Sep 12th

Camping with Jester our Big Puppy

By Jester
We are in CA and went to Sandy Beach.
Last Wed. to Mon. and we had a blast.
Jester stayed with us well and leason.
Chased the ball from way out in the water and back every time.
Sat next to us by the campfire and understod NO and Leave it.
At night his crate was right next to our tent and not one sound,
just as good as if we where home.
Glad all the worries about camping with are puppy are now gone.

Im glad casue I hate the ideal of leaving him home with someone chekcing up on him or putting him at a strange place while we are gone.
Id rather have fun with my dog than like others where they come back and they say wow my dog looks so much difforent casue
the family went away for the week. lol

It took us a long time before we bought a dog
and now I can see he was the right puppy to wait for
becasue he has made it so easy for us to take him where ever we go.

Don't know if this is a...  HELPFUL  WHY...  but it also helped.
I have taken our puppy in my car since the day we got him.
About 3 outings a week where we have to drive an hr.
We also creat trained him so I think it has helped him respect the car.
At home his crate is in the kitchen and he is only told to go in it for bed,
over night. Some times he gose in it on his own,
but we also have a bed in the livingroom for him to lie down on
durring the day. Creat isnt for being bad. ONLY bed time at night.

Hope you all are having a great September.
Still so very hot where we are in CA.
Jul 31st

California Dog Parks... Updated

By Jester

Dog Parks in California


 Sandy Beach, (Rio Vista) Added to list
2333 Beach Dr.,
Rio Vista, CA
--- Beach where the dogs can get in with the people.
Can launch boats there, BBQ and even camp.
-- Day beach is $5. a car plus $1. per dog.
Camping I believe was $30. a night.

Sand Beach, has been where you can find us almost every weekend... lol

King Park, (Brentwood) Added to list
1379 Bauer way,
Brentwood, Ca 94513
--- Fenced off leash Dog park
-- Also has Basketball court,
and kids playground,
and lots of grass area for children or dogs on leash to sit and eat,
kick a ball or fly a kit or ride there bike around
all next to it where parents can watch from the dog park.

Brentwood is one I try & hit every night
from anywhere from 5pm to 830pm depending on the night.

Lake Elizabeth Dog Park (Fremont) Changes
Has been moved & is Redone.
There is now a Big & Small Dog Park apart from each other.
Directions is about the same only its right after Police Station
and Parking lot isn't so far back or the dog park.
Next to Basketball hoops,
Dog Shelter,
Playground, and bathroom..
can even walk around Lake Elizabeth from the dog park.
- I go to this one almost every Mon., Wed., Fri., from 10am to Noon

I want to try the one in Union City, CA.
Hope to next week in Aug. 2010
& will tell you what I think of that one.
I keep hearing good things.

                                                                                                           Jester Approved
Jul 25th

Today was the 5th time we have taken Jester to the beach.

By Jester


1st time, luckily there was a dog that helped cost him out, but not far at all, pretty much just 4 paws.

2nd time, there was another dog & Jester did go in more, & all most  looked, like he might of swim; he would turn back around, & wait for the dog to bring it back.. lol "almost"

3rd time, I'm starting to get tired of stranger saying to me... "What’s wrong with your Labrador, they love the water." oh don't get me going. Good thing, I just smiled. In my head I'm saying he’s still young, only a few times; and if I chuck my dog in, he may never do it again. I've seen that happen, So much for your duck hunter now... he-he OK, moving along.

4th time, he would go out almost to a swim so after an hr. I started to bribe him... I know, not good...   I’d back up 3 to 5 steps then tell him to come, when he got to me, he got a treat... and then again, till he was swimming  to get treat, and turned around till he got to land. Only did that twice, and then would throw the ball in the water more and more out there, before we went home he did swim... just not that far. Still, Great. I was so happy.

*** Little History how I have been doing this.*I attach a 6" leash around 2 loops on my shorts and a 30" from Jester to I. Well up to today that was working great. For when he would start to run off scared. He couldn't get away from me anymore than that. I could let him be away from me, so that I could go in the water & call him to me. Hoping for; monkey see monkey do.  LOL ***

5th time... Today... He went in the water with no other dogs around, and was swimming big time. I was so happy. Well wind would come and go on how fast things could take a ball away. And I on only a 30' leash I was doing A LOT of swimming myself. Well I don't know when or why I hadn't notice but Jester and I, where never going to reaching this ball together; It just wasn't going to happen this time. Even after people comment on how fast he was retrieving. This time was a NO. I had reached my limit; as much as I could, and being quiet might fool humans, I think, Jester felt my pain. I'm so happy my puppy and I are inseparable; meaning I take him to work about every day being able to I talk, play, & teach him a lot; has really paid off today. As much as he might have been able to retrieve the ball, I knew I had to get back to land. "poor me" Told him to leave it, and go "pointing to land" he turned but also a few times tried to get on me. It must have been in my voice. After telling him no, twice and to go... we made it without looking back. We had gotten out so far I hadn't even yet raped my mind around it till Jester was moving forward in the correct direction. I don't know that I would have made it all by myself. The leash never got tight where he pulled me in, but to know that option was there. I didn't have a negative thought in my head. I'm so happy to have him in my life!!! He even went out some more for a different ball.

He just keeps on going... LOL