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Day 2: Pug In Nature Photography Challenge

Day 2 of the Challenge calls for a little close up, no?

Lola P is NOT a fan of the wetness, so usually lakes and oceans and even damp spots on the sidewalk are outside of her tolerance levels. But once in a very blue moon the stars align, and someone enjoys cooling her tootsies off.

As I recall, this was a fairly warm day, and we had been trekking around the seashore for quite some time when we found a gorgeously shallow and warm part of the water to wade around in.

And…well…someone didn’t quite understand why I was so excited that she wasn’t screaming to be picked up.



Oh, you make my heart melt, little one.

Come back tomorrow for Day 3’s adventure in nature!


What is the Pug in Nature Photography Challenge?

I was recently challenged by Lola’s Uncle Deji to post a nature photo once a day for a week. These types of challenges don’t usually appeal to me, but then I thought that the world might be a slightly lovelier place if there were more photos of nature floating around. And then I realised that it would be an even more lovely place if there were more photos of Lola Pug in nature floating around.

So over the next week, I happily present to you daily updates of Lola Pug. In nature.

Lola and nature go together like me and camping.

Which is to say, not at all.

So this might be fun.


Filed under Adventures, Pugs are Weird, Special Days, Traveling Pug, Weather

Day 1: Pug In Nature Photography Challenge

I was recently challenged by Lola’s Uncle Deji to post a nature photo once a day for a week. These types of challenges don’t usually appeal to me, but then I thought that the world might be a slightly lovelier place if there were more photos of nature floating around. And then I realised that it would be an even more lovely place if there were more photos of Lola Pug in nature floating around.

So over the next week, I happily present to you daily updates of Lola Pug. In nature.

Lola and nature go together like me and camping.

Which is to say, not at all.

So this might be fun.

Day 1

Lola Pug and I travel up to the more northern parts of our province quite a bit in the summer. We generally have to watch out for the bigger ticket nature-related issues up there – rattlesnakes, giant hawks, and black bears – but now we have to give extra concern to the little killers up there. Lyme disease-bearing ticks. *sigh* Nature.

Despite all of nature basically wanting to kill us (those snakes can SWIM, by the way), it sure is pretty, and Lola Pug and I actually feel quite at home by the water on the rocks.

To the Pug Manor Born_2

Come back tomorrow for Day 2 of the Pug in Nature Photo Challenge!



Filed under Adventures, Traveling Pug

10K Pug Run

This blog is all about the Adventures of Lola Pug, and those adventures can run both big and small. Lola P and I are lucky enough to live in a great part of a great city, and sometimes we only have to walk out of our front door to find something new and exciting.

That includes walking outside for someone’s early morning constitutional.


While snuffling in the lawn, Lola’s eye was caught by an unusual amount of activity on our street, so she marched down to investigate.


Slightly confused, but intrigued, she decided to follow the people (with me in tow) to see what all of the commotion was about…


…and someone wasn’t pleased to discover that there was a better option to peeing out in the open on the grass. And no, Lola, we cannot have one of these installed on the lawn for you.


Her confusion grew as we neared the starting line, both because of the number of people who were walking on our street, as well as…well…we were walking on the street!


And so the Run season begins in this city. This particular run is super popular, as you can see. I think there were over 30,000 people here this year. And what a gorgeous day for it.



We cheered the participants on, and Lola inspired them with her cuteness as I carried her back home so she could rest. All of that “inspiring other people” stuff sure can be exhausting for a senior gal.

We’ll leave the running and exertion to other people. For now. Pugs were meant to live the plush life, not the “rush” life, and there is a giant bed with someone’s name on it.

Happy Sunday to everyone, runners, tea sippers, and sleeper-inners, alike.



Filed under Action Pug, Adventures, Special Days

Pug Squad Goals!

I do my best to keep Lola Pug’s social life as active as she can manage. She has her besties, who we travel far and wide to see, but I also think it’s important to introduce her to new friends, just in case there is a friendship spark there for her.

