Life With Yuna – 2 Year Update! Highlights From Year Two
September 3rd, 2020
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Well, somehow, two years have passed since I rescued Yuna.
It’s a weird feeling. On one hand, it feels like a blur. But at the same time, two years is obviously a lot of time… heck, it’s murky to me what life was like before I got her!
By now, Yuna is so integrated into my daily life that it’s impossible for me to even fathom how life would’ve played out if I hadn’t picked her up on that fateful day.
That’s especially true in light of recent events. We’re still mostly under quarantine… how empty would life have been without Yuna during this time?
Even though 2020 has been a crazy year, Yuna still had her share of highlights. After all, she has no clue there’s currently a global pandemic going on.
Regardless of the circumstances, Yuna lives on, fully enjoying each day, living in the moment. How many of us would benefit from adopting this same mentality from our dogs?
Think about that for a moment, as we show you what we’ve been up to this past year. Hopefully you can see Yuna’s spirit captured in these moments and photographs.
Getaway Cabin at Tillamook, OR
It was nearly a year ago now… October 2019. My girlfriend visited Seattle, and she and Yuna met for the first time.
We took a short road trip around the PNW, stopping for one night at the Sheltered Nook on Tillamook Bay. What a gem we found! We stayed in our own little dog-friendly cabin for the night.
From Seattle, this road trip took us through Portland, Coos Bay, Tillamook, Cannon Beach, and Seaside.
There was plenty of time for Yuna to run around and chase the rainbows along the way.
Winter Wonderland at Leavenworth, WA
Yuna and I were one and a half years into Seattle livin’, and we hadn’t visited Leavenworth yet. We figured enough was enough, and finally packed up for a snowy weekend retreat.
Because Yuna had been dealing with some limping issues, we couldn’t do anything too intense. But we were still so glad that squeezed in this trip in February, right before the pandemic shut everything down.
Our reward: a beautiful winter wonderland in one of Washington state’s most iconic spots.
Unfortunately, Yuna didn’t get to enjoy the brats and beer with me. But we visited all of Leavenworth’s parks, including Blackbird Island, beautifully blanketed by a layer of snow.
To cap off the trip, we chose a short hike along the Old Pipeline Bed Trail.
Because I happened to be overseas when the snow hit Seattle this year, this served as our annual snow fix. We did a full article on our weekend experience at Leavenworth; be sure to check it out!
Yuna's 4th Birthday
Soon after this trip, Yuna turned 4. We celebrated the occasion with another one of these beautiful cakes from The Seattle Barkery.
Just look at that thing! I had to stop myself from trying a bite of that.
Even though Yuna hates having things on her head, she was a good sport for the photos we took.
And while Yuna’s age is starting to creep up there, she still acts like a puppy. If I had to guess, she’ll act this way forever.
Full Pacific Coast Roadtrip
By this point, it was mid March and the pandemic forced us all to indefinite working from home. I decided to head down to California to stay with my family for a bit, and of course, Yuna was coming along!
Instead of racing down I-5, we decided to take a slower route down along Oregon’s 101 and California’s Highway 1. What a great decision it turned out to be.
Breathtaking views right by the vast Pacific Ocean the entire way.
Our favorite stop was definitely at a small town called Bandon in Oregon. That night, we had an oceanfront stay, and for one day, the Pacific Ocean was our front yard.
The weather wasn’t the greatest, but that didn’t stop Yuna from getting her morning zoomies in at the beach.
3 Months in San Jose
The road trip took a full four days to complete. After we reached our house in San Jose, CA, we decided to stay for about three months.
Yuna absolutely loved it down there. If there was one silver lining from the whole pandemic situation, it’s that our dogs have emerged the winners, with all this extra attention being given to them.
Now, my mom, dad, and brother were able to shower Yuna with attention. We took turns walking her and playing with her.
She was treated to an extra snack time, and even had her own backyard to sniff and explore. When Easter came around, we even did an egg hunt with her (video is on Yuna’s IGTV!), featuring some of the easiest but tastiest homemade peanut butter treats for dogs!
Towards the end of the trip, Yuna even “participated” in a photoshoot at my brother’s virtual graduation.
Yuna even got to mark her territory at my alma mater, UC Berkeley.
By the end of May, we were packed up and headed back to Seattle, where we’ve been ever since.
10K Instagram Followers!
This past year, we hit a milestone we could only have dreamed about when we first started Yuna’s Instagram page: 10K followers!
To thank everyone, we gave away a Wisdom Panel Dog DNA Test to one lucky winner.
We also finally revealed Yuna’s own test results…
A huge thank you to everyone who has followed along our journey so far. We will continue to post high quality pictures and useful dog care tips for you all!
Our Most Liked Photos on Instagram
We’ll wrap this update up with a top 5 countdown of our most liked photos on Instagram from the past year!
From September 1st, 2019 to September 1st, 2020 we made 358 posts. Let us know which one was your favorite!
5th: July 3rd, 2020 (Seattle, WA)
Of course, it’s only fitting that we kick the list off with Yuna sitting pretty on a train track. Sitting pretty continues to be a fan favorite (spoiler alert)!
4th: February 21st, 2020 (Leavenworth, WA)
Yuna and a cute Minnie bandana under the backdrop of a snowy Blackbird Island.
3rd: April 10th, 2020 (San Jose, CA)
Yuna’s puppy dog eyes in my bed in San Jose. It must have been a comfy bed.
2nd: April 13th, 2020 (San Jose, CA)
It was kind of surprising that this photo of Yuna playing with Porky was so popular, since it was shot on my iPhone. But it just shows you don’t need fancy camera gear when you’ve got a photogenic subject!
1st: December 26th, 2019 (Seattle, WA)
The winner this year was a Christmas themed picture at the beach! Even though this is the laziest sit pretty I’ve ever seen, it shows off Yuna’s funny and playful personality perfectly.