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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Gus Be Good

Henry, Benjamin and Gus

In reading some of the comments to the recent Beach Friends post, I noticed that there was a comment about how the term wiener was not a preferred term for Dachshund. Trust me, I am cool with that. With that said, I must share some history of the pugs with the Dachshunds.

Our latest trip was to Ponce Inlet dog beach where the pugs met not one but two Dachshunds. They were shown in photos in previous posts. The female Dachshund was named Sweetie. The other dog's name was Oscar. A la "Oscar Meyer Wiener".

Both of these Dachshunds were very pleasant dogs. But, rewind to almost a decade ago (how scary is that to say?!). When the boys were young, we would occasionally take them to doggy day care to get their energy expelled since at this rare moment in history, neither of us worked from home. I began working from home when they were still puppies but not yet at this point.

Anyway, we took them to a place called Ana's Ark Doggy Daycare (I believe they are still in business under a different name). This was while we still lived in Maryland. The doggy daycare had web cams so you could see what was going on in the life of your beloved fur ball. Well, mostly when we spied we would see Benjamin peeing on all the toys. However, there were only one or two beds in the corral and these would be coveted by all the other small dogs that were not the owners own 2 small Dachshunds as her two dogs pretty much never left these precious soft thrones. One of the dogs was named Gus.

Gus was a territorial bully. Gus would regularly ensure that no dog (especially no flat faced pug) was going to sleep on his pillow (or play with his toys, or stand in his space or drink from his water bowl, etc, etc, etc). So, whenever the boys would try to do any of those things, Gus would stand in front of the toys or water bowls or pillow or whatever and growl, bark or nudge the boys out of the way. Benny would back down and sulk away disappointed, but not Henry. Henry, of course knowing this was not ok, would nudge back or sneak around to try to get his way. This would make Gus a bit fiercer and often Ana, the owner, would eventually have to step in and remind the long dog to do the right thing. She did so with a stern toned, "Gus! Be Good!!"

This upset Henry probably more than it did Gus. I think Henry thought that he was the one getting hollered at. (Yikes) This went on for a few weeks. It really shook Henry up. But our guilty pleasure at home would be to randomly yell "Gus! Be Good!" and watch Henry stand at attention. He shuttered at the name Gus for years to follow.

Even now we can still catch him on it on a "good" day. The rest of the time, he no longer flinches. wink


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Sue VDB

02/01/2012

Funny, but not funny wondering what was going through Henry’s mind.  Happy that Gus is no longer a pain in Henry’s side.

Hellen, we are anxiously awaiting word on Dakota.  I can imagine the joy when you saw her. 

Again pug mama, we want to hear more about Lily. 

This sounds like a happy day.

Pat

02/01/2012

Oh My Goodness, the boys were just babies!!  They are so small.  Bad Gus for not sharing!
Hope everyone is having a good week so far!

crazypuglady

02/01/2012

This is how I see the photo playing out

Benny:  Gus, I dare you to come get this ball.
Henry:  I got your back bro’.
Gus:  You flat faced pug, what do you know?
Benny:  I know that I peed on that ball just in case you bully me out of it again.

sue states

02/01/2012

The boys are too cute! Just getting back after heading east for my dad’s funeral. Glad to have OBP to read and laugh with. Hope in my absence all the puggies,fur babies, families & friends are well. Pug hugs from the Colorado 4

mary castagnoli

02/01/2012

HENRY, you sweet boy.  How could you ever think anyone could find fault w/you???  Ornery old Gus-Gus anyway!!  Having grown up with a full-sized, short-haired, stubby-legged and bossy Dachshund (Schotzie) who treated me like an irritating younger sibling of hers, I can well-appreciate “Hank’s” dilemma.  Her need to dominate may have been what prompted her attack by the German Shepherd.  Case in point - if I was laying on the floor watching tv and she wanted me to move - she would come up behind me and grab a little pinch-hold of my 9 yr. old bottom and hang on - just wagging her tail as if to say “You better not move too fast - I got skin here!”  Not being overly hospitable either, she would also sit underneath the dining room table when we had dinner guests and emit noxious fumes.  But she also liked to “sing” and was a fierce rat/mouse-er in the new housing addition we moved into (and much to my grandmother’s dismay - she would bring them home and drop them at your feet).  Enuf doxie remembrances - just sayin’:  I feel your pain, Henry.  Much as I loved Schotz - she was a force to be reckoned with.  Pugs are (generally) such mellow-fellows by comparison.
Loved seein’ the baby shots of H & B also!

Sue VDB

02/01/2012

sue states, please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your father.  To lose a parent is one of the most difficult experiences in life.  May he rest in peace, and may God give you peace as well.

Sue VDB

02/01/2012

crazypuglady, love your comment.

mary castagnoli

02/01/2012

crazypuglady:  Good one!

sue states:  So very sorry to hear of your father’s passing.  Hope you have much comfort nearby from friends and other family.  A little pug-love to hug up next to you is also a help as the days go by.  I wish you loving memories and peace in the days ahead.

