Oliver and Snow Rest After Practicing How to Walk Properly on a Leash

June 30, 2012

Oliver and Snow take a nap after practicing how to walk on a leash.

Oliver and Snow napping:



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Organic Chicken for Breakfast and Dinner (hand-fed) and Snooze After Practicing Their Lessons

June 29, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken for breakfast in the galley, then enjoy more for dinner (hand-fed) as they practice their lessons.

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken for breakfast:

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken for dinner, as they practice their lessons:

Looking a bit sleepy after chicken and practicing their lessons:



Oliver and Snow Snooze in the Galley

June 28, 2012

Oliver and Snow, after a full day of playing in their Grandma's yard and hiking on the marina trails, enjoy snoozing in the galley!

Oliver and Snow snoozing:



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Organic Chicken for Breakfast, and Oliver Models His Kayaking Life Vest

June 27, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken on deck (which they share with their neighbor dog Missy). Oliver tries on his new kayaking life vest, to go with our new kayak!

Oliver and Snow dining on deck:

Oliver looking sporty in his kayaking life vest:

Our new kayak (I got to take the white Scottie for a ride on the kayak :-)



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Albacore Tuna for Dinner

June 26, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy albacore tuna for dinner, as a bit of a change from organic chicken!

Oliver demolishes his tuna:

Snow gently eats her tuna:



Oliver and Snow Attend Private Training at PetSmart

June 25, 2012

Oliver and Snow attended private training at PetSmart, and worked on walking properly, rollover, play dead, high five, and shake hands (paw). Snow loves to do any trick that uses her paws, but Oliver was a bit reluctant at first. As soon as he shook hands the first time, he wanted to walk around the store and shake everyone's hands!

Oliver waits for class to start:

Snow enjoys watching the fish before class:


Oliver and Snow Enjoy Organic Chicken - for Breakfast!

June 24, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken for breakfast - delicious!

Oliver and Snow dining on deck:



Oliver and Snow Meet the SOBARS (South Bay Amateur Radio Society)

June 23, 2012

Oliver and Snow meet some of the members of the SOBARS, who were impressed by Snow's ability to poop right next to a trash can (it was purely coincidental)!

Oliver and Snow with the SOBARS:

Oliver and Snow enjoy an evening walk:



Oliver and Snow Help with the Laundry

June 22, 2012

Oliver and Snow help with the laundry - by taking turns sleeping on the pile of clean clothes!

Oliver and Snow help with the laundry:



Oliver Finds New Places to Nap

June 21, 2012

Oliver and Snow generally nap together on the sofa in the salon, or under the table in the galley. Sometimes Oliver naps in one of the dog beds (one in the salon, one in the galley). I've never seen Snow nap in either of the dog beds.

Today, while Snow napped on the sofa, Oliver decided to nap on the salon floor with his head on the bike stand. Later he napped at the top of the galley steps. Adorable!

Oliver takes a nap:



Happy 8th Birthday Snow!!!

June 20, 2012

Oliver and Snow celebrate Snow's 8th birthday with a breakfast of albacore tuna and salmon on deck and a nice walk at the marina.

Albacore tuna and salmon on deck (neighbor dog Missy looks on, at upper left - we gave her some salmon):

Nice walk at the marina on a gorgeous day:

Happy 8th Birthday Snow!



Oliver and Snow Groom Their Feet, and Meet a Schnauzer Named "Meridian of the Universe"

June 19, 2012

Snow loves to suck on her left foot, and has done so ever since I got her from the San Diego County Animal Shelter four years ago. Oliver saw Snow sucking her foot, and decided to lick/groom his left foot!

Oliver and Snow groom their feet:

While out for our evening walk, we met a service-dog schnauzer (with a haircut that made her look like a little bear) named Meridian of the Universe. Awesome name for an awesome dog!!!



Oliver and Snow Attend Class at PetSmart

June 18, 2012

Oliver and Snow attended their weekly private training at PetSmart. We practiced (and mastered!) rollover, play dead, touch, and spin. Snow continued to work on learning meerkat and touch (Oliver has mastered those already, so we practiced to encourage Snow). Oliver is really quick to catch on to new tasks, while Snow is a bit slow. Oliver and Snow were happy to practice their tricks in the training ring but became distracted when performing out on the floor. Our homework is to practice these tricks among other distractions.

