My Little Teapot

Penny, bless her heart, makes bulldozers look like ballerinas. But she tries, she really does! Some of the most exciting/frustrating/anticipatory/agonizing moments of a dog’s life are the moments before mealtime.

Penny used to fill those moments with an all out assault on my person, but she’s graduated to what I call the “Teapot Method.”Rhodesian Ridgeback, chicago, blog, adventure, puppy

Like a teapot first put on the stove, Penny starts off totally cool

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As mealtime approaches she begins to bubble…

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Pacing, dancing and staring are all apart of Penny working herself up into a boil

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By the time I start dishing food out, you can practically see the steam coming from Penny’s ears

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My little teapot gives one high-pitched shout, and mercifully, I let Penny tip herself over onto the meal

Penny gives me plenty to worry about, but I never have to worry she isn’t telling me exactly how she feels!

Penny’s (Almost) Doppelganger

Comparison is one of the things humans do best. We compare choices, decisions and situations countless times a day. So it’s only natural we have the inclination to compare our dogs to other pups.Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago, dog-friendly beach, rhodesian ridgeback, marking our territory, adventure

Nonetheless, it can be difficult to compare Penny with other dogs because, well, she’s Penny

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It’s not very often you run into a female Ridgeback running wild on the shores of Lake Michigan

But recently the number of romping lady-Ridgebacks doubled! Meet Phoebe:

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Nope, that’s not Eko. But Phoebe does have a similar build/look to Penny’s big bro

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As always, Penny wasted little time introducing herself

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And the girls were soon tearing up the beach together

After a glorious romp, Phoebe did something I’ve never seen Penny do…

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Phoebe relaxed!

It was truly astonishing. Of her own free will, Phoebe decided to lie down and take it easy. Remarkable! Obviously, Penny continued tearing down the beach looking for more trouble.

But it gave me hope. I compared Penny to Phoebe and realized if a romper like Phoebe could mature and learn to relax, Penny could one day do the same. Carrying that hope in my heart I turned and asked how old Phoebe was.

“Oh, she just turned one!”

One!? One! One. Penny’s already two!

With a deep sigh I set off down the beach after the incomparable Penny Mayhem. Unless any runaway trains show up at the beach, I’m not sure we’ll ever find Penny’s perfect doppelganger.

 

On Instagram? Let Me know!

While I won’t be posting here five days a week over the summer, I do plan on making daily updates to our instagram page. I’ll put up our latest adventures along with a few remixed old ones. This week I’ve had fun putting a soundtrack to some past video clips.

 

 

If you want to keep up with the latest, be sure to follow @ekoandpenny on Instagram. I know I already follow many of you, but if you have an account to share just let me know in the comments so I can follow back.

Happy Friday!

How Does Your Dog Show They’re Ready to Play?

At the beach, Penny is a hand grenade. Pull the pin, toss her over the fence… and boom! Eko’s play is announced more like a calculated NASA launch.

First, he gets that intense look on his face

Then he slowly begins to tense his muscles

He pauses, ready for liftoff

And explodes into action!

He’s not made it to the moon yet, but my rocket sure does fly up and down the shore

I can point my camera at the Penny-grenade pretty much anytime to catch a fun action shot. Eko is more selective in his romps (but compared to Penny, who isn’t?), so I certainly appreciate the countdown he gives his photographer.

How do you guys know when your pup is about to play?

Summer (Blog) Vacation

As usual, we’re sputtering our way through mercurial spring weather in Chicago.rhodesian ridgeback, blog, chicago, adventure, puppy

But in between rainclouds we’ve glimpsed the warm summer days to come

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And we can’t wait to dive in

This summer is a special one for us because Emily (finally!) finishes her residency program at the hospital. It’s been a grueling four years for her, so she’s taking off a nice chunk of time before starting her new job.

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Think of residency like Penny – it’s a lot of work and it always seems to be chasing after you. Think of Emily like Eko in the above photo – delighted to finally turn the tables!

For nearly five years I posted here Monday through Friday without exception. From the worst days through my own wedding day, I’ve cherished every moment of it.

Up to this point I’ve followed a simple rule – Live the adventure, love the adventure, share the adventure. Always in that order. Writing/blogging/sharing the story should never supercede living and loving it.

With that mantra in mind, I’ve decided to take an intermittent summer vacation from blogging. We want to enjoy Emily’s Haley’s-comet-rare freedom to the fullest, so I’m prioritizing living and loving over sharing and blogging.

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Relax, Penny, you’re still getting just as many trips to the beach

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Sorry Eko, this doesn’t mean I won’t laugh and take photos when Penny harasses you

But let’s be serious. We can’t expect Emily to handle my inanity alone.I plan to check in and post here regularly throughout the summer. If only for her sanity. It just won’t be on my usual (or any) schedule. The pups are tagging along on most of our summer excursions and road trips, so I should have plenty of adventures to report in about.

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Our mission for the summer is simple, make like Penny and squeeze as much as we can into a limited space

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case I disappear for a day or two (or three) here and there. But never fear. Like a dog toy lost in the couch, I always turn up!

[VIDEO] Just A Dog

We have precious few moments on this earth. Why do so many of us choose to spend so many of those moments with “just a dog?”

I suspect we share many of the same answers, while each having our own reasons.

This is my story. What’s yours?

Fast(est) Friends

Ever been enjoying a relaxing dip in the pool until out of nowhere some chucklehead kid does a cannonball next to you?

Penny is that chucklehead

Penny certainly made a splash during her introduction to a German Shorthaired Pointer we’ve never met before. Penny kind of has a thing for Pointers.

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As expected, Penny’s cannonball hello sent the Pointer running

But that’s when things got interesting. Because some how dogs are able to know each other nearly instantaneously. In the space of a few strides – or a single camera click – pups can seemingly articulate a lifetime’s worth of information.

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It seems closer to telepathy than anything else, but in the fractional space between this photo and the previous one, the two dogs became best friends

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For the rest of our time at the beach these two were inseparable companions, storming through the sand and shallows

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It looked like these two were posing for a buddy-cop movie poster

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Anyone watching would have thought these guys had been friends forever

It seems you don’t need a lifetime to make “friends of a lifetime.” Nevertheless, my wife still says I’m not allowed to cannonball strangers at the public pool. Oh well, more friends for Penny I guess!