waiting for growth to complete, and because the primary place we run is along the sidewalk on the Embarcadaro. Captain is just over 8 months old and we've taken him with us on a few short runs - all under 3 miles, but on pavement- starting at maybe 6 or 7 months- but is it too young to start? I was trying to be conservative and just do 2-3 mile runs a couple times a week, but I don't want to put him at risk for bone & joint problems later. So when is it officially safe to run with them? And I assume, no matter what, they shouldn't be running on concrete all that often no matter what the age, right? (ps- these runs are in addition to daily trips to the park, playing, walks, hiking on weekends etc)

Advise away, readers! And thanks in advance for any input.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Beach day at Crissy Field!

Saturday we went back to Crissy Field to enjoy the perfect weather. We LOVE this local beach because it's 100% dog friendly (which means there's always tons of dogs to play with and we are free to run off-leash) AND it has great views of the Palace of Fine Arts, the marina, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Marin headlands. And what's better than sun, sea, sand, and doggies?

Notice the other V in the background- we met about 3 or 4 others, 1 of whom Captain went to puppy classes with, and another from the same breeder who turned out to be Captain's half-brother!

There was plenty of time for playing...
(In the background: Palace of Fine Arts and SF city)

Despite our best efforts, and getting Captain mostly in the water, he didn't really swim. He was still a little scared of the waves! Pretty much just ran right back out after we lured him in with treats or friends. Maybe next time.

The lure...

Get me out of here!
Here's Captain and his BFF digging up trouble as usual:

All that digging can be tiring!

And a good view of the GG bridge just to top it off...

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Point Pinole

Yesterday we tried out a new East Bay park- Point Pinole, not too far from Berkeley and right on the water. It's just a bit further than Point Isabel, another great off-leash dog park in the area. We're trying to hit them all, and Captain is loving it!
The incredible flying ears:Captain's best friend, Taz, was there to share in the exploration.
We had perfect weather and miles to roam...
And of course, there's always time for a little chase...