I have been on a quest to get a good video of the pugs playing to share with you and until now, I haven’t really been able to capture anything good. Most of the times when the pugs are playing I don’t have the Flip handy and by the time I go get it I end up with 3 pugs just staring up at me.
But, the other night I was able to get a little video of the pugs playing around the pool. Benjamin & Henry love to chase each other around the pool. Luna, as you will notice in the video, isn’t too fond of circling the pool. Since she doesn’t see too well, she tends to hang back while the boys are chasing each other near the gigantic puddle in the yard. You will see her in the video a bit, and I would like to point out, that she is running no where near as fast as she can. She takes it easy on the boys
My favorite part of the video comes at about 1:32 when Benny turns into a mad man and circles the bench.
Hopefully, there will be more playing videos to come. I will try to get one of little Luna outrunning her big brothers.
On Sunday, we gave the pugs their first ever knucklebones. In the past I have shied away from knucklebones in favor of rib bones because the rib bones seem like they are a better size for the pugs and have a lot less gunk on them. But on Sunday, they were out of rib bones so I settled for the knucklebones. Plus, secretly, I had always wanted to see what Benjamin, Henry & Luna’s reaction would be to the size of these massive treats.
Needless to say they were more than pleased with the knucklebones. In fact, they were wondering why I had been buying them those tiny little rib bones when they had knucklebones all along.
The funniest part of watching them eat the bones was listening to the noises they made. They snorted, grunted, sighed and made all kinds of sounds trying to clean off the bones. I got a little bit of Henry on video going to town on his knucklebone. Turn the sound up and you’ll hear all the noise he was making. Notice how even the cat was interested in getting a smell.
I only let the pugs chew the bones for about an hour every few days. Henry actually gets a little less time because he is a much more effective chewer. I don’t want them to overdo it. There is a lot of gunk on those bones and much to their chagrin I think they should pace themselves.
This is Luna’s Mama’s Girl outfit. It has a little bandana that she can wear around her neck or like a little kerchief like they wore in the olden days. It doesn’t make her eye sore look very flattering and she does look a bit orphanly, but she is such a sweetie she can pull anything off! She even let her sister, QP cat, wear it, too. It is so sisterly to share clothes! Cupid likes Luna the best of all the pugs. Must be a girl thing.
On cool days, the boys like to lounge outside my office door in the screened-in part of the yard. They are out there a lot soaking up the sun’s rays so awhile back I thought I would buy them a nice, comfy, outdoor bed. The bed is meant to be used outdoors and it keeps them up off the ground. The way it is constructed the bed part sags in the middle so it is kinda like a little hammock.
When the bed finally arrived, I was very excited and as soon as I put it together I knew the boys would just love it. Well it turns out that the boys were less than enthused. They wanted nothing to do with the new bed and instead they opted to either sleep on one of the chairs outside or even the ground.
So the bed just said outside for a few weeks and then I noticed that the cat started using it.
The cat found it plent cozy and started spending a fair amount of her time napping in the bed. Well, wouldn’t you know that as soon as the cat started using the bed, the boys started to show some interest and suddenly the bed was good enough for them to sleep on.
So the once never used bed is now the favorite outdoor sleeping spot for everyone.
Last night we got a break from the humidity and enjoyed a rather nice Florida evening. The boys were in the yard romping around along with Cupid, the cat, and Lou, our bunny. At 9 years old, Lou is actually the oldest of the group and he has a very patient disposition. He loves to play tag with the cat and he doesn’t mind hanging out with the boys either.
Benjamin absolutely adores Lou. He really looks up to his big brother (er, well he admires him, but he has to look down to see him). So after wrestling with Henry, Benjamin went to hang out with his brother Lou.
Here is a shot of the whole gang hanging out in the yard.
Before I get to how devishly smart my cat is, let me give you a little bit more information.
A while back the boys were put on a very strict diet that consists of ground, 99% fat-free turkey, oatmeal, pumpkin and yogurt. Because they are on such a strict diet they rarely get regular dog treats. Instead, they get things like carrots, turkey lunchmeat and other healthy little snacks.
On the rare occasions that I leave the house without the dogs in tow, the dogs spend time in their crate. The routine generally is that I will put on a CD of relaxing music and then tell Benjamin & Henry to “go to bed”. The boys always run straight to their crate because they know they are going to get a treat. Once they are inside the crate, I go to the refrigerator and get them a piece of turkey. Once they eat the lunchmeat I close the crate door and then I am on my way.
Well, the cat is quite fond of the boys’ new diet because she loves turkey. When the dogs were still getting regular dog treats, she would never stir when I told the boys to “go to bed”. Once she realized that they were getting turkey, whenever I said “go to bed” she started running to her food bowl and meowing for a piece of turkey. I gave her a piece of course and this was her routine for awhile. But now she is at the point that if I turn the stereo on to play the relaxing music she will come running from wherever she may have been meowing the whole way. Before I even give the “go to bed” command she knows that I am getting ready to leave the house.
So now, every time I turn on the stereo the cat thinks that she is going to get a treat! I had no idea that she was so observant. It makes me laugh every time and I can’t help but be reminded of Pavlov and his dogs - except that Cupid is a cat and her bell is a stereo.