I was thinking that this will be the first July 4th I have celebrated without my late great brother, Angus Fala.

Looking through some old July 4th pics, and I was drawn to maybe the best July 4th I have had – yet.  The visit back in 2012 to Chicago to see our friends Ficelle, Bella, Bee Bee, Handsome Jack, and our hostess, the Princess herself, Peyton.

We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria.  What a swanky place.  On the ride though, Mama fell asleep, and I had to maintain my vigil.  (Mama will hate this picture, so don’t tell her I posted it)


The way up on the elevator was scary.  It is weird getting in a little room, and when you leave it is a totally different smell.  I’m used to it by now, but this, being my first elevator ride, was weird.


Me on left, Angus on Right

then the room….what a view…


I could look out of it forever.  And I practically did, for about 24 hours.  Here’s 30 seconds – see how intent and focused I am?

Even Angus looked outside…though he wasn’t as enthralled about the view as I was


– Angus –

went out to the park to do our bidness.  It was hot!  But we enjoyed the new smells and the excitement


– Angus foreground, me in the pink collar –

Back in the room.  HOT!  The nice bathroom tile floor feels great!


Waiting for our meal…this is Angus


– Angus waiting –


– Angus and his steak! –

Room Service!

Mama went to a show.  We walked around the city while she attended.  I remember one Italian tourist couple stopped us on Michigan Avenue,and said “ohhh…the best dogs in Chicago” and stooped down to pet us. While normally I was the friendly one, I backed up like 5 feet.  Uh oh, you ain’t touching me!  But Angus saved the moment, and let them pat him on the head.  Always the politician he was!


– Water Tower, on Michigan Avenue. I’m in the foreground –

Tired…time for bed!


July 4th was the big day!  The big Meet and Growl at Princess Peyton’s castle in Chicago!  We were going to meet Princess Peyton – her new brother, Handsome Jack.  Our close friends from behind the cheddar curtain, Bella and Bee Bee.  And our special guest from Canada, Ficelle!


On the elevator down to the car – Angus all decked out in his patriotic bandana.  Our first stop was the Palmer House Hilton to pick up Ficelle and her staff.

At Princess Peyton’s – everyone here socializing, except Angus.


And what Scottie get-together would be complete without the obligatory group photo op!


– from left, Ficelle, me, Angus on floor, Handsome Jack, Princess Peyton, Bella and Bee Bee. –

And one more shot before we leave – Angus giving Ficelle a talking too about her worthless Border Terrier Boyfriend, Dusty Winter!  But Ficelle didn’t want to hear about it.


Back home at Angus Manor the night of the July 4th.  Boy, were we tired….


I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane.  I will be thinking a lot about my brother this weekend, but I am sure glad we had Chicago, 2012!

Lt. Ainsley McKenna (Captain Rank Pending)