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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Dog Park

Benjamin, Henry and Luna

After we shockingly made it unscathed to the Dog Park (see yesterday's post about the car ride on the way there), we leashed the puggers up and brought them to the fenced area. This Dog Park is divided between a big dog side and a little dog side. If there are little dogs on the little dog side then we typically play there accordingly. However, there were no little dogs this day. So, off to the big dog side we went.

As soon as we got in there, there were many large breed dogs that sniffed us out and expected us to be the usual mellow pugs we usually are. Well, this is the case for 2 of the 3 of us. Benjamin & Luna follow the pug stereotype pretty much to a T. However, Henry can get a little ornery if not shown the respect he thinks he deserves.

Well, of course this was almost immediately the case. Henry got relentlessly sniffed from head to tail by a large shaggy hair mixed breed. Well, Henry replied in his most heinous gargoyle voice and a toothy attempt at shaggy dog's neck. There a brief tussle and it was over as quickly as it began.

Benjamin & Luna had their own experiences to share, as well. Benjamin, who, we believe is beginning to demonstrate some signs of dementia, simply wandered off following a scent and then became "lost". Once he found the source of the scent he was appeased but then looked up and realized that his pack leader was not right behind him. Fortunately, Benny still responds to my whistle so as soon as he could spot my location based on my whistle he came marching back to his pack. (Funny side note, Benjamin is like the very old man driver that should no longer be driving and in all of his near misses of his own accident causes streams of accidents in his wake. While plodding back to the sound of the whistle, Benny caused a serious of dogs to take wide turns, sharp veers and leap over him as they youthfully played. They tumbled around him like puppies as Benjamin walked towards me completely oblivious to the busyness that was going on around him.)

This is Luna's tale, in her words:

"Family, today was cold. So, I am not sure why you chose to bring us to the center of Antarctica. I was freezing. Don't you know that I can barely see? Especially in the wind? The wind makes me squint. I tried to find a patch of sun away from the shade the trees were casting. I could not. So, I went to hide under the picnic table away from all the hustle and bustle. It was no warmer there. So, I decided the next person that leaves I'm leaving with her! I almost got away with that, too but you were supervising me too well so I had to stay in that cold place even longer. Sophie, my friend from the park wasn't even there. Another disappointment. You call this a forever home? Good grief. I think I will have to make a Facebook page and see if I can find somewhere further south to move in with since I can't take it here when it drops below 70. Today it was like half that! What the paw?"

Well, if you Luna tell it, it wasn't the best time but you take a peek at the photos and see what you think.

Benjamin and Henry



Benjamin, Henry and Luna

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aw photos are so cute oh and i don’t think that barrel thing will grow lol and luna you poor sweet babe it’s a good thing you don’t live here it’s cold in these mountains.Enjoyed your day many hugs and kisses we love you.

pug mama


Luna’s take on things is priceless-LOL!!!!

I know what Hanks macho-ism is all about, it is that camo harness he is sporting.  Maybe if you went with a less macho color, he would tone it down a bit. 

It’s ok Benny, lots of us follow things to our hearts content and later realize we have lost ourselves and it can be quite the undertaking to bring ourselves back to reality!!!



Oh Corrine, what a great story.

Henry, I didn’t know you had that side to you, but I can certainly understand.  As I said in an earlier comment, Romeo doesn’t tolerate a lot of nonsense either.

I am sorry, however, to hear about Benny, but with your love and devotion he will be fine.

And Luna, it looks like there was sunshine that could warm you.  I’m sure, though, the wind does have an affect on your beautiful eyes, and if you’re a warm weather kind of gal only, I can understand your frustration.  I’m a warm weather kind of gal myself.  Unfortunately I live in Kansas, so I have to deal with the cold in winter, although this winter has been relatively mild…for Kansas.

mary castagnoli


While never a happy thing to note our 4-legged pals aren’t completely in top form (not so happy w/regards to our 2-legged ones either) - your recounting of Boom-Boom Benny’s oblivion to the chaos around him as he was on a mission to return to his fold was so funny and dear.
Your dog park looked like a fine outing, Luna - but maybe you were a mite put off to start with - having travelled with your yodel-ing brothers in the car.  The Karma just wasn’t there for a road trip maybe - but enjoy the cool y-all.  Your hot summer days aren’t altogether far off.
And Henry . . . I’m with you, bud.  A little sniffing goes a loooong way with those slobbering brutes.  A sense of Self, a dollop of Dignity - you just gotta take a stand for yourself!



Corrine as always I loved reading about the trip to the park and the pictures my favorite is Benny leaving his mark in the pictures it looks like they are not to happy is this the first time at this dog park?



Beyond fantastic recounting from The Miss and dear ol’ Ben would be right up my Baxter’s alley…to distinguished old men just doin their thing lol lol

Love this, thanks for big smiles!!!



Corrine, what a great pug-mom you are!  The whole way to the park you had to hear the barkers going at it.  And then the “complaints” about the environment at the park!  No pleasing everybody though, is there!



This is too cute… and Miss Luna not impressed with the coldness of the day.  I don’t think you would be very happy here with the temp we receive in the winter.
My guy pants, pants, pants if I have put too much wood in the wood stove…
Benny Baby, love ya at any age….
Handsome Henry.. yup the camo harness re-enorces your macho-ism!!



I was away for a few days visiting Orlando accompanied by Ruby Claire- it was her first trip to Fl..
I missed the OBP pictures and reading everyones’ comments. It sure starts my day off beautifully.
Thank you everyone!



I liked Boom-boom Benny’s comment on the tunnel.  OBP pugs certainly have a world dedicated to them: dog park - big & small, walks when it’s cool, trips to the ocean where they can run free, pool in the summer, car rides.  I think this is just a start of all the things they get to do.  BTW, I loved these pictures.

pug mama, funny about the harness.  Who knows. it might be true.

Mary C., loved your comment. very cute. “Boom boom Benny”,great.



I love how proud Henry looks sitting next to the fire hydrant! too cute!!

Lilo N me (Aka Gwen)


Absolutely loved this story, especially about Benny and getting lost. It’s okay Benny boy, I bet your mama goes into rooms and forgets what she went there to get, so it’s all good. It happens to all of us!

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