Vacation Round-up

Late last night we wearily arrived home in Chicago. While the pups ate a hearty dinner, I unpacked with my eyes half-open. I organized shoes and jackets outside our front door and was emptying my bags when I heard a knock from the front door. I opened the door to find…Eko!?

Somehow Eko snuck past my tired eyes and was hanging out on the foyer for five minutes before knocking to be let in. It was a long day. And so today, in continuing with tradition, today is a vacation from vacation day. The pups are knocked out on the couch and I’ll take the day to get organized and sort through video from the trip.  While I do that, here are a few more photos from our week in NJ.


Eko loving a fall walk along the trail


A synchronized romp at Emily’s


Emily completely oblivious to the epic battle happening behind her


A tanning session on the back porch


I thought it was too cute how my pups would lay in the sun, but long-haired Auggie preferred to rest in the shade


We even had time to work in a little fashion shoot


I think the hat fit Eko just a bit better


Can’t forget all the great fires we made!

We had a blast in NJ, but there’s no place like home. Thanks for following along, and thanks to everyone who recommended I check out buying an electric fireplace. I think it will be a hit with the pups this winter.

Next Stop: Chicago!

It may have been a short trip back to NJ, but it was certainly not short on fun.

We had a great visit, but now it’s time to wrap things up


We left no stone unturned in search of a good time


Penny even got to experience her very first fire!


There’s another thirteen hour trip in store, but after this week I don’t think the pups will have any trouble snoring the whole way through


Hugs all around, time for us to hit the road!

I took a bunch of video this week of the pups in action so hopefully I’ll have some fun stuff to share on Friday. We’re on the road all day today, so we’ll catch everyone tomorrow back home in Chicago!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superpuppy!

For the last leg of our NJ trip we’re visiting Emily’s parents. The pups absolutely love it here because they can fly around the fenced-in yard.

During Penny’s first visit here, “fly around” meant she could jump all of two inches off the ground

Now that Penny is really coming into her own, the romps this week were significantly more high flying than our first visit.


A flirt-pole, though weirdly named, is a fun way to ramp up the fun. If you have the space to use one, I highly recommend you try it out

Once Penny achieved enough speed on the runway it was time for takeoff: 


The pup went up…


And up…


And up!

It’s quite tiring to be Superpuppy, so Penny was rewarded with her very first roaring fire.


Love at first light


“I could get used to this!”

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  And where there’s fire, there’s Eko. Superpuppy may have snagged the closest seat to the fire, but Eko got the best one.


And Emily? Emily got to wonder how Eko managed to pull this move off!

It’s tough to beat fires and fenced-in frolics, but unfortunately we only have one more day to soak it all up before heading home. Provided I can convince the pups to leave!

How Do Dogs Remember?

When I pulled into my mom’s driveway late at night, Eko knew. I don’t know exactly when he realized it, but Eko absolutely knew where we were. Was it the sight of the house? The smell of the yard? I wondered how dogs recall a memory, but didn’t have much time to ponder the question as the car-weary pups bolted to the front door. They were enthusiastically welcomed by my mom’s pup, Auggie.20.1

As usual, he was all smiles!

The gang has been in a non-stop romp since we arrived and I’ve spent a good amount of my time catching lamps, fixing rugs and keeping the house in one piece. I’ll definitely post some photos later this week of the gang in action.

NJ treated us to late fall’s beautiful palette with early-fall-like temperatures. It was a perfect mix for a visit to the local dog park. I remember how Eko used to love flying around the park, soaring through the agility course.


Either the jumps shrunk or Eko grew, because he could basically walk over them this time around

Penny hadn’t seen an agility course before so it was fun to see her follow Eko’s lead. But the best part of the day was undoubtedly our hike on the trails.


There’s something about walking trails with your pups on a gorgeous fall day that just can’t be beat


Watching Penny follow Eko’s lead was great – the two adventure buddies stuck together like glue


“Hey wait for me!”



A good romp, a good sunny spot, a good nap. Life in NJ is good for a pup

Visits home always remind me how everything both stays the same and completely changes. Yet with all those changes, Eko still perfectly remembered my mom’s house, Auggie, and the dog park.

Any theories about how our pups remember the things they do? Like us, I’m guessing it’s a combination of senses.  Elephants never forget, but dogs have a pretty good memory too!

[VIDEO] Six Months with Puppy Penny

The pups and I are on the road to NJ for a visit home. It’s the first time we’ve been back since I got Penny – forever and no time at all ago. I’m not sure if time flies, but Penny certainly does! Here’s a look back at our time together so far.

Catch everyone from NJ next week!

New Jersey, Here we Come

Emily has a week of vacation coming up so we’re getting ready to head back home to NJ for our first visit since picking up puppy Penny.16.1

While we do have half of a reindeer team in our stable, unfortunately it’s not enough to fly us all back to NJ

Em’s flying home Saturday morning, but I’m leading the ground invasion with the pups. Unfortunately the distance between Chicago and NJ hasn’t shrunk since our last trip so we’re looking at a thirteen hour car ride.


“Ha, you crack me up Will! Thirteen hours? Yeah right, tell me another joke.” 

Then I showed Penny the route on Google Maps.


“Oh no. You weren’t joking. This isn’t funny at all.” 

The weather’s ugly here in Chicago the rest of the week, but to survive thirteen hours in the car I’m going to run the pups ragged at the beach, rain or shine.


“Guys, don’t forget about me while I’m gone”


She doesn’t know it yet, but on the other side of that ride there will be plenty of smiles like this for Penny

The last time we were in NJ Penny would fall asleep on walks before we reached the end of the block. This time around I’m excited to show her all of our favorite old haunts. Should be a lot of fun, we just have to get there first!