Today's Flashback Friday photo is when Kobe visited Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo a couple years ago. I remember my fiance's parents were in town visiting for the weekend, and we took Kobe for a long walk near the zoo. It was a crisp Spring day; May 2013.
We obviously couldn't make it inside the actual zoo :) BUT we managed to take some nice pictures in the pond / nature area close to the zoo.
Kobe is naturally very curious, so it was nice to shoot him looking at all the little animals that lived near this pond: ducks, geese, turtles and frogs, to name a few.
Now that the weather has warmed up, we'll have to pay the area another visit!
Today's Flashback Friday photo was when we lived in Chicago's Lakeshore East Neighborhood a couple years ago. We went to their dog park on a daily basis, usually between 2-3 times, since Kobe loved going there so much. He had a small group of dog friends he'd play with, and they were usually on the same schedule as Kobe was, so we'd run into them almost every time we'd swing by.
We once brought Kobe's favorite toy ball into the park with us, and that was a huge mistake!
Kobe became SO overprotective over his ball; he wouldn't let anyone play with it, and whoever came near it, he'd growl at. (Human or dog!)
Eventually we learned our lesson to discontinue bringing his ball with us to the park because we didn't want Kobe starting fights with anyone!
Chicago Party Animals is a social event venue, where the owners host various events, including dog-friendly meet-ups. I've taken Kobe to Chicago Party Animals for dog socialization events and dog training sessions. It's the perfect place to go in the wintertime, when temps are too cold to be out for long. Anyone who lives in colder region areas knows exactly what I mean! We're fortunate enough to have an indoor place we can take our pups in the wintertime.
Kobe had fun exploring the familiar space again. He met a couple new friends & reconnected with some old ones. Socialization events like these are especially important since I've noticed Kobe's (slight) lack of socialization as he's gotten older. When he was a puppy, he was super rambunctious and all over the place. He'd greet any dog with such enthusiasm; he was a happy-go-lucky kind of puppy. Then I began to notice he'd trot around doing his own thing at dog parks and socialization gatherings. He's not a loner by any means, but he makes it clear that he likes his space, particularly with BIGGER dogs. Smaller dogs he's completely fine with; it's the bigger dogs he has issues with.
Luckily Chicago Party Animals meet-ups are set up for smaller dogs for one hour, then bigger dogs a separate hour. Kobe was out & about playing with many of the dogs. It was a really successful event! The NCAA games were being broadcast throughout the hour, so the basketball fans were also pleased :-)
Today was the first day Chicago got hit with a decent amount of snow, but even so, it's still very light on the ground. Mid-morning it also began raining, so it's a rainy Saturday morning here & Kobe loves it so much, he's been napping all day!