After class, we stopped to watch the rats playing in their cages. One rat was happy to show off and taunt Oliver and Snow.

PetSmart rat taunts Oliver and Snow:



Oliver and Snow Attend Dirt Devil Racing's Coyote 10K Trail Race with the Bonita Road Runners

June 17, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoyed a nice hike at Tecolote Canyon before the start of the Coyote 10K trail race. Then they took a nap in the RV while I raced (finishing first in my age group).

Oliver and Snow enjoy the trails at Tecolote Canyon:




Upon returning to the boat, Snow decided to continue her (supervised) nap on deck, enjoying some sunshine as she slept on the pee grass (that neither Oliver nor Snow have peed on).

Nap time on deck:



Oliver and Snow Visit PetSmart and Practice Their Lessons

June 16, 2012

Oliver and Snow visit PetSmart while out doing errands and, upon returning to the boat, practice their lessons. Snow's attention span is rather brief, but Oliver was happy to run through some of his lessons. "Meerkat" is also known as "sitting pretty" (sitting upright while seated). "Touch" is the first step in learning to close the door.

Oliver demonstrates "meerkat":

Oliver demonstrates "touch":

Oliver and Snow take a nap after practicing their lessons:



Oliver and Snow Play in Grandma's Yard and Help Install Boat Flooring

June 15, 2012

Oliver and Snow spent the morning playing in Grandma's yard, trying to find Gloria the cat.

Oliver and Snow playing in Grandma's yard:

Oliver later helped install more boat flooring in the galley, while Snow napped upstairs in the salon.

Oliver helps install boat flooring:



Oliver and Snow Visit the South Bay Salt Works

June 14, 2012

Oliver and Snow took a drive to Lumber Liquidators to pick up more flooring for the boat, and stopped along the way at South Bay Salt Works for a photo op. The South Bay Salt Works salt factory has been in operation since the 1870s. The salt works produces about 75,000 tons of salt every year.

Oliver and Snow at South Bay Salt Works:



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Breakfast on Deck (Organic Chicken!) -- Again!!

June 13, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy organic chicken for breakfast and, again, share some with their neighbor Missy:



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Breakfast on Deck (Organic Chicken!) and Getting the Top Dog Grooming Treatment at PetSmart

June 12, 2012

Oliver and Snow (looking like two little sheep before their afternoon grooming) enjoy organic chicken for breakfast (and share some with their neighbor Missy):





Oliver and Snow show off their sporty new haircuts after the PetSmart Top Dog grooming treatment (bath, haircut, nails trimmed, teeth cleaned):



Oliver and Snow Attend PetSmart Private Training

June 11, 2012

Oliver and Snow attended Session #2 Class #2 at PetSmart private training. We learned "touch" (touching nose to the door - the first step in learning to close the door), "take a bow" (Snow got it, Oliver is still learning), and practiced "roll over." We also walked around the store to learn to behave around other dogs (once Snow starts barking, Oliver starts barking).

Both Oliver and Snow love to pee in the store, despite having taken long walks to take care of that before we go to class. In this video clip, from the training area before class, Oliver and Snow check out all the smells and then Snow pees on her (Petco) leash. Silly Snow!

Checking out the training area:



Oliver and Snow Go to the Dirt Devil Cougar Run Trail Half Marathon and Then Go to Work at the Library!

June 10, 2012

Oliver and Snow hiked the trails then napped in the van while I raced the Cougar Run Trail Half Marathon in San Pasqual.

Oliver and Snow enjoy the scenic trails before the race:




Oliver and Snow share my finisher's medal. Oliver looks very serious, while Snow is her usual smiling self:




After the race, I showered in the RV and we drove straight to work. Oliver and Snow enjoyed walking around the library park before work and during my break. I parked in the lower lot so I could watch them from the Reference Area. All they did was nap because there was no one to bark at!



Oliver and Snow Visit San Diego Running Institute, Oliver Enjoys Lunch at the Galley, and Oliver and Snow Enjoy Organic Chicken on Deck

June 9, 2012

Oliver and Snow visit SDRI for tomorrow's Cougar Run Trail Half Marathon (no pics), then Oliver enjoys a walk over to the Galley for lunch (Snow gets too crazy, so she stayed on the boat). Oliver ate most of my swordfish steak (delicious!).

