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April 23, 2013

The Art Of Racing In The Rain

April showers have certainly done a number on Chicago.  With a few exceptions, the sky here has remained gray and the rain is seemingly unending.  For Eko that means the dog parks are empty, the beach is cold and life is boring! Can you tell

April showers have certainly done a number on Chicago.  With a few exceptions, the sky here has remained gray and the rain is seemingly unending.  For Eko that means the dog parks are empty, the beach is cold and life is boring!

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Can you tell Eko’s just a bit bored?

It’s another stormy day here, but  we decided to take a page from The Art of Racing in the Rainone of my favorite recent reads.  Denny and his dog Enzo remind me a lot of Eko and myself.  Anyone can race when conditions are perfect, but only a few have what it takes to race in the rain.  The park was empty and the rain was coming down hard but that didn’t stop Eko and I from having a blast.

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When I race Eko, the only way I have a chance is if I cheat!  I get him going one way and then quickly turn around to get a head start

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It is only a moment before Eko realizes the ruse and he’s after me like a bolt of lightning

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I made the mistake of looking back, thinking I had outrun Eko…

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But nope, he was hot on my heels!

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I made one last effort to escape, but Eko tagged my hip – our signal that the jig is up and it’s my turn to chase him

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Rain or shine, nothing make me happier than to see Eko smile

Did I spend the last hour removing multiple layers of mud from Eko? Yup. Was it worth it?  Absolutely!  On the next rainy day wherever you are, I highly recommend you read The Art of Racing in the Rain. And on the next rainy day after that… well, get out there and race in the rain!  Or at least watch your dog do it, it is always good for a big smile.  Unless you just gave them a bath, that is.

 

Comments for The Art Of Racing In The Rain

  1. Rilla says:

    Love the book and love your pictures!

  2. that was one of the BEST books EVER! I read it, cried, LOVED IT!! The zebra part, hilarious. Your photos are just great!

  3. emma says:

    You got it right…when the weather just doesn’t cooperate go out and make a mess of yourself and have fun…it is so worth it. You two look great out there! Good book too!

  4. kdkh says:

    Looks like I’ll have to settle for racing in the snow this week!

  5. Love it! Great pictures! Looks like you two had great fun racing in the rain. I don’t envy the mud cleanup, however. I have to cheat, too, sometimes when trying to outmaneuver the pooches. When they complain, I explain to them that I only have two legs, they have four, so I have to cheat to even the odds. Then Grimm points out that I have opposable thumbs and can unscrew the peanut butter jar whenever I want and how can he cheat to compete with that? I told him that when opening jars of peanut butter becomes a sport, I’ll let him know.

  6. We salute you! Both of you.

  7. Marcela says:

    Oh Will and Eko, you two always put a smile on my face:) Will, you cheater. Eko, I am glad you got him. Great post:)

  8. Looks like a fun way to spend the day!

  9. Your right Will, that made me happy just thinking about how happy Eko would be to chase you. No wonder you’re so fit. I’d be fainting 10 minutes into it.

  10. Eko looks so happy! There’s nothing quite like the joy on a dog’s face when they’re running freely. I must check out that book!

  11. Misaki says:

    That looks like so much fun!

  12. Great pictures! Sadly I can’t have a race with my staff, they have to hold an umbrella over me, so they aren’t able to run :o) Maybe there is a solution for this problem in the book too?

  13. They are so damn fast!
    I run with my beast everyday, but he loves a chasing game, he goes nuts, it makes me laugh really hard when he catches me and see the look on his face when I’m running after him.
    Your post made my boring afternoon at work better.

  14. This is a book that’s been on my list for a while – my husband just finished it and has been urging me to get started on it! Looks like you guys enjoyed an awesome race in the rain – those are the best!

  15. taylorjen says:

    You can judge the speed by the position of Eko’s ears! Looks like supersonic speed this rainy day 🙂 And I thought our Taylor was fast….you guys sure know how to have fun!

  16. Clowie says:

    That looks lots of fun!

  17. caitlin says:

    LOOOVE that book!

  18. writetowag says:

    Yes…I loved the book!!! Another great dog book I read recently was ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ by W. Bruce Cameron…Great pics!!!!

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