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This is Zozo. He is 11 years old today!

Favorite food: Peanut butter, shredded cheese, pizza, crispy french fries, and anything you’re eating

Favorite thing: dad. Paws down his absolute favorite

Favorite place: the couch, under mom’s desk, half under the bed, camp, walking beside Godiva

Dislikes: noises, outside, strangers, horses, my little sister, mom’s hairspray, the oven, delivery men, britney spears, etcetcetc

Happy National Puppy Day, 3/23/19

hello.

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we haven’t met yet.  i’m new here.  my name is Velma Adler Twix Finginsley.

  • velma, because i’m already getting into capers and i’m a #furderino; also, i’m really metal
  • adler, because the humans here like to read and irene adler is one smart boss-lady
  • twix, because i’m sweet like candy and that’s my christened name
  • and finginsley, because the humans said so

i’m about 13 weeks old.  i’m all white with a brindle spot where my rump meets my tail.  i have some ink spots on my face and tummy, too.  my eyes are brown.  my toes almost smell like fritos.

my humans (parents?) found me through key to lions heart rescue.  me and my 7 siblings were found on the side of the road in an extremely rural town in missouri. our finder saw us huddled on the side of the road shaking from the cold and took us into his home. he reached out asking for help since all the shelters there were full and a pit bull ban has been in the works (boo) where we were found. this good samaritan drove us 18 hours one way so we could have a better chance at life here.  now i’m stuck with these assholes.

i’m settling in.  learning the ropes.  trying to be the best girl possible.  my big brother doesn’t remember how to play, so we’re taking things very slow.  so far, i’ve made loads of friends, got new clothes, broken the internet and showed off my mad snoring skills.  i like to chew and low crawl.  i also enjoy treats and whimpering for love.  i pinwheel around my food bowl when i eat, and my zoomies are very fast.

i’m perfect.

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Happy MJ Day!

December 16, 2018

In honor of #MJDay, snuggle up next to your favorite thing and take a long nap. Eat french fries stolen from someone else’s plate. Refuse to put your feet down in the rain. Make friends with someone new. Wiggle like no one’s watching. Be your Most Joyful self, or Miss Jackson if you’re feeling a little nasty.

Her last ride.

We miss her every day.

Giving Thanks, Year 5

Well folks, we’ve had a long year here at PB&C.  We fell off our posting but picked up an instagram (@zozobeanfinley), but it’s just not the same.  We can do better.

Of all our posts over our years blogging, our Thanksgiving posts are our favorite (1,2,3,4)  It feels good to give back, especially after you’ve given so much love, enthusiasm and encouragement to us.  We weren’t going to drop the ball on this.  And Mother Nature really demanded it.

Beginning November 8th, three California wildfires caused massive destruction, injury and heartbreak; the most destructive season on record in California.  Over 10,000 pets have been displaced by the fire, and the impact to other animals and wildlife is as yet untold (but devastating).

This year, we’re making three donations.  All three organizations are taking in displaced, evacuated animals.  They’re working to reunite families who were separated from their pets.  They’re providing emergency veterinary care to wildlife.  They’re making room where room is not available, working around the clock.  Will my contribution make a big impact?  Absolutely not, but we’re definitely in “every little bit helps” territory.

Humane Society of Ventura County

Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation

Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

Here’s what I know: there are plenty of local rescues and shelters in and around Malibu that could use your help.  I picked these three because their resources cast the widest net in terms of services provided.  I speak with no authority that these are the right choices for everyone, but they’re the right ones for us.  If you consider donating, I know you’ll pick a deserving individual (so many gofundmes right now), organization or foundation that’s best for you.

I hope that you and yours are having a warm and wonderful holiday season.  Take care of each other, and give thanks for what you’ve got.  We’re certainly thankful for you.

XO,

Team PB&C

When dad’s away…

By Zozo

Here’s what mama and I did today:

Woke up! I was so excited for our Best Day Ever that I jumped on the bed and sat on Mama’s head. She “did not appreciate it.”

Had breakfast. I had kibble and she made gross coffee and had a cookie because she’s a grown up and there’s eggs in there somewhere.

Yard works. We weeded and weed whacked and mowed and trimmed tree branches and dug in the mud and ate grasses and maybe/maybe-not ate cat poop.

Showers and baths. I was muddy and she was sweaty and everyone had a rinse.

Thelma and Zo-ise road trip (mama said not to call it that). We took the scenic route to drop off old paint cans. The men were very complimentary of how many cans we fit in mom’s mini-suv. I burped at them.

Home for a rest and then pizza. I love pizza crust.

Couch time.

Best. Day. Ever.

Who doesn’t like new things?

March 2018

Two years ago, we bought a new mattress.  It was an ordeal, trying to determine fill, firmness, pillow-top or not, size, etc.  Although the weekend spent reclining around mattress showrooms was both entertaining and creepy.

This year, we were in the market for a new mattress, but for the grumpy old man who lives with us. Same ordeal, less test-driving: what fill, level of support or cushion, to bolster/bumper or not to bolster/bumper, etc.  After much looking (an Orvis isn’t in the budget right now), we settled on the PupLounge Memory Foam Orthopaedic Bed from Treat A Dog.