Oliver admires a dachshund at the Galley:


Snow and Oliver enjoy organic chicken for dinner:



…which we shared with our neighbor Missy:



Oliver and Snow Enjoy a Breakfast of Scrambled Organic Egg Whites and Sausage!

June 8, 2012

Oliver and Snow enjoy (in addition to their grain-free Science Diet) a breakfast of scrambled organic egg whites and sausage (Milo's Kitchen Beef Sausage Slices with Rice). Oliver speedily ate his portion, then moved in on Snow's plate while she was distracted with a sausage. I've never seen Oliver and Snow try to eat from each other's plate, so this was a first! Snow was happy to share her breakfast with her brother!

Oliver and Snow help with the cooking:



Snow shares her plate with Oliver!:



Oliver and Snow Go Grocery Shopping for - Organic Chicken!

June 7, 2012

After a nice long walk, Oliver and Snow (safely) drove to Lumber Liquidators (to get more flooring), the UPS Store (to pick up the mail) and Vons (to get organic vegetables and chicken). After getting both pups seat-belted in the passenger seat with their dog harnesses, I realized I had left my wallet on the boat. It took me all of 5 minutes to go back down the dock, get my wallet, and return to the RV. In those few minutes, Snow slipped out of her harness and was sitting in the driver's seat!

Oliver and Snow safely seat-belted in the passenger seat of the RV:


Houdini Snow escapes from her seat belt and takes over the driver's seat:


Oliver realizes "there's organic chicken in that bag!!":



Oliver and Snow Enjoy Breakfast on Deck - Organic Chicken!

June 6, 2012

Oliver and Snow love their free-range, vegetarian-fed chicken, so they had a nice breakfast on deck:





Oliver and Snow Watch the Transit of Venus via the SLOOH Space Telescopes!

June 5, 2012

A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. Transits occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125!

Venus just begins to appear (10:00 position) against the Sun, in these images from the New Mexico telescope:



Skinny Oliver Slips Through the Dock Gate, Then Oliver and Snow Return to Private Training at PetSmart

June 4, 2012

Oliver has always been too wide to fit through the dock gate, and he loved to stick his head and shoulders through the bars while I unlocked the gate. Now he's less wide, so he can just slip through!!!

A sleek Oliver does his Houdini trick of slipping through the marina gate:

Oliver and Snow took a two-week break from school (private training at PetSmart) and they were thrilled to return to class! Tonight's lesson was a review of play dead (and return to life ;-) and the new tricks of meerkat (sit pretty/sit up), spin, lie down/stay, stand (on 4 legs)/stay, and play 'find'. These pics were taken before class, as Oliver and Snow admired the fish (I think Snow wanted to eat the fish).

Oliver and Snow Attend PetSmart Training:



Oliver Receives His Lifetime Member Bonita Road Runners' Membership Card, and Enjoys a Fun Morning Playing in Grandma's Yard

June 3, 2012

Oliver gets mail! Among the stack of mail we picked up at our mailbox was a letter for Oliver - his BRR membership card!

Oliver is an official BRR!


Oliver and Snow check out Grandma's yard, looking for Gloria the cat:



Oliver and Snow Attend the Bonita Road Runners' Canopy Day/BBQ and the San Diego Spaniel Rescue Meetup

June 2, 2012

Oliver and Snow had a full day of fun! First we ran with the Bonita Road Runners and celebrated the June birthdays (Snow's birthday month!) at the Canopy Day/BBQ, and then we headed over to the San Diego Spaniel Rescue Meetup for the afternoon. At the end of the day, they were both completely wiped out and sleeping with smiles on their faces!

Oliver and Snow after their run:


Oliver with Amber:


Oliver with Dark Horse and his dog Jack:


Oliver with Joy:

Oliver and Snow having a blast at the SDSR Meetup: Lucy is running towards Snow to say hello, and they got into a bit of a scuffle. I held Snow for the remainder of the time and she enjoyed barking every time any of the dogs played chase!

Oliver (at left) with Patty:




Oliver with Patty:


A very happy Oliver is starting to get tired:



Oliver with his new friend, named Oliver!:

Oliver and Snow Enjoy Free-Range, Vegetarian-Fed Chicken for Dinner

June 1, 2012

Oliver and Snow check out what's for dinner!

Oliver helps with the cooking:

Enjoying a spectacular evening, dining on deck: