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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California Bichons: Party of Five

When traveling for business or pleasure, typically we are a party of 4 — Amy, Tom, Max, and Jack. A couple weeks ago, however, work brought us on a road trip to Santa Ana, California, which is near Los Angeles, and we piled both dogs and the Gado 2 in the back. For the first...
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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: University of California, Barkley (Berkeley)

A couple weekends ago, Tom and I visited Berkeley, and with the number of people walking their dogs around the campus, we decided to rename it the University of California, Barkley. A quick Google search of “Barkley” yields everything from Charles Barkley to an advertising agency to a Sesame Street Muppet. Why no one has...
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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: 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: Monterey Bay Aquarium

While there are plenty of wildlife in Alamo (turkeys, deer, coyotes, and the wild house cat), sometimes you have to venture further afield to fully appreciate the variety of living beings in the Bay Area. That’s why, yesterday, Tom and I drove 2 hours south to Monterey (Monterey/Carmel is one of my favorite places in...
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California Bichons: West Coast vs. East Coast

Moving across the country is, without a doubt, a huge change. We’ve been in the Bay Area for a little over a week now, and while we got to explore some cool sights (Jelly Belly Factory, Golden Gate Park, Muir Woods, etc.), there were many more practical items that have to get done when you...
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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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