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Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Birthday, Henry!


On Sunday, exactly one week after Benny, Henry turned 9 years old. Just like with Ben, it is hard to believe that Hank is 9 years old.

It was a gorgeous day so Henry started his birthday catching some rays in the yard. We needed to run a few errands, so we decided to bring the pugs with us. There is nothing Henry loves more than a car ride.

Luna, Henry and Benjamin

After we finished our errands, we stopped at a place that has a nice shady trail and took the pugs for a walk.


While on our walk, Henry spotted what he wants for his birthday.

Henry and golf care

Boys and their toys!

As always a birthday wouldn't be complete without a trip down memory lane. Here are a few of my favorite Henry moments shared on the blog.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Benny’s B-Day


On Sunday we celebrated Baby Benny's 9th birthday. As far as the pugs are concerned, it was pretty hot during the day, so we saved a nice walk for the evening.


For Benny's special birthday treat, I baked him Pug Bars. I got the recipe from Puglet of Daily Puglet. Puglet really seemed to love them and they had pumpkin in them so I knew that would be right up Ben's alley. Not only did Benny love them, but so did Henry & Luna.

Benny's first birthday rule was that if he had to wear a silly birthday hat, so did Luna and Henry or else he wasn't going to share his yummy Pug Bars.



And since it was Benny's special day, I let him take a big chomp out of the Pug Bars before I broke everyone off a little piece to enjoy.


All in all, I think Benny had a pretty good day.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Benjamin!

On Sunday Baby Benny will turn 9 years old. It seems like only yesterday he was always racing around the house and eating my shoelaces.

In honor of Benny's birthday, I would like share a few of my favorite Benny blog moments.

I'm not exactly sure what we are going to do to celebrate Benny's special day, but I will be sure to tell you all about it on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Gotcha Day, Cupid


Eleven years ago today, we adopted Cupid from a local shelter. But, Cupid wasn't the cat we were supposed to adopt.

We had put in an adoption application for a different cat, but for reason's I can't remember that cat had a 3 day hold on it. So, we made sure we went to visit our soon to be cat everyday until we could bring her home. The first day we visited our potential kitty, the cat did nothing but hiss at us. This was odd because the day before the cat was perfectly nice to us. We chalked it up as a fluke and told her we would come back to visit the next day, which just happened to be Valentine's Day.

We returned the next day as promised and again the "almost ours" kitty had no love for us. She hissed and wanted nothing to do with us. We were starting to take it personally now and having doubts about adopting a kitty that clearly did not like us.

Dejected, we took a quick trip around the cat room and that is when we saw a cat rubbing up against the door of her crate. We stopped to say hello and a shelter volunteer quickly came over and asked if we wanted to hold the cat. We said yes, and Vanilla, which was the cat's pound given name, was quickly in our arms. She wasted no time flipping herself on her back and showing us her white belly.

For about 20 minutes the cat laid flat on her back, purring and kneading and drooling. Yes, drooling. Needless to say we were smitten.

The volunteer explained to us that Vanilla came to the shelter earlier that morning. A young couple brought her and her much older sister to the shelter because they just had a baby and Vanilla would not stay out of the baby's crib. The older cat that Vanilla came in with was not doing so well adjusting to her new surroundings, so the shelter staff called the young family and they returned to pick her up and bring her back home. After all, the older cat was not causing trouble with their baby. They wanted to be able to bring Vanilla back home, but they had to put their baby first.

We explained to the shelter staff, that we had an adoption application pending on a different cat that had done nothing but hiss at us since we signed our intent to adopt papers. The volunteer asked which cat and took a quick look at her files. She explained that the cat we had an adoption application on also had two backup adoption applications. So, if we chose not to adopt her, two other families were waiting in the wings.

We looked at each other, and within minutes we were filling out an adoption application for Vanilla.

As lovable as she is and given the fact that we adopted her on Valentine's Day we thought it was only proper to rename Vanilla to Cupid. After all, she used her charms to get herself sprung from the pound in less than 10 hours.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Gotcha Day, Luna!


It is hard to believe, but 5 years ago tomorrow, we drove down to Hollywood, FL and adopted Luna from Compassionate Pug Rescue.

