Woof Woof Stays at the Westin in Portland, ME

Woof Woof had his first visit to a Westin when he was 7 weeks old. He was on his trip home to New York from Texas, doing his first travel article his dog parent, me, for Costco Connection. Now, Woof Woof’s two and this is photo on the same bed. You can click here to see the original pic, i.e. his puppy photo.

Woof Woof loves Westin hotels in general, but the Westin in Portland, ME had some special dog friendly touches. We were given Maine chocolates for humans to go with Woof Woof’s treats that happened to say Woof Woof.

Every inch of the hotel smelled like dog. Woof Woof’s nose barely left the floor. He’s very entertained by the smell of other dogs. The hotel is so dog friendly, there was barely a moment we didn’t see a dog pass by. Large canines were just as common as small ones. A St. Bernard was a guest at the same time Woof Woof was.

In the room, he loved the human bed and his special Westin dog bed. Oddly the room was too many floors up. Woof Woof prefers floor 6 or below so he can see and hear people on the ground. The only change we would make next time is asking for a lower level room. While I like the skyline view, Woof Woof doesn’t. Both he and I would happily stay at the Westin again.

Woof Woof Meets Santa Claus in Finland

 

 

Woof Woof’s Guide to Art Gallery Etiquette

With Tips from Jessica Dawson and Rocky, canine curator of the first ever US art show for dogs

When Woof Woof went to an art exhibit, he was more interested in greeting every gallery visitor than in the art work, but now I know why – none of the art work was at his eye level. I never would have thought about that until I interviewed Jessica Dawson, curator for Dogumenta. She’s an art critic, who’s been taking her dog Rocky to art galleries for years.

How do you know if your dog is interested in the art work?

Rocky may yawn with disinterest, turn away, or look intently. He’s a bit prudish and turns away from work that’s of a more risqué nature. She points to pieces to get his opinion. And with Dogumenta, he really is not only helping to pick the pieces but working with the artists as they create their work. If he turns away, they know he’s displeased. While the canine color palate is yellow, blue and gray, they can still appreciate texture and other aspects of art. Read more

How Woof Woof Met his Intern, Bollywood Lead Actress Reeth Mazmuder

You know the old song lyric “I was working as a waitress at a cocktail bar when I met you” Woof Woof’s lyric to Reeth would be “I was sitting on my dog mom’s lap in a coffee shop when I met you” But instead of the line with “Don’t you want me,” it would be “Of course, you want me, I’m an adorable, smart dog, why would you leave me?”

Here’s the full version of the lyrics to the Human League song adapted by the Canine Human League:

I was sitting on my dog mom’s lap, when I met you
you picked me up
wouldn’t let that man you were with hold me, too.
didn’t want someone new

Now 4 months later on, you’re my favorite intern
Success is easy with canine smarts
Don’t forget your holding me where I am now
And you can give me treats, too.

Of course. Of course, you want me.
I’m a smart dog, why would you leave me?
Of course. Of course, you want me.
I’m adorable, why would you leave me?

It’ll be too late when you’ve finally changed your mind
Your work visa will be expired and we will both be sorry
Don’t you want this doggie?
Don’t you want me, oh?
Don’t you want this doggie?
Don’t you want me, oh?

You were sitting on your dog mom’s lap, when I met you
That much is true
The four months we’ve had have been such good times
You hardly ever bark. (or You’re always behaved)
The twinkle in your eyes, our walks in the park
I still love you
But even then I knew I’d go home to India
I guess it’s just what I must do

Of course. Of course, you want me.
I’m a smart dog, why would you leave me?
Of course. Of course, you want me.
I’m adorable, why would you leave me?
It’ll be too late when you finally changed your mind
Your work visa will be expired and we will both be sorry
Don’t you want this doggie?
Don’t you want me, oh?
Don’t you want this doggie?
Don’t you want me, oh?