Treasuries are collections created by etsy users of their favorite things with similar themes.
Estudiomartita created this one in homage to her dog Kodi, who recently passed away. I was so honored she included me!
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!
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?
Yesterday Liz decided we should go to the beach. It is finally starting to be sunny and with daylight savings time, it feels very summery.
Of course I am always ready for a trip to the beach. It’s pretty much my favorite place, although the park is a close second. Or any walk, really.
Here I am with the famous Hotel Del waaay in the background:
It was pretty hot but we decided to walk to the end of the beach because I like to do that. I met a few dogs along the way:
But I wasn’t feeling too playful. I’m a bit discriminating when it comes to other dogs. Usually I like other smushy faced dogs, and I tend to like girls better than boys. There are exceptions of course, and Liz has never been able to figure me out completely. I’m just more of a people dog.
So we kept walking, towards Point Loma:
That is it in the distance. This is one of Liz’s favorite beaches in all of San Diego. Maybe you can see why.
I like to walk to the end, where the beach becomes a military-only beach, to sniff around the rocks down there.
I have sneaked across a few times, but the guard finds me so charming I don’t get into trouble. Only with Liz!
And then we headed back! It was a lovely and relaxing time.
Of course, when we got back I had to face a bath. But now I’m nice and clean, and snuggling in my bed:
And quite frankly I’m ready for Liz to stop taking pictures of me!
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.
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!
Liz & Kristin got together again this week to do some sewing. This is the 3rd time already I think. It’s not very exciting, but I do what I can to assist the process. Here I am helping Liz rip seams. She tried making the sewing machine go backwards, and apparently that doesn’t work! Check out my look of intense concentration:
I take this shizz seriously!
I know it’s my job to supervise these girls, but it’s really not that fun. They don’t listen to any of my design advice, and they don’t pet me as much as I would like, either. Liz even had the nerve to tell me to be careful not to drool on the silk! As if I would. I was just resting my chin.
You can see a couple of their finished pillows in the background there. Yeah, they’re cute, I guess!
Stay tuned. They will put them on Etsy soon, they told me. Maybe next week.
All this sewing is tiring though!
At least they were too distracted with sewing things to dress me up with trims this time! But I did have to wait ages for my dinner…
So last week I promised to share with you more of my adventures with Parker. I hadn’t seen him in a few months until yesterday, and he is taller than me now, though much skinnier. We got on smashingly. Now that he is big enough we can play. When he was little I had to be more careful with him.
We decided to take some pictures in front of my house:
Just kidding, that’s not really my house, Liz would never go for these hideous awnings!
Honestly, I find photo shoots so BORING; I would rather just eat grass (and I do!)
Parker’s not too keen on them either, but I told him you just have to go with it!
Then who knows, you might at least get a little treat out of it, or a scratch.
We ended up getting a walk all over the park. And believe me when I say we were tired little pups when we got home! Parker passed out on the couch:
And I squished myself into his bed:
It was just right, really…
Liz has been continuing to work on the “henri with hearts” series, and this is a glimpse of her desk from last night:
And today, she finally updated her etsy shop! With the red one:
This is her favorite one so far. I do think I look good in blue. Don’t you?