Sharing sad news about our sweet pup Alfie

I loved you your whole life. I’ll miss you for the rest of mine. This is one goodbye that will hurt for a long time. It is with broken hearts that we have to say #AfiesAdventures have come to a heartbreaking end. On Monday November 22 we put our sweet boy to rest as he laid in Scott’s lap, and I held Alfies sweet face.

Alfie was a source of immeasurable comfort, and now we have a void in our hearts. I wanted to share this news with you all because when I posted anything about Alfie he attracted so much interest.
Grief and grieving death is a vulnerable place to be. It always hits me with a delayed reaction, and I’m not truly engulfed in it yet. I haven’t written about our loss for so long because I didn’t want it to be final, or true that he’s actually gone.

Despite having many chronic illnesses throughout the last 4 years, Alfie our miracle pup had “days to live” in 2017, but he beat cancer after going through rounds of chemotherapy, with his brave beautiful fearless zest for life, with love, endless cuddles and people cheering him on. We truly thought he’d be invincible after beating that.

Many memories with this little fella, our world traveler. We adopted him when he was 12 weeks old, and drove from Waterloo, Ontario to Woodstock to pick him up. He’d been in dog agility training after that, always an A+ student inside the building, and as soon as we walked out of training class with the same dogs outside in the parking lot he was completely opposite , barking at others, being overly protective of us. What a character, a true Alpha. He came with us in the U-Haul when we drove from Canada to move to California. He made trips to Newfoundland twice a year before the world shut down. He was at our wedding when we got married in my living room (barking all throughout the ceremony), he drove with us to Idaho to see the eclipse. He explored the Bay Area with me pre-kids, just me and him while my husband was at work.

It’s so hard to lose him because we had such great times with him. I will miss those dancing prances, little nails going clip clopping along our floor, and his protective barks.

Alfie gave us unconditional love and companionship for 12 years. He was by our side everywhere we went. We wouldn’t go on vacation if it wasn’t dog friendly, and wasn’t often left alone. He was a silly little fella, he was Scott’s dog inside the house following him everywhere, and outside of the house he was “my” dog. He was always panicking if I went out of sight.

In 2020 he was doing great, many clean bills of health. Things started to go slowly downhill in 2021. We were dedicated to helping him and keeping him healthy, but in the end had been declining slowly, and we didn’t realize we were losing the battle so quickly.

With profound sadness, barky boots Alfie McSchnogglefriend will no longer be by our side, but will be forever, and always will be in our hearts. We will never forget you Alfie puppa, you good boy.

Oct 23, 2009 – Nov 22, 2021.

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POM Friday

Regal AlfieI haven’t done a POM Friday post of Alfie in ages. Although his photos sneak into blog posts every now and again, I really missed taking him out on adventures each week, snapping pics – and posting them every Friday.

So, it’s back for the time being. Many people love his sweet smile, but don’t get me started on how bossy he is to strangers and other dogs! Whoooo….wee. That smile doesn’t last for long when he’s ready to boss someone around, let me tell ya.

Here’s some sweet photos I took of him last week!

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Sausalito day trip & Mazda 6 saves the day

Mazda-HeaderWho needs a reason to go out and explore, especially when you’re living in California? The minute I get a vehicle delivered, I pop back into the house for a quick minute, leash Alfie up and we’re on our way.

Alfie-in-windowAnd because I can’t say no to this cute face! Usually I do this first so I can take photos while the car is spic-n-span and free of dust, but also — hello sport mode fun! I just discovered this over the weekend, that when you put cars in sport-mode… it’s automatically jumped up from being: okay this is fun, to: whoa this is awesome.

Mazda6Also, I’ve noticed lately a lot of review cars are red. I wonder if there’s a reason for that? 

