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Lazy Sunday Morning in Fairmount, January 2012

 

Sadie and Lily often nap in a pile on their favorite chair, covered by their favorite blanket. Lily is watching the street. Sadie is snoozing. Both are resting for the playground visit that is planned for the afternoon. MM & RY 2012

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Sadie and Lily love to play at a place we call the playground. It’s a corner of Fairmount Park that has been taken over by dogs in the mornings and afternoons near the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Today we were mostly on our own. Lily enjoyed thrashing on the dirt. Sadie investigated all of the smells and scouted out our route. At times Lily, our stubborn boxer, decided she did not want to go. Everyone had a great time because spring is in the air. Here are some photos of our walk. MM & RY 2011

Sadie the scout

Sadie the scout

Lily lounging

Lily lounging; sometimes we call her Lily the Lounge Lizard

Sadie is on Nose Alert

Sadie is on Nose Alert

Sadie and Lily run to greet Max

Sadie and Lily run to greet Max

Lily rolls it out

Lily rolls it out

Sadie investigates paper in the forest

Sadie investigates paper in the forest

Lily refusing to walk home - typical

Lily refusing to walk home - typical!

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Sadie is a clever girl. She has heightened senses and therefore barks a lot. She barks to let us know that she has heard a noise in the distance. We often doubt her, but over the years we have learned she is not random. She simply has superior hearing. Last night she heard thunder in the distance many seconds before we did. Like all dogs, she also has a superior sense of smell as well. For instance, she discovered this eggshell at Fairmount Park last week with her nose! It has since washed away in the rains of the past couple of days. In the mean time, Sadie has parked on the favorite chair, positioned to alert us to all that is new. MM & RY 2010

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Sadie's Thinking about it

Sadie and Lily visit the playground many times each week. Sometimes, as was the case today, there are quite a lot of boxers around. Lily, Bali, Cali, Petunia, Bailey, Champ and Max were in the mix this afternoon. Click here to get a peek at what they do – often. Sadie spends a lot of time figuring out what to do around boxers. Her reactions depend on many factors, including her energy level, whether or not she has a playful disposition at the moment, and the degree to which the boxer raucousness is being managed by the humans.  Sometimes Sadie plays along. Sometimes she nudges Lily. Sometimes she snarls at the puppies like Petunia. Sometimes she hangs out with the people, just waiting for things to calm down (as is the case in the photo above).  No matter what the boxers do, Sadie is always a faithful guardian of her best pal Lily.

MM & RY 2009

 

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sulking lily

Lily is resting quietly on her favorite chair because she had a tough afternoon at the playground. She was showboating by attempting to retrieve another dog’s toy. Unfortunately for Lily, the other dog was not at all amused by her ball-fetching antics. He defended his ball vigorously, in Dog Whisperer lingo hitting the red zone. Lily was scratched on the head in the competition over the ball. She held her ground as she was attacked, and she and her nemesis were quickly separated. Within a few minutes, Lily shook off the aggressive behavior she encountered. She eventually resumed play. Even so, she only half-heartedly chased the ball after the incident. She is fine – but we think she is sulking, at least just a little. Luckily, Sadie the squirt is there to share the vibe and make it a little better.

lilyrests

MM & RY 2009

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Yesterday we were very excited to discover that Lifestyles of the Urban Dog was featured on the Lijit Homepage. This led to lots of web surfing and blogging activities on our part – and subsequently, a serious oversight – failing to exercise the Fairmount Dogs properly. We rectified the problem by loading the girls into our near constantly broken down nine year old car that we call the dog mobile and zipped down to the playground. That we drove the short distance should illustrate just how urgently Sadie and Lily needed to play.

We parked, crossed the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks, and hiked the short trail to the play zone. Lily rushed to the group of dogs already there. The rest happened in slow motion.

Lily spotted a couple of her friends gathered near their owners. The owners were sitting on the grass and had no idea that Lily was about to greet Oliver, the 85 pound pit-mix. Lily ran down the hill as fast as she could and attempted to leap over Oliver’s mom as a short cut to greet him. The long way would have added something like three steps to her journey. Unfortunately (still in slow motion here), Lily’s leap was unsuccessful. Oliver’s mom ended up with a lap full of Lily. Lily licked and wiggled her way free. Eventually we caught up to her and she was corralled – western style – and relocated to a less conjested part of the playground.

Sadie played a part in the drama too. She was just a few steps behind Lily. Oliver and the other dogs were resting with their owners on the ground before the calm turned into chaos as all the dogs joined the wag and greet festival that Lily started. In a matter of seconds Sadie was in the middle of all the big dogs, jumping, barking and chasing.

A few minutes after that, nearly all the dogs were leashed and the playground was clear. They left Sadie, Lily and one golden retriever behind. It looked as if our exercise plans were fading out completely, but soon Dillan joined our small group. Dillan is even tinier than Sadie at around 10 pounds. Sadie, Lily and Dillan chased and chewed sticks for a half hour or so. During this time, Lily had to be corralled – western style – two more times. Once she darted towards the street to greet a dog being walked on a leash. Sadie and Dillan trailed behind. Later, Georgie – a beagle mix – arrived from Kelly Drive and again, Lily rushed to greet. Yet another chase began, more corralling – western style.

Sadie and Dillan rolled and rolled throughout all of Lily’s rush and greet incidents.

Oh the one that we do not name! Oh that Lily! Oh that Dillan! Oh that Georgie!

MM & RY 2008

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We returned to the playground after our smelly adventure the next evening. As soon as we arrived, Lily ran to investigate her discovery from the evening before. All the other dogs followed her. The chase included two other young boxers, Oliver the pit bull, Otis the pit mix who looks like a Boston Terrier, and last of all, little Sadie. All the dogs followed Sadie’s example and rolled in “it.” The stench was horrible. Everyone departed after a few minutes due to the collective urgent need to bathe all the dogs.

Ready for Action

Since then Sadie and Lily have been ready for action; but they have not yet returned to the playground. Our plan, half-baked at that, is to wait out the rot. In the mean time, we have been endlessly circling the prison on walks and visiting Seger Park whenever possible.

We often encounter Toby the labradoodle puppy near the prison. He is a big, lovely ball of white fluff. Sadie grrrs and grunts around Toby. Not Lily! Lily and Toby are the best of friends. She greets Toby in full boxer style: she bounces straight up and down on all four legs. She jumps on him to hug and wrestle, at the same time. And, she enthusiastically lands her signature punch to his torso every chance she gets. We have recently observed that Lily is a southpaw. Imagine our pride!

Sadie had a big adventure last week. She visited her vet in Mt. Airy. It involved lots of cooing over her cuteness. We also enjoyed a lovely walk at the Top of Chestnut Hill. We ate tea and scones near Barkley Park. You can read all about our morning in Lifestyles of the Urban Dog, where we have started two new post series. One is called Sadie’s Favorite Spots. The other is called Lily’s Long Walks. Both post series will feature some of the places we go in Philadelphia where Sadie and Lily are warmly welcomed.

MM & RY 2008

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