Sunday, March 10, 2013

Visit Tucson, AZ with PopArtDiva, Pixel, and Tink!

Tucson, AZ is home to Mom's good friend - and my favorite graphic designer - Terri aka PopArtDiva.  She makes most of the designs for my store.  Mom can't even draw stick people very well so when she has an idea for a new shirt, she calls Terri and Terri turns it into art. 

When she isn't busy working on my designs she is a Mom too!  She takes care of Pixel and Stinky Tinky Cat.  Pixel is a Yorkshire terrier like Austin.  But despite the resemblance to the Rat, Pixel is my friend.  Stinky Tinky Cat adopted Terri and Pixel one day herself.  She arrived on their doorstop, decided she liked having them as family, and never left.  That's how cats work.  We have been adopted ourselves like this a few times! 

Mom and I have been to Tucson in the past and look forward to going again.  Not just to see Terri, Pixel, and Tink, although that would be reason enough.  But Tucson is a great place to visit, especially if you are bringing your family.

When visiting Tucson, Mom and I recommend that you stay at the Loews Ventana Canyon.  Mom says the rooms are good and the beds are comfortable.  Plus there is a coffee maker in the room.  If you know my Mom and her coffee then you know this is important!  I like it because they love me!  They treat me like a king when I am there.  I can have room service.  They give me treats and bones.  There are places where I can go for a walk.  I even get a tag when I check in.  It's the best service ever!  Mom says they treat all pets the same way, but I think I get a little extra special attention.  But if you tell them Bob sent you, I bet you will get the special treatment too.  The hotel does charge an extra $25 if you travel with your Mom and Dad, but this is to cover the costs of the extra special cleaning each room gets before you check in.  And they do limit the number of pets to 2 per room.  But that is good.  Who wants to sleep with a roomful of critters?

Once you get settled in your room, there are lots of things to do.  One of my favorites is a trip to Sabino Canyon.  Mom and I like to walk and there is plenty to see here.  Mom says there are even bears here but I have never seen one.  Just to be safe though, you need to wear your leash when you are out and about.  You wouldn't want to lose your Mom or Dad if a bear came!

Another place we like to go is the Pima Air and Space Museum.  Mom and Dad both love airplanes and rockets so this is the perfect place for all of us.  Dogs are allowed at the outdoor exhibits.  Since there are 80 acres of planes to visit, there is enough to keep us all happy.  I get a good walk and Mom and Dad get to look at planes.

Sometimes, Mom and I just like to go for a ride.  There is a great place to do that in Tucson too.  The Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful drives in the country.  And there are lots of places where I can get out and take a short walk to stretch my legs.  It's nice and relaxing with just me and Mom in the car looking out the windows and listening to the radio or just talking.  Ok, she does the talking.  I just listen.

There are also several dog parks in Tucson.  I love having a park just for me.  We like the Anamax Bark Park.  This is a one acre park divided into two areas - one for large dogs and one for small dogs like me.  There are shade ramadas in both sections with seating, water fountains for the owners and their four legged friends. Waste stations are provided so owners can pick up after their dogs.

Although I bring my own food with me and even though the hotel will bring me room service, I look forward to one tasty treat while we are in Tucson - a bite of Mom's sandwich from Baggin's Gourmet.
Mom is a big fan of the Almost Reuben or the Anasazi Chicken.  Dad always gets the Baggin's Club.  I don't care what they get as long as I get to share.  I like them all!

I can taste the sandwich already.  Terri, Pixel, Tink - are you ready for a visit?

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