Introducing Alvi

I’m a cat person.  I grew up with dogs, but I’m definitely a cat person.  Fortunate for me, Alvi is a cat that I can take to the park.  We’ve been in love with Chihuahuas (the dogs, and the cheese) since meeting our friend Sandy’s dog Jonah several years ago.  Reputted for their yips and yappinesss and general annoying qualities, Alvi is perfect.  He yaps only when he should (like when a big dog gets nasty with him), loves to cuddle, and does a fantastic impression of a wolf howling at the moon.

I’m in love.

Part of the reason we wanted a dog was to get out more in our neighborhood and have an excuse to visit the park and go for walks.  The funny thing is, when you have a dog people in your neighborhood actually stop to talk to you.  I’m not sure if it’s like a dog bonding thing, or a great conversation starter, or something else entirely, but I’m thinking we might actually get to know some of our neighbors by having a dog.  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on that part of the journey… in the mean time, photos:


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Lauren Warnecke is a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.