Or should I say “Happy St. PUGrick’s Day?
From our home to yours, hope you get some Irish Luck today!
February’s Photo Challenge was:
What is love?
Baby don’t hurt me.. don’t hurt me.. no more. <- Admit it. That was your first thought too!
Love is many things.
Love is checking up on your friends..
..or stalking, whatever. My foster cats are super nosy! They are constantly staring at the neighbors and anyone who happens to pass by.
Love is cleaning off your Mom’s car when it snows..
..especially when you know your mom has arthritis and needs all the help she can get! This pic is super blurry because it was taken through a screen door and zoomed in. We (thankfully) didn’t have much snow this winter, but the one storm we had was pretty bad. Another note: Mini’s winter jacket used to belong to her beloved Great Grandmother, Nanny, and Mini loved wearing it
Love is hearts..
..ripped into your pants by one of your Pugs. I can’t say I’m totally mad about the rip though (rest in peace, pants!). It was pretty hilarious!
Love is a hug from one of your besties..
…and nothing beats a Pug Hug!
Love is ice cream on a warm day..
…or even a warmISH day. It was around 50 degrees. That’s warm enough for us! By the way, if you’re ever on Long Island, you have GOT to visit McNulty’s. It’s on North Country Rd in Mt Sinai. No matter where you are, it’s totally worth the hike out there!
Now for the bonus shots..
Love is a sweet kiss to help you get through your homework..
Love is subjecting yourself to a silly Snapchat filter because it makes your kid smile..
Love is letting your Senior Pug have your napping pillow..
Last but not least,
Love is the peaceful feeling you get from a clear beautiful sky on a gorgeous day..
I can’t wait for next month’s challenge!
If you want to link up or try the challenge next month, please go HERE.
We make no secret that we LOVE our pets here
We always welcome our visitors’ canine companions as well. The more the merrier!
This is our squad (the very definition of “squad goals” if you ask me!): Eli-Princess just turned 4 and she is the big one in the back. Our Pugs are (from L to R) Jordan (12), Mookie (1), Cheyenne (11), Jack (11) and Koko (9). All have their own unique personalities and quirks. I love that about them.
I tell everyone to get a dog. Why?
They make you feel happy when you’re sad. Seriously, they just know when to comfort you.
They are super helpful. I mean, who hasn’t needed their dog to show off a cool trick or two during a lull in conversation when people are over?
They teach responsibility. Mini’s daily chore is letting the dogs out for their afternoon constitutional when she gets home from school. She knows that gets done as soon as she gets home, before she even does her homework. I don’t even have to remind her anymore, which is great.
They’re protective and bark to alert you of potential danger. That car door closed four houses down and you NEED to be notified. Repeatedly. Just in case. Also, your neighbors are having a conversation in their yard. You need to know what’s going on, right?
I absolutely LOVE my pets. I can’t imagine NOT having one, but I totally get that they aren’t for everyone.
For fun, I decided to take this great breed quiz from PuppySpot to see what type of dog would fit our lifestyle. PuppySpot is dedicated to the safety and health of all their puppies for sale, which is shown through their no puppy mill promise.
I have to admit I was a bit nervous because I already have my babies and I think they are a good fit, but maybe my next pup should be something else?
YAY! I got “The Loyal Companion”, which I think PEFECTLY describes my Puggies and even my Hound. Eli-Princess is pretty mellow, but loves to run around crazy-like and play fetch in the backyard.. Note: by “fetch” I mean she grabs whatever I throw, runs it over to the other part of the yard then leaves it there for ME to go get so I may throw it again. I’m so very well-trained
Hope you enjoyed the quiz and I encourage you to paw through the PuppySpot site. Maybe you’ll meet your new bestie over there!
I have to say I enjoyed this one. The holidays come with their emotional baggage, but are usually a good time. Well, onto the pics!
Tis The Season… for hot soup! Our loaded potato soup, specifically. We start with a potato soup base and add cheddar, bacon bits and grilled chicken chunks. So. Insanely. Good. Also featured? My FAVE iced tea.. Strawberry Half & Half. YUM!
Tis The Season… for boots! We purchased Mini her boots for winter and guess what? They are a WOMEN’S SIZE 8!!! Yup, we are in adult sizes now. Shoe shopping just got a bit more expensive!
Tis The Season… for fancy neckware and Christmas-card-worthy pics! The boys are wearing some ties we found at Five Below and the girls are all sporting some scarves we found at AC Moore. Yes, we pretty much deserve a medal for being able to get the dogs to look at us. The secret is to hold a treat right in front of the camera for the dogs to stare at and tell your (wo)mancub to look at the camera and don’t blink! HAHA!
Tis The Season… to paint ornaments! Mini was a bit bored one day so we dug these out of our craft closet, found some paint and VOILA!
Tis The Season… for cozy sweaters! Cheyenne just recently turned 11 and we bought her a sweater for her birthday. She has a lot less hair than the other Pugs, so she gets chilly in the winter time. This is our solution
Ok, so there are my five. I have three bonus pics for this challenge.
