Sunday, July 14, 2013

KAYA & NORMAN DO SAN FRANCISCO PRIDE!

Wow...of all the years I have lived in the SF area, this is the first year I have gone to pride! We had a blast and I can't wait to go again next year. I have brought the dogs to some events but nothing of this scale so I wasn't totally sure how they would handle it. I kept an eye out for any signs of stress but I should have known, they loved every minute of it! With all the commotion, loud music, helicopters, parade floats, marching bands, crowds of people, crazy costumes, people on stilts, fireworks and cheers...the dogs walked along like we were on any old walk around the block. About a year ago, Kaya would have flipped her lid with all the excitement. And as much as Norman acts like a nervous nelly at home and even in the car, nothing phases him when he's out and about. And of course what they loved most was all the attention they got from people.


We were too late to get a good spot to view the parade so we mostly walked along the route, checking out the floats as the went past.

I think Norman found a spot with a peephole to the parade:-)

One of my favorite things about the day was how friendly everyone was. Tons of people came up to say they had pit bulls too and show me pictures. A lot of people asked what breed they were and smiled when I said they were pit mixes. One lively group started to shout "Give Pit Bulls a break! We love Pit Bulls!" as we walked by. It amazed me that sometimes I go out and only run into 5 people and get a snotty comment while in the midst of a crowd of 1.5 million people, I did not hear one snide comment, muttering, gasp or anything. One girl was happy to give her entire bag of ice cubes to Kaya in return for some tricks.


I cannot believe how cool and calm the dogs were all day. We had to navigate through some very tight crowds where the only way to get through was to have them follow close behind me while there were people reaching out and petting them from all angles, but the hardest part is that they wanted to turn around and greet everyone that petted them. One girl even tapped me on the back and asked me if the dogs were in training. I said we are always working on things but not specifically. She said she was impressed that they were paying such close attention!


There were 2 really shocking things that I saw throughout the day. Forget naked people and outrageous outfits, forget dirty dancing and drunken displays of affection...the craziest thing to me was a lady with a cat. Not just any cat, but a cat in a stroller all dressed up with a woman who was extremely obsessed with the 4th of July. The dogs saw the cat and they were intrigued but calm and kept their distance though the cat was hissing like crazy, understandably. I led the dogs away from the cat as the lady rambled on and on to me about the 4th of July and tried to get the dogs to come closer to the cat. I nodded and used it as an opportunity to get some pictures.


The next crazy thing I saw was an off leash dog. Now the dog was no bother to us. Kaya & Norman were lying down as it marched up to us, but they have no issues with new dogs or surprise greetings and it was a friendly little dog so they all exchanged sniffs and it left, but I could not believe that someone would think it was a good idea to let a dog dodge through dozens of people across a 30-foot sidewalk toward a parade route to jump in the middle of 2 unknown large dogs. The guy had another little dog on a flexi-lead that nearly tripped several people as it tried to join us too.


After the parade, there was a huge festival with tons of live music, djs and food where we checked out a lot of fun entertainment.


After a while, the dogs really started to get beat so we got something to eat and Kaya passed out on my feet while Norman rested in the shade behind us. Kaya soon got too hot and I told her to go in the shade also. She agreed that it was a good idea and turned Norman into her personal pillow.


When we started to head back to the car, the dogs felt rejuvenated when tons of new people took interest in them. The only bit of attention that was too much for them was when some guy tried to put sunglasses on Norman. I was about to say you shouldn't do that but Norman backed up and that was the end of it. And the next thing you know, Norman spun around and covered the guy's face in kisses, something they both really enjoyed. No grudges held! In fact, Norman kissed a whole lot of faces. One guy said it was the best kiss he had all day. Another rather flamboyant guy said, "Oh no! Too much cute, waaay too much cute!" And we had to laugh because that is word for word something I say all the time, haha.


So all in all it was an amazing day and bringing the dogs made it all the more fun because we got to meet and talk to so many more people than we normally would have. We did do some things right like bring plenty of water and a portable bowl for the dogs, plus treats and poop bags. I bathed the dogs in the morning and put sunscreen on them, but not enough on me! Though I have some ideas of how to make it even better next year. I would love to come earlier and get a spot by the side so we can actually see the parade and after that it would be nice to set up a blanket with drinks and snacks on the grass to listen to music. And I did not have enough time to get cool costumes together for them like Miss M & Mr B but maybe next year!


Last but not least, here is a picture of Norman totally confused by this guy...


I think he would have stood there all day trying to figure it out!

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13 comments:

  1. It looks like such a fun day -- and the dogs did great!!

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  2. Wow, they did so good! And, Norman I'd be confused by that guy too...

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  3. Holy moly what a wild time! I don't think DC's pride parade is as cool as San Francisco's, but this is inspiration to check it out sometime. Thanks for bringing us along on your wild ride! The dogs did fantastic.

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  4. That sure does look like a fun day! We are going to the Pride fesival here too, but we'll be with shelter dogs. That's probably better since I know Ray wouldn't have been as settled as Norman and Kaya.

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    1. Sounds like a great way to get the shelter dogs out!

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  5. What a blast! You have inspired me to search for a Pride Festival near me. Unfortunately my knuckle heads are no where near as super-awesome-perfect as your dogs, but we will try nonetheless :) Way to go Kaya and Norman!

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    1. Ya, do it! There are always options to take time outs or find quieter areas for your pups:) And they just might surprise you!

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  6. What a great time! What a wonderful atmosphere! I was wondering where on the dogs you put the sunblock? On their under carriages? Thanks!

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  7. Oh wow! Looks like you guys had so much fun! I too, am shocked that someone would have their dog off-leash at such a huge event! That's a recipe for disaster!

    Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie
    www.ourwaldobungie.com

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    1. The guy had another one on a flexi-lead. That may be even worse!

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  8. I love attending events like this with Ace, but he has never gotten to attend an event as exciting as Pride in San Francisco! your dogs look really relaxed in all the pictures. I love how Kaya is pretty much just lying on her side half the time! No stress there!

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  9. What a great chance to really be proud of those perfect pooches! Cat in the stroller and off-leash dog in that setting are both crazy! They definitely looked like they were loving all that attention.

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