The Birthday Diva

Sunday, September 14, 2014

And the award for the biggest birthday diva goes to Harlow. This past weekend he had more sass and energy than ever before. And he wanted to make damn sure everyone knew it was birthday. 

It all started Saturday morning at the Chicago Canine Rescue. Before we even pulled up to the registration booth he was already bouncing off the walls and howling at the top of his lungs, bragging about how he was going to win the whole thing. He was being so arrogant, it was embarrassing.

He also demanded birthday cupcakes from every single booth. This was the first treat.

And the second.

And the third. He nearly took off Chris's hand with this one.

When the race began Harlow almost missed the starting line because he was too busy looking for treats.

Let's just say some of the heats were slower than the others...

And of course he had to stop at every turn to drink the complimentary beer people were handing out... So no, Harlow didn't win the race. It's hard to win a race when you insist on stopping every ten feet to take a bathroom break or to go up to every stranger you see to have your butt rubbed.

After the race Harlow met Manny the famous Frenchie. Manny was made for the stage as you can see.

In case you don't know, Manny's a French Bulldog who has about 600k followers on Instagram. Harlow was jealous as hell of this guy.

We pulled him away before things got ugly.

But my favorite part of the day was probably when all of the rescue owners and their rescue pups got together to take an "alumni photo." Kinda sad to think that if not for these kind people, a lot of these dogs probably wouldn't be around today.

Harlow the diva was not a rescue dog. But someday when we have a bigger house and a bigger yard I definitely hope to get Harlow a rescue brother or sister. We'll call him or her Harvey.

And for one final birthday treat Harlow got a peanut butter and (faux) chocolate doggy cake. Although I'm not sure he even tasted it because he ate the entire thing in one quick gulp.

It was a good weekend. Per the usual, I'm not ready at all for Monday to roll around. Woof.

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  1. But what about the results of the hot dog and cake eating contests????

  2. Oh how fun! I wish we had a walk like that to take our dogs on. We have a rescue pup and she is definitely an awesome dog :)

  3. his face in the last photo perfectly describes the franticness i feel whenever food is close to me, too.

  4. Harlow got to meet Manny? That's so cool - it's like my two favorite Chicago pooches in one place :)

  5. UM YEAH. This is adorable.

    And so is the sweater/cardigan hybrid you're wrapped in. Please tell me where that's from!

  6. That looks so fun, even if Harlow didn't win. You know Harlow acts like a diva but you and chris are excellent dog parents!

  7. What a fun event!! I miss having a dog so much! Happy Birthday Harlow :)

  8. Happy Happy Harlow! Looks like a great event

  9. It sounds like Harlow had the best birthday!

  10. You can see the determination in his eyes with that last picture while he waits for his cake!

  11. That looks like such a fun event! So sweet to see all of the rescues and their parents! Looks like Harlow thoroughly enjoyed his birthday!

  12. Woof. I see what you did there. #doubleentendre #winning #blessed

  13. So glad Harlow had a great birthday and was spoiled :)

  14. This is so cute…I am glad harlow had a fantastic birthday! I am also loving your sweater…absolutely adorable!! Such a cute family:)


  15. Oh my gosh this is so cute! I'm pretty biased and swear that my dog is the cutest dog ever... but Harlow is a really close second!! Happy birthday to Harlow!

  16. I am heading to Chicago at the end of November with my boyfriend and wanted to get some info. I have been reading your blog for a long time now and I feel like you know the best spots in the city. I have never been so what are the must see/do things while I am there in the winter? I know its going to be freezing there but I want to try and hit up all of the top places since this is my first time in the city! Any tips or suggestions you have are GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!!

    P.S. I an a HUGE Bloody Mary lover so I will definitely be trying some at the spots you've posted on here before :)