I got the Mazda 6 last Thursday for review, so that’s when I took Alfie on a jaunt around town, exploring neighbourhoods. Since my husband was working on Friday, I decided to venture out to the climbing gym and meet my internet climbing buddies, turned into real life climbing buddies. You might know Esther and Jacob from their blog Local Adventurer! Esther-and-Jacob

BoulderingWe bouldered for about an hour, then left the gym to meet up with Lauren, and Jessica for lunch at the new Eureka restaurant in Cupertino. No photos taken, only Snapchat videos that are forever deleted (ahem, unless you follow me). But wow, what a gorgeous little area to hang out in! We were there for a couple of hours, and since it’s a new build that I haven’t checked out for a while, they also added a Phil’s Coffee (which is so picturesque it’s insane).

I only took photos of the palm trees, because I still feel like a newbie tourist here. I love it.Palm-tree

Saturday was pretty low-key and we didn’t do too much. Yawn! OH WAIT. CHANGED MY MIND. Except for the morning when my husband called me mentioning he got a flat tire on his bicycle and it was unrepairable due to the tube busting out of it.

Mazda to the rescue!Mazda6-to-rescue

Alfie and I hopped in the car and drove 30 minutes north on the highway (he wasn’t on the highway, I obviously had to exit lol) to bring him gear to fix the tire. He didn’t want a ride home! So we hung around with him as he fixed his tire, and we watched all the other cyclists pass by (a lot of them stopped and asked if we needed help), it’s a hotspot area for cyclists for sure! Wow. Mazda-to-Rescue

Sunday, we ended up checking out a new-to-us pizza place called 1000 Degrees Pizza since we had a free coupon to go try it out. We ended up doing a build-your-own 10″ pizza to split between the two of us and we added SO much stuff.1000-pizza

The regular cost would’ve been $8.95 which is a decent deal for a nice wood-fired thin crust pizza — my ultimate favourite kind of pizza. It was cooked super fast (assuming because it’s in a 1000 degree oven) and by the time we finished paying (for our drink) it was cooked and My husband really liked it, and I liked it too but I think I added too many toppings and I wish the center of the pizza wasn’t gooey/watery.

Eat-the-pizzaMaybe too much sauce? I’m not sure. I did enjoy the rest of the delicious pizza, since we polished off 3 slices each. Hee hee!

I told my husband I wanted to take him to the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge and check out the views of the city and the bridge from that side. Precisely what we did — and hundreds of other tourists. I guess I forget what it’s like in the city on weekends, especially long weekends! I usually take our visitors (or even myself) up to the city on weekdays. Definitely not as crowded.Alfie-smilesAlfie’s “I’m ready to go!” excited face.

Mazda-insideHere I am snappin’ photos of me turnin’ on the tunes and adjusting the power seats in the Mazda6 before the ‘long trek’. A lot fancier than my own Mazda!

Our first stop was to a vista point along the highway, we rarely do this – so I pulled in and checked out these gorgeous views of the hills. views


Then we made it across the Golden Gate bridge and down to this spot. One view I will never tire of:Golden-Gate

Alfie-Me-Golden-GateOnce we hung out at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge for a while, I drove us up to Sausalito, which is a small city in Marin County north of the Golden Gate.

sausalitooLittle history lesson here for ya, but back in World War 2, Sausalito was a shipbuilding center.

Sausalito-maiIt’s a gorgeous little spot with tons of character, tons of rich people (just bein’ honest!) and a lot of beautiful and huge sail boats.


SausalitoWe walked around the main street and had a bit of a snacky-picnic right along the water. It was such a beautiful day!

I was so tired yesterday from our walking around, and me driving all along the coast, but we ended up finishing up our weekend by going for a 6km run with just the two of us. Usually Alfie comes with, but since he was out with us in the sun the entire day and we didn’t want him to get too overheated. I am pooped!

Not only that, this week is going to be a scorcher here in San Jose. On one of the days this week, it’s reading it’s going to get upwards to 39°C (which is 102°F), I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a pool/beach to swim in on that day. Wowzers!

How was your Memorial Day Weekend?

Mazda-wheelThanks to Mazda for loaning me the vehicle for the week, and for allowing these adventures to happen! And thanks to you guys, reading my blog – because this wouldn’t have happened without your help!

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