Sofi, Squirrel Pursuer!

Whenever Sofi and I go on our walk, things always get a bit more interesting when ever she spots a squirrel.  She speeds up, and is in pursuit within seconds.  Not that I think she’d do anything to the squirrel if she ever had the chance to catch up.  She mostly likes to just sniff out their scent, like a bloodhound.  LOL.

Today the squirrel evaded Sofi by running up the tree.  Sooooo close!  Maybe next time, sweets. 😛

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Sofi, My Sandy Beach Bum

Today Sofi and I joined my sis and Minnie at Seascape beach in Aptos, CA. We had the BEST day, as you can tell.

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Our 2-Year Anniversary

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I’ll never forget two years ago, when I picked 12-week old Sofi up from the airport.  She was so scared that she didn’t want to come out of her crate, and for a little while I was worried that she wouldn’t like me.  But as soon as we got to my house and she went outside in the backyard, her true nature emerged.  Sofi loved being outside, and seems to be at her happiest outside to this day.

These past two years have been the most joyful, the most fun, that I’ve ever had.  I’ve learned so much about myself through Sofi.  She’s taught me patience, how to live in the moment, and she’s gotten me up and out of the house even on those days when I really didn’t feel like taking her for a walk.  (Now that I’ve gone through some major changes of my own, I wonder how much different our traditional anniversary photo will look next year).

Happy anniversary, Sofi girl.  I love you so much!

 

Sofi’s Spring Break – A Day at the Beach

Today Sofi and I joined my sister (and Minnie) and Ani (and Riley) for a fabulous day at the beach. Ani told us about Seascape Beach, which is a resort in Aptos, CA (just south of Santa Cruz) that allows the public access to a gorgeous beach where dogs can go off leash. I’d never been before, and I can tell you that I’ll be going here ALL the time once I’m on summer vacation. Just look…20130411-172953.jpg

I am incredibly lucky to live 45 minutes away from a beach like this. The best part was that we were among very few people at the beach. It was so nice having it (practically) to ourselves.

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I never let Sofi go off leash in my neighborhood because I’m ultra paranoid about her getting hit by a car, but today, there was absolutely no reason to worry. Even when she ran far off to visit with a new friend who was walking along the beach, she came right back when I called her. I’m so glad that she has such good recall. It definitely makes me feel a lot more comfortable (but I’m still not going to let her go off leash in my front yard, because I live on such a busy street). You can see the joy in Sofi’s face:

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The pups had the BEST time, and their people did, too.  The day was relaxing, and so much fun.  I’m so glad that LC and Ani have dogs, and that all three pooches get along so well.  Just look at those cute faces!

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One of the cutest moments as we were taking a walk along the beach was when all three dogs ran up to this guy on the beach who was sitting and playing his guitar.  They were interacting with him so much that it was like he was serenading them.  By the time my camera came on, I only got the shot of them running back to us.  Still, it captured a fun memory.

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Sofi!

2nd-birthday Sofi is 2 years old today!!!

Sofi kicked the day off enjoying the new toy my mom gave her over the weekend.

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The birthday girl had an impromptu party with my sister, nieces, Minnie, my friend Anika and her pup Riley.

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The hardest part is waiting for your guests to arrive!

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Treats for pets and people!

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The lighting wasn’t great, but I think you can see the love.

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After LOTS of shots, this was the best one of the birthday girl, my nieces, and me. (Although Sofi seems quite over the whole endeavor!)

20130326-181114.jpg The pooches had so much fun playing.  Sofi was so happy that Minnie and Riley could come over and hang out for her special day.

Finally, the best gift of the day – a birthday collar from my sister and the girls.  Sofi loved it!

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Happy birthday, Sofi – I love you!

Lazing in the Morning Sun

A nice way to start a Friday: finding that perfect spot of sun. TGIF!

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Sofi’s Looking Love-ly

Sofi spent the day at the “spa,” and now she’s all ready for Valentine’s Day. I love the way you can see how long her eyelashes are in these shots! She’s such a love!

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Sofi, My Adorable Alarm Clock

I’m not sure if Sofi hasn’t quite adjusted to the time change from a few weeks ago, or what, but this little doggie has insomnia.

Of course, when you spend your days lounging around taking puppy naps, you’re naturally going to want to play all night.

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Lately, this is the face that wakes me up at 3am.

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(The lighting is terrible, which is why Sofi’s color looks so dark).
This morning, since it was Saturday, Sofi let me sleep in ’till 4:30. Quite generous of her, I know.

