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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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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.

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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….

 

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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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Little Pugs, Big City

Off the boat, and onto shore!

Little legs need a little legs vehicle for longer walks, so out came the Pugmobile, and we were on our way, with Admiral Daisy leading the charge!

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All tucked in safely, First Mate Donald?

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So where is the first place to go when we hit the ground in the Windy City?

THE BEAN, of course!

Lola Pug always draws attention when we go out, and the little Bean sure was a hit when we went to see the (slightly) more famous and (definitely) much larger Bean – also known as the Cloud Gate, but that doesn’t really suit our purposes here, so Bean it shall remain.

BEAN AT THE BEAN!

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…seriously…I’ve been waiting a LONG time to get that photo.

She posed patiently and marvellously for her snap-happy mama.

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Right next to the Bean (the big, silver one, not the little fuzzy black one), is the spectacular Pritzker Music Pavilion, which we humans were mightily impressed by.

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Chicago sure knows how to do that architecture thing.

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It wasn’t until we were leaving the park that we noticed the “no dogs” signs, so we felt kinda sneaky and rather lucky that we weren’t pulled aside, but we knew that we had been respectful of the property, and besides – these aren’t just any dogs, they’re PUGS!

I was rather taken with the Pugmobile, so I thought I would try putting Lola in it to see if I could catch a break from carrying her in my arms through town.

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Nope.

…so Big D happily took LP’s spot, and we continued on our way.

Donald was excited to see the sights of the downtown buildings.

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He looked for long lost relatives up among the gargoyles on the (completely epic) Tribune Tower…

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…while I was captivated and mightily impressed by the rocks and masonry that were embedded all over the building.

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We humans got up to our usual shenanigans of darting in and out of shops, eating and drinking, and generally looking UP a lot at some seriously gorgeous buildings, while the pugs rolled (and were carried) along through the sights and sounds of the city.

With the Miracle Mile traversed and the sights seen for the day, we retired to a nearby neighbourhood park to feed the pugs their well-earned dinner and relax a little as the sun set.

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All this adventure, and The Pug is still kinda pissed with me. What gives, girl?

Exhausted from a very full day of adventuring, Donald immediately called it quits when we got back home.

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Daisy was very much up for more fun and games, but it was clearly time to hit the hay and recharge our batteries.

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The adventure has only just begun, pugs!

Sleep tight, and see you all in the morning. We still have so much more to see and do!

 

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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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Big Dog, Little Dog Farm Adventures

While Lola and I were cooling off (and scouting out some awesome garlic) in the curing barn, our newest tour guide was rounding the corner to show us a few more things.

Great Pyrenees running through green grass on a farm

 

Oh, HAI there, Logan!

 

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Lola isn’t always so great with bigger dogs, so we had a careful introduction…

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…but there were clearly too many more interesting things to do than be grumpy, so the new friends got down to important sniffing business…

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…and they actually seemed to hit it off quite well.

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The Pug and Logan had a good time exploring the greens and shrubbery, but before long, it was time to move on, so I scooped the little monkey up into my arms and we made our way into the gorgeous vegetable garden for a tour.

Vegetable garden on a farm in many different shades of lush green

 

We’ve got green beans and fresh peas (delicious when eaten right off the vine), and kale and more kale and…little fuzzy pods?

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Seriously. I had NO IDEA that chickpeas grew like this. Where have I been living all these years?

Needless to say, Lola was getting REALLY bored with the vegetable tour, what with being unable to sniff anything or pee on anything, so we left the veggies in peace (with some in our bellies – the wonders of organic!), and walked past the fields of buckwheat to visit the largest resident ladies on the farm.

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I have always held a deep love for horses, but so much in life is a matter of perspective, and only now can I understand why Lola Pug might be less than impressed with them.

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All teeth and nostrils does not exactly make for an immediate best friend, eh, pug?

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Right.

In search of more shade – and less horse – for The Pug, we happened upon a perfectly pug-sized picnic bench, where we cooled off (again) for a bit.

A happy, smiling little black pug sitting on a small picnic bench on a summer day on a farm

 

Logan had created an even better arrangement for himself, having dug out a Great Pyrenees-sized cooling cave to relax in.

 

A happy Great Pyrenees lies underneath a picnic table in the grass and dirt

 

Lola doesn’t do dirt, and she’s not one for nesting under tables, so a compromise was eventually reached, and the two new friends chilled out, and traded city/country stories, filled with raccoons and coyotes and chickens, no doubt.

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All in all, a rather glorious adventure that left us with sunkissed skin, baskets (and bellies) full of fantastic vegetables, and huge smiles on all of our faces.

And if you ever happen to find yourself in Ontario, and are lucky enough to be up in Muskoka on a Sunday in growing season, be sure to visit Jay’s Organic Vegetables at the Midland Farmer’s Market to check out his veggies – and the 16 (16!) types of organic garlic – that he grows.

Jay’s farm is Lola and Logan approved!

 

 

 

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Chickens and Garlic and Pugs, OH MY!

I realise that the title of this post sounds a bit like a recipe, but I assure you it most definitely is not. Quite to the contrary, this is the makings of a great adventure, my friends!

Lola’s Aunt Sarah knows some very special people who have a very special place in the country, and when we got an invitation to visit, we simply couldn’t resist. Because…well…

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…CHICKENS!

You might remember that Lola met her first chicken a few years ago (you can revisit that day here), and MUCH to her thrill and to my amusement, we discovered her deep passion for them.

Now I don’t eat chickens (chickens are friends, not food), but I can’t vouch for Lola Pug’s intentions, so this girl was right to be wary of us.

Suspicious, happy free range chicken in the grass

 

We quietly went inside the chicken barn (is that a thing?) to pay homage to the ladies who were laying their eggs.

Black and white free range chicken sitting on her eggs

 

I don’t know how Farmer Jay is brave enough to reach under those little beaked guardians to get to their eggs, but I bet he does it quickly and without fuss, because before long, the ladies became a little bit squawky, and it was clear that both pugs and humans weren’t so welcome anymore.

Two black and white free range chickens sit on their eggs in a rustic barn

 

So back outside we went, to look for some more adventures.

I think that Lola Pug has made peace with the chickens…she might even feel one with the chickens…but they’re not so sure about her yet.

After finding *just* the right spot for The Pug to pee on, we made our way over to another, larger barn that we were told held a wonderful treat, as well as a bit of shade (and quiet) for us. We were not disappointed.

I mean – LOOK AT THIS!

 

Garlic hanging in a curing barn

 

When you go to the grocery store to “pick up some garlic”, did you know that you have a better choice?  Did you know that there is spicy garlic, mild garlic, pungent garlic and purple striped garlic? And did you know that most garlic is grown in China?

Poppycock to that, I say!

Farmer Jay grows 16 different types of garlic right here in Ontario. Organic garlic, at that!

Organic Ontario farm garlic rest in dirt on a curing table

 

While I spent time learning all about garlic, Lola Pug took the opportunity to cool off a bit in the curing and prep barn.

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But little pug, our adventure has only just begun.

Why don’t you cool off a bit while I pick out some garlic, and we will wait on the arrival of our next, slightly hairier, tour guide.

…to be continued… of course….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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