The tagline for this site is "Four kids, a dog, and a squeaker in the San Gabriel Valley." It goes without further explanation that the four kids are my four children, the dog is our Golden retriever, and we reside in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. But what is the squeaker? The answer… Continue reading Sami’s hammies: another pet story
Yesterday marked five years with our golden-haired pal, Owen. Yes, I'm talking about our fun-loving, active, sweet, and slightly (though sometimes more than slightly) mischievous Golden retriever. We adopted him in January 2013 at the Pasadena Humane Society. We first saw the Golden on Saturday the 5th, shy and quiet, as he retreated to… Continue reading Happy Gotcha Day, Owen!
Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors. Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects, though we… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared
Welcome to my two-part series on hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Owen, my golden retriever, and I have recently started hiking together. I'm not entirely sure why we haven't done more of this before; being out in nature is a fun way to bond with each other. And it is great exercise for both dog and… Continue reading Great Hikes… with dogs
Good morning and happy National Dog Day. At the risk of offending cat lovers, I think I'll go on record and admit that I and my family are definitely dog people. We love our furry friends. Indeed, whenever we visit friends, our youngest will attach herself to their dogs. To show your love for man's (and… Continue reading National Dog Day