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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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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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It’s Been A While…

It’s been over half a year since I touched this blog, and that needs to change starting right now. It’s been a pretty eventful 6 months, so I think I’m going to start blogging again by documenting little snippets, from Kobe growing up to school/work news, and whatever else comes to mind. Be on the lookout!

A side note: If you are a SF Giants fan, please go get a copy of the book by Andrew Baggarly (Giants beatwriter) called “A Band of Misfits.” It’s a must read. If you’re like me, someone that follows Baggs’ blog on the Merc news site, you should have already been done with the book like me.

Reading this book gave me the chills, re-living the experience all over again.

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Kobe & Us

On Thursday, September 16th, we welcomed in the newest member of our family, Kobe. He is a golden retriever puppy, just a little over 10 weeksold. We’ve been thinking a long time about getting a puppy (I’ve wanted a golden since I was a kid), and we finally decided that this was the right time. So after days of researching and searching, we finally decided on a couple breeders that we wanted to check out. The first one we went to was a very nice woman in Escondido, and she made us feel extremely comfortable with the whole process. It didn’t hurt that she had been breeding golden retrievers for over 35 years and used to be the president of the Golden Retriever Club of San Diego.

This is a picture the breeder took of Kobe

The puppy at the breeder!

We knew we wanted a male, and she had told me earlier that she only had one male left that was “pet” quality, which basically meant that they didn’t have the ideal bone structure compared to “show” quality dogs, and cheaper too. However, with the puppies being categorized at such a young age, there’s never any guarantees, meaning a pet quality puppy has a chance to look just as beautiful as a show quality puppy. Either way, we instantly fell in love with this little guy and his cute personality. We decided he was the one, so we never even made it to check out the other breeder.

Kobe comes from champion show dog parents, both coming from a long line of champion show dogs over the past 6-7 generations. Hopefully these great genes will let him live a long happy life! He has a great temperament for a puppy; so far he can be super energetic or a pooped out pooch. It took him 3 days to get crate trained, and from day one he’s been getting better and better with potty training. Yesterday was the first day he had no peeing accidents inside, and he’s learned to either scratch at the door or bark to let us know to take him out to take care of business.


When he’s pooped out, he loves to sleep under the couch.

We want to train him well, so we’ve been reading up on training methods. We went with positive reinforcement, and it’s been working great. He has learned to sit very well already. Other than the times that he’s been chewing on things around the house (and us), he’s been a good boy. He loves to sleep under our chairs and couches on the floor, probably because it’s a cool surface for him to sleep on. Kobe also does very well with other dogs and meeting new people. He doesn’t freak out or yap wildly like small dogs do, which is great.

Chilling by his crate with Snoopy

On the 3rd day, he stopped crying in the crate and was comfortable enough to fall asleep in it!

Everyone that meets him always tells us to take lots of pictures and videos of him because he’s going to grow real fast. I believe them; Kobe has grown in the few days we’ve had him. He can now jump up on the couch and climb the stairs! We’ll be sure to document everything!

Sit...good boy!

If you’re in the area, you should come over to play with Kobe!

The fam minus Chester



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