Spring Sunbeam

Sometimes you have a week that just takes you by the throat and shakes you, and The Pug and I have had just that kind of week, albeit in very different ways.

A little bit of rest and recuperation on her part, and some tea and laughter on my side, and things seem to be coming back to what passes for normal in this crazy house.

More on all that from Lola’s side in next week’s post, but in the meantime, someone has managed to find one of the first sunbeams of Spring…

I am one with the sunbeam, mama.

 

…and I think I might have to join her.

Lola Pug suggests that you all find a sunbeam today, and nestle down in it – even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Happy Sunday, Happy Nap Day, and Happy Spring!

 

(We seem to be missing the Pug Thoughts feature today. I’ll figure it all out, but in the meantime, just imagine that Lola is meditating and that her mind is a peaceful, empty room…filled with kibble, of course.)

 

 

 

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Lola Pug, Birthday Girl

As pretty much any pet parent knows, there comes a moment when we start to dread our furkids’ birthdays. Me, well, I’ve been mourning Lola Pug’s advancing age ever since she got out of her crazy puppy stage, so when her ninth birthday hit this week, I was all dread and gloom in my heart…

 

But that’s no way to live life, is it?

Celebrations must be had, so I brought out Lola’s “Special Occasion” porcelain Imari bowl, and a celebration dinner was presented.

 

But what’s a proper birthday without guests?

We were SO lucky to have Roxy back at Casa Lola with us, and she even brought a gift with her…

  

Always eager to help out her little cousin, Roxy showed Lola the gift, and tried to explain how to open it…

 

…but Lola didn’t seem to be too impressed, so Roxy took matters into her own hands…paws…face….

 

While Roxy played with her birthday gift to Lola Pug (Squirrel Log joy!), Lola told me exactly what she thought of her birthday so far….

 

But don’t despair, Pug! With the food eaten, and the gifts opened, there was only one thing left to do.

PARTY TIME!

 

Well. I can see that Lola was totally enjoying herself.

What’s up, Roxy? You don’t like your party hat?

 

I clearly can’t pretend that it’s very dignified, but if anyone can pull this off, it’s you, little bird.

 

That’s a bit better.

…perhaps I shouldn’t have been laughing so much.

Happy Birthday, my little Pug Overlord. And thank you for sharing it with your cousin and me.

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A Grumble of Pugs

Lola Pug and I are lucky to live close to not one, but TWO of her pug relatives, and we are happy to host them as our guests here at Casa Lola when their people go away.

Now, usually, these visits fall so we only ever have one overnight guest at a time, but the stars were aligned in a more interesting way this week, and we had BOTH Nelly AND Roxy visiting us at the same time.

I tried to get photos with the three of them together, but to be honest, it was too big of a challenge for me to corral them all and keep my sanity, so I present to you a photo from this past summer:

Three black pugs smile at the camera in the sunshine

Nelly Belly, Miss Foxy Roxy and Lola Pug

Can you see the family resemblance?

As for their personalities, they really couldn’t be more different. Lola Pug is the aloof and disapproving princess of the group – very discriminating about people and activities, and remarkably cranky at times. Roxy is the food-obsessed, happy adventurer of the three – always up for a dive into the dirt, and never without a tail wag for a new human or canine friend. And last, but not least, is Nelly – the pure soul – the eternally good-natured angel with a huge hit of dork about her.

I think this photo kind of sums their personalities up quite nicely….

Three black pugs on a summer day, one with a goofy look, one with a cranky look.

Nelly, Lola and Roxy

Roxy and Lola love Nelly, but I have caught them giving each other looks when Nells does something silly (which is quite often, believe me).

Two black pugs in the summertime, one has a cranky look and the other looks friendly and is wagging her tail

 

As for Lola, she  really does adore her family – but in small quantities, perhaps. She’s always happy to see them, and even happier when they leave. …which might be true about a lot of families, actually.

 

And how did I fare having three pugs in the tiny space that is Casa Lola?

Well, let’s just say that people on the street smile at you when you’re walking one pug…they smile and laugh when you’re walking two pugs…and three pugs? They avoid eye contact with you at all cost.

But the hit to my reputation as a semi-normal human being (oh, who am I kidding?) was worth it to have an actual, official “grumble” of pugs in my home. Does three count as enough for a grumble?

And the family adventures continue on through this coming week. Wish me luck!

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Pugs in Hats

As you might recall, The Pug has benefited in small ways from my recently adopted crochet hobby (remember her crochet squeaky ball?), but you might also recall that she has lost some major dignity points because of it, as well….

black pug lies in a bed wearing a pink crochet hat touque

 

I had an itch to pull out my hook and make something new, but Lola Pug already had a hat, so what to do? There simply MUST be some pugs out there who would LOVE a wee toque.

I met Peggy the pug while transporting her to her foster home, and I fell in love with her *immediately*. Mocha is also a rescue pug, and he’s been a beloved staple of our famous Pugalug gatherings for years. They are both absolutely darling creatures who are now brother and sister, and this made them prime candidates for some good old crochet loving.

I went and picked out some wool just for them, and got to work.

Quite a few hours (and many, many chuckles) later, I packaged their surprise gift up, along with an awesome card by Rainbow Pugs, and handed it all to the postman…

Pink and a grey handmade crocheted touques for pugs with a Rainbow Pugs card

 

Mocha and Peggy’s Mum, Candace (who took these photos of her babies), was tickled with the surprise gift, but I’m not so sure it hit any balls out of the park as far as the pugs were concerned.

