Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wallace and Saki Play Date!!

It's been over 8 weeks since Wallace and Saki had their last play date! Lizelle and Saki came over this afternoon, and Wallace and Saki immediately fell back into their routine as soon as Saki walked through the door. It was pretty amazing! They were really happy to see each other, and quickly ran outside to our backyard and started playing. So cute!

Wallace and Saki play so well together. Saki just turned one year old two days ago, and Wallace is only about 2 months older. They are also roughly the same size/weight, and have a similar energy level. Today, they played for over 1-1/2 hours straight, and would have played longer, but we all had to get ready to go out to dinner.

The first thing we immediately noticed was that Wallace has grown a good amount since the first time we met Saki! He weighs just over 18 lbs now, which is about 3 lbs more than he weighed when we first adopted him. The people at the SPCA said he was underweight, so we knew he needed to gain weight. We think he has actually grown in size as well, not just in weight. I have many friends who have told me that he would grow a bit more up to his second birthday. On top of the weight, his fur has grown quite a lot since we got him, plus I brushed him this morning, which makes him extra fluffy. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wallace's Impersonation of Snowy

I snapped this picture of Wallace tonight as he was passed out on the sofa. Poor little guy was exhausted from his two-day doggie vacation.

The picture cracks me up because he has the same silhouette as our stuffed Snowy Dog. Wallace's ears were ever up like Snowy's (although his tail is pointed down).

These are things that make me laugh. :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wallace's Dinner in Carmel

We went to a great dog-friendly restaurant called the Forge in the Forest in Carmel for dinner tonight. They have a very nice outdoor patio where dogs are allowed and they even have a special dog menu! The server brought Wallace a fresh bowl of water and some treats before taking our order.

We were going to treat Wallace to a hot dog off the dog menu but our server cautioned us that it might upset his stomach if he's not accustomed to eating people food (he's not). It was good advice so we apologized to Wallace and promised him dinner once we returned to our hotel room.

We all enjoyed the dining experience and atmosphere very much! I also got one of the largest chocolate chip cookies ever.

Wallace's first road trip!!

We took our first road trip with Wallace today! We drove down Highway 1 along the coast to Monterey and Carmel. Dick and I have surprisingly (and never done this trip together before!)

We took Wallace to Carmel Beach - an amazing off-leash beach that got great reviews online.

I assume Wallace had never been to a beach before, and he LOVED it!!!

We kept him on his leash for the first half of the time, as we were all a litle too paranoid that he would run away or get washed away into the ocean (first time dog parent paranoia). Eventually, we were in a quieter area and decided to let him run free like all of the other dogs. He didn't seem the mind the leash at all, but once he was free of it, he had an even more great time running and playing with other dogs.

We're staying at a great little dog-friendly hotel in Monterey for the night, and heading out to dinner now.

More soon!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Snowy and Wallace

A couple of weeks after we got Wallace, we were out on a walk with him and a guy passing by asked him name. After I told him, he remarked that Wallace looked a lot like Tin Tin's dog, Snowy. I had never read any of the Tin Tin books (nor have I seen the movie) but I was familiar with the characters, as I'd admired merchandise of Tin Tin and Snowy before.

So, this got me thinking: I should find a plush Snowy dog! (for myself, not for Wallace. Wallace would tear it to shreds in an hour.)

I looked online on and eBay, but didn't find any that I liked at a reasonable price. There were a few that were cute, but were over $40. More than I wanted to spend.

A couple of weeks ago, I drove by a pet store in Noe Valley and noticed that they had a plush Snowy doll in the front window! I took a mental note of it, and planned to check it out another time.

Wallace and I took a walk to that store last week. When we arrived, I found out that the plush Snowy doll was for display only and not for sale. Bummer!

That's okay, Wallace and I took the opportunity for a photo op of him with Snowy while we were there. The people who worked there were very nice about it! :)

Wallace is not too sure about Snowy

"How much is that doggie in the window?"

I came home and checked out again. Lucky for me, someone had recently listed a small plush snowy, the exact style that I had seen at the pet store, and it was a very reasonable price (at a "Buy it Now" options, so not having to go through any bidding wars!). I showed it to Dick, who chuckled, and had to admit that it did look like Wallace.

