Dog Bright

Photo by Roman.

The above popped up on a lamp post at Touhy and Sheridan recently. It appears to be signed, you’ll note.

This dog has a stylistic resemblance to a dog from last June:

Photo by Roman.

Though that dog was unsigned… I expect to find others around the Rogers Park neighborhood and indeed just yesterday I found another at Morse & Ashland…

Photo by Roman.

“Ghost Dogs”

You might think of this video from Joe Cappa as a dog’s version of the movie Get Out… or maybe not. It doesn’t try to make any larger commentary. It just takes the horror genre and plays with it:

“A rescue pup discovers its new home is haunted by the family‚Äôs deceased pets in this mind-bending horror.”

Cats & Dogs

Here are two strays from the 2021 Artists of the Wall. I’m pretty sure these are panels I missed photographing back in 2021 or perhaps I simply did not like the resulting photos. Though… I have seen panels replaced or elaborated over the year that they’re on the wall.

2021 Artists of the Wall. Photo by Roman.
2021 Artists of the Wall. Photo by Roman.

Artists of the Wall, Year 2000

I’ve been revisiting some old photos, taken with a largely automated Pentax film camera. They were scanned from prints several years ago.

These are some images captured from the annual Artists of the Wall event in Chicago’s Loyola Park at the turn of the century. It would be nice to say these document the event, but the artists are all unknown to me.

Click on any image tile to enlarge it.

Gone Dog Ideas

Two interesting dog ideas that have come and gone in Chicago’s Loyola Park.

This first (above and below) was from 2009, before the tax on plastic bags: a station in the park filled with plastic grocery bags for dog-walkers to use for picking up the doggy-do. Lacking a dog, I had an abundance of plastic but somehow never got around to making a contribution. On the other hand, I have yet to leave a deposit on the lawn…

Bags for dogs. Photo by Roman.

The second idea manifested in the final months of 2021: a stick-lending store for dogs. It was ultimately chased out of the park by a pack of frantic dogs: a sort of canine Black Friday shopping riot.

Stick lending library for dogs. Photo by Roman.

(Wait a minute. You’re taking me seriously? Seriously? I don’t know what happened. My choice for most likely is that the Park District removed it as they generally do. But maybe not. Maybe it was chased out of the park by a pack of joyfully enthusiastic mutts, each yelping it’s hunting cry of “Sticks! Sticks! Sticks!” Which would you prefer?)

[Post Script Spring, 2022: It’s back. Or maybe it never was really away…]

Stick Lending Library for Dogs in Loyola Park. Photo by Roman.

Snow Fence

Photo by Roman.

There is something about this image that is moodily autumnal. It is a snow fence, erected across the beach at Loyola Park. This is how they attempted to control / preserve the sand at the beach for many years. I don’t believe they ever entirely abandoned their use, but my impression is they were hoping that beach grass (plus volunteers) might hold the line at less expense. It works, sorta, except that Mother Nature would decide that the best spot for a primary dune would be… the sidewalk and park benches. So maybe reviving the snow fence will give them more control? We’ll see.

Photo by Roman.

I know very little about the dog, only that it was quite pleased at spending time at the beach.

Dogs Can’t Climb

What every cat and squirrel knows…

Photo by Roman.

I was going to leave it with just the photo of the tree because it struck me that the photo was essentially from a dog’s perspective. But no dog? No squirrel? No cat? Why, what a bunch of low-down click-bait!

A dogged investigation in the park. Photo by Roman.

So here, as an addendum, is a photo of a neighborhood dog that I took last June when I was taking photos of the 2021 Artists of the Wall. Said puppy seemed convinced that I was up to no good but its human reminded the dog that they had places to go and bones to chew. How is a dog to argue with that?