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Friday, February 28, 2014

beach diary 2-8 thru 3-1

we drove over right after a big storm, the road was flooded, we had to take a detour through sonoma. arrived at the beach to see lots of problems, plenty of leaking roofs as plastic was abundant through out.

took katie over for her first meet and greet, to bad she drew blood, nothing like nonstop puppy gnawing teeth!

been so dry, but the rains finally gave the earth the drink it needed, saw my first douglas iris on the 13th.

valentines was sweet as ever, scott surprised me when i woke up to find 4 pounds of sees on the table~

katie went to the vets for the first time on the 15th~

after 3 weeks cassie is opening up to katie, sometimes she upsets herself when she tries to play with her, usually she is on the leash and can't join in. i swear cassie has to remind herself she isn't suppose to like her...

as i type this katie escaped her pen, climbed it like king kong, straight up a ladder. i, against my better judgement, let her run around the house unfettered. of course she peed twice in 30 minutes, she has NO concept of potty training, always goes when i take her out, but just as happily lets loose with no qualms indoors... i saw her licking cassies face as she did a low growl.

she is mad about the cats, so far only 2 deal with her... mercifully, she is passed out now, heavy sigh of relief~















her jaws are around his neck...





she has her mouth over his whole head...





on her 10th week katie got her first leash walk up the coast...











then we looked at 40 acres i want... so remote, hard to get too, but i would still love to buy it. will run the numbers when we get home and take another trip out there. its hard when you know you are aging, i would love to live so removed from the world, but scott is practical and thinks of hospitals, grocery stores and costco's, he reminds me i love homegoods too... we are getting older, we should be thinking in the long term and this place is hours from civilization and loads of money from the ground up.



katie got her first off leash beach dog walk yesterday in the lull between the storms. the night before was a duzey. on the way to the beach saw a giant tree snapped in half, my neighbors patio furniture was all over the lawn, next doors giant pots fell over and shattered. our kitchen slider leaked :-(

for one hour the wildest winds hammered us, a eucalyptus blocked the road by the fire station, i am thrilled our sky lights held in the wind! they say more of the same today, it poured over night, we have a swiftly running wide river in the backyard, my neighbor has a lake. katie was perfect at the beach, she kept looking for me since i lag behind trying to get pics, was nice to feel wanted.



















had our first book club discussion last night, great fun to meet readers, eaters and drinkers! i select our book next month, fingers crossed its 5 stars~

took the girls for a rainy sunset walk, its official, CASSIE PLAYED WITH KATIE! it was so dark it was hard to get shots, plus i wasn't wearing glasses to even try and focus, but they ran in circles, leapt over tide pools and even greeted fellow beach walkers, CUTE CUTE CUTE!





















too bad the walk was marred, when we arrived the wind had toppled a garbage can, cassie looked in and took the full brunt of a skunk in the face... the ENTIRE beach wreaked as we walked to the end of the cove... came home to a hydrogen peroxide bath, cranked up the heat and cassie is non the worse for wear tonight... thank heavens, but i will never forget today, seeing cassie this full throttle happy has been at least 3 years, i am loving my dynamic duo!

hating to head home already, i love the ease of here so much, but i can tell you i crave new floors as soon as katie is potty trained... oy, never had to go though this, last time my puppies never ONCE messed in the house, katie is just in lalaland...

i do miss my family at home though, will be great to see them all again, until next time, this will always be my sea dream~

Monday, February 24, 2014

katies first beach walk!

i used to keep a daily beach diary, it seems my blog has turned into the katie diaries of late... face it, i am extremely busy minding this wee one, any chance of a milestone in her furry life warrants a photo session from me. we have been keeping her away from the beach, but today i couldn't stand it anymore... husband got home from work on a gorgeous warm calm winters day, 5 days of rain start tomorrow, the true calm before the storm. the sea was like glass, a perfect time to test the waters. we carried her to the wet sand, mindful of parvo i rather her feet only touch the virgin land.







I KNOW cassie would have played with katie today, she raced up to her and tried, but alas she is stuck on leash until she is 17 weeks old at the beach. BUT ITS THE BREAK THROUGH WE WANTED! in fact, TWO break throughs!

cassie is terrified of other dogs, today a pack of 6 dogs came up and surrounded katie, she was in hog heaven, instant playmates! cassie took off and was about 50' away. there is a regular beach group that walks every morning with about a dozen dogs from corgies to newfoundlands, with every size in between. they rule the beach, my dogs have always had to stay away from them...

today, the late afternoon was so gorgeous they came back for another walk, i knew cassie would be a wreck... katie latched onto the giant husky, corgie and spaniel, suddenly in comes CASSIE! katie gave cassie the courage to join the group! THIS IS MAJOR! i think i am going to end up with a new dynamic duo, katie loves everyone and she will give cassie the confidence to socialize. we were invited to join their morning group, as soon as katie is old enough to be safe sounds like a great idea for both my girls~



katie is mastering down :-)



can't wait to bring her back again and again, once she is off leash these memories will be long gone of ever even being able to hold her~

Sunday, February 23, 2014

katies adventure, 11 weeks~

don't hate me because i am beautiful...



katie turns ll weeks today, due to the fact she has only had one set of shots we are being very low key with her, not until she is 16 weeks can we go whole hog and let her play at the beach and go on major hikes. today we took her off roading it with cassie. she had to trudge through berry brambles, pot holes big enough to swallow puppies, no trails in sight, just wild land with loads of danger.

she decided to stick close to cassie once we let them off leash. its so hard to get pics of moving animals with a husband walking in front of my camera and bushes hiding my pets at every single opportunity. what the heck, i blog for me, i will love to look back fondly when katie is 10 years old and see her very first adventures even if the pics are crummy~





cassie is getting much more tolerant of katie, and i can tell you she is no longer depressed like she was for months when maggie died. they aren't buddies yet, but cassie is actually looking at her lately... here cassie slinked off for some alone time, the only reason katie is not with her is that she is literally on a cliff with the bay straight down 20', i didn't want katie to die on her first adventure if cassie decided to nudge her over the edge so she is firmly planted in her daddies arms~



looking up the bay, still sunny at our house~



cassie loves to swim, it was a steep drop to the water, she was already swimming when katie made it to the edge, she knew it was hopeless to get to join her...



but was it fun? will i love to swim too?





looking down the bay its sunny...





straight across the fog is thick and tumbling down like a waterfall. we heard loads of sirens, not sure what happened, a helicopter came but was held at bay right at this fog line, it circled for 30 minutes, i assume it was able to lower a basket at some no fog hand off point, scary when you think how everything stops in fog...







it looks like a tsunami dropping over the mountains~