On Saturday, April 7th I had the pleasure of joining more than 35 of my fellow canine friends for a dog-friendly scavenger hunt around the River North and Gold Coast neighborhoods. We visited places like Best Buy, Paper Source, lululemon, For Dog’s Sake, and about 25 more dog-friendly businesses. At each business our human companions used their smart phones to scan a QR code on a sign that they claimed magically earned them points, but Kyle later explained to me that it sent a tweet to help promote that dog-friendly business. There was also some sort of trivia on each sign which seemed very important for them to write down.
Some of the signs had instructions for the humans to complete a task, even if it was at my expense. At Clark n Oak Animal Health Center, I was forced to get onto the scale for everyone to look at my weight and then it was written down to be shared with everyone later for points – how embarrassing! Of course I’m sure this was all part of Kyle’s evil plan to try and make me feel fat to feel better about his increasing weight, but I know I’m an Adonis so he will never convince me otherwise. At pet boutiques like Tails in the City, Pet Stuff and For Dog’s Sake we had to sniff out the Stella & Chewy’s products (yum) and the Bobbi Panter beauty supplies.
The day began in Washington Square Park, and then we all re-convened at Clark Street Ale House to hang out on the back patio while the humans drank beer, Kyle tallied scores and we sniffed each other’s butts. Fun was certainly had by all, and it got especially exciting when Kyle began to announce the winning teams. Apparently all that hard work of running around the city for over two hours actually paid off because almost everyone went home with some sort of gift. The top prize was an awesome basket of goodies from Stella & Chewy’s for the winning team, and there was equal excitement about the prize from Animal Sense Canine Training & Behavior – a free 6-week training class including a goodie bag with a DVD, leash and other fun stuff. One pooch went home with a basket of beauty supplies from Bobbi Panter, and the rest of us got Buddy Biscuit treats, toys from West Paw, eco-friendly poop bags from the Get Pet shop, and lots of new friends.
If you want to try and be as cool as we were on Saturday, then check out #AllRoverTown on Twitter to see everywhere we checked in. Just in case you’re still living in 1999, here’s the list of businesses you can visit to try to be like us:
|Clark and Oak Vet1009 N Clark Street||Best Buy875 N Michigan Ave||PNC Bank700 N State St||Fleur de Lis Florist715 N Franklin|
|Kozy’s Cyclery219 W Erie St||The James Hotel55 E Ontario St||Spex44 E Chicago Ave||Shops at North Bridge520 N Michigan Ave|
|One Superior Place1 W Superior St||Apple Store679 N Michigan Ave||lululemon930 N Rush St||Jonathan Adler676 N Wabash Ave|
|Paper Source232 W Chicago Ave||Tails in the City1 E Delaware Pl||Urban Outfitters935 N Rush St||Flight 0011133 N State St|
|Nordstrom Rack101 E Chicago Ave||Chase Bank71 W Chicago Ave||Petco440 N Orleans||Gordon’s Ace Hardware24 W Maple St|
|Pet Stuff509 N LaSalle St||Ritz & Wolf Camera750 N Rush St||Office Depot352 W Grand Ave||Crisp n Clean Cleaners33 W Huron St|
|Copperfield’s Market70 W Huron St||EnV Chicago161 W Kinzie St||For Dog’s Sake207 W Superior St||Mary Walter33 W Superior St|
The next AllRoverTown scavenger hunt is actually scheduled for Saturday, May 5th as part of The Anti-Cruelty Society’s annual Bark in the Park 5K walk. I would love to see you there, so check out the details at Meetup.com/AllRoverTown and I dare you to try and keep up with me. Happy hunting!