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Pug in a Hammock

This summer (like last summer) has been hooooot and sticky here, which is never good for pugs, let alone a black senior pug with many medical specialists on her payroll.

Which is all to say that when LP and I received a fabulous invitation to go and hang in the breezy countryside out near a (different) lake, we jumped in the car and drove, baby!

I had glorious plans to visit the beach, explore the town, and eat lots of baked goods, but when we reached our destination, this charming oasis greeted us….

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Notice the hammock?

Yah. So did I. Immediately.

Lola wasn’t so much a fan of the ‘Mmock at first…

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But I kept hauling her up beside me, and she eventually found her comfortable spot…

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…like, REALLY found her comfortable spot….

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So those plans that I had? To visit the beach and the town and to eat lots of baked goods?

Not so much.

But I don’t think that Lola Pug was too disappointed about that.

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So now I have yet another task on my hands.

A pug hammock.

Wish me luck, possums…and please share any tips or tricks if you have made your own dog hammock! (because who hasn’t??)

Also, special thanks to Olive and Oscar (these rascally souls here) for letting Lola Pug and I use their country getaway place (and their hammock) for a few days.

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Pokemon Pug!

Like all great relationships, Lola Pug and I take turns at being “The Sensible One”. I waggle my finger at her when she wants to eat cigarette butts on the sidewalk, and she lets me know (loudly) whenever I have my eyeballs glued to my phone (and not on her) for too long.

But my pretense of having any maturity and good sense flies away faster than a frog in a tornado when something especially sparkly lands in my lap, and this past week delivered a pretty sparkly distraction for many of us.

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“Many” meaning most definitely not Lola Pug or Stanley.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t keep introducing her to the little creatures who are popping up in our ‘hood.

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There’s some sort of family resemblance to this one….

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Looks as if she’s warming up to the Zubat.

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Should I be worried?

Oh. Maybe THIS is her soulmate. She seems to be interested in it, at least.

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Yah. I think we have the winner here.

At least I think we do. It appears as if Lola begs to differ….

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The super hot summer we’re having in Lola P’s hometown has meant that we can’t be out and exploring as much as we want to, but I will sure keep my eyes peeled for new creatures to introduce to Lola.

Has your fur kid met any Pokemon yet? Which one do you think they resemble most?

And most pressingly…which Pokemon above do you think Lola Pug most resembles?

Happy hunting!

 

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Pug Houseguest

Apologies for our quietude over the past two weeks. I have been off on a couple of weekend quests to raise money for the hospital that helped Lola P’s angel grandma (more on those at the bottom of the post), so my computer time has been limited until now.

Lucky Lola P got to stay with her friends, The Fuppies, while I was away, and BOY, were they happy to see her! And I’m so happy that Lola’s Auntie Evelyn took so many photos to share.

Lola waited for me for a while by the front door of her temporary home…worried that she had been abandoned at Griffy Manor forever…

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She was so sad that Murphy came over to try to console her. Nice photobomb, Leo!

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And it wasn’t long before the promise of a lush lawn and some hardcore snuffling took over, and Lola P’s sadness was almost completely forgotten.

Murphy loves Lola SO MUCH…alas, it is very definitely an unrequited situation.

Admitting defeat, but still sitting by her BFF.

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By the time dinner rolled around, Lola was not only feeling at home, she was leading the Evening Vittles Brigade.

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And when I saw THIS photo, I knew that Lola P would never be coming back to her little tv-less apartment. Because…what is better than TV in bed???

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So everyone ends up happy, in the end.

And I apparently now have to start saving up for a giant, flat-screen tv. And cable.

Now that our schedule is a little bit more back to normal around Casa Lola, I think it’s time to start in on our summer adventures, don’t you? Oh, the sunshine and fun that awaits us!

 

NON-PUG STUFF!

Every year for almost a decade now, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, in Toronto, holds the Ride to Conquer Cancer – a 200+km ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls to benefit the cancer research and treatments that the hospital offers. I also participate in the Journey to Conquer Cancer – a 1k, 3k, or 5k Walk/Run that allows families and the slightly less athletically inclined to participate. I ride and walk to support the Head and Neck Cancer team, because they basically became family over the years, and they really are amazing. If you’re a cyclist, it’s a fantastic ride to be a part of – consider participating in 2017!

BUT WAIT! I saw two pugs on the ride route who were cheering us on, so I just HAD to stop and say HI to them. I STOP FOR PUGS!

