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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Reminder: Last Day to Buy Tickets for the Sol Painting Raffle

Just a reminder, today is the last day to purchase a ticket for the Sol Painting Raffle. I will be drawing the winner sometime tomorrow evening.

You can find all the raffle information here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Sol's Painting

When we thought of the idea to have Grammy paint a picture of Sol to raffle off, we had one condition for Grammy. She must paint two pictures. We knew once we saw the finished painting we would never be able to part with it. So, we doubled Grammy's workload. Lucky, for us she was more than willing to paint two portraits.

The photo above show's Solsey's painting hanging in our living room.

Also, I updated the original raffle post to note that the painting size is 12" x 12".

You can enter the raffle to win the painting of Sol here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sol Painting Raffle


We asked Solsey's talented Grammy is she would be kind enough to paint a picture of Sol that we could raffle off to benefit the Sol Sunshine Memorial Fund. Grammy happily complied and I am very happy to announce the raffle for this one of a kind Solsey painting (pictured above).

Here's how the raffle works:

And incase you were wondering here is a little bit about the artist of the painting.

Artist Sheryl Pascal Gormley currently works in both watercolor and acrylics. Her awards include numerous cash prizes as well as ribbons. She is also an accomplished photographer and writer. 'Almost Scared to Death', her current novel, is nearing completion. The illustrations for her four children's books are in the final stages. As President of Ormond Writers' League she was largely responsible for getting the members to complete an anthology. Her cover photograph was taken on Daytona Beach, Florida. The paperback book, 'Peanut Butter and Jellyfish', is a collection of diverse short stories, published in 2003, available from InfinityPublishing.com

Purchase Raffle Tickets


If you have any questions, let me know.

Thank you for your continued support!

Friday, September 3, 2010

One Year Ago


One year ago today, I snapped this picture of Solsey. I can't even put into words how much I miss her. But, I am so very grateful that the 15 months she shared with us are packed full of such wonderful memories. Not a day passes that we don't share a Solsey story.

The Sol Sunshine Memorial Fund

Thursday, July 29, 2010



Whenever one of the pugs does something funny or noteworthy, I jot down a little blurb in my blog idea book. Later, when I'm looking for something to blog about, I have a whole book of ideas. I have notes in my book that I never got a chance to blog about before Sol passed. I thought I would share one of those stories today.

When it came to food, Solsey had a pretty strict set of rules that she followed. One of those rules was never, ever eat any fruit.

We quickly became aware of Sol's "Eat No Fruit" rule when she turned down tiny bits of bananas or apples on a regular basis. But we didn't realize how serious Sol's distaste for fruit was until she got picky about her Cheerios.

Each morning plays out about the same around here. We start the day with a bowl of Cheerios and a banana. However, we are a two Cheerio flavor household. One of us eats Apple Cinnamon Cheerios and the other Honey Nut Cheerios.

We offer the pugs a tiny bite of banana each morning and of course Sol always turned hers down. So, we started offering Sol a Cheerio instead. If it was an Apple Cinnamon Cheerio, Sol would turn that down as well. If it was a Honey Nut Cheerio, she would woof it down and ask for another.

Mix a handful of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios with a handful of Honey Nut Cheerios, put the mix in a bowl and give it to Sol and when she was done eating you would have a bowl full of Apple Cinnamon Cheerios left.

An update on the Sol Sunshine Memorial Fund.

Click here to lend your support to: CFPR Sols Hospice Pug Fund and make a donation at <a href="http://www.pledgie.com">http://www.pledgie.com</a> !

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!"

Friday, June 4, 2010



One day, when we were out and about, we spotted these sun and moon garden stakes. Of course they reminded us of Luna and Sol. And since we are always looking for ways to spruce up the garden, we bought them and couldn't wait to get home and find a perfect spot for them in the garden. Luna enjoyed posing by her moon and the sun is a perfect reminder of Sol.

Sol Garden Flag

I also wanted to share with you the garden flag that Sue VDB had made for us. It could not have been a more perfect gift and when we get home from our walks in the evening I always make sure to say hi to Solsey Baby. Thanks so much, Sue!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ink for Solsey

Sol Tattoo

A few weeks ago, I got a tattoo on my foot in memory of Sol. I decided to get it on my foot because Sol was always at my feet. I miss her in so many ways, but one of the times I miss her the most is when I am at work. Each workday, Sol parked herself at my feet while I worked at my desk. Often times she would lay on my feet or rest her head on the wheels of my office chair. Whenever I would look down, she would look up at my with her patented Solsey stare and I would pat her on the head and then return to work. I could never move my chair or my feet for that matter without taking a quick look to see if I was going to roll over her or kick her in the head.

And now, while at work, it is sad to look down and not see her there. But now, when I look down I can see Solsey's tattoo and smile.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Goodbye Solsey Baby


It is with a very heavy heart that I must say that Sol has passed away. She had a simply fantastic day on Saturday, but late Saturday night into Sunday she took a turn for the worse. We spent all of Sunday with her hoping that she was just having an off day and that Monday would be better. However, her breathing got worse throughout the night on Sunday and we took her to the vet first thing Monday morning. It was there, knowing we have done and tried everything we possible could, that we made the tough decision to let her rest in peace.

We stayed with her the whole time and told her how much she was loved. I made sure to tell her how much everyone in OBP land loved her too. She went very peacefully and it was almost a relief to see her laying still without constantly coughing and struggling to breathe.

We are confident that we made the right decision, however, we miss her so much. She was such a big presence and a good spirit.

Posting will be a little light the next few days as I am going to take some time to process all this. I'm not really sure what to say or write next. I'm going to do what Solsey did and just take it one day at a time.

I know Sol was loved by more than just us and I want to say sorry to all of you as well. Please know that my thoughts are with you.

Take care everyone and kiss your puggers.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Podium

Benjamin, Henry, Luna and Sol

In honor of the closing of the Olympic games, the pugs decided to hold their own medal ceremony. The event is unknown and the ranking is highly questionable. I'm pretty sure seating was on a first come first serve basis.

In any case, we enjoyed watching the Olympic games these past two weeks. Especially, yesterday's hockey game.

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