Thursday, December 31, 2009


As 2009 draws to a close, I'm replete from holiday celebrations. A jolly season, this. September has Dad's b'day & the 'rents' wedding anniversary (22 this year!) Mom's b'day and Halloween in October, Thanksgiving feasting in November & then the big buildup & delights of Christmas followed by the countdown to the New Year! Wow!

This Pug had a fine time during the season and wants to wish all Pugs and Pug friends a very happy and healthy 2010.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom

Today is my human Mom's birthday. Not surprisingly, the best greetings have come from my own online Twitter friends. We Twitter Pugs know how special our human parents are, especially those of us who have come from questionable backgrounds...the local impound facility in my case. A reminder that not ALL humans are suited to Pug ownership.

My Twitter followers/friends include several Pug rescue groups. I'm not really aware of what goes on out there, but Mom always gives us extra kisses and cuddles when she has been checking updates. Sometimes she's reduced to tears & that distresses me, but I'm a Pug and I recover quickly.

Since birthdays seem to have significance for humans, I'm going to try to give my Mom the gift of "living in the now" like I do.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

What Price Celebrity?

My PugPack friend, JennyThePug announced today that she and her puglets had a spot on the local news. I thought that was great and sent a congrats tweet to her. But then my Mom stepped in and filled my Pug ears with facts I did NOT want to know.

Popularity has ruined more dog breeds than it has helped. Sad, but true. Once a breed becomes popular, backyard breeders and puppy mills want to cash in on that popularity and start producing puppies like they are widgets in a hot widget market!

The general public grabs a fad and runs with it without researching the consequences. For dogs, that means they don't consider the drawbacks or responsibilities inherent in the possession of that animal. Pugs in shelters rose to new highs after the movie, "Men In Black" popularized Frank the Pug.

So what we gonna do? NOT gonna hide our lights under a bushel...we're just too terrific for that! Don't wanna give the impression that everyone should have a Pug! We're too special for that! So how do we balance popularity with quality?

I don't know.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Puff of Smoke: when monitors die

My Mom's a pretty smart gal as far as academics go but she's a bit dim in some areas. Take today, for example. We were happily tweeting along with my twittermates when the monitor exploded. Ok, it was a mild flying glass, just a sudden "whooshing" noise and then some smoke pouring out the top and back of the monitor. Whatever, the monitor no longer worked. Smelled pretty bad, too.

BigTimeBummer. We talking a 32 inch LCD combo TV/monitor. We can't use computer, Mom can't watch TV...can't vote Pugs on Tweeterwall!! Horrors!

First Mom thought; Wal-Mart & new monitor...out and back in 3 hours. But just bought a new refrigerator & don't need more credit card debt. Smart Mom.

Second Mom thought; have another TV/monitor upstairs that isn't used a lot, so could be used at least temporarily & don't have to spend money. Smart Mom.

Next Mom thought; don't wanna wait 'til Dad gets home to help move that 42 inch HDTV beast downstairs, so will do it alone! Dumb Mom!

Mind you, LCD monitors aren't all that heavy. But Mom's closer to 70 (about 10 in dog years) than 60 and she's not the strongest warrior among the 300! Wrestling 80 pound fragile items down 13 stairs is not wise!

I don't need to tell you, do I? She did it. Lifted it off the stand, got a trolley from the garage to take it to the top of the stairway, took it off trolley and walked it downstairs, then used the trolley to roll it to her room.

It's all set up and working well. Impressive, Mom...but not very smart!


Monday, August 10, 2009

Way Too Much Drama!

The new tweeterwall "Animal Sanctuary" got off to a roaring start. Most of the Pugs from the former 6+ pages of entrants where schlepped onto the first couple of pages of the new competition, the species were separate & it looked like a real fun for all was brewing. I put on my Pug cheerleader hat, grabbed a pair of pom poms & started trying to pump up the enthusiasm in the PugPack.

All was well for a couple of days except for an occasional grouse about so many Pugs. Really, there were no more than had been there before, they were just bunched up together. Then the inevitable cheats who use vote bots started slipping in. They're not too hard to recognize if you've been around for a while & Mom's been on the Internet since '95.

A vote bot can be set to automatically vote for any candidate in any kind of contest. Couple of weeks ago there was big brouhaha about vote bots used in Big Brother TV show voting. The candidate who is receiving the votes does NOT have to be the person who uses the bot. Most entrants with a bot will use it rather quietly and just gently slide themselves up in the ranks. However, like I said, the pattern is rather easy to detect. We saw at least three in use and of course we talked about it in the PugPack.

One Pug mom decided to report the cheating. She turned in names to TPTB. Now, on Twitter, if you use the ampersand ( @ ) in front of a screen name, the person can see what you've tweeted because it shows up on his replies page. In less than 24 hours, the woman who reported the cheating had a vote bot (or bots) turned on her. Set to run at an exceptionally high rate, sometimes generating over 400 votes per hour, it was obvious what had happened.

