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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Raining AGAIN?...

Okay, so I was supposed to be out of town this weekend. Mom and I had plans. But, guess what? The weather didn't cooperate. It's been raining AGAIN most of today.

Mom had gotten everything ready. She had put my crate in the front seat of the car, next to her. She had put gas in the car. She had given me a bath, gotten my nails clipped and, believe it or not, she had bought me a new sweater to wear on our trip. Here I am posing in my sweater.
Here's kind of a glamor shot.
So you might be wondering where we were going to go. Well, it's in the mountains. No that's not right. It's in what is called the foothills, but they have snow there, like in the mountains. That's what confuses me. It's on the way to the mountains. Last time we were there, I refused to walk down some snowy stairs, and Mom had to carry me down to the car.

I just don't like walking on snow. It's bad enough that I'm having to deal with all of this rain. I find it really hard to find a spot to pee. I don't like getting my feet wet, either. Although, I must say that I'm getting used to it, now that we have had so many days of rain. Now, I sometimes walk in the puddles on purpose. It's kind of fun. I like the sound of the splash and the feel of the water spattering up under my belly. Maybe I have some Lab in me. Do you think?

So, I was so disappointed that we couldn't go. I love going up there and seeing THE BOYS. There are three of them, and they just love me to pieces. They seem to always want to hold me and wrestle with me and take me for walks. The BOYS are age 13, 11 and almost 9. They seem to be the best age for liking dogs, especially a Pug like me.

The good news is that I'm going to see them and their Mom next weekend. Mom says the rain is going away and the sun will be coming out on the day after tomorrow. That means rain again tomorrow. Whew! It's always been hard for me to wait for things, so this is not going to be easy. I can hardly wait to see THE BOYS and their Mom too. I follow her all over the house, when I'm there.

Guess Mom talked to her and she said she had three hours of shoveling to do in their driveway, from all of the snow they have had. She also said that the electricity had been out on and off for several days. Boy, she and THE BOYS must be really strong, living up there with all the weather they get. Yet, they all go down hills on these board like things, Mom calls them skis, and play in the snow. I wonder if I can get used to snow, like I'm getting used to rain. Hmmmm.

So anyway, Mom and I have been cooped up in the house today. She has been crocheting and creating art. I've been mainly sleeping by the heater vent. Here I am near the vent, with my sweater on. It's nice to be WARM.
So, that's about it from my neck of the woods. I'm a happy Pug. I have a trip that I'm going on soon, and Mommy loves me so much that she bought me a new sweater. I love being a Pug.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It was a tail wagging day...

Hello Everybody - Boy, have I had a tail wagging day today. Let me tell you all about it.

It all started because it's been so cold and rainy outside. So, night before last, when I got scared by the shadow of the chair against the closet door, I couldn't stop barking. Mommy kept telling me to stop, but I couldn't. After all, it's my duty to guard this house that we are living in. Who else is here to do it? She finally opened the closet door and the shadow disappeared, like a ghost or something. So finally, I was able to calm down. I think I got over excited because I've been spending too much time cooped up in this house.

Last night, it was still cold, but light outside, and Mom and I took a ride in the car. That was fun until she got out of the car and left me. She went into some big building called Costco. Man, that just scares me to death, when she leaves me. I barked and whined and pawed at her, so much so, that she could hardly get out of the car. I don't see me ever getting over that habit. Still, I felt happy getting out of the house.

So today, Mom must have thought that I really needed to get out and run around. The weather was a bit warmer and there was no rain, so we went to the dog park. That is my absolute favorite place to go. There are tons of human dog lovers there, who pick me up and pet me, to the point that I get so excited and happy, I almost wiggle out of my skin!

I also had a ball with all of the dogs that were there. Normally, there are just small dogs on my side of the park, but today there were some big ones. I like big dogs. There's something very exciting about running behind a big dog. So I ran and ran. Then my other Pug friends showed up, Gucci and Fabio. I loooove Gucci's Mom. She always brings treats, and even though I am watching my figure, Mom lets her give me some small treats. It's not like I get treats every day or anything.

