Thursday, January 26, 2012

Holiday Rewind...Chicago photo shoot and carriage ride

Before I tell you about the rest of my "pug in the city" fun, I've got two things.  First, thanks for all the nice thoughts and comments regarding my recent PDE check-up results.  You all are great!  And second, I just can't wait any longer to talk about 1000 Pugs

I can hardly stand the excitement and anticipation for my chance to pose for THE Nikon, held by the one and only Amanda (Pug's human and his thumbs for The Daily Puglet)!  I am going to be one of the 1000!  My mom was able to help sign me up for the shoot in Milwaukee.  Which means I also get to go to Pug Fest!  You may have noticed a new feature on my right side bar for 1000 Pugs.  If you are going to be in Milwaukee for the photo shoot and/or Pug Fest, click on the side bar picture and email me!  I'm trying to organize a informal pug blog party.  Won't that be fun?  And to make things even more enticing, I think Gampy may be there too!

Ok, this does tie back with my recent adventures in Chicago.  While we were downtown, mom wanted to take advantage of the great scenery and take pictures for the December Shoot Your Own Pug contest for 1000 Pugs.  The theme was winter wearables.  We headed over to the Water Tower.

Mom thought this was a perfect excuse to break out my Pug Snuggly coat, matching Chilly Beanie (hat), and scarf.  Technically, the scarf is my mom's but she was no nice to let me borrow it.  Did everyone get my sarcasm there?  It was quite a sight to behold.  Mom was lying on the ground trying to juggle the camera while this "decked to the nines" pug was looking around trying to get the attention of strangers who might rescue me from the embarrassment.  I think dad was pretending he didn't know us.

Excuse me, sir.  Will you take pity on this pug?
How much more of this do I have to take?
I think we have a winner!
Well, we didn't win with the picture above, but we thought it turned out great!  Believe it or not, I was actually getting cold despite having on so many layers!  So we headed back to the hotel, but stopped quickly to take a few more in front of this mini Christmas tree.

Later on that evening, after all three of us had thawed out from the cold, we ventured out again to the Water Tower.  The lights were so pretty.

I wasn't sure what my peeps had in store because we were just standing around...waiting.  I guess it wasn't too bad.  The wind was blowing, but I was all bundled up and getting lots of attention from passers by and others in line, so that was good.  We kept hearing, "Does that pug have on a hat?"  Then a carriage pulled up and we got in!

It was so much fun.  We rode down Michigan Ave and even on Lake Shore Drive.  All of the lights were so pretty!  The driver was nice to take a picture of us. 

Mom wanted to get some ice cream from Ghirardelli (which is right across from the Water Tower), but dad and I thought she was mad.  Well, I was hungry of course, but I didn't want her to get some because I knew I couldn't have any.  So we just called it a night.  Just as well, because coming up next was New Year's Eve, and I wanted to see that ball drop!  So stay tuned tomorrow and see if I make it to midnight!



Yoda, Brutus & Ellie said...

Yay!! You get to be 1 of 1000!! I will be at Pugfest and mom signed me up for 1000 Pugs too!! It is all very exciting!

Why to the 'rents always have to embarass us! Although, I do think you look super cute in the hat and scarf :) That carriage ride looked super cool too!!

Pugs & Kisses,

Ellie (oh, Yoda & Brutus say hi too!)

Gracie the Agility Pug said...

You got to ride in a carriage? That is so awesome!!!!

You look great in your hat and scarf. I like the one of you and your mom.

Hound Girl said...

Oh wow that is so exciting! You look so cute in your winter outfit. Wow that horse is as big as Fred :)

Minnie and Mack said...

We love your hat! and matching scarf of mom's. You really look warm. Did you like the carriage ride? It looked like a lot of fun.
Wow, we can't wait to see your pictures from 1000 Pugs photo shoot. You are so lucky!

Love and kisses,
Mack and Minnie

Meredith LeBlanc said...

Wow! you are one chic chick Miss P! Thanks for sharing your wonderful adventures :)

Scarlet & Meredith

Buddy said...