Tis The Season… for jingle bells! This is Biggie, one of our foster cats. We put the collar on him as a joke. He loved it so much that when I tried to take it off him, he hissed and took a swipe at me until I put it back on. Ok then, kitty. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was taking it!
Tis The Season… for cuddling with loved ones, resting up for holiday festivities!
Tis The Season… for sales on Build-A-Bear bears and it’s always the season for Star Trek anything! Meet our newest addition, Live Long and ProspBear!
I love doing these photo challenges. If you’d like to link up, check out the challenge HERE.
Hope everyone had a great holiday season!
August was a very interesting month for us..
Some things happened, good and bad, but for this, we are concentrating on the good
I tried to photo as much of it as I could, so here goes:
Mini had her softball awards dinner. She will tell you all about it in one of her “Mini Monday” posts (coming next Monday), but for now, here she is with her team ball…
7-Eleven decided to add another “Bring Your Own Cup Day” to their calendar… Mini and her father couldn’t have been more thrilled about it! Yes, that is a Slurpee hat she is wearing
In the beginning of the month, our canine brood looked like this:
By the end of the month, it looked like this:
We got Mini’s pics done for her birthday (which was in June, because we are SO on the ball with these things!) and she looked amazing! So grown up
Okey doke, now for the bonus pic:
My incredibly lazy, but insanely cute office staff, doing what they do best!
Can’t wait to see everyone else’s entries! Link up with us HERE.
Join this Photo Challenge HERE.
July 2016′s theme is: PHOTOGRAPHER’S CHOICE.
I’m actually happy about this because it is kinda hairy finding a good photo (or 5) in the summer when you don’t get out much (stupid asthmatic allergy to AC!), but here goes:
1. You know it’s hot when you find one of your Pugs directly in front of the fan. I don’t understand why he chose the fan in the hottest room in the house though!
2. I will use any excuse to share a photo of my Pugs. I went with a B&W because it hid some of the mess behind them
3. The insane block of ice we pulled from the little fridge in the den. Keep in mind, this is a small dorm fridge and this ice block is pretty much the size of the entire freezer!
4. Mini received pretty much the COOLEST DRY ERASE BOARD EVER from my bestie. She drew some sort of Pug-man hybrid, the Gangsta Pugman. “Interesting” describes it pretty well.
5. I’m a proud member of the PTA. I love going to these training conferences. I meet some fantastic people and learn so much. This was from a training a few weeks ago. The next morning, I sat down with a cup of coffee and reviewed the handouts and my notes.
BONUS: Mini had a long day one day. Four hours of camp (one of those hours spent playing dodgeball) plus two hours of softball (where she pitched quite a bit) made for one very tired Mini. She took a short snooze on my shoulder as we waited for her hard-earned pizza
Well that’s my admission to the photo challenge. I can’t wait to see what the others came up with!
We have been SUPER BUSY around here! I have taken a photo or two (or a TON) and it was actually pretty hard coming up with my top 5 from the past month, but here goes.
1. Mini had her first Arnold Palmer Half & Half Coolatta from Dunkin Donuts
For those of you who don’t know, Half & Half is half iced tea and half lemonade, one of Mini’s fave drinks! She was very excited to try it and absolutely loved it! I caught her day-dreaming in this photo. She said she was imagining drinking her coolatta on the beach.
2. The Batman Pop
The ice cream man happened to be at the bus stop the one day Mini’s bus came home really late. I let her pick out whatever she wanted. She chose this wonky-eyed Batman. She has a thing for superheroes. I love this photo because her eyes look a rather gorgeous shade of blue in it.
3. Mini & Eli-Princess
This is the futon we have in our living room to keep our dogs off our couches. I had to add a filter to the photo so you can really see Eli-Princess’s eyes saying “Ummm do you NOT see the human child on the dog couch???”
4. This way to Mini’s Star Wars Themed 8th Birthday!
Dress is from Zulily. It’s an adult’s dress. We are going to slowly post photo after photo from the party. I’ve been asked not to post too many, as Mini would like to debut some in upcoming “Mini Monday” posts. Be on the lookout for those!
5. The Fur Kids
All 4 of our furbabies. It is hard to get them in a photo when they are all looking in one direction. It’s easiest when they’re resting. Cool fact: This is actually Mini’s old toddler bed. The dogs find it quite comfy. Again, it keeps them off the couches in the den. Geniuses, we are!
I found this hilarious. It’s quite clear Darth has had ENOUGH of the parties. He was probably not too happy about having dogs snuggle with him either. He punished himself. Don’t worry. I rescued him because after all…
Nobody puts Vader in a corner. <-Two movie references in one. BOOM!
I look forward to checking out everyone else’s entries.
It is VERY hard to get 4 dogs and a child to sit still! Even harder? Having them all look in the same direction at the same time!