 

What we like:

  • The Tempurpedic foam holds its shape, which is good for Zo’s aging joints
  • It doesn’t slip cross the floor
  • It’s waterproof and tear-proof, and machine washable.
  • The price point: we bought this on a steep mark down (60% off and free shipping).  If it had been original ticket price, I may be less enthusiastic.  It feels like it’s more durable and better craftsmanship than something you can snag at a local, big box pet store.

What we less-than-like:

  • As the video mentions, we bought based on his weight.  I suppose I could have pulled out a tape measure to confirm the dimensions, but I assumed (I know, I know) that a bed for an 80 pound dog would be proportional in size to weight.  That’s on me. Next time, we’ll go for the extra large bed.
  • The sound of his nails on the cover is irritating, but that’s a #dogmomproblem more than anything.

 

So far, so good.

Barkselona

February 2018

James and I had the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Spain with Atlas Obscura. It was a magnificent, once-in-a-lifetime trip.  As with any humans-only trip we take, we miss Zozo, who was on his own adventure first on a mountain and then at our usual boarding spot.

What we didn’t know about Barcelona was just how dog friendly a city it is.  Dogs on the subway.   Dogs in (some) stores.  Off leash.  On leash.  In arms.  Wearing sweaters.  This town is Dog Friendly.  A good quarter of the 600 pictures we took are some pups out and about.  Here are a few of our favorites!

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Wordless Wednesday: one trip, two stops!

Negotiations

December 20, 2017

or literally any day after 3pm

 

 

 

Giving Thanks, Year 4

November 23, 2017

Year 1, we asked you to click.

Year 2, we asked you to share.

Year 3, we asked you to pay it forward.

This year… well, 2017 has been tumultuous in so many ways.  Just getting up and going to work has been tough when it feels like the world is falling apart.  At work, we’re having to “do more with less.”  Sometimes you have to find something to brighten your day.

Meet Eddie.

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Eddie is a handsome, golden 8-year old.  He snores and he sheds and he gives slobbery kisses.  He goes on walkabout when his person is attending a “no dogs allowed” meeting and he gets bored.  He’s sweet.  He’s the most popular being at the office.  You see his face and it just makes you feel happy.

Eddie has a very important job as a guide dog for Q (not his real initial).  They are world travelers, happy hour partakers, and together they’re living their best bachelor lives.  They’ve been together for 6 years.  Q says it’s maybe taken that long for them to really get used to each other.

[Let me be clear: I understand what is or is not appropriate behavior between service animals and not-their-people.  I have read enough stories online about people distracting service animals and tragedy striking.  There are boundaries, and I respect them.  Everyone at work respects them, and we asked Q how we should or should not acknowledge Eddie when they joined our office.  I also asked Q’s permission before taking these pictures of Eddie.]

At 8, Eddie is starting to slow down.  His walking pace isn’t what it used to be, and he’s stopping for rests at times that may not be convenient or safe for he and Q.  Eddie is otherwise in good health, but he’s aging, like the rest of us.  In late September, a rumor went around the office that Q would be retiring Eddie and getting another service animal.

All hell broke loose, and that’s not an exaggeration.  There were shushed hallway conversations.  People asked Q what his plans were, what Eddie’s plans were.  Q wants Eddie to be able to be a dog in his twilight years.  No fewer than five coworkers offered to adopt Eddie when the time came (I was one of them).  Q is Eddie’s entire life.  Would he understand?

Yesterday was Eddie’s last day at the office.  He’s spending the holiday at a friend’s house and then heading off to his new home with X (also not his real initial).  I stopped in qscucIIzRXiBo4y1FOw1AQto see Q today, because he leaves right after the holiday to meet his new guide.  He’s nervous and excited.  I asked how he’s feeling about letting Eddie go.  The good news is that Eddie will be living with a family that are good friends with Q.  They’ll see each other.  He’ll get updates.  Q’s looking forward to meeting his new guide dog, but there’s so much that needs to happen as they bond and adapt to each other; it’s going to be a busy December for them. I cried a little when I said bye to Eddie, getting one final sloppy kiss that left a slime trail on my sweater (worth it).

While Q adapts to life with a new guide dog, Eddie is beginning a transition to civilian life.  He’s going to be living with a family with small children.  He’s got a yard and extra room in a house.  But he won’t be hopping a plane for a jiu-jitsu tournament or heading down to a local pub for a young professional’s meet up.  Not often, anyway.  Suburban life awaits him.

We wanted to do something for Eddie, because he deserves to be rewarded for doing his job so well for so long, and to celebrate this transition to retirement.

This year, we’re happy to give Eddie a 6-month subscription to BarkBox.  Zozo loves his BarkBox and seems to know that the blue and tan box is for him when it appears on our porch each month.  The treats are good quality and the toys are fantastic and durable.  Our hope is that Eddie will enjoy these special deliveries, too, that are just for him.