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How Have You Been?

January 12, 2009

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraI love catching up with friends of old! For me, one of the best parts of life is collecting friends along the journey. And even though we lose touch, they are often in my mind. Different people come into my mind at different times, it all depends on what I might be doing. A memory of an old friend might make me smile while I’m watching an old TV show, or I might be visiting a city or restaurant, or maybe a song on the radio, or it might be a movie that will spark a memory of a friend I’ve made in my adventures. I am so happy that I am now in touch with so many old friends, all thanks to the internet and a little web site called Facebook, perhaps you’ve heard of it! 🙂

Our morning show Executive Producer John Peck started a Facebook page for our morning team last summer and since we did, and I started my own page, and I have had so much fun catching up with old friends, or should I state, friends I’ve made in life.

craigyearbookI love it! I’ve found old roommates from college, old co-workers and most recently, old high school friends. The timing is just perfect too as I need to plan our 20th Class Reunion in the summer of 2010. I have 17 months to find everyone and plan this milestone and I’m so happy to say I’ve tracked down about 10 percent of my class already. And many other friends who were in different classes before and after me. It’s fun to learn where they live, what they are doing and how life has changed as they have become adults in different parts of the country and world. For example, one of classmates now lives in Belize and has her own business. A few are in Portland where one is working with children on The Mentoring Project, and one is raising a family and home schooling her children. While some have moved, one is back in Germany, another is in Dallas, and many are near home and raising beautiful families. One was even elected a U.S. Congressman in the last election. craigyearbook2I grew up in a small town called Pojoaque, New Mexico, it’s about 10 miles north of Santa Fe, between Santa Fe, Taos and Los Alamos, and it’s so great to hear from some of my classmates. When I said I found 10 percent of my class, I mean all 12 of them! My graduating class was a just over 100, so I hope I can round them all up in time for our reunion in the summer of 2010. I was honored to be Class President, so I think the duty of organizing the reunions fell in my laps back in 1990, and I gladly accepted and now I’m working to make sure we get it all together. This has just been one of my journeys back in time on Facebook, oh what fun!

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area Meteorologist

Sit Sasha Sit, Good Dog… I Said Sit Sasha…

November 17, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraTraining dogs and puppies can be quite the adventure. Just when you think your dog has mastered a command like sit, it turns out the master needs to sit and figure out another way to train Fido. After all, training a dog, especially an alpha dog, to have good behavior based on human commands can be “ruff” sometimes… sorry, I couldn’t resist.

I’ve always believed my cute little dog Sasha was so well behaved, and she is, but sometimes I wish I could correct some behaviors that I don’t think are always good. For example, she jumps on people when they come over for a friendly visit because she gets so excited to see the person. She also likes to sit in the kitchen when I am in there. I have a tiny kitchen, and I don’t think she should be in there when I’m preparing a meal. I also want her to stop sitting near the table when we are eating dinner and I also want her to stop snapping at other dogs when we go to the dog park.

We also have a new puppy, a 6-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kaia, and we want her to be well-behaved because she will be about 100 pounds when she is full grown. The last thing I want is for her to jump up on a guest because she is happy to see them at the front door. I’m sure my guests would appreciate it too! 🙂

dogtip1So, I recently went to San Ramon with one of our producers Dana and photojournalist Mark to meet with a man named Don Schellenberg of Bark Busters. Bark Busters is a company that works with humans in training their dogs. Don was amazing and so good at helping us with so many tips. We spent several hours with Don and I wish I had more time to work with him and my two dogs, but the time I did have has helped me tremendously!

I’ve learned from Don that many of Sasha’s actions are based on her thinking she needs to be in control, showing her dominance and trying to establish herself as the alpha dog and in command. Don taught me that I need to be the alpha dog, or alpha anyway, and I need to help her so she knows she can relax, and just play and be a dog.

Don did it all without treats which was great. And he stressed the importance of training dogs to help relieve tension and frustration in homes which results in saving more dogs lives! Those dogs provide so much unconditional love, and they look to us for guidance. Now, I have more tools to help me guide my dogs and we’d like to share some of those tips with you and maybe to help you too. Tune into our morning show weekdays at 6:30AM for some of the tips Don Schellenberg of Bark Busters shared with us! I think you’ll like them. They are already making a difference in our home, I hope they help you too. Have a great day and hug your kids and pets today! 🙂

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area News

The Fido Friendly Network

November 10, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraPets give so much unconditional love to humans, and one more reason I love those furry little animals is because it’s a great way to meet new friends!

