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September 3, 2013

Our Trip To The Beach Went Swimmingly

Since we are lucky enough to live close to Lake Michigan, trips to the beach are nothing new for Eko.  In fact, I think the beach is just about Eko’s favorite place in the world.  He loves dashing across the sand and romping through the waves. Nevertheless, Eko

Since we are lucky enough to live close to Lake Michigan, trips to the beach are nothing new for Eko.  In fact, I think the beach is just about Eko’s favorite place in the world.  He loves dashing across the sand and romping through the waves.

Nevertheless, Eko has never been a big swimmer.  He knows how, but he never seems sufficiently motivated or interested in heading out for a paddle.  I decided to change that yesterday so I brought my swimsuit and headed out to lure Eko for a swim.

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Eko pointing to our destination

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Right about here, at chest level, is where Eko usually stops.  But I went out further and Eko didn’t want to be left behind

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Eko looking like a sea monster while swimming in the shallows

The trip was also fun because we brought a couple new/old friends along.  Neal, a family friend from home, is a veterinary ophthalmologist who just moved to Chicago with his pup, Cassius.  It’s good to know that if Eko ever needs glasses we have a friend nearby!  We actually visited Neal on the road when we stopped in Las Vegas.

Cassius is from Las Vegas, and the desert is not exactly known for its lakes.  Neal took Cassius out for a practice swim and the desert pup was a total natural.  Neal then picked Cassius up out of the deep water to give him a break.  We couldn’t stop cracking up when Cassius just kept on swimming.

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I think this desert pup is going to do just fine here in Chicago

Eko stayed behind in the shallows when I went out to get photos, but as usual, Eko just can’t miss out on any fun so he made himself known with a splash.  Literally.

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Lake Michigan, never warm to begin with, cools down quickly after summer.  I had so much fun playing swim tag with Eko that I will have to take a few more dips while there is still time.  Summer is not over until we let it be!

 

Comments for Our Trip To The Beach Went Swimmingly

  1. Victoria says:

    Wow you guys know how to have fun – glad you found another pup for Eko to play with – you can never have enough friends (human or dog)

  2. that is too cute! Awww poor Eko, he doesn’t look like a sea monster! BOL! Hey! Maybe your pal can get him some super cool shades? Have a great day!

  3. Marcela says:

    Will, you are one of the best pet parents ever:) Dogs need to be exposed to different people and environments and you certainly do a really good job while having a lot of fun too:) By the way, since I saw that you and Eko having so much fun exploring different places, I am starting to go out more with Alex. Thanks for that:)

  4. Emmadog says:

    LOL! What a fun post! Love the swimming while out of the water and that water monster is great too! Looks like a blast! Eko may want contacts rather than glasses, I hear they make life easier but teaching him to put them in in the morning would be a trick!

  5. I love that big ole sea monster. You are so brave, Eko! You trust your dad to know best. Smart!

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  6. Eko was so brave! I am very impressed. Titan is done wading once the water hits his belly. It is still an improvement on his sire who has been known to go to the bathroom off of the patio rather than step on grass with morning dew.

  7. PigLove says:

    One of these days – I will dip my hooves in the ocean – one day!! XOXO – Bacon

  8. Kuruk says:

    Fun day at the beach! I’m not big on swimming either. Wooowooooo, Ku

  9. What fun! It’s so nice hanging out with an old friend. The dogs look happy.

  10. What fun! Looks like Eko enjoyed every minute of the day and I’m sure you did too! Nice that he had a friend to play with at the beach…

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  11. I love the video of Eko paddling away and Cassius air-swimming in the background! LOL Great shots. Sounds like a really fun day for all of you.

  12. Have fun Eko! I better watch your swimming with a security distance :o)

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