Monday, September 17, 2012

Mendocino With Kai

special goodies just for Kai at the inn
We took Kai on a fairly nice vacation recently, to the Stanford Inn in Mendocino.  The Stanford Inn is a dog-friendly retreat with an excellent vegan restaurant.  You even can take your dog to the restaurant while you eat!  I think Kai had a great time.  He visited two different dog parks (in Mendocino and Fort Bragg, where he got super muddy!).  He spent lots of time digging holes and running around on the beach.  I bought him treats at the pet shop in Mendocino Village.  He walked around and got lots of attention from everyone, and even got to meet another Shiba (a black and tan... she didn't like Kai.  But her owners said she doesn't like most dogs).

 Kai did ok on the trip, for the most part.  He had his share of monstering, though.  Our room had a outdoor balcony, and he kept wanting to go out, but I didn't want him out there unsupervised because I was worried that he'd be able to squeeze through the fence slats and run out (we were on the ground level).  He would keep trying to scratch at the door to the balcony, and we had to block it at one point to get him to stop.  During our first breakfast, we had to take him back to the room, because he wanted to bark too much and we didn't want the other guests to be disturbed.  Kai also decided that firewood kindling was fun to chew, so I had to clean that up.  Overall, though, he was pretty good.  I'm glad we took him, even though he had his brat moments.  We are SO lucky in that he's always fine once in his crate.  We crated him a couple times so that we could enjoy the pool area and go out to our favorite pizza place.  He immediately relaxes and just chills out in there.  I always make sure he has a chew toy in there, but 99% of the time he just sleeps.

sweet potato treat!
Kai sees his first llama
Llamas are so interesting!
sleepy and tired after a long day of monstering

handsome boys


  1. Hey Verna! My name is Richard. You dont know me but I was a big fan of the band "Rocketship" That I believe you were in. What ever happened to Heidi Barney??? Great to see your doing well!!! Take Care!!!

  2. I have no idea what happened to Heidi! Dustin moved up north a bit and I haven't heard from him in years. Rocketship was a fun band and it's nice to be remembered... so thanks :)

  3. Hi, how is kai, since september last year we dont have any news about kai, i wanna know more about your shiba, i think your blog is great, and kai´s too.

  4. he is doing great! I was just thinking I should at least post more photos now that he's all grown up. We got to meet his sister Ayra at a Shiba meetup recently and she was very cute too, smaller than Kai and a little less fluffy but had a very similar face. Thanks!