The ground was damp, and I loved getting dirt all over my feet and, of course, on my face and tongue. When I smell along the ground, my tongue just drags along behind my nose. The big dogs dug some holes, and I had a blast sniffing in those holes.

Mom hangs out with the humans at the park. They seem to talk and talk. She says they are a nice bunch of people, those dog lovers. She seems to become more and more relaxed, as we spend time there.

Pretty soon, I was all pooped out after running with those big dogs. They have such long legs. Anyway, I finally just sat down next to Mom, who was standing. She says, "are you ready to go home. I guess if you are sitting down, it's time for us to go home," and off we went, with Mom waving goodbye to all of those friendly dog lovers.

After we got home, I could hardly keep my eyes open. I ended up falling asleep near the heater vent. That's my favorite place on a cold night. Then all of a sudden, Mom gets up from her computer. She picks me up and heads for the bathroom. That can only mean one thing, she is going to give me a bath. She plopped me into the huge white thing, that she calls the tub. Then she jumps in with me. She lathered me up, with all kinds of sweet smelling bubbly stuff. Boy, did that feel good. She rubs and rubs me. It's like I'm getting a professional massage.

After I got out of the tub, I felt like playing. Mom can kind of tell when I want to play. I start running around. She threw a toy for me that makes a squeaky sound. That always gets to me. I began running like crazy back and forth and all around. She calls that my "Pug Run." She laughs and laughs and claps her hands, which just gets me going even more. Pretty soon, I'm standing there panting and panting. I can hardly believe I ran so fast. She throws the toy again, and I'm so pooped that I just look at the toy across the room, but I can't seem to get my legs to move. So I just plop down on the floor to rest. Boy that was fun, and now I'm ready to sleep.

So you see, it was a tail wagging day, alright. I got to go to the dog park and get a bath in the same day. I'm such happy Pug. Yes, siree, I am.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Basic instinct....

You might remember that when Mommy and I visited the Family, there was a foster dog named Pumpkin, who was there. She is a golden Labrador. While we were there, she was adopted by another family, which made me feel very happy. Well, as it turned out, the other family decided not to keep Pumpkin, so she came back to the Family's house.

Then what happened was, that while the Family was out last Saturday night, Pumpkin broke down the barrier to the upstairs and made her way into the bedrooms. Each of the girls in the Family have pet rats. Pumpkin broke into their cages and killed them and then ate them. It's hard to believe, I know, but that's what happened. Mom says that there was lots of blood left behind. Yuk!

Hearing about this has made me feel so sad. I know how it is to be a dog. I get really hungry sometimes, even if I've just had some food. I don't know why that happens, but it does. Food means so much to me. I know that my Labrador friends love to hunt. They can sniff out almost any animal. It's their basic instinct. Lots of humans like this about Labradors. So I'm thinking Pumpkin was just being a Labrador, just like I'm being a Pug.

Needless to say, this was very upsetting for the Family. The youngest girl had the hardest time. She stayed home from school until last Tuesday and couldn't sleep alone for a few nights. Mom says that when children love their pets, it's very scary for them, when something happens to them. She says she knows because she has had first hand experience, from when she was a little girl.

The Family has decided not to foster any more dogs. Still, I know how much some of my fellow dogs need foster homes, and Mommy says she doesn't think that these kind of things happen very often. So, I hope you dog lovers out there don't let this story interfere with your fostering a dog that is waiting for a forever home.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gadding about town...

So yesterday, Mom and I went together to the Farmer's Market. The market wouldn't let me in, because I'm a dog. Can you imagine that? Talk about discrimination. So anyway, Mom left me in the car, while she went around to the booths and bought some vegetables and fruit. Then she came back to the car and got me.

Sometimes I don't know what to expect from her. She seems to always catch me off guard. This time she put me in this contraption, that looks kind of like a space ship or something like that. Who'd have thought anything like that would ever happen. Anyway, the good part was that she pushed me around in it and bought some chicken on a skewer. She sat down at a table, and we listened to some really nice music. The surprise was that she shared some chicken with me. She is such a sweetheart, sharing with me. She never gives me any human food at home, but I guess because we were outside in the sunshine and the music was playing. It must have softened her heart or something.

