House Arrest

Where is Penny’s favorite place in the world?Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach

The beach, of course!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach

Penny is happiest flying up and down the shoreline at full speed

Regardless of season and regardless of weather, we head to the beach at bare minimum three times a week. The pups, especially Penny, need that playtime to stay happy. Like Michael Jordan, Penny plays best with her tongue out.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach Air Penny

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach

Can’t help but smile when I see that smile

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach

Nothing can keep this girl from the beach, nothing, I tell you!

Except, well, Penny is temporarily banned from the beach. And surprisingly, it’s not on account of her ridiculous romping. Following recommendations from my family vet in NJ and our vet here in Chicago, we decided to wait to spay Penny until after her first heat cycle. Both vets agreed delaying the procedure is best for Penny’s long term health prospects.

Our choice comes with a set of challenges and important responsibilities but I’m confident we’re up to the task. At the top of that list is our responsibility to Penny and the community to keep Penny closely supervised and on-leash at all times outside the apartment. Eko and I are the only guys Penny needs in her life.

Penny went into heat over the weekend, so for the time being that means we’re on house arrest with absolutely no visits to the beach or any parks.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, montrose dog beach

“Wait…no beach??”

Given how much energy Penny has, this self-imposed exile from off-leash play could get…interesting. But, we’ll be back out there in no time. Until then, I’d prefer my apartment stay in one piece so I’m off to pick up some toys and games to keep Penny entertained. Wish us luck! Eko and I may earn some gray hairs from this adventure.

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