I’ve recently noticed that if I have one or two of my dogs with me while on a walk, strangers usually say hello to one of the dogs, then to me, the human, and I’m okay with that as long as they say hello to the human too!

I’ve found that having dogs is a great way to meet new friends because it gives strangers a reason to say hello, and I love it.

It’s how I met my dear friends Mitch and Julie over three years ago. They became road bicycle buddies, and we are like family now. It’s how I met Milton and Teresa while at a Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) event called, fittingly, “Walk N Wag.” Through them I met Terri from Society Dog who got me involved with Howling Halloween in Los Gatos and Society Dog. It’s how I met Robert and Chris from the HSSV and got involved with the fun Fur Ball and Walk N Wag events. And while at the recent Walk N Wag in San Jose I met my new friend Felicia Gray.

craigdog1108Felicia recently relocated to the Bay Area from New York with her family and she also loves pets!

She also has a great web site designed for pet lovers: http://www.gothamcanine.com

I was honored when she asked if she could write a blog on my family and dogs for the web site. We had so much fun and she actually turned the blog into the feature on the home page. Check it out and let me know what you think.

I call it the Fido Friendly Network, meeting new friends and simply saying hello to strangers while out on a walk with my pets. And I hope when you are out walking your pets, or pass someone with their dogs, that you too have the opportunity to say hello and make a new friend, maybe help brighten your day. Have a great day!

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area Meteorologist

My Dog-Gone Weekend!

October 28, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraI love fall, the foliage, the wind, the change and the holiday season coming up! It all begins with Halloween and since I don’t have children, my dogs are like my children… and my last weekend went to the dogs.

Friday, October 24th, was the annual Society Dog Howling Halloween in Los Gatos. Yes, the town of the cats went to the dogs too! About 300 dogs and their humans dressed up in costumes and paraded around Old Town and Downtown for some treats from the venders of the beautiful town. The money raised went to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police K9 Foundation and NBC Bay Area was a proud sponsor, I was honored to be the emcee. 🙂

It was fun to see so many fun costumes! Some of those humans were very creative with the costumes. One of my favorites was “Spaghetti and Meatballs.” A few other stand outs were Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and his elf, the lady bug and her flower and the police officer with his jail birds in tote. I took many photos at the event and I have posted them on my Facebook account. The account is open to everyone to view so I hope you enjoy the fun pictures.

Saturday, we spent the day at the dog park with my Sasha (Lhasa Apso) and Kaia (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and then a nice bath at our local pet store. Sasha and Kaia slept so well Saturday evening. I hope you have a Happy Halloween with your family.

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area Meteorologist

Walk ‘N Wag

October 8, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraWhat a fun day… a Saturday morning walking and wagging with your pet! Well, I walked while my dogs wagged. 🙂

I recently took my two dogs, Sasha (a 10-year-old Lhasa Apso) and Kaia (a 5-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix) on a walk through History San Jose and Kelley Park with about 100 other dogs and their humans. We met some great new friends and saw many old friends at the event called Walk ‘N Wag. My mom and aunt were with us and we had a great time too. And we had just enough of a break in the rain for a dry walk!

It was my third year leading the walk and this year more than $166,000.00 was raised to help support the programs run by the Humane Society Silicon Valley. They are building a brand new “green” state-of-the-art facility in Milpitas too. The 48,000 square foot building will house so many incredible features like a doggie daycare, a pet-friendly cafe, a grooming center and home-like habitats for dogs, cats and rabbits waiting to go to loving homes. I have to say it’s always such a pleasure to see the staff and volunteers of the HSSV! All pet and animal lovers just have an instant bond, and no matter how much time ha gone by or if you just met, there is an instant connection when it comes to animals… that’s how I feel about the staff and volunteers at HSSV.

