I need a dog

Pints and Pups was this weekend.

I dragged myself out of bed, picked up Barbara, and headed over to Golden State Brewery in Santa Clara for some snuzzles with doggies and BEER!

It was fun to see old friends and to hang out with Barbara.

Drinking beer.

Barbara, in case you didn’t know it, is my “sister.”

We look so much alike people mistake us for sisters.

I got to check out the rescued dogs brought to the event by Thulani Senior German Shepherd Dog Rescue.

They rescue senior German shepherds that have been abandoned by their owners in their old age.

It’s heartbreaking.

I got the feeling like these dogs were searching the crowd for their person and not finding him or her.

They kept looking off into the distance.

Oblivious of my attempts to garner their attention.

But I loved on the doggies anyway and perhaps even signed myself up to volunteer with Thulani next weekend.

Of course, you MUST know that my favorite breed of dog is German shepherd, on account of I’ve had two and they were THE BEST DOGS.

I miss them terribly.

So I was incredibly pleased when friends took it upon themselves to paint an image of my Wendy girl from a picture I gave them.

It’s stunning!

Warms my poor little heart to see her again, in a painting.

This is actually a picture of Wendy around 3 years old, taken when I was rescuing her from the Tri-Valley Animal Shelter.

She somehow managed to sit long enough for me to snap a photo.

Wendy was never the sort to sit still for any length of time, so I was especially pleased I managed to get that photo of her.

And just like this picture of Mac (below), my first white German shepherd, it has become my quintessential photo of Wendy.

I need a dog.




It’s been a while since I wrote a post about volunteering, but it’s something I feel very strongly about.

Ever since I was a young girl, I’ve volunteered my time for many of the worthy causes out there – visiting senior citizens in their nursing home, raising money to fund programs that support underprivileged youth, and participating in organizing a day long celebration of genealogy and culture.

And this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to volunteer for Pints for Pups benefiting the Silicon Valley Pet Project and supported by the South Bay Beer Hounds. This fundraiser combined art, ceramics, beer, and animals to great success.


I worked the entry booth but found time to take breaks to drink beer and buy this volcano tiki mug for my Hawaiian tiki mug collection:

So it comes as no surprise to the people who know and love me that I am volunteering my time at the Center Camp Café as a barista – a skill I picked up working in coffee shops when I was in college.

Each shift is 4 hours and you’re asked to take 3 shifts during the week at Burning Man.

I figure it’ll be a lot of fun and I’ll get to meet A LOT of new people – after all, how many burners need to get their coffee fix during the day and at night?

What’s better than serving coffee to people in costumes while wearing a costume myself? And it’ll give me something specific to do during the week I’m there.

Sure, there is the potential for it to interfere with me exploring Black Rock City and I’ll have to work around my volunteer shifts with The Lost Penguins, but I’M EXCITED ABOUT THIS!

Let’s just hope they select me for the team!

UPDATE:  I’ve been selected!  Woo hoo!