Friday, July 23, 2010

Pooches: Single Red Female/ Wilma does Wicker Park

I always remember an episode of 'Sex and the City' where they said the reason Charlotte wasn't meeting men was because she wasn't "out there", and it is only by going out and doing things that she would stumble upon her perfect match. Since we've had Wilma, we've applying this same philosophy to have her "out there" so she can meet her future family.
In the past couple days we've taken Wilma out on the town hitting up some of the hottest spots in Chicago. Dressed in this pink camouflage bandanna--which can also be dipped in water to keep cool--and is a great conversation starter:
Wicker Park is a vibrant neighborhood teaming with boutiques, outdoor dining, and doglovers. Just walking down the street we meet a ton of people.
The have opened a lot of fun stores and boutiques on this strip which has been a huge draw for people. I like window shopping at this boutique:Le Dress. They only sell dresses and have one of the broadest ranges of dresses in all of Chicago. Just the other day they were even taping a segment for the Oprah Winfrey show here. We especially like it because they are nice enough to leave bowls of water out for the dogs.There are also tons of restaurants with outdoor dining where people gawk at the pooches. The Boundary always has people sipping cocktails and flowing out the patio at all times of the day (except for when I took this photo at 7 am). There are also a constant flow of people at Moonshine all day and Milk & Honey Cafe for brunch. The food at these restaurants is just mediocre, but Chicagoans will pay a premium to sit outside on a sunny sidewalk, surrounded by flowers, to people and dog watch. Walking by, we've met a ton of people who are curious about the dogs.
We mentioned before, one of the hottest new restaurants in town is a place called Big Star.The space is actually a former gas station, but it is always packed. People will wait up to 3 hours just to eat and drink on this patio. The big draw is the menu is cheap and it was developed by the famous chef who runs fancy, high-profile restaurants like Blackbird, avec, and the Publican, but here you can sample these chefs' talents for a mere $3. They developed a menu of fusion tacos that are unlike anything you've tried at any Taqueria: al pastor tacos with pineapple, lamb tacos with goat cheese, and the biggest draw is the pork belly taco. The best part is they actually have a take out window where you can buy the tacos in mere minutes rather than waiting hours for the patio. Wilma received a lot of attention at Big Star, then we headed out to picnic with our tacos at Wicker Park's park.Wicker Park park is a great urban community park complete with fountain, Sunday morning Farmers Market, pick-up soccer games, and lots of people picnicking and enjoying the sun.
Wilma had a great time hanging out:
Wilma was able to sit nicely at the park while we enjoyed our meal; a feat not all dogs are able to do. This dog kept peering around the tree to check us out.
After tacos in the park, we took Wilma to check out the gelateria: Black Dog Gelato. This much-hyped spot is worth the visit serving unique flavors like: Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Whiskey Bacon, and Sesame Fig Chocolate Chip. I had a cup of the Cucumber Rosewater Sorbet which was so amazing and refreshing that I'm still having cravings for it.
We met lots of people; we're not sure if any of them are Wilma's future family, but at least she got "out there".
Wilma will also be at this weekend's Angels with Tails adoption event in the West Loop. The event showcases dogs from rescues throughout the Chicago area. We will be with the Project Rescue group at the Fedex at Madison and Sangamon.

32 comments:

Molly's Mom said...

She is a beauty and if I lived in the States I would beat a path to your door and whisk her away. Hope she finds her forever home real soon but please give her huggles from me
Momos Mom
x

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

My goodness, Wilma is CUTE! I love her wrinkly forehead and that bandanna is too sweet. It's great you are getting her "out there," I hope she finds her forever family soon!

Sam said...

I love her big smile in the last picture! Who could pass up a face like that? I'm sure she will find her forever home real soon!

Sam

Lola said...

Looks like much so much fun. Hey, in that close up shot of Wilma I can't help noticing that she's got some nice mini wrinkles on her forehead. Think she's got a touch of Pei in her?

wags, Lola

Boots said...

It looks like Wilma had a lot of fun exploring Chicago :)

dw said...

Wilma looks soo very happy in that picture! I love the bandana, too!

Jennie said...

She looks like she's enjoying being an "only dog", if only for a little bit. Also, she needs an "Adopt Me" bandana or vest! They're great for getting foster dogs noticed!

Mary said...

Just pack her up and send her to me in St. Louis! She's so freaking cute. I'm going to steal your bandanna idea-I've never thought about doing that. The heat indices here for the next two days are 105-110:( I can't take this weather anymore and neither can poor Levi.

