Friday, July 31, 2015

Big Bear Lake, California

Lodging Review: For spring 2015, I went on two vacations to Big Bear Lake, California and stayed in my own little cabin each time. The best way to stay in Big Bear is definitely to get a vacation rental cabin. The cabin we selected was located in the Meadow Park neighborhood and is within walking distance to the lake and restaurants, including the Grizzly Manor Cafe located at 41268 Big Bear Boulevard.  While not dog friendly, the Grizzly Manor Cafe is a Big Bear "must" for a truly "big" breakfast. Just make sure your people bring you back some bacon. For casual counter service dining with a dog friendly patio, check out Get the Burger which is located a short drive away on 42151 Big Bear Boulevard. 

Nestled in the tall trees, our cabin was a 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit furnished with bear and ski motif throughout (one bedroom had a queen size bed and the other furnished with a twin over full size bunk bed). The cabin had a wood burning fireplace and stacked washer/dryer. While rustic in style, the cabin had 3 flat screen TVs and wifi access. The cabin is dog friendly with owner approval. For this trip, I brought my travel dog bed with me to make sure I was a "good" guest and we made sure everything was clean upon departure. The cabin and its location are both excellent. Being an urban city dog, it was fun to stay in a wood cabin and enjoy the adventure of mountain life and the fresh mountain air. We rented our cabin through VRBO; it can be found directly at this link for more information and rental details. 





The cabin also had a great backyard that was fully enclosed with a wood privacy fence for me to safely play in. The backyard was even full of huge pine cones for me to collect. Wow! The backyard also included a nice table for dining with an umbrella, a grill, spa, ping pong table, and a tent. 












While known for its winter ski areas, spring, summer, and fall are great times to visit Big Bear Lake - because when you are 7,000 feet closer to the sun, the stress just melts off. I give this vacation a high-paw! Be sure to follow me on my many adventures around California and the rest of the country. 
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tokyo Turns Six
















June 2, 2015 and I am 6 years old. Living life as a Southern California shiba definitely has its perks. While I love to travel all over the US, there are so many fun adventures to have right here in California. For my birthday surprise, my people took me to Big Bear Lake to spend the long weekend in my very own cabin. Be sure to check the next blog post for an update on that special cabin adventure. 

Now that I am 6 years old, I have been weighing in between 18-19 lbs of pure soft fluffiness. Life is good. 100% shiba approved.










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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!

Touchdown! The bird has landed me on the east coast. #FlyingFirstClass

Tokyo strut.  
2014 was a great year all around. Christmas 2014 found me darting through airports again to visit friends and family on the east coast. At this point, I've now logged 29 flights since I joined my pack in November 2009. The east coast was very cold and there was even some snow for me to play in again. High paw! As 2015 begins, I am looking forward to sharing new adventures with all of my followers. But for now, now that I am back in San Diego, I need to take a quick nap so I'm ready for 2015!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

L'Auberge de Sedona: Sedona, Arizona




Hotel Reviews: L'Auberge de Sedona is a luxury resort located along the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona, Arizona. The hotel features 87 guest rooms and cottages nestled around 11 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. The hotel has a variety of unique cottages which make for a private and luxurious stay. The hotel is dog friendly and charges a $35 per night fee for dog under 50 lbs and a $50 per night fee for dogs over 50 lbs.

For this stay, we stayed in a  private, freestanding one-bedroom cottage called the Vista Suite. The Vista Suite cottages are located higher up on the hillside and have truly spectacular views of Sedona's red rocks. The units feature a living room with a gas fireplace, separate bedroom with a king sized bed, and bathroom with an outdoor shower cedar shower. The expansive redwood deck on the cottage was fully enclosed (no steps going to the ground) and appointed with comfy patio furniture for taking in the mountain views.  Our unit was cottage #98 and it was the end cottage which gave us plenty of privacy. As the hotel is spread out, at times, you may need to call for a golf cart to pick you up. I highly recommend this for when you need a lift. 

























There is much to do around the hotel, including walking along the banks of Oak Creek or taking a short drive to do some magnificent hiking in Sedona. During this stay, I hiked up to Devil's Bridge. The hike up to the top of Devil's Bridge includes very steep, step-like, rock climbing and isn't recommended for most dogs. However, for very agile dogs like me, the hike to the top is truly amazing. Be sure to wear a very solid harness if you opt to do this hike. Click link for more information on Devil's Bridge Trail.  Wow. Much Wow.






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Friday, August 1, 2014

Chillin on the East Coast


Throughout the year, I like to travel to visit friends and family. And since my friends and family are all over the United States, that means I sometimes need to fly to get in all the fun. When I was a little puppy (not quite 6 months old and not quite 8 lbs), my people started flying with me. Now that I'm five years old, I've logged 25 airplane flights and a gazillion miles in the sky. I always fly in cabin at my people's feet and mostly just sleep during the flights. My people keep a constant watch on me, making sure I am okay and get sips of water along the way. I travel in a custom made Celltei bag: Celltei link

For this trip, my people tried out a new Adaptil D.A.P. (dog appeasing pheremone) collar on me to see if it would keep me chill during all the loud noises and general commotion of travel. The disposable collars are supposed to last 4 weeks. Overall we didn't notice any difference - good or bad - but it seems like a potential option to try if you are worried about how your dog will handle a plane flight. You can check out additional details here: Adaptil link.

