Me and my liver flavored bone were minding our own business, when I realized something was different. The trash cans were covered and the doors sealed tight. Suddenly, I knew: we were traveling.I raced to the car and settled into my favorite spot. I was excited!
Finally, the kids started cheering: we had arrived. Everyone was asking for their favorite places. One begged for the Carnegie Science Center, another for the Pittsburgh Incline, and another for a Pirates game. Then I knew: we were in Pittsburgh, a super canine-friendly city!
As we walked around Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, I window-shopped, in search of tasty treats. I pulled myself towards delicious smelling pastries in the Allegro Hearth Bakery, but I was chased out by a worried chef. (Note to self: watch out for big white hats and spatulas.) Many Pittsburgh establishments are dog-friendly. That means I (and other four legged friends) am welcome on outdoor patios, but not standing on my hind-legs with my tongue hanging out, drooling over the samplings inside. Oh well, I can deal with that.
After that encounter, I walked with my head down and my tail between my legs, embarrassed. When we reached Schenley Park though, I perked right up! The fields are great for frisbee, dogs and even vintage car races! At the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, cloudy skies didn’t dampen the vibrancy of the city, as old vehicles delighted the crowd.
Throughout the entire town, people were walking, smiling and enjoying friendly chatter at outdoor cafes. Libraries offered books, musicians played outdoors and bicyclists shared the road with cars. Ah, life is good.
Later that day, we dined at the original Primanti Bros. in the Strip District. Primanti’s is famous for sandwiches filled (yes filled!) with coleslaw and fries. I was fed some great scraps. Yum! We then headed for the Shadyside Suites. We entered Shadyside, a neighborhood of amazing Victorians, great restaurants (Pamela’s Diner, Mercurio’s Pizza), and upscale shopping. The kids received a delightful goodie bag at check-in, but then pulled me back outside!
Not to worry, our suite (one of many refurbished apartments) was on the other side of a beautiful courtyard. As I settled in for a much needed nap, my owners had fun riding roller coasters at Kennywood Amusement Park and bowling at Forward Lanes in Squirrel Hill. I never understood what kids like about coasters, but anyway… they don’t get my love for bones and mail-trucks.
I arose from my deep slumber the next morning. My owners were back! I ran with a speed that would have challenged the fastest race cars at Schenley Park, and jumped into their arms. That day, we visited Carnegie Mellon University’s Walking to the Sky sculpture, and walked around a very hilly Pittsburgh. We had a delicious pizza and scraps lunch at Aiello’s.
The ride home was a breeze, at least for me. I fell asleep immediately.
Once home, I raced inside with my liver flavored bone. An excellent weekend. Pittsburgh with the pooch – life doesn’t get much better.
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