Coastal Friends

Lola Pug’s lifelong BFF and cousin, Roxy, is moving to the other side of the country shortly (cue the sadfaces at Casa Lola), so we invited the Little Miss and her people up to Lola’s northern playground for a weekend of adventuring and bonding before the big move.

One of the first things we all must do when faced with outdoor adventures is put on our hats and sunscreen, so Roxy reminded us all to do so before we set out….

 

The first order of the day was to have a little boating adventure, which Roxy took to like a …duck to water?

 

Lola, being used to such travel, was a little bit less impressed, but that also might have something to do with the fact that she’s rather grown out of her life jacket a little bit. (Middle age spread happens to the best of us, baby).

 

Not only did we have gorgeous sunshine and water, but we had jumping fish and giant aeries to be on the lookout for.

 

Once our not-quite-three-hour tour was done, we were all rather toasty, so we thought we’d bring the pugs to the water to cool down a bit.

Roxy has always been a bit of a water baby, so she was quite pleased with the refreshment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic and proud, babygirl, epic and proud.

 

Lola, however, has *never* had a fondness for water OR being wet, so imagine my shock and temporary horror when THIS happened…

 

Yup.

She stood in the water in a dreamy state, thoroughly enjoying every soothing moment of the cooling wetness.

 

When I finally coaxed her out of the water to come up on a rock with her cousin to watch some passing boats…

 

…she turned around and walked back INTO the water for a bit more spa action.

 

Which prompted me to call out… “WHERE IS MY PUG, AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH HER???”

Oh.

We’re all back to normal now, I see….

 

Yes. That’s likely goose poop she’s smearing her wet face in.

That seemed to be enough adventuring for one day for these two, so we settled in for a little nap on the porch together.

Lola was a bit miffed that Roxy got her favourite chair…

 

…but we do these things for our friends. Especially when we might not see them again for a long, long time.

 

Love and kisses, little Roxy Pug. Here’s hoping we will get a chance to come and visit you in your new (and terribly exciting) coastal home before long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Old Friends… New Friends….

The short reprieve in our humid summer weather has seen Lola Pug and me out and about in the neighbourhood, taking advantage of all of the friendly canine socialising that the more humane temperatures bring.

We were able to wander a bit further afield the other day, so I brought Lola to a park across the road from a friend’s house.

While sitting and waiting (otherwise known as “stalking”, if I must be honest), Trevor the Golden wandered into the park. Now, Lola Pug has a hate-on for most unknown Goldens, which baffles me, as her cousin and one of her friends from puppy hood are Goldens, so I expected fireworks from her.

Nope. Trevor was an instant love match for LP, and they sat together in mindful happiness for quite some time, watching the world go by.

 

Have I mentioned that Trevor is 15 years old? And he’s amazingly calm. A true gentleman. No wonder Lola fell in love with him instantly. (Oh, and his face isn’t weird – he was simply basking in a very bright sunbeam)

Now, back to that “stalking” thing.

I saw my friend’s door open, and it was the moment I had been waiting for.

 

It’s time to leave the peace of your new oldest friend to go and get some PUPPY LOVE, babygirl!

At all of nine weeks old, this is our newest, and possibly cutest neighbour puppy….

 

Those EARS! Those BAGGY LEGS! Those Frenchie LIPS!

Wee Choco did not initially appreciate my moving in for puppy kisses…

 

…but he soon changed his mind, and came in for a good nose gnaw.

 

The sour milk and beer smell of puppy breath is intoxicating to me.

Not so much for Lola Pug.

 

It was next to impossible to get a semi-decent photo of the two of them together, mostly due to the frenetic puppy-ness of one of the involved parties…

 

…but all frenetic things must eventually rest and recharge, and the littlest man eventually fell asleep in his new mama’s arms.

 

Alas, Trevor had left the park when we were done meeting and greeting our newest neighbour, so Lola didn’t get a chance to commiserate with him on the way home.

In time, perhaps Choco and Lola Pug will become better friends. Until then, he’s going to have a whole lot of neighbourhood love pouring down on his little self.

There’s nothing quite like some old friends and some new friends to make a weekend perfect.

 

 

 

 

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Pug Canada Day!

Up here in the True North, Canada Day is all about enjoying a long summer weekend filled with friends, family, food and fireworks. And flags, of course.

 

NEVER one to miss out on a party, and fresh from her World Pride celebrations, Lola Pug stands…okay, sits…ready to welcome this year’s national celebrations, pug-style.

 

…which, unfortunately for her, means she can’t escape being dressed up – just a little bit – once again.

 

Happy Canada Day , everyone!

Stay cool, stay safe and stay proud!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pride Pug

Lola Pug’s hometown has been pretty stoked for some time about hosting 2014 World Pride, and the glorious weekend is finally upon us.

The weather has been sunny and hot, which is great for (most of) the humans, but it’s not so great for the four-leggers, so Her Royal Highness has had to miss out on most of the fun. …which probably suits her just fine, really.

But we couldn’t miss out on the MOST fun part of Pride, could we?

 

I think she needs her own float. Maybe carried like the Queen that she is in a litter by some gorgeous celebrants….

 

Pugs are proof that being like everyone else is BOOOORING, so be proud of who you are and go into the world with grace and love, and grace and love will find you right back.

Love, Peace and HAPPY PRIDE to everyone in our city and around the world.

