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Maxwell Celebrates Spring

Here in California, it’s been spring-like for a long time. In fact, it’s very rarely not spring-like. It was spring-like in mid January, when temperatures stayed in a comfortable 65-75 degree range during the day, only dipping below 50 at night. Now, though, it’s actually Spring. And though California’s seasons are a bit looser defined...
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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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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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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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5 Great Holiday Gifts For Your Bichon Frise

Earlier this year, we did a list of Easter/Passover gifts for your Bichon Frise. With Christmas nearly upon us, here’s a new list of Christmas/belated Chanukah items your Bichon is sure to love! 1. Sleepypod As you’ve probably noticed if you read the blog a lot, we love to travel with our Bichons. Earlier this...
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California Bichons: First Earthquake!

Today, we experienced our first West Coast earthquake! It was about the most anticlimactic thing ever. This morning, Amy and I were working in our office. One of our lamps from Ikea has too wide a base to fit perfectly between our desks, so it leans slightly against the wall. If you jostle it with...
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California Bichons: The First Month

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve now been living in California for over a month! Our last post was in late September, and so much has been happening since then that we haven’t had time to keep the blog updated. Here’s what we’ve been up to. As Amy mentioned in her post on the East...
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California Bichons: Muir Woods

On Wednesday, Amy and I decided to venture out into the wild and see some trees. Here in California, seeing trees is an interesting enough prospect to occupy an entire afternoon. This is because California has some damned impressive trees; redwoods here can be 1000+ years old and 300 feet tall. Our chosen place to...
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California Bichons: Jelly Beans With Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan and I have the same taste in jelly beans. The average jelly bean takes 20+ days to make. These were just some of the many exciting things we learned yesterday on our visit to the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield, CA. For most people, Jelly Belly’s factory/world headquarters probably isn’t on the list...
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