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

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Dutch bounded through the water with reckless abandon

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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!

44 thoughts on “The Dog Fountain of Youth”

  1. Oh Will you caught the joy on Dutch’s face perfectly! It brought tears to my eyes because I see that same joy in Mazie when she gets down and puppy scoots with Jessie James in the big yard at Mom’s on cool mornings when the grass is wet and her belly gets splashed!

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  2. Jack says that age is just a number. He’s ten too, or so we think, but he can still tear it up – especially when there’s some motivation…in his case food, but looks like Dutch is a water dog! Good for him.

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