California Bichons: Carmel Beach

As I mentioned in my last post about Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite places in the world. Besides being so dog friendly, one of the things that draws me to Carmel is Carmel Beach. Their website says its all. “Nestled along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary the beach provides tide pools...
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California Bichons: Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the Sea is one of my favorite places in the world, and over Valentine’s Day this year, Tom and I took a weekend trip with the Bichons. We stayed at the Cypress Inn, Doris Day’s famous dog friendly boutique hotel. This hotel exemplifies why Carmel is one of the dog friendliest towns in America. At...
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Thanksgiving Dinner Fit For a Bichon Frise

March 31st was Max’s 15th birthday, and to celebrate, we cooked his favorite meal — a full Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Despite the plethora of nature reserves, it is surprisingly difficult to find a fresh or frozen turkey in Northern California in March....
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The Calculus Incident

As anyone who knows Max will tell you, he’s always first on the scene when food is involved. Max never hesitates to grab anything which an obliging human drops on the ground or sneaks him under the table. Since coming to California, he’s even become something of a connoisseur, developing his palate with the best...
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Top 5 Moments From Our Trip to Ashland, Oregon

Once we passed the tornado in Northern California, the rest of the drive to Ashland, Oregon was pretty much smooth sailing. I love exploring new places, and part of the fun of being new to the West Coast is that everything is new. When I travel to a new place, I like to experience that...
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California Bichons: We Didn’t Die in a Tornado!

Since I know a lot of family members and loved ones read this blog, and might be a bit concerned by that post title, let me begin by sharing a photo of a beautiful rainbow which appeared after we safely drove by a tornado yesterday. Lovely, right? And here’s a nice one of the dogs, cheerfully sitting...
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California Bichons: Dog Friendly V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is about an hour drive from our house, making it a perfect destination for a weekend day trip. Our favorite spot for a wine country picnic is V. Sattui Winery. Not only do they have beautiful picnic grounds, an impressive deli, and BBQ on the weekends, but also they are very friendly towards...
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Bath Time

One of the great things about living in California is that we get to walk every day. The temperature is usually 60-80 degrees, and the rain is all concentrated into a handful of days during the rainy season, so the majority of the time it’s beautiful walking weather. We average 3-4 miles per day. It’s...
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California Bichons: Point Reyes Station

A couple weeks ago, Amy and I left the dogs at home on a Friday afternoon and headed north to Point Reyes Station. Point Reyes Station is a small town located a short distance from Point Reyes National Seashore, a beautiful National park which we visited a few months ago. Point Reyes National Seashore was where...
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California Bichons: Lafayette Reservoir

Living in California is like living inside Instagram. While technically it is still winter, this weekend it was 85 degrees, as though we’ve skipped spring altogether and jumped straight from winter to summer. While family and friends on the East Coast woke up to 10 inches of snow (see picture below of a recent Philadelphia...
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