Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cavalier Days at Urban Fauna

We often take Kendall to Cavalier Day at Urban Fauna on the first Sunday of each month. I just received an email saying that the time has changed and I wanted to pass that information on for all Cavalier owners in the Portland area.

What: Cavalier Day
Who: Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Where: Urban Fauna, 235 NW Park, Portland (on the north park blocks just up from Powell's Technical books)
When: 11:00 - 1:00

The schedule for the rest of this year (2009) is

Sept 6
Oct 4
Nov 1
Dec 6

Saturday, August 29, 2009

At the playground

These photos were all taken with my iphone. Not bad for a phone camera.

Garage sales

We took Kendall out in her trailer to garage sales in the neighborhood. She loves riding in the trailer. She lets me know when we're not going fast enough!

Metzler Park camping

We spent another weekend camping at the beautiful Metzler Park in Estacada. It's a Clackamas County park with big sites. It's the third time we've camped at this particular park and will probably visit again. There are some sites with hookups but the tent sites are the best. They'll fit a small trailer like ours. We opted for a non-hookup site. The weather was beautiful. My mom was in town visiting from Florida, so we took her camping with us.

The salamanders and crawfish had some sort of weird scum on them, so we were advised not to let Kendall in the water. She's not much of a swimmer anyway, so we opted to head into Estacada in the afternoon. We stopped at a really fun store - Mike's Second Hand store. It was filled from floor to ceiling with stuff. It is the most organized second hand store I've ever seen and Mike knows where everything is. You could spend all day there. Kendall and I were hanging out in front of the store waiting for one of our group to come out and take Kendall. Mike invited Kendall in! We browsed the store, bought a few things, and Kendall helped pick up the dust bunnies lurking under the shelves. Definitely worth a visit next time you're in Estacada.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Product Review: Sense-ation Harness

Kendall outgrew her Be-bop harness, so I ordered a new one from Softouch Concepts, Inc. It's a Sense-ation front lead harness. I got a black one. I figured that a harness, is a harness, is a harness, but that's not true. She walks so well in the new harness. She doesn't pull at all.

It's important to get it adjusted just right. Otherwise, it restricts the dog's front leg movement. Kendall has a deep chest, so it took a lot of adjusting to get it just right. We measured her before ordering, and while she came in on the low end of a small harness, it juuuussst fits her. I should've ordered a medium.

We've been out for three walks with it on, and I'm amazed at the difference in her walking. She stays right next to me with a slack leash. I've been careful to make sure I reinforce the good behavior with a clicker and some treats.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Multnomah Days

Saturday was Multnomah Days in Multnomah Village. It started with a pet parade followed by a parade of local groups and businesses. There were close to 100 entrants in the parade.

The streets were lined with vendors from the bridge along Capitol Hwy that leads into town all the way up to the Community Center. It was great to see so many people out for the day.

Here's the beginning of the pet parade.

We participated in the pet parade and then made our way back to our seats to watch the rest of the parade.

There were hundreds of dogs, big and small, in the parade.

Kendall found a little girl that she fell in love with.

Kendall couldn't get enough of hanging out with the little girl.

I stopped to talk to the Delta Society. Does anyone have any experience working with them? I think Kendall would be a great dog for one of those Read to the Dogs programs. She's really calm around kids. Are there any other programs we should consider?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

John Neal Memorial Park camping

Last weekend we packed up the trailer and headed out for a weekend of camping along the North Santiam River. We went to John Neal Memorial Park, a Linn County Park. Our camp site was right along the water. The view was beautiful.

The camping chairs don't leave a lot of room for lap time, so Kendall now has her own camping chair. She's the only one who sits in it, so it doesn't matter if it gets dusty or dirty.

Here she is hanging out by the river. The weather was great. It rained on Friday before we arrived, but cleared up by the time we got there Friday night.

Kendall always has to get her daily lap time in.

On Saturday a few rafters and boaters went by on the river. It was fairly cool, and I can only imagine how cold the water was.

This is a bridge in Mill City.

If you like to camp and don't have a big rig, John Neal Memorial Park is a nice option. Some of the sites have water hookups but no power. The rest are tent sites. They also have great showers.

In addition to the river, there are a number of beaver ponds along one side of the park. We didn't see any beavers, but we did see their handiwork.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppies

Julie, the breeder from whom we got Kendall, has four puppies that will soon be ready to go to new homes. They were born on June 25th. One of the black and tans is a female, and all of the rest are males.

If you're interested in one, drop me an email, and I'll put you in touch with Julie.

UPDATE Julie's dropped the price on the puppies to $600. The Ruby is spoken for, but the others are available. Ready to go on Thursday, 8/20.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cutie Pie

Sometimes it's really tiring just being cute.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bark in the Park

Saturday, August 1st, was a busy day. After spending part of the day at the Hazeldale Dog Park's Dog Day Afternoon, we took Kendall to Bark in the Park at PGE Park. It was a fund raiser for Dove Lewis Animal Hospital. The company I work for has season tickets to the Beavers games, so I put my name in for Bark in the Park night. Our seats were right down front over top of the opposing team's dugout.

Here's Kendall up on the dugout.

It was really hot, in the mid-90's with no breeze, so we headed down to the beer garden where all of the dogs seemed to be hanging out.

Kendall just looks like she's having a beer.

Dog Day Afternoon

On Saturday, August 1st, Hazeldale Dog Park, the place where we held Kendall's birthday party, had their 7th annual Dog Day Afternoon. There was food, raffles, doggie contests, a blessing of the animals, K-9 police demo, animal rescue groups, X-Fidos Flyball, lure coursing, Skyhoundz Disc Dog Competition, Mixed Breed Dog Club rally and obedience show, and AKC good-citizen testing.

Kendall even got some doggie ice cream.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

We were tagged

We were tagged by Lindsay over at Life with Big Dogs. Here are the rules of the game:

* Open the folder that contains Pet photos.
* Select any photo in that folder that you haven’t posted previously.
* Post that photo along with the story behind it on your blog.
* Then tag 5 friends.

I chose this picture, taken in September 2008, because it was taken just after Kendall came to live with us. She was about 10 weeks old in this picture. It's amazing how much she has changed. She's still a cutie but much more of a lady now.

I'm going to break the rules here because I only have one dog blog other than Life with Big Dogs that I follow. I'm going to tag Go Pug Yourself.