Downers Grove

Time for a change

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 | Dogs, Indigo, Ozzy | Comments Off

After tomorrow, the header of this blog will change. (At least it should when I actually take the time to do it.) The fabulous Swissies of Downers Grove are moving! Yup, that’s right. We will soon be the fabulous Swissies of Galena, or something like it.

We decided it was time. We’d like to add more Swissies. We’d like to be out in the country where there’s space, hills, etc. Heck, the humans would like to retire before we are dead. So a job was procured (for me), a house was found, and the move is scheduled for tomorrow. What was initially something that would happen in 3 to 5 years is happening now. It took just over a month to plan.

Anyone want to buy a house in Downers Grove? I happen to know of one, and it looks really good with Swiss dogs.

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Sunday, September 4th, 2011 | Dogs, Indigo, Ozzy | 2 Comments

I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. Since Saturday was a bit too hot for either dog to take a decent hike, (and since walking was about all I could do since I hadn’t had any delicious carbs in 6 days) my walking companion was my camera. And you.

We have a few different routes we’ll take. I try not to take the dogs on the same route each time we go for a walk. I think it’s important for them to experience different smells, sounds and people. The one you are joining me for is one of the prettier walks that takes us through the woods and the downtown area of Downers Grove. It’s a good walk for Ozzy when it’s 60 to 80 degrees with no humidity. If it’s cooler, we’ll add at least a mile to it to make it the same as Indy’s standard walk.

Let’s get going.

Here’s a look down our street as we near our first park. The brick road makes it prettier than our block.

There tend to be lots of shady spots for Swissies at this time of year. It’s a good thing.

One of my favorite things about this walk.

It’s called Prince Pond.

Downers Grove has lots of parks and areas like this. This is probably the best one in the village, in my opinion.

OK, time to move on.

It was actually a lot of fun to walk around this way. I noticed so many things that I don’t normally when I’m walking the dogs. This was one of them.

This is an area outside an assisted living center. We’ve stopped here before because some of the residents like to pet Ozzy. (Indy, notsomuch.)

Even the bank area is pretty.

We have a train that runs from the western Chicago suburbs (that’s us!) into the the city. Of course, there are freight trains too. We got lucky and didn’t get stuck on this walk.

Townhomes – city living in the suburbs. About a block from the train.

Sometimes, I feel like I’m in the south. Not sure why.

I know where most of these are on our routes. This one happens to be a great family with a golden retriever. The fence is in the front yard too, but the dog never charges us when we walk by. And it doesn’t go all the way up to the sidewalk.

Ahh, another favorite part of this walk. This is the one area in my town that I’d love to move to. If I could afford it. And if I could take my neighborhood with me.

And yes, it’s the woods. Not just an area with a few extra trees.

Look – a creek! Or is that pronounced “crick”?

Never underestimate shade.

These people have the most gorgeous front yard. They love gardening. I do not.

A trail to the forest preserve. Too long for Ozzy at this time of year.

One of the exit routes from the woods (pedestrian only for this one) leads us to my mom’s church.

One of the best things is to walk by on a Sunday when there’s a service. If the weather is right and the windows are open, you can hear the congregation singing hymns. It’s one of the most peaceful and pleasant things. Otherwise, if we time it just right, we may go in and visit grandma. She is out of town now, but we ran into some of her friends and their kids outside today and they had fun with a very well behaved Ozzy.

I find it cool that people with students at Downers Grove North High School in athletics will frequently display these in their front yards.

It’s sad that the village actually has to post this.

The new band shelter.

There’s been a band shelter here as long as I can remember. This one was built over the last year to replace one that was about 30 years old. On Tuesday nights in the summer (weather permitting), they hold free concerts.



More interesting stuff for you. Downers Grove is one of the few cities in the US that has a cemetary on the main street.

We walk by, but never through with dogs. I don’t think it’s respectful. You know Ozzy would pee on every one of those graves.

The wine store. Ozzy got drunk here (kidding!), as a puppy.

A cool store.

One of my favorite places.

And every dog in Downers Grove’s favorite store.

The Barkery was having an adoption event for the West Suburban Humane Society on Saturday. So we spent a few minutes there. Polly, a Border Collie/Sneaky Neighbor Dog puppy was there and available. She was quite calm.

Inside, there was a gorgeous puppy (Beth, one of the Barkery’s owners is fostering). I am bad and cannot remember the pup’s name.

This is Shiloh. We actually met him last year at a dog park when he was a wee little puppy.

There were a few kittens available for adoption as well. Too bad I’m allergic.

Moving on…

I love that Downers Grove still has a book store.

And we have a gorgeous movie theater. Second run.

Everyone’s favorite vet. We love that they are walking distance – just about 4 blocks away.

Check out the wildlife!

And Dobby, the adorable dog around the corner.

Which means we’re home! Are you tired?

Thanks for reading!

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