Florida Pug

So have you had time to take a guess at what Lola Pug got up to on her exciting trip to the land of palm trees and manatees?

When we last left her, HRH was rather happily soaking up some much needed vitamin D…

 

…but it wasn’t ALL about sunshine and relaxing.

Lola Pug was active and sprightly…

 

…she moved around the pool like a sunflower capturing the optimal sunshine angles…

 

…she went for exciting walks that involved a lot of exercise…

 

…she entertained friends and listened to what were clearly some thrilling discussions…

 

All in all, I think I had a very happy pug on my hands.

  

But even the best of things must come to an end. I broke the news to Lola Pug gently, just as her Auntie was giving her a post-yogurt skritch…

 

It’s time to go home, sweetie.

Our visit was short, but it was just what we needed to recharge our batteries and feel a bit of warmth on our skin before returning to the long winter ahead.

Bye bye, beautiful ocean and beaches and sunshine…

 

…and hello winter.

You might be cold and frosty, dear city, but it warms my heart to see you again.

 

I might be the only one who feels that way, though.

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So I guess I had better get my thinking cap on and line up some new adventures before someone cries mutiny, and teaches herself how to book her own flights.

Wishing everyone in the North American snowbelt many warm, palm tree dreams this frosty weekend!

Now, little pug. What are we going to get up to next….

 

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Jet Set Pug

When last we left you, The Pug and I were leaving our dear friends on Bowen Island, British Columbia, and hurtling back through the air to Casa Lola.

 

But we weren’t headed home to rest. Nope. Not *quite* yet.

No sooner had we opened our front door and emptied our suitcases than we packed up again and headed straight back to the airport.

Where to this time, Pug?

 

Lola Pug really wasn’t impressed with my insistence that we embrace the jet-setting lifestyle, but she soon changed her mind when we landed at our next destination.

 

After a quick watering of the flowers, a certain someone ran out to her favourite spot in the entire state…

 

…and staked her claim on the spot that I suspected she would basically remain in for the duration of our trip.

 

Hey, no judgment here, Pug.

In fact, I’d advise you to soak up those winter rays as much as you can. We have a lot of winter left, and we have to grab our sunshine when we can!

 

We both proceeded to take a good, long nap, and got ourselves rested up for the week that lay ahead in this magical winter land of palm trees, geckos and sunshine.

Our adventures down south continue next week! Can you guess what we got up to on this trip?

 

 

 

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Bedstede Pugs on Bowen Island

To mark Lola Pug’s final full day on Bowen Island (at least on this trip), we took the pugs on a lovely, chilly beach walk, then bundled them up into the car to get a few provisions in town before heading home to warm up.

 

Never one to be outwardly impressed with much of anything, Lola Pug really takes all of her adventures in stride.

A quick stop off at my new favourite place on the Island…

 

…and we were all ready to head home. Even Miss Roxy was pining for a nap.

 

And I do think that Lola Pug was dreaming of warmer, drier places as she watched the goings on.

 

Now, Roxy’s people have something very special in their home that is a *perfect* way to warm up and relax after a winter adventure, and I couldn’t wait to get back to the house to try it out.

In our last post, I asked how YOU like to warm up, and both Hailey and Zaphod and our Southern Fried Pugs friends said that warming up by a fire (with bonus marshmallows) are their favourite things to do…but at Hacienda RoxSea, there is this amazing little nook that I had been ACHING to jump into.

This thing on the left isn’t a painting on the wall…and it’s not exactly a room….

 

…it’s an honest to goodness sleeping nook!

Bedstedes are Dutch, and I think they might just be the best thing I’ve ever seen in a house. THANK YOU, NETHERLANDS!

The pugs wholeheartedly agreed with me. Although that kind of makes sense, as it was the Dutch who first brought pugs over to Europe, and…wait…were bedstedes made specifically FOR cuddling with pugs? Or maybe just for pugs, themselves.

 

They might well have been, because Lola wasn’t too thrilled at the prospect of me invading her private mattress room.

 

With a little bit of rearranging, and the addition of a blanket along with the lovely Roxy…

 

…and maybe a little bit of wool for me to play with, we all settled in for a most excellent coze.

 

The lure of the cozy bedstede is so powerful, that Roxy’s Dad decided to join us, and we had a glorious time reading books, cuddling the pugs, chatting away and warming up.

Well. Some of us had a glorious time.

 

Oh, Lola, sharing isn’t *that* miserable, is it?

I have an awful lot to live up to now, as I believe I will now be expected to construct a bedstede at Casa Lola on our return. But only big enough for *one* pug, right, Lola Bean?

But we have a few more adventures to go on before we can rest at home, little one.

Stay tuned – The Pug is on the move!

 

 

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Bowen Island Pugs in the Wild

Time to wake up, pugs!

With a good sleep under our belts, we decided to go on a little trek to let Roxy show Lola Pug the wonders of her new Island home.

…but first we had to convince Roxy to get out of bed.

 

With a little bit of sweet talk, we all made it to the car, and we made our way to another nearby beach. Island living means lots of beaches!

We’re all bundled in, Commander Roxy! Take us away on an adventure, please!

 

As everyone who lives with pugs knows, no adventure can begin until we have fully investigated the foliage and landscape…and perhaps peed a little bit here and there…

 

It was a short wooded hike to our destination look out point, and I dare say, Lola Pug was deeply involved in appreciating the sights and smells.

 

 

 

Lola Pug hung out near us, but Roxy was a bit more adventurous.

Hey! Roxy! Come on back, baby!

 

We’re headed down to the beach!

 

As Roxy headed down to the beach (or was she still looking for hot dogs?), Lola took a moment to pose all adorable-like on the edge of the hill.

