Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Meetup

 When we were looking for a bulldog puppy I learned about the SF Bulldog Club and their monthly meetup at Crissy Field in San Francisco. A whole bunch of bulldogs playing on the beach? Sign me up! Now that Roland has all of his shots and such we took a trip out to the city yesterday. 

Crissy Field is amazing, a giant dog-friendly park and beach in the Presidio are of San Francisco. We ended up parking at the opposite end of the beach than where the meetup was meeting up, so we headed through the park and down the shore about a mile. Along the way we saw all sorts of dogs, as well as joggers and bikes and many other people out enjoying a very nice morning on the bay.

We finally made it down to find a large group of people and 25 or more bulldogs having a good time. At first Rollie was unsure; he's never been in such a large group of people or dogs and there had been quite a few firsts on this trip already. But he made some friends and had a fantastic time running around. He especially liked the ladies - two other little white bullies named Pippa and Belle. There was a big tan guy he liked playing with too. There were pups a little younger than Rollie all the way up to some senior citizens, and they ranged in color from white to tan to dark brindle. It was quite a sight, I can only image what people thought who didn't know about the meetup and came across a large group of bulldogs in the sand.

Here's a video of Roland playing with some friends.

And here's a slideshow of some of the fifty or so pictures I took (hover over the slideshow and press the pause button if you want to take a closer look at a photo):

And another little treat:

how to make gifs

When we finally got home Roland was absolutely exhausted. We walked two miles, mostly in the sand, and he probably ran around another half mile or more with the other dogs. But he was a really good boy and we had such a fun time. We'll definitely be doing it again!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Heavy Lifter

I've discovered that Roland wears a size 18 mos. in children's clothes.

He has a little skin irritation from grass at the parks we've been going to, and I needed something to stop him from scratching himself up when he felt itchy. Hello baby clearance rack at Target! I got him the Heavy Lifter shirt you see here, another blue shirt similar, and an super cute white tee shirt with a picture of a bulldog riding a skateboard on it. He's all meta and stuff! I'll get pictures of that one soon too. The shirts work great as well.

He's loving the dog parks. He gets right in the mix with the big dogs, then they take off and he's left standing there wondering where they all went. Poor little bulldog legs can't take him as fast as the other big dogs can go. Its a lot of fun to have a dog that understands how to play with other dogs, and enjoys it.

Ayla is just a little... special, as far as that goes. She loves going to the parks too though. In fact, she loves going anywhere really.

Ack, blurry! But I love him expression here. He always looks like he's saying "Hrrmmphhh" to me.

But he is the snuggliest little pup ever. He really, really loves to cuddle.

He also doesn't really like me chasing him with my camera. Did you notice how he's trying to get away from me in this progression? Whoa is Rollie, but I'm a bit more stubborn than he is, even if he does try to hide in the blankets.