This weekend breezed by. The weather was in the seventies and the sun felt so good. On Friday Trey and I met up after work and had some good mediterranean food at an outdoor table down the street. Then we caught up with some friends by walking to a house party later that night. Saturday we were lazy and spent most of the day recovering from the night before and watching basketball. On Sunday we spent some time with friends at the lake, then I worked on a fun little DIY project to post later this week. The weekend ended with some me time, complete with good smelling bath bombs and candles, a magazine and the latest episode of Girls. Then just a fast as the weekend got here, it was gone.
What are your plans for this weekend? Tonight we’re going to a friend’s Pi(e) party because it’s 3/13 and that’s just a day away from 3/14 and in math, Pi is 3.14 (rounded). Then, I don’t know what else we’re up to this weekend. Maybe watch a movie and make out a little, eat some eggs. Who knows, the world is ours. Hope yours is exactly what you need.
Name/Occupation Kayla, Art Director + Graphic Designer @awilderkind
Dogs name/Age/Breed: Loki is an almost-11-month-old mutt. We think he’s a dachshund, plus maybe a pomeranian and/or chihuahua, plus maybe something else…?
What made you decide to get a dog? My boyfriend and I grew up with dogs, love dogs, and wanted to give a homeless dog a family. Plus I work at home, so I wanted a companion for myself during the day and a hiking buddy for all the dog-friendly trails near our house.
Tell me about the first time you met your dog. We first saw Loki on Petfinder. We had a few dogs bookmarked but just kept coming back to that foxy-looking puppy…we couldn’t stop thinking about him. But he came from a rescue org. a few hours away from where we live, and we couldn’t make it there until the next week. We actually had to put him on “hold” so they wouldn’t take him to their big adoption event before we got there. So we committed to adopting him before we met him — which is a little crazy! Luckily when we met him in real life, he was so sweet and our instincts were right.
What’s the last thing your dog did that made you laugh? Loki makes us laugh literally every day. He’s very communicative. Around his dinner time, I’m usually still at my desk. I’ll feel a little paw tap-tap-tap on my knee and then I’ll look down to see his eyes looking up at me. He’s not pushy, it’s like he’s just saying “Pardon me, I’m ready for my dinner.” Then when I ask him if he’s hungry, he does this crazy excited little dance. Same thing when I ask him to go outside with me and feed our bunnies. He really quickly figured out how things work around here and knows our routine.
Does your dog have a nickname? If so, how did they get it? Well it’s a little embarrassing haha but most of the time I call him “BB” or “Lil’ B”. Sometimes I’ll call him “Nugget” or “Nugget BB”. There’s not really a story behind those, they just happened and stuck.
Are you anything like your dog? Both of us love the outdoors, peanut butter, and sleeping in.
What are your favorite characteristics about your dog? I love that he’s calm and friendly, and pretty much awesome in every social situation. He’ll go with me to the hair salon, shopping downtown, to restaurants…and then of course on hikes and to the dog beach, too. He’s stayed with us at friends’ homes, in Airbnb places… he’s just chill, secure, and independent. But not too independent for cuddling. He’s a big cuddler.
What does being a “dog person” mean to you? To me, being a dog person means that you truly care about dogs’ well-being and your dog is part of your family. Of course Loki misbehaves sometimes, but we’re not about punishing him and scaring him. We’ve always tried to understand why he would do things and build a communication bridge with him. Our goal wasn’t just good behavior, but a good mental state for him — which ended up leading to good behavior. There are some people who think of dogs as accessories, as disposable, or even just as all being the same. A dog person will get to know their dog as an individual, and furthermore realizes that all dogs are individuals with their own needs, who all have worth, and who are never disposable.
What’s one piece of advice you would tell someone looking to get a dog? I have 2 pieces of advice. The first is: please adopt! Thanks to the magic of internet databases like Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet, you can find basically any size, age, color… whatever kind of dog you’re looking for. We got Loki from Stonecliffe Animal Rescue in central California, and they work tirelessly to take dogs from county shelters and place them in fosters and loving forever homes. They are constantly taking in dogs of all ages, all breeds. They’ll put the call out there when a dog is scheduled to be put down at an overcrowded shelter. I guarantee there is a wonderful dog waiting for you at a shelter or rescue org. near where you live, and there are just too many dogs dying needlessly because of this insane dog overpopulation. The second piece of advice expands on what being a “dog person” means to me: know your dog as an individual. You can read training books (I read + loved Decoding Your Dog) but in the end you need to work with the dog you have, with their unique personality and needs. You need patience and understanding, because there will be times when even the best dog misbehaves. But if you have the means, the time, and the will, getting a dog can be one of the best decisions you ever make. It’s just unconditional love. It’s the best.
Thanks Kayla. For more, you can find her and Loki on Instagram at @apupnamedloki. And to see what Dog People is all about, take a peek at our first post here.
