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Goodbye San Francisco

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This was Hobie's last time at Baker Beach before embarking on a new adventure. Details to come...

Hobie meets friends at Mountain Lake

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We took Hobie to Mountain Lake, and we brought his squeaky football.

The ball immediately drew the attention of another dog that was there (the middle one in the first picture). At first the owner seemed a little hesitant, but we told him it was fine that he was interested in the ball.

For a few minutes I would throw the ball, and they would both run as fast as they could to get it. Most of the time Hobie would win the mad dashes.

Hobie and two friends running in a row at Mountain Lake

Another dog also came along. This dog was mostly interested in sniffing the other dogs, though, and just run along because it seemed like something fun to do. Hobie behaved very well, and didn't growl at all at them. He just circled around, and tried to make his way back to us with his ball.

Hobie running side by side two friends at Mountain Lake

Unfortunately, this was one of the last times Hobie got to play with his football. Only a few days later we took him to a bonfire at Ocean Beach. The group we were with took turns throwing his ball, but as we were leaving we couldn't find the ball. Hobie was more than willing to roam around looking for it, but to no avail.

Pug Sunday

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Hobie went to Pug Sunday in Alta Plaza Park today.

It was a little chilly, but there were still around 20 pugs in attendance. There were pugs of all shapes and sizes, from tiny pups to one that looked a lot like Jabba the Hut.

A few pugs wore clothing. One fashion-conscious pug simply wore an LV collar, while the pair in the picture donned SF Giants jerseys.

Pugs in SF Giants costumes play at Pug Sunday

Hobie trotted around a little bit to check out the other dogs, but he didn't really care too much for them. In fact, he decided to just sit down and look at us.

Hobie does not want to play with the other pugs on Pug Sunday

There were more people than dogs at Pug Sunday, and several people brought blankets and just sat on the grass waiting for playful pugs to approach.


Alta Plaza

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Yesterday, we took Hobie to Alta Plaza Park. It's about a 15-minute walk away from our apartment, and the views are great. I think only part of the park is supposed to be an off-leash area, but dogs run around happily throughout the park. There's also a dog watering hole near the tennis courts.

On our way there we picked up some croissants at Le Boulangerie on Pine Street. There's usually a few dogs waiting (patiently) for their owners outside.

Hobie waits outside a bakery

Once up at the park, Hobie ran around while we had breakfast. The hill behind Hobie is USF's Lone Mountain campus.

Hobie at Alta Plaza park

There are a lot of small dogs at this park, at least when compared to Alamo Square.

Pine Lake

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We took Hobie to Pine Lake last weekend. It's right off Sloat, and it's surprisingly quiet. There were a lot of dogs there, despite the dog run being under renovation.

The dog area seems huge, and it's one of the biggest dog parks I've seen in San Francisco. Dogster has directions and the address.

It sprinkled a little bit, so we had to deal with a muddy, but happy, dog.

Hobie at Pine Lake

There are a few short trails behind Stern Grove, and Hobie had a great time running around there. For the humans, though, the walk around the actual lake was nicer.

New friends

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On our way to Pug Sunday, Hobie made new friends wit Lou and Tinkerbell.

Hobie meets Tinkerbell


Walking through Hayes Valley

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Chillin by the Golden Gateway, an art installation by Oakland artist Seyed Alavi:

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Waiting to cross Ivy St.
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It's time for a haircut

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Hobie's fur suddenly grew a lot. Especially now that it's starting to rain more, it's not that much fun with a shaggy dog. Since Hobie gets to play a lot, he also gets dirty a lot, and we have to rinse off his paws almost every time he goes out.

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The above picture is from nearby Alamo Square Park. The slightly darker color on the fur around his paws is not an optical illusion - it's dirt. Dirt that gets worked into the carpet, and dirt that gets left on top of our bed (that's where Hobie sleeps during the day).

We want to take him to a new groomer, because the place we've been taking him to, kind of botched the job last time. They managed to cut his ear, so it bled a little bit. Not a lot, but still. His eyebrows were also a little off. All in all, we were a little iffy. The people there were friendly, but that doesn't help much when they actually cause physical harm to Hobie.

We're going to try Kate's Cat and Dog Salon next.

Pug attack

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Hobie and I were on our way back from walking to Alamo Square this morning when we saw a pack of pugs down the street.

One woman had four of them, all running around lose on the sidewalk, and she was talking to another dog owner (who just had one, slightly larger dog). The pugs were mostly doing their own thing, walking around, smelling trees, and just enjoying life.

We walk toward them, and the pug closest to us saw Hobie and started trotting toward us. Hobie has been getting a little skittish when meeting some dogs, so he stopped and waited for the other dog to come. They did a little butt-sniffing dance, and then Hobie walked on.

Now the second pug sees us, and he runs toward Hobie to smell. We get past this obstacle too.

By now I feel like I'm in some game, with the pugs being little bosses that Hobie has to get past. Of course, next up is a third pug and the larger dog. It was a mutt, around Hobie's size, and they sniff him up front and back at the same time. Hobie's not quite sure how excited he is, but he takes it like a real dog.

The fourth pug is hiding behind its owner.

I exchange smiles with the other dog owners, and Hobie is ready to go.

Game over.

Playing with a view

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A while ago we took Hobie to play at Crissy Field. His little football is one of his favorite toys.

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When he first got the ball, it took him a while to figure out how to get it in his mouth, since it's pretty big. When Hobie plays with a toy that is just a little bit too large to bite around, he'll get frustrated and whine while pushing it around. It's pretty funny.

Why won't they play with me?

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Hobie was pretty playful this morning. However, he had just played fetch at Alamo Square, so he was a little tired. He still wanted to play with us, but we were cleaning up in the kitchen.

After a minute or two, his head started bopping up and down, and he laid down and started falling asleep next to his ball.

Hobie almost sleeping

Ears go flop

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After Hobie's last haircut, we went exploring Glen Canyon park. It's a beautiful canyon park tucked away behind Twin Peaks. Hobie had a few obstacles to run through, including jumping over some fallen logs. Watch his ears flop!


Do I look like a fire hydrant?

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We took Hobie to Mountain Lake Park today. There's a great dog run area there. We sat down and spoke with an older woman who also has a Schnauzer. Here's her dog:

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When we sat down, about 5-6 dogs came over to us, all wanting to smell us and say hello. I got lots of dog slobber on my jeans, including some that smelled like vommit.

Hobie says hi to a pug:
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Maybe that's gross enough, but then I notice the other Schnauzer walking around my leg in a suspicious manner. Then he lifts his leg and pees on me!

I moved my leg, and didn't quite know what to do. I said out loud that the dog just peed on me, but nobody really reacted. Both Gladys and the people next to me noticed, and just kind of shrugged. OK, I guess those things happen.

Well, within a few minutes, another dog tried peeing on me, too. I guess I now smelled like a good spot to mark. Apparently, I got peed on two or three times as we were sitting there.

Great. Now I know what a fire hydrant feels like.

Yet another toy

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We stopped by Pawtrero on our way back from the groomer's. It's a pet store and "bathhouse" in Potrero Hill. It's pretty cool - your dog can run around in there, and the people were friendly.

We were mostly looking for a new collar for Hobie (Gladys wants a Planet Dog collar). We didn't find that, but we did pick up a new toy for Hobie. It's called an IQube,
and it's basically a cube you can put soft balls that squeak in. Hobie enjoys it a lot, except that it only took him a few hours to destroy one of the four balls that came with it.

(Turns out a store nearby us, Puppycat has the collars, but not in the color Gladys wants).

Hobie with his IQube

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