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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We also used our new surroundings for opportunities for “fun,” like letting Cooper practice his agility.
Of course there are some aspects of walking the pooches that never change, no matter the scenery…
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!