Start of a New Chapter

Family Photo

In just a few days, I start graduate school at USC. It hasn’t really hit me yet even though I completely moved into my downtown LA apartment on Sunday. It still feels like summer to me, just chilling with Sonya and Kobe here in San Diego. It will probably hit me that I’m really away from home (SD) sometime next week. On the flip side, I am extremely excited to start my program. I already discovered that the Trojan Family was real from my internship this summer. It’ll also be fun to finally be a part of a Division 1 school. Even though the football team is still banned from bowl games next year, it should still be a good season. I can’t wait until the homecoming game vs Stanford on Oct 29th. If you want tickets to any games, just let me know!

Kobe is now 13.5 months old! He’s pretty much full-grown, but I think he’s the perfect size right now. A few months ago, we discovered another dog park off of Carmel Mountain Road. It’s a lot bigger than the Nobel dog park, and it also has a lot more grass. One of the big perks is that this park has a lot more golden retrievers that go as well! Kobe found a best friend in Astro and a girlfriend in Lucy. He loves to wrestle and chase them all the time. We actually think Kobe and Lucy might even be related. They were both from breeders in North SD, so it’s very possible they share the same lineage, probably from Kobe’s father. It’s funny, their faces look so much alike except Lucy is darker. They even play the same exact way, going for the legs, pinning dogs down, sitting on dogs faces, and using their butts during body slams. It’s too bad Kobe is fixed, because Lucy is real cute!

Kobe and Lucy!

A few weeks ago, we met a photographer named Ann at the Doggie Street Festival in downtown SD, and we decided to do a photo-shoot with Kobe before I left for LA. It turned out great, we got a ton of shots of Kobe and even some family portraits haha. Check them out here: the code is Kobe.


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Video of Kobe’s First Swim!

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Happy Birthday to Kobe!

Today, Kobe turned 1 year old! Jeff and I planned a really fun day with him:

First, we went to The Total Dog for a swim lesson. At the Total Dog, Kobe was fitted into a vest before he got into the water. At first he was very skeptical and clung to our instructor, but he started learning very quickly. Previous to this experience, he’s only swam for about 2 seconds at Fiesta Island. At the Total Dog, he had a positive and rewarding experience with swimming. By the end of the session, he was going out on his own, fetching the toys, swimming back, and begging for more! I’ll put up a video of him swimming soon!

We came home for a break and lunch. Kobe took a nice nap because swimming was a real workout for him. Then, we went to Dexter’s Deli to get a birthday cupcake for him =). We enjoyed the yummy cupcake at the Del Mar beach. Kobe got to run around in the waves and enjoy the beautiful San Diego weather.

Kobe and Jeff strolling on Del Mar Beach

Kobe's birthday cupcake

Since Kobe got pretty dirty today, we took him to the DirtyDog Pet Wash and Boutique to get cleaned up. Here, we gave Kobe a bath by ourselves. They provide you with a nice bath tub for the dog, shampoo, conditioner, towels, brushes, blow-dryer, everything! We definitely think we’ll be back in the future, it was very convenient and close by off of Carmel Mountain Road.

Jeff washing Kobe

All in all, today was a great day and Kobe was pooped out after all the adventures we had today!

Kobe passed out

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Schools and Creativity

Our professor shared this with us today and I thought that I’d share it with whoever else would like to watch it. Ken Robinson is a funny guy and he talks about how we need to foster creativity  in schools instead of squashing it.

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Kobe Becomes A Dog! Part 2

Number two. This just happened this morning – Kobe finally learned how to swim! We’ve taken him to the dog beach a bunch of times, and he loves the water, but he never went out deep enough where he had to swim. I think he was scared of going too deep, and little bit scared of the waves too. But today, with a bit of nudging, he finally swam! Even though it was only for a little bit, it was still pretty cool to see him doggy paddling around. It’s really strange though, at the dog park he only retrieves the softball, and at the dog beach he only retrieves his red frisbee. What a silly puppy!

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Kobe Becomes A Dog! Part 1

Couple of real exciting milestones happened in the past few days for Kobe.

Number one. Although a golden retriever, Kobe never had a knack for retrieving things, he would only do it sometimes in the house. Whenever we would take him to the dog beach or dog park, he would just watch other dogs chase down countless balls thrown by their owners, too lazy to run long distances. However, when we took Kobe to the dog park on Thursday, we happened to find a bright yellow softball lying in the corner. Amazingly, Kobe loved playing fetch with it! Even if I chucked it to the opposite end of the park he still ran it down and brought it back, with his floppy tongue sticking out under the softball that was almost too big for his mouth. We are real proud of him for finally retrieving, not to mention that it’s great we found something to tire him out faster!

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Adventures of the Kobe Part 1

**I realized I wrote this back in April and never finished it, but I’m going to post it up anyway

(Disclaimer: While writing these posts about Kobe, I have come to realize just how much bigger he has gotten since we first got him. It’s pretty amazing..but of course that’s what everyone kept telling us)

In hindsight, Kobe was a great puppy, still is. He’s been easy to train, friendly (sometimes too friendly) to all people and things, and keeps on loving. It didn’t take too long to get into a routine of eating and going out to pee/poo, which made our lives a whole lot easier compared to the first few weeks we got him. The only real health issue we had with him was that he would get a bout of diarrhea about once a month, usually getting bad enough that we had to wake up multiple times in the middle of the night just to take him out. After going to the vet the first two times, we got some medication that seemed to help each time. However, after the third time, we decided maybe it WAS the food that was causing it, even though he had been eating the same “Taste of the Wild” food since he was at the breeder. So, just to give it a try, we gave Kobe “Blue Buffalo” after the 3rd run-in with diarrhea, and it worked! He’s been having solid, healthy poop since then! I still don’t know why the first dog food caused the diarrhea, I guess it’ll remain a mystery.

We’re really lucky that we live in an area that has so many dog friendly places. Kobe’s favorites have to be the Nobel dog park and Fiesta Island.



Kobe (14 weeks) at an IM football game. He used to love tearing out a lawnmower

Kobe (15 weeks) could still fit in the chair

Now, he’s almost full-grown. At 9 months, he is now almost 70 pounds! There was one day we met up with the San Diego Golden Retriever Meet Up Group to go hiking around Lake Murray. It was fun to see 25+ goldens walking around and we got to join in the fun and exercise. Kobe loves to make new friends!

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