[VIDEO] Zero’s First Week at Montrose Dog Beach

Montrose Dog Beach is undoubtedly my favorite place in Chicago to visit with the pups. When you step over the dune the city fades away behind you. It’s just you, your dog, the sand and the lake. It’s only been a week since Zero was old enough to join us, but safe to say it’s now officially his favorite place too!

Ridgeback Puppies Love Fun Stuff! (This is not that stuff)

Some things you love, some you learn to love…and then there are baths. We’re enjoying the stuff we love, and doing our best with the rest!

[VIDEO] Stretching Those Puppy Legs

Beautiful Montrose Dog Beach waits for us just on the other side of the dunes. But until Zero’s had his final round of vaccinations we need to hold off on any visits to public dog-friendly areas. Luckily my brother has a small backyard with just enough room to let my growing pup stretch his legs.

[VIDEO] Rhodesian Ridgeback Puppy School

When he’s whining, acting silly, or I just need his attention, I playfully admonish my pup by saying, “Hey Zero, you’re big for a little dog, but you’re still little for a big dog!” He’s more of a big dog and less of a small dog by the moment, but there’s still a lot for Zero to learn about this big world. And with Penny as his teacher, what could possibly go wrong?

[VIDEO] Penny, Meet Zero. Zero, Meet Mayhem Incarnate

Some introductions use handshakes and polite conversation, but where’s the fun in that? Penny and Zero found it much more entertaining to meet each other in paw-to-paw combat. It’s still early, but it appears Penny thinks her little bro has the mettle needed to join our crew!

[VIDEO] The Story of Zero

It is often difficult in life to know you’re doing the right thing. Other times, thankfully, it’s quite easy. It’s been less than a week with Zero but there’s no doubt he’s the right one for us.

[VIDEO] An Unstoppable Force Meets an Immovable Object

This weekend brings to a close our playcation with Leo the Bernese Mountain Dog. Penny and Leo are perfectly cast as The Odd Couple. She’s the wiry firebrand, he’s the lovable big guy. Watching their friendship grow over the course of the week was a real treat and I’m glad Penny got to have a constant companion again. (I think Leo is glad to know the position isn’t permanent!) After ten days with Penny, I think our pal is ready for a relaxing staycation back at home. You’ve earned it, buddy!

[VIDEO] Every Day Is A New Year

For people, the fireworks and festivities of January 1 herald the great promise of new opportunities. For dogs, well, every day is January 1. Every day is full of possibility and worthy of excitement. My resolution, today and every day, is to remember to celebrate each moment with the joy it deserves. Luckily, I have the best teacher a guy could ask for!

[VIDEO] The Joy, Pain and Lessons of 2016

“I did not ask for the life that I was given, but it was given nonetheless, and with it I did my best.” – Mr. Eko, LOST

 Before signing off to ring in the new year, I want to say thank you. I lost my way when I lost Eko. Each of your kind words pierced my darkness with light. When I finally  had the courage to look up, I saw a sky filled with stars, showing the way forward. Thank you for taking precious time from your own lives to help me find my way. I witnessed firsthand just how far small acts of kindness can carry you. It’s a lesson I’ll hold close to my heart always. Happy New Year!

 

[VIDEO] My Christmas Wish

We beseech genies, godmothers, stars, and at this time of year, even a guy at the North Pole. But it seems to me the best wishes are the ones we learn to grant ourselves. Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!