Pug Claus 2014

Lola Pug and I are BIG fans of Christmas, so around this time of year, we absolutely MUST head down to meet Mr. Claus, himself, when he comes into town.

Fortunately for us, Santa has a soft spot for rescue dogs, so he made a special visit this year to the annual Pugalug Pug Rescue Pug Claus celebration.

So many pugs came out to meet Santa and spend the afternoon showing off their festive outfits, all while raising much needed funds for pug rescue.

This little guy is a rescue from a few years back – can you even stand how well he rocks that bow tie and suit?!? (and how about that cool shirt on his dad!)

 

Remember this little charmer from last month’s Pugoween event? (Hint: She was the taco!) She’s grown a bit since then, and clearly I can’t stay away from her gorgeousness. The camera loves her, no?

 

Lola’s somehow actual relative (we’ll say he’s a cousin), Higgins, was there with his people. He was looking stately and handsome, despite his people’s best attempt to make him look jolly and festive.

 

…the happiness…the cuteness….

 

Josephine was all-eyes on her mama, Mrs. Claus…

 

I would have just handed her all of the sardine snacks in my hand…proof that her mama clearly has WAY more willpower than I do.

I mean LOOK AT THIS FACE!

 

But as fun as it is to mingle and socialise, the Man of the Hour was upstairs, and in a rare moment of excitement and affection, Lola welcomed Santa with a BIG and clearly welcomed kiss…

 

…and then proceeded to whisper all of her hopes and dreams for Christmas and the New Year into his ear.

 

The pug who is usually Little Miss Wriggles in anyone else’s arms was as comfy as anything in Santa’s lap.

He’s kind of a special dude that way, I guess.

 

We had such a fun time, and all funds raised are headed to help pugs like little Blossom here find love and health and a brand new life. If you’re looking to donate to a great cause this holiday season, I highly recommend Pugalug, by the way. They are a group of amazing, experienced and committed rescuers, and they are 100% volunteer.

Friends, family, love and giving back. What more could Christmas possibly be about?

 

Thank you to Steven Chung for the gorgeous formal Santa portrait at the end of the blog post!

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Pug Mail!

Lola Pug and I took a little break from blogging to deal with a few medical issues that came our way, but I am pleased to report that the little monkey came through everything with great spirit and we’re finally back and excited to share our continuing adventures and stories.

On the medical side, LP is fine. She’s a bit of a marvel, as she has been diagnosed with a few unlikely, but thankfully likely-not-life-shortening conditions, as well as some hopefully resolved dental issues, but all is well once again in our world.

After a few months of worry, it was a great surprise to find a package in our mailbox this week!

Lola Pug always knows when a piece of mail is for her, and she dove down to sniff out who it came from and what it might contain….

 

Sometimes my human hands come in handy, so I obliged….

 

It’s always lovely when cards come properly addressed. So many people just don’t understand how to do this anymore.

 

The Pug seemed to be slightly apprehensive about the contents of the letter…

 

…it was a card and a gift from Angel Payton’s people!

 

The card said that this was a very special gift from Payton’s own personal collection. Now Payton meant the WORLD to her Mum and Dad, and even though Lola and Payton never met, we feel they are soul sisters, so when something comes to us from her memorial collection, we know it’s something to cherish and love dearly.

 

…and to laugh our collective human butts off at.

My darling Lola Pug, you do, indeed, have issues. So many issues. As does your mama.

Thank you, Payton’s people, for sending us such a special gift and memory from your wee one’s life, and thank you for the laughs. Well. I thank you. Lola might need a bit more time to come around to the awesomeness of this gift.

Laughter really is the best medicine.

At least it is for pug mamas!

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Pugoween – Part the Second

The second Pugoween event turned out to be an even bigger (and funnier) event than the first one.

I wasn’t able to capture all of the amazing costumes, but if you buckle up for a it of a ride, here’s a taste of what to expect if you get a few dozen pugs and their people together at Halloween to raise money for rescue.

Candy Corn Witch pugs…

 

…Lobster Pugs who aren’t really lobsters…and aren’t really pugs, either…

 

…same goes for the Taco Pug…

 

 

…and the little Genie! (seriously – check out her NAILS, people!)

 

This little doll was dressed as a roadie for her beloved uncle’s band…

 

…what more need be said?

