Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Ask OBP is our attempt at trying to better respond to questions we get asked. So, don't forget to post your question in the comments.
We start this week with out first question from Ann, who asked how old Mimo is. (And to clarify, Mimo is the name of the tree we have in our back yard. It is a mimosa tree and we just decided to name her Mimo.)
Good question, Ann. Mimo started as a seed. The seed came from a seed pod from a far away neighbor's home. We started to grow Mimo in very late 2006. The first attempt befell a weed wacker accident. So, early in 2007 we began trying again to sprout the perfect Mimo. And by April 2007, Mimo had made it from a paper cup to a pot. So, as of this writing, we can Mimo was "born" in 2007 and is about 8 1/2 years old now. Here are links to previous posts about Mimo. Planting Mimo, Enjoying Mimo and Mimo. Thank you for your question Ann! G'Pa calls Mimo a weed and not a tree and we can't say he is far from wrong judging by how quickly she grew!
The next question came from Christine, who asked why pugs?
This is a good one, Christine! My gut reply was "Is there any other breed? Because they are the coolest dogs EVER!" But it does go deeper than that and while we are both animal lovers, one of us could stray from the breed more than the other. But the fact is that I feel in love with a 2 year old pug when I was visiting my sister. When we still lived in Maryland and my sister was already living in Florida, I was on a visit and her boys were playing T-ball. At that game there was a pug. He was the cutest, silliest, spunkiest little dog I had ever met! I had never forgotten him and how he just instantly warmed my heart. Later I fell in love with the movie Milo & Otis (although re-watching it recently I did not really enjoy it). The pug in that movie also "talked to me" and after researching them and learning more about their quirks and temperament, I knew that pugs were right for me. I eventually shared my passion with my family and friends and now we share our pug passion to all the others out there that got bitten by pug love bug. Thanks, Christine! Glad you asked!
We also had some interest in OBP supplying readers with recipes. We will work on making that another post exclusively about recipes. And when we do that we will touch more on the portions we serve(d) our pups, too (that request came from Alayna).
Another question, from Chuckie, was asked about the interest in the featured pug pic. Chuckie is noticing a trend that this has not seemed as popular as it once was. We will leave this question up to readers. Are you all still viewing this but maybe just not commenting as much? Or are you getting bored of pug cuteness?! We have learned a lot about those who comment vs. those who lurk. There are about 10-20 people who lurk to every one person that comments. So, please chime in and give us some feedback while helping to answer Chuckie's question.
Our last question was about how Puppia brand harnesses measure. Can some of you all chime in on that, too and help Jen C? Since it has been years since we have had to buy a harness we are too far out of the loop to help on this one. Readers, please offer your knowledge!
All great questions. We will do our best to answer as many as possible. We also wanted to post a reminder that we are not veterinarians. If we post about medical things, it is from our experience and not training or other credentials. Thanks everyone! And keep the questions coming!
Monday, August 3, 2015
Henry LOVES riding with head out of the window. When we approach a fun killer (a red light or stop sign) though, he gets annoyed and comes back inside. We have also recently caught him lazily enjoying his ride with his head inside! You see, he has to stand when he hangs his head outside the window. When he tires of standing, he will plop back on the pillowed lap of the passenger. When the fun killer turns green or when it is safe to proceed, then he typically stands back up and resumes his head out the window stance. But here we see him still enjoying the ride, with the window down and he's sitting! He calls this being flexible! We call it lazy.
<#HenryTakesInTheSmellsFromAllAngles #CarLovingPug #HenryStrong,
Friday, July 31, 2015
I know I sound like a broken record sometimes when I recap our routine, but I am not sure if we have a new lurker out there who may be reading for the first time. Anyway, each morning Henry's routine is: wake up, meds with breakfast, car ride to City Center, walk the park, car ride home, doggie xanax and a treat, hang out while I get ready for work, final potty, get doused with lavender oil and get settled in a camera friendly spot so that his peeps can monitor him through the day until Grammy gets there.
The past week though, Henry has had a proclivity for settling in the bathroom. In the bathroom. Where there is no camera. Grr. Henry definitely likes to be on a mat with his head on tile. Usually the kitchen is the place that he likes to settle in this fashion. But now, he's loving the bathroom rugs with his head on the floor in there instead. This forces us to just listen to Henry rather than also giving us the ability to watch him. So, now the routine is that the last peep in the house texts a photo (to peep 2) of where in the bathroom Henry has settled. Peep 2 will then monitor the closest camera (listening for when he wakes up). Goal time is for him not to wake up until 11:30am but he can pop up as early as 10am on rough days and as late at 11am on better days. Depending on the state of his wonkiness, we will alert Grammy as to his needs and how much of a rush she needs to be in to go down and soothe the old guy. She typically gets there around 11 whether he is awake or not. On really bad days, she will put on her cape and go save the day as early as 10.
Henry is getting better at being able to recuperate from a tantrum and is working on resettling himself should he lose his cool and melt down. We still have good and bad days but the bad days are not as bad and the good days are pretty decent. If we could only figure our what makes the difference we would just do it. But it is never the same thing that seems to help. In any case, we believe that Henry knows him going off camera makes us a little nutty and that is why he's been playing a wise guy for the last week or so. With his health rebounding, his smarty pants attitude is also snapping back (in more ways than one)!
