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February 6, 2013

The Case Of The Missing Beach

Montrose Dog Beach is paws down Eko’s favorite place in all Chicago.  The wide open beach is one of the largest we have ever visited and in the summer there is always a pack of playmates ready to romp.  We haven’t been back to Montrose since early

Montrose Dog Beach is paws down Eko’s favorite place in all Chicago.  The wide open beach is one of the largest we have ever visited and in the summer there is always a pack of playmates ready to romp.  We haven’t been back to Montrose since early fall, but Chicago’s wacky weather graced us with a gorgeous sunny day, so we thought it would be fun to see what the beach looks like in the winter.

Eko wagged his tail a hundred miles an hour when we pulled into the parking lot and set out for the water at a dead sprint.  Unfortunately, there was one problem…

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Eko pawed and barked, but the ice stubbornly refused to turn back into water

pet adventure

During the summer, I would be about chest deep in the water for this shot, but the lake was frozen for over fifty yards off the shoreline

Not only was there no water, there were also no dogs!   Luckily, there are two things the winter can’t steal – sand and sticks – and that was all Eko needed for a good romp

Rhodesian Ridgeback 

Stick: check. Sand: check. Let’s get it on!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet adventure

Dreams of summer

My favorite thing to watch is Eko turning on the afterburners and racing down the beach.  I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to see him let loose recently, so between the weather and our trip to the beach I am already getting excited for the summer. Thankfully we were able to get a small taste of summer this afternoon because the forecast calls for low temps and ice pellets tonight.  Never a dull moment around here!

Comments for The Case Of The Missing Beach

  1. the last photograph is simply gorgeous. Be safe, we are supposed to have 2-4 inches again tomorrow in Michigan. We get our weather right after you!

  2. Clowie says:

    It looks as though Eko made the most of it. It must have been very cold to freeze that far out!

  3. Tiffany F. says:

    We’re meant to get 2+ feet of snow in Boston between Friday and Saturday. Tonto might get lost in the snow! He has his small stature AND his white fur against him! Stay warm!!

  4. emma says:

    The beach on the North Sea in Germany where we lived was about 7 miles long and 1-2 miles wide depending on the tide, but the water was only one attraction…us dogs loved just playing in the sand, sniffin’, diggin’ whatever, it was fun even when the water was far out!

  5. There is always California! Where the beaches never freeze! lol

  6. Victoria says:

    there is nothing better than watching your dog have fun – totally makes me so happy everytime i see them playing and having a good time

  7. Wow, have never seen a beach freeze before, that’s incredible.

  8. Gizmo says:

    First time I saw Lake Michigan frozen I was amazed…I was in the Indiana Dune(Michigan City) & ran into some kids using trash can lids to slide down the dune & onto the ice…They were nice enough to let me borrow a lid & give it a try 🙂 Eko may have missed the water, but he sure had a good time anyway

  9. onebluedog says:

    Eko should come visit me; our beach never freezes! 😀

  10. Will, it would appear Ekos broken toe a while back is fully healed. Romp on.

  11. Grew up in Chicago and never went to the beach when it was frozen! It’s now on my to do list!

  12. writetowag says:

    Eko is so frisky on the beach…I love the “Dreams of Summer” pic!!!!

  13. That sun was great today! I had a bit of spring fever, too!

  14. Jessica says:

    So awesome to see playful shots of Eko! As a recent follower, seeing my first booty-in-the-air pic of Eko just made my day! 😉

  15. Lucky you, look at all that sand!!! woop woop, that’d be a riot and the place was all yours. That’s the coolest picture out on the lake and the waves frozen. I had no idea it froze…I just assumed it was too big.

  16. My word, look at that ice. Eko must have been utterly confused.

  17. What a great day … I agree – never a dull moment:o)l

  18. One of my favorite things is watching Bailey “get his run on”! Glad you and Eko still had an amazing trip to the beach 🙂

  19. dailyspro says:

    Great post! If only sand and sticks could make everyone so happy!

    Enjoy the weather 🙂

  20. Oh wow someone has stolen the ocean! Riley must be really related with a polar bear, I can see the icicles on the tail :o)

  21. Wow, that water had to be really cold. Hope Riley got warmed up quickly after that dive-in. Hugs and nose kisses

  22. Kuruk says:

    WOL! Eko be careful of water around ice and snow! Even us snow pups don’t go in it! Woooooowoooooooo!

  23. I would be seriously discombobulated if my beach disappeared – I think Eko showed remarkable presence of mind in the circumstances! And I wonder if Riley will ever dive headlong into water again without first checking – lol! Dog after my own heart!!

  24. Emma says:

    Oh yeah, Riley! I go in the ice water too and it doesn’t bother me a bit, but dogs like Eko prefer to stay warm and don’t have the right fur for polar plunges 😉

  25. Uhm…yes…we can totally understand Eko’s confusion!
    Wally & Sammy

  26. Wow, that looks bitter cold. I’m glad Riley warmed up quickly. Good job, Eko.

  27. Misaki says:

    Lol at Riley, she’s a brave one!

  28. brrr Riley you are crazy

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