Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rainy day

I could probably write several long chapters about how much I don't like winter and how much I despise walking in the rain. But I'll stop and quietly dream about the warm summer days.

Our dogs seem to take after us and avoid the rain as much as they can.

Jake goes out of his way to hide inside the house when we ask him to go for a potty break outside. It's just too bad that he's so big and we always find him. We keep repeating "Jake, go outside!" and he keeps avoiding his obligation. He goes outside and makes a quick u-turn when he realizes it's cold and wet.

Abbey tolerates the rain, when we put a rain coat on her. While Pete goes for the more dramatic approach. He won't step a foot in the water, he looks like a leaping frog jumping over the puddles on our walks. And when it rains he drags his heals and squints his little eyes.

Today the weather has been crazy, one minute sunny the next minute heavy rain. While I was walking Oliver, he couldn't care less about the rain and was very optimistic about seeing squirrels. While I was trying to be optimistic about having one walk without the rain today.

On my second walk, we almost made it home dry. If only Pete was walking a little bit faster. He seems to slow down when you dress him up.

When we were five minutes away for home, the sky turned black...I didn't need to see a forecast to know that it was going to be heavy rain again. Sure enough! Within a couple of minutes we were soaking wet, Pete looked like a drown rat and didn't want to walk. I had to pick him up and Abbey was glad to speed up.

While I was getting grumpy about the rain, I looked at the Pete in my arms. Water was running off his face and looked like he just had a bath. I noticed he was paddling with his front paws. Poor guy probably thought he was in the water and had to swim to get home. Oh yes, it's always a good storm when your dog has to paddle home :)

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cheer ♥♥♥

Even though we're not very big on Christmas decorations at home, we look forward to walking through our neighborhood to checking out the Christmas lights. We live close to Willow Glen and they're very festive and big on the Christmas Cheer.

I've been planning on expanding my daily walks to explore downtown San Jose. I used to look at the Christmas decorations from the light rail when I was passing through, but never had the chance to see them close up. They have the most beautiful Christmas in the Park decoration. 

I only wished I had checked if dogs were allowed to walk through the park. I just assumed that since it's in the public place and they don't have any restriction in this park normally that we would be okay. Sadly they had signs on every corner and entrance to the park 'no dogs allowed', so we were peering in from the outskirts of the park and making a googly eyes at the beautiful decoration.

I didn't think the dogs would get kick out of this, but it's something that I wanted to see and visit for many years. But usually when I'm done walking dogs, I don't feel like going out for another walk by myself. Today I walked close 10 miles (between all of our dogs), but it was worth it. Pete and Abbey had a great time watching all the Christmas decoration, it was Christmas Cheer overload - moving decorations, music and lights. I think Abbey would have loved to take the Clockmakers Shop home, she stood there watching in amazement. She still gets mesmerized when she hears a rooster and she loves bubbles, so you can imagine her surprise when she saw her two favorite things all at once.

I thought we would have a quiet afternoon browsing downtown San Jose, I forgot about the little kids that don't yet go to school. So we had to negotiate lots people who wanted to check out the Christmas decorations also. Abbey and Pete don't know how to act casual and lay low...when I asked Abbey and Pete to sit in front of the big Christmas tree to have their photo taken; Pete thought the ground was too cold to sit on so perched himself on top of Abbey. People thought it was adorable and wanted to take photos of them and meet them. 

They loved all the attention :)