So many cute frenchie things, including some of my favorites!
As you may know, the weekend before last I went on a little trip. Liz kept telling me we were going somewhere fun. But when she bundled me in the car at 9 pm and then started driving for hours, I had no idea where it could be!
After about 4 hours and a couple of pit stops, we arrived and I realized where we were: Santa Barbara! I have been there once before. It was a few years ago but I have great memories of playing with my friend Chloe:
But this time we were in a different place and there was no Chloe to greet me.
Instead, Liz led me to a gate. It opened, and I rushed in, bypassing Liz’s friends Jenny and Ryan and their dog, Alfie, and running straight into the house to investigate. This caused some excitement on the part of Alfie, the resident Norwich Terrier, so we all had to go inside so we could meet properly.
I love going to visit people! Liz and I had our own room and she had brought my bed. Mostly, I did not sleep on it. This is how Liz found me at 6 am:
Ready for action! Liz did not want to get up yet. So I just sat there, looking pathetic:
This is my best “Please please can you just let me out of here??” look.
Finally, she did. Alfie and I went a little crazy for a while.
He is younger than me, but I try to keep up. I don’t think he knew what to make of me because of the funny noises I make. I don’t bark, but I make a lot of snorting and loud breathing noises! All that playing tires me out! And it was only 10 am…
Alfie had an appointment at the groomer’s, so we dropped him off and then Liz, her friends and I headed off for a few hours of wine-tasting.
It was a pretty hot day. I wasn’t allowed inside (even though I like wine very much!) so they took turns waiting with me outside.
I took the opportunity to have a quick snack and a roll around.
The grass was very cool and refreshing! When the humans were finished with their wine tastings, we got back in the nice air-conditioned car and drove to Los Olivos.
Liz, Jenny and Ryan sat down to a really nice meal (I did not get any, and had to just sit on the floor while they enjoyed everything!)
So unfair. But the people at the table next to us were great dog-lovers. They told us they have a pug named Scallywag so of course they liked me. You see, many people who like pugs also like frenchies, and vice-versa. So even though I was being basically ignored by my traveling companions, these nice people took the time to pet me and pay me lots of attention throughout the meal.
After lunch, we went back to the house for a nice long nap.
The next day, Liz left me with Alfie while she went out for a while. In fact she was up to no good. She ended up kidnapping an innocent dog (but more on that later)!
The house was set up very nicely for us. Alfie and I could play and go outside in the yard. I don’t get to do that at home because I have to go downstairs to go in the yard, or Liz has to open the door for me to go outside on the patio.
It was fun! When Liz and Jenny returned home, they found us resting peacefully.
Before we left, Liz took me downtown for a quick sightseeing trip. I met some of Santa Barbara’s citizens, who were very friendly to me, of course.
Then we went on a little walk before heading home!
I was very tired after that weekend of excitement and once we got home I passed out on the office rug for the rest of the day and then slept even more than usual for the next few days. I guess I’m not as young as I once was…but anyway, usually I sleep most of the day and night so what do you expect with all that activity? I had some serious catching up to do!
But in all I am a very good traveler and Liz says we may go back to Santa Barbara again soon!
One evening this weekend, Liz asked me if I wanted to go out. This is my look that says, “um…YES!!”
So off we went in the car. When we arrived I couldn’t wait to get out!
Finally, after posing for several pictures like this, I was allowed out and we went walking down the street. Liz warned me not to get squished by the trolley, but I wasn’t worried about it:
I haven’t been downtown in a very long time, so I was quite interested to see all the new buildings that are going up everywhere:
I stopped to pose by some new graffiti on the exterior of an art school called the Art Academy of San Diego. Liz used to go paint there. It is a nice studio space and they have classes in all kinds of painting and other kinds of art making. They are also “dog friendly”, although they do not appreciate dogs randomly walking through the sculpture studio, as I found out one day! Oops.
Here we are, nearly to our destination. Petco Park is in the background. Can you tell I am getting a little tired?
When we arrived, I was overjoyed to see my friend Martin:
Liz told me if I waited patiently I would get a special surprise. So, after visiting with Martin and some other bystanders, I waited by the door of the bar (I wasn’t allowed in).
This is the Neighborhood Bar downtown. They have very nice beers, burgers and other food. I have never had any, I’ve just heard through the grapevine… The next thing you know, another french bulldog appeared from around the corner!
I was so happy to see another dog just like me. Liz told me his name is Cassius and she met his mom at the Neighborhood. When Liz & Jon found out she had a frenchie too they decided we had to meet!
Cassius wanted to play but I was a still a little tired from the walk. He is only two and I am eight, so even though I’m still playful, I admit I’m not as exuberant as I once was! So Jon helped us out:
Maybe we’ll meet again at one of the San Diego french bulldog Meetups. I hope so! Then it was back to the car to our next destination. Jon let me sit on his lap so I could see out the window:
A very exciting night out!
It seems that Liz knows more than one Buster. This one lives on the East Coast though, and he is a beagle.Liz wanted me to share his repeats portrait with you, since she just finished it and it is going in the mail today:
Hope he likes it!
This past weekend was Liz’s birthday. So imagine my surprise when a package arrived for me!
Unfortunately, it didn’t contain a delectable mix of treats, or a toy…it was a new outfit.
A jean jacket, no less. The next day, Liz actually woke me from a nap to put this thing on me. Now, I know I look handsome in clothes, but this is too much! I thought after I outgrew my sweater and we moved back to San Diego where it is warm, I would not have to suffer such indignities any longer!
