I felt a little guilty about not being able to take Chick along for Easter yesterday like I was able to at Christmas so since the sun was shining and it was above 30 degrees, we headed out to the dog park for a special evening treat. She was the littlest one there, of course, but that didn’t stop her from exploring. She didn’t make any new friends, but she also didn’t let the big guys get to her. Way to go, sweet Chick.
On Friday, Chick, along with adoptable Kuma from One Tail at a Time, took a trip out to Oak Lawn to hang at Simmons Middle School to talk to the kids about humane education. Chick was on her best behavior and let dozens of students pet her, Kuma represented pit bulls in a positive light and lots was learned about the importance of spaying and neutering your pet. Not to mention the kids had the time of their lives. There’s nothing better than seeing someone’s face light up when they see a pooch.
Yesterday we took Chick on her second Sociabulls walk and I’m happy to report she did much, much better! She kept up pace and because we’ve been practicing our leash walking skills (somewhat) she was able to listen and focus so she could stay on task. I think this bodes well for future outings. Good job, Chick!
Tomorrow it’s back to the grind. While I’ve enjoyed spending my days with this face, getting coffee in the mornings and trying out new doughnuts from Glazed and Infused, I think it’s a good thing to get back to it.
One year ago today, someone surrendered sweet Chick to Chicago Animal Control where she would spend the next 11 days until Anna Friedman would pick her out from hundreds of other dogs and One Tail at a Time would come to the rescue.
From there she would spend over a month with Kelly Jo until Josh Hilgendorf and I saw her photo and became instantly hooked.
In that one year she has been featured in the Chicago Tribune on Take your Pet to Work Day, joined Chicago SociaBulls to hang with the big guys (sweet pits can love a feisty chi), been enrolled in a Canine Good Citizen Class, had her picture taken by a professional photographer (cc: Kelly Johnson Photography) and plastered onto an Xmas card.
She has made numerous visits to the nursing home where my grandma who has always been terrified of dogs decided suddenly she would love Chick, met the very special dogs I grew up with who I wish I still lived with, attended Christmas dinner with a crazy sweet bulldog pup and survived, and now sleeps above my head every night. What a year, Chick. Love you sweet pup!!
(Photo via Kelly Johnson Photography)
On my last day this past Friday, I learned that people, especially old colleagues, can be quite nice. It’s no secret that I have a slight obsession with all things canine and so my parting gift was not for me, but for Chick. In the form of this sweet urban pack. So when the days are warmer and the sun shines longer, sweet Chick will be responsible for carrying her own treats and bags. Now that’s a gift.