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September 8, 2015

Creatures of Habit

For our first couple weeks at the new apartment, both human and pup felt like strangers in a strange land. All our familiar routines and well-worn habits were replaced with varying levels of chaos. Even the Queen of Chaos was out of sorts after the move
For our first couple weeks at the new apartment, both human and pup felt like strangers in a strange land. All our familiar routines and well-worn habits were replaced with varying levels of chaos.

Even the Queen of Chaos was out of sorts after the move

Something as simple as going outside turned the pups into headless-chickens. They weren’t sure whether we’d leave from the front or the back so they’d just sprint between the two doors non-stop.

Thankfully we’ve started to figure out our new surroundings and begun work on a new daily routine. Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, puppy, cute, adventure

The look I get every morning hasn’t changed

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But now the pups don’t even have to get out of bed to give it to me! Still working on finding a new bed frame…

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Every morning the pups now get some off-leash time to stretch their legs and socialize. The park has been a great place to meet neighbors

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After breakfast the dogs head right to the sunroom to recharge

At our old place, trips to the beach were a planned excursion. If we got delayed or something came up, we were out of luck 

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These days we’re luckily able to visit the beach on a whim – morning, noon or night

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And after those evening beach trips, the pups love to enjoy the free smells of our dinner. We have a rapt audience for every meal. I feel like we have our own cooking show

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At days end, the pups curl up on their favorite couch. As Penny aptly demonstrates, comfort isn’t about space, it’s about who you’re with

Yes, I still often have trouble finding the silverware.  And yes, the pups aren’t always certain which floor we live on. But we’re slowly starting to learn the ropes and settle in.

We’re still working on the whole “finding a human-couch” thing though. I hope to one day relax as comfortably as the pups!

Comments for Creatures of Habit

  1. Emmadog says:

    Mom lived in an apartment in Germany on the third floor, and the entire time she lived there, her dog wanted to go to the apt. on the second floor. There was no elevator only steps, and it happened every time. Weird! You will all adjust, and is sounds like you are loving it which is most important.

  2. fredrieka says:

    moving is hard, momwithoutpaws when she goes on her cleaning frenzy she moves stuff, it always makes me nervous until I sniffed the new spot enough times so I know it will be there next time I look Dadwithoutpaws can’t sniff so he has to watch his toes

  3. Seems you are on a good way to make the appartment to YOUR headquarter :o) I like that you can go to the dog beach much easier than before… and if the silverware is still missed, you can make fingerfood for dinner :o)

  4. They will be adjusted in no time! Probably faster than you will be!
    I had dinner with my cousin this past Saturday night, who is a lawyer in Chicago, (she and her husband were in town visiting) and she lives right by the dog beach too! I told her about you and Eko and Penny and she said she is going to bring her dogs to the beach one day and look for you!
    I think the “Queen of Chaos” will give her big boys a run for their money!!!

  5. Kismet says:

    The queen of chaos isn’t happy because she’s used to be the instigator of chaos. Everyone must adjust to her. This is caused by someone else and she’s on the receiving end and not coping. Penny is a control freak.
    Dr. Sigmund Kismet

  6. How do your new neighbors react to the dogs? Any other large breeds in the building?

  7. Haha that’s the trick, alright! Many times Daisy has stretched her little self out fully in the middle of the couch, and we’re squishing ourselves into the ends, like a pair of Daisy bookends. We look like Penny, she’s Eko. What’s wrong with this picture??? 😉

  8. It’s taken us a little while to get into a post-move routine–and adding a puppy to the mix certainly didn’t help things–but now the girls know exactly which friendly merchants have bowls of fresh water outside of their doors. You’ll get there . . . and as long as you can drop by the beach on a whim, who needs anything else?

  9. coastingnz says:

    Queen of chaos love it! and as far as a human couch – well good luck with that. We always have to share with Ziggy whether there is space or not in fact the less space the better – that’s what he likes although he soon spreads his “wings” and we’re left tettering on each edge of the sofa while he is spread-eagled looking super comfy…..

  10. Tayler says:

    My boyfriend and I are planning on adding a Ridgeback to our family soon. We both work full time (I am able to work from home once or twice a week typically) and would love to get your advice on working and owning a Ridgeback. Do your Ridgebacks stay at home while you work, or do you work from home? We are both very active, and we will be sure to wear our pup out every day! We just need to come up with a solution for our work days.

  11. It seems like things are happening in the right order. Dogs’ comfort first….

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  12. Learning new routines in a strange place can be as exciting as anything. Embrace and enjoy making new memories in the new place. And don’t worry about silverware…it’s way overrated. 😉

  13. Ogee says:

    Looks like you found the perfect place for humans and canines! Who could ask for more?

  14. I’m a creature of habit too, I hate it when I find a new spot for something because it’s a better place for it and then I forget where that better place is.

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