 

Another Genie Pug!

You can’t deny the awesomeness of a great outfit.

 

Our Candy Corn Witch pug won a prize in the costume contest, and she seemed to be pretty stoked about it…

 

…although little Magnolia the Sock Monkey seemed to feel a bit slighted.

 

…the pug who came dressed as a bath sponge did well, also. I think that his yellow rubber ducky had been purloined by the time I got to take his photo….

 

But it was the giant Pug Spider and his sibling the giant Pug Fly who took home first place honours in the costume contest, and it’s easy to see why.

Arachnaphobes BEWARE!

 

Lola took a moment to congratulate Pug Fly on his win. …at least I’m assuming that’s what she was doing.

 

Little Peggy the Ladybug wasn’t too impressed with the event.

…okay. She wasn’t too impressed with ME. She had a great time at the event.

 

Lions MUST wear pearls, don’t you know.

 

Formal photos were taken upstairs.

This little gal, Raisin, is a recent puppymill rescue, and a good portion of the funds raised will help with her upcoming medical costs. Poor darling has had a very rough go of it until now, but I think she knows she’s safe now.

 

Little men wore their best ties.

 

And some pugs preferred to hang out with their humans.

Best seat in the house, no?

 

Peachy Keen Pets was there to sell their fabulous harnesses, collars and leashes – with a portion of sales donated to the rescue!

 

With raffle prizes awarded, contests judged and pug portraits taken, the happy pugs started to slow down and give the universal signal for “can we please go home now?” to their people…

 

It was clear that everyone had a simply marvellous time.

 

But even Lola Pug was ready to call it a day. So many pugs and costumes to dream about on her homeward bound nap.

 

A total blast for pugs and their people, alike, and all for a fantastic cause. It was a of pugs helping pugs event, I suppose…with a little bit of human intervention thrown in, of course.

 

Until next Halloween….

 

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Pugoween – Part One

Halloween might as well become a Pug High Holiday, because few things bring on the joy for pug people more than putting their furry loved ones into costumes.

To celebrate the occasion – and to raise a bit of money for the rescue pugs who so often need medical care – Pugalug Pug Rescue holds not one, but TWO Pugoween events in and around our area.

I couldn’t pick which of the two events I wanted to go to, so I went to BOTH! There were so many fun and amazing costumes to share with you, so this will have to be a two-part post, but I don’t think you’ll mind much.

Ever see a Stegopug?

 

Well, now you have.

A certain cowboy doesn’t look like he’s enjoying the song that his handsome steed is singing.

 

 

Some pugs take dressing up in stride, and simply soak up the love that looking extra cute brings.

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Miss Puggy became impatient to have her photo taken. So in character!

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Pug people are typically a warm and welcoming bunch, and all friendly dogs are welcome to become honourary pugs for the day.

But even honourary pugs need a break from the costume fun sometimes.

 

Some more so than others.

Little Oscar here was scared by a witch, and then a lobster pug sent him over the edge, so he spent the afternoon cuddled up with his Auntie in the foyer. (Oscar did not like his costume one bit, so he came au naturel)

 

Little Josephine grew some spooky wings for the day.

 

The Puparazzi even came along!

 

And we can’t leave this post without paying due respect to this most creative and hilarious costume….

 

Someone doesn’t look too impressed with his lot in life.

 

After the judging was over, the running around and the playing started to wind up, and the pugs started to go home to their soft beds.

Bella looked a bit over it all…or perhaps she was sad that the party was over for another year.

 

But don’t worry, beautiful girl! There’s another Pugalug Pugoween happening in the next post. The fun has just started!

 

Have you picked out a favourite pug costume?

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Pugoween Halloween

What better way to celebrate Pugoween than with a new costume and a photoshoot.

Although I think someone might disagree with me…

lolapug.com little black pug in a green halloween witch costume with orange pumpkins

 

…I’m going to have to give her extra treats for this one, aren’t I?

lolapug.com little black pug in a green halloween witch costume with orange pumpkins

 

And just so you know that Lola Pug is not alone in her dress up fun, we will have not one, but TWO Pugalug Rescue Pugoween events to tell you about in our next post, and I promise there will be LOTS of photos, so stay tuned for more pugs in duds!

Happy Halloween to all of our friends, and please remember to keep your animal companions safely indoors and out of harm’s way on this spooky evening.