I’ve debated writing a post like this because it’s different than my normal vibe. When I started this blog, I knew I wanted to share my life with other people, but I also knew I needed a place where I could write for me. Continue reading…
This weekend we slept in late like a bunch of bears then took the dogs to a dog park about 30 minutes east of us. It was Keep’s first time at a dog park and she loved it. Her herding instinct kicked in and she was chasing all the big dogs down. She didn’t care about the ball or frisbee, she’d rather herd that Bernese mountain dog over there. Go on then, girl. When we came home I made Keep and Jack stop and take a photo since they were all happy. I think it looks like they are doing the prom pose. Sunday we went to the Berkeley flea market and found some cool stuff including some wooden hands, indigo mudcloth and a bolga basket. Then we made brunch and finished up working on Wildlandia’s new design so we could debut it today! I hope you like it. Trey is a talented Software Engineer / Web Designer and hopefully the new look he cooked up will allow you to navigate easier within the site and be able to locate popular posts you may have missed, etc.
This weekend is daylight’s savings time and can I get a WOOTY WOOT for that – yes indeed roll them clocks forward on Sunday. There’s only a few more weeks left in winter and that makes me really happy. With spring comes projects and travel and I am overjoyed to be saying goodbye to the “winter” we had here. I pulled my bike out from storage yesterday, soo stoked to have some sunlight left in the evenings to go on a ride around town.
Keeper is growing like a shoot of bamboo. She knows a trick now that I can’t wait to share. Hint hint – it’s one we’re VERY familiar with. But first I have to chase her down and capture it on video. She’s like a lightening bolt of energy mixed with sugary sweetness. She’s made friends with every dog person in the neighborhood. Just the best. This morning she woke us up by jumping in the bed covered in tape from a lint roller she had gotten her paws onto. It’s hard to be mad when you’re laughing.
As for this weekend, we’re headed somewhere – we don’t know where yet. Sometimes the best remedy for a long week is to just get in the car with no plans whatsoever and drive. You come across the best places and end up doing the coolest things. No agenda, just right. Lola will be back in two weeks with a spankin’ new get up – repaired engine, added horsepower for hauling (hells yeah), and a cleaned inside. Adventures await.
Sunday I’ll probably hit up a flea market in the morning and meet Trey for yoga in the afternoon. Maybe whip up some delicious brunch. Next week we’ll be back with an all new Dog People post.
Leisure reading, morning matcha and Jenny Pennywood towels / 2. Cactus I saw on a walk / 3. Sleep, she ain’t havin’ it. / 4. Smells like sandalwood / 5. Indigo house, volvo / 6. Mila cat, tulips, ranunculus (because they look like wild flowers) / 7. Coffee at Blue Bottle / 8. Panda pillow, panda dog / 9. Vintage red bug spotted / 10. Morning face / 11. Dawgs 4 lyfe / 12. Farty Jack
Jack tried out his spiffy new custom-made trail pack from Groundbird Gear on our last hike. He was psyched (exhibit A: the first photo up there ^ ) and looked like a smiley cub scout the whole time. Groundbird Gear is a small company based out of Baltimore, Maryland that specializes in lightweight, durable packs made custom to fit your dog. Owner Marie works closely with you to create a unique one-of-a-kind pack that is perfectly tailored to your dog’s body individually. The process was easy and fun, from choosing the design and colors, to submitting measurements, seeing mock ups and finally unwrapping the finished product. We’ve had packs before that we bought off the rack and they never really fit Jack correctly (he’s got a mutt bod, we say he looks like an eggplant). These packs are a great alternative to those mass-produced ones. The roll-down pockets on each side are roomy and can adjust to carry as much or as little as you need. This is especially useful as Jack likes to have multiple balls with him at all times (teenagers). We’re really happy with his new trail pack and will continue to use it on our future hikes and camping trips. You can get your own custom trail pack right here just in time for Spring.
This weekend was good. We shook off the funk from last week (sorry I got all pukey on you in that earlier post) with a nice hike on Grizzly Peak trail in Tilden park, a spot not too far from our place. Keeper got her last set of shots so now she can go to dog parks and trails without the risk of catching nasty viruses….just in time for spring, yesss. Jack was lovin’ life. The vet says he has a couple pounds to lose so we strapped a pack on him with a few balls and some water inside. Jack is my buddha. I feel most at peace when I’m with him. He is the kindest soul and my best friend. Besides Trey, Jack is the most honest and rewarding relationship I’ve ever had. Whether that’s because I’m somewhat shy, or because I’ve moved around a lot and it’s made it hard to maintain close relationships, I’m not sure. But, he’s always here, knows all my secrets and we have sleepovers. That’s a best friend, mine just has an extra set of legs. Always a good time exploring nature with him.
So, we also got Lola moved from the shop in Mill Valley it was at into a shop near us that can do engine repairs. She’s getting checked out and all spiffed up and will hopefully be on the road again soon. We stopped by Point Labs surf/skate shop on the way home and met some cool people. I may have picked up a few things.
It’s late afternoon now and I’m laying in bed writing this. Sundays are the best. Our room feels like a treehouse, high up in the trees with a sliver of the bay peeking through willowy branches outside. The big windows have old hardware and the sun shines in unforgivingly most days. In a few minutes the sun will meet the horizon, but for now I’m sitting here admiring the glowing pastel pinks, blues and oranges I can see in the sky. A nice little cap on a sweet little weekend.