Monday, June 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Jenny!

We had a great Sunday celebrating Jenny's 29th Birthday at Tomales Bay Oyster Company. There was great food, great friends and great fun for the doggies. Tomales Bay is known for its oyster farms and we enjoyed some raw and barbecued oysters!

Here is the evite invitation to the party:



Master Chef Sally manning the grill


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Tomales Bay Oyster Company

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Look at those oysters! YUM!

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Here's what we bought: 50 Large Oysters, 12 Very Small Oysters and 25 Clams

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Billy showing us how to shuck an oyster!

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Oysters on the grill

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This was not a posed shot. That's how Brandon looked before eating his first raw oyster.

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Brandon, the Lee sisters, and the yummy tri tip on the grill!


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Teriyaki Salmon

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Our Picnic Area



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The Grill Master (Steven) at work with his Sous Grill Master (Shirin)

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The S Group (Sean, Steve, Shirin, Shea)! They were missing Shirley, Sung, Steven, and Sally.

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Sung and Eric catching up.

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Newt and Joanne having a good time.

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Joanne made Cherry Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes for Jenny! There were de-li-cious!

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Jenny wearing her new apron (Beagle hair adds Flavor) from Julie and Eric.

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Jenny posing with Andrea and her new green top.

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That's right, it's the Edge Brownie Pan! No more fighting for the edges thanks to Joanne.

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The dogs enjoyed their outing at Tomales Bay.


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Julie giving a treat to Cocoa while Dodger looks on.

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Bonnie was brave enough to explore the water!

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I've got the stick - come and chase me!

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It's my stick, not yours! Mine!

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Sally got a bit dirty chasing the doggies around.


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Talk about dirty: Brody = Dirty!


Monday, June 23, 2008

Our own Beaglefest

The hot weather coupled with a long drive were great reasons to bypass this month's Beaglefest in Sausalito. Instead, we took the pooches to Fort Funston for a relaxing stroll along the beach where we met six other beagles! There were quite a few dog chases amongst our girls and of course Bonnie was in the middle of every one. As we walked back to our car, Bonnie was exhausted and we thought that papa Newt would have to carry her!

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Arrow leading the chase, Bonnie is the middle of every chase (literally), and Sally (chunky monkey) catches up.

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Two against one, though my bet is still on Sally.

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Arrow likes to stop mid-chase and lay down on the sand. Sally wasn't done with the chasing and howls at Arrow to get up.


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Look at Sally's face...it's hilarious (she's mid-wiggle)!

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Bonnie loves playing with toys that we decided to have her carry one. She enjoyed practicing her soccer skills.

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At the end of the trail, Bonnie was glad to drink some water.

Arrow, Bonnie and Sally hung out on Sunday and pretty much laid around the pup tent. Except for Sally, the other two dogs aren't fans of confined spaces and so they just sprawled out on the carpet instead of in the tent


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The Three Amigos showing off their "down" positions


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Looks like Sally is smiling



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Wait... 5 beagles?!? Oh, they were just joined by Uno and Mini-me

Sunday, June 22, 2008

3 Years Anniversary!

Jenny and I just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary this past week!! I borrowed little Sally to help me deliver Jenny's anniversary gift (see pictures below). As mentioned in the previous blog, Sally didn't mind at all having a box tied to her collar. It was Jenny's first Tiffany (Sniffany for Sally's world) jewelry and she loved it! She has worn it nonstop, even to sleep!

We spent our night eating sushi at Mutsu and watching Kung Fu Panda at the San Mateo theaters. The food was delicious, very authentic. We especially enjoyed the chawan mushi, quite comparable to Kirala in Berkeley. The service was a bit slow and there wasn't much of an ambiance to the place. But if you are snobby about your Japanese food, Mutsu is a good place to go. Kung Fu Panda was good. Jenny really liked Po the Panda. There were some very funny scenes but also some cheesy scenes. All in all, it was a great night.


We extended our celebration by having dinner at Chez Panisse this Saturday. We got a gift certificate from Steven as our wedding gift and what a better way to use the gift certificate than to celebrate our anniversary. We had very high expectations for Chez Panisse and maybe it was a bit too high. The food was excellent, definitely in the realm of fine dining. Yet, it didn't blow us away as we had hoped. Maybe we are just too spoiled living in the Bay Area.


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Do I have a blue box around my neck?

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Jenny putting on her necklace.

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Jenny posing with her gift.



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Sunday, June 15, 2008

A monkey on her back, guarding her home and a Beagle meetup: what a weekend!


Sally has always been very tolerant of everything that we've put on her: the Bee-gle outfit and the Snoopy costume for Halloween; Santa Paws for Christmas; and even Daisy (the bunny) to name a few. She's never been stressed out or embarrassed by the costumes/animals that we put on her. So we knew she wouldn't mind if we put a monkey on her back, literally. The Anaheim Angel's popular Rally Monkey has now become Sally's chew toy. The monkey has velcro on its limbs, making it easy to strap around little Sally.

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Get this monkey off my back!

Sally loves her tent so much that she has abandoned her hound dog mentality and has adopted a guard dog mindset. Here she is showing off her "Begging" trick.

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No one gets into the tent without getting through me first!

And finally, the weekend ended with a nice Beagle Meetup at the Foster City Dog Park. Arrow and Bonnie came over and the three amigas headed to the park.

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There were over 25 beagles at the meetup. Bonus points if you can spot Sally, Bonnie and Arrow!

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The girls with the girls.


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Sally in the middle of the beagle pack.

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Arrow basking in the sun at the dog park.

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Bonnie staying out of the Bay Area heat under a chair.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A New Home for Sally and Delicious Crepes!

No no, we did not give Sally up for adoption. We actually bought a new dog tent for Sally to hang out in during the day while we are at work. We bought the tent from the REI sale last month, and we finally set up the tent this weekend. Sally loves to lay out on the carpet and bask in the sun and we figure she'll have plenty of time during the day to enjoy a nice tan, and then relax in her tent when she gets hot!

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Also this weekend, we made crepes for the first time! We had fresh blueberries and strawberries, and we melted some chocolate chips over the stove for the chocolate sauce, and made some whipped cream by beating some heavy cream. They were pretty easy to make, so I think we will have to make them again soon!

Jenny Crepes

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