Monday, March 16, 2009

Raw Food Diet, Day 412- A Sunny City Stroll

Big Pupi reports on his city:

Heya cool canine dudes and lady-dudes. Stanislaw and I had a pretty awesome weekend and now that I've finally caught up on my beauty sleep I'm ready to tell you all about it.

On Saturday, Stan went to his Good Boy class and did some very Naughty Boy in the middle of it. Turns out that a touch of car sickness and some major excitement don't mix, and he set some poobles free during a Heel exercise. Oops! Good thing that raw fed poobles don't stink too terribly and once the mess was cleaned there weren't any lingering, odorous reminders of his little indiscretion. Otherwise, he performed fairly decently. It wasn't his best class ever but he's learning. The teacher was super nice and said that Stan can make up the last class which he'll have to miss next Saturday because I'll be at the Chicagoland Pet Expo. So... that lucky boy gets to have one more class in April.

The mile-long walk to the car, plus a car ride, plus obedience class, plus another car ride and walk home left Stanislaw exhausted. So that meant that I got to go on an afternoon tour of my territory with just my mom and dad! Woohoo! Just like old times. The city is FINALLY warming up and I couldn't wait to see what tasty feastables the St. Paddy's Parade humans had left on the sidewalks for me to find and eat. So fun! I pinned on a flashy "Happy St. Patrick's Day" badge and we were off!

On our way to my lake, Lake Michigan, we passed Buckingham Fountain which has been under construction for the past few months. There were still gates all around it, but as soon as they're gone I'll be making a B-line right in there to re-mark it as my territory. Every dog needs to own a fountain like this!
When we made it to the lake I was shocked to find the ice had left and the nice belly-cooling water had returned. YES! There were these huge chunks of snow and ice bobbing about and I tried very hard to leap off the walkway into the water so I could bite one. Every time I lunged mom gave me a jerk and yelled "No!" but I was rather persistent. They looked so tasty!
Boats were starting to trickle into the marina once again. We hadn't seen them all winter. That's a sure sign that spring is coming!
Here is my lovely Navy Pier. It looks rather sleepy now but within the next few weeks it will glow with its sparkling lights and bustle with tourists.
The goal of our trip was Adler Planetarium with its beautiful lawn and view of the water. I was so pumped! I hadn't roached in that grass since last year and that grass deserved some good roaching.
Mom made me pose with the city skyline in the background. I guess we were on a bit of a slant because those buildings look like they're about to spill off the side of the photo. Can you see how magnificently dirty and beastly I am?
There were puparazzi everywhere on the Planetarium lawn, and we even got to see a couple taking wedding photos. As the weather gets nicer there will be crowds of wedding folks showing up for photo-ops and fighting for the best spot.
Do you remember what's on the other side of the Planetarium? Yes! It's my beach - Weeble Beach! There are no grumpy humans guarding it this time of year so we got to get a close look at my little strip of heaven.
There was a big strip of ice and snow holding back the water like a pie crust. My folks wouldn't let me go for dip, but I didn't mind. I was too interested in the seagulls zooming about...
...and the crazy tasty ducks splashing in the icy water.
Feeling sand between my toes was marvelous!
We took one last look at south Chicago -
- and started on our way home. Dad and I stopped half way to do some serious squirrel hunting. I got so excited over those tree lobsters that I shook as if I had caught a chill. I LOVE squirrel hunting!
Once at home I sucked down some water and crashed on the sofa.
Stan had saved me my favorite snoozel spot on the sofa arm.
And he did nappies on the sofa back.
Eventually, he rolled from his high sleeping place and joined me for some snoozel snugglies.
And that's pretty much where we spent the rest of the evening... waking only to beg dad for some of his cheezy snacks.

I think Stan and I are in for a fast hunt to Museum Campus today, followed by a bath and a nice sleek springtime grooming. Mom says we're so filthy that her hands get greasy when she pets us. Awesome! There's nothing quite like the life of a beast.