Now as I have mentioned before, I am an ideal size. However, my body type is a bit chestier than some other dogs’ might be…and so, it does not button! Well, one button does close, but then it just unsnaps. I think this might be a good thing though, since I might not have to wear it often? I hope not. I really was in no mood for this:
In fact, it downright depressed me:
Why is this necessary?
Last week, Liz took me to visit my friend Parker again. He lives in a part of town called “Banker’s Hill”, in a lovely apartment with lots of glass and great views.We were very excited to see each other again:
Here I am waiting for Parker to come off the couch and play:
And here he is pretending to ignore me:
Then he attacked!
After we played for a while and Liz & her friends drank some tea and ate cookies without giving us any, they decided to take us out.
We are both very well trained and immediately sat down so we could get our leashes on. (Okay, maybe we were bribed a little).
It is a nice neighborhood to go walking in. There are a lot of big old houses and there is an old suspension bridge that goes across a canyon. Here we are on it:
Liz does not like that bridge very much but we don’t care. We just want to get to the other side! There are even bigger houses at the other end. Liz & Frank like to look at things like that & choose their favorite ones.
There is one house that Frank likes, with a very Asian themed garden. It has some cool black bamboo around the outside. He & Liz always peek over the gate to see what’s new with the garden. I couldn’t see anything, but here is the view to downtown San Diego. As you can see it is very hilly around there.
When we got back to the house, Parker and I were both very tired. Parker decided to have a little rest on the couch.
We still had a little energy left over to play some more, though.
And then we went home! I hope we get to see each other again soon!
I have a cousin who is a chihuahua. His name is Buster Jones.
Unfortunately, we sort of hate each other.
It’s not my fault. I try to play with him when he visits, but he just growls at me and runs away. So, I get back at him by stealing his food and not letting him eat any of mine. The rest of the time we just ignore each other.
But I will admit he is pretty cute.
Do you remember when I told you Liz made a piece called “Henri Repeats”? Well, she made one of Buster, and here it is:
Nice, but one Buster is enough for me.
Today Liz made me go with her to see the tax man. He talks a LOT about un-tax-related things, and Liz says he likes having a captive audience. She figured I’d be her ticket outta there if things got real bad.
So, I had to sit in the office (on the floor, mind you) while he asked her boring questions and told stories about his dachsund, who, obviously, is not as cute as me.
BUT the reward for this was I got to go to the beach.
Yes, this makes me happy.
I haven’t been in a while, and usually we don’t even go to this one. Liz says she likes it more these days though. They seemed to have cleaned it up since she last lived here.
The tide was out so I could explore the rocks, and of course I had to pose there (literally, Liz made me).
How handsome, no?
Once that was over, I ran away.
As usual I was not so keen on the water, even though it wasn’t that cold today. If it’s hot I like it more, but I never go swimming. Just up to my chest, and I don’t like the waves, because I don’t like water on my head.
I decided to head back up to the rocks to check out the social scene. This young fellow was very friendly:
A little too much so, if you ask me.
So I decided to go for a walk, but not before saying hello to this dog:
Then I made a run for it.
Dang it! Liz made me pose again.
I am quite accommodating, but that’s because I thought she might have a cookie for me.
But she said she was all out! Next time, she needs to bring more than one!
So, it was back off down the beach with me:
The sun was just beginning to set. I couldn’t help but take a moment to myself to reflect on its beauty.
We started making our way back up the beach. Then I spotted this little lovely:
I do like pugs! This one was a cutie. It’s too bad you couldn’t see her face.
After a quick hello, Liz and I were off, back to the car for a drink and a rest!
And the best part is, we’ve been home ages and she hasn’t even made me have a bath yet!
Liz said you’re probably bored of hearing about me watching her and Kristin design and sew pillows, but she wanted to preview some of the new collections they are working on and also she said I am so cute that you would probably want to see another picture of me no matter what I am doing.
So here is the picture of me:
I am saying, “What, are you kidding me? More pictures of me waiting for you to get done sewing?”
And here are some of the things they are working on putting together:
They pretty much finished that collection. You will have to see it when it’s made up. It will be cool. And here is the next one they will be doing:
Or something like that. It usually changes a lot from this initial stage, but we’ll see! I will be sure to post more pictures when those are ready.
There are a few pillows that are finished that you haven’t seen yet, but the light was really bad that day so pictures did not get taken. Maybe by next week!
Sadly, it was only temporary!
Liz’s in-laws came to visit us last week (that’s why we haven’t written in a little while) and me & Liz got to sleep in the office on a new bed. Usually I sleep on my own bed, like this:
or sometimes a chair in the living room, but Jon was sleeping in there and he says I snore too loud for him.
I used to sleep in Liz’s bed before she met Jon, but due to my snoring problem (it’s not my fault!) I got booted. Liz said was really excited that we would get to share a bed again because I’m really warm and fuzzy and I don’t mind if she puts her cold feet under my belly to get warm.
At first I did not like it, because I am not used to sleeping with anyone. The new bed was small and I would kick Liz with my paws to try to get some room, and then give up and go sleep on my regular bed which she had brought in there with us.
The first night I lasted maybe 10 minutes, the second, half an hour. By the 5th day, I was starting to get used to it! I had my own pillow and plenty of covers. This is how Jon found us in the morning:
The pillow was just perfect for my chin!
After the inlaws left, Liz nicely left the bed out for me for a little while, because she could see that I liked it. I would sleep on it all day and all night too.
Finally she said she had to put it away because it was taking up too much room! But I held out as long as I could.
Mmm, it was so squishy and nice. Maybe she will get me another bed for the office, just like this one, but smaller. She said she would think about it!