Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mom's Birfday is coming up!

My mom turns a very special hooman age on Feb 3rd and she isn't very happy about it. I don't know why hoomans get all worked up about birfdays that end in "zero" but she's sad.

So to cheer her up, I'm asking folks to comment on the blog and wish her a happy birfday! To sweeten the deal, I will (with hooman assistance) do a random drawing of the posters for a PRIZE on her birfday. All comments in before 8am PST on Feb 3rd will qualify!

What's in the prize you ask? Well, our my favorite store is George and from there I will secure:
  1. Tasty noms: grain-free turkey tots treats. These are pawesome (ask @PhineastheShiba - he got some for Secret Shiba)!
  2. One super awesome bouncy ball.
  3. One classic George stick squeaky toy. 
  4. One surprise gift. :-)
Happy birfday mom! I wuv you!

B&W foto of mom in Paris - happy mom!

-- Posted by Good Dog Zuko

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Run Zuko! Run!

Over the past few months, we have gotten braver with letting Zuko off leash. Originally we only let him off leash in enclosed dog parks and Ft. Funston beach. Ft. Funston may as well be enclosed, the cliffs and the water effectively block two escape routes.

Then we tried the northern area of Ocean Beach, not far from the Cliff House. The waterline is fairly far from the seawall and parking lot, so it seemed safe enough. And it has been, other than that one incident with the birds.**

Usually we only let Zuko off leash when both of us are there. The logic behind this is between the two of us, we should be able to corner and / or catch him eventually. Then one day hubby was sick and I took Zuko to the beach and let him off leash ... and he was so boring it wasn't even funny. I had cheese and he practically stuck to me like a burr. Now hubby has started to let him off leash also when they go to the beach without me. 

Overall, Zuko continues to be good. On a recent trip, hubby said Zuko got a bit amped up because there were so many dogs around and would come back to him for a cheese treat but dodge away from him quickly. Finally, he waited for Zuko to stop and sniff another dog and snagged him. :-)

I'm proud of my little Shibasquatch!

** The bird incident: I thought it would be fun to let Zuko chase birds without having to full-stop at the end of a leash. So we let him off leash near a flock of seagulls on Ocean Beach. The problem is this: birds fly. Away. Next thing I knew Zuko was zooming off into the distance and I was realizing my brilliant idea was not very well thought-out.  However, when hubby called him back, little dude made a u-turn and came running back. Color me impressed by Zuko's recall and the power of my husband's voice to carry long distances!

-- Posted by Zuko's mom 

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Waiting for mom to call....

Mom's traveling again and yesterday she called me and dad on Skype. I wuz busy sleeping and missed the call but she got to see me looking adorable sleeping in dad's cube.

Today I'm gonna make sure my iPaw4 is wiff me at all times just in case she calls me.