I have loved every minute of the little girl being here. And to think that we were worried that she might not get along with the boys grin

Over the 5 years she has been with us there have been lots of great Luna moments, so I thought I would share some of my favorites from her first year with us. Also, you can check out some of Luna's pictures on Flickr.

Happy Gotcha Day Looney Tune!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fit for a King

Photo by Jennifer & Mary

We kicked off Henry's birthday with a trip to the beach, but this wasn't any ordinary trip to the beach. The pugs were going to the beach to meet longtime blog reader Jennifer and her Mom, Mary. It was so great meeting them both and the pugs simply loved them. Not only were they so very nice, they also had great petting hands and they brought a little Easter basket for the pugs. Here is a shot of Luna with Jennifer with Luna doing her very own Easter Bunny impersonation.

Photo by Jennifer & Mary

Henry was definitely on cloud nine as he got to take about a 20 minute car ride to the beach, then a short walk to the actual beach and then there was water, sand, dogs, people and lots of petting. An ideal day for him.

In addition to meeting Jennifer & Mary the pugs also met a little turtle that was hanging out on the beach.

Photo by Jennifer & Mary

And look at little Miss Luna. It looks like she is enjoying her brother's birthday fun too.

Photo by Jennifer & Mary

We spent a few hours on the beach and by the time we got back to the truck, the pugs were wiped out. We got them buckled into the car, gave them a little treat from their Easter basket and before we knew it the car was filled with a chorus of pug snoring.

When we got back home, we brushed all the sand that the pugs decided to bring home with them out of their coats and then the left the pugs to get a little nap. Later that night, it was ice cream, chewing and more snoring. I think their little beach adventure tuckered them out!

A big thank you to Jennifer & Mary for meeting us and snapping so many pictures. Thanks to them I could take a day off from being behind the camera grin

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Henry!


Today Henry turns 8 and we like to think that officially makes him King Henry VIII. Although, I think he is a much kinder ruler than the original King Henry VIII.

We have a pretty big day planned today that is jammed full of all the things Henry likes to do.

And I think after 7 years he still wears the crown well. The cape, well, he may need a longer one of those.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

6, 7, 8

Luna, Henry, Benjamin

For one week, and one week only, I have a 6 year old pug (Luna), a seven year old pug (Henry) and an 8 year old pug (Benjamin). Then Henry will join his brother and officially become a senior pug. Can you believe the boys are considered seniors now? I sure can't!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Benny’s Birthday Fun


On Saturday we had a lot of fun spoiling our new 8 year old. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the day got off to a slow start so we spent some time outside, in the yard, soaking up the sun and enjoying the weather.

After that I took Benny on a little walk all by himself. I think he really liked that. He loves to walk with the others, but sometimes I think they all enjoy getting to go out by themselves.

Later that day, Benny took a little nap while we went out and hunted for his favorite bone. For some reason, we haven't been able to find them recently. After a couple of stops we finally found them and bought all they had so Benny would have a little stockpile.

We debated on what to have for dinner but then settled on pizza because pizza crust is pretty high up on Benny's favorite treats list. He seemed to like his pizza crust and after about an hour we gave him his favorite peanut butter bone that he hasn't had in about 6 months or more (Henry & Luna also got a peanut butter bone to chew). This made him really excited and he chewed for the rest of the night.

Needless to say, by about 10 PM we had one tired pug on our hands.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Benjamin!

Today Benjamin turns 8 years old and we realized that there are conveniently 8 letters in Benny's name. So what could be more fitting than a look back at Baby Benny over the years using each letter of his name.


B for Baby: He will always be our Baby Benny.


E for Eats Everything: It's year 2 and Benjamin is still very fond of mulch, rocks and lots of other things that are not good for him.


N for Never Ending Energy: In year 3 we thought some of Benny's puppy energy would have faded by now, but he is still going strong.


J for Just Curious: In year 4 Benny finally started to calm down a bit but he was still curious about everything.


A for Awesome: Sure Benny has always been awesome, but by the time he was 5 he blossomed into his quirky, lovable self.


M for Mr. Manner: At 6 years old, Benjamin became quite the mannerly gentleman. Not sure how it happened, but I'll take it.


I for In Love with Puffy: Even after 7 years Benny is still inseparable from his puffy.


N for Next Adventure: At 8 Benny is ready for his next adventure.

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