Baker Beach, part of the Presidio and around the corner from the Golden Gate Bridge, is a great place to spend a day.
“Her name is Ada… Ada Biscuit. She’s 8 years old. My boyfriend and I adopted her a year ago. She likes swimming a lot. She lived in Colorado is what we learned, before she made it out to California somehow. And we thought we should take her to the beach and then we realized that she hadn’t seen a beach before… she was really afraid of the waves. But we took our time with her and she got used to the waves and now they don’t bother her at all…
“It made us more responsible. We realized that we had to come home for her. She relies on us. I grew up with dogs but this was my first. “We knew we wanted a Newfoundlander so we met with some breeders and looked at some puppies. And people said to us, if it’s your first dog, and your first BIG dog… you should consider getting a more mature dog.
“Oh yes. We’re her permanent home.”
“I just moved here a year ago, but I haven’t been in town a lot. Nova is an 18 week old Australian Shepherd. Part of getting him was so I could settle down a little bit and stay in town.
“I would love to do herding with him! Some day if I get my dream to have a farm… He herds me when I run! Ya well, we run, walk, run, walk. He’s not quite there yet. He needs to be a little bit bigger to run. But he enjoys it. He’s very well behaved. I purposely got a high energy dog. I wanted him to be active. I’m permanently tired, but happy!”
From a radio I hear Patti LaBelle singing Lady Marmalade as I walk up to a fellow walking 3 Bulldogs with his sons. Turns out he is a local dog walker.
“These two belong to one family and this guy here belongs to a different family”
Are they all buddies?
“Oh ya, uhuh. What’s your name?”
“I’m Super Dave, they call me the Dog Whisperer of San Francisco.”
Nice to meet you. What’s the best part of hanging out with dogs?
“Oh my goodness! For me, it’s been that they help me be the father I’ve always dreamed of being. You know… and that’s just a small drop of what the dogs have given me. They’ve helped me find the boys education. They helped me be husband I always dreamed of being. They helped me… I also do Kung Fu… my Kung Fu Master wants me to stay in the moment… and dogs keep you in the moment. And they help me make a connection with everyone! All walks of life… people who normally wouldn’t conversate with someone that looks like me… because I’m with a dog, automatically it breaks the barrier… you know… they help break the barrier… and I love that. They fill me with so much joy. Most people think… what am I high on? But it’s dog energy and the energy is so amazing… I can’t keep it to myself.”
I love your energy Super Dave. It was nice to meet you.
“Well thank you for sharing this moment with me.”
Last Fall I was down in San Francisco for a 3 day weekend. We had tickets for the Sunday performance of the Bridge School Benefit Concert.
The concert is actually down in Palo Alto but we spend some time up in San Francisco before hand. What a vibrant town. We end up having some really great walks over the weekend and meet lots of people and their dogs along the way. The Presidio was a lovely surprise. Five minutes from downtown and you are on some of the nicest beaches. Lot‘s of trails for running, hiking or walking with dogs. For lunch we walked around Hayes Valley where the shopping is funky and original… not a chain store in sight! Everyone is out and about with their dogs.
The San Fran Posts follow.