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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.

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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.

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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!

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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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Coastal Friends

Lola Pug’s lifelong BFF and cousin, Roxy, is moving to the other side of the country shortly (cue the sadfaces at Casa Lola), so we invited the Little Miss and her people up to Lola’s northern playground for a weekend of adventuring and bonding before the big move.

One of the first things we all must do when faced with outdoor adventures is put on our hats and sunscreen, so Roxy reminded us all to do so before we set out….

 

The first order of the day was to have a little boating adventure, which Roxy took to like a …duck to water?

 

Lola, being used to such travel, was a little bit less impressed, but that also might have something to do with the fact that she’s rather grown out of her life jacket a little bit. (Middle age spread happens to the best of us, baby).

 

Not only did we have gorgeous sunshine and water, but we had jumping fish and giant aeries to be on the lookout for.

 

Once our not-quite-three-hour tour was done, we were all rather toasty, so we thought we’d bring the pugs to the water to cool down a bit.

Roxy has always been a bit of a water baby, so she was quite pleased with the refreshment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Epic and proud, babygirl, epic and proud.

 

Lola, however, has *never* had a fondness for water OR being wet, so imagine my shock and temporary horror when THIS happened…

 

Yup.

She stood in the water in a dreamy state, thoroughly enjoying every soothing moment of the cooling wetness.

 

When I finally coaxed her out of the water to come up on a rock with her cousin to watch some passing boats…

 

…she turned around and walked back INTO the water for a bit more spa action.

 

Which prompted me to call out… “WHERE IS MY PUG, AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH HER???”

Oh.

We’re all back to normal now, I see….

 

Yes. That’s likely goose poop she’s smearing her wet face in.

That seemed to be enough adventuring for one day for these two, so we settled in for a little nap on the porch together.

Lola was a bit miffed that Roxy got her favourite chair…

 

…but we do these things for our friends. Especially when we might not see them again for a long, long time.

 

Love and kisses, little Roxy Pug. Here’s hoping we will get a chance to come and visit you in your new (and terribly exciting) coastal home before long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Pug Canada Day!

Up here in the True North, Canada Day is all about enjoying a long summer weekend filled with friends, family, food and fireworks. And flags, of course.

 

NEVER one to miss out on a party, and fresh from her World Pride celebrations, Lola Pug stands…okay, sits…ready to welcome this year’s national celebrations, pug-style.

 

…which, unfortunately for her, means she can’t escape being dressed up – just a little bit – once again.

 

Happy Canada Day , everyone!

Stay cool, stay safe and stay proud!

 

 

 

 

 

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