So, last week my human got a call from a nice lady named Ellen. She's been reading about my adventures since, like, day one and just so happened to be visiting San Francisco with some friends. And wanted to meet me.
Anyone who knows me at all knows I love people, so of course I was superexcited to meet Ellen and her friends. My human says I'm a love sponge and I've heard her tell people there's not enough love in the world for me. Which I guess is kinda true, but I don't think that's a bad thing. Right?
Anyway. Things got even more exciting when my human said we'd be meeting Ellen + her friends in downtown San Francisco. According to Google, we live exactly 3 miles from downtown - but somehow, I've never been there. Dutch has (a whole bunch of times, apparently) but not me. Not once. Ever.
I like adventures almost as much as I love love, so going new places is also superexciting. Especially when the going involves getting to ride a train. Uh huh. A train. And not just any train -- an underground train (technical term: subway).
San Francisco loves dogs so much, we're allowed to ride on public transportation. There's a catch though: non-service dogs (like me) have to wear a muzzle to ride the train. Uhhhh... pugs (like me) have no snout. How can you muzzle a dog with no muzzle?
My human was kinda worried about having to argue with the train police over the snout/muzzle technicality. But after trying to stuff me into a messenger bag and two totes (and failing), she decided to take a chance. I was instructed to look as cute and snoutless as possible at all times, then we headed to the train station.
Train-riding non-service dogs (like me) are supposed have to buy a train ticket just like everyone else, so we stopped and got change from a nice man in a giant glass box who said I was the cutest dog he's ever seen. He did not comment on my lack of muzzle.
I guess the trains were running late or something because a million people were just standing around. They were kinda grumpy about waiting, but still superfriendly and happy to see me. I got loads of love and attention and a bunch of people took my picture as I supermodelled by the train map.
There was a ridiculous amount of Awwwwing. And we hadn't even left the station...