Monday, June 29, 2009

Chicagoing: Pride Parade

We took the pooches to the Pride Parade this past Sunday. Ms. M was dressed like a little ballerina and Mr. B was dressed like a Statue of Liberty or a member of the ACLU. They were a hit, people were taking pictures and they met so many people. They even found a couple that wanted to take them home. We were told that the pooches were minor celebrities. Also, the parade was a lot of fun, with some great floats.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cafe Schwang: Outdoor Home Cafe

Outdoor lounging is a huge deal in Chicago, mainly because we have put up with such terrible winters. While people pay a premium to dine alfresco, we decided to trick out our deck so we can have cost-free outdoor dining on a daily basis. Last year we picked up some bistro tables and an outdoor rug from Ikea and put up flower boxes and outdoor lights. This year we decided to "take it up a notch" with this outdoor sectional with Ikea. We are so happy with this furniture; I can't tell you how many times E has fallen asleep on it. We added some herbs and flower boxes from Adams and Sons; we just planted everything yesterday so we are hoping they flourish soon. And to liven it up, and keep things comfortable for the pooches, we added this outdoor rug for only $16 at World Market.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pooches: 3 Years of Miss M!


It was 3 years ago, this week, that I adopted Miss M. I originally wanted a dog who was calm, would go running with me, and did not have any trace of pit bull. Instead, I wound up with a semi-feral, gangly, pit bull. She coerced me with her charm. And after a Canine Good Citizen title, and additional 25 pounds, and an understanding of pit bulls we have never looked back. Doesn't she look like a muppet in these photos?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pooches: Microchip

At first we thought that the dog we found on Saturday was a stray, but we were hopeful we would find the owner because she recently updated her information with Homeagain microchip pet recovery center. So we decided to call Homeagain about Mr. B's information and found out that he was never enrolled in their services. Which would mean that they would have no means of identifying him, even though he is microchipped. We did some research and decided to enroll in the AKC CAR, because of their lifetime enrollment fee of $17.50, as opposed to Homeagain, which is $14.99 per year. So if Mr. B is ever lost, kind people will take him to get scanned and the company would call us to inform us that he has been found. I hope we never have to use the service though.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Pooches: Lost and Found

This past Saturday was quite an adventurous one. We received a phone call at 9 am from a friend of ours that was frantic because while she was getting into her car after a jog through Humboldt Park a pit bull jumped into the back seat of her car and curled up to sleep. Before we drove out to help our friend, we called our friend Curtis Scott for some advice. First he told us that the dog was friendly. It would not willingly hop into a person's car and curl up and sleep if it was not friendly. Since he thought the dog was friendly, we should not call Animal Care and Control because the dog might not get claimed in 5 days and get destroyed. So the first thing we did after we met the dog and determined that it was friendly, was take him to the vet to get scanned for a microchip. It was lucky for us and the owner that he was microchipped and the microchip center called the owner and informed her that we have her dog. After a few hours, the owner and the dog was reunited. The owner told us that he has tags and she doesn't know what happened to them. On his collar was the ring for a tag, so the tag was probably ripped off while the dog was lost. At least that was not his only means of identification.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pooches: Dog Seat Belts

One of our biggest fears is the pooches flying through the windshield in an accident. So we started our research on transporting our dogs at Bark Buckle Up. We went with the Petbuckle Pet Harness, because of the ease of use. The buckles make the harness very easy to put on and take off. In addition, the dogs are secure in the harness, so they cannot escape and the straps are really heavy duty so there is no fear of breaking or tearing. Now we can drive to and fro mom's house with our pooches without any fear.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Pooches: Red Door Animal Shelter Walk


For the second year we participated in the Red Door Animal Shelter Walk for the Animals. This is an annual fundraiser where we go on a "big dog parade" in northern Chicago neighborhood. We get T-shirts, the dogs get bandannas, treats, and toys, and we all end up in the park to eat breakfast. This shelter is a little different--they have a huge focus on rabbits. Knowing how much Mr. B loves stuffed animals, we weren't sure how he'd react to the huge rabbit mascot walking around. He was too distracted by the other dogs to even notice.
They were predicting huge thunderstorms, so the pooches wore their raincoats. Luckily, it was a rain free day. Mr. B made some friends. They were completely exhausted after the 2.5K walk.
I really enjoy this walk because it's much smaller then the Paws, and Bark in the Park events. We get to walk through the West Rogers park neighborhood with all the unique and beautiful bungalows. We end up in Indian Boundary Park--this amazing park that even has a small "barnyard" zoo area. Here's Mr. B. checking out the ducks

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Pooches: Dog Tags

When you get a dog, expect to hear jingling at all times of the day and night, like an annoying ghost.
On Ms. M:
Name and contact number tag
New Leash on Life rescue identification tag
Canine Good Citizen tag
Cook County Rabies Vaccination tag
Chicago Dog License tag
Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area tag

On Mr. B:
Name and contact number tag
Adopted from Kalamazoo Animal Rescue tag
HomeAgain Pet Recovery System microchip tag
Cook County Rabies Vaccination tag
Chicago Dog License tag
Michigan Dog License tag
Chicago Park District Dog Friendly Area tag

If you adopt a dog, expect to get all these dog tags for your pooch.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Schwang Swag: Big House 4

We purchased the Big Agnes Big House 4 for our trip to pick up Mr. B in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With the tent we also purchased the tent footprint and the vestibule. Even with two big dogs, there was plenty of room. The high ceiling was really nice, because there was a lot of headroom and A could almost stand up completely. Without the rain fly, there are plenty of windows for cross winds and the rain fly kept us dry, even though it was storming at night. In addition, the vestibule kept all of our gear out of the tent but dry. We plan to go on more camping trip, so we can really make good use of all the tent's features.
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