Thursday, August 28, 2014

Le hooman got me a giant bear!!! Selfie time!!

What should I name him?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Chubby will vehemently protest against people blowing raspberries

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Anonymous said: I find chubby so adorable!! Ughh want a corgi now because of him. Does having a corgi require high maintenance? What are the do's and dont's

I don’t know if I can provide a thorough answer to this question. I too was drawn in by the doe-eyed, stumpy cuteness of corgis (it’s how I ended up with a Chobley!). After three years with him and many encounters with other corgis though, I’ve come to the realization that corgis are not for most people. They are incredibly playful and intelligent, but are also very stubborn—you need to have a lot of patience to properly train a corgi. Inexperienced, first time dog owners and people who don’t have much patience may find that corgis aren’t the right dogs for them. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the corgi owners I’ve met who have shown so much patience and dedication to their dogs. I’m not a patient person by nature, so my relationship with Chubby—though rewarding—has been very challenging at times. In retrospect, I don’t think Pembrokes were a good fit for my own personality, but I didn’t know any better beyond “ohhh corgis so cute” and “feed and walk the dog daily” (edit: I did do research, but my reaction was, “Oh okay I can deal with that” without really understanding what dealing with it would entail). So before having your heart set on a corgi, think carefully about how compatible your personality and lifestyle are with the breed’s temperament and needs. Do your research (here is a good comprehensive overview of the breed, c/o of Corgi Addict). Talk to breeders in your area (CA has good suggestions for approaching breeders). Careful assessment will also allow you to determine whether the breed is too high maintenance for you. As for dos and don’ts, do make sure your dog comes from a reputable breeder and do recognize that your dog will be a lifetime responsibility. Dogs cannot speak for themselves, it’s up to their people to serve as their advocates and guardians and ensure they live a safe, healthy and reasonably happy life.

It’s a real whodunit

It’s a real whodunit

Thanks for the tea, may I get some biscuits to go with that?

Thanks for the tea, may I get some biscuits to go with that?

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Reading thru the Ys cuz I can’t reach any other shelves

Reading thru the Ys cuz I can’t reach any other shelves

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Anonymous said: Can you post what restaurants you eat at please? Thanks!

Oh man. As you can probably tell, I’m one of those if-my-dog-can’t-go-I-don’t-really-want-to-go type people, so I’m assuming you’re asking about the restaurants I take Chubby to? My favorite haunts are:

BRUNCH

Bette’s Oceanview Diner - Berkeley, 4th Street - it’s an East Bay institution so I hear, as such staff is usually swamped on the weekends and don’t pay particular attention to the dogs

Cafe M - Berkeley, 4th Street - servers are friendlier and they’ll bring out a bowl of water for le Chobley

Zazie - SF, Cole Valley - it’s usually pretty crowded, but the wait for outdoor seating is first-come, first-served! I arrived once at peak hour to an empty outdoor table and couldn’t believe my luck… they also bring out a bowl of water for your dog

Outerlands - SF, Outer Sunset - long wait (hmm sensing a pattern…), lots of outdoor seating with heat lamps for the pervasive cold/fog that hovers over Outer Sunset. People are really friendly and there’s bound to be other doggies brunching with their humans

LUNCH

Gregoire - Berkeley, Gourmet Ghetto - limited outdoor seating, but they love the doggies! The cook will offer the pups fresh pieces of chicken if he isn’t too busy. Chubby often stops by on a walk and makes a beeline for the chicken even if we aren’t actually eating there that day

Cheese Board - Berkeley, Gourmet Ghetto - if it’s really crowded, you can order a pizza and walk over to Live Oak Park to picnic with your dog

Chop Bar - Oakland, Jack London Square - brunch/lunch spot. Greatest burgers in the world and doggies allowed in the patio seating area with their own bowl of H2O 

TrueBurger - Oakland, Lake Merritt - Chobley is obsessed with their burgers… there’s only one table in the outdoor nook, so if it’s packed get your burger to-go and walk your pooch over to Lake Merritt. The lake can be pretty meh depending on time of the year (geese crap and pungent algae), but the 12th Street Restoration is finally complete!! Now there’s a gorgeous new waterfront grass and seating area perfect for eating and frolicking for both man and dog

Jack London Square Farmer’s Market - Oakland - not a restaurant, but great foods to try out (we love Cholita Linda), lots of dogs and a beautiful oceanfront

Bi-Rite Market/Creamery - SF, Mission - also not a sit-down restaurant, but great for getting sandwiches and ice cream and heading over to Dolores Park to picnic with your doggie in the glorious sun

Hope this was informative! Most of these places are situated in very walkable/dog-friendly neighborhoods and commercial areas or near parks where dogs can play. 

I went to LA a couple months back and had a pretty terrible dining experience at an amazing restaurant. They were billed as dog-friendly, but the dogs were only allowed to be tied outside the patio seating area. Our group was placed in a corner far from where the dogs were situated and that distance made Chubby very, very anxious. I asked to be seated closer, but the staff didn’t want to put an extra chair out at a table meant for 4. We ended up taking Chubby back to the car where he could at least lay down and relax… but that meal was totally ruined for me. The food was superb, but all I remember is feeling very anxious/guilty. There’s nothing better than being able to go out and eat great food with your pup by your side, then go on walkies together afterward!

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Chubby at the aforementioned restaurant in LA looking optimistic about his dining prospects… little heartbreaker.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It has finally happened.

Chubby, Destroyer of Kitties, Bully of the Neighborhood, His Royal Nighttime Terror, has finally been wounded in action. After his nightly pee, Chubby scoured the street for cats to chase. He took off after a black cat that we often see hanging around. This cat has never been scared of the Chobley (he usually just sits under a car patiently waiting for Chubby to finish barking and lose interest) but today the claws came out and Chubby came home with a bloody scratch on his snout. I wonder if he’ll start avoiding the kitties from now on…

Hey no pictures plz, power walkies is serious business

Monday, August 18, 2014

So THIS is what it’s like from—oooh I see a burger joint

Anonymous said: You are the cutest dog ever *o* ❤️

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I’m a pretty pretty princess!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Uh yeah. No I wasn’t dozing off I was totally listening

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
We can’t eat yet, I’m still waiting for my side of bacon.

We can’t eat yet, I’m still waiting for my side of bacon.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chubby is not much of a sock thief or laundry thief, but he does love lying on my dirty clothes. His favorites are jeans… there have been many a times I walk in on him cuddling with my jeans and he jerks his head up to look at me.

Oh. You’re having a moment? #BackingAwaySlowly

Anonymous said: You're amazing! Have a good day :)

You too! What a great way to start #tongueouttuesday!