Our new Snowy plush arrived today. He's super cute. Poor Wallace doesn't understand why I won't let him play with Snowy. :)

My Fundraising Letter for the 2016 Immediate Impact Walk

Dear friends and family,

Summer greetings from foggy and chilly San Francisco! For those of you who may not have heard, Dick and I moved back to San Francisco from Bellevue, WA in March. Although we enjoyed our time in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we are both very happy to return to our home in San Francisco.

I apologize if you had not heard the news of our return directly from me before. Life has been quite busy and a little more complicated this year, and I haven’t been quite as good about sharing news as I usually am.

On that note, I’m also a bit late in sending out my fundraising letter for this year’s Immediate Impact Walk in San Francisco.

You may have been wondering whether or not I'd be participating in the Immediate Impact Walk again this year.

The answer is: YES!!

The 2016 Immediate Impact Walk will once again be a one-day, 20-mile event held in San Francisco on Sunday, October 2nd. This is the fifth year of our local, all-volunteer event, and I’m very proud to once again be a part of something so special.

This is my fifth year walking in the Immediate Impact Walk and my seventh year participating and raising funds for breast-cancer related walks. Over the last four years since it’s inception, the Immediate Impact Walk has granted $443,500.00 to three local beneficiaries who provide services and funds to low-income and under-served people living with breast cancer.

Over the last four years, YOU have helped me raise over $59,000!!

You may recall that the first three years of the Immediate Impact Walk was a 3-day, 55-mile walk. Due to various circumstances, last year we simplified several aspects of the walk to be a one day, twenty mile walk. In this scaled down format, we were able to spend less money spent on vehicles, food, lodging, permits, ceremonies and other large multi-day event-related expenses. The new format worked very well and we realized that we were still able to raise sizable funds while spending less money on event-related expenses.

Although the scope of our event may be simplified, we are still as committed as ever to raise critical funds for our three local beneficiaries: The Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Charlotte Maxwell Complimentary Clinic and Friend to Friend Fund - Partners in Care at UCSF Mt. Zion. Each of these wonderful organizations provide services and funds to low-income and under-served people living with breast cancer. You can learn more about our event and our beneficiaries here:

Our Event Fundraising Goal is $110,000.

My personal Fundraising Goal is $7,500.

I am writing to once again ask you for your support. Please help me to raise my goal of $7,500. Any amount is appreciated, and no amount is too big or too small. Last year, I had donations as small as $5, and as large as $1,000! If you are unable to donate, that's okay, too – I appreciate your support in any way that you are able to give it.

Please follow the link below to visit my personal fundraising Web page and make a donation.

When you donate, there is an option for donors to cover the processing fee for their donation. Last year, we paid $4,000 is processing fees. If you are so inclined, please select this option when submitting your donation so that we can make sure that your total donation dollars will go towards our beneficiaries.

The event is just 2-1/2 months away. I’m a little late in sending out my fundraising letter, but I’ve already started training with my team over the last several weeks.

This will be my seventh year of participating in breast cancer related fundraising walks. I am once again positive that with your support and encouragement, it'll be yet another amazing season and event!!

Thank you for your support and consideration.

With Gratitude,
Trina Chow

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Happy Birthdays, Mom & Dad!!

My parents were both born in July of the same year (how cute is that?). Tonight, we celebrated both of their birthdays with a family dinner at House of Prime Rib! Happy Birthday, Mom and Dad!!!

Double Feature at The Castro Theater

"Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom"!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Today's 12-mile Training Walk

Today's Route

It was a chilly and damp morning for our walk from the Presidio, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and back and forth to Sausalito today. It was a small group of walkers, and we managed to finish our walk within 4-1/2 hours. We left at 7:00, returning before 11:30, including a nice break (complete with a cinnamon roll!) in Sausalito.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Scott Beck!!

Yay! Our friend Scott is in town and was able to squeeze in a dinner with the Chow Sisters at the end of his California vacation!! We have all known each other since 1989, but haven't had a quality visit like this is years. So happy to see him!!