 

 

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Snouts are Out!

Lola Pug has many canine friends of all sizes, colours and shapes, but when we get together with her stuffy-faced friends, we seem to have the most fun.

A couple of days ago, we had the great pleasure of meeting up with (the beautifully named) Lola Bulldog, who Lola Pug has known for a few years now.

And look who wanted in on the party!

Mama. For real. What am I doing with these dogs? Don't you know who I am?

 

A trifecta of stuffy-faced gorgeousness. (Thanks to Bossdawg’s Dad, Greg, for taking this snap!)

Don’t take their distance from you personally, Bossdawg, I think the girls were really just looking forward to hanging out together this time.

Lola Bulldog seemed to be really excited to explore the trails by Lola’s home…

Is that a SQUIRREL?!

 

…take the fresh air in, babydoll!

Plants! Rocks! Trees! So MANY things to PEE ON!

 

And just because it was that kind of day, and the siren call of the stuffy-faces was clearly ringing through the air, who should we bump into but the very handsome Beckett…

HI! Will you be my friend?

 

Beckett was immediately charmed by Lola Bulldog, but in keeping with her girl’s only day, she wanted none of it (see, Boss, it’s not personal!)…

Ugh, what did you eat for breakfast, dude?

 

…sorry, dude.

One of the most beautiful things about the trails near Casa Lola is this dog refreshment station, installed by a local family in honour of, and then in memory of, their beloved family member, Willy.

Splish splash there's a bulldog in the bath!

 

I confess, I don’t read the plaque very often, as I tend to get all teary eyed when I do…

Hand the tissues, please!

 

Willy enjoyed the fountain, himself, in his lifetime, and the trail regulars all noticed sadly when his name plaque was added to the bottom.

But his legacy lives on in this beautiful gift, and Lola Bulldog wasted no time at all in jumping in to cool herself down. Lola Pug, of course, stood as far away from the water as possible, horrified by the wetness of it all.

Still infatuated with his new friend, Beckett caught up to us and joined the party once again…

Dude. If you don't talk to the paw, I'm going to go all BULLDOG CRAZY on you....

 

…but Lola Bulldog let him know exactly what she thought about his intrusion into her refreshment time.

Seriously. This is NOT just resting bitch face, dude.

 

So we girls left Beckett to his own calming time in Willy’s fountain.

Domdeedomdeedom...I love water and I love wet and I love everything.

 

Time to head home for a nap, girls.

So many friends on the trails, and so much joy on a beautiful early summer day means we’ll have to rest up for our next adventure, which is already being planned.

Until next week!

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The Pug Vote!

We have been a bit quiet here at Casa Lola for the past month, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been having adventures. Quite to the contrary, in fact!

Before we dive into sharing our fun with you, Lola Pug has a special public announcement to make.

You see, it’s Provincial Election Day today, and we want to remind all of our friends in Ontario and around the world how important it is to cast your ballot.

 

 

Lola got dolled up in her patriotic gear, I dug out my voting card, and we walked up to the local high school, which hosts our local elections office every year…

 

When we got into the school, we saw something that blew our minds!

 

Is this a sign that the pugs will inherit the earth? …or at least take over the government (which, if I’m being honest, could sure use some pug advice these days).

Ballot cast, with LP looking over my shoulder to make sure I voted for the most pug-friendly candidate, we sauntered home, pleased to have been able to have our little say in the future of our province.

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So to our fellow Ontarians who haven’t yet voted – get out there! And if you have an election coming up in your home town or country, this applies to you, too.

What do we say to people who don’t vote?

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You got it, pug!

Now to await the election results. Fingers and paws crossed for a bright future for everyone.

See you all soon with a new and fun blog post!

 

 

 

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I remember receiving my first Mother’s Day flowers the year that Lola Pug was born. Mother’s Day arrived that year when The Pug was still with her pug mama, too young to be with me in her forever home, but that didn’t make the day any less special for me.

Black pug lies in a sunbeam with a suspicious look on her face

 

The thought of this little face, and thinking back to everything we’ve been through together over the past nine years makes every Mother’s Day special for me, even when they’ve been really tough to celebrate.

Here’s to as many more happy adventures and bright and sunny Mother’s Days as the Fates will allow us, baby girl….

Pug mama walking her black pug on a beach at low tide

 

And to all the loving Mums out there who have kids of all kinds, Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

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The Spring That Never Was… Lola Pug Edition

Hey, friends in the Northern Hemisphere – have you been having the kind of spring that we’ve been having here in Lola Pug’s hometown?

One day it’s warm and sunny and you don’t ever want to go inside…

Mama, it's PUG weather! Let's never go inside!

 

…and not 12 hours later, you’re back in your parka, wondering why and how anyone in their right mind would ever even think of going outside….

You. You are entirely responsible for this, and it will be remembered.

 

Despite my best attempts to convince her otherwise, it was quite clear that The Pug thought I was the cause of the weather change.

Needless to say, my attempts to convince her to go outside for our afternoon walk were not met with enthusiasm…

You are clearly completely out of your mind, woman.

 

…and so we wait for the few gorgeous, flower-filled days that Mother Nature will grant us until we descend headfirst into summer.

Springtime, we’re waiting for you!

In the meantime, LP and I have been having so many adventures, but simply no time to blog about them. We have a lot to catch up on, and we’re looking forward to sharing it all with you in the month ahead!

 

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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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