Here's a photo of me in this new contraption. I think Mom called it "CART." I'm not really sure if she was telling me it's name or what it is. I'm thinking she meant it's name.
It made me feel kind of nervous, sitting in CART. So at first, I tried to get out of it.
Mom had strapped her bag over CART'S handle, and here I am trying to look at her over the top of it.
Here I am receiving some lovin' from a really nice girl, who seemed to love Pugs.

After we were done eating that scrumptious chicken, Mom took me over to the library, which was just across the street, so I could play in the grass. I really like grass, and this grass was so nice and long. Rolling in it sent me into ecstasy.

There was a beautiful magnolia tree there too. Mom got a nice shot of me standing under the tree.
After that, Mom put me back into CART, and we walked around town for awhile. I have to admit, I like CART. I'm thinking that we could become buddies. As I moved along in it, I felt safer and safer and found myself looking around at all of the people and other dogs and flowers and everything.

Then since that all turned out so well, today Mom took me to a store, and I rode in CART, and got to look at all of the stuff in the store. Mom was looking for some yarn, that she didn't find, but we still had fun. She says that now that I'm getting used to CART, she will take me more places, maybe even into a Mall. Boy, would that be something. I get super scared of walking on shiny floors in strange places, so maybe CART is the answer. I also don't like to be left at home alone so much or in the car. I'm really the kind of Pug that likes to gad about town, if you know what I mean.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I have Pug Power...

I spent some time alone today. Mommy went to her watercolor group meeting. She has such a good time with all of her friends there. Today, she showed them some of her qi gong practice. That's how safe she feels, around all of those ladies. She looked really happy, when she came home.

My Mom has been talking to me about my powers. She says that she notices, that whenever a human looks at me, they smile and sometimes even laugh.

The other day, while my Mom was walking me on my leash, we saw a man pulling out of his driveway, and he saw me. He had a huge grin on his face, as he opened his car door, to come out and pet me. He laughed and laughed, as he was giving me all kinds of pets. I felt so lucky to have him loving me up like that. Mom was smiling too.

It seems that I have some Pug Power, that brightens up a person's day. What a gift I have. I'm so happy to be a Pug.

Monday, March 7, 2011

We visited the Family...

Oh my goodness, it's been awhile since I wrote to you. Between the trip to visit the Family and my Mom coming home with a cold/allergy, I haven't been able to get her to type on my blog for me, to tell you about our adventures.

I think I told you last time that the Family had four dogs and that one of them was in foster care, whose name was Pumpkin. Well, on Saturday Pumpkin got adopted. I was so exited for her to have a forever home. She was really nice and calm and seemed to like me. She had recently had puppies, and she looked kind of skinny. I heard that the family she went to has two small children and a big backyard, with a swimming pool. Labs love to swim, so that will be great for her.

Another thing that happened on Saturday is that I spent some time out in the backyard of the Family's house. There were some strange looking animals out there. They reminded me of the turkeys that I sometimes see near my house. One time there were a good dozen of them just outside our door.

Here I am taking a look at them. Luckily they were fenced up and couldn't get to me.

Later Mom told me that they are called chickens. She said that their names are Olive and Jane. They made kind of a purring sound, which didn't seem to fit their appearance. They were friendly enough, though, so I didn't bark at them or anything like that.



Mom sat out in the back yard, while I was out there and here is a close up photo she took of me. If you look closely at my eye, you can see her holding the camera.

That's pretty strange isn't it? My eyes are very reflective, I guess. Although, I'm not really sure what that means. It's just a word that Mom used.

While I was on our trip, Mom gave me several dog cookies that she had baked. So now, I'm having to cut back some on my food. She is pretty strict about my diet, but that's because she loves me so much and wants me to live a long time. She's giving me some carrots instead of cookies for treats. Actually, I like them a lot!

Mom seemed to have a great time visiting the Family. They have some tall teenage kids and a tall pre-teen girl. There was a little birthday party on Saturday night to celebrate the March birthdays. Mom's birthday is in March and the teenage boy just turned 16 and his Mom has her birthday near the end of the month. So all of the humans ate some chocolate cake.