Even though the west coast is my super happy home, I have a great time on the east coast too. They have great trees and grass and tons of bugs to chase. During the summer months, I usually help with the yard work which is especially fun, because I don't have my own yard back in San Diego.

























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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shiba Prom 2014

Image credit: Serena Russell

Have you heard about the annual Shiba Prom? Shiba Prom is a volunteer nonprofit organization of Shiba Inu owners and enthusiasts united together for charitable purposes. Started in 2012, a group of passionate people teamed up to develop the first Shiba Prom which took place as a virtual fund raiser in June 2012. Their mission is focused on ending the unnecessary suffering of Shiba Inus (and mixes) that have been abandoned, neglected, or denied adequate medical care due to lack of funding. The pilot year was an amazing success with nearly 200 animals (and their people) participating online to raise over $4,000 for five animal rescues. 

In 2013, the second virtual Shiba Prom was held. It was even bigger and more amazing than 2012. The 2013 Shiba Prom raised over $22,000 for 11 rescues. Seriously, wow! No prom is complete without a dance party, and each year we hit the virtual dance floor to bust our moves to the tunes provided by pawsome DJs. In 2013, the Shiba Prom Committee even gave me an honorable mention for being the Shiba Strut Queen on the dance floor. (My Shiba Prom 2013 highlights)

Fast forward to June 28, 2014, and the third Shiba Prom had over 285 attendees (meowies can attend too). The event was an 8 hour online party that featured dancing, fun contests, gift baskets, cool prom swag, and voting for the Prom King and Queen. A team of 3 different DJs played the rockin tunes on the dance floor throughout the day/night- David Bowie the dog, DJ Zeus Ruper, and the Evil Firefox Flygirls. Building off of the momentum and success of the first two years, the 2014 Shiba Prom hit truly unprecedented success with over $42,000 raised in net proceeds. Total BOW WOW WOW!

While you don't need a "date" to attend the prom, each year I've attended with my bestie Prince Zuko. If you aren't following him yet, be sure to check him out. Not only is he a cool California shiba (like me) but he serves as the official barktender at the prom. Don't know what I mean? Well, you better stay tuned for the 2015 Prom to find out what it's all about. Oh, and about that dancing I'm known for? Yep, the pawsome Prom Committee recognized my fancy foot work and dance moves again in 2014 with the "Booty Pop" award. *Paws in the air* I hope you join next year because it sure feels good to help so many shibas!  

Check out some great rescues that are always in need of your support:
Animal Guardian Network  (www.animalguardiannetwork.org)
Colorado Shiba Inu Rescue (www.coloradoshibainurescue.org)
DC Shiba Inu Rescue (www.dcsir.org)
Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue  (www.shibarescue.org)
NW Shibas4Life Rescue  (www.shibas4life.us)
NYC Shiba Rescue  (www.nycshibarescue.org)
Safe Harbor Animal Rescue  (www.safeharboranimalrescue.org)
Saving Shibas (www.savingshibasinc.org)
Shiba Inu Rescue Association (www.savingshibas.com
Shiba Inu Rescue of Florida (www.shibainurescueflorida.org
Shiba Inu Rescue of Texas  (www.sirtx.org)
Shiba Rescue of New Jersey (www.shibarescuenj.org
SoCal Shiba Inu Rescue  (www.shibainurescue.org)
TriState Shiba Inu Rescue  (www.tristateshiba.org)

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Tokyo Turns Five

Hello world! Today, June 2, 2014 is my 5th birthday. Looking back, I've had 5 great years with my people in San Diego. I hoped you've enjoyed following my blog, watching me grow up, and reading about all of my travel adventures across the United States. Here's a quick look back from my previous birthdays. 

My First Birthday - June 2, 2010
Tokyo Turns Two - June 2, 2011
Tokyo Turns Three - June 2, 2012
Tokyo Turns Four - June 2, 2013 


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Viceroy Palm Springs, California

Hotel Reviews: Throughout the year we visit the lovely Viceroy Hotel and Resort, Palm Springs, California for a relaxing weekend in one of their villas (the resort's free standing one or two bedroom private cottages). I've done quite a few reviews about the Viceroy (see links at bottom). The Viceroy Palm Springs is located at 415 South Belardo Drive which is just one block off of the happening South Palm Canyon Drive. The villas are located around the property on either the Regency Courtyard or the Fountain Courtyard side. For this visit, we stayed in the Dorrington Villa #507 which is a one bedroom villa located on the Fountain Courtyard side. Each villa features a living room (with fireplace), dining room, fully equipped kitchen, one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and private patio.  