Two older, rescued fawn pugs wear hand crocheted touque hats and stare at each other in disbelief

 

In fact, I might go so far as to say they might not give me any kisses when I see them next…

Two older, rescued fawn pugs wear hand crocheted touque hats and look at the camera in disbelief

 

…aaaaand I might be reaching a bit even thinking they will ever let me get even remotely close to them again.

I fully expect the pugs will find some way to pay me back for this, but in the meantime, I shall smile and laugh and repeat these words in my head…

I would not like this
here or there.
I would not like it
anywhere.
I do not like
my winter hat.
I do not like it,
That is THAT!

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This Little Puggie Went to Market…

…even though this little puggie stayed home.

One of the highlights of our week here at Casa Lola is taking delivery of our organic farm box. Both The Pug and I jump up when we hear Mike drop off our box at the door, and from there on in, it’s like Christmas morning for the two of us.

 

As soon as I put the box down on the floor, Lola Pug is on it, eager for me to open it up and show her the goodies inside…

 

…my newest discovery and I-will-eat-these-on-anything obsession are these arugula greens, which rather intrigued Madame…

 

As expected from something that grew in the earth, the carrots provided a good source of sniffs…

 

…the potatoes, however, were slightly less interesting, which makes me think she’s trying to tell me something about my carb intake. (I trust the pug implicitly, you see)

 

We got back onto track with the gorgeous BC-grown apple, which was subjected to much sniffage and interest…

 

…and we ended up with a rather thorough inspection of the milk, which was, again, a bit of a surprise. Maybe she was dreaming of ice cream.

 

Now, The Pug doesn’t get any food other than her kibble, but this doesn’t stop her demands for more, and when dinnertime rolled around, there were expectations to meet.

 

And, as usual, I SO failed to meet her high standards.

But what she misses in taste exploration, she gets a thousand times over in love, travel, activity, medical care and mental stimulation, so there’s a pretty decent trade off. Or at least I think so.

Now. Eggs and arugula. Sounds like a match made in heaven. For me, Pug. For me.

 

 

 

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Hockey Pug

At Casa Lola, we have deliberately been avoiding the 2014 winter Olympics coverage, but I confess that our resolve kinda flies out the window when it comes to hockey.

Not only is Olympic hockey the *best* hockey to watch, in our opinion, but it really is THE sport to watch at our house. I mean – we ARE Canadian!

You getting ready for the game, Pug?

 

Once the action starts, Lola Pug gets very serious.

 

And just in case you thought I was kidding about how deeply invested she gets in the game…

So I don’t need to tell you what we’re up to this morning.

With our formidable and truly awesome women’s team holding gold medals, we’re all set to cheer on our men as they do their best to play like the girls today.

The whole country – and a little black pug and her bleary eyed mama – are all rooting for our hockey boys today.

GO, TEAM CANADA!

 

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Long Weekend, Pug Style

If The Pug had her druthers, we would be sleeping in (after our 5:00am breakfast call, of course) until about noon every day.

Fortunately, on a long weekend, I am able to entertain these preferences, and we do tend to turn into sloths when the opportunity presents itself.

Behold…The Coze….

 

If the pugs ever do want to take over the world (as I suspect they are planning to do), all they’ll have to do is fall asleep on the humans. Their soft snoring and warm, fuzzy bodies render everyone but the most hardened and heartless people inert, immobile and so dreamily sleepy.

For all of our friends in Ontario today, Happy Family Day! And…would someone mind bringing me some tea? I’m rather cozy here, and I can’t seem to move my legs to get out of bed….

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Valentine Pug

Lola Pug would like to wish all of her friends and family – and even those big dogs she isn’t quite so sure of – a happy day, filled with love and warm cuddles and lots of treats…

Lola Valentine

 

…and would I please take this off her right now so she can go back to being the tough little cookie she is.

Hug your pugs and all of your four and two-leggers. Not just today, but every day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The Best Laid Plans of Pugs….

Lola Pug and I had an exciting weekend planned, full of adventure and inevitable stories to tell.

Then BAM!

Life happened.

So instead, we ended up spending a quiet weekend at home. Not a complete loss, though, because it gives us more time to hang out with each other and do important things. Like laundry.

Lola Pug is super awesome at helping me with laundry, especially when it comes to changing the sheets on the bed.

She is a careful and critical supervisor…

 

  …she gets right up in the action to make sure that every corner is tucked just right….

 

Okay. Perhaps she just gets all cozy and then falls asleep.

But when she does emerge from her cocoon of coze, she’s ready to take on the world.

 

Hm. Perhaps I am misreading her enthusiasm levels.

 

I think I know what we’ll be doing all day today.

Happy Sunday, all. Stay warm, stay safe and STAY COZY!

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Polar Vortex Pug

It was inevitable.

The palm trees, the pool, the balmy glory…everything that is pug perfect…it couldn’t last forever. Well, at least not this year.

One, last memory of the glory and the beauty as we go from a red hibiscus…

 

…to a fluffy red parka with booties, and a pug who refuses to make eye contact with me.

 

The weather shock was just as huge and painful for both of us, but I’m the one left carrying the guilt and blame for bringing us back into this Hoth-like frozen landscape.

Someone seems to forget that I’m the one who also helped us escape to the warmer climate in the first place.

 

Ah, she breaks my heart. Looks like I’ve already started to save my pennies for the next trip down there.

Well. I guess I had better make up for this with a few pug-focussed adventures this week. Hmmm. Now what shall we get up to, Pug?

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