It was so fun to see all the pets with their humans. Some of them dressed alike, many taking pictures and all having a great time. All the photos you see here were taken by a great person I met at the Walk N Wag, Felicia Gray. Thanks Felicia for the great pictures.

If you missed it this year, maybe I’ll see you out there next year. And soon I’ll be at Howling Halloween in Los Gatos for an event which raises money for the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department K9 unit. I’ll blog about that event soon, before and after it happens Friday, October 24th. If you want more information now on that event, visit http://www.nbc11.com/community/1490247/detail.html

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area WeatherPlus Meteorologist

Lobos Alumni Enjoy the Heat

September 29, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraHeat from the “Land Of Enchantment” in our Bay Area… heat on my tongue anyway!  Do you have any comfort foods that remind you of a special time in your life, maybe your childhood?  For me, one type of comfort food is green chile from Hatch, New Mexico, specifically the smell of roasting green chile.  Once I smell that chile roasting I eagerly anticipate that spicy flavor on my tongue! If you’ve ever been to New Mexico and had southwestern cuisine, you know what I’m talking about.  If you haven’t, what are you waiting for, you’ll have to try it sometime!  🙂

I recently joined about 50 people, most of them fellow alumni from the University of New Mexico (UNM), for a great green chile roast in Briones Regional Park.  That fresh scent of green chile being roasted in a steel drum filled the hills and it was like a bit of New Mexico in the Bay Area.  It was a beautiful day and we had so much great food to share while roasting our chile and sporting UNM Lobo Polo’s and t-shirts in our cherry and silver school colors.  It’s an annual event hosted by the UNM NorCal Alumni Chapter which has members spread all over the Bay Area and Northern California.   We had fun, ate great food and raised money to help fund scholarships for local students who attend UNM in Albuquerque, NM.

This was the third year I attended and every year the gathering grows in Alumni attendance.  This year I ran into a friend I had not seen since 1995, I met a woman who grew up a few miles from my hometown of Pojoaque and I made a lot of new friends.  And our chile orders are getting heavier too!  In all, we ordered more than 700 pounds of green chile which was sent to us from Hatch, New Mexico.    I roasted 50 pounds myself, 30 pounds for me, and 20 pounds for some friends who could not attend the picnic.  It’s like green gold for anyone who has sampled the flavorful pepper.  My freezer is now stuffed with that green gold and by this time next year that will all be gone!

I love to eat that green chili in the cooler months with chicken soup, or on my eggs in the morning or maybe on my chicken for dinner.  I’m no chef, but I can make a mean green chile chicken enchilada!  And if I ever feel a cold or a bug coming on, I just have some green chile on toast or in my stew and I feel so much better instantly.  Aside from the spicy kick I get when eating the chile, it has a lot of vitamin-C.  Maybe that is why I think of it as a comfort food, it reminds me of staying home sick and my mom making green chile stew for me.  Thanks mom!

It’s so much fun to be a part of this annual event with so many fellow Lobo Alumni!  And for me it’s a piece of my upbringing, my history, in my home… the Bay Area!  Que Bueno!  🙂

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area WeatherPlus Meteorologist

Time to Walk ‘N Wag

September 22, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraGrab your leash, your dog(s) or cat and your walking shoes, it’s time to walk and wag… or let your dog wag anyway. 🙂

As many of you know, I love pets! I have two adopted dogs and the unconditional love each gives is
just incredible, and I just can’t imagine my life without them. So, I walk for their friends needing loving homes.

Walk ‘N Wag will happen in San Jose on Saturday, October, 4th, 2008. It is a 2K walk through Kelley Park and History San Jose and it is sponsored by the Humane Society Silicon Valley. I have the honor of walking with all the participants and making a few announcements this year. I’ve actually been an active part of the Walk ‘N Wag for the last three years and every year I walk away with so many new friends… two and four-legged friends! By the way, NBC Bay Area is a proud sponsor of this event. Aside from the walk, they have a “pet-owner look-alike” contest, dog games and so much more!

The work the HSSV does is incredible and every dollar raised from this walk goes to help support the pets that need loving homes. It always breaks my heart to see those pets waiting for a family to take them home, but knowing that the staff and volunteers at HSSV is providing care and love for each pet is comforting.