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She’s just too cute to get mad at, though. She’ll let me cuddle/sink back into sleep for a bit, but then she’s the Sofi-snooze because she starts wagging her long tail with a flourish and pawing at my arm to wake me up.

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When she looks this innocent, sometimes I wonder if it was all a dream.

After awhile Sofi understands that I’m not leaving the toasty bed, and she finally gives up…for now. Because tomorrow offers another pre-dawn wake-up opportunity.

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So if you see me yawning in the middle of the day, you’ll know why.

2 Paws Up: Homemade Frosty Paws Doggie Dessert

A few months ago I was pursuing Pinterest, as I do daily, and I came across a recipe for homemade Frosty Paws, a frozen dog treat. I’d actually never bought Frosty Paws for Sofi, but Minnie loved them, and I knew Sofi would too. The recipe was so simple that I knew I’d rather make it at home with my own natural ingredients than buy it in the store. And luckily, Lori decided she was in the mood to “cook” for the pups this morning.

Usually when I feature a recipe, I take LOTS of photos, beginning with the ingredients and continuing with step by step instructions. Since Lori was the one in the kitchen today, I only have photos of the finished product. But I know you guys can picture this easy recipe.

Ingredients:
32 oz. plain yogurt
1 mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey

Directions: Mix all ingredients together with a hand mixer or in a blender. Place “batter” in ice cube trays and freeze.

That’s it! Super easy!

It was a really hot day today, a perfect day for this tasty, cold treat. I’ve never really given Sofi anything that I made especially for her before, but I knew that she would love it, and I wasn’t wrong, as you can see for yourself.

I love that these treats are bite-sized because it’s just a little taste of something sweet, yet they’re still healthy.

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Making these in the ice cube trays make them easy to share and store.

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It only took a couple of licks for Sofi to decide this was one of those “don’t look up until the bowl is empty” sort of treats.

This shot tells the entire tale, doesn’t it?

Sofi enjoyed this easy recipe so much that I am inspired to make more recipes for her.  I’ll post the results & reviews of each one.

Sofi’s New (Molly Mutt) Bed

Sofi’s never been a dog to sleep in just one spot. She’s just as likely to be found laying on the bathmat in the bathroom as at the foot of my bed. I’ve purchased a few different beds over the past year, and none of them seemed to be her “spot.” Until now.

Long ago on the LillyBits FB page Heather recommended Molly Mutt duvets, but since I’d already purchased a different bed for Sofi, I didn’t pay much attention. And then the most recent bed I bought Sofi fell apart in the washing machine, and I knew it was time to get something a bit different.

Sofi loves her “cousin” Minnie’s bed that Lori got when we went to Bark in the Park last year. It’s more of a huge pillow than a bed. And it sparked the memory of the recommendation of the Molly Mutt duvet, so I headed to their site to see what they had to offer. I wanted something that would go with my bedding, which was a birthday gift from my parents and sister:

“Lush Landscape” from Anthropologie.

Since the pattern has so many vivid colors, I knew matching it would be fairly easy. I really wanted to get Conversation 16, which is a beautiful turquoise color that would look good with either side of my quilt (the other side has more blues and purples).

Unfortunately, this duvet is out of stock until September. So I went with my second choice, Title Track, which is a great green lattice print.

The cool thing about Molly Mutt duvets is that they’re meant to use old pillows, clothes, blankets, etc as the stuffing. Which is neat for two reasons – you get to re-purpose those old items and take them out of your closet AND your scent on the clothing/bedding is soothing to the pup. And instead of just shoving everything into the duvet haphazardly, you can purchase the Stuff Sack to keep it all together nicely.

I used two full-size pillows that weren’t as firm as I like to sleep on, as well as some of my old t-shirts that had gotten too faded to wear. I like that the Stuff Sack lets me change/wash the duvet without having a huge mess on my hands. It’s just a quick zip off, and it’s just as easy to put it back into the cleaned duvet. I wash/change Sofi’s duvet every two weeks, when she gets her bath.

I bought the medium size duvet and stuff sack because I wanted to make sure Sofi had plenty of room to stretch out and lay upside down, as she loves to do.

As I said before, Sofi’s never been one to love her bed, but ever since I put this Molly Mutt bed down, she’s been sleeping on it every night. And she also loves to play on it when Minnie comes over, as you can see from these photos. Excuse the blurriness, these were most definitely “action” shots.

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“This bed is so comfy, I wish I had one!” – Minnie

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Sofi: “I love this bed – it’s big enough for a sleepover with Minnie.”

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Even though this color wasn’t my first choice, I think it looks great with my bedding. Sofi seems to agree.