 

…and then down to the beach we went.

 

Roxy and her people found lots of things to sniff and investigate, and they generously helped Lola discover the wonders of Bowen Island.

 

Rocks and seaweed and empty creature shells…

…and living oysters!

 

How cool is THAT, little Pug? We’re going to leave this one alone to let him grow a bit more.

With a little bit more rock scrabbling and snuffling at seaweed and ocean life, we decided that warm and cozy sounded really good, so we called the bold adventurers back to reluctantly wander in from the ocean.

 

My bones were chilled, and I had something else in mind to follow up our morning adventures.

Hey, Pug! You ready to head out?

 

I’d say that’s a vaguely skeptical response, but that’s only because she doesn’t know what we have in store for her next.

What do YOU think is the best way to follow up a chilly beach adventure on the ocean?

We’ll let you know our choice in the next blog post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bowen Island Pug

Lola Pug has high expectations of her mama, and venturing to the other side of the country simply isn’t enough to keep her interested and happy, so when we got an invitation to travel *slightly* further abroad, we jumped on it.

Well. We jumped on a ferry, to be more precise.

 

After a short hop across a calm, cold, stretch of ocean, we found ourselves on a gorgeous little enclave of an island, and on a welcoming and happy doorstep.

Hey, Lola…Welcome to Bowen Island!

Turn around, honey…who is that coming out to greet you?

 

With a sniff, a happy bum wiggle, and a few little kisses, Roxy welcomed us to her new and beyond beautiful home.

 

It was as if the two best friends had never been apart.

Without any delay, we all piled into the car to catch the sunset from the local beach.

We arrived just as the heartiest of the locals were wrapping up the annual Island Polar Bear Dip, so we were gratefully able to warm ourselves by the remnants of their bonfire.

 

Well. Lola Pug and I warmed ourselves. Roxy kept herself warm by busily scrounging around the beach for leftover hot dog motes.

Busted, babe.

 

The sun started to set, and all was well with the world.

 

It was suddenly quite easy to understand why Roxy and her people had succumbed to the siren call of island life.

 

We bundled ourselves up and headed back to the house to warm ourselves by another fire to get the cold ocean air out of our bones. But not before a look back at a gorgeous end to a happy day of travel and reuniting with dear friends.

 

Bowen Island, it’s a pleasure to meet you!

Now. Time to warm up and rest up for our ongoing adventures.

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Run Free, Amazing Hazel

Every so often, someone comes along who ends up changing your life and redefining what you know to be true about the world.

Hazel came into her people’s world in 2006, after surviving years of horrific abuse and neglect at the hands of multiple puppymillers. By all rights, she should have been scared, defensive and cautious. But this was Hazel, and she was tough, sassy, clever, and more than ready to tackle her life of freedom and love with her new and amazing family….

Keeping it Classy, Hazel

Hazel showed us that limitations are merely projections. If you didn’t know she didn’t have eyes…you’d never know she didn’t have eyes.

 

She taught so many people more about tolerance, forgiveness, love, and friendship than any book or human possibly could have.

 

Hazel has more than earned her wings. Her people have the most enviable guardian angel looking over them now.

 

Keep them all in line up there, Hazel, and keep an eye out for all of us down here. We’ll be missing you terribly, and we won’t ever forget who you were and what you taught us.

Run free and run strong, beautiful girl.

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Hazel 1999(?) – 2015

Tribute by Hazel’s people:

If there is a heaven, it’s certain our animals are to be there. Their lives become so interwoven with our own, it would take more than an archangel to detangle them.
Pam Brown

Hazel: 1999(?)–Jan. 5, 2015. Adopted by us in April 2006

Oh, my bold and bonny lass, run fast. Run Far. Run Free.

There just aren’t words to do justice to the incredible being you are or the size of the gap you will leave in my home and heart.

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Pug New Year Adventures!

Wow, what a year 2014 was for us at Casa Lola.

Lola Pug and I both needed a good, long break over the holidays, and with the little one finally getting medical clearance to fly again, we have friends and family and far away places on our minds.

Up into the air we go, and off to a place that Lola and I both know well and love to visit…

 

…someone is never impressed with the weather out here, though….

 

Yah, honey – it rains here. A lot. But we flew such a long way, and we need to go outside in order to see our friends!

 

We finally got out and about, but a certain someone *clearly* wasn’t very impressed with me – or with our first destination.

 

But we didn’t come out all this way just to walk by ourselves! I clearly needed to get our social plans in gear before HRH called a mutiny on my butt, so it was time to call in the Big Guns.

We have so many very dear friends out this way, but the first chap on our visiting list was our long time friend, Sir Winston Wilbur…

 

…and his amazing little brother, Sam Cooper.

 

The dog park we went to is a busy one, and we always seem to meet new friends to hang out with. Jazz here joined us with some leftover Christmas spirit to share….

 

His little brother, Blue, took the holiday spirit a whole step further with his hilarious reindeer coat. Blue has magical powers, apparently, as the usual boss of all dogs in the park, Sam Cooper, fell in LOVE with him. Sam Cooper basically turned all of his attention to this little face instead of chasing the bigger dogs around.

 

The weather really was entirely trying to give us pneumonia, and Lola Pug and I have slightly thinner blood than the folks out here, so the coastal cold chills us a bit deeper. We had a quick run around and catch up and then bundled the boys into their chariot.

 

Lola and I bundled our shivering selves up and headed back to the car where we could crank the heat up and then head home to get ready for our next adventures.

 

…and adventures we are having.

We can hardly wait to share them with you, so don’t go too far!

The Pug is taking 2015 by storm, so watch out friends and family – you’re on our visit list this year!

 

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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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