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The Dog Fountain of Youth

At a whopping four-months-old, Penny has no shortage of youthful exuberance. When we visit the beach her joy for life  is always on full display. (As are her ears.)30.1

“I’m never going home!”

But not everyone can be a puppy. Did you know there are some people out there who are over thirty years old!? One of those geezers happens to be my brother James. And as fate would have it he just moved to Chicago with his dog Dutch!

Like James, Dutch is a senior citizen. I remember Dutch’s heyday as a lunatic pup but at ten years old he’s past his prime. Or so I thought. As we do with all new city-pups, my gang introduced Dutch to Montrose Dog Beach. Dutch, in a way I can’t recall seeing in years, went romping mad!
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Pure puppy-faced joy from the old man

Montrose dog beach, chicago, dog-friendly, marking our territory, chicago

Dutch bounded through the water with reckless abandon

Montrose dog beach, chicago, dog-friendly, marking our territory, chicago

Even Eko and Penny stopped to admire the display

Montrose dog beach, chicago, dog-friendly, marking our territory, chicagoAnd then joined the romp themselves, of course!
Montrose dog beach, chicago, dog-friendly, marking our territory, chicagoThe crew tore up and down the beach. Dutch soon learned the lesson all dogs do…

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“This puppy is crazy!”

Montrose dog beach, chicago, dog-friendly, marking our territory, chicagoChicago’s happiest new citizen

It was incredible to watch Dutch shed the years as he reveled in the sand and surf. I think this old dog found his fountain of youth!

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44 Comments

Dottie and Tuffy-Cat (and, we both love dogs) We have one who comes over for coffee and doggie treats every morning. says:

Great photos, Will. I’m so happy for you to have your bro there.. Mine comes to visit me several times a year, but as we grow more mature (both in our 70’s), the harder it is to make an 8 hour driving trip.

I had an idea for costumes; although the three musketeers is really a good one, I love the idea of three kangaroos on the loose. For sure, Penny can pull it off. Have a great time you guys (and gals).
Dottie and Tuffy-Cat

GO DUTCH GO!!!! We look forward to seeing more of you and your play dates with your counsins!
Wally & Sammy
PeeS: mom says you (Will) had better watch it, you young whipper snapper!

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