Mom says she will NEVER give me chocolate. She said that dogs can die from eating chocolate. I'm so glad that she takes such good care of me and won't give me something that would cause me to die. Still, it looked like the humans really liked that cake, and deep down, I wanted some.

I got really tired out by all of the commotion in the Family's house, with all of the dogs and humans. I slept all the way home in the car yesterday and have slept most of today. I'm used to it just being Mom and me together in a house, and I like that very much.

I sure am grateful for my Mom and all the fun we had over the weekend. Our life together is so wonderful. I'm a happy Pug.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Visiting the Family plus 4 dogs...

So, I could tell, early on today, that something was up. Mom started picking up all the clutter that seems to show up in our house. Then she went down to the garage, and I could hear her doing something???

Later when we left for the dog park, I saw what she had done. When I looked inside the car, I saw this, which means that we are going on a trip. Mom says we are going to visit the Family and Lucy, a beagle, Pei, a beagle and Owen, a big dog. She doesn't know his breed. She also said that the family is fostering a Labrador. Yikes! Mom said she doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl. All I care about is whether or not he/she is friendly.

When we go on long trips, Mom puts me in this crate to keep me safe. She has it tied down with the seatbelt, so I won't get thrown out of the car, if we get into a crash. I sure hope that doesn't happen. Mom says it's better to be safe than sorry, and she's usually right about things like that.

I like visiting the Family and all of their dogs. It's like visiting a dog park. There's a big backyard and a doggy door to go in and out of, whenever I want.

When I got inside, I looked toward the back of the car and saw this. Mom brings this when we visit the Family, because sometimes when Mom leaves the family's house, I get really SCARED. I get this crazy idea in my head, that she is leaving me for good. So, Mom usually puts me in this large crate, so that I don't get into any mischief, while she is gone, and so that I'm safe from all of the other dogs.

Mom played around with paint today. Here's what she did. It's on masa paper. She says that there's still a lot to learn about using this paper.

Later we headed for the Dog Park, for the second time this week! The sun was shining and lots of my pals were there. Mom took this photo of me up on a BIG rock. I didn't like being up that high, so I jumped off, right after she took this shot.
We ended up on the grass, outside of the Dog Park. Mom keeps my leash on me, when we are on the grass, in case I start running away from the group. She says that she can then easily step on my leash and stop me. She seems to sometimes have to protect me from myself!

Gucci, one of my Pug friends, likes to grab dogs' leashes and walk them. Here he is trying to do that with my leash. I get very exited, running with all of the other dogs. It's the greatest!

Here's one last thing. Sherrie, who is Sadie's Mom, has this huge Canon camera, that she says cost her $700. She likes to go around and take closeups of the dogs at the Dog Park. Here is a fabulous one that she took of me. Don't you just love it?

Mom says I need to take a bath tonight before we go to bed. She says that I get dirty and stinky at the Dog Park. She says that she wants me to be clean for out visit with the Family. She seems to always want the best for me. That makes me really happy. Life is good.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Running in the sunshine...

Well, it's been a couple of days since I have written to you. I've been enjoying my cookie treats. Mom gives me two a day. She doesn't give me more, because she doesn't want me to get FAT. That's okay. She limits my food because she loves me so much and doesn't want me to die young.

Today, in the late afternoon, the sun was out, and it was even a little bit warm. So Mom said those magic words, "Do you want to go to the Dog Park?" I got all excited and so off we went.

It had been almost a month since we had been there, and boy, did I have fun. I ran around with the other dogs and got pets from lots of the other dog owners.

Here are some photos.
When I first got there, I felt itchy. Look how long my shadow is in this shot.

Here I am with a beagle friend!

As we were leaving, Mom let me run loose on the grass, just outside of the dog park. Both, Max and Annie were there, along with some other big dog. It's a HUGE field of grass. I took off like crazy, when she let go of my leash. I ran and ran, really fast. Some people don't think that Pugs can run, but I'm telling you, we can run, and fast. I was huffing and puffing after that and walked slowly and peacefully to the car, for the ride home. I just LOVE grass. It feels soooo good.

Life is good when Mom lets me run loose in the sunshine. I'm such a happy Pug.