Friday, October 21, 2011

Chicago Fall Tourist with Your Dog (and some Winners)

 After receiving a summer-full of some fantastic posts, we learned so many things we could do with our dogs. While we're sad to see the series go, it did inspire us to be creative and continue be a Tourist in Our Own City with the pooches, even though the great weather and summer festivals are over. Here are some ways to be a Tourist with Your Dog in Chicago during the fall:

Appreciate Fall Foliage in Turn-of-the-Century Parks 
 Through our SociaBulls walks we've been exploring more of the urban parks around the city. While they were gorgeous in the summer, we're excited to see how these Victorian-style parks look decked out in fall colors. Plus, it's even better with the company of 20+ of our favorite dog friends.

Take the Dog-Walking Desert Tour 
 We wrote before about the dessert tour we like to take in our neighborhood. We're excited to load up the pooches backpacks, pick up some fresh-baked ciabatta bread for some grilled cheese and tomato soup and finish with some pumpkin pie.

Take Downtown Art Walks
 Tourists flock downtown during the summer making it way too crowded for the pooches. Now we can catch a cab with the pooches and visit some of the city's outdoor art. I don't think the pooches have ever seen a  Picasso statue before.


Have 'Crisp Weather' Impromptu Picnics 
We love having impromptu picnics while on our daily walk, and though the weather is getting cooler, we can still grab a foldable pizza slice from Paula & Monica or a hot chocolate and baguette.
Does anyone else have any fun fall-weather activities you do with your pooches?

And Now for Some Winners....
Miss M and Mr. B wanted to use the Tourist in Your Own City Series to donate to the rescues of choice to the 2 posts with the most comments. The pooches will be donating $75 to Heart of America Humane Society to support dogs like foster dog Ginger in Kansas, City. And they will be donating another $75 to East CAN in Nashville which helps dogs like Charlotte.
 Also, Sirius Republic decided to give away 2 collars, through random drawing, open to everyone who submitted a post. Levi is very proud of his very own Sirius "Adopt Me' collar advertising his single status. We ranked the posts in the order they ran, and we used a random number generator to pick the following winners: Shiva from Nova Scotia, and Sadie, Maggie, and Hurley from Portland. Congrats!

21 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

I'm so sad to see these posts end! I always looked forward to Fridays! I'm excited to start exploring Florida with the Dynamic Duo...just gotta find a beach that they are allowed to play at!

loveandaleash said...

Hooray!! And congrats to all the winners. This was an AWESOME series. Thanks for doing it.

Claudia said...

Our fall city tourist ritual is to go up to the North Branch Trail and crunch around in the leaves and lie in the grass for a while http://www.flickr.com/photos/clraso/6231673521/in/set-72157627740193415 (there might be some pics of Levi in the set from that weekend as well!).

Anne-Kathrine said...

All the tourist posts have been great fun to read and a good way to get ideas for when I get my puppy next year :)

waldobungie said...

Congrats to our fellow winner, Lindsay, and also to Shiva and Maggie & Hurley!! This was so fun and we really enjoyed participating!

Sarah said...

What a great series - I've enjoyed "traveling" around the country with all of these posts.

We are tickled pink about winning a collar but since it's so hard to choose which of the three dogs gets one, and since it's Nat'l Pitbull Awareness Day tomorrow, I'd like to pass my collar forward to A&A Friese of the Alaska tourist post - they are taking the HUGE step in starting up a small Pitbull rescue themselves. Hopefully the Adopt Me collar will help them get their very first rescue adopted!

http://adamandalanafriese.blogspot.com/

Sam said...

It was a really great series! Our nice weather here in Arizona is finally arriving - so we will be able to do more and more outside!

Sam

waldobungie said...

Sarah - that is super nice of you! I am sure Alana will very much appreciate that! :)

Two French Bulldogs said...

It was a great series. Someone said tomorrow is pit bull awareness day
Benny & Lily

Patty said...

Thanks for running this series this summer. It was a lot of fun to read about all the different dog friendly activities and places to visit! Congratulations to the winners!

Corbin said...

Congrats to all the winners! We loved this series and were so glad to take part in it! We love the "adopt me" collar we have, so we hope everyone who gets one will have great success!!!
-Corbin

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

WOW

First of all, sarah your kindness is outrageous, were so proud of A&A too!

Second, thanks for an amazing series Two Pitties, it was so fun!

congrats to the winners

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Congratulations to the winners! We really enjoyed all of the entries!! Thank you for hosting this.

A&A Friese said...

COngrats everyone! Thank you Two Pittie and THANK YOU THANK YOU Sarah, we are so touched by your kindness!

brooke said...

mmm pumpkin pie. Congrats to all the winners! This was a great series of posts!

Kristine said...

I love the hat. ;-) It makes the whole scene just perfect.

I also love the idea of a dessert tour. A walking tour of downtown Chicago is being added to my life list as I type.

Thanks for much for putting this series together. It was a lot of fun to read and I know the donations will make a huge difference.

houndstooth said...

Hiking is probably our favorite Fall activity, but I would love to go on a ghost tour with the dogs at Halloween. I know there's a company in Chicago that does them, but there's nothing close to us.

Brenda said...

This was a great series, and how wonderful that those rescues got to benefit from your creativity and generosity!

Roo said...

That series was a lot of fun and full of great information! Thanks for hosting it! And Congrats to all the winners! :D

Did someone say picnic??? :P

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Jacquelin Cangro said...

Such a great series. Thank you for letting me and Reggie be part of it! And congrats to all the winners!

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Yay! Congrats to the winners!

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