HSSV was established in 1929 and has placed more than 500,000 pets in loving homes around the Bay Area. It’s also an exciting year for HSSV as they are now building a brand new 48,000 square foot “green” facility in Milpitas called the Animal Community Center. The Center will include:

* Adoption Galleria with home-like habitats for dogs, cats and rabbits
* Boarding facility
* Doggie daycare
* Grooming center
* Dog park and training center
* Pet store
* Pet-friendly cafe
* Education center
* Indoor presentation area
* Medical center with an affordable spay/neuter clinic
* Veterinary hospital with a public viewing room

The facility is also designed to help reduce pet illness and reduce stress for the animals waiting for homes. If you’d like to walk or just learn more about Walk ‘N Wag or the work HSSV does, you can get more information at http://www.nbc11.com/community/1490247/detail.html
or http://hssv.convio.net/site/TR/WalknWag/GeneralWNW2?fr_id=1040&pg=entry

I hope to see you there!

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area WeatherPlus Meteorologist

It’s A Girl!

September 9, 2008

Craig Herrera:
Craig HerreraWell, a female pup!  She is such a sweet and loving dog!  Meet Kaia.

She is a four month old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix and we adopted her from the Mendocino Animal Care and Control Shelter in Ukiah on Saturday.   We found her online after searching so many humane society and rescue sites and when her picture popped up, that was it!  She doesn’t have the ridge up the spine of her back, but has all the other characteristics of a Rhodesian, including the playful, yet loving personality.  She loves to play, and she loves to be comforted.

She did great on the trip home in the backseat of the car.  We didn’t have a crate for her at the time but she has one now.  She was fine and slept most of the way home.

First stop, lunch for us and a pottie break for her and Sasha, about 30 minutes into the trip south on Highway 101.  We stopped at a great winery for lunch and she explored some of the grounds with Sasha (our 10-year old Lhasa Apso I adopted in Denver) for a bit.  The sun was so nice, but hot.  Bellies full and happy we continued on our journey south.  We made our way across the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was such a gorgeous day!  It was incredible to see all the walkers going across the GGB for the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk.  We cheered them on and took another pottie break a few more pictures.

Next stop, home!  Kaia was a little shy to walk into the house but she followed Sasha inside anyway.  It was like Sasha was telling her to follow her inside.  I wish I knew what they were thinking, but sometimes it’s easy to make it out!  Kaia explored the house and quickly found a spot she has now made her own.  It is a big and soft dog bed sitting under the stairs.  It is where Tess (our Rhodesian Ridgeback we lost to cancer a few months ago) used to nap.  It was so sweet.

She and Sasha played for just a few minutes before Sasha decided she was done so Kaia just left her alone.  Kaia loves her new toy, a Kong! It is a large plastic toy and it holds treats inside.  Kaia has to work that toy with her teeth and paws to get the treat out.  She loves it! Now we are working on some commands like “sit” and “down” and she’s learning quickly!  Next, we are going to get her ready for Walk ‘n Wag in San Jose on October 4th.  It’s an event benefiting the Humane Society Silicon Valley and I have the honors of leading the walk again this year.  NBC Bay Area is again the proud sponsor of the event and we  have information on our web site at http://www.nbc11.com/community/1490247/detail.html.

Also in late October, I will get to lead the Howling Halloween pet parade in Los Gatos!  I did it last year and that was so much fun.  Just imagine a few hundred pets all dressed up in costumes walking from store to store for treats.  It’s great!  I’ll keep you updated on that event too as we get closer to the end of October.  I’m looking forward to spending so much time with the new pup.

Happy Tails to you! 🙂

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area Weather Plus Meteorologist

My Olympic Experience

August 20, 2008

Craig Herrera

 I hope you are enjoying the Olympic Games!  I find myself watching the television so much more these days, and all Olympics!  I love these games as athletes compete for the gold and from the heart after years of hard work.

