Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sandy and Miko

This is Miko. I decided that he is Sandy's brother. When I first saw him on the Love and Second Chances Facebook page, I thought for sure the was one of Sandy's litter mates. I have longed to find her siblings to have a connection to her from before we knew her. Miko is also from Taiwan and his puppy pictures looked so much like Sandy that I couldn't believe they weren't her. He is also a Formosan Mountain Dog/ German Shepherd mix. I reached out to his owner, Katie and we began corresponding and decided to get together so they could play. Upon meeting this handsome stranger, I could immediately he is bigger than Sandy and, although, very similar in looks and temperament, we have no proof they are litter mates. In fact, they think Miko was born in December and we have Sandy as being born in October. Nevertheless, we have decided they are siblings and that's that. Miko is very, very friendly as was so excited to meet Sandy. She wasn't so receptive, at first. She was much more reserved and even snapped at him, a bit. But, Miko is so good natured that he didn't mind or quit until she joined him to play. 

Once, she was off leash, she warmed up and began to play...on her terms, of course. 

Here is Miko in quiet moment. Isn't he amazing? I can really see the Shepherd in him. 

He's so ready to have a good time and loves to play. 

He couldn't seem to figure out Sandy or why she was so stand-offish. 

But, she eventually began to play his way. 

Of course, most of the time, it was him chasing her. 

Miko is so friendly. During a break in play, he came up to Lucas and gave him kisses. 

While Sandy just looks for shade. It was a bit warm and she doesn't do well with heat. 

At one point they laid down together and had a little bonding moment. 

And Miko even showered Sandy with some kisses. 

But, then Lucas had the idea of running just to see what they would do!

Sandy ran crazily after Lucas and Miko ran crazily after Sandy!

I was so happy for her. This is the first time I've taken her somewhere and taken her off leash to run. 

Even though Miko is bigger and has longer legs, you can see their similarities this picture:
ears, gait, hind legs, stance. 

Of course, she would always retreat!

And Miko was always right on her tail. Isn't if funny how ugly my princess is here? Look how her snarl is in full force, but he's not even touching her yet! Not very lady-like, at all. 

She's ready to show him who's boss and this boss was done. 

And that was about it for her. She laid down and wouldn't move. It took forever to get her back to the car. We made sure to give her lots of water and now I know she will have a great afternoon nap.

I'm so thankful to Katie Lin and her mom for meeting us today and I hope Miko becomes Sandy's life long friend and not just her "brother".

Friday, June 19, 2015

Our Summer, So Far...

 A little bit of snuggling (while watching a ton of sports).

A little bit of napping (yep, she's my dog).

And a whole lot of just watching the world go by... (Sandy's favorite)

Too many people spend time collecting "things" and never spend time collecting moments/memories!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So Happy!

Sandy is in Tahoe for the first time! Weather isn't so great but I'm still SO happy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Me or the Steak?

It's so nice to know that I always have my own personal bodyguard to watch over me while I'm cutting up steak. Of course, it's me she's watching over and not the steak. Right?

Have a great day!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Beach Was Calling...

Last night around 6pm, I went outside to get something from my car. When I did, I realized what a beautiful evening it was going to be. When I walked back in the house and realized everyone in my family was doing something on technology, I said, "ok, let's go to the beach!" Of course, I got some push back from my teenage boys, "what? now? why? But, I was going to watch a movie? How long will we be gone? Blah...blah...blah...

But, I put my mama foot down and within 20 minutes, we left, dogs and all. The trip over the hill was a tight one, as we had a rental car for the day. It's a mid-sized sedan and we wanted to take it because it's a nice, brand new car, but with the four of us and two dogs, it was cramped, to say the least. We had the rental car for a day or two because we are down to one car right now. Why, you ask? Well, about a month ago, on a beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon, one of our cars was stolen, right from the front of our house, while we were home. Then the wonderful, upstanding citizens who took it, drove it to Morgan Hill and crashed it in to a ditch, totaling the car and leaving it filled with all sorts of disgusting items, including a blue bandana wrapped around the rear view mirror.  I just love San Jose, people. It's the best place to live...ever. I can't imagine every leaving it. I mean, where else can you live in a neighborhood made up of multi-million dollar homes and still have your car stolen, in the middle of the day, while you are home. Sorry, I digress.

Buddy was so happy because he got to sit up front, on my lap, and be the co-pilot. 

Which means, of course, he got to have the best view.

Sandy was assigned the role of "back seat driver",  where she discovered Dominic's lap makes a great pillow. 

Oh, my goodness. Look at that smile. It says, "ok, mom. You were right. This is so much better than being cooped up at home." :)

We did have to dress in layers, as it was a bit cool, but very, very beautiful.

The sunset was amazing, as always. 

Now, this is my kind of evening...being held close by my first born son, who I know will never leave me. :)

Her second time at the beach and she was taking it all in. 

While also living up to her name, as she can dig in the sand for hours. She, actually, won't stop unless you make her. 

3rd time's the charm. Not sure what song my kids were singing, but I think they may have a future in Drama. 

I'm looking forward to many more evenings at the beach in the coming months. Santa Cruz County is incredibly beautiful and being so close is one of the best things about where I live.

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