The Vikings Instagram Group presented by PrimeSport was in Chicago to preview Monday Night Football against the Bears.
This week, we're seeing the city of Chicago from a whole new perspective. Over the past year, we've partnered with photographers from cities like **Nashville** and **Philadelphia** to help showcase the cities that the team travels to for away games. For the first time in Vikings Instagram Group history, we've partnered up with a furry, four-legged friend who knows the city better than most!
As the team prepares for a 7:30 p.m. (CT) kickoff against divisional rival Chicago for Monday Night Football, we set out to see the sights with Rufio the Golden Retriever, Chicago's most adorable tour guide. We caught up with Rufio and Rebecca (his wonderful owner) to hear more about their Vikings Instagram Group experience:
Q: Welcome to Vikings Instagram Group! Introduce yourself and tell Vikings fans more about your Instagram account. How can fans follow along with Rufio's adventures?
A: Rufio is a Golden Retriever whose interests include stealing shoes, chasing squirrels and slobbering on humans. He takes his job as Official People Greeter very seriously. Luckily, there is no shortage of humans to kiss in downtown Chicago, where he is based. We love chronicling his various adventures and misadventures for his 230,000 Instagram fans! Follow Rufio on Instagram @livingthatgoldenlife.
Q: We read that Rufio is a certified therapy dog! Can you tell us more about that?
A: Rufio passed an obedience and temperament test and is certified as a therapy dog. We enjoy visiting hospitals, senior living homes, colleges and libraries to provide pet therapy to those who need it. Rufio brings smiles to people's faces and brightens their day with his kisses and tail wags. He truly loves to interact with everyone he meets, and thinks that being a therapy dog is the best job in the whole world!
Q: What is Rufio's favorite toy to play with? Do you think he would be a good football retriever?
A: Rufio likes any toy with squeakers in it! He would make an excellent football retriever — especially if the football had squeakers in it!
Q: Describe Chicago for us in 5 words or less!
A: Proud town with great food.
Q: Minneapolis and Chicago aren't too far away from each other. What's one thing about Chicago that most Minnesota fans wouldn't know?
A: Chicago is very dog-friendly. Unlike some of the bigger cities, it is very clean and has tons of green space to walk the dog. A lot of restaurants and stores are dog-friendly as well. Feel free to bring your pup for a visit!
Q: What was the trickiest part of participating in Vikings Instagram Group?
A: Unfortunately, the Vikings helmet didn't fit on Rufio's head! He would have made a very cute Minnesota Vikings player!
Q: What was your favorite part of Vikings Instagram Group?
A: The Vikings Instagram Group has some amazing photography on their Instagram, such as the action shots of the players. I feel honored to have this opportunity to photograph Rufio for the Vikings.
For more Vikings Instagram Group updates throughout the season, follow @Vikings and #VikingsIG on Instagram. Skol Vikings!