Posts Tagged ‘Summer’

Keepin’ it Kool

It’s been pretty dang hot here lately in Chicago. Sid has come up with a plan to deal with the heat. He plans to nap right next to our tiny window AC unit until the outside temperatures dip down below 75 again. He said he’ll be all ready for an adventure when that time comes, but until then he’ll be staying inside. I think I’m going to join him!

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Washout

In his last post about our excursion to the Chicago lakefront, Sid forgot to mention that our beloved Foster Dog Beach is no more.

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The high water level of Lake Michigan gobbled up the small remaining corner of Foster Beach reserved for the 4-legged and the tumultuous storms and heavy waves took out the fencing, deck, and wooden ramp that led down to the dog beach. If you take a look at our post from last summer, you can see what our cute tiny dog beach once looked like. We’ll miss it, but hopefully it can be rebuilt in the future.

Until then, I guess it’s time to find ourselves a new dog beach because this pug wants to swim!

The Wave Walker

Hello to all my PSP’s (Pug Slope Pals)! It’s Sid with you today to close out the week and carry you into the weekend.

I hope everyone has been having a great summer so far and hasn’t been sweltering from the heat. The Chicago summer has been pretty mild so far so I’ve been able to go on a few long walks to the lakefront.

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The first time my dad and I strolled to the lakefront this season, my dad brought along the camera and attempted to shoot some video of me enjoying the huge waves, the sand, and the sun. So without further ado:

Hope you liked my movie! Have a relaxing and treat-filled weekend!

Wordless Wednesday: Beach Bum Edition

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Leggin’ It to Legge Park

Sid and I spent a few days out in the suburbs visiting my family. Early one morning, the two of us hopped in my mom’s car and took a little jaunt over to Katherine Legge Park in the town of Hinsdale.

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During the early morning and evening hours, large sections of the park available for dogs to run off leash. Just look at all those lovely trees and lush grassy fields!

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Sid got super excited as soon as his paws hit the ground and he took off exploring the rolling hills.

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After he romped around for a bit, his eyes caught something really interesting.

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It was the small winding creek that runs through the entire off-leash section of the park.

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Of course, he had to go in for a closer look. You all are probably aware of his obsession with water!

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Sid felt like a real “king of the hill” while there! We can’t wait to go back again next time we’re out visiting the fam!

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Tongue-out Temperatures

We’ve had some really sunny and warm weather here in Chicago which has been lovely. And when the sun comes out, so does the tongue. Well, Sid’s tongue I mean.

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So many flowers are in full bloom…

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…but no time to stop for a sniff today because we’ve got to get this pug hydrated!

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Back to the Pug Slope Headquarters where your pre-cooled water awaits!

Rented Glass and Green Grass

About a week ago, I rented a nice camera lens for the weekend (for the photo buffs out there, it was a Canon 50mm 1.2L). This is a really nice lens that I cannot really justify buying outright, but luckily there is a camera shop called Dodd Camera just a bike-ride away from Pug Slope HQ. They have tons of equipment that can be rented out and have really good rates for the weekends.

I headed out to Winnemac Park with Sid to try out the new lens. Sid seemed exceptionally excited about this particular photo shoot – probably because I actually remembered to bring some treats with me this time.

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In the early Spring, the park district does a controlled burn of the prairie areas of Winnemac Park so back in April of this year the area on the far side of the fence looked totally barren. To see what I mean check out this post from April. Over the summer, though, the plants quickly return and grow at incredible rates. Soon the whole prairie area is filled with lush green leaves and lovely flowers that last all through the summer.

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The plants are all native species, so the local pollinators are very attracted to them. There are often lots of bees collecting pollen and even monarch butterflies fluttering by!

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Sid didn’t want any bees accidentally landing on him so he trotted over to one of the more open areas of the park near the weeping willow trees.

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After a little stroll through the field he laid down near the far end of the park and made sure I delivered with the treats. He was being very photogenic so I complied.

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I’m definitely excited to try out some other lenses from Dodd. Maybe next time I’ll try a fish-eye lens so I can show you guys some LARGER THAN LIFE close-ups of Sid’s pug mug?! I wonder if he’d approve…

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