Monday, March 28, 2011

City Dog: Urban Dog Safari

Our former dogwalker used to tell me every day when she walked by my building with the neighbor's dog, she would look up at our window and see Miss M's little 'bald head' and eyes staring out. Our pooches are always watching out the window, but unless you know to look for them, they go unnoticed--blending in like Urban wildlife.
 Inspired by our Costa Rican animal-spotting adventures, I decided to try a little Urban dog-spotting around our neighborhood.
It seemed like little pooches easily slipped into the window space:
This pooch was camouflaged; I only spotted him because of his loud bark:
Big dogs settling in like cats:
Then Mr. B actually got to see a cat up close. I wonder what the cat would have done if it saw Mr. B?
I call this pooch Juliet. She is always up in this 'balcony' barking smack to Mr. B. The funny thing is, if we ever see her at ground level, she is actually very scared of the pooches:
Then I thought about how many covert little bald heads and beady eyes I was missing. Kind of like these familiar-looking faces:
Do your pooches watch out the window too?

24 comments:

jet said...

mine both watch out of the window but as we are a rear house on the ground floor, there's not a lot for them to see!

Muchadoaboutnothing said...

I live in a basement apartment and though I have a lot of nice, big windows, they are too high for the guys to reach to look out (also no furniture by the windows for them to climb on). About the only window they can see out of is the one in my kitchen but the view is limited by the above-ground pool that's in front of it. Oh well...

Two Crazy Coaches said...

FLash and Ollie love to lay on the top of the couch and look out the window. It is always fun to see them there when we get home.

jen said...

What a wonderful post! Ilove to watch the boys looking out the windows! I always wonder what they are dreaming about:)

Brenda said...

Very cute post! :)

loveandaleash said...

What a fun safari! I will try this sometime . . . though our neighborhood is all old 1920s and 30s homes, so the windows aren't as good for dog-spotting . . .

Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

I keep the curtains drawn because Charlie barks at passing people. And since he's a recovering Separation Anxiety dog, barking is no good.

I do, however, have a little ledge out there that the cat sits on. So we have a feline available for viewing on our safari!

Love the pictures, really cute!!

Tucker The Crestie said...

At our house, it's usually a little cat face you see watching out the window, because I've got cat trees throughout the house, including two facing the street, that are set up in front of the windows so the cats can look out. The dogs do look out the front living room window at times, but not often - they generally look out the french doors to the back yard to see what's going on out there. I love to do this, too, though - spot dogs on walks. Those are some great photos, but I bet you don't have to guess which one was my favorite! :)

AJS & MJS said...

well day one in the new apartment resulted in havi pushing her dog bed over to the balcony window so she can watch the boats go by on the river. i wonder what all the people taking the ferry to work think when they see her watching them!

Kari in WeHo said...

I know Mesa and Baily really miss being able to look our the windows

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Benny and Lily said...

Love the post. How adorable. We look out the sliding glass door and wait for mom. We know exactly what our ride sounds like
Benny & Lily

Daisy Dog said...

Daisy loves to look out the windows, so does Roscoe. They know what time other dogs in the neighborhood go for their walkies and they are always waiting to cheer them on :)

houndstooth said...

Morgan and Blueberry are our window watchers! It's somehow comforting to see the bat ears and flying nun hat in the window as I come and go. I love your pictures, too! Now I just know I'm going to be looking in windows as we walk past, too.

mayziegal said...

Oh, what a fun postie! I luved seeing all the doggies in your neighborhood. I wish Mr. B had gotten to meet that kitteh face to face, though. I bet that woulda been fun!

And yes! Brudder Ranger and me sit on the bed and keep an eye on things on our street. The other day we saw a FOX walking down our street like he owned the place. Well, we barked and barked and he finally went back where he came from. Can you imagine what mighta happened if we hadn't been watching???!!!

Wiggles & Wags,
mayzie

Married with Dawgs said...

Sadie loves watching the goings-on out the window...I believe she is mostly looking out for her arch-nemesis, the mailman, but I would like to think that she just likes being part of the 'hood.

Felicity said...

Anouk likes to sit on the spare bed and stare out the window, but she's not allowed in there when we're not home.
Instead she contents herself with sitting on the deck watching the world go by. In fact I now walk to another bus stop so I can see her as I go by on the bus in the mornings :)

darwindapug said...

Very cute photos, I like the dogs in disguise! Darwin tries to look outside, he's still a few inches short to view the streets. I notice other dogs viewing/barking at Darwin as he walks, there's also a black cat that watches him from a distance. He has no idea! :)

Traci said...

Those photos are great. It's so funny that most dogs love looking out the window. Our dog always had a spot in the sunroom where she could see everything that happened in the neighborhood. There were low windows in there so she didn't have to exert herself by even sitting up - haha :) We always joked that we enclosed the old porch just for her - quite an expense just for the dog to be able to look outside! It also gave her the opportunity to bark at everything, with the thing she hated most being the UPS truck. Mail or FedEx was fine, but she could hear the UPS truck a mile away and would go tearing out to look!

Mr. Pip said...

What great pictures! Our windows are very high (for me) and so I can't look out the window. They would be perfect for the two of you! My feline siblings like to sit on the radiator and look out at the world, but not me ...

Your pal, Pip

ForPetsSake said...

Window - you mean, "doggie TV"? It's amazing how they can find so many interesting things to watch in an otherwise boring scene. I guess no movement goes unnoticed, though. Nyxie loves to bark at everone and everything, and Arwen is the silent watcher.

Levi Mac said...

LOVE seeing all the urban animals :)
I am a suburban dog now but one of my favorite spots is in front of the big window just like these city pets :)

huser630 said...

My pup has a sunroom FULL of windows to watch the backyard.

At the front of the house, she has the front glass door, and the window in a spare bedroom that she either lies on the bed to look out or in her papasan chair.

There is nothing I enjoy more then coming home from work to see Kayla waiting for me at the front door. Makes me smile.

Love your blog!!!!!

T2 - My life with pit bulls said...

We set up two footstools specifically for pooch patrol. Of course, this was after I figured out they were using the antique chair my great grandmother personally needlepointed to do so!

Luci's Mama said...

i know Luci does because I'll come home and notice that the blinds in the living room window (and/or my bedroom) have been moved. I think she likes to stare at my neighbors cat b/c the cat sits perched on their living room window too :)

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