Flashback Friday

Today's Flashback Friday photo was when we lived in Chicago's Lakeshore East Neighborhood a couple years ago. We went to their dog park on a daily basis, usually between 2-3 times, since Kobe loved going there so much. He had a small group of dog friends he'd play with, and they were usually on the same schedule as Kobe was, so we'd run into them almost every time we'd swing by.

We once brought Kobe's favorite toy ball into the park with us, and that was a huge mistake!

Kobe became SO overprotective over his ball; he wouldn't let anyone play with it, and whoever came near it, he'd growl at. (Human or dog!)

Eventually we learned our lesson to discontinue bringing his ball with us to the park because we didn't want Kobe starting fights with anyone!

Has that ever happened to anyone else?



Snowy Start to Spring

Spring was officially here 4 days ago, yet you wouldn't know that if you lived here in Chicago ;)

I took Kobe for a walk over my lunch break, only to be reminded of the fact that winter isn't ready to leave!

Hopefully this latest snowfall is the last before we dive into warmer weathers!


March Madness Doggy Social Event

We took Kobe to a fun March Madness doggy event in Chicago's West Loop Neighborhood yesterday.

Chicago Party Animals is a social event venue, where the owners host various events, including dog-friendly meet-ups. I've taken Kobe to Chicago Party Animals for dog socialization events and dog training sessions. It's the perfect place to go in the wintertime, when temps are too cold to be out for long. Anyone who lives in colder region areas knows exactly what I mean! We're fortunate enough to have an indoor place we can take our pups in the wintertime.

Kobe had fun exploring the familiar space again. He met a couple new friends & reconnected with some old ones. Socialization events like these are especially important since I've noticed Kobe's (slight) lack of socialization as he's gotten older. When he was a puppy, he was super rambunctious and all over the place. He'd greet any dog with such enthusiasm; he was a happy-go-lucky kind of puppy. Then I began to notice he'd trot around doing his own thing at dog parks and socialization gatherings. He's not a loner by any means, but he makes it clear that he likes his space, particularly with BIGGER dogs. Smaller dogs he's completely fine with; it's the bigger dogs he has issues with.

Luckily Chicago Party Animals meet-ups are set up for smaller dogs for one hour, then bigger dogs a separate hour. Kobe was out & about playing with many of the dogs. It was a really successful event! The NCAA games were being broadcast throughout the hour, so the basketball fans were also pleased :-)