Dog of the (Nearly) Birthday: Yukon the Golden Retriever

Yukon will probably be 4 by the time you see this post, because in San Francisco it’ll be his birthday in about 4 hours, and even sooner in a lot of places. Say happy birthday!

Golden Retriever Looking Noble
Yukon has wonderful ear-micro-dreadlocks.
Golden Retriever Looking Serious
Close-up ear-locks!
Grinning Golden Retriever
Someone is having a happy birthday, I suspect.
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Dog of the Day: Voltaire the (Girl) Pomeranian

Voltaire’s folks decided they loved the name, and it’s not like there’re a whole lot of people named Voltaire out there, male or female. So let’s hear it for this fifteen-year-old pup!

My brain has definitely not been behaving itself for the past couple weeks. Very strange time. Very strange brain, too… but you knew that, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time.

White Pomeranian Staring Into The Camera
Pomeranians are a funny kind of small dog. They’re kind of like samoyeds, size times 0.5, speed times 2.
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Dog of the Day: Maya the Chihuahua

Maya is an 8-year-old blue merle Chihuahua I ran into today in the Santa Cruz Mountains. My team from work rented an AirBNB down here for a team offsite last night and tonight, and went for a rather nice hike (1200+ foot vertical climb and drop, 6+ miles round trip). There were very few dogs, but the ones we did see were extra cute.

Blue Merle Chihuahua Sticking His Tongue Out Of The Side Of His Mouth
He’s missing a couple of teeth, which explains the slightly goofy expression.

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Caturday Supplement: Stripey Ginger

I ran into this kitty when I was down in Monterey. She was quite friendly, and seemed pretty disappointed when I stopped petting her to take some pictures.

Ginger Cat Lying On the Sidewalk
I love marmalade tiger tabbies. Always put me in mind of Calvin & Hobbes.
Marmalade Tiger Tabby Lying On Her Back On The Sidewalk
A very subtle way of hinting that she wants more petting, huh?
Marmalade Tiger Tabby Disappearing Around A Corner
A car came by and she decided she wasn’t that interested after all. Bye, kitty!
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Dog of the Day: Lexi the Miniature Schnauzer

Lexi is a 3-year-old miniature schnauzer. And you know what they say about schnauzers, right?

Silver Miniature Schnauzer In A High Wind
Long-furred pups in a high wind, man.
Silver Miniature Schnauzer With Tongue Out
This was a first for me: I stopped Lexi’s mom because she had a cute dog, and we ended up talking local St. Paddy’s Day Irish music shows. Just goes to show!
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Dog of the Almost Birthday: Nookie the Mini American Eskimo Dog

I ran into Nookie, pronounced New-Key, yesterday, when he turned 2 years old. And then I didn’t get home until 11 PM (went to a great concert in Berkeley!). So Nookie gets TWO birthday celebrations, one yesterday, at home, and one today, here!

Miniature American Eskimo Dog Grinning In A Store
Nookie is a mini American Eskimo dog. I didn’t even know they came in funner-size!
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Dog of the Day: Sarah the German Shepherd Australian Cattle Dog Mix

Sarah! I know it’s hard to believe from this picture, but Sarah is old enough to apply for a learner’s permit in California! (For those of you from out of state, that makes her 15 years old!)

Australian Cattle Dog German Shepherd Mix
I think she’d make a careful, sensible driver. And her reflexes are still pretty sharp!
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Dog of the Day: Kirby the Sheep-a-Doodle

I don’t know if Kirby (f, 2) is named after the vacuum, but I have to say that that would be a great name for a lot of dogs I’ve known.

Young Small White Sheepadoodle
I saw Kirby and I instantly said ‘wow, is that a sheepadoodle?’ I dunno how, it’s something in the eyes.
White Old English Sheepdog Poodle Mix Looking Into The Camera
A lot of the doodles are pretty hard to tell apart.
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Dog of the Day: Watson the Basset ‘Something’ Mix

Watson is almost definitely a basset hound mix, but I’m not really sure what else he is. He almost reminds me of a Chesapeake bay retriever, or a toller, or something like that. And he looks a little bit like Marco, but a little bit less shaggy, so maybe even Brittany spaniel? Damn, I dunno. I just know he looks like the kind of dog I’d like to spend an evening watching old Hill Street Blues episodes and sharing a bowl of popcorn with.

Basset Hound Mix Grinning
Anyone got any ideas what he could be mixed with? Leave a comment!
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Dog of the Day: Impatient Dutch Shepherd

Someone was making an awful lot of noise today…

Dutch Shepherd Tied Up In Front Of Store
He was tied up in front of a…
Dutch Shepherd Dog Howling Outside of Good Vibrations
…certain well-known local establishment. I think Mom might have been in there for a while.
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