8 October 2014

Life lately: 'date night', and Joggy.

Ok. Before I begin I just want to say that I have never used the word 'date' with Jw. No 'saturdate', or 'fundate'. The word seems so cheesy and cringeworthy and I don't think that's our style.. but yeah. Yesterday was the first time we had 'date night' and it sure felt like it, kind of like on TV shows or blogs I follow where a couple leaves their kids with the babysitter and goes out for the night. Except instead of kids we have Joggy. You know how getting a pet means that you need time and commitment for it? People never talk about the part where you get anxiety from being away from your dog. Not because you're overly attached (I kind of think I am), but because you worry about how the dog is coping, if the dog has gotten into any accidents, or whether he's getting a panic attack by being away from you. This is how I feel when I'm away from Joggy. He is crate trained and we crate him whenever we go out without him but there's always a little nagging 'what if' at the back of my mind..so anyway for the past month we haven't really had 'us' time, for the two of us. Ever since we got Joggy we spend all of our 'us' time with him. (psst!If anyone can give us recommendations for dog-friendly cafes and coffee shops in the Cambie / Mt Pleasant area please do!)

So anyway, last night we traipsed along Main Street, just the two of us, and we ended up going to Toshi Sushi on 16th and Main. Toshi Sushi came up when we searched for an all-you-can-eat on Google, and the reviews made that place sound stellar, so of course we headed there. When we got there the place was buzzing, and we were made to write our names on the wall (you kind of have to wait around the whole time. They don't call and they give the table to the next person in line)... and we were finally seated we asked them if they had an all you can eat menu. The lady very nicely told us no (we were just a little embarrassed) but the people at the table beside us shot us a dirty look, I guess because they were insulted that we'd think people like them would go to an all you can eat, because they don't appreciate free flow oyster robata or dynamite rolls. Anyway we stayed on and that was the best sushi I've ever had in Vancouver. When the salmon sashimi arrived Jw looked at it with his mouth agape because we couldn't believe what we saw. It was beautiful. The other table beside us (nice people) ordered a box sushi set and it looked amazing, I think we'll have to go back and try it! Anyway Toshi Sushi is a nice compact little sushi joint and their staff are nice and friendly. They also serve really, really good food. Have I mentioned that? Their pricing is pretty reasonable for the quality of the food they serve. (about $16 for a bowl of chirashi, and 7.95 for 4 pieces of beautiful, thick-cut salmon sashimi). A 5/5 in my books!

After that we went to Miura Waffle Milk Bar for waffles!! They serve waffle sandwiches ('sandos') and their menu looked pretty interesting (i mean, bulgolgi waffles???) but because we already had sushi, we ended up ordering dessert waffles, which were really yummy (and messy!) I got a vanilla ice cream and teriyaki sauce waffle and that is one combination of food that will no longer be weird to me. The waffles were a little pricey but if you're up for wacky food combinations, go for it.

... and then we went to the supermarket like grown ups do to pick up food and snacks because i insisted on a chick flick marathon, and came home to an extra waggy Joggy. I love the way he wags his tail and welcomes us when we get home, it moves about in circles and sometimes I just want to tie a handkerchief to it and watch it wave like a flag. Then we made extra buttery popcorn, had lots of pop, and watched Legally Blonde, The House Bunny and the likes.  It was a pretty perfect night.

And in Joggy news: We managed to get a better understanding of Joggy's past. We noticed he had separation anxiety, a little bit of socialization problems, and a couple of other things. We were also wondering if he really was a purebred Beagle (separation anxiety and slight aggression are Beagle traits!) because he doesn't look like the Beagles we see on the internet. He has a slimmer but longer built and his face is narrower and sharper than what we've seen– to me, he looks like a lemon treeing walker coonhound. We spent a whole night combing through 300+ pages of adopted animals on the Montreal SPCA page but couldn't find his profile, so we sent them an email and they responded the next day. It turns out that this is Joggy's fourth home, and his first owner bought him as a one month old puppy and had him for less than a month. We didn't have his microchip number, but his vaccination dates matched up with their system and they told us that he "loved eating garbage" so we knew for sure it was him. Also, he is 100% Beagle! Not that we'd have minded if he wasn't anyway. It is good to know what his past was like, so we understand him better. We love you Joggy, even though you've managed to destroy nine pairs of underwear your first month here. Joggy is also truly Canadian: he was born in Toronto, raised in Montreal, and he's now in Vancouver. AND he's only a year old! #ADVENTURER

(ps: just because Joggy has to work on some things doesn't mean that all shelter dogs are the same. My first dog was a shelter dog and she was as loyal as could be! Jw's jindo was rescued (from the cook, in fact) and she is the perfect companion.  All dogs are friends no matter where they come from).

Also, my post on adopting Joggy got featured on the Steller app's 'Pets' section. My handle is tajo, and you can check it out here if you'd like!

I still have visuals from Europe and a couple of recipes to be posted up and I hope to do so soon, in the mean time I have an essay on Socrates in love to worry about. Thanks for reading!

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