Life With Yuna – 2 Year Update! Highlights From Year Two

September 3rd, 2020

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A dog perched nicely on a big rock near a pebble beach!

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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.

A dog sitting in front of a small wooden cabin, welcoming her owners home.
Yuna welcomes us to our overnight stay at Sheltered Nook Tiny Homes!

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.

A dog wearing a Minnie Mouse bandana in front of a brilliant rainbow.

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.

A dog winking in front of some beautiful snow-capped mountains.

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.

A dog on a snowy hike, taking a moment to look back at her owner.
Hey hooman, you coming?

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!

READ: A Dog-Friendly Day in Leavenworth, WA

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.

A dog posing cutely in front of a beautiful doggy birthday cake.
When can I have da cake??

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.

A dog happily wearing a birthday hat and bandana!

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.

A dog raising her paw and listening intently to her owner. Background is the beautiful west coast of America.

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.

A wet yellow Lab on a beach on the Oregon coast.

The weather wasn’t the greatest, but that didn’t stop Yuna from getting her morning zoomies in at the beach.

A dog in mid-jump at the beach, ears flying straight up!
The whole beach is mine! I'm so giddy.

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.

A dog raising her paw in front of a front yard garden.

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!

READ: Quick And Easy Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats!

Towards the end of the trip, Yuna even “participated” in a photoshoot at my brother’s virtual graduation.

A dog wearing a graduation cap, and crossing her paws.
Another hat on my head...

Yuna even got to mark her territory at my alma mater, UC Berkeley.

A dog sitting in front of the famous Sather Gate at 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.

An adorable dog posing in front of a Wisdom Panel dog DNA test.

We also finally revealed Yuna’s own test results…

READ: Wisdom Panel Review & Yuna’s Breed Reveal

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)

A dog performing a sit pretty in front of some train tracks.

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)

A dog admiring the snowy backdrop at the beautiful Blackbird Island in Leavenworth, Washington.

Yuna and a cute Minnie bandana under the backdrop of a snowy Blackbird Island.

3rd: April 10th, 2020 (San Jose, CA)

A dog laying with droopy ears on a bed, looking with puppy dog eyes up at the camera.

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)

A yellow Lab lying on her side with a hedgehog/porcupine toy sitting on her.

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)

A dog doing a sit pretty on a beach.

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.

Conclusion

Well, that was our second year in review. Hopefully these pictures put a smile on your face!

For more, check out Yuna’s Instagram and Pinterest profiles! We post daily and offer useful dog tips.

Moving on to the next!

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