Cooper’s Christmas Vacation: Two Pitties in the City

I can’t think of a better title of this post than to pay homage to one of our favorite dog blogs.

Not only do bloggers and pit bull owners E and A navigate the streets of Chicago every day with their two amazing ambassadogs (and the occasional foster pooch), they share their pearls of wisdom with the rest of us to show us that owning big dogs in a city apartment isn’t impossible. Let me just tell you, after five days of daily walks with the pooches in an urban jungle, I have a whole new appreciate for our friends at Two Pitties in the City.

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Columbus, Ohio on the Scioto River

While we were traveling over holidays, we stayed in a hotel in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Now Columbus ain’t Chicago, but that it’s a city just the same. Walking a dog in a city environment is totally different from walking in our neighborhood, or in parks around Nashville. There were lots of new sounds and smells to navigate, which brought a whole new set of challenges. For example, please add “city busses” and “men wearing big puffy hooded coats” to the list of things that terrify Cooper. Oh, and when Foster Mom goes inside to get some coffee and leaves him with Foster Dad – he’s not a fan of that, either.

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“Mom? Where’d ya go?”

The best part about introducing our dogs to “city living” was that it was the week of Christmas – which meant downtown Columbus was pretty much a ghost town. This was really great because we could focus the majority of our energy on the boys and making sure they were comfortable and behaving appropriately without too much fear of bothering other pedestrians. Even though there were lots of new things to get used to, we quickly found our rhythm and the pups really enjoyed sightseeing.

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We even tried to get a family photo, like we’ve seen our city dog walking heroes do so well….we have much to learn.

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When we were getting the boys used to the hotel room, we tried to keep things consistent to the way we do things at home. We did the same on our walks in the city, keeping things as similar to our neighborhood walks at home as we could. A big one was asking the boys to sit and wait politely before crossing the street.

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We also used our new surroundings for opportunities for “fun,” like letting Cooper practice his agility.

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Of course there are some aspects of walking the pooches that never change, no matter the scenery…

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Overall, Cooper and Oscar both did great. With more time and practice, not to mention patience and consistency from his People, we think that Cooper could easily be a city dog. Thank you, Columbus, for your hospitality!

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If you’d like to add Cooper to your family (for zero dollars, by the way!), please fill out an adoption application with Agape Animal Rescue.

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13 responses to “Cooper’s Christmas Vacation: Two Pitties in the City

  1. pitlandiapooch

    How fun! I just don’t get how Cooper hasn’t been snatched up yet. Every time I see him I think he’s the cutest thing in the world. The picture of him looking for you through the window is ADORABLE! I want him! Send him to Portland!

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  2. Will and Eko

    Looks like everyone had a blast. That third photo is my favorite, it looks like they are both tracking a squirrel maybe?

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  3. So many things for Cooper to get used to. I’m sure though, in the end, it will all be good. Learning is a wonderful thing for them, especially with caring parents such as yourselves.

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  4. LOVED this! Such a great post, and thanks for the shout-out! Mr B came from a rural area, and it did take some getting used to, but we love having pups in the city. Looks like they had a great time…and I love your family photo!

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    • Thanks!!! 🙂 You guys were an inspiration to us all week. The trickiest thing we encountered was navigating all the snow and slush and nasty that piled up at intersections from the snow plows. And the salt – YUCK! That was one thing we failed to plan on, we forgot to bring baby wipes for the pups’ poor little paws.

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  5. Shelley

    That is so cool! You two rock!

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  6. Awesome! I lived in NYC and the thought of walking Melvin and Jake down bustling streets causes me extreme stress! We try to avoid even one or two people in the burbs! Way to go!!

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    • If it had been any time other than the week of Christmas, I don’t know if we would have been so bold. Really, the fact that there were so few people around was the only way we had any success at all, Cooper is NOWHERE near “there yet” for high-traffic areas – the thought of NYC gives me hives! LOL We haven’t even tried downtown Nashville, it’s always filled with tourists even in not-so-nice weather. Walking him down a busy downtown Nashville street is my next goal. 🙂

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  7. What a great post! I used to live in Columbus so it was nice seeing some pics from the city. 🙂 If you go back for another visit, German Village is a great place to walk the pups!

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    • German Village is awesome, we have friends who live there. Our hotel was downtown which was nice, because we never spent a lot of time downtown when we lived there (we lived in Grandview & loved it!) We miss it sometimes, but then we’ll go back and visit and see weather like we did this time, and we remember why we moved south! 🙂

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