Henry is too smart for his own good.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
We have 2 cars. One is a Subaru Outback. The other is a Toyota Corolla. Henry's preference is the Outback. This is especially true when there is a passenger in the seat that helps him hang his head of out the window. So, when we have to take Henry somewhere solo, taking the Corolla seems kind of weak to him. He starts off with excitement but then that can turn into dud time.
The other day Henry had to go in the Corolla sans passenger. He was getting a little restless as he tried to settle in his usual comfy position. The usual position is on the driver's left leg with face buried in the AC vent. When his usual position was not working out, he started to try to use my arm as a chin rest. Uh, Hank, I'm kind of like driving with that arm, buddy. But at the next red light (or as Henry calls them "fun killers") I grabbed a towel from the back seat and propped him on his own pillow. It definitely made for a tight space but he seemed content and allowed me take back my spare driving arm.
He's not TOO spoiled, is he? #BlindDogDemands #HenryIsParticular #StillAGoodBoy
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
No matter where we go, it seems like there are cops everywhere. We live in a safe neighborhood (and I guess the presence of police helps make it such). But this is not a commentary on the state of policing these days, so please let us not tangent into that topic. We are just here to keep it fun and pug like.
Whenever we see the 5-0, we tell Henry, "Play it cool, pug. Play it cool." And fortunately he has indeed played it cool. But that Henry, he is a risk taker. He parked right next to the PO PO parking space and dared the fuzz to find him not playing it cool.
Henry is such a prankster.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
We have been receiving some emails and seeing some questions to us in the comments section of the blog. Sadly, we are really not that great at responding to emails (and not really in a timely fashion). So, we thought for some general questions, we would answer reader's questions.
Here is how it will work. Post your questions in the comments section below and we will pick a few of those of questions and answer them on the following Tuesday.We will write a post with the question asked and give our best reply. Since we are not sure how much interest we will have in this, we will start slow. If it really takes off, though, we don't want to promise that we can answer all questions. You can still feel free to email us about more private issues and we will do our best to write back but please be patient.
Now is the time for you to ask that question you may have always wondered about. I will give 2 quick Q&A examples here (questions we get asked A LOT).
Q: Do you realize that your home is pug colored? (Like a fawn pug)
A: We not only realize that but we planned it that way. It helps the pug fur be less noticeable. Our guest room has black carpet. Pugs are allowed in there but only for short time periods. LOL.
Q: I have heard you cook for the pugs. What do they eat? Why are they on that diet?
A: Their staple meal consists of pumpkin puree, veggie of the week, high fiber cereal and ground white meat turkey. The boys had such tummy troubles as pups that when we spoke to our holistic vet she recommended this diet and we have stuck to it faithfully. (We modify it here and there. Sometimes fish instead of turkey. Sometimes sweet potato instead of pumpkin. But overall it has benefited them all very well.) Also, cooking human food for them has allowed us to dodge the riskiness of canned or bagged food that may become tainted. It all started with pumpkin that has been a miracle in regulating their poop. (Not too firm, not too soft.) Sorry if this is too much information.
So. go ahead and ask some questions and hopefully you like this Tuesday switch. We may go ahead and keep the Caption This and move to Fridays if we are seeing that it is missed.
Monday, July 27, 2015
We are breaking Henry back into the pool in baby steps (which is how we do everything else with him, too). You all are going to have to trust that he is making strides with swimming and not just floating in his baby pool. Here's the thing. Swimming with Henry is now a 2 man show. Since he cannot see, he has the same problem in the water that he has on land: he bumps into stuff. Since he does not have a path to feel under his feet and no other ability to yet have a sense of direction, he invariably swims into the side of the pool. So, we have been working with him and swimming next to him, guiding him using the handle of his life vest.
It is a lot of work. He needs both his peeps in the pool with him. This means no camera. We already risk the camera (iphone) by hanging it out the car window at high speeds but it is a whole different story gambling with it by trying to take photos of a swimming Henry when we are both chest deep in water. So, please trust that he is getting better little by little. Simply enjoy this photo of him in the pool after having swam a few laps. Take note that we docked the pool for him by anchoring it off the edge of the pool deck. This way he is still in the pool with us, has the benefit of keeping cool and the gentle bounce of the waves beneath him.
He is not LOVING the pool like he used to but he is still calm and relaxed in it. Luna could see and even she would tremble as we held her in the pool. Benny would not tremble but he, too, was not a pool lover. (But geez, he was one heck of a swimmer!) Henry will continue to improve to his maximum potential and we will try to recognize when that comes and not push him beyond that but we do keep challenging him. We believe that is what has helped keep him progressing in a positive way rather than in a negative or remaining complacent way. He still has a thirst for life and we just want to keep feeding it to him!
#HenryStrong #HenryTheBlindOneKidneyHavingBrainHemorrhagedPug #HenryIsOneOfAKind #who'sagoodboy?
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