Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday Morning Social Club

One little white dog complimenting another little white dog on his beautiful sweater.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Beautiful Maguyuk

Maguyuk is a handsome three-year-old Siberian Husky. He's more than just another pretty face, though--he's also one of the sweetest dogs that i've encountered on my travels through Rogers Park. His name is Inuit for "the howler." I've never heard him utter a single sound--no matter how much my own little dog dances around him in her overly frisky way. But i'm sure that when the situation calls for it, he will voice that otherworldly song for which the breed is noted. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

See You Later!

Dear Reader,
I am taking a break from this and my other blogs for the next couple of weeks to focus on personal and professional matters. I hope to return by mid-August. In the meantime, if you don't have a dog, think about adopting one. There are so many dogs (and cats) sitting in shelters hoping for a home. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Oh, the Cuteness!

Watch out, Rogers Park, there's a new puppy in town! And s/he's adorable! This is Clue, a two-month old Shih Tzu-Chichuahua (ShiChi) mix, who somehow ended up looking a lot like a Jack Russell. Although she seems like a quiet little cuddle-bug here with her proud Papa, she's got a big personality and lots of energy.  She was having a great time getting to know all the other dogs at Loyola Park this afternoon and collecting smiles from everyone she met. 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Nice Little Dog Looking for a Home

My canine collaborator and i encountered this sweet little American Eskimo Dog on our evening walk. His name is Cubby, and he is currently living with a foster mom in Rogers Park, but he's hoping someone will adopt him soon and give a permanent home. If you are interested in adopting Cubby, please visit the Chicagoland Eskie Rescue website.  He's a cute little guy, and i hope he finds a home soon!

Sweet Sassafras!

Here's li'l Sassafras! She was doing a very good job of making friends
at the Glenwood Sunday Market this morning.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Say Hello to Boo!

The dogs of Rogers Park come in all shapes and sizes. Friday's dog was a dainty little Papillon; but "dainty" definitely does not describe today's star. Boo is a 180-pound English Mastiff (with a recessive curly-hair gene). When i met him he was still wet from a nice refreshing dip in the lake; otherwise, i would have found it impossible to resist the temptation to give him a big hug! He's still a pup, only a year and a half old, but very mellow and sweet. I think i'm in love!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bonjour, Petit Papillon!

                                                   This is Trevi, an elegant little Papillon. 

I have a special affection for this breed. I always considered myself a big-dog person: little dogs were yappy, spoiled, and not "real" dogs; i thought that if i ever decided to get a dog it would have to be a German Shepherd at the very least, but ideally a Newfoundland or Great Pyrenees -- none of which are practical choices for a person in my circumstances. Then i happened upon a rescue event while visiting a friend in LA and met a Papillon puppy. And i fell in love! I came back to Chicago and couldn't stop thinking about her. I even considered flying back to LA to adopt her, but fortunately she was quickly adopted by someone else. So i started scouring the pet adoption sites in the Chicagoland area for Papillons. I finally went to an adoption event to meet a dog that was described as a "Papillon mix" (though there was a whole lot of something else in that mix) and ended up instead falling for the little dog that is now my best buddy. She's a scruffy little thing of dubious ancestry, but were it not for that first sweet Papillon i don't think i would have ever considered getting a small dog, and would probably still be dithering about whether i really even wanted a dog. Every time i see Trevi, i have to stop to admire those cascading ears, that luxurious tail, that sweet face; then i think of that little Papillon in LA that changed my thinking about small dogs and in the process changed my life. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sweet Phoebe

Beautiful Phoebe, a yellow lab/shepherd mix, is one of the sweetest dogs in the neighborhood. She is also a born model! She posed so nicely and patiently while i took her picture this morning that i couldn't decide which of these two pictures to use. So here are both.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Stay, Ruby, Stay!

This beautiful little bundle of energy is Ruby. The picture is a little out-of-focus,
but Ruby thought sitting still for more than a nano-second was no fun at all!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Say Hello to Loki

This 7-month old cuddle-bug is Loki. He was having a fine old time playing
at the beach this afternoon but was thoughtful enough to lie down for a moment
and let me take his picture.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Welcome to the 'Hood, Hulk!

Here's Hulk! This very mellow Chihuahua just moved to
Rogers Park yesterday and is already making friends (Sorry
the top of your head didn't get in the picture, Hulk's person,
but Hulk's the star of this show). 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Got Frisbee?

This stalwart fellow took time out of the important task of transporting his frisbee
to pose for me. His name may or may not be Sam. Unfortunately, i can't remember
for sure since after i left him i proceeded to go to BopNGrill and clog the arteries
going to my brain with a fabulous burger and kimchee fries.
Sam or not, he's a sweet boy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014


This is Tavo, a Gotti Pitbull (aka Potbelly Pitbull); he may be built like a tank, but he's an incredibly laid-back and handsome fellow. I'm tempted to retire from dog photography at this point--where will i ever find another model as cool as Tavo?

Saturday, May 3, 2014


This is Olive, a total little love muffin, who was outside
the Heartland Cafe early this afternoon, just doing her part
to make the world a happier place. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tennis, anyone?

Three good friends enjoying a romp on the tennis court.
If i recall correctly, the two darker dogs are beagle-coonhound mixes,
and the white dog is a husky mix. I apologize for forgetting to ask their names.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Annie and Maisie, BFFs

Annie (l.) and Maisie (r.) are neighbors and BFFs who ran into each other on their respective morning walks today. After a few minutes of chasing each other around, they settled down to have their picture taken. Both of these beautiful girls are rescues. There are many more dogs as sweet, loving, and in need of a good home as these two pups, so if you are thinking about getting a dog, please consider adopting from either a local shelter or breed-specific rescue. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


This is Chipper, a very funny and friendly Maltese. When i first met him,
he was just a baby, a fluffy little bundle of playfulness. He's all
grown up now, but the description still fits. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Henry and Casey

Say hello to these two beautiful Shelties, Henry and Casey, who were nice enough to take a break from their morning routine and pose for this picture. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014


It's Saturday noon and this noble fellow is waiting patiently
 for his human to return from shopping
at Morse Fresh Market.