Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Dog Park

I have been spending an inordinate amount of time at the dog park lately. We inherited a 2-year-old Alaskan malamute that defies the rules of sanity and must be worn out (read exercised or entertained) daily or he will eat my furniture. So once a day, we pack him and the 150-year-old dog into our scary white van and go to the dog park. It is an odd place with a different set of rules that I never dreamed I’d beholden too.

It is okay to sniff butts, but not to talk to one another. It is okay to run and be chased, but never to dig. And humping is largely frowned upon. There are “Bark Rangers” that troll the park and give out advice, discipline and tell you to pick up dog dodo. People talk, put only about their dogs. Everyone is anonymous except for the dog they have. And you are judged by your dog and his behavior. If your dog is a hoyden, you will hear about it. If your dog is a “sir barks a lot” you will be told it is not polite. If you miss your dog taken a dump and someone else beats you there with a pop bag, you will be severely reprimanded. It is a stressful place given that my dog, although sweet, looks like a wolf and acts like a 2-year-old on crack.

I admire the tenacity and wherewithal that it took a small group of dog lovers to secure this land, fence it, make rules, decorate it and patrol it. They are surly going to dog heaven. But I and my dog are not “good rule followers” in fact, we tend to be rebels. We like conflict and to snip a little off someone’s back if they are bothering us. I am not alone. There is a special group of people and their pooches who have befriended us. Fellow rebels and Northern Breeds. We take over the park and let the dogs howl, talk, dig and even hump. We have secret meeting times, off times when the rule followers are at home watching court TV. It does us both good and we feel happy when we have broken rules. I even bring wine in a pomegranate glass. I don’t know where this dog gets all his ideas from. Hmmmmm.

Friday, June 10, 2011

I have officially run away with the Circus again (at the Cass House)

Watch this video staring The Cass House Circus Extravaganza!
Grace and Jensen Lorenzen, the executive chef and owners of Cass House threw the biggest best culinary and entertainment party in May 2011. See the full article by Teri Bayus of Tolosa Press at or in The Coast News or SLO City News. Please subscribe to get weekly video updates.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Robert's Restaurant

Watch this video staring Ryan Swarthout, the executive chef of Robert's Restaurant, by Teri Bayus of Tolosa Press. Full article at or in The Coast News or SLO City News. Please subscribe to get weekly video updates.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rosie' Restaurant

Watch this video regarding Rosie’s Restaurant in Nipomo by Teri Bayus of Tolosa Press. Rosie’s just opened and is serving up amazing Americana food. Full article at Please subscribe “Follow Me” to get weekly video updates.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gather Wine Bar

Interview by Teri Bayus of Tolosa Press of Kari Zeigler, Owner of Gather Wine Bar in the village of Arroyo Grande, CA. Kari talks about her food, music, special winemaker events and that special patio. Read the whole review at

Wednesday, April 20, 2011