The layouts vary by unit and so do their private outdoor areas. For instance, #507 had a small narrow tile patio; whereas, #504 and #506 have a tiled patio area plus a grassy yard- perfect for dogs! The Viceroy charges a $100 nonrefundable pet fee and allows pets under 40 lbs and definitely makes pets feel very welcome during their stay. Pets are even welcome to dine on the patio at Citron restaurant and relax poolside.   
Dorrington Villa #507

Private patio, Dorrington Villa #507
Estrella Spa
Estrella spa
As far as best villas for dogs, #506 (two bedroom) and #504 (one bedroom) both have fully enclosed private, grassy yards which make them really nice for pet friendly travel. For more pictures and reviews from my previous stays at the Viceroy Palm Springs, be sure to check out these links:

Sovereign Villa #506 (November 2013)
Dorrington Villa #103 (December 2012)
Dorrington Villa #103 (December 2011) 

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!



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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Viceroy Palm Springs, California



Hotel Reviews: Each year, we visit the lovely Viceroy Hotel and Resort, Palm Springs, California for a relaxing weekend in one of their villas (which are the resort's free standing private cottages). Located on 415 South Belardo Drive, just one block off the main drag in Palm Springs, the Viceroy is a wonderful pet friendly resort.

For this visit, we stayed in Sovereign Villa #506 which was a charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit located in a quiet location on the Fountain Court side of the resort. The unit also featured a kitchen, dining room and living room with a gas fireplace. Sovereign Villa #506 is the only 2 bedroom villa on the property with an enclosed grass backyard (versus a patio) which made it great for dogs. It's the best 2 bedroom for staying with a dog. If you're looking for a 1 bedroom villas, check out unit #504 which is next door and also has a fully enclosed grassy yard. The hotel charges a one time $100 pet fee for the duration of your stay and allows pets under 40 lbs.









The Viceroy has 3 pools on site. During this visit, we noticed a new sign at the Presidio Pool: No Pets Allowed at Presidio Pool. This was an unexpected change, but overall the resort still remained highly pet friendly and I give it a paws up!

For more pictures and reviews from my previous stays at the Viceroy Palm Springs check out these links:
Dorrington Villa #103 (December 2012)
Dorrington Villa #504 (June 2012)
Dorrington Villa #103 (December 2011) 

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

California Dogs

Are you a dog living in California like me?  If so, what are your favorite things to do? Be sure to follow my blog to learn about all of my adventures near and far. Woof!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Shiba Prom 2013

Credit: Serena Russell
Have you heard about Shiba Prom? Shiba Prom is a volunteer nonprofit organization of Shiba Inu owners and enthusiasts formed for charitable purposes. Their goal is to support other charitable organizations involved in the rescue of Shiba Inus (and Shiba-mixes) by distributing funds for care of rescued Shiba Inus, creating greater awareness and understanding of the Shiba Inu breed, and harnessing the power of social media to inspire, promote and lead creative fundraising events that benefit Shibas in need of homes and/or medical care.

In 2012 a group of dedicated people teamed up and leveraged talents to develop the first Shiba Prom which took place as a virtual fundraiser in June.  Yes, there even was a dance party! More on that later. The first year was an amazing success, with nearly 200 animals (and their people) participating online to raise over $4,000 for five rescues. 

In 2013, the second virtual Shiba Prom was held. It was even bigger and better than 2012. The 2013 Shiba Prom raised over $22,000 for 11 rescues. Wow. Great Big Wow! I went to the virtual prom with my shiba friend Prince Zuko. If  you aren't already following him, be sure to check him out. He makes a mean bacon shot. (You'll have to attend 2014 Shiba Prom to know what I mean.) I am proud to have participated both years and to have helped raise awareness for the breed and help raise money for Shibas in need. Now, about that dancing....

Each year the Shiba Prom, of course, has a virtual dance party. Animals (yes, meowies are allowed too) hit the virtual dance floor and move to the pawsome beats pre-selected by a team of Shiba Prom DJs. With some speakers on your computer (you just follow the supplied song playlist) and some fast typing (to describe your dance moves) you and many other Shibas can bust a move on the dance floor. For 2013, I even received an honorable mention certificate from the Shiba Prom Committee for being the Shiba Strut Queen.

Many thanks to the Shiba Prom Board of Directors/Officers:  Sakura DivaDog, Malachi, Shiba Trio (aka Max, Zenji, Fuchi) and all those volunteers who keep making this possible! I hope to see you in 2014!

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tokyo Turns Four

Tokyo 4 years old / 18 lbs

Hello world! Today, June 2, 2013, is my 4th birthday! Today my people gave me pawsome new toys and some of my favorite treats from Zuke's and Primal Pet Foods. Looking back, I've been on so many adventures since my people came to get me back in 2009.  I hope you've enjoyed following my blog and reading about all of my travel adventures. Here's a look back, from my previous birthdays.
 
My First Birthday - June 2, 2010
Tokyo Turns Two - June 2, 2011
Tokyo Turns Three - June 2, 2012





























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