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Senior Pug Life

Living with a senior pug is simply the best – either with a pug you’ve known and grown with over the years, or a senior who has more recently come into your life.

Senior pugs, like the best senior people, know who they are, know what they want, and their personalities just shine. They finally grow into their full selves, which, in Lola P’s case, means being as sassy and sure of herself as she’s ever been. Also – the cuteness! Puppies are off-the-charts adorable, but nothing is as beautiful to me as a silver speckled senior snout (or snout-less, as is the case with pugs).

What also often comes along with getting older – for people and pugs alike – are medical issues. Alas, this is one reason why so many mature pugs come into rescue – some folks either can’t, or won’t, afford their pug’s, often complicated, medical care.

Lola is now 13.5 years old, and for a pug her age, she’s doing great.

Our walks are much, much shorter now, and our pace is often glacial, but Lola P is engaged, feisty, and full of the life and spirit that so completely defines who she is, and she continues to teach me and challenge me to grow.

Being the medical mystery and marvel that she is, Lola has been through the healthcare wringer over the past few years, and my life has slowly changed to accommodate her developing needs. These changes will likely sound familiar to other loving, senior dog people.

A shockingly high percentage of my social time is spent in vet hospital waiting rooms, chatting with veterinarians and vet techs, and sharing stories with fellow pet parents. I consider our home vet to be family, and not only because I speak with him more these days than I do my own family.

My travel, evening, and weekend plans have been curtailed, and are often cancelled if the weather isn’t right, or if Herself isn’t feeling quite well and maybe needs a more watchful eye to make sure she’s okay.

Let’s talk about the spending. New shoes? Nope. Fancy dinner out? Nope. With many vet visits come many vet bills – and some of ours have been hefty. But I am so deeply grateful to be able to fork over the cash to save or extend my little one’s life. We have an amazing (and growing) medical team, and they deserve every penny, and more, that we give them. And I would rather have a healthy, happy pug than a newer, bigger TV, or whatever other stuff I’m told I *need* to have in order to be happy.

Speaking of spending… There are folks who have told me (repeatedly, and without solicitation) that Lola is “just a dog”, and that I’m crazy to devote so much time and money to her care, but, to be frank, those aren’t my people. I have stopped trying to explain myself to folks like this (some of whom I am related to), and I just feel sad for them now. Doubly sad if they happen to have an animal in their home.

I know what is important to me, and I know where my time, money, and energy are best spent. The level of care that I give Lola is simply a part of the dedication and love that I believe inherently comes with welcoming any new family member into my home, no matter how many legs they might have.

Dogs are family. The love and connection that our animals bring into our lives is unmatched and irreplaceable, and that love just gets sweeter as their faces get greyer, and their bones get creakier. The only rotten part of the deal is that we don’t get to have them in our lives forever. And that is simply the worst.

I have been quiet on this site because I’ve been focused on getting Lola the best care possible over the past year and a half, and dealing, sometimes not so elegantly, with the emotional roller coaster ride that comes along when a dearly loved one starts to show signs of faltering.

Senior pug life is something that I think only the luckiest among us get to experience. It’s not for the weak, and it is growing and breaking my heart open in ways that I never thought possible, but it is also the sweetest and most rewarding part of my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. …unless it’s the chance to do it all again from the beginning.

Cheers to the seniors. They are the best among us. May they all have safe, soft spots to sleep, and a kind person to love and care for them, and, in Lola’s case, at least, a quick and obedient mama who jumps at her every whim and command.

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What Has My Pug Named Me?

Humans most often rely on talking to communicate, and I talk to Lola all the time. Of course, I answer back for her in what I think is her voice.

I tell myself this makes her mental, because I’m either capturing her feelings perfectly, or I’m way off. Either way, I’m pretty sure I piss her off a lot of times.

And if you doubt me, remember THIS?

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This meme has been making the rounds recently, and aside from making me laugh, it got me thinking…

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…what does Lola Pug actually call me?