I have over 100 Christmas pics in my phone to prove this. We did some pretty amazing cards with Shutterfly, but the time and effort it took beforehand was exhausting. If I am going to send out a card, it is going to be as perfect as I can get it.
What does that mean?
Mini is facing us and smiling (NOPE to 3 pics).
Mini is not slouching or pulling weirdly at her shirt (NOPE to 8 pics).
Our Pug Grumble and our Hound are also looking at us (NOPE to about 25 pics).
Previously mentioned Grumble and Hound are not hopping off the couch (NOPE to 5 pics).
All bows on the dogs are to be on them, not flying off to the side (NOPE to about 40 pics).
Getting the lighting right so there were no shadows on any faces (NOPE to 6 pics).
Did we have a ton of blooper photos? YUP!
Was it fun? Ehhhh… Ummm wellll.. okay yes. it was frustrating and fun at the same time.
Was it hard eventually weeding out the good photos? Nope. There weren’t many.
Got all that? Well then, here ya go… A few bloopers and few goodies. Enjoy! Oh and excuse the mess behind the couch.. All the stuff had to go somewhere! LOL
Just curious.. After looking, do you have a fave? Truth be told, I LOVE the one where they’re all sleeping! They look like little angels
My PTA responsibilities have had me SWAMPED for the past few weeks, but we have some exciting news…
WE GOT ANOTHER PUG!!!
I love my dogs. They are like my kids. They’re a bit spoiled. Yes, I admit that. You don’t realize just how much you spoil your dogs until you’re explaining your routines to someone else and they just listen with an eyebrow or two raised. Here are a few highlights:
They have their own couch. It’s a futon. It used to be our couch, but since we got the new furniture, it’s their place to sit on when we’re all in the living room. It also keeps the dog hair on our clothes to a minimum.
There is a tent over the dog run. Yes, I have a dog run. Luckily, I have a side door and we put up a fence to keep the dogs from pooping in the yard where everyone steps. The mess is kept to the side yard. The tent? Well, I was kind of tired of my Pugs not going to the bathroom outside when it rained. Or snowed. Or was cloudy. Or was too hot. Or too cold. We put up a tent. Now, there’s no issues.
They have their own bed upstairs. We have three bedrooms and only use two, so the third is like a den/office. Mini’s old toddler bed + Mini’s old crib mattress (crib is her desk now) + detached back of old couch + bean bag chairs that have lost beans + cheap sheets = dog bed. There is plenty of room, even if all of them want to stretch out.
Now that that’s said and done, here is our new addition! Jack is a 9yo Pug, which fits in perfect with Jordan (almost 10) and Cheyenne (almost 9). Eli-Princess will be two in January, but she’s a Hound and not a Pug
Jack’s family had some emergency circumstances and needed him placed asap, so we gladly opened our doors. He absolutely loves Mini and follows her everywhere. He is slowly learning which pieces of furniture he’s allowed on and where he needs to be.
Well, that’s our good news. Have a great weekend, everyone!
This week, I had to try a mommy hat on for size: grief counselor. I wasn’t sure exactly when I was going to have to do this, but it happened. By the time I was Mini’s age, I had already seen and been through more than you would believe, but Mini hasn’t experienced a loss yet…
Until two nights ago.
Anyone who knows me knows that my fur-babies are members of my family. I love each and every one of them like they’re my kids.
Sometime between his nightly “Stomp the Yard” rehearsal and our late-night snack, our beloved rabbit, Pet, died. Yes, he is/was “Pet the bunny”.
At first, Mini didn’t believe us. She thought he was sleeping. I gently removed him from his cage and laid him down where Mini could see him. She held and touched him.
Then she started crying. I soon followed.
She would periodically stop, try making jokes then say “I’m gonna cry again” and did. When we calmed her down and she was heading upstairs to get ready for bed, she looked towards the cage and whispered “I love you, Pet”. This sent her running back to my arms, sobbing once again. Again, I calmed her down, but I saw the anguish in her face as she made her way up the stairs to go to bed. She woke up twice throughout the night. Each time she woke me up, cried and went back to sleep.
This morning, we took Pet to Regency Forest Pet Memorial Park. The staff was kind and compassionate. They expressed their sympathy and the intake guy didn’t laugh at me or try to joke when I cried as I handed Pet over to him (even though I probably looked pretty pathetic! ). We received Pet’s ashes in a little green urn as well as a beautiful poem in a sympathy card (you can find it here: “Rainbow Bridge“). The staff at this place makes the process seamless and you can tell they really care about what they do. If you live on Long Island, or in a surrounding area, please check out their services. *Note: I was not paid nor asked to post anything about this place. I am doing this of my own free will.*
As I was discussing the events of the last few days with Mini, she shared her favorite memory of Pet. In Mini’s words: “When Daddy would clean Pet’s cage and I would play with Pet in the bathroom, I would let him chew on Daddy’s towel. He thought it was delicious and never got tired of chewing it.”
Rest In Peace, Pet the Bunny. You will be missed!