Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Penelope's Observations, Irritations, and Revelations about NYC

I'm back from NYC! Had a fabulous time visiting with my sis, made some new friends, saw some old friends, and got a whole lotta doxie love!

Here are some observations about the Big Apple....

1.) A lot of furry animals died to keep the women of Manhattan warm at winter time. Seriously, I cannot believe how many fur coats I saw. (Where's a pail of fake blood when you need one?)

2.) Someone forgot to tell New Yorkers that smoking causes lung cancer.

3.) When you go to purchase tickets for the Top of the Rock and you ask the clerk if the view is clear, and she says "On a scale of 1-5, it's a five!"...don't believe her. It's cloudy as sh*t and you can't see a damned thing.

4.) French Bull Dogs snort and purr like a kitty when you rub their bellies.

5.) French Chocolate Shops + Day Before Valentine's Day = 1 pce. candy costs $15. Ha ha haa...holy crap, you gotta be kidding me.

6.) Had the best cup of coffee in my life at Gaby Restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel on W. 44th Street.

7.) The handlers and dog-owners at Westminster are fantastic. Friendly, talkative, lovely people.

8.) The dogs at Westminster are incredibly good sports. After primping, polishing, showing, dealing with a lot of stressful travel and the anxiety of the competition, they are wagging their tails and ready for a snuggle with everyone. I could just eat them up! (Or pop one in my tote bag and run away!).

9.) The live butterfly exhibit at the Natural History Museum is exquisite. It will blow you away!

10.) There is such incredible energy, color and life in China Town and Time Square. My kids were spell-bound. (Except when a gigantic freakin' rat ran across my husband's shoe...hee hee...how gross is that?).

Butterfly at the American Museum of Natural History

Matching beards....excellent!

Topiary bushes competing.

Long-haired doxies, looking so fine.

 Weenies all in a row.

Wire-haired doxies in action.

Borzoi...fiercely loyal dog found in Christine Feehan's Dark Symphony. Check out Penelope's review.

Chewie, a small bundle of wire-haired love.

See more photos at The Quirky Ladies!



Tales of Whimsy said...

How cool! I love it. Your observations made me giggle.

Question: Have you ever seen so many black and gray coast in one place in your life?

Scorpio M. said...

NYC resident apologizing for the rat. Yes, we have rat problems.

Glad you had a good time. :)

Lindsay said...

Before going to New York when I was in 9th grade the largest place I'd ever been was Salt Lake City and it was TINY before the Olympics puffed it up to today's size. NYC just blew me away!

Happy to hear that you guys had a good time and took lots of cute pics. I just heard who won too! As much as I like my parent's dachshund/cocker/poodle cross I've always loved the big dogs and I love seeing some monster sized dogs get their rewards too! I will have to tell my Nuffie and Pyrenees once I get home!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Juju! We had a great time!

Penny Watson said...

Scorpio....I saw a cute little "mouse"...which was tiny and white....my sister informed me it was a "juvy" rat. Unfortunately, my hubby saw a big black rat as a big as a squirrel, and it ran over his foot. I think he is still slightly traumatized by the event...hee hee!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Lindsay! I love the Scottish deerhound...that's a cool dog!

Maeve Greyson said...

LOVED this post! It's on my bucket list to make it to one of these fantastic shows one day. Thank you for sharing your experience.


Julie said...

Giant rat?! Ew! Your list made me giggle. Great post!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Maeve...I would def. recommend it. The Westminster show is such a unique experience.

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julie! I'm blocking out the rat and pretending it was a cat.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

I love Chewie, he's so adorable - thought of you all through the show! How come doxies get to show in long hair versions but German shepherds are banned in their long hair version? Did you ask?

I'm glad you got a good cup of coffee, but $15 for a piece of chocolate? Even by Bay Area standards that's ungodly high! Sorry to hear about the rat, but I'm glad your kids had fun!

Penny Watson said...

Hi Julia! I don't get the rules and regulations of the AKC....I'm surprised they are even allowing the new designer dogs to show.

We had a great time...this was a good introduction to NYC for the kids. Next time we'll visit when the weather is better....maybe spring?