Posts tagged "English Bulldog"

Our Baby Giggles at Our English Bulldog

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So, it’s been awhile. Not surprisingly, baby girl has been keeping me busy, and life has, completely and utterly, changed for us.  I have thought about writing — about how Kafka the English bulldog has calmed down a ton (thanks, in large part, to some Animal Sense training), how we still have to work on... Read more »

Milestones in Getting the Dog Ready for Baby

Milestones in Getting the Dog Ready for Baby
We’ve been busy. But, no, baby girl has not yet arrived unfortunately. Rather, we’ve been busy getting ready for her, and in turn, we’ve been getting the dog ready for baby, a.k.a. a whole world of change. Well that, and Kafka the bulldog had a full week of being sick, which was absolutely no fun... Read more »

Kafka and the Dog Food Bowl: A Surprising Development

Kafka and the Dog Food Bowl: A Surprising Development
Notice something that normally wouldn’t be there in the above photo? Look closely, at the dog food bowl. Yep, that’s right, Kafka is sitting there, drool starting to form around his jowls, with a full bowl of kibble sitting in front of him, and he’s NOT CHOWING DOWN ON IT immediately. This is huge, guys.... Read more »

Dog Training and Lessons in Patience

Dog Training and Lessons in Patience
There’s plenty of dog training we need to do with Kafka the bulldog before the baby arrives, but we’re focusing on some basics right now. Basics that, admittedly, we’ve been working on for some time, but not nearly enough.  We’re working on his reaction to the door buzzer, the way he greets strangers he meets... Read more »

PSA: My English Bulldog is Not a Bully

This is a public service announcement (PSA) to the lady who crossed the street after taking one look at Kafka, who, mind you, was just standing in the grass sniffing where he’d just peed. This also goes for the mother who pushed her kids across the street — jay-walking — after seeing Kafka staring her... Read more »

Dog Poop: An Unexpected Daily Topic of Conversation

“We need a dog poop,” my husband recently emailed me after Kafka the bulldog had failed to poop for about 24 hours. This is a topic of conversation that has become, surprisingly, normal in our house since Kafka came into our lives. It’s definitely one of the more unexpected parts of dog ownership, and I... Read more »

Bulldog video: Kafka begging for human food

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Filming a bulldog video with Kafka isn’t an easy thing to do. Some of his funniest moments are when he’s running around like crazy, and let’s face it, iPhones (despite the Chicago Sun-Times recently firing their entire photo staff and telling their reporters to use iPhones) don’t cut it when catching high-speed activities. Like Kafka... Read more »

This Weekend in Chicago: Memorial Day Festivities, Hot Dogs, and an English Bulldog

After jumping on everyone who walked in the door - a habit we haven't been able to curtail, at least at home - he decided to play dead.
This weekend in Chicago – Sunday night to be precise – Tyler and I had some friends over to grill some hot dogs and enjoy some wine. A weird combination, but we had both in abundance, so why not? It was a good excuse to hang out anyway. Kafka the bulldog was, of course, thrilled... Read more »

Moving with a dog to a new home: 9 tips for success and how Kafka rebelled anyway

1. Start packing early / 
To get Kafka used to lots of cardboard boxes, we started packing things way ahead of time. Yet, that didn’t stop him from expressing his displeasure at what he must have seen as a disruption to his environment, a.k.a. his running path from the kitchen to the living room. He forgot about his favorite bone and instead gnawed on the corners of boxes. So stock up on packing tape too, because - if your dog is like Kafka - you’ll need it.
Moving day is stressful in general. Moving with a dog even more so. Between trying to get every last thing into boxes (which didn’t happen), to starting to organize the new place (and finding a kitchen sink leak), it was an incredibly chaotic day. And that went for Kafka the bulldog too, who really had... Read more »

Video: The Bulldog and the portable dishwasher

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When my husband, our bulldog Kafka, and I moved to Lincoln Square a week ago, a lot of things changed in our pooch’s routine. One of those things was the dishwasher. We had one at our old place in West Lakeview, but it was a normal one, as in: it was attached to the wall,... Read more »
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