Friday, December 30, 2011


My first day in the snow needs little explanation. It was perfect.

Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is just as fun!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Look what I got!

I hope you're having a wonderful day with your families -- both furry and human. Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?

Hopefully this video will help you feel festive and jolly. Remember, even during the holidays it is best to adopt, not shop!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Fun

This will definitely make you smile!

Don't forget to enter our first giveaway. Only four more days to go!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Our First Giveaway!

Calling all friends, furry and human!!! We are officially announcing our first giveaway today as part of a way to help my best friend Lilah. 

Just a few days ago Lilah's mom sent this picture to my mom, partly out of desperation:

Yes my friends, that is the boxspring of Lilah's parents bed...chewed all of the way through. I can't say I'm too proud of my little friend but then again she is still learning and growing. She's only about ten months old and is having a hard time working out her anxious energy while Mom and Dad are out of the house.

Her parents have tried ... well, just about everything. They crated her when she was younger in an attempt to teach her boundaries and keep her away from things that could be chewed. That worked until she barked all day and the neighbors complained. She also rubbed her nose against the edge of the crate so much she actually hurt herself in the process! Crating was not working.

They tried leaving music on during the day. They've tried giving her a Kong packed with peanut butter, treats, etc. and having her work out her energy on that. They've tried exercising her more, training her in formal classes and at home, taking her to the nearby dog park to socialize her, and checking on her every four to five hours. They bought her a thundershirt that seemed to work for a while...until this. Help!

Here's how the giveaway works
Please comment below (on this post, not on Facebook) with your suggestions for Lilah and her parents. You can leave one comment below which counts as one entry into the giveaway. 

Want a bonus? Send us an email to with a picture of the worst thing your pets have destroyed. When I was little I chewed on the heel of Mom's new Kate Spade heels. She was WAY too mad to remember to take a picture but you can imagine she still hasn't forgiven me...

We will announce a winner one week from today, on December 20, who will receive a truly fabulous dog-themed gift. I promise. Good luck!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Yes, I might be laying on my bed surrounded by ... count them ... six different toys.

So what? I want to chew on a free stick I found outside. Deal with it.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Fun

I know you're smiling after that one :) Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Thanksgiving Break

As you can see, my mom took a little break from blogging over the Thanksgiving holiday. I kept doing cute things, she kept snapping pictures but she's left all of you, my lovely readers, in the dark. For shame!

Luckily this means that we have plenty to share in the next couple of weeks :) For now I'll leave you with some shots of me in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard -- happy and smiling with my favorite tennis ball. Have a great day!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today I was lucky enough to be the ring bearer in Mom and Dad's wedding. It was an incredibly rainy day and for a minute there we weren't sure if the wedding would happen outside like Mom had hoped. Luckily the sky cleared about an hour before the ceremony, they threw out the chairs really quick, and we made it happen!

My beautiful homemade collar was a great accessory

My big debut -- walking down the aisle!

Taking time to stop and smell the roses, of course

Our first picture as The Piedrahitas
 A year later they're still just as lovey, mushy and goofy but I wouldn't have it any other way. Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

 Just a note: All pictures were by D. Roa Photography. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you NEED to. She's amazing, obviously.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Playtime with Papa

 I've told you before how proud I am of my Dad and his work in the Navy. Well one thing I love the most about it are his random days off -- with me! Mom works a silly Monday-Friday 8-5 job and so I hardly see her during the week. I LOVE when Dad gets an extra day or two to spend running around in the bushes and just being boys. Today is one of those days and I'm having a blast!

Sorry Mom, boys rule and girls drool!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Training: The Beginning

Mom and I are training for a big race together in January. Ok, it's not a big race for her since she's done quite a few 5K's, 10K's and even a half-marathon but it's a big race for me!

