Pug parents have a very special, and if I dare say, crazy bond. There is just something about being a pug parent to these silly, crazy, full of love, clown like, constantly attached to our sides, bundles of squishiness!
Of course “pug people” being who we are, love to meet up, socialize and get the pugs together! This past May was no exception. Pugs and their humans took over Chicago at an event called #PugsTakeChicago. This is not the first pug event of its kind, having also been hosted in New York, #PugsTakeNewYork. As much as I would have loved to attend a #PugsTake event, it hasn’t been in the cards for me – yet!
My good friend and fellow Canadian, Felix the Pugzu, travelled with his mom Tiffany, to Chicago to join in the activities. This is not the first #PugsTake event for Felix, he also made the trek to New York as well! Felix was kind enough to be my roving reporter, my pug eyes on the scene, and give us a glimpse into this wild and crazy fun filled pugtastic event that helps raise funds to support pugs in need and pug organizations.
Miss Edie! We wish you could have been there to enjoy this trip too!!
#PugsTakeChicago was a whirlwind of adventure! Ma and I love our weekends away together so it was a really great time to bond and splurge! (I didn’t even need to use my allowance!) Ma thought it was hilarious that everywhere we went, the people around us just knew we were Canadian! Must have been my tail wag because it didn’t stop!!
Plus, we were totally looking forward to meeting up with our old travelling buddies, #ThePittsburghGrumble, and their new addition, hospice foster, Milo! What an energetic bunch; Milo included!
Driving with the #PittsburghGrumble was a long day! But minimal incident and lots of potty breaks made for a pretty easy drive, despite the rain! We arrived a day early to rest and acclimate to the big city! I’ll tell you, my sniffer was working double time taking in all the new smells! There’s lots of train noises and honking… Even big huge planes! But all in all, my first impressions of Chicago was it’s Amazing!
On Friday, we were a part of the Trolley Tour! The Chicago Trolley took us around the city, stopping at some landmarks for photo opportunities! The first stop was right by the water and was so windy I couldn’t even look at Ma for a photo or I would blow over! The next few stops were awesome too, but the best part was sticking my head out of the window and making all the people walking and driving by smile! A trolley full of Pugs and a Pugzu is likely to make everyone’s day!
The Kimpton Allegro Hotel hosted a wine hour for the guests of the hotel! The who’s who of Pug Nation was present and accounted for! I got to briefly chat with Rufus and make funny faces together!
Saturday was my personal favourite! Dog Park DAY!! WE TOTALLY took over the Lakeshore East dog park! At least 100+ visiting and local Pugs and friends were frolicking around doing what we pups do! We had a pug friend wearing a Go-Pro; what a take! Ma dressed me in Orange so she could quickly scan and find me amidst the crowd! It was AMAZING! And just when I thought it couldn’t get better… the Fido-to-Go Dog food truck popped in loaded with treats and snacks! My DREAM COME TRUE!
The Fundraiser at the Clark Street Ale House was jam packed with people and Pugs alike! There were line ups to get in! Everyone wanted to be around us Pugs! Together, we raised $4,700 for MOPS Pug Rescue & Adoption, and the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue & Adoption! We have a very generous pug family!
Ma and I wandered around and experienced a Traditional Chicago style hotdog from Portillos with our Pal Leinie Pug!
In the evening the hotel held a Pug Prosecco Hour! Can you believe we had our very own Bartender serving Pug Cocktails!!? (Consisting of delicious treats topped with Whipped cream and sprinkled with more crushed treats!) How amazing!
The last and final day of #PugsTakeChicago found us on a tour boat of the backwards flowing Chicago River and through the lock to Lake Michigan! We learned so much about Chicago on our tour! What a historically interesting city! Not to mention, our tour guide told us that we had one of the clearest and most beautiful views of the city skyline that day! Mercury Cruises was amazing!
Thank you so much to the #PugsTakeChicago planners for an amazing adventure for this small town Pugzu! I love that I got to experience Big City Pug life!
Thank you Felix for taking the time to share your experience and report on your pug adventure at #PugsTakeChicago, it certainly looks like you and everypuggy had a great time!
Who knows, maybe one day us Canadian pugs can host a #PugsTakeToronto event, how cool would that be!