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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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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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Snowbird Pug

When winter’s wrath hits town, little delicate greenhouse flowers like LP and I move out. Fast.

We’re both seasoned travellers, and I have to say, it’s a joy to be able to travel with the little Bean. (If you have any questions about travelling with your small dog, you should read a post I wrote for the Montreal Dog Blog a while back – right here.)

Goodbye Polar Vortex…

 

…hello SUNSHINE!

 

One of the first things I do when we land is throw our bags to the side and immediately drag our bare tootsies outside where there’s no snow, no salt and absolutely no need for socks.

The pool is a source of eternal fascination for Lola Pug, even though she *hates* getting wet, so we have to go out and check for fish…or manatees…or perhaps merpugs.

 

But the fascination with the pool soon gives way to The Pug’s favourite activity (after eating), and the basking begins.

 

…and basically doesn’t stop…

 

…until the sun goes down.

Happiness is, indeed, a warm puppy.

I don’t know how I’m going to break it to her that we can’t escape winter forever (although I’m seriously reconsidering those logistics), so we’ll just enjoy life right now as we should – one moment – and one glorious sunbeam – at a time.

 

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Puppy Love

Is there anything better to do on a Sunday than visit a PUPPY?

I certainly can’t think of too many other things.

Fortunately for me, Miss Merryweather has a new little sister, so last weekend, I invited myself over to meet the wee mite.

Everyone – meet RUBY!

 

The thinking was that Ruby needed an older, engaged role model to show her the ropes, as Miss Merryweather really isn’t that into having little paws all up in her grill these days.

Just for size comparison sake…

 

Seriously. I die.

Ruby immediately took to Lola Pug…

 

…but I’m pretty sure the love was one sided.

After a bit of floor romping, Her Royal Highness was lifted to a puppy-free zone, where a certain someone tried and tried, but just couldn’t get up to play with her new, favourite friend.

It won’t be long before Ruby can jump up on that sofa, and when she does, I’ll be there, with my “real” camera, and lots and lots of love and treats for the long suffering adult pugs in the room.

…for more Ruby and Merryweather, you can always visit the Merrylog!

 

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Pug Buddies Meetup

There’s nothing quite so much fun as seeing long lost friends, so when the Pug Signal was sent out earlier this week, LP and I got our coats on and headed out to catch up with some of our favourite pugs and their people.

The Man of the Hour is always the dashing and handsome Mr. Winston Wilbur, and we were thrilled to see him there in his chariot…

 

…and his brother, Sam Cooper, of course. It’s simply not a party until Sam Cooper arrives.

 

Sam Cooper checked in on his brother when he wasn’t running all of the big dogs out of the party.

 

The irrepressible Dickens was there, as well. Just weeks away from celebrating his 12th birthday, he scoffed at any suggestions that he’s a senior citizen…

 

…but he might forgive you (and show you his toofers) if he thinks you might have treats.

 

Pugs in sweaters…

 

…naked pugs….

 

Little Gracie here seemed to be a bit alarmed at the number of pugs around her.

 

Even Lola Pug got a bit overwhelmed, but a marvellous start to 2014 was had by all, and we’re looking forward to seeing our friends again before too long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Dynamic Halloween Duo

Lola Pug has many, many Halloween costumes in her closet, and I always have a whole lot of fun picking out which one she’ll wear for the spooky evening.

That all being said, when we heard that her buddy, Boss, (he’s all grown up now) was going as the Dark Knight, I couldn’t help but add one more costume to her collection – retro style, of course…

 

Not that HRH would be a sidekick for just *anyone*, but perhaps just this one time, and perhaps just for Boss dawg.

Happy Halloween, all!

Stay safe and stay SPOOOOKY!

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Halloween Dress Rehearsal

We had a get together with the Griffies a little while ago so that the humans and the dogs could catch up on things – in our own, unique ways, of course.

As Halloween is coming up, we thought we would test out a few costumes. Purely for the dogs, of course. Not at all so we could laugh hysterically while we drank mimosas in the sunshine.

So, Lola. What do you think of our first pick for you?

 

Um. Yah.

Something about the way she’s looking at me tells me this might be a miss.

Even Boz and Clara were kinda careful around her when she was dressed as a fierce shark.

 

Clara seemed to be pretty content dressed up as a hot dog, so we tried it out on Lola…

 

…with even less success here.

Oh, what to do, Pug.

Halloween is only a few days away, and you can bet your fuzzy, little monkeyboots we’re all dressing up here again this year.

Back to the closet for us!

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Skye Loves Lola

Well.

Skye REALLY wanted to play with Lola, at least.

Lola? Not so much into it.

What a surprise.

Someone forgets what an insane, little puppy she once was.

And don’t worry, Lola Pug’s plea for rescue was heeded. I picked her up from where “the dog” was soon after this video was taken.

Honestly, Pug.

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Pugs and Border Collies

Lola Pug and I went on a little road trip to visit old friends this long weekend, and we had a lovely time chilling, noshing, and catching up.

The last humid days of summer are upon us, so we went into the backyard to cool down for a bit, Border Collie style….

 

 

 

 

Skye LOVES his water hose.

And herein lies one of the great differences between pugs and so many other dogs…

Me? I can’t get over Skye’s happy snapping chompers.

But Lola Pug clearly had more civilised pursuits in mind.

You’re a tough audience to please, Pug.

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Old Friends, New Friends…

…small friends, BIG friends!

Lola Pug isn’t generally enamoured with larger dogs… to put it very mildly. There are a few exceptions to the rule, and these are usually big dogs who are super gentle, or who are in love with (or indifferent to) smaller dogs.

Lola Pug’s friend, Georgia, however, fits into a category all her own….

 

Georgia and Lola were born within weeks of each other. Back in their puppyhood, Georgia’s Mum and I would often get together to compare our bloody fingers and toes given to us by the teething sharks while the little offenders would wrestle and play.

Despite Georgia’s typical GSP bounciness, she and Lola Pug love each other, and they are always happy to see each other.

When Lola and I were invited to go over and see Georgia’s new home out of town, we just couldn’t say no to a reunion, so we packed up the car and headed out for a visit.

 

On arrival, as it was a warm summer day, the wading pool was brought out, and Georgia made full, happy use of it.

 

Lola Pug. Not so much.

But unbeknownst to us, Georgia had invited some friends over!

Thankfully, they were all as lovely and sweet as Georgia, herself, so a lovely afternoon was had by all.

Group shot!

 

Well. At least the GSP’s look happy.

A successful visit overall, though, and every good encounter with a big dog might help LP get over her issues, so thank you, GSP’s, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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