Monthly Archives: February 2013

Be not.

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A nice reminder for when the stress gets the best of you. That and this sweet face.

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Healing powers


Sunday my gram turned 84. While she isn’t quite sure who she is anymore, she still knows how to enjoy a good cupcake. And as it’s happened before, Chick sure knows how to liven up a nursing home, so she tagged along for a birthday visit too. Everyone can never get enough of sweet Chick when she arrives and all of the residents clamor for some love. It’s crazy, or maybe not so crazy, how pups can suddenly make a person happy. My own gram wasn’t too interested in Chick this time around, but we still managed to celebrate right.



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Chick’s first Sociabull walk


On Saturday, we all ventured out into the cold and Chick experienced her very first Sociabulls walk. It was pretty dang cold that morning so Chick bundled up and while the location was only five minutes from the apartment, we still just barely made it (isn’t that how it always goes — the ones closest are always the last to arrive?).



Chick was definitely not overexcited about all of the other (much larger) pups, but she did struggle to keep up with the pace of everyone else walking. Not only were her little legs much shorter and she had to work harder to keep up, but she’s also used to taking meandering strolls so keeping her on task and not stopping to sniff every tree was also more difficult than we had anticipated. Next time we’ll keep treats on hand and we also learned that if I walk farther ahead and she can see me, she’s more likely to keep up the pace. Everyone was wonderfully nice and I think as the weather warms up this could be come a fun routine :)


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Sociabull Chick


^^It was COLD.

Two weeks ago Chick’s name finally came up on the Chicago Sociabulls wait list and we were admitted to attend our first dogless walk to learn more about the acclaimed dog walking club. On the Sunday after we moved we headed to the south side to walk through the neighborhood surrounding the Museum of Science and Industry sans Chick. It was snowy and cold, but we trudged through and were able to meet quite a few friendly pups and their owners. It was definitely a learning experience and I’m happy to report that we’ll be attending with Chick this weekend at a location more near the apartment. The biggest concern I have: will Chick be able to walk for that long? Stay tuned!



^^Can you tell where we are?


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My funny valentines

Today is the day to smooch your pooch.


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Chick’s new obsession


^^A little papoose.

One of the new items my mom was kind enough to buy for me during the great move was a brand new electric blanket. I found it on sale and while I have come to love snuggling up on the couch with it, someone else has developed an obsession with it. Throughout the few heatless days we spent in the new apartment unpacking, little Chick was hating every minute of it, shivering to no end. Once we brought the blanket in and wrapped her up, she was a new dog. And now she can’t get enough of it. Even when she gets too warm and moves to the wood floor to cool off, she’s back up in it 10 minutes later. We’re careful to make sure it never gets too hot, but I can’t help but wonder if there are Chick sized electric blankets out there, or maybe some heated dog beds?


^^The first experience


^^Can’t wait for that heat to come back on



^^I still see you


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Hello again


^^Tiny Chick in an empty apartment.

It’s been quite a while since I posted around here, but there’s been a good reason. We moved! And let me tell you, it was one rough move. Basically, out of all the moves I’ve done in the last six years (a lot because apparently in college you move every year), this has been by far the worst. And to think we thought it would be easy breezy because we only moved one floor up.

Well, this led to me thinking not much packing had to be done because we could just carry things up the stairs. This made the move feel like 10 moves instead of just one. The worst part, though, was the fact that the gas had been shut off and we wouldn’t be able to get it turned on until four days after we moved in. Let this be a lesson when you go to put the utilities in your name the day before you are scheduled to move. You never know what will happen. And for the record we were at least able to sleep and shower in our old apartment thanks in part to the generous new owner of the unit who let us turn in the keys a few days late (not without charging us extra first, though).


^^Trying to stay warm in a cold, cold apartment.


^^Chick had to come with me to work one day because it was too cold to leave her in the apartment without heat.

Actually, I lied. The very worst part was seeing how traumatic all of the changes were for little Chick. She, as with most dogs, loves her routine and for quite a few days her daily activities were a big jumbled mess. We did our best to keep things running smoothly, but it just wasn’t in the cards for us. Chick responded with lots of following us around, little whimpers and [gasp!] having a few accidents in the house. I felt awfully guilty, but now that things are settled in, Chick is back to her normal self. Phew.


^^Happy that life is back to normal.


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