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Tick Talk

I’m supposed to be studying today, so here I am writing a long overdue blog post. Because that’s what happens, right?

I blame Spring Fever!!!!

Lola P has been through the mill with health issues this winter, so we have been quiet for a while as we dealt with and recovered from our dramas. More about that in upcoming posts, perhaps, but for now, she is better than ever, and my goodness, have we been out and celebrating with little adventures!

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Spring has sprung in Toronto, and in addition to MANY more walks on the nature trails around Casa Lola, this means a trip to see Lola’s Uncle Deji to get her bloods done and pick up her heartworm meds for the summer.

This year, we have a new addition to her medicine cabinet, as 2017 is the year of TICKS IN THE 6IX*! (*clever title courtesy of Dr. Deji)

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Ticks are bad. Capital “B” bad. And they have invaded our fair northern shores in numbers not seen before (thanks, humans and global warming). Ticks carry Lyme disease and other dangerous fevers, and they LOVE to feed on the blood of dogs, cats, and their resident humans, causing many, sometimes fatal, health issues. So as much as I am not a fan of giving LP more meds, these are necessary.

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Thankfully, the tablets aren’t so gross to eat, apparently, so there were no hesitations from the Bean about her new monthly snack.

…and now we can venture out into the wilds of the Toronto Parks system again without (much) fear of LP playing host to these ghastly parasites. (I still have to worry about myself, however)

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Ticks aren’t to be messed with. They feed on all forest creatures – birds, raccoons, dogs, humans – and they wait on grass, dead leaves, sticks, even cement, to find a host so they can fulfil their gross and parasitic life purpose.

Talk to your vet. Learn more on trusted sites online. Protect yourself, protect your fur kids, and GET OUT THERE AND LOVE NATURE! Well. Love everything except ticks. And mosquitos. And black flies. But love the bees. And everything else.

Happy Spring, All!

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10K Pug Run

This blog is all about the Adventures of Lola Pug, and those adventures can run both big and small. Lola P and I are lucky enough to live in a great part of a great city, and sometimes we only have to walk out of our front door to find something new and exciting.

That includes walking outside for someone’s early morning constitutional.

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While snuffling in the lawn, Lola’s eye was caught by an unusual amount of activity on our street, so she marched down to investigate.

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Slightly confused, but intrigued, she decided to follow the people (with me in tow) to see what all of the commotion was about…

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…and someone wasn’t pleased to discover that there was a better option to peeing out in the open on the grass. And no, Lola, we cannot have one of these installed on the lawn for you.

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Her confusion grew as we neared the starting line, both because of the number of people who were walking on our street, as well as…well…we were walking on the street!

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And so the Run season begins in this city. This particular run is super popular, as you can see. I think there were over 30,000 people here this year. And what a gorgeous day for it.

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GO, RUNNERS, GO!

We cheered the participants on, and Lola inspired them with her cuteness as I carried her back home so she could rest. All of that “inspiring other people” stuff sure can be exhausting for a senior gal.

We’ll leave the running and exertion to other people. For now. Pugs were meant to live the plush life, not the “rush” life, and there is a giant bed with someone’s name on it.

Happy Sunday to everyone, runners, tea sippers, and sleeper-inners, alike.

 

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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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