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April 18, 2017

Guides Show Us How to Visit. Dogs Show Us How to Live It.

We tend to think of cities as skylines. Grand monoliths and monuments which stretch to the heavens but still conveniently fit on a postcard. Or in a selfie, as it were. We cannot possibly know an entire metropolis, so we use landmarks  to summarize  the experience. That’s why you should follow a guidebook if you want to visit a city.But what if you want to know what it’s like to live in a city? In that case – follow a dog. Dogs are not welcome in many of the places you might visit as a tourist, but you'll always find them at the locals' favorite spots. 
We tend to think of cities as skylines. Grand monoliths and monuments which stretch to the heavens but still conveniently fit on a postcard. Or in a selfie, as it were. We cannot possibly know an entire metropolis, so we use landmarks  to summarize  the experience. That’s why you should follow a guidebook if you want to visit a city.But what if you want to know what it’s like to live in a city? In that case – follow a dog. Dogs are not welcome in many of the places you might visit as a tourist, but you’ll always find them at the locals’ favorite spots. Last week we hosted my mom and Auggie, her Old English Sheepdog, and enjoyed the beach every day with the pups.Montrose Dog Beach, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Marking Our Territory, AdventureIt was Auggie and Zero’s first time meeting and they wasted no time playing catch up, but spent plenty of time playing catch-me-if-you-can.Montrose Dog Beach, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Marking Our Territory, AdventureThere were no landmarks and not a slice of Chicago-style pizza in sight. But my mom and Auggie didn’t seem to mind.Montrose Dog Beach, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Marking Our Territory, AdventureWe love when friends and family come to visit, but it’s always more fun when they decide to live it!Montrose Dog Beach, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Marking Our Territory, Adventure 

Comments for Guides Show Us How to Visit. Dogs Show Us How to Live It.

  1. Victoria Coleman says:

    ok is that your Mom in the pic with Auggie and Zero? My god she doesn’t look old enough to be your Mom…….seriously. Good genes in your family. Love the pics of all the pups playing and of Zero making friends with Auggie.

  2. Connie Taylor says:

    Looks like tt was a perfect weekend to host your mom and Auggie. We always enjoy when friends or family visit and bring their pets for our two kids to have fun visiting with their four-legged companions. Plus it leaves us more time to visit with our two-legged companions ‼️ (p.s. how much of a head-start did your mom need to beat Penny, Zero and Auggie in that race?)

  3. What pawsome racing smiles the ‘3 amigos’ have! Clearly you are all having a good visit. My goodness, I think I see from where you get your dimples. 🙂 Enjoy the dogs’ view and visit.

  4. Ellen Quilty says:

    Love the pictures of the motley crew.Zero is growing up to be such a handsome young man and Penny’s queenly expression in the group photo is priceless.

  5. That must have been a most PAWSOME visit. What a great way to spend time. No surprise that Auggie and Zero became best buds because who can resist romping fun?! Loved seeing the pictures!

  6. Deborah Schmidt says:

    Penny looks like a meerkat guarding while the others forage. Yes, they are a motley crew. I can’t wait to be entertained by Zero. Penny has taken the lead. She had the best teacher. Eko lives on in her and you. Best wishes Will.

  7. Cindy Kamberelis says:

    You have that right for sure; your posts are a great guide to living “real”y
    There’s always waaaaaaay more hope and humor than most print and picture posts and for that we are grateful.

  8. KarenS says:

    We travel often with our pups, and have traded hotels with a trailer. It limits us in ways that we have come to realize are not important. We don’t go to many larger cities but have found the pure joy of camping at a beach. Hanging out with the aspens.

    The dogs keep us enjoying the simple things in life as we are aging and that simplicity is something we crave.

  9. Emmadog says:

    Sightseeing is fun and necessary sometimes, but the best way to travel is to experience living in the place with people who do live there. You all did it up right!

  10. WHAT!!??? That’s your MOM!!!????? She looks like a KID!!!! OMG she is sooooooooo pretty! I can see where you get your good looks from! And…I cannot get over how BIG Auggie has gotten! Oh what a FUN time!!!!!!! So much joy in those photos, this is just fabulous!

  11. Kismet says:

    Those visitors must think Chicago is very sandy.

  12. what a great post !!! I agree, country dogs need city dogs to find the places where they are welcome:o) Phenny had only me and mark as city-scouts in pawris, but he made the best of it ;o)

  13. TheRidgebackLife says:

    I bet when Auggie left the beach, he weighted tens pounds heavier. I so love the nice light coats on Ridgies, although Khoi still mananges to bring the river home with him every time. You should have seen the amount of sand under our couch cushions

  14. Jo Rhodes says:

    How often are your pups suffering a bath? Do the cousins suffer the same fate?
    Is there a line for the shower at your house, do you have a Laundromutt in your city?
    We love to get dirty! But we will withhold love on bath days!!!
    Love, Jo, Sam and Dean

  15. coastingnz says:

    Great photo line up but love that last shot with Penny “smiling” as she is running – hilarious. Have to say though….. that’s your Mom! She looks amazing and young enough to be your sister!

  16. Eve Walraven says:

    OH I love that last photo of the three youngsters cutting loose at the beach park! I bet in the photo with Doc in the lineup – he was thinking ” Yeah he put in between the young ones to make sure we get a photo quick!” LOL Great photo of your Mom too!

  17. What a glorious time!!!!

  18. That’s how it’s done. Living every single moment like a boss! #doglife

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  19. Looks like a whole lot of fun was had by ALL!

    Hugs, Pam and the Boys

  20. Cristina says:

    That last picture is so great 🙂 Love it !

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