27 July 2007

The AKC Dog Museum

So, today we finally got to go visit the Dog Museum! About time, too! It is in Queeny Park, which is a beautiful place out in the west county part of St. Louis. We drove for about half an hour and then walked a way on the beautiful grounds.

Humans pay admission, even E.Rabbit. But dogs are admitted Free! Right away, I thought this must be a pretty fine place.

However, right after muzzer paid the human admission, we turned to the left and walked up the stairs, and you will never guess what I saw at the top of the stairs.

There was a larger than life picture of TEKA!

I said "No, Muzzer, why is there a picture of Teka and not of Gussie!" Muzzer explained that it was not a picture of Teka, but an old picture painted a long time ago in a land that is far away. But I still think it looks very much like Teka, don't you?

Well, I wasn't really sure I wanted to go on, but the humans insisted.

We saw lots of pictures of almost everydog I know. There were pictures of Joe Stains and Tanner, and pictures of Maggie and Mitch, and lots of pictures of spaniels and hunting dogs.
There was a picture of an English Springer Spaniel that almost made muzzer cry. And there were pictures of corgis and pictures of hero dogs and many pictures of dogs that were champions of one sort or another.

And there were fine statues of many breeds of dogs! Like the one right here! Personally, I think mine is a far more noble profile, but hey, taste is very indivisual.

There was another, smaller statue that I liked a lot better. Muzzer cut the ears off of the top of the picture, but I still think it is quite handsome!

Then we turned the corner into another room, and I saw the home of my dreams. Right there in the middle of the room was a lovely dog house, with many interesting features! I thought muzzer should buy it for me, and ship it back to Phoenix. She said it was not for sale, just for show. Anyway I got to look at it closely, and I got a lot of really good ideas for renovating my home in Phoenix. Personally, I think it was a lot more useful than all those programs muzzer watches on HGTV.

Then Me and E.Rabbit found this collection of lovely portraits grouped together in one of the last viewing rooms. There were four pictures of Wire Fox Terriers, and muzzer took a pretty good picture of me and E.Rabbitt in front of the grouping.

In the next room there were lots of trophies and ribbons that dogs won and
have donated to the museum. One of them was the trophy from the Purina dog show.

It is really Big! And really Shiney!

And guess what. The last plaque on the trophy went to a wire fox terrier. I was so excited I almost peed on the floor. But I was good. And we took these pictures to share with my friends.

I was pretty good, walked quietly on my leash and did not get into any trouble.

Well, not until we were back on the first floor and heading for the gift shop!

Then all of a sudden there was this big black dog right in front of me. It was a Gordon Setter, and I took serious exception to it. And I would not sit, and I would not be quiet, and I kept pulling on the lead and lunging. Muzzer was embarrassed. And the lady at the desk came over and asked me to leave!

So Dad and I got kicked out of the dog museum, and we had to wait outside while muzzer and E.Rabbit finished the tour and looked at the gift shop. I was mortified! But I don't think it was quite fair. The Gordon Setter did not get kicked out. I mean, just because he did a good down sit and stayed quiet, is that any reason that I should be the one kicked out? Terriers get a bad rap.


Butchy & Snickers said...

Oh Gussie,
That is so unfair!!! We're sorry they did that to you. Stoopid hooman. Where did it say that a dog had to be perfect 24 hours a day right?? Hoomans sure aren't, hmmmmph. We hope you have a good weekend & do some more fun things!
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

E. Rabbit said...

In the interests of honesty, I should point out that Todd, the dog that Gus argued with, was an employee of the museum and not just another visitor.

Eddie N Peaches said...

Wow, what a great museum. I dont understand, though, a museum that kicks dogs out for being, well, dogs!

Can't wait to see the remodel on your doghouse back home. The one at the museum was way cool. Thanks for sharing your pics with us.

Whoofs & Baroos,
Eddie & Peaches

Asta said...

I don't get it either, um, well if it was a doggie museum don't they know what doggies awe like??stooopid hooman..and that's totally unfair! if the other doggie wowked there, he should have been behind the desk,hrmpfff. The wowld isn't fair to wire foxies..we saw a stoopid pet magzazine, and there wasn't a single one in it,and they said you can't have them in an apt. what am I ?chopped liver?where do they think I live..idjuts!
smoochie kisses,Asta

Maggie said...

Todd set a trap to get you kicked out?? grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr That's not very nice! I hope you told him that you were on vacation and this totally stunk!
I think they should mail that fancy castle doghouse to your address back home to make up for being so mean to you!

Love ya lots,

Quinvale AstaLaVista Baby said...

G'day Gus,

You sure seem to go a lot of places! I only get to go to the park, but maybe when Opy moves to Melbourne I'll get to visit him!

xxx Asta down under

Buster the Wired Fox Terror said...

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Bussie Kissies

Jake of Florida said...


I'm so glad you got to visit the museum. Mom and Dad went there two Christmases ago and brought home lots of souvenirs and pictures. I'll post a few that they took in a little while.

When I told dogdad that dogs could get into the museum, he said, "really!" and looked like that might be a another reason to drive this year and TAKE THE DOGS.

Paws are crossed!!

It's a wonderful museum. I wish all of our friends could visit it -- like you said, it has pictures and statues of just about every dog we know!


Ruby Bleu said...

Wow...that doesn't seem fair now does it! And I can't believe Muzzer and E.Rabbit didn't leave with you in protest!!! What's up with that?

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Gaucho and Verdi said...

gussy congratulations to the prize.... in dogs with blog..
a big wuffs

Dory and Liza said...

We are so excited- we never realized there was an AKC museum - I mean who knew!! (Well apparently you and muzzer knew - but you get the picture).

We loved the campaign songs - with a second doggie about we are way behind in reading. We are so pleased you won Awesome blog - excellent work!!

Did you see and Labradors in that museum??

Have a great week and congratulations.

Love Dory, Mac and Liza

wally said...


I think you should take pride in getting kicked out of the AKC museum. Bias against terriers and they don't even acknowledge The Corgador! You should tell everyone it was a political protest.


Joe Stains said...

that museum looks awesome, I can't believe you got kicked out though. Stupid lady!

Asta said...

I'm getting weady to leave for my twip..I'm going to miss you!!
I hope you have a gweat week with your hooman sisters..I love you twemendjously
smoochie kisses

Jackson said...

Hey pal, J1 went to the Kennel Club Art Gallery a while ago here in the UK. There were lots of pictures of handsome WFTs!

Sounds like you showed Todd who's boss. Good for you, pal!

J x

William Tell said...

I thought you looked very well-behaved in the photos, Gus. Now me, I'm just a bull in a china shop when I get to go somewhere fancy. I can't help myself, I get excited and the next thing you know, BOOM! We're paying for the damages.

William Tell