Another successful Love You A Latte event!

Last month (before the lockdown, seems like a year ago!), I held my annual Love You A Latte event at the Capital One Cafe in downtown Walnut Creek. I appreciate everyone who came out to support the cause and made donations to Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)!

It was great to see so many friends and clients come through and share a coffee or a quick chat. We ended up collecting and donating $265 plus some items to ARF!

I love connecting with everyone and have a moment to catch up over coffee along with providing for a great cause. If you didn’t make it this year due to other plans or vacations (lots of people were on vacation), I truly hope to see you next year. We may all be wanting more interactive personal connections by then. Thanks again to all those who participated either in person or by way of a donation.

Come join me for my annual Love You A Latte event this weekend!

This Saturday, I’m holding my annual Love You A Latte event from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Capital One Cafe in downtown Walnut Creek! My team and I will be upstairs at the cafe enjoying a morning cup of coffee and making connections. Will I see you there?

As in previous years, we are hoping to bring people together and spread some love! This is one of my favorite events because, well, I love you a latte! It’s my modern version of the neighbor coming over for coffee to chat. The coffee and treats are on me – all I ask you to bring is a friend, loved one, and/or your kids! Here is the evite link – just RSVP “yes!”

I will buy their coffee, cocoa, or hot chocolate, too! As usual, we like to do some charity with Love You A Latte. This year, we are partnering with ARF, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. If you would like to give to the cause, please bring a donation to the event and I will pass along, here is the link to the list of things they need: this link, which is ARF’s wish list. Otherwise there is a link to donate on the evite. I hope to see you there!

Top (Fur) Baby Names in the U.S.

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Around this time every year, we always find out what the top baby names in the country are. That’s always interesting, but what about our other babies’ names?

As a dog lover, this blog caught my attention a few months back. It included this infographic that broke down the most common names of dogs, and then went further and broke it down by most popular name by breed, too.

Apparently the top dog names in the U.S. right now are Bella, Max, Daisy, Bailey, and Buddy. My dog is named Bodie, so I was pretty close!

Our team here at Walnut Creek Lifestyle Group is full of dog lovers, and we wanted to share some photos of our fur children here with you to start the New Year. I think we did a little better on creativity with our naming!

Let’s start with my boy Bodie, an 8-year-old Weimaraner rescue:

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We got Bodie when he was 18 months old. We rescued him through NorCal Weim Rescue where they found him running around Fresno.  He quickly warmed up to us and became a loved member of the family. Bodie is a big, 90-lb Weimaraner (the type that basically takes you for walks rather than the other way around!), but he loves to cuddle and play. In fact, he usually feels left out if he doesn’t get to sleep on the bed!

Let’s move along to Liz, and her two dogs, Poppy and Willow. Poppy is a 3-year-old miniature poodle, and Willow is a one-year-old Cavapoo. Liz bred Willow herself, and Poppy is the mother! For those wondering, a Cavapoo is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. Here are a couple pictures:

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Liz started breeding Cavapoos two years, ago, and kept Willow from the most recent litter. Cavapoos are wonderful dogs, combining the look of the Cavalier, the non-shedding coat of the Poodle, and the sweet temperaments of both breeds. Also, Cavaliers are great dogs, but have been so inbred throughout the years that the majority of them develop a deadly malady called Mitral Valve disease. Since poodles are not largely affected by the disease, the cross-breeding drastically lowers the Cavapoo puppies’ chances of inheriting that disease.

For more information on Cavapoos, you can check out Liz’s company California Cavapoos, which bring healthy, beautiful, friendly pets to the best families. Take a look at her Facebook page!

Lastly, our freelance writer Jeremy has had dogs in his family forever. From a golden retriever when he was a baby, to a black lab throughout childhood, to the current ARF rescue mix his family loves…meet Sydney, the 8-year-old Australian Shepherd/Blue Heeler/Hound mix:

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Sydney (or “Syddie” for short – she responds to that especially well if you use a high-pitched voice) has an endless amount of energy and absolutely adores humans. If Sydney isn’t on her back with all four paws in the air, begging for a belly scratch within 30 seconds of meeting you, there’s something wrong. As you can see from the photos above, Sydney also loves to go to the Open Space in Walnut Creek!

Share some photos of your dogs – do you have any with creative names?