I love all your pics payton!!!!! I can't believe your exciting holidays are still going so strong!!! You are super lucky pug!!!!! So cute in your hat too!!!! :D

moPSY+MISIOber said...

We wish we could be on of 1000 pug, but we also SO happy you will be one Payton. Can't wait for your adventure with THE Nikon :)We also hate to wear anything, but must say pugs+any wearables = tones of cuteness ! and you are not exception Payton. We love ALL today's pictues :) Love PT

Sabrina PugTails said...

OMP! I love your hat! It has ears! I hope there is a party happening in Minneapolis when Amanda goes there. I'll be driving down with the humans and can't wait to meet some Pugs from a different country.

Sammy and Neko said...

How lucky are you ??... : ) you are THE fashionista!! I want to be like YOU !!
We are not going to Milwaukee (dang) since we have our 1000 pug photo shoot a week earlier here. Some day, we will meet. IL and MN are not that far you know?

Sammy said...

OK, Payton, now that I have my wings I think I can fly sans parentals. I have to see if Southwest has any flights to Milwaukee - I want to join you for your pug party. I mean if "Gampy may be there", then there's no way I want to miss this! Congrats on being one of the 1000. She's not coming to NY until the fall so I have to wait until then.

P, I don't think your hat is anything to be embarrassed about - you look totally cool and adorable in those photos. I can't believe you got to ride with a horse! I've only seen them in movies and I get so excited that I bark my brains out at them. I wonder how you were able to stay so calm and collected.


pugsx4 said...

We've got the same pug snugly the pink and black go so well with our fur. You look so cute but we are glad our mom didn't get the hat too. You are the luckiest pug ever to have all those adventures. We wish Amanda was coming to D. C. So we could pose as well.
Love you Peyton.

Southern Fried Pugs said...

So cool that you got to ride in a carriage! Did you bark at the horse? We totally would. And we would so get kicked out.
BTW, mom keeps ice cream in the freezer all year. Sometimes, you just want ice cream!

dw said...

Payton, how awesome you got to go for a carriage ride!!!!!! Let me first say you look adorable in the first set of pictures, even if you didn't win - you're a winner in my book!! I used to go to Ghiradelli's there, especially when I used to go to the Borders which was right on the corner until it closed last year. It's a wonderful ice cream place!! I'm so glad you got to enjoy the lights and sights of my city!!! Next time you come up, you really should let folks know! :)

Suki said...

Hi Payton,

You are adorable all bundled up! Oh my goodness, you got to ride in a carriage, just like Cinderella! I will have to pester Mom to take me on one downtown Austin.


Hank said...

OMGosh, are so cute I could just jump through the computer and kiss you!!

You are an uptown pug, for sure!

Hugs -


Michelle + Myko said...

Payton you are adorable! I love that your mom's scarf just happened to match so perfectly (I think she digs your style:).

Excited to hear about New Year's Eve!
Pug Love!!

Eddie the Pug said...

You look adorable and should be in Vogue, I mean Dogue magazine! Wish I could ride in a carriage...but, I am having my 1000 Pugs photo shoot on Sat with Amanda in SF! Can't wait:)
Love all your holiday photos,
Eddie the Pug

Opaka said...

You looked so sweet Payton with your hat but that scarf is huge on you! I think your Mum is a different size to you somehow. Did you bark at the horse? I'm sure he would have enjoyed hearing your lovely voice.

I'm so jealous that you get to be 1/1000!

Rumpydog said...

Oh Dog! You got a carriage ride? I am SOOOO jealous! And your hat and scarf are adorable!

Shea, Lola and Tucker said...

These are officially my favorite Payton photos!

Frank The Tank said...

Hi Payton!
You in that Pug Snuggly coat, matching Chilly Beanie hat and scarf are so cute that I have no words at all! TOO CUTE!!!!!!
Were you scared of that big hourse??? It looks so beautiful in Chicago! Mum has been there years ago and said it was a nice place but you make it look EXTRA beautiful!
Love, Licks, Hugs and Tummy Tickles from Frank xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Rae said...

so awesome!! my girls are going to be in the book too! i hope they are sweet and pose well!