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November 25, 2012 Family, Fido No Comments

I woke to the sound of a frantic dog barking yesterday morning. Greg had just returned from taking Lola and Miles to the dog park. He let Miles off the leash first while he wrangled with the harness he had put on Lola. He heard a bit of a scuffle in the backyard, and assumed it was Miles chasing the squirrels off the deck.

He was right. When he came around the corner, this is what he saw:

Our dog is on the neighbor’s garage roof. No big deal.

Apparently he followed the squirrels up there. How? We can only guess… One thing was for sure — getting down would be much more difficult.

When I got outside, prepared to admonish Greg for allowing Lola to bark so incessantly, this is what I saw:

Greg had crawled up there (using a ladder, obviously) and put a harness on Miles. There was a lot of contemplation going on as to how we could get this 73-pound dog off the roof without injuring him or ourselves in the process.

Finally, we decided to move the ladder to the neighbor’s side of the fence. I went over there (in my pajamas and slippers), where I found my sweet neighbor in her pajamas. Greg was able to carefully lower the dog down and I collected him, only getting slightly clobbered by his gangly limbs.

It was quite an adventure for 8 AM on a Saturday! The question now is whether we’ll find him up there again…


Lola Loves Water

November 4, 2012 Fido 1 Comment

Miles has a best friend. Her name is Lola.

She was a showgirl.

Sorry. It had to be done.

Lola loves water. No matter where it comes from — lake, ocean, her own water dish… She seems to especially  love water that comes from the hose, as evidenced by this:

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Greg was spraying some yuck off the deck and Lola couldn’t resist. Miles can’t figure out why she doesn’t run away crying, mirroring his own fear of The Horrible Thing That Sprays Cold Water. Greg and I can’t stop laughing.


Daily sMiles

September 28, 2012 Fido No Comments

Drinks from a bike bottle like a pro. IronDog in training!


Daily sMiles

August 18, 2012 Fido No Comments

Begging me to give him the cardboard box, he promised he’d make a super cool fort we could play in all day.



Daily sMiles

May 9, 2012 Fido No Comments

Our buddy Pete took Miles to Fort Funston while we were off celebrating Sarah‘s wedding.

He seems pensive.

And more obedient than a puppy should be.

There is a race report coming. I’m still trying to figure out if it went well or not…


Daily sMiles

April 12, 2012 Fido 1 Comment

Miles is a lucky pup who joins me at the office most days. He sits quietly outside the office, chewing on pine cones and watching the sales guys across the street as they peddle luxury cars.

But that mid-afternoon lull affects everyone. Not even a puppy is immune.

(thanks to my coworker Mindy for the awesome shot!)


Daily sMiles

February 13, 2012 Fido, Fun No Comments

We went to Tahoe for the first time this year. I bought a season pass to Squaw Valley back in May and it has been burning a hole in my pocket[book].

As nice as the weather has been here for training purposes, I was craving some true winter play. There wasn’t a lot of new/fresh snow, but the snow that was there was really great. Fast and cold and a lot of fun. Best of all, no crowds!

Miles had a great time, too!

Look how big he’s getting! Several sources indicate that a good estimate of a dog’s adult weight is to double his weight at 4 months. I smell a contest!


Daily sMiles

January 31, 2012 Fido No Comments

I take Miles with me on my childcare gigs. It’s great for him to learn his boundaries, and the parents want their kids to be around a dog/puppy without taking on the responsibility themselves. Win-win!

He does get frustrated when the two-year-old does not want to play with him. Last week, we found a suitable playmate in her backyard. Take a look:

YouTube Preview ImagePriceless! He and “Pinky” played like that for 20 minutes straight. And then he crashed hard into a long nap. Ahhhh, puppyhood.


Daily sMiles

January 23, 2012 Fido No Comments


Friday Five

January 6, 2012 Fido, Fitness, Fun 1 Comment

1. We’ve had Miles for a week now. Only a week. Although it feels like way longer than that as I stand in the yard every morning at 4 AM, praising him in my high-pitched voice for a good potty!

He just feels like home and I kind of can’t believe I was patient enough with Greg to live without a puppy for five months.

Also, he loves my Fit Flop slippers as much as I do. I am sure this obsession will come to blows in the near future.

2. It’s been quiet on the fitness front lately. That isn’t because I’ve been slacking off; I’ve consistently worked out 6 days a week since my last race. But it’s boring stuff. The triathlon training has begun and will continue to ramp up and there will be more to talk about.

I made a Facebook page for my blog that I haven’t known what to do with. I’ve decided that I’m going to dedicate my that page to Ironman stuff — training, nutrition, rants, etc… Join me over there if you want to follow along. (PLEEEEEEASE!)

3. There’s no snow in Tahoe. I can’t tell you how much this pains me. My 2012 season pass is going unused with every un-winter-like day we have.

4. I bought for-real cowboy boots when I was in Kansas City for Christmas. Then my mom gave me money for them and they turned into a gift. Win!

Greg hates them. Win?

I continue to look for excuses to wear them. It’s not going that well. Not only do I rarely go out, I am not very good at dressing myself.

Also, I have big feet.

5. I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy. I’m not usually the “fantasy” type. And I haven’t fallen prey to the “young adult” genre (Edward and Bella can suck it as far as I’m concerned – ha!). But this gripped me and held me until the end of the series. I love when I hate to finish a good book.