Monday, August 15, 2011

Dog Walking Club: Sunday Morning Jaunt

Despite some morning sprinkles, and navigating through several half-marathon street closures, we met with a great group of dogs and owners excited to share a morning walk. What better way to spend a Sunday morning than strolling along the Chicago lakefront path with skyline views, enjoying great company and amazing dogs?
Making his big Chicago debut was adoptable dog Mr. Pink (above) newly sprung from the city shelter where he narrowly missed meeting his 'date on the calendar'. Beyond being absolutely gorgeous (my camera cannot even begin to capture the true essence that is Mr. Pink) he was excited to work on his leash manners and socialization as he begins his search for his future family.
Our pack also included newly adopted sweet, sweet Daisy.
Gentleman-dog Dude showing off his goofy side:
Social-butterfly Daria who was so excited to attend and did a great job of focusing her energy on the rhythm of the walk.
The return of newly adopted Torre with his 'chilaxed' attitude:
Super-smiley and newly-adopted Willie (who came with sister Nabi). Just look how hard it is for him to contain his smile:
Adorable Petey who did an amazing job staying focused. I'm not sure whether it was his intense concentration or looks that kept reminding me of Miss M:
And demure Nabi (little sister to smiley Willie) who despite being a bit shy, held her own in the group. Even though they're adopted, I think they share a smile.
Even though the group had varying levels of socialization and excitement, the walk was successful because we respected boundaries and space making it a positive and comfortable walk for everyone. And the pooches had the socialization benefits of walking in a pack without ever having to physically meet on leash.
We have been excited about the response to the walking club, and we're looking forward to future walks.
Make sure to check our Facebook page for updates, until we all meet again:

22 comments:

Froggy said...

Maize and I are SO SAD we missed the walk yesterday. Ummm Mr. Pink is far cute to cute...I can't put in to words his cuteness. It looks like you all had a fantastic time. We can't wait to rejoin the group in a couple of weeks!

loveandaleash said...

this is awesome. you're going to have 50 dogs in your club before you know it. way to go!!

jet said...

Mr Pink would be cuter if someone hadn't done that to his ears!!! He still looks lovely though

jen said...

That is a great looking bunch of pups! I bet you all turn a lot of heads on your walks!

roxysmama said...

what kind of choke collars does your dogs use, I'm thinking about getting my Roxy one. She still doesn't walk good on a leash for me.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

I'm so glad your dog walks have been such a success! All of the dogs are so adorable and it looks like it's a ton of for them and the people.

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

What a great experience, especially with so many newly adopted/foster dogs! I love seeing those big muscle dogs on easy walk harnesses- I never leave home without mine!

Beth said...

What a bunch of great looking dogs. Looks like fun!

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Kari in Vegas said...

Mr. Pink is such a great looking pup!

Kari
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Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

How wonderful that so many pups were able to go! We love that many of them are adopted:) They are all adorable, but we particularly enjoyed Daisy's pic; she looks like a model!

Diane said...

That is a GEORGOUS group of dogs. It would have not served me well to have been there as I would have disrupted the walk as I stopped each dog to love on it! They are truly all spectacular looking doggies!
diane

A&A Friese said...

Your club is really taking off! What a great group of dogs and their people.

Tucker The Crestie said...

Looks like fun! I can't wait to hear about future walks!

mayziegal said...

What a happy-making postie! I luved hearing abouts your walkie and seeing all the pictures of your new furends. They are all SOOOOO bee-you-tee-full! And Mr. Pink is hubba-hubba handsome.

I wish I could come on the walk with you. But I'd prolly be pooped by the time I got there from Collie-rado.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

brooke said...

How fun! That's a great group you've gathered. Must be fun to see you all walking along together.

houndstooth said...

It looks like a good time was had by all!

Mr. Pip said...

Mr. Pink is absolutely beautiful! Hope he finds a home soon!

Roo said...

Luv this club! Such a great thing for the peeps and pups :)

Question: Why are some of the dogs wearing pinch/choke collars? Are they unaware that there are more humane no-slip collars available?

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

The club seems like its off to a great start with some cute pups!

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Two Pitties in the City said...

Roxysmama: When we were having more walking issues with our dogs, we had them on Easywalk harnesses or prongs. Right now we have them on martingales: http://pittiesincity.blogspot.com/2009/11/pooches.html

Hi Roo: This previous post provides our view on prong collars, with some interesting ideas in the comment section: http://pittiesincity.blogspot.com/2010/05/pooches-prong-or-not-to-prong.html

Kim @ Yellow Brick Home said...

So many gorgeous pups! I can't wait for the next walk - and neither can Jack!

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