Milo had to go to the vet for an unscheduled check up this morning, so after all the drama and him getting a blood test I decided to take him out on a doggy date this afternoon.
First stop was our favorite independent coffee shop in the Quarter; Envie. It’s about 3 blocks away from our apartment and is one of Milo’s hangout spots. They’re totally dog-friendly, and there’s always at least one other dog sat at a table outside or at the bar inside for Milo to say hello to. They have a good mix of hot drinks and alcoholic beverages. And you can mix the two if your heart so desires. I ordered a hot chocolate with gingerbread syrup, because I refuse to believe that Christmas is over. I probably come by here two or three times a week, and the staff are always happy, the café is always tidy, and you never have to wait very long.
We then took a stroll over to Jackson Square, which was a lot busier than I thought it would be for the time of day. I guess the sunshine brought everyone out! Milo gets stopped once or twice every block by people asking what kind of dog he is, so I usually try to plan his longer walks so they have at least one quiet street. This time I took Royal for most of the way. There were a lot of buskers and I think it’s good for him to get used to hearing loud instruments considering Mardi Gras is almost upon us.
Before we got home we made a stop by the movie set near our street. I’m not sure what they’re shooting, but they’ve been here all week. They’re mostly just doing street shots now, cars and people in the background, so it’s a bit calmer than the rain machine they had a few nights ago! Milo introduced himself to a few of the crew, of course. If they’re still around tomorrow I might take a few photos to show you all.
He’s now asleep on my lap. I think his adventure coupled with a surprise vet trip has him all tuckered out. And yes, that is my lipstick on his head. I love our doggy dates. It’s true what they say, having a dog is a great way to meet people. And he’s definitely helping me with my goal of making friends with strangers!