So when the opportunity arose to go and see two of her BFF’s, Miso and his sister, Leia, as WELL as a couple of new friends, I jumped!

Oh, hai, guys! What’s up? You have a guest over, eh?


Well, hello, handsome Buddy! Lovely to meet you!


Um. Lola. There seems to be yet another someone new behind you. You might want to turn around…


What a funny looking dog! HELLO DOZER!


Needless to say, we humans all sort of gently and collectively lost our minds when Dozer walked in. The dogs were rather blasé, but they kept their eyes on us as their new friend snuffled around and indicated that he clearly had the charm (and treat radar) thing down pat.


So what else am I going to do but try to get a group shot?!?


As expected, it was easier said than done.


Ever the consummate professional, Lola stayed on her mark the entire time, while chaos reigned around her.



Maybe more a bit more space, a bit more time, and a bit more jam (Dozer likes jam), and we’ll have better luck next time.

I could write forever about how fascinating it was to watch the dogs interact with Dozer, and how *different* pigs are from dogs – and how when you look into Dozer’s eyes, you see clearly that there is a complex, intelligent, emotional being inside that little pig body…

…but this is all about short adventures and photos, and besides, it’s time for a nap.


Thank you for coming by to visit, sir! The pugs and Buddy and the humans all really enjoyed meeting you, and thank you for being such a patient and sweet little gentleman.

Now. How am I going to top THIS for Lola Pug’s ongoing adventures?

I’ve clearly got some work ahead of me.

**If you’re curious about the snazzy harnesses, collars, and bowties in the photos, those are made by the awesome Peachy Keen Pets. Dozer is the latest model for the line, so keep your eyes peeled for more photos of him on the PKP page, as well as my photography Instagram!**



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The (Pug) Hunger Games

I’m always looking for new ways to keep HRH amused, so when a call for volunteers came out from UofT’s CoCoDev Lab, I gleefully signed Lola Pug up to be a test subject. I mean – what better way for her to have fun than to play with new games and puzzles. And maybe I could learn a thing or two from the brainiac experts in the room.

Lola wasn’t sure what was up, but she sure was crazy-face excited to be there.


She had a sniff around and settled in a bit..then it was time to LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


She eventually sort of kind of figured out this one…okay. Not really. But we laughed an appropriate amount watching her try to figure out what it was that got the kibble flowing.

(Editors note: It should be noted that when a certain little someone wasn’t getting more kibble from the magic box, she started shouting at it. Guess what? Shouting doesn’t get you anywhere. It just makes the human monkeys laugh.  And so the lesson ends.)


On to the next game…and she’s having FUN!


Studying hard…


…full steam ahead…


…studying hard again…


…why do all the hard work when you can simply stare at the human until they become uncomfortable and they just do it all for you? Like they should have in the first place?


I think that we learned a WHOLE LOT about PUG cognition today. Don’t know about those other dogs, but Lola P knows her place in the world, that’s for sure.

40 minutes passed by SO quickly. Thanks, again, to the fabulous, smart, and super friendly team who are doing this great research, and we hope to see you again at another session.


If you want to learn more about the canine (and human) cognitive research being done at the University of Toronto – at least as far as this project is concerned – you can visit the CoCoDev Lab website, or go to Emma Tecwyn’s blog (Emma is the person holding LP in the photo above) for more photos and details.

See you next week for a whole new adventure!




Filed under Action Pug, Adventures

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.



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….



Filed under Action Pug, Adventures, Hello Sunbeam, Slothpug, Traveling Pug, Weather

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?





Filed under Adventures, Hello Sunbeam, Traveling Pug, Weather

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!




Filed under Adventures, Friends, Pug Duds, Slothpug, Traveling Pug

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!








Filed under Adventures, Friends, Traveling Pug

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.


Filed under Adventures, Friends, Special Days, Traveling Pug