July, 2009

Jul 09

Needs a Haircut?

When we first got Ada, we laughed about how her hair covered her eyes so she probably couldn’t see very well.  Rather than cut her hair, we decided we’d let it grow thinking it would eventually fall down below her eyes. Almost a month later and I’d say the hair situation has only gotten worse.

Needs a Haircut?

I should probably take her to a groomer to get a haircut, but I love the fluffy!

Jul 09

Doggy Smile

When Ada walks down the street she makes strangers smile. This is why:

Ada has the best doggy smile EVER.

Jul 09


Earlier today Tessa, Ada and I got in the car and drove over the Golden Gate to the Marin Headlands. We wanted a walk on dog-friendly trails and I wanted to get some shots for my weekly photo assignment.  Ada was pretty pooped by the time we got up to the old battery bunker, but not too tired to join in while I jumped around like an idiot taking photos of myself.

Super-dan and Hover-dog come in for landing.

Super-dan and Hover-dog come in for landing.



Jul 09

New Toy

Both Dan and I felt like Ada was seeming bored at work so we decided to get her a new chewtoy.

She sort of likes her Kong when it’s stuffed with treats, but rather than chew on it to get the treats out, she just licks at them for a few minutes and then moves on to chewing on something else. We wanted to get a toy that’s a little easier, so we took her to the chewtoy section of Petsmart to see what she likes. We ended up getting some nylabones, a red Hol-ee Roller ball (because she can carry it easily), a flavored tug-of-war rope (so we can teach her not to play tug-of-war with everything else), and some new treats.

The Perfect Chewtoy

The perfect toy didn’t emerge until we got home with everything and realized that the new treats (chicken chips) are just barely bigger than the holes in the Hol-ee Roller – a perfect pry-the-treat-out-of-the-chewtoy challenge! Success was almost instant. The new toy is rolly and rubbery and carryable. The new treats are novel and exciting.

I only worry that it is a little too frustrating (she huffs and puffs constantly with this thing). She has managed to get one treat out on her own (and we’ve pried out a few out of mercy), so maybe it’s a good level of frustration/interest?  I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Ada wrestles with her Holee Roller.

Update: After about an hour with the new toy she started ripping at the fabric of her bed and whining.  So I put the new toy on my desk to give her a break. Ten minutes later she’s fast asleep.  New toy too frustrating?

Jul 09

You say “calm”, I say “lazy”

Ada is a very calm dog.  I’m very tempted to say she’s lazy but it might be nicer (more accurate?) to say that she does things at her own pace.  Not that she doesn’t periodically go nutso with bursts of energy, but she passes most of her time in some state of sleep or rest.


It doesn’t help that she’s also not very motivated by food.  Last Saturday at Sirius Puppy School, we practiced “Come!” by waving around a treat from about 10 feet away.  The other puppies (Romulus, an Australian Shepherd, and Maya, a Labradoodle) sprang across the divide to gobble down the treat.  Our Ada sauntered a few steps, stretched, walked a few more paces, looked around, finally sat next to Dan, and then ate the treat.  We’re starting to think that she’s more motivated by affection than treats. Awww :)

Jul 09

Escape Hatch

We bought a carrier for Ada so that we can bring her on BART as part of the morning commute to work.  We also use it in the car because it’s much safer than holding her on a lap.  Usually she settles down quickly and happily in the bag. But today she really wanted to get out, furiously digging and scratching and biting at all the corners of the bag.

The bag features a little Pet Connect zipper that is just big enough for us to reach in a pet her “without the threat of escape”.  But to our Ada that is just a challenge!

Let me out!

Once she discovered this potential exit...


...she tried to squeeze her whole body out!

Luckily we were able to put her back inside and zip up the “escape hatch” so we could all have a safe ride home.

Jul 09

To Destroy a Shoebox

Ada discovered an abandoned shoebox under my desk and is determined to tear it to bits.  She usually has about three rounds with it each day (followed by a long naps), but I’ll bet it takes her a good month to completely destroy it.

Ada vs Shoebox Part 1: What’s that noise?

Ada vs Shoebox Part 2: With Vigor!

Jul 09

Ada Impersonates the Firefox Logo

Ada Impresonates the Firefox Logo


Firefox Logo


Jul 09

Golden Gate Park

Mucky Pup

Ada seemed to think it would be increadibly fun to roll around face first in the dirt.

Jul 09

Wiggly Pig

Wiggly Pig