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May 13, 2013

The Second City’s Second Favorite Dog

It’s no secret that a tired dog is a happy dog but tiring out your pup isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem.  Sure, you can go to the dog park but sometimes there aren’t any other dogs to play with.  Or maybe some days your dog is

It’s no secret that a tired dog is a happy dog but tiring out your pup isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem.  Sure, you can go to the dog park but sometimes there aren’t any other dogs to play with.  Or maybe some days your dog is more interested in sniffing around then romping.  Simply put, there is no guarantee that a trip to the park will tire your dog out.  Unless you know that Eko is there, that is.

Ever since he was a puppy Eko has had a talent for riling up other dogs to play.  I can’t count how many times I hear someone say, “I haven’t seen my dog run like that in years!” or “she never usually plays chase, this is great!”  This morning at the beach was a classic example – there were a few dogs leisurely playing but Eko had them whipped into a full blown romp in no time.

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With a few play bows and few yips and one blatant ball theft, Eko rounded up the posse

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Eko then takes off, but he always looks back to make sure the chase is on

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Catch him if you can

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The pack in hot pursuit

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For about twenty straight minutes Eko kept the dogs running at full speed

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At one point Eko was running so fast and his ears flapping so hard that I thought he might fly away.  In fact…

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We have liftoff!  The world’s first flying dog! (Ok, maybe I doctored this photo juuust a bit)

While I consider myself a friendly person, I know that when I am frequently asked “When do you usually come to the beach?” it’s not because people are looking for my company.  People are looking to tire out their pup and they know that a play date with Eko is 100% guaranteed to deliver.  We all love our pets the most, but I would wager that Eko’s services make him plenty of people’s second favorite!

      

Comments for The Second City’s Second Favorite Dog

  1. Ogee says:

    Looks like an awesome play date!

  2. I could sure use Eko here to get Dakota motivated to run!

  3. emma says:

    Some dogs just like to race…I need someone like him to motivate me and then I really run. Looks like a really fun place to romp around!

  4. Good job sweet Eko. You are running in water and still way ahead of the pack. You are a good trainer and gave all those dogs a good workout. Hugs and nose kisses

  5. Bongo says:

    Eko, I’d love to go running with you sometime. But since you’re near the water I think I’d like to go for a swim.

  6. Aw, c’mon, dude… We know you DIDN’T doctor the four-legged rocket photo. He’s taking off!

  7. Popper would love to run with Eko – she likes to wear everyone out and there aren’t many dogs who can keep up with her. She does the ball stealing routine too 🙂 You’re so lucky to live near a dog-friendly beach, looks great fun 😀

  8. onebluedog says:

    I am starting a plan to convince my family to move to Chicago so I can play with Eko!! He is definitely an expert when it comes to having fun 😀

  9. Optimus inspires other dogs too; I bet he and Eko would have a great time together. Does Eko like to swim? Thank you for sharing.

  10. Back in the days when we used to go to dog parks a lot, I used to PRAY for people like you and Eko!!! There was one dog, who in fact looked very similar to Eko, that used to make Hannah run and run. I used to love seeing that dog, because I knew he would tire out Charlie and Hannah. That dog became the most popular dog at the park, for obvious reasons 🙂

  11. I believe you can fly! Maybe Eko could be the personal coach for Madonna? (or better not, google said she is stingy)

  12. What stunning pictures. Glad you told me you doctored the last photo. Blondie here was truly amazed before that comment 😀 I recon Litchi would fall instantly in love with Eko. Maybe you could make some sideline cash, charging out Eko’s romping abilities to desperate doggy slaves

  13. Misaki says:

    I’d love to play with Eko!

  14. Ha! You would never guess that the same dog who can lay by fireplace for hours is the one that gets all the dogs at the park jazzed for a chase. You’ve got yourself a perfect dog if you ask me 🙂

  15. Nothing finer than a pack of happy dogs. Love the photos, including your flying pooch. You had me going for minute.

    Did you ever read the book “Good Dog, Carl?” You might be able to hire out your dog as a sitter, too.

  16. OMG flying EKO that last picture is hilarious. Well done for making friends so easily

  17. WOW, look at Eko go! He’s like the cool dog everyone wants to hang with, like the Fonz of the dog park…….ehhhhhhh!

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