Huckle

02/01/2012

Pug Mama, I did not see your grand news until this a.m. and then couldn’t get my comment to you to go through.  Long story short, this is what I said to your wonderful, welcome news….

....Pug Mama, what’s so bad about being single with no husband?  grin  Being married with a husband may be worse!  OK, I’ll behave.

I’m sure there isn’t one of us on this blog that isn’t doing cartwheels (even us old and moldy ones) for you.  I am continually am amazed by the karma of the universe.  Absolutely cannot wait to see the picture of your baby (make sure GG doesn’t have your address however.  She can be ruthless.)

Just like Pip and Gina, I think Abby had a hand in this for you.  Almost four pounds of pure love.  Congratulations.

And what a wonderful name. Lily.


Corrine, I didn’t realize you had an evil twin!  Gus, be good, priceless!

Sue VDB, I hope Grannie Pug can break away from a few moments with Dakota today to let us know how wonderful things are.  I went to sleep last night grinning over the happiness Hellen must be experiencing.

Crazypuglady, LOL!

Mary, great story.  Everybody seems to be on a roll today.

And Sue, sorry to hear of your father’s passing.  It’s never easy no matter your age or your parent’s.  Thinking of you.

sue

02/01/2012

Loved reading the story and baby pictures of Henry and Benny
Sue sorry to hear of your fathers passing
Had to take Cuddles to the vet this mourning he was up all night with his coughing his collasping treacha is acting up needless to say not much sleep for either of us but got some meds so hopefully he will be feeling better soon he sounds like a honking duck

Kerry

02/01/2012

Thanks for the chuckle!  Our poor pug has to go through being teased about hangers (those pesky bowel movements that just don’t want to drop).  Whenever you ask her about hangers her hackles go up her entire back!  Don’t worry—she is beyond spoiled and over loved so a little teasing doesn’t hurt her at all!

Kathleen

02/01/2012

Sue: Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your Father/
Amother cute Pug picture to look at throughout the day.
About the dachshund; when we were growing up all we knew these dogs by was wiener dogs. If they weren’t called wieners they were called dash hounds.
It was never intended to be offensive.

Pat

02/01/2012

I had to go back a read some posts from yesterday after I had posted.. WOW!
Congrats Pugmamma and Lily.  Looking forward to the pics!

Sue, my sympathies for your loss. Please know we are thinking of you and are hear if you need us.

Crazy pug lady, nice one.. keeps me laughing today!

Sue… sending pug prayers and warm thoughts for Cuddles, hope heis feeling much better very soon.

Thinking of all of you, hope all is well.  Can’t wait to hear from Granny about her new pug!

mary castagnoli

02/01/2012

Hey, Kathleen:  My sensitivity to the expression “weiner dogs” started when my dachshund was attacked and nearly torn apart by a German Shepherd who objected to (my) Schotzie’s barking at him.  Schotzie’s entire undercarriage had to be stitched back together and every after that her belly dragged on the ground for lack of muscle.  I was young and very protective of her. Other kids in the neighborhood would make fun of her and say things like: “Look at that fat ole weiner dog!”  The term still reels me back and makes me feel defensive.  I know it’s not meant meanly by people who call doxies by that name today.  Just an old reflex in defense of an old friend who didn’t deserve to be ridiculed.

Sue VDB

02/01/2012

Huckle, who are you calling old and moldy?  Speak for yourself lady.  I’m only 69 years, 11 months; however, just yesterday I was 30…I don’t know what happened. 

sue I have Cuddles on my prayer list, asking that the meds kick in soon.

Huckle

02/02/2012

Sue VDB, compared to you, I’m just a baby…67 in July…however, perpetually 18 in my head.

Sue, getting Georgie passed his last round of goose honking, I know that sickening feeling on hearing it back again.  Pug hugs and prayers for Cuddles.

Kathleen

02/02/2012

Mary C: I’m sorry that you and your beloved Dachsund, Schotzie, had to go through an attack. I love the Dachshund- my sister had a red one, Mildred Pepper. We called her Millie. Although Pugs are my favorite I love all dogs…........actually all animals.

pug mama

02/02/2012

I posted some pictures of Lily on my facebook page for any of you that are friends with me.  I also submitted them to the OBP pug pic gallery, but I never saw the thank you page, so I am not sure 100% that they went through.  Wait and see…Little sprout is taking a time out right now-LOL!!

mary castagnoli

02/02/2012

KATHLEEN:  Love the name (Mildred Pepper).  And I love all animals also - can’t really figure out people who don’t - but that’s what’s so great about OBP-land.  I feel like we are all soul-mates with our love of animals and especially that most marvelous of breeds:  Da Pug!!

sue states

02/02/2012

Thank you all for your expressions of sympathy. We begin to think our parents will live forever and indeed, they do through our memories. I know there is a certain lab named brownie who met Dad at the rainbow bridge and a kitty named tarzan,too. I smile in peace with the image of such a happy reunion. Thank you OBP family-you are the greatest! Pug hugs from the Colorado 4

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