First of all, Frank and Bean have finally discovered mobile blogging! WHAT!! Get ready world!!
In even better news, we are HOOOOME in the PNW, and guess what was here to greet us. Yep. The rain. Bean was filled with less than delight to see his hoodie come out... And yet, he couldn't fail to be photogenic...
The above photo seems to have brought up a name several times:
If only E.T. had been furry! Poor little fella probably never got much of a cuddle!
Now, many folks, especially those confronting an upcoming winter in the Northeast, may not agree with what Frank and Bean consider to be a bad this week... BUT keep in mind that they are pugs with short snouts and they DO tend to overheat and are rather uncomfortable.
So, this week's Bad:
90+ degree temperatures in October. People! What about the Fall??? And the crisp weather??? And the smell of leaves in the air and the colors on the trees?? I know, folks move here for the weather, but WE did not... did we Bean?
That's right, no we did not. BEAN, just look at how large and flat your tongue has to be!!!
Now, for the Good:
PUG MURAL!!! What??? Amazing. I mean. They aren't black but still.
I did try to pose the pugs in the exact position but...
Nope... close with Bean... Frank! Back up!
FRANK!!! Stand UP!
Sigh, well... close enough
Here is a picture of the entire mural...
We are very pleased that it is modeled on one of our favorite pieces by Seurat...
(That little dog and his monkey friend are not NEARLY as cute as pugs!)
Okay, The Bad:
Now, as we all know, Frank is as up for as good time as anyone, HOWEVER, when we walk to our closest large park on a Sunday morning, we are astounded by the number of beer bottle caps on the grass. ASTOUNDED. On our little trek alone across the lawn I counted 107. Yep 107. And we only walked from here:
(that's right Frank, we do turn our nose up at littering, though who can blame someone for wanting a beer on a sunny day at the park... pick up your caps people!):
to that pack of pups you see behind us (blown up here.):
107 folks... 1.0.7.
And 4 joint butts. Actually though, no cigarettes, so there is that. Thanks for the healthy lungs SF.
They actually have a drinking fountain specifically for dogs at this park.
INDEED Bean! Hydrate up! Also enjoyable is the fact that the button to run the water for your dog is at human height.
Sadly I did not re-document the fact that Frank will NOT drink from the canine fountain and rather must be held up to the human one...
Let us all recollect this FINE moment when he was sharing a drink with his cousin Gussie in Colorado (who is most sadly recovering from a rather unfortunate surgery and is in a cone this week... yipes!)
Now, seeing this picture you might think that Bean is paying tribute to something worshipful in front of him (there is, in fact a treat) but what we are really looking at is the gum. On his foot. Welcome to the Good and Bad of San Francisco #3. And here is how Bean really feels about it, when no treat is involved:
Yep, that's right Bean. Disgusting.
And now for the good! Whenever Frank and Bean have to stay in Oakland, as they did when I had to return briefly to Seattle this last week, they get to revisit their favorite dog walker Aunt P! And to go for adventures with their old pack :)
I am sleeping on a mattress on the floor. Like when you graduate from college and can't afford a bed frame. Except I never slept on a mattress on the floor after college, well, because my parents just couldn't stand to see that happen. Anyhow, here we are, reverting now that I am truly a grown up on my own.
Frank can easily access the "bed"!
You know how most dogs freak out a bit when the vacuum comes out? Well, as a testament to how fond he is of the new "bed" setup, Frank has decided that he not only need banish all fear, but in fact he will completely ignore the loud creature that is greedily sucking up all of the hair with which he had so graciously and copiously adorned the room...
Thank you Bean, for acting like a normal dog. Very refreshing.
Oh Frank! So very zen you are in your little cozy coat.
Many people other than me carry their dogs in bags!
This. Is where Frank has to try to poop. This is it. For blocks. So, I have taken to carrying him a half mile to a park. Bean walks. Now, they will at least pee on this tree and may I JUST say that I picked this one because it is a family friendly blog and most of the trees in my neighborhood do NOT have family friendly trash around them in the morning. Use your imaginations.
Well. Frank and Bean are back in San Francisco. We've been in a bit of a slump as we are rather homesick and do not want to be here. I know that people love SF, but I find it dirty and rather entitled, and Frank dislikes the lack of grass in our "hip & grungy" (read: loud & dirty) neighborhood... that's right, we are haters... BUT... what better way to buck up and move on than to blog about it! And to try to find something positive! The good and the bad - and we only have 3 more months before we head HOME!!
So, the good in the picture below is that leashes seem rather optional at parks here in SF.
Run little pugs! Run free!
The bad news is that while frolicking off leash, it is entirely possible that your pug (Bean) will discover a left over piece of sushi or a joint left on the grass from the night before. I have fished both out of his mouth this week. Also, homeless people do not like to share their breakfast with a pug..no matter how cute.
It just so happens that Frank, Bean, and I do not live in a climate with a plethora of sunshine during the winter or spring (or sometimes several summer) months. Fortunately we have a vibrant and delightful group of friends and family who create so much brightness in our lives that we almost don't even notice the rain!
However, it did so happen that one of our dear friends was feeling down last week and noted that the lack of sun as one of the reasons, so, we decided to create some sunshine of our own...
The Bean Beam! Guaranteed to warm even the coldest and rainiest of hearts!
After an extended period of time in California with hours that sadly did not permit for much frolicking or blogging, we are back!!! And we introduce the blogs reappearance by an activity that I recommend for warming both the heart and the body...
Spooning in the Sun!
Now, please don't fret if you can't immediately master Bean's advanced technique, it is quite impressive to see such a little leg in such and expanded spooning position....
However, with a bit of time we feel that not only can the leg extension be achieved, but that you also may be able to master Bean's highly honed talent for the chin/cheek rest...
Oh my! So much joy and warmth in the heart to be attained by a good spoon in the sun!!