See, as much as I love to run off-leash at the park, the beach, or in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard, I am not the biggest fan of running on leash. Maybe it's the limited path I have to run on, maybe it's mom's snail's pace, who knows, but I prefer to be on my own, maybe even chasing a bird or two ;)

Well Mom has been very nice, slowly working me into the running thing, adding just a little distance at a time. Today we passed two miles for the first time (2.25 miles to be exact, but who's bragging...)!! Because of that pesky time change we usually run in the morning as the sun's coming up or after work when the sun's going down. This isn't an uncommon view for us:

Surely I can't complain too hard about that, can I?

In case you're wondering we are signed up for the Petco Walk, Run, Wag 5K9 on January 15 here in San Diego. Come run with us!!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Howl-o-ween, part 2

I was so excited to welcome some of my friends for a Halloween party and good ol' fashioned Monday Night Football! There were plenty more snazzy costumes, led by little 20-month-old Preston who trick-or-treated before hanging out for the night. Doesn't he make a great Yoda?


Rufus thinks he is a big dog

Dolly the Ladybug!
Rufus the Fisherman (hey, get out of my bed!)

Erik the crazy Charger fan, Steven (my dad) the Pirate, and Travis the Stay-at-home-Dad

Natasha the Pushy Girl Scout, Heather (my mom) as Daphne, and Ashley the Hippie
Preston's parents -- Mishell the Lawyer (who is also a lawyer in real life) and Jason the ... Dragon?

I made sure to steal attention even while I was outside
We had a great night with lots of food and plenty of treats. Unfortunately the Chargers didn't have a great night and everyone left with a little less pep in their step after a hard loss in overtime. Bummer! I would say "there's always next week" but Mom says that will make Dad even more mad so I'll just say "thanks for coming over, friends!" Enjoy the rest of your week!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Howl-O-Ween!!

Dad jokes with me all the time, "Jack, when are you gonna get a job?" Usually I just meet him with a blank stare but today I was lucky enough to go to work -- with mom! I got to be the Scooby-Doo to her Daphne!! Check us out:

National University System Headquarters in La Jolla :)
Mom even made me my very own Scooby-Doo tag!
I got to see Aunt Ashley as a hippie...
...and meet Brittany the kitty cat
I growled at this guy in the hall...oops! He was scary!
I quickly learned that if I sat and stared at mom she had treats in her bag for me!
I finally had enough bully sticks, play time and schmoozing that I needed a break.
Check me out all comfy in Mom's cubicle
I'm not sure why you humans complain about work all the time because I had a blast! Thanks to Grandma for picking me up at dropping me off at home too -- three hours was just about my limit for the office.

Tonight we're hosting some of Mom and Dad's friends for Monday Night Football. Stay tuned, I will have plenty more pics after that! Stay safe tonight :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


It's starting to get cold out here in San Diego and I suddenly need a little extra warmth at bedtime. Ok this is probably where I should be very honest and tell you that "cold" for us San Diegans is anything below 60 degrees (you're jealous...) 

 Don't judge me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

One last sad, desperate plea...

Ok one last reminder to go on Facebook and vote for my picture to help me win a Tagg Pet Tracker. Surely you haven't forgotten my post about how badly I want one for Christmas, have you? Well this would be even better because if I win this contest I get one for FREE!!!!

Click on the picture below to vote for me in the contest on Facebook :) Click the button that says Vote Now and be sure to share the story to your wall so all your friends can help me too.

As a nice little thank you I'll leave you with a joke:

What do you get if you cross a cocker spaniel, a poodle, and a rooster? 

...any guesses...

A cockerpoodledoo!

Cheesy, I know, but I hope it made you smile!!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fun

Mom gives me a crunchy milkbone every day before she leaves the house and it is sooo good! Sometimes I use it in place of my tongue to stick it out at her and make her laugh :) 

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Get out the vote

Yep, it's time to bug you again about voting for my picture and helping me win a Tagg Pet Tracker!!!! Surely you haven't forgotten my post about how badly I want one for Christmas, have you? Well this would be even better because if I win this contest I get one for FREE!!!!

Click on the picture below to vote for me in the contest on Facebook :) Click the button that says Vote Now and be sure to share the story to your wall so all your friends can help me too. Thank you!!