Happy squirrel hunting,
Big Pupi

P.S. The sweater is still up for grabs to anyone who wants it! It'll fit a dog that is 8ish pounds with a chest measurement of 14 inches and back measurement of 12 inches. Email Stanislaw at if you'd like to have it!


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Skhwirrel Hunting!

I khould soooo go fur some tree lobster right now!

Did woo get to have any of the green river?

Happy Napping!


Louis Reginald said...

Wow! Looks like you guys are having an awesome time in Chicago! Its getting warmer here in DC, too and there is so much to sniff and mark..Its totally pawesome! We don't have a 'Tarium with a special lawn to mark though...

Female human got Ella Bean and I a whole duck the other day, which she has been giving us pieces of to satiate our monster meat cravings.

Hope your feasting has been equally meatyliscious!

Your pal,

Lorenza said...

Looks like you had a great weekend!
Kisses and hugs

Momo and Pinot said...

Hello Stanislaw and Big Pupi!

Wow, you guys had a pawsome walk. What a bootiful day! Still ice on the foundtain, huh? It's finally getting warmer here in Toronto but there is still an icey path at our favorite park. Oh we LOVE squirrel hunting, too! We can't wait real spring will arrive!

The sweater is so cute and we would love to have it but omd.. 8ish pounds, right? We wish it's 8 kilo so Pinot can wear it. :)

Momo & Pinot

GSD Adventures said...

We'd love the sweater but the only thing that size around here are my lug of a brosephs head with all the rocks in it. Looks like you had an awesome day with awesome sites we've never even seen or heard about!


Clover said...

Hi guys!
Great pictures from this weekend! The outdoor ones were great, but I really love the snoozeling ones too!
Also, I love the sweater (great job by your mom!) but unfortunately I am not that small anymore. :(
Love Clover xo

Eric said...

Hi Big Puppi and Stanislaw. Mom and I LOVED seeing your city. It's beautiful and the lake looks wonderful.The fountain certainly will need christening but not when the legededs are getting their wedding photo's taken!!

Poor Stan at his class. Did he blush? Now i'm going to wag over to the pet expo and see what you're up to.

Slee[ well pals. Wiry wags, Eric xx

Fenway said...

Most EXCELLENT crust 'o filth, Pupi. You are a beast at heart even though Stan tries to downgrade you in secret.

Tell Stan I also like to "surprise" the Alphas with some freestyle behaviors at those obedience classes. Each time I hear the same mantra: "But he's so perfect when he's home!" (that's some of our dog humor at work...we can fool 'em every time.)

My 'rents are off to Florida this week and they don't think I know about it. I saw some Red Sox caps & shirts being packed and heard something about a spring training game against the stinky Pirates.

I've got plans for these Alphas when they return! Hmpff.

Happy Corned Beef & Cabbage Day,

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! What awesome photos! We can tell you had a great time, Big Pupi!
Hey, Stan, I pooped at obedience class too, when I was a much younger pup! Heck, every doggie did it at least once! It happens, right?!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Mason Dixie said...

That fountain is awesome, mom was in Chicago this past September and the fountain was under construction, so sad she was. She did go to Navy Pier, maybe you seen her? =)

Scottie the 'cutie' said...

Wow, your afternoon walkie with your parents look super PAWSOME! I love the ice bobbing up and down on the water photo, and can understand why you would want to jump in...hehe!


Coco - The Princess said...

I'm totally mommy doesn't allow me to get dirty at all! Whats it like?

Can i snuggle on the sofa with your two boys?

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco - The Princess

Joe Stains said...

I think its kind of cool that Stan pooed right during class, but that is probably because I have never even been to a class.

Glad you got to enjoy some solo time with your Mom and Dad. The pictures were very cool and the water looks so blue and pretty. BUT SCARY. Water freaks me OUT!

parlance said...

Big Pupi, that sounds like a lovely day! I thought that was a great photo of you crashing on the couch.

Isn't it strange that you are celebrating the return of warmer weather and over here in Victoria in Australia we're celebrating the return of cool (and wet! Hooray!) weather.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

That looks like a great walk!