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Belated Pug Birthday!

I carry all of the blame for this.

Lola P’s birthday was back in March, just before I started blogging again, and I realised only this week that I hadn’t posted ANY of the photos, and oh my god, how terrible, because they still make me laugh.

A true diva such as Lola Pug requires a bit of a splash on her birthday (11 years, dears – where has the time gone?!?), so the menus were planned, the (two) guests were invited, the party hats were unearthed, and the celebrations BEGAN!

Well. The photobooth was set up, is what I mean to say.

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Lola P is really *such* a pro.

The crazy and overwhelming joy felt in the photobooth was only amplified when the Fuppies came over and joined the party.

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Can you feel it?

Can you feel the love and joy and complete celebration?

I throw such amazing pug parties.

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Happy belated birthday, my little Bean.

I love you more than I ever thought possible.

And boy, do you ever look fetching in pink.

 

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Little Dog Party

Lola Pug and I have been pretty quiet for the past few weeks. Spring is trying it’s best to …spring… this year… Oh, that’s not true. It’s not trying at all. Life has been pretty grey and cool and wet around Casa Lola. Very uninspiring and kinda depressing, to be honest.

In my continually vain attempt to keep HRH amused, I thought she might enjoy a visit to see her Griffy friends (aka The Fuppies). Well, it turned out that The Fuppies were already having a casual party, of sorts, so the more the merrier!

Well. I guess that depends on what your idea of “merry” is.

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Little Murphy – always in love with Lola Pug, even though the feelings have never been even remotely returned – sat watching the craziness with her pug friend for a while.

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Everyone was having a whale of a time on the other sofa. So much so, that the humans decided it would be great to get all of the canines present together for a photo.

Let me introduce you to The Little Dog Gang… Leo, the Shih Tzu, Barkley, the Cutiepie, you know Murphy and Bosco, the Brussels Griffons, of course, and who is that in between the Griffies there? You see her – the really happy looking one…

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I would like to think that Lola Pug simply loves to look at the camera, but I’m pretty sure that’s not quite what was happening here.

In fact, I think I might be making up for this transgression for quite some time to come.

Lola Pug. At a party. For DOGS!?!

Better go and read my Pug Parent Manual again.

In the meantime – COME ON, SPRING! I mean – really. If I don’t get some good adventures lined up for HRH, I’m going to be in some SERIOUS trouble pretty soon!

Until next week!

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Griffy Love, Lola Pug Style

Despite their insanely cute appearance and entirely good natured personalities (or perhaps because of these), Lola Pug really isn’t into Griffies. It’s not limited to the Fuppies, either, as little Winston, who we met at a street fair in Chicago, will help demonstrate…

 

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Oh, Pug. Honestly.

We have a BIG week ahead, with Pugoween topping it all off, so expect an extra costume-filled blog post or two this coming week.

Stay warm, stay safe and go find a Griffy to hug today!

 

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Griffy Family Visit

Lola Pug is a popular girl. She has a wide circle of friends, both human and canine (and a couple of feline), and she gets to see them all pretty darned regularly.

Bosco and Murphy (aka The Fuppies) are a part of our family, and our doors and hearts are always open to them. I mean LOOK AT THEM!

Is that a boat? Can we eat it?

 

 

I might look like a little punk, but all I really want is my mama's lap and some love.

 

 

Seriously. Can I eat that?

 

This week, the Fuppies came to stay with us for an afternoon while their people were out for a bit. They are always VERY excited to come over to visit us at Casa Lola, so after MUCH speeding around and wrestling and playing and more wrestling and racing around, I decided to take them for a neighbourhood walk to try to tire them out a bit.

What do we have here? The Fuppies appear to have made friends with Shelby, Lola Pug’s lifetime buddy around the corner.

The man and the big dog went that way, and I smell snackies.

 

All eyes were on Shelby’s dad as he doled out treats for the attentive crowd…

You. Have. Done. This. To. Me.

 

…well…almost all eyes.

I guess cuteness only goes so far in the dog world.

To quote George Burns, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family…in another city.”

I’m already desperately trying to think up ways to make it up to her.

Wish me luck!

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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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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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Kitty vs Pug

No pug puppies were harmed in the making of this post…

 

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…not even her dignity.

You should SEE what the cat puts up with from this little one.

Seriously.

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