Neighborhood’s Gone to the Dogs

A couple years back Eko broke his toe while running in an asphalt dog park. Since then he’s been wary to go any faster than a slow trot on asphalt and accordingly we’ve steered clear of those types of parks.

With our new move to the Uptown area of the city, we’re now just a quick walk to the popular Puptown park. Since it’s on our morning route anyway we’ve taken to stopping in and introducing ourselves to the locals.
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

I think Eko’s running for mayor of Puptown. He likes to sit by the sign and greet everyone who comes in

Speaking of greetings, we’re lucky enough to now see a lot more of a familiar face.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

“Hey, it’s Doc! What are you guys doing here?”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

My brother also lives in the neighborhood so we’ve gotten to spend more QT with the family

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

And we’ve made plenty of new friends too. Friends who introduce themselves in the old school manner of “Hey, let’s see how tough the new kid is.”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

Friends who then say, “OKAYOKAYOKAY, sorry, new kid! I’ll play nice!”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

The sprinkler helps keep the pups cool even on the hottest days

Our visits to the park each morning have led to a fun new development. During our first few trips Eko contently plodded around and but wouldn’t play. Until yesterday, that is.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

Penny begged Eko to romp, but he stood statue-still. I figured it was a lost cause

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, adventure, uptown

Until he suddenly darted out from under Penny and took off in a gallop

Puptown is certainly no Montrose Beach, but it’s proven to be a welcome addition to our daily routine. The dogs get a bit more off-leash exercise and it’s a fun way to meet new neighbors. Not surprisingly, everyone’s been great.

On a side note, I think Eko will definitely win the election in a landslide.

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