Monday, September 23, 2013

Wet Saturday

Friday night I was so excited for the next day. I was going to have quality time with my best friend in the morning and then late afternoon would attend our annual Canine Companions fundraiser near my house. I woke up Saturday morning to the smell of wet pavement. I knew that it was supposed to rain, but I didn't know that it would look as if I had slept through a down pour. I hoped that the rain would lift up before the end of the day because our event that evening was an outside wine tasting/car show with a concert to end the event.

Fluffy tails out by the pool in the morning

Love my girl. Came over while I was getting ready.

Spunky and I got ready to go spend the morning with my best friend, and one of Spunky's favorite people. We both have good taste in people I guess :). We headed out the door and met up with my friend to get some sushi, head to the store, and then go to the movies!

At the restaurant!

The sky was still dark and gloomy as we walked in to get lunch. When we headed over to the store I could see little rain drops begin to drop on my car windshield. Having an hour to kill before our movie, we walked around the store and checked out the Halloween decorations and costumes. Spunky is such a trooper and wore whatever we put on her. She already has her Halloween costume, but it's always good fun and good tolerance practice for the pups in training. You never know who your dog could potentially go to in the future, so I make sure my pups are ok with wearing whatever I put on them from day one.

Look closely and you can see she is wearing cat ears!

Trick or Treat!

"Mom.. Halo should have been an angel last Halloween!"

 "Time flies when you're having fun", and it was time to head over to the movies. Wind was starting to pick up as we headed to the car and I could tell it wasn't going to be good. I was worried about our event that night that had been planned for so many months and really hoped that the rain would clear up.

When we got to the movies, we were given our 3-D glasses. We headed into the theatre and sat down. For fun I put the glasses on Spunky and she actually stared at the screen during the previews. My friend and I were cracking up. Throughout the movie Spunky was very interested. She was in the "down" position, but watched most of the movie. I don't know if I was more entertained by the movie.. or the fact that Spunky was watching the movie. My first pup Halo didn't have much interest in the movies or tv, but Spunky always seems to keep an eye on the strange screen that has people in it. When the movie was over, we walked out to the lobby only to see rain POURING down outside. It was raining cats and dogs.. and even though we were having a dog event.. we didn't need them falling on our heads. Running out to the car, my friend and I said our goodbyes and my wet dog and I headed home.
Looking good there Spunks

Watching the preview with her glasses on

Rain.. Rain go away.. come again another day!

The weather started to clear up just a bit an hour later and Spunky and I headed down to see how the event was. It was small and just in one section, but people were coming and there were a few oldie cars that did show up, under tents of course. The nice cars aren't used to seeing the rain. Puppy raisers were given a scavenger hunt, where we were timed and had to go around to different store fronts around the area and practice commands. We scored our dogs on how well they did their commands and then turned back in our sheets when we were done. Spunky and I are still awaiting the announcement of the winners.
Puppies in Training France and Spunky

Even through the rain, which cleared up for most of the event, may have changed the expectation of the event, it was still a good time. I got to chat with my fellow puppy raiser friends *aka moms* and have a nice evening. We all headed for dinner as the event was coming to a close and chatted up some more there. Even though the evening didn't go as we all had planned, I still got to enjoy an awesome Saturday filled with friends and laughs.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

2013 DogFest Walk 'n Roll Santa Rosa

Monica's Personal Page for 2013 DogFest Walk 'n Roll Santa Rosa    click here to donate please!!!!!

Hey there everyone...On September 29th I will be walking in the DogFest Walk 'n Roll in Santa Rosa for Canine Companions for Independence. I would absolutely love it if you could help, by donating to my page. All the proceeds that you donate go to Canine Companions for Independence and help improve peoples lives. Any little bit helps and is so appreciated. You donate.. and I will do the walking. It is that simple!

Here is the excerpt from my page on the website....

I’m walking in Canine Companions DogFest Walk ‘n Roll because I love dogs, and I believe in Canine Companions for Independence. I got involved with the organization because my mom received her service dog, Felice, who has changed her life and our whole families life. My 2nd CCI puppy- in -training Spunky, and I will join other dogs and their owners for a day of fun and festivities. Leading up to the event we’re raising money to support Canine Companions. The impact they make on the lives of people with disabilities is incredible. Help me get to my fundraising goal by donating online. If you do the giving, I’ll do the walking so we can get more of these amazing Canine Companions assistance dogs into the lives of those who need them. Just click the "Give Now" button at the top of this page. Thanks for your support!


Monica and Spunky

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Chalk n' Trains

I could tell you the reason I haven't updated in forever is because I have had a busy summer, college has started and so many other "reasons".. but the fact is.. I haven't blogged... and my lovely friend who I have grown so close to.. even just over text... reminded me that I need to BLOG! So here I am.. coming back to my poor neglected blog that I always have so many intentions of updating weekly.

Today there was an event in Sacramento called Chalk it Up. Spunky and I got into the car and drove into the city... which I don't travel to by myself often. I did need some help finding my way from my friend who was already there.. after I figured I needed help after traveling down some one way streets that were taking me further and further away from the event. We got to the event which was at a park where people pay for a spot to display their artwork on the sidewalk.. and the proceeds go to charity. One of my puppy raiser friends daughter was the one participating in the event.. was drawing CCI dogs. It turned out really cute and she is going back to finish it tomorrow. She did a really nice job. While other puppy raisers and myself were watching her draw.. we hung around with the dogs.. getting oohs and awws about how cute our pups were. After being there for a few hours Spunk and I were getting hot and headed back to the car... which we may have gotten a little turned around on the walk back too hehe.
Working on the artwork

COC-Lucinda and Skilled Companion- Wuest 

Breeder- Sabina :)

Fluffy Spunks!

How the artwork was looking when Spunky and I headed out

Hearing Dog Jonesy

I've been really into taking  photos lately... and so even though it was really hot out for the both of us.. we stopped at old historic Folsom to take some pictures on the way home. The train history place was open so we stopped by in there for a couple quick shots. We didn't get too far because Spunky wasn't into cooperating for my photo taking idea. I like the way a few of them came out though. :) I just can't stop taking pictures of my cutie. We will have to go back again soon when it's not as hot.

Always Squinting.. silly Golden

checking out gold panning