Last Sunday Izzy, Jeff and I jumped aboard one of Mercury Cruiseline’s boats for a canine cruise to benefit the Live Like Roo Foundation! As many of you know, Izzy is an old pro when it comes to adventures and the water. She loves everything that has to do with boats and swimming. Unfortunately, this cruise didn’t come with swimming but it did come with plenty of dog friends, human friends and a cruise along the Chicago river and Lake Michigan.
Like most people who live in a big city, we often don’t take advantage of the more tourist type attractions or events in Chicago. But sign me up when it comes to an event I can do with my pups that benefits a great cause!
The cruise boarded off Michigan Ave. and Wacker Dr. and we got down there around 9:30am when the loop was beautifully quiet. Izzy loved walking down Michigan Ave. and the riverwalk before we met the group at pier 4 to board the boat. All the pups got Live Like Roo bandanas courtesy of Pet Your Shirt!
Live Like Roo is a 501(C)3 non-profit that provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Roosevelt (Roo) was rescued from Chicago Animal Care and Control in April 2015. During a dental and tooth removal, the vet found that Roo had bone cancer. His fosters, Kelly and Sarah, decided to adopt Roo and let him live out his best life with them. They created the hashtag #LiveLikeRoo and took Roo on many adventures and amazing experiences. Roo passed away on September 8th at only 5 years old. Sarah and the foundation are dedicated to continuing to remember Roo and carry out his legacy to help other dogs affected by cancer.
After the hour and a half river and lake cruise, we walked the riverwalk with Izzy and sat outside for some lunch at the dog friendly City Winery. Izzy literally loved every second of this adventure. We plan on bringing her back to the loop so she can see more Chicago attractions in the fall when it’s cooler outside.
We made sure to bring a few essentials especially since the weather was warm and humid. We brought along Izzy’s own large water bottle, dog bowl, treats and poop bags. We also made sure to get a seat in the shaded area of the boat since she has such a thick black coat. We bring our own water and dog bowl because Chicago got hit very badly with the dog flu and I am still really cautious because of that.
We are so glad we got to have this fun experience with Izzy, and that it benefited a great cause. Check out more pictures below from the event!
We had a birthday party for Izzy, complete with ice cream pupcakes! Check out the recipe here!