The worst part is coming home at midnight and trying to find a parking spot (only the rich and fancy get garages here.) For starters I don't like walking six blocks in the freezing cold at midnight, but then there's also the fact it's really dark and I'm really alone, even though I live in a safe neighborhood, it's still Chicago (the homicide capitol of the country.) So this is where Harlow comes into the picture. We've got this nice little system worked out where I quickly park outside the house with my flashers on, wake Harlow up from his cozy little slumber by saying "wanna go on a walk? a walk? yeah?!" and he immediately comes running after me like it's the best thing he's ever heard. Wouldn't it be nice to be a dog and just go from sound asleep to ready to run in literally two seconds?
And then we proceed to drive around together looking for a parking spot while he asks me how my set went and I ask him how his nap was and if he chewed any shoes while I was gone. Poor Har has had cabin fever so bad this winter he'd do anything to get out of the house, even if it means a freezing walk at midnight.
Luckily a few weeks ago I was able to take him to Chicago's new Zoom Room and he absolutely loved it. I've got to share some of the photos because he has the biggest smile on his face in all of them, it's seriously the cutest thing ever.
Right when we got there he had to say hello to some of his new classmates for the day. Harlow opted to take an agility class (because he's just athletic like that) and he was definitely the new kid at school.
When it wast time to begin the course Harlow jumped right in. He wasn't exactly the most "well behaved" kid in class, but by golly he had the most heart. He approached every ramp and jump with all of his might.
If my comedy stuff doesn't pan out I think I should be a dog trainer, what do you think?
I'm not kidding you, he was smiling the entire time. He only stopped for a second or two when he jumped on me because he wanted another treat.
The tunnel was his absolute favorite. Some of the other pups (who have been going to agility class for quite a few weeks I might add) were hesitant to run through it. But not Harlow, he took it like a champ. I think he would have been happy just simply running back and forth through the tunnel over and over and over.
The hardest part of the course was the hurdle jumps at the end. Harlow has great ups, that wasn't the problem. The problem was that he also has great strength and he insisted on simply barreling through all of the hurdles.
But after a few pep talks, a lot of encouragement, and even a slow clap while chanting "Harlow!" "Harlow!" "Harlow!" He did it! He went for the gold! And it was wonderful.
If that's not a face of determination I don't know what is. (Harlow too.)
Did you catch that knee slapper of a joke? Did ya?
And this is what pure joy looks like on a dog.
So thank you Zoom Room, for putting a much needed smile on Harlow's face after this long winter we've been enduring. Like I said, we just tried out the agility class but Zoom Room offers a variety of classes from puppy training, to obedience, to tricks and even therapy dog classes. The instructor we had was incredibly kind and patient with Harlow even though he was clearly the problem child of the class. I finally understand why parents sometimes get embarrassed of their ornery children out in public, especially when they suddenly decide to pee on the equipment right in the middle of class.
We're just three days away from March! Hold on doggies, it's almost park season again!