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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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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: 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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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: Point Reyes National Seashore

A few weeks ago, The New York Times Travel section featured an article called “My West Coast Martha’s Vineyard.” In the article, writer Rachel Levin shared her experience visiting Point Reyes National Seashore including hiking, harbor seals, and oysters. Point Reyes is a national park in West Marin, north of San Francisco, and about an hour and twenty...
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California Bichons: San Francisco Cable Cars

After an afternoon connecting with nature in Muir Woods and appreciating the natural beauty of the Redwoods, on Thursday, Tom and I decided to embrace our inner tourist and head straight for Fisherman’s Wharf. This neighborhood is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the City. Home to everything from Ghiradelli Square to Cable...
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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: First 3 Days in the San Franciso Bay Area

In Tom’s last post, he wrote about our upcoming move to California, hence the series “Wish They All Could Be California Bichons.” This will be the first of many updates from California. Whether you are a Bichon lover looking for dog friendly activities in the Bay Area, or friends and family who are just curious...
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New Cellphone Bichons

Last week, Amy and I got new cellphones. The bichons are generally not too fond of cellphones (or Cellphone Bichons, in their mind). We carry our Cellphone Bichons around all the time,  stare intently at them multiple times per day, pet them frequently (or so the dogs assume–they don’t quite understand the mechanics of touchscreen...
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