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Griffy Love, Lola Pug Style

Despite their insanely cute appearance and entirely good natured personalities (or perhaps because of these), Lola Pug really isn’t into Griffies. It’s not limited to the Fuppies, either, as little Winston, who we met at a street fair in Chicago, will help demonstrate…

 

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Oh, Pug. Honestly.

We have a BIG week ahead, with Pugoween topping it all off, so expect an extra costume-filled blog post or two this coming week.

Stay warm, stay safe and go find a Griffy to hug today!

 

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Griffy Family Visit

Lola Pug is a popular girl. She has a wide circle of friends, both human and canine (and a couple of feline), and she gets to see them all pretty darned regularly.

Bosco and Murphy (aka The Fuppies) are a part of our family, and our doors and hearts are always open to them. I mean LOOK AT THEM!

Is that a boat? Can we eat it?

 

 

I might look like a little punk, but all I really want is my mama's lap and some love.

 

 

Seriously. Can I eat that?

 

This week, the Fuppies came to stay with us for an afternoon while their people were out for a bit. They are always VERY excited to come over to visit us at Casa Lola, so after MUCH speeding around and wrestling and playing and more wrestling and racing around, I decided to take them for a neighbourhood walk to try to tire them out a bit.

What do we have here? The Fuppies appear to have made friends with Shelby, Lola Pug’s lifetime buddy around the corner.

The man and the big dog went that way, and I smell snackies.

 

All eyes were on Shelby’s dad as he doled out treats for the attentive crowd…

You. Have. Done. This. To. Me.

 

…well…almost all eyes.

I guess cuteness only goes so far in the dog world.

To quote George Burns, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family…in another city.”

I’m already desperately trying to think up ways to make it up to her.

Wish me luck!

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Pugs at the Beach

For our last morning in Chicago, Donald and Daisy had something special planned, so we headed out to fortify ourselves with eggs and cinnamon buns before we hit the road.

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Last chance to dine alfresco, pugs!

Daisy didn’t seem to be too thrilled with our outing, even when we posed her next to her namesake flowers.

 

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And we soon found out why.

Chicago is amazing, not only for the architecture and the food, but also for the beaches! Seriously!

And Daisy is not a fan of the beach.

 

 

 

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Donald, however, could not have been happier.

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We tried to line the pugs up for a butt shot…

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…but no one was keen on cooperating, and chaos was the name of the game.

 

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Donald broke free to run and chase waves, while Daisy stood and contemplated the misery that had suddenly enveloped her life.

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Hey, Donald! Looking for whales? Tuna? Hamburgers?

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He could not have been happier.

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Even seaweed is exciting! And tasty.

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Lola Pug doesn’t mind the beach, but water might as well be hot lava to her, so her joy is somewhat limited.

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Daisy stood as far away from the water as she could, while still keeping us in view.

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After much pleading on Daisy’s part, we decided that it might be time to pack it up and head to the airport.

You okay with that, Donald?

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I know. It’s hard to leave THIS behind….

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So it’s into The Bag we go, little pug…

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…and up into the air to bid farewell to our host city.

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Lola Pug usually sleeps in-flight, but the trip was such a quick up and down for us, that she never really got a chance to rest. She basically just lay there, and stared at me the entire time.

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Smiling or yawning?

Either way, I can see all the way down to your tail here, little one.

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A wonderful trip to a great city, and we’re already planning our next little adventure.

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But for the next few weeks, I think we’ll take a bit of time out to enjoy our own gorgeous city in the most beautiful season of all.

Thank you, Daisy and Donald, and thank you, Chicago, for a fantastic weekend and some wonderful memories. We’re already planning our triumphant return.

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Chicago Style Pugs (aka The Food Post)

One does not go to Chicago to merely “see the sights”, although the sights are quite worth the visit, alone. But I have long understood that Chicago is also very important for it’s food.

We were slightly limited to patios that accepted dogs, and many patios do accept polite dogs in this city (how terribly civilised!!!), but that sure didn’t stop us from indulging.

To kick off our morning, we decided to stay in with the pugs, so the food came to us in the form of… mother of all things pug…

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…doughnuts made for Godzilla, apparently.

Only on vacation, and only in Chicago?

You know how you say you’re “only going to have a little piece”? Yah. Well. That didn’t happen.

