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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?

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

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

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What a funny looking dog! HELLO DOZER!

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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.

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

SQUAD GOALS!

As expected, it was easier said than done.

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

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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.

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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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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….

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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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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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Pugoween – Part One

Halloween might as well become a Pug High Holiday, because few things bring on the joy for pug people more than putting their furry loved ones into costumes.

To celebrate the occasion – and to raise a bit of money for the rescue pugs who so often need medical care – Pugalug Pug Rescue holds not one, but TWO Pugoween events in and around our area.

I couldn’t pick which of the two events I wanted to go to, so I went to BOTH! There were so many fun and amazing costumes to share with you, so this will have to be a two-part post, but I don’t think you’ll mind much.

Ever see a Stegopug?

 

Well, now you have.

A certain cowboy doesn’t look like he’s enjoying the song that his handsome steed is singing.

 

 

Some pugs take dressing up in stride, and simply soak up the love that looking extra cute brings.

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Miss Puggy became impatient to have her photo taken. So in character!

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Pug people are typically a warm and welcoming bunch, and all friendly dogs are welcome to become honourary pugs for the day.

But even honourary pugs need a break from the costume fun sometimes.

 

Some more so than others.

Little Oscar here was scared by a witch, and then a lobster pug sent him over the edge, so he spent the afternoon cuddled up with his Auntie in the foyer. (Oscar did not like his costume one bit, so he came au naturel)

 

Little Josephine grew some spooky wings for the day.

 

The Puparazzi even came along!

 

And we can’t leave this post without paying due respect to this most creative and hilarious costume….

 

Someone doesn’t look too impressed with his lot in life.

 

After the judging was over, the running around and the playing started to wind up, and the pugs started to go home to their soft beds.

Bella looked a bit over it all…or perhaps she was sad that the party was over for another year.

 

But don’t worry, beautiful girl! There’s another Pugalug Pugoween happening in the next post. The fun has just started!

 

Have you picked out a favourite pug costume?

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Pugs at the Beach

For our last morning in Chicago, Donald and Daisy had something special planned, so we headed out to fortify ourselves with eggs and cinnamon buns before we hit the road.

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Last chance to dine alfresco, pugs!

Daisy didn’t seem to be too thrilled with our outing, even when we posed her next to her namesake flowers.

 

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And we soon found out why.

Chicago is amazing, not only for the architecture and the food, but also for the beaches! Seriously!

And Daisy is not a fan of the beach.

 

 

 

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Donald, however, could not have been happier.

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We tried to line the pugs up for a butt shot…

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…but no one was keen on cooperating, and chaos was the name of the game.

 

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Donald broke free to run and chase waves, while Daisy stood and contemplated the misery that had suddenly enveloped her life.

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Hey, Donald! Looking for whales? Tuna? Hamburgers?

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He could not have been happier.

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Even seaweed is exciting! And tasty.

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Lola Pug doesn’t mind the beach, but water might as well be hot lava to her, so her joy is somewhat limited.

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Daisy stood as far away from the water as she could, while still keeping us in view.

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After much pleading on Daisy’s part, we decided that it might be time to pack it up and head to the airport.

You okay with that, Donald?

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I know. It’s hard to leave THIS behind….

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So it’s into The Bag we go, little pug…

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…and up into the air to bid farewell to our host city.

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Lola Pug usually sleeps in-flight, but the trip was such a quick up and down for us, that she never really got a chance to rest. She basically just lay there, and stared at me the entire time.

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Smiling or yawning?

Either way, I can see all the way down to your tail here, little one.

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A wonderful trip to a great city, and we’re already planning our next little adventure.

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But for the next few weeks, I think we’ll take a bit of time out to enjoy our own gorgeous city in the most beautiful season of all.

Thank you, Daisy and Donald, and thank you, Chicago, for a fantastic weekend and some wonderful memories. We’re already planning our triumphant return.

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Travelling Pug

Lola Pug and I are active and happy travellers, but we’ve been grounded for a while due to a few LP-related medical questions we’ve been looking to answer.

So it was a great celebration when Lola Pug’s veterinarian, Dr. Deji, gave her the okay to FINALLY fly again. To mark the occasion, Dr. Liver Hands gave LP a well deserved treat.

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…and I immediately logged into my computer to book our first flight in months.

Lola Pug has seen way too many Valentino documentaries, so her idea of a flight that is appropriate to her status is something like this…

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…but her reality is somewhat less glamorous….

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The Pug has always been a great traveller, and this was a short flight, so it wasn’t long before we were peeing on foreign foliage, and leaving little calling cards for friends we hadn’t yet met.

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And where have we ended up, you might ask?

Well. Somewhere with PUGS, of course!

Well, HELLO, Donald! We’re happy to see you, too!

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Donald’s family (Angel Payton’s people) and I have been friends for ages, but this was our first time meeting Donald and his amazing sister, Daisy in person.  D&D were adopted from PugHearts of Houston a couple of years ago, and they quickly wormed their way into my heart through photos and videos. I also had a sneaking suspicion that Daisy and Lola Pug were soul sisters (but more on that later).

Daisy and Donald welcomed us into their Pugmobile and we were whisked away for a very exciting first day in their forever hometown.

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Houston?

Nope.

Think…windier.

We boarded a (PUG FRIENDLY!) boat, and Lola Pug settled in for a fun and educational tour of our home for the next few days.

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Not bad, eh?

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…real life Gotham, anyone?

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Now, Donald had been on this particular tour before, so the gorgeous scenery didn’t impress him so much.

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…maybe he’s a bit nearsighted…

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…because even the Little Princess was impressed.

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But the tour eventually came to an end, and we traded history and waterways…

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…for…history and carnivals….

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Hey, pugs! You up for a day on the town?

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I’ll call that as an affirmative vote, so let’s gather up our city trekking gear, and we’ll see you all in the next blog post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ziggy the Wonder Pug

Up here in Canadianaland, it’s a long weekend, and while summer long weekends are often best appreciated on the edge of a loon-laden lake, we decided to do something a little bit different this time.

Word came around to Casa Lola that a certain little someone had been busted out of a bad situation, and needed to find his way across the province to his new home. Now, transporting rescue pugs is something I’ve been doing for years, but this transport was a source of particular joy.

When we went to meet the little man, he sure seemed happy to see us…

 

…and he had no issue accepting love and affection…

 

…even his wobbly legs didn’t slow him down….

We could have played with him all day, but the next leg of his transport was waiting for us, so into the car we piled, and onto the highway we went.

Someone was a bit tuckered out from all of the excitement….

 

He slept like a champ all the way to his next pick up, and from what I hear, he continues to charm all he meets on his journey to freedom.

Welcome to your new life, little one. There are so many loving arms already around you!

 

If you want to find out more about pugs like Ziggy (and even Ziggy, himself), click a link or two up and over to the right here ⤴ to link to a few of the rescues we know and love here at Casa Lola.

In the meantime,  we hope that little Ziggy here has given you at least a little bit to smile about on this summer Monday.

Rescues Rock!

 

 

 

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