I love seeing all the cool places to go in Chicago. If I ever make it up there, I can use your blog for reference:)

mayziegal said...

My mom says that looking at these pictures of Wilma, she's kept being reminded of that ancient sit-com (that was even before her time) called That Girl with a lady named Marlo Thomas. My mom is weird sometimes.

Oooo...you should have some free business cards made up featuring Wilma and with the info abouts the rescue and pass them out to peoples you meet and who seem interested.

I'm just wondering if you gots Miss M any of that whiskey gelato - considering her fondness for all things alcoholic.

wiggles & wags,
mayzie

Rescued Pittie Family said...

Wilma is just fantastic!
But the question is will you be able to let her go?
Will anyone be good enough for her?
That's how we eneded up with LuLu.
We loved her so much and just could not imagine anyone perfect enough so we opted to just keep her so we wouldn't have to worry about it.
And what if Mr. B just falls in love because she doesn't push him around like Ms. M?
Just wondering...

Wyatt said...

We have a feelin' that her furever family is just around the corner! What a fun outing! You have some great shops and eaterys in the big city. Yum Yum

Wyatt

brooke said...

That's great that there are so many places to take Wilma (and the other 2) to! Hope you're able to meet her future family soon! Though I love seeing Wilma in the posts!

Shauna (Fido and Wino) said...

Okay, I gotta say it... It's actually Sex *and* the City. I will save you the google: http://ercboxoffice.com/uploads/news_images/27Aug2008_052808-sex-and-the-city-ver3.jpg

:)

And I really love the name "Moonshine" for a bistro :)

Fab pictures!

Roo said...

Roo is sad.

Wilma did not ask him to escort her on her big day on the town.

Thinkin she looks so pretty in pink,
Roo

Kari in WeHo said...

this seems to be the best way to get her a new family to me!

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Thor said...

What a great walk! Wilma is so beautiful! Love the first picture! I hope she finds her forever home soon!
Thor

the booker man said...

i love the picture of wilma smiling big and sitting on the bench! it reminds me a bit of asa because she smiles just like that with the wrinkles on her forehead. :)
i've got my fingers crossed for the adoption event this weekend. she is a gem of a dog, and anyone would be so lucky to have her for a companion!

Two Crazy Coaches said...

You go Wilma! That perfect family will come along soon if you keep getting out there! Absolutely love the picture of her at the end with a HUGE smile!

houndstooth said...

I just think she is adorable! I'm surprised that you still have her, to tell the truth!

Black Dog Gelato? Darn you again! I'm starving now!

Sielaff68 said...

I'm so glad to see Wilma's coming along - she looked great at the Sprout event a couple of weeks ago! FYI, Logan Square is packed with well cared for pits, so if you're looking to get her out there, this might be a great area to make that love connection (there's the Milwaukee Ave. Arts Festival this weekend and the farmer's market every Sunday). Let me know if you make it over this way - we'd be happy to meet up with you.

- Julie (t2-mylifewithpitbulls.blogspot.com)

Mr. Pip said...

I am sure Wilma will find the perfect home soon!

Your pal, Pip

1000 Goldens said...

That is an excellent plan. How could anyone resist you Miss Wilma?

ForPetsSake said...

Kudos for you for getting out and about with Wilma! She's a gorgeous girl and I can't wait to hear her success story...

Holly said...

She is so cute!! I love the way she "smiles"...big hugs from my four furchildren and sending out positive thoughts for a loving home soon!

hero said...

So glad you took Wilma "out there" and hope it will yield some positive results... and that was some outing to say the least... so much interesting stuff to do and sniff at... Wilma behaved nicely too.

Licks, hero

Bobby said...

I hope some one will give her a good home, I have had lots of dogs adopted from the park or beach. People get to know you then word gets around it is worth getting out and about. That looks a very nice area and the park looks great.

Mack said...

I just know Wilma will have no trouble finding her furrever home - she is so pretty!

Charneka said...

Oh Wilma you're such a fashionista no wonder you quote sex & the city. With your million dollar smile I know you're going to find your furever family in no time.

The Whitfields said...

Wilma is so pretty and looks great in her pink bandana!

road-dog-tales said...

Looks like Wilma had an exciting day! What a fun place. Love that smiling Wilma pic! She's beautiful!
The Road Dogs

Luci's Mama said...

love Wilma :) I know she'll find her forever home very soon!

Whiskey Bacon gelato sounds amazing!!! Please try it and report back :)

Toad734 said...

Looks like my girl Miette!!

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