To keep the dogs socialized, we love taking them on all kinds of adventures around the city. Yesterday we took the pooches to participate in the Red Door Animal Shelter's fundraising walk for the animals.
This is basically a dog walk, with over a hundred of your "closest friends" that winds its way through the the northside neighborhood and Indian Boundary Park. The rescue is a bit unique in that it also adopts rabbits, chickens, and ducks. This year they are celebrating 10 years of adoptions.We have done this walk the last couple of years; we really like how family friendly it is, and how we get to tour this northside neighborhood. The walk takes place north of Devon in a neighborhood filled with quaint bungalows and sprawling flower gardens:
My favorite part is that we finish at Indian Boundary Park: an enormous park complete with lake, playground, and "zoo". They have a couple of exhibits with barnyard animals. We were marveling at how much Miss M reminded us of the goats. I think she even thought so as she was barking (something she rarely does) and trying to meet them. I wonder if we did a DNA test if it would come out small percentage "goat".
I think a lot of people who hold negative stereotypes about pitbulls have never actually met one, so we also like to use these types of dog events to show people how well-socialized, intelligent, and charismatic pitties can be. Our pooches walked nicely among the multitude of retractable leashes, random barking, and dogs invading their space. Here we are taking a break from the crowd and listening for instructions:They remembered to sit nicely at cornersAnd every so often we gave them a trick command to impress any onlookers. Here is Miss M with her signature wave:
And Mr B's signature trick of just looking cute:
We loved meeting other dogs. Here is Mr. B meeting another pittie:And this pooch who reminded us so much of a young Miss M. with similar stance, chin, and facial expression. His owner even said she was a boxer-pit.
And we were super-excited to meet our fellow Chicagoan dog Pip. Pip is a Red Door Shelter alum and has been working out to prepare for the walk. Though it is a long walk for such a little dog, Pip made a great showing pushing through the final leg.