In my human brain, she refers to me as “Mama”. In her more demanding moods, she calls me “Monkey”. (referring to my inferior-to-pugs status as a primate, of course)

…but what is she *really* thinking?

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And what names does YOUR pet call YOU?

Food for thought….

 

 

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Sunbeam Pug

Aside from the cooler temperatures, there really isn’t much that The Pug appreciates about winter anymore.

It gets TOO cold for her older little bones to handle, and then add in the slush and the salt and the wind and the tonnes of wet snow, and I have a very grumpy little soul on my hands.

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The one thing winter does bring us, however (aside from relief from those 40 degree summer days), is Lola’s beloved sunbeam.

When I see the sunbeam come in the window, I pull out one of Lola’s beds, and position it just so before I call her over to let her know her winter bestie has arrived.

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Someone wanted company in the sunbeam the other day, though, and she wouldn’t stay on her bed unless I was there with her, so I picked up my work and…

…well, I’ve had tea in worse places.

I think.

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Snooze well, little one. Mama is right here beside you.

 

 

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10th Birthday Pug

I have been excited about this day for weeks now, which is odd, considering how much I dread Lola Pug getting older.

But today is a momentous day.

Today is the day that, ten years ago, this brilliant little light came into the world.

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The week ahead will be filled with all of the things that 10-year old Lola Pug loves most, so stay tuned for our exciting adventures! Well…our slightly subdued exciting adventures.

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

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Pride Pug

Lola Pug’s hometown has been pretty stoked for some time about hosting 2014 World Pride, and the glorious weekend is finally upon us.

The weather has been sunny and hot, which is great for (most of) the humans, but it’s not so great for the four-leggers, so Her Royal Highness has had to miss out on most of the fun. …which probably suits her just fine, really.

But we couldn’t miss out on the MOST fun part of Pride, could we?

 

I think she needs her own float. Maybe carried like the Queen that she is in a litter by some gorgeous celebrants….

 

Pugs are proof that being like everyone else is BOOOORING, so be proud of who you are and go into the world with grace and love, and grace and love will find you right back.

Love, Peace and HAPPY PRIDE to everyone in our city and around the world.

 

 

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Another Year…

…another promise broken.

I promised wee Lola that this year for her birthday, my treat to her would be to NOT dress her up in any outfits or costumes.

Well…

 

…I suck.

And The Pug tells me so at every opportunity.

Alas, the weather is wreaking havoc with us today, as well, and it’s not exactly Pug Perfect…

 

But have no fear. All is not lost for The Pug.

At Casa Lola, our birthday celebrations go on all week, so there are plenty of happy events in the works that we will be sharing with you in the days ahead.

And that’s a promise I can keep.

Happy Birthday, my little soul. You are my light in the world, wee one.

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Truer Words…

How much do I love you
I cannot say
Because I love you more and more
Each and every day

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Missin’ Her Sistah

More and more these days, I let Lola decide where we go on our walks. “Pug’s Choice”, I call it. And we both love it.

Lo gets to hit up her favourite “pee-mail” spots, and I get to actually walk, as opposed to spending my entire time trying to convince Lola that she wants to move her legs.

Without fail, our evening strolls have taken us on a very specific route over the past couple of weeks. Pretty much every night (when it’s not raining), we find ourselves on a particular street, looking over at a particular door…

 

It warms my frozen heart to see how much The Pug has grown to love her sister, Nelly.

And I think we are *clearly* overdue for a play date.

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Hug Your Pug

With all of the sadness and loss over the past week – first Payton, and then little Rocco – we have been particularly smoochy on The Pug recently.

Okay. I’m the one who’s been super smoochy. Downright clingy, in fact.

The Man and I have spent the past few days doing a tiny bit of slacking on the work front, and going on little adventures based entirely on HRH’s favourite activities.

Spoiling her rotten? You bet.

Don’t forget to hug your pug. Today, and every day. A lot.

And by “Pug”, I mean anyone who means the world to you.

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