Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chicagoing: The Mercury Canine Cruise

This weekend E and I decided to be "Tourists in our own City" and go on a Chicago architectural river cruise. We set sail on a 90 minute tour in this boat:
River cruises are ubiquitous around the city; it's a great way to see Chicago's stunning architecture from another angle. Lucky for the pooches, Mercury Skyline Cruise line offers Sunday morning Canine Cruises so they were able to join in the fun. All kinds of big, small, fuzzy, and bully pooches boarded the boat for a 90 minute tour including the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. As far as we know, this was Miss M's and Mr. B's first nautical adventure. Mr B. thought the Captain and his jokes were hilarious.
And Miss M. had a great time sticking her head off the side of the boat and sniffing the smells of the Chicago River.
It was actually fun to go out and see all the buildings from another angle. Even though I used to work in the Wrigley Building, back in my advertising days, I never really appreciated it as an architectural masterpiece.
And we caught some glimpses of the Chicago Air & Water show.
Craving attention, as always, Miss M. made sure to introduce herself to all the other pooches and humans on the boat.
There was a huge variety of dogs, and they were all well behaved. Here's another American Bulldog wearing a hat to avoid sunburn:
One pooch got dressed up in his best sailor suit:
This little guy was visiting the city with his family...all the way from Pittsburgh! He kept coming over to say hi to Mr. B.
This big guy seemed a bit hot, but he sat nicely the whole time.
And there was another smiley pitty-mix not too far away.
It was fun for us to experience Chicago with fresh eyes, and it was great to bring the pooches along on a downtown, nautical adventure.

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