But humans cannot live on doughnuts, alone (or can they?), so we decided to attempt to walk off a bit of our collective sugar high, and we headed to a different part of town for lunch.

It was a perfect day, weather-wise, so there was a bit of a line up for the patio, but Daisy took that as her opportunity to work on her tan and recharge her solar batteries.

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When we did make it in to the table, Lola Pug had a lot of questions for the waitstaff about the menu.

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Donald seemed to be a bit distressed at the lack of pug-friendly snackies…

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…while Daisy checked out her Dad’s sarsaparilla.

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She was less than impressed, in case you were wondering.

Being a vegetarian, I simply ordered (blindly) whatever was labelled as vegetarian on the menu.

This dish of mushroomy goodness was a total winner – for veggies and meat eaters alike.

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When this was put down in front of me, I was a bit confused.

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I am not normally a Frito-eater, but I gamely opened the bag, stuck my fork in, and now I have a full comprehension of what a “walking taco” is all about.

Fritos, cheese, hot tomato sauce and green things.

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Perhaps a snack best left to those late nights when you’re just coming home from the pub. Kind of the Chicago equivalent of a Nova Scotian donair, I suppose.

We continued on our way after lunch, exploring some really fun shops, visiting a great art fair and buying a few appropriate items for les chiens.

Lola Pug was kind enough to wear her tourist gear at dinner that evening – food related, of course!

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While The Pug sat, despondent and exhausted on my lap, I dug into this…

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Deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds with spicy ketchup.

I was deemed to be an honourary American when I reached over and dipped a cheese curd into Daisy’s Dad’s cheese sauce, which tickled me, but apparently wasn’t to sweet Daisy’s liking. Perhaps she’s upset that I didn’t share anything with her…

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…or maybe she’s irked because this blog is supposed to be about PUGS, not FOOD!

Okay. Next post coming up. And it will be ALL about pugs, I promise.

Now. Time for a snack, I think.

 

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Little Pugs, Big City

Off the boat, and onto shore!

Little legs need a little legs vehicle for longer walks, so out came the Pugmobile, and we were on our way, with Admiral Daisy leading the charge!

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All tucked in safely, First Mate Donald?

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So where is the first place to go when we hit the ground in the Windy City?

THE BEAN, of course!

Lola Pug always draws attention when we go out, and the little Bean sure was a hit when we went to see the (slightly) more famous and (definitely) much larger Bean – also known as the Cloud Gate, but that doesn’t really suit our purposes here, so Bean it shall remain.

BEAN AT THE BEAN!

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…seriously…I’ve been waiting a LONG time to get that photo.

She posed patiently and marvellously for her snap-happy mama.

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Right next to the Bean (the big, silver one, not the little fuzzy black one), is the spectacular Pritzker Music Pavilion, which we humans were mightily impressed by.

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Chicago sure knows how to do that architecture thing.

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It wasn’t until we were leaving the park that we noticed the “no dogs” signs, so we felt kinda sneaky and rather lucky that we weren’t pulled aside, but we knew that we had been respectful of the property, and besides – these aren’t just any dogs, they’re PUGS!

I was rather taken with the Pugmobile, so I thought I would try putting Lola in it to see if I could catch a break from carrying her in my arms through town.

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Nope.

…so Big D happily took LP’s spot, and we continued on our way.

Donald was excited to see the sights of the downtown buildings.

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He looked for long lost relatives up among the gargoyles on the (completely epic) Tribune Tower…

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…while I was captivated and mightily impressed by the rocks and masonry that were embedded all over the building.

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We humans got up to our usual shenanigans of darting in and out of shops, eating and drinking, and generally looking UP a lot at some seriously gorgeous buildings, while the pugs rolled (and were carried) along through the sights and sounds of the city.

With the Miracle Mile traversed and the sights seen for the day, we retired to a nearby neighbourhood park to feed the pugs their well-earned dinner and relax a little as the sun set.

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All this adventure, and The Pug is still kinda pissed with me. What gives, girl?

Exhausted from a very full day of adventuring, Donald immediately called it quits when we got back home.

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Daisy was very much up for more fun and games, but it was clearly time to hit the hay and recharge our batteries.

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The adventure has only just begun, pugs!

Sleep tight, and see you all in the morning. We still have so much more to see and do!

 

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