What does the Lady I rescued do when it’s 68 degrees one day and 30s with snow expected the next? Go to the dog beach!
Suffering from tons of guilt for letting two months of near perfect warm Autumn weather pass us by, without taking us anywhere, the Lady practically had Taffy and me in the car right after hearing the weather forecast.
Arriving at the beach we found out that we weren’t the only ones with the same idea about enjoying Montrose Dog Beach before the water and the sand froze solid. The beach, actually a City of Chicago Dog Friendly Area (DFA) or dog park, is open all year round. Only people truly committed to exercising their dogs through the winter go to the beach.
Expecting a sunny morning with temperatures in the 60s, we were a little disappointed. The day proved more like one when you know the weather is changing, with blustery winds and gray clouds moving across the sky, sometimes letting the blue show through. The Lady, wearing capri leggings and flip-flops with a hoodie for layers, didn’t even get cold.
Taffy seems fascinated with the waves and always heads for the water right away. She’s very hesitant around other dogs, one or two wouldn’t leave her alone and she did snap at one. The Lady kept calling her and walking away from the other dogs. While Taffy occupied herself with fishing for rocks in the water, I kept the Lady protected from other dogs. As usual, she forgot to bring a ball. I’d chase a stick some, but not if it got me too close to the water.
Can you tell which one of us had the most fun?
After less than an hour, we were ready to go home, which ended up a wise decision. All those gray clouds stuck together and it was raining pretty hard by the time we got home. Maybe not as nice a day as expected, but the next day was just as cold and miserable as predicted.
Now the Lady needs to decide what to do about our #DiscoverPortagePark walks. We only completed three walks in September and none since then, due to a list of excuses way too long to list. Now it seems our warm fall weather is over, when the Lady planned to make lots of progress on our neighborhood walks. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue and get a few more done before the real winter hits.
It’s so easy to get in a rut, forgetting about doing something different or fun with your dogs. We aren’t something to take for granted, but are here to make both of our lives more enjoyable by sharing things together.