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Monday, July 12, 2010

Raining Kibble

Sometimes when the pugs get a little fiesty and are constantly looking for a treat, I have a little fun with them and just toss handfuls of kibble on the floor. Watching them scrounge around to gather all the kibble makes me laugh.

Here is a little video of the pugs in action.

Raining Kibble from obp on Vimeo.

Monday, June 14, 2010



I have talked about things I have learned from the pugs over the years (Henry, Benjamin and Luna), but I don't think I have talked much about things the pugs have learned from each other.

When Sol walked into our lives, Luna picked up one of Sol's personality traits very quickly - the act of saying no. Before Solsey arrived, I think Luna did a lot of things because the boys did them. She ate her piece of banana each morning because the boys seemed to love it. But, it was plain to see that Luna was not very fond of bananas.

The first time Luna watched Sol turn down a bite of banana a lightbulb went off in her head. Sol smelled her banana offering, gave a big huff, spraying snot all over the banana and everything else in close proximity and then looked up with her big brown eyes asking, "What else you got?" In a sign of solidarity, Luna turned down her bite of banana that morning too.

In the short 15 months that Sol was with us, Luna took pride in turning her nose up at many of our offerings. And without Sol, Luna continues to carry the torch. This morning, she didn't even bother to come to the breakfast table to turn down her banana. From the couch, she declared "Bananas, who needs stinkin' bananas!"

Monday, June 7, 2010


Benjamin, Henry and Luna

When we took Benny to the vet for his cough a few weeks ago we talked with our vet about breathing issues in pugs and ways to deal with the hot weather here in FL. Our vet had a few good tips for us. For example, he suggested that we swap our evening walks for early morning walks. Morning walks would be a bit better for the pugs since the pavement would be cooler in the earlier part of the day. Clearly something I should have realized, but I think my disdain for all things morning got in the way.

Another thing he mentioned was keeping the pugs as trim as possible. Keeping them at an ideal weight not only helps them deal with the heat, but also helps with breathing issues that chronically plague pugs.

Our vet also pointed out that Benny was up a pound from his last visit in September 2009. At our recent visit, Benny weighed in at 25.4 pounds.

The truth is that we have become very relaxed with our treats and table scraps rules. When the boys were younger, we were very diligent in making sure the boys stayed fit and trim. Our main motivation was Henry and his hips. When Henry was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, we were told the best thing we could do for him was to keep him at a healthy weight.

So the boys grew up on carrots for treats and very rarely ever got a scrap from the table. But, over the years we gradually started giving them a little bite of dinner or breakfast and then dinner and breakfast. Heck, for about 15 months they got a little bowl of spaghetti each week. (But no one has had any spaghetti since Solsey passed. I just haven't been able to bring myself to make it.)

So, we are making a few lifestyle changes around here. Table scraps are being cut way back and I stocked the fridge with carrots. The difficult thing so far is that Luna does not like carrots. So it is a real pain to give the boys carrots and Luna something else. Especially, when I have not been able to come up with a healthy something else that Luna likes.

Our goal is to have the boys lose 3-4 pounds and Luna to lose around a pound. The weight has slowly crept on the pugs so our approach is to have it slowly creep off. We are in no rush and are not making any drastic changes so hopefully over the next year or so we can get the pugs in a bit better shape. The downside is that the FL heat is in full force now and the pugs usually gain a bit of weight during the summer months because their walks and any other outdoor activity is severely limited if not totally eliminated by the heat.

So, our short term, summer goal is to be more mindful of extra curricular eating and not have the pugs gain any it's too hot to even move weight. And remember, the camera adds 10 pounds grin

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Eye on the Treat


I have been trying to work on capturing action shots of the pugs to help improve my photography skills. Well, that, and my collection of photos of the pugs sleeping or being lazy is getting out of control.

While my skills as a photographer haven't really improved, I have been getting a good laugh at some of the photos I have been taking. Today's photo is a prime example.

I have found that the best way to get the pugs to "do something" is to play our treat catching game. The game never disappoints as it always gets the pugs moving and me laughing.

In this case, we have Henry intently focused on catching a treat I just tossed in the air. The focus, and the touch of crazy in his eyes just kills me. And Henry subscribes to the theory that the pug waits for no treat. His technique is not to wait for the treat to get to him, but to jump up and snag it out of the air.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Green Paws

Henry, Luna and Benjamin

We are trying our hand at a little, container vegetable garden this summer. So far, we are having some success with our pepper plants (seen behind the pugs). We have a total of 3 plants and we have close to 10 peppers total. I have no idea what we are going to do with all those peppers, but I think that is a pretty good problem to have. At least they are in all different stages. It looks like our first pepper will be ready for picking this weekend.

We also planted a cucumber plant. We have tried cucumbers in the past without much luck, but this year's plant is looking strong. We will definitely need to be getting it a bigger pot.

The pugs enjoy checking up on the plants each evening after their walk. I water the plants and they have fun sniffing around.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Caption This #147


Looking forward to your captions in the comments.

Monday, February 22, 2010

And This Little Puggie Had Roast Beef

Benjamin, Henry & Luna

Benjamin, Henry & Luna patiently waiting for a little taste of roast beef. Why is there no picture of Sol you ask? Well, that is because she is jumping around like a wild woman, barking & whining and demanding that we hurry up and give her her treat. All that craziness doesn't really photograph that well. grin

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Caption This #137


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Friday, December 4, 2009

Get Your Own Box


Benny has been known to go a little crazy for Cheez-Its. Don't get me wrong, he doesn't love Cheez-Its anywhere near as much as pugkin bread, but Cheez-Its, along with a few other salty snacks, are pretty high up on his list.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009



We are trying our hand at growing some veggies this Fall. Just writing that sentence is absurd to me, but that is the northern gal in me. This is Florida and it is actually a good time for to grow certain veggies here. So, we are trying our hand at peppers, on the left side in the picture above, and broccoli, on the right side in the picture above. This is my first attempt at ever growing broccoli so we will see how things turn out.

I hope the pugs do a good job with the veggies like they did with Mimo. Little Mimo is now taller than the house!

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