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).