Happy National Puppy Day, everyone! Even if it isn’t by the time you read this, trust me, you’ll be able to pretend after seeing Chiyoko (Chi/yoko, The Daughter of a Thousand Generations). These pictures were taken about a month ago, when she was three months old, literally the day after she arrived from Japan.
I sprinted stealthily across a street and down another one and then screeched to a halt and ‘casually’ walked up to the woman walking Chiyoko just as she was about to walk into her yard and close the gate behind her. I am so suave, me.
Repeated exposure does not make me any less inclined to squeal at the sight of Chiyoko.
Look at those feet.
If I had this dog I would not stop hugging her for days.
A friend of mine and I played a ‘Real Escape Game’ over the weekend, based on the Legend of Zelda computer games. He was a big fan, whereas I had played them for maybe a total of two hours in my entire life. But we both still had a blast, even though we didn’t (quite!) win.
I made this (out of one of my old photos, though I don’t think I could find it on my site if you paid me) in honor of the occasion. I call it the ‘Tricolor Triforce.’
I went to Chicago for a trade show. The subject of the show wouldn’t interest people much (corporate travel and expense reporting, anyone?) but I stayed at a kind of neat hotel, the Virgin Hotel Chicago. (Yes, another Richard Branson project.) The rooms weren’t all that exciting, but…
… there was a dog statue in the hallway, complete (for some reason) with carefully-sculpted genitalia…
…and what might accurately be described as a red ‘dwarf refrigerator’ with the word ‘SMEG’ on it in prominent silver letters. This can’t be a coincidence.
And then on Thursday, after the trade show ended for the day, my CEO walked up to me and a fellow employee and said ‘hey, who is up for biking along the lake shore to tonight’s party?’ In South Chicago. In March. And I’ll tell you what, I’m sure there’s someone out there who could resist a challenge like that, but it wasn’t me.
For some reason there were two pilings and a pier structure that were wreathed in ice. Nothing else was. I have no idea why.
And then there was this. I… uh… yeah.
I like black cats and I cannot lie/Especially ones with the golden eye!
Hey, I never said I was a cat-rapper.
The eyes that the ‘cat’s eye’ gemstone was named after. So gorgeous.
I made it to Chicago! And I ran into a dog here! (Posting from mobile app so you will have to put up with more cute dog and less Adam. I hope you can cope.)
I’m traveling, or at least was supposed to be traveling. (Chicago seems to be having some wee bitty issues right at the moment.) So I’m sitting in an airport at the moment.
Fortunately, ‘Wag’ came by. They have cute little pups wandering through the airport so that people with flying anxiety can cuddle them and feel better. I do not have flying anxiety, I just have not-flying piss-off-edness. But it turns out that small fluffy pups help with that too.
In addition to dogs now being allowed in my workplace, the building I work in (the AirBnB building) has a little coffee stand, at which works the most talented latte artist I have ever met. And I don’t just say that because a lot of her artwork centers around one of my favorite subjects.
You should really check out her Instagram page. Also, she does parties and events. Just sayin’.
Here we have the elusive ‘coffee-corg’.
And this is a border coffee. Of course.
Louie was (mis-spellingly) named after Louis XIV, who had a ‘great’ deal to do with the Pyrenees. The court of Louis XIV was infatuated with the breed, which up until then was sort of thought of as a peasant dog.
Louie is 3, and was recently rescued by his owner. I don’t know what kind of situation he came from, but he is very nervous around people. The shirt he’s wearing is a Thundershirt, which I’ve mentioned before and which apparently helps a huge amount. (And which by the way I do not get paid to mention! I just think they’re awesome.)
I hear Louie is making a lot of progress. I bet the next time I run into him, he’ll be happy to let me pet him.
I don’t know quite how this picture happened, but I kind of like the fuzziness.