I think my love for the games started at a young age watching the athletes go for gold, but my real love set in during college.  Before my senior year at the University of New Mexico (UNM), I was very fortunate to be selected as the intern at the Broadcasting Division of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It was one of the best experiences of my life.  I lived in dorms at the Olympic Training Center, ate with the U.S. athletes, used their training facilities to swim and work out and I met some incredible people along the way!  It was so cool to swim in the pool or to work out in the weight room while tours were happening.  Many of the people on the tour would look into the room to see if they knew any of the athletes, they would see me and ask if I was an Olympic athlete.  I was in no shape to be an athlete, but it was quite a compliment.  J  My roommate however was a great athlete and certainly looked like an Olympian.  Greg was a road cyclist and attended the University of Arizona and he interned with the Sports Medicine Department.  We were two of about 30 interns selected from across the country and the other interns were each in different departments.  We all became very good friends that summer.

My first day at work was so much fun.  My boss, and now good friend, Beth Howard (who now lives and works in New York) was so nice and became such a great inspiration and mentor in my life! Beth put me in charge of writing the media guide for U.S. Diving as we prepared for the U.S. Olympic Festival.  In the 90s we had U.S. Olympic Festivals during off Olympic years so the U.S. athletes could be exposed to a festival that was similar to the actual Olympic Games.  American athletes who were or wanted to become Olympians were selected and divided into four teams, North, South, East and West and they competed against each other for medals.  Each athlete was given a uniform, and went through the same process an athlete would experience before the actual Olympic Games.  

 

After I had the media guide in place, we worked on several short videos of athletes.  My boss liked my work and she made it possible for me to go work with her at the Olympic Festival.  The Olympic Festivals were in different U.S. cities each year and soon I was on my way to St. Louis, Missouri for three weeks of hard work.  We worked on short videos of athletes during an event and showed the video immediately after the event.  It was much like a video you might see after an event now.  For example, after a swimming event you’ll see a short video showing all the highlights of that event all set to music with great sound bites from commentators… that is what we worked on during the U.S. Olympic Festival 1994. 

 

The Olympic Festivals showcased U.S athletes in both winter and summer games.  I met some great athletes like diver Kent Ferguson (1992 Olympian), Greg Louganis (Olympian ’76, ‘80, ’84, ’88).  I also met figure skaters Tara Lipinski (Olympian 1998) and Michelle Kwan (Olympian 1998 and 2002) long before either one made their first Olympic team. 

 

The U.S. Olympic Festival (which is no longer held), the internship and the memories I have from that summer will always have a special place in my heart.  I was also fortunate enough to land my first job out of college with Beth at the USOC-Broadcasting Division upon graduation from UNM.  Soon after I went to Atlanta to see a few of the games in the 1996 Olympiad in Atlanta.  I hope to one day see more games, until then, back to the tube for more of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad!  I hope you enjoy them too!

Craig Herrera
NBC Bay Area WeatherPlus Meteorologist

Olympic Daydreams

August 15, 2008

Craig Herrera

And I win GOLD!!!

 

Well… in my own mind.  I love the Olympics!  It’s funny, every time the Olympics come around, I like to picture myself as an Olympian, and oh yeah, on the podium too.  With every work out, every bike ride and every swim, I imagine that I am competing with the best in the world (except Michael Phelps), and I can hear the commentator on the television cheering on my name as if I am winning and setting new records!  The crowd roars and screams as I win gold.

 

Am I alone in this daydream of mine?  I was at the community swimming pool last week and I overheard a group of kids and I think they were having the same fun I was having.  One kid jumped into the pool, the others gave him an 8.0 for too much splash on his entry into the pool.  The next kid did a simple, oh wait, a complex cannonball and his friends gave him a 9.5 for degree of difficulty.  I laughed to myself because I realized I am not alone in my little daydream.  It was so much fun to see others doing tricks and imagining that they were competing at the Olympic games!   

 

I also have to admit that I have Olympic music on my iPod too.  Yes, THE Olympic music you hear on the NBC Network.  I picked up the CD “Summon The Heroes” (by John Williams) after the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.  I added it to the Olympic music collection I started while I worked at the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colorado back in the mid 90s.  I’ll save that blog for next week, because that was such an incredible experience too! 

 

I also have to admit I listen to my Olympic music while I am at the gym, and in my car.  I have the Olympic fever and I hope you get some time to enjoy the Olympics in Beijing.  GOLD!

 

Craig Herrera

NBC Bay Area WeatherPlus Meteorologist