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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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Pug Houseguest

Apologies for our quietude over the past two weeks. I have been off on a couple of weekend quests to raise money for the hospital that helped Lola P’s angel grandma (more on those at the bottom of the post), so my computer time has been limited until now.

Lucky Lola P got to stay with her friends, The Fuppies, while I was away, and BOY, were they happy to see her! And I’m so happy that Lola’s Auntie Evelyn took so many photos to share.

Lola waited for me for a while by the front door of her temporary home…worried that she had been abandoned at Griffy Manor forever…

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She was so sad that Murphy came over to try to console her. Nice photobomb, Leo!

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And it wasn’t long before the promise of a lush lawn and some hardcore snuffling took over, and Lola P’s sadness was almost completely forgotten.

Murphy loves Lola SO MUCH…alas, it is very definitely an unrequited situation.

Admitting defeat, but still sitting by her BFF.

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By the time dinner rolled around, Lola was not only feeling at home, she was leading the Evening Vittles Brigade.

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And when I saw THIS photo, I knew that Lola P would never be coming back to her little tv-less apartment. Because…what is better than TV in bed???

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So everyone ends up happy, in the end.

And I apparently now have to start saving up for a giant, flat-screen tv. And cable.

Now that our schedule is a little bit more back to normal around Casa Lola, I think it’s time to start in on our summer adventures, don’t you? Oh, the sunshine and fun that awaits us!

 

NON-PUG STUFF!

Every year for almost a decade now, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, in Toronto, holds the Ride to Conquer Cancer – a 200+km ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls to benefit the cancer research and treatments that the hospital offers. I also participate in the Journey to Conquer Cancer – a 1k, 3k, or 5k Walk/Run that allows families and the slightly less athletically inclined to participate. I ride and walk to support the Head and Neck Cancer team, because they basically became family over the years, and they really are amazing. If you’re a cyclist, it’s a fantastic ride to be a part of – consider participating in 2017!

BUT WAIT! I saw two pugs on the ride route who were cheering us on, so I just HAD to stop and say HI to them. I STOP FOR PUGS!

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Day 7: Pug In Nature Photography Challenge

Just as I was really starting to have some fun!

The FINAL DAY of the Challenge, and I am SO SAD that it’s over. Or is it???

Lola Pug and I have a LOT of adventures together, and I’m really grateful that you read along and share some of them with us.

Today, to mark the end of the challenge, one of my favourite shots from an adventure out where they grow them mountains big and all pretty like, and where sometimes the tides go out REALLLLLY low, and mama drags HRH out to have some “fun” for a little while.

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Because I don’t want this to end, I’m passing this challenge along. If you choose to do it, OMP, what fun it will be. If not, totally cool beans. No sweat. And make it your own challenge!

We challenge our friends: the wonderful Southern Fried Pugs, the gorgeous Ruby the AiredaleYoshi, Not Sophie, and overall funky faerie, Cat, and finally, Hailey and Zaphod.

Until then – we will see you again in a week with a fresh new adventure to share!

 

 

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Day 6: Pug In Nature Photography Challenge

So, *technically*, this isn’t water.

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It might be something even worse.

ISN’T NATURE WONDERFUL, PUG?!?!

I didn’t know that pugs had muscles in all of those places.

Come and join el Disgusto here tomorrow for the FINAL DAY of the Pug in Nature Photography Challenge! We’re going to miss this!

 


 

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 5: Pug In Nature Photography Challenge

OMP. Skipped a day, but I promise it won’t mean fewer photos.

Nature. Lola Pug.

How about a beach again?

This time, let’s go south of the border. Perhaps a little Lake Michigan can convince HRH that water isn’t an evil force of nature.

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Or not.

Frozen in disgust that Nature has the audacity to dampen her delicate tootsies yet again.

I’ll have to come up with something better tomorrow, perhaps.

Stay tuned!

 


 

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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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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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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Griffy Love, Lola Pug Style

Despite their insanely cute appearance and entirely good natured personalities (or perhaps because of these), Lola Pug really isn’t into Griffies. It’s not limited to the Fuppies, either, as little Winston, who we met at a street fair in Chicago, will help demonstrate…

 

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Oh, Pug. Honestly.

We have a BIG week ahead, with Pugoween topping it all off, so expect an extra costume-filled blog post or two this coming week.

Stay warm, stay safe and go find a Griffy to hug today!

 

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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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Chicago Style Pugs (aka The Food Post)

One does not go to Chicago to merely “see the sights”, although the sights are quite worth the visit, alone. But I have long understood that Chicago is also very important for it’s food.

We were slightly limited to patios that accepted dogs, and many patios do accept polite dogs in this city (how terribly civilised!!!), but that sure didn’t stop us from indulging.

To kick off our morning, we decided to stay in with the pugs, so the food came to us in the form of… mother of all things pug…

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…doughnuts made for Godzilla, apparently.

Only on vacation, and only in Chicago?

You know how you say you’re “only going to have a little piece”? Yah. Well. That didn’t happen.

But humans cannot live on doughnuts, alone (or can they?), so we decided to attempt to walk off a bit of our collective sugar high, and we headed to a different part of town for lunch.

It was a perfect day, weather-wise, so there was a bit of a line up for the patio, but Daisy took that as her opportunity to work on her tan and recharge her solar batteries.

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When we did make it in to the table, Lola Pug had a lot of questions for the waitstaff about the menu.

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Donald seemed to be a bit distressed at the lack of pug-friendly snackies…

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…while Daisy checked out her Dad’s sarsaparilla.

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She was less than impressed, in case you were wondering.

Being a vegetarian, I simply ordered (blindly) whatever was labelled as vegetarian on the menu.

This dish of mushroomy goodness was a total winner – for veggies and meat eaters alike.

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When this was put down in front of me, I was a bit confused.

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I am not normally a Frito-eater, but I gamely opened the bag, stuck my fork in, and now I have a full comprehension of what a “walking taco” is all about.

Fritos, cheese, hot tomato sauce and green things.

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Perhaps a snack best left to those late nights when you’re just coming home from the pub. Kind of the Chicago equivalent of a Nova Scotian donair, I suppose.

We continued on our way after lunch, exploring some really fun shops, visiting a great art fair and buying a few appropriate items for les chiens.

Lola Pug was kind enough to wear her tourist gear at dinner that evening – food related, of course!

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While The Pug sat, despondent and exhausted on my lap, I dug into this…

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Deep fried Wisconsin cheese curds with spicy ketchup.

I was deemed to be an honourary American when I reached over and dipped a cheese curd into Daisy’s Dad’s cheese sauce, which tickled me, but apparently wasn’t to sweet Daisy’s liking. Perhaps she’s upset that I didn’t share anything with her…

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…or maybe she’s irked because this blog is supposed to be about PUGS, not FOOD!

Okay. Next post coming up. And it will be ALL about pugs, I promise.

Now. Time for a snack, I think.

 

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