Naturally, those who didn't know her thought she was doing it herself in order to win. They had no idea that she was totally unaware of what was going on. When she found out she immediately applied to TPTB to have herself removed from the competition. No doubt just what her attacker intended...her withdrawal or her eventual removal by tweeterwall. I tried to spread the word, but there were still contestants who thought she was cheating.

All this upset just took all the fun out of the game. Another PugPacker decided he'd had enough and he withdrew also. I couldn't help but agree with him, but didn't want to give the cheaters another victory, so it took me a while to make up my mind. In the end, I, too decided to withdraw. As I told a friend, when it ceases to be fun and starts generating anger, it's time to go.

Rumors are still going 'round & the story gets mixed up, so I'm making this blog entry in hopes of setting the record straight. The Pug with more than 21,000 votes was NOT the cheater. She was the victim. She tried to do the right thing by reporting the names of suspected cheaters to tweeterwall. Other Pugs who withdrew did so in support of her and because it was no longer fun.

It's all a bit sad, but fortunately I'm a dog & I live in the now, so I lift my leg on the cheaters and waddle off to sniff another interesting landmark! Life is good!


Tuesday, August 04, 2009

We'll be right back after this short break!

Finally finished out the August round of Tweeterwall competition. Not a moment too soon for these tired little paws. Now we'll wait for the results to be posted so we can toast our victories and curse our defeats.

Personally, I'm delighted to have been in the top 20 this go-around. Actually, I think I'll finish up in the number 8 slot. I'll know more later. I still don't have any idea who nominated me, but it's not really important, I suppose. Best part of the whole contest was the camaraderie with Pug friends, the enthusiasm shared by a few really dedicated participants and the fun of watching Pugs come together for a "cause." For those reasons, the August competition was much more enjoyable than was the one for July.

I'll have updates shortly.

Pugs Rule!


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dog Days? I Don't Think So!

Now, I'm not sure where that phrase, "dog days of summer" came from, and I'm not sure what it is supposed to mean. But I can tell you this, from a dog's point of view, that there haven't been many days this summer that were good or enjoyable for dogs. Actually, since summer was official on June 21, there have been NO "dog" days here. Just too darn hot, too darn dry.

Can't lounge in the sun out on the deck. I'd fry! Pug Fritters NOT appealing! Can't amble through the grass snurffling all the interesting scents. There is no grass. Somehow, ambling through stickly prickly pine needles just doesn't do it for me.

Pug Sigh.

Mom to the rescue. She's got me tuned in to Twitter and gets me all excited talking about the Tweeterwall contests, Puppia harnesses, bully sticks and all manner of conversational delights with the PugPack. Mostly I just listen, but by golly, sometimes a bit of her enthusiasm inspires me to do a Pugtona around the living room.

So maybe I Will survive the "anti-dog" days of this summer...with a little help from Mom, the internet and my PugPack friends!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

And The Heat Goes On

It's almost too much. Most days we see the reports on local news of record breaking high temperatures. My necessary visits outside are much shorter. Except for early morning strolls I seldom wander around to check out my territorial boundary markings. Life has become so constricted. Sigh.

Mom has to empty and refill all the outdoor watering stations at least twice a day 'cause it's so dry that Chloe's cavorting raises clouds of dust and the water gets dirty. Only Chloe and Buddy get to stay outside for very long and even they come inside during the heat of the day. Mom says it's time to switch from Pugs to Salukis. I know she's kidding...I know it.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Into the Maw of Summer

The all-devouring heat of south central Texas has arrived. Outdoor activity for Pugs is limited and rides to town almost completely eliminated unless destinations are those establishments that allow entry to dogs.

The canine population here is spending most of the day inside with air conditioning. Even Buddy. It's just too hot out there! 106 on our shaded deck yesterday! Blimey!

Chloe is settling down a bit and for that we are all pleased. Mom posted a couple of videos of Chloe in the wading pool. Have a looksee and a laugh Mom's YouTube

Mom's been updating the web site a bit, adding links to my Twitter friends' sites. I'm still voting on the Twitterwall Pugs. I hear the contest closes July 2. Not too soon for me!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dad and Mate Plus Eight!

Last Sunday was Father's Day. Mom helped all the "furkids" select a suitable card and gift for our Dad. Mom had a special calendar made for was with pictures of all us kids and it started in June so he will have a full year's use of it. We thought it was pretty nice.

But Dad always aims higher. He cruises Craig's list almost daily and last Friday he found a listing for a Great Dane puppy with "special needs" that needed an adoptive family. I don't need to go into the details, as the title tells it all! Yep, he brought her home.

There she is. Chloe. Four months old, all legs & very shy. She glommed on to Dad during the ride home and is very "clingy" when he's around. Mom introduced the rest of the family very slowly. I, of course, was calm and aloof as I am with all intruders as long as they show proper respect. BJ totally ignored her and MissyLu was instantly ticked off as her spot as Daddy's Little Princess and baby of the family was threatened. And wouldn't you know it, one of the first things Chloe did was usurp MissyLu's spot at the base of the stairs. MissyLu was NOT amused.

Meeting "the boys" was traumatic for poor Chloe, but then, their exuberance even gets to me at times. As Pippin and Hooter rushed to meet and greet her, she tucked her tail so far under her that it tickled her nose! Who would have thought a dog that large could curl up into a ball so small! Buddy, the only canine on the place larger than baby Chloe, was a gentleman and quite reserved with his curiosity.

Chloe's "special needs" were said to be demodectic mange. However, Mom suspects the mange is the least of this pup's problems. We will see. I'll have more to say about this, I'm sure.


Monday, June 15, 2009

The Competitive Edge

Cesar Millan would be proud of me. I am a calm submissive Pug. Happy to be with my humans, get along well with other animals...well, most of the time...sometimes Lucy the cat gets a bit pushy. Of course, it helps that I'm the "resident" Pug. I've been here the longest, so the others naturally give me respect. But that's beside the point. The point is that I'm really laid back and easy going.

Until...injustice...deceit...outright lies! Oh, I can get riled for a good reason! That happened last week. One of my Twitter pals was entered into a competition for "Top Animal Twitter." She asked for our Pug votes through Twitter & many of us responded. But guess what I discovered?? Several of those who were entered were NOT animals, but were humans using their pets as a cover! Why, one of the entrants didn't even OWN the animal they used as an avatar! And the clearly stated FIRST rule of the competition is that it is for animals, not for persons or groups.

I was livid with indignation! I growled for hours as I plumbed the depths of their corruption and found out they're all ganged up together! Naturally, I informed my own Tweeps about what was going on and in a general uprising we were able to promote my friend to the #3 spot & shut out the cheaters. Now, mind you, those cats in the #1 and #2 places are legit, so we have no quarrel there. Winning is nice, but it's not everything. What is really important is standing up for truth, justice and the Pug way!


Monday, June 01, 2009


Oh my! Summer has arrived. Can't say I'm all that pleased. Fewer car trips with Dad, less time meandering around outside. Too hot! Don't get me wrong, I like a snooze in the sun as well as any Pug, but I'm not really equipped to handle temps over 90 in the shade! Mom puts a "Pug play pool" out in the yard, but Hooter is the only one who really seems to enjoy it. All that water...I just don't know.

I have lots of new friends on Twitter. Mom bought a book written by one of my friends. It's called Summer Pugs. Check it out. And don't forget to check out my own book, FROM POUND TO PRICELESS over on Blurb.

It's time to start shopping for Dad's Day. Dad helped us furkids give Mom a plant and flower pot for Mom's Day. Don't know what we're going to do for Dad, but Mom's already found the perfect has PUGS on it!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Am I getting Geeky?

I fear my Twittering has led me along a path to Geekdom. I've been having so much fun and have met so many friendly Pugs that Mom actually selected her new cell phone with the idea of tweeting from it for me. She checks out all the new Twitter apps with a zest formerly reserved for her photo processing. One of my TV faves, The Dog Whisperer, has a Twitter account and I'm a faithful follower. Seriously, I'm trying to get Mom to sign me up for a Facebook account so I can sign on as one of Daddy's fans!

Mom says this is not being a geek. She says geeks go more for technical knowledge and that I'm just getting into the social networking. OK, I can deal with that. I'm a dog. I'm a social creature. So I don't need to be a geek...but I need a geek to help me out with my social SHE is the geek, right?

I can live with that.


Monday, May 04, 2009

The Lusty Month of May!

Camelot strikes again!
Yes, and I've got my first hot spot! Right behind my right ear. Just a small one, Mom caught it early and it's on the mend.
Oh, I'm so busy Twittering! What fun! I've got lots of followers. I'd have lots more, but Mom checks them out and blocks those who are just trying to sell stuff and those who don't seem to be "right" for me.

I spent the weekend helping Dad build a pole barn for the horses. I mostly watched, but I'm sure my moral support was very beneficial. Saturday I got to ride to town in Dad's truck while he picked up lumber. We stopped for donuts! YAY!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April showers

Mom is so happy...we've had just a bit over 3 inches of rain in April. That's really great for her flowers. She isn't happy about a predator getting to one of her young chickens, though. Sigh. Her own fault for not putting them into a pen at night. Lesson learned.

I'm having a great time with my twittering. Have met some really nice new Pug friends. Sometimes my tweetdeck has a technical problem but for the most part, Mom's happy with it.

I've started following a couple of Pug friends on their blogs, too. This social networking thing is almost as good as sniffing butts.


Friday, April 24, 2009

How time flies!

Wow! It's been a while since I've posted here. I really lost track of the time. Of course, being a dog, I really don't pay much attention to time, ya know?

I'm busy over on Twitter. You can check it out at Mom downloaded that tweetdeck thingy so it's easy for me to keep active.

Mom's been really busy with the Springtime know, planting stuff and planning gardens, etc. She's in a bit of a rush to get all set before the blasting heat of summer sets in.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Spring Projects

The weather hints at an early spring. Hmmm...Mom's not so sure that it's a good thing to be so nice and warm this early. The peach tree is blooming and will really get a setback if we have another freeze, she says. 'Course I don't eat a lot of peaches, so I really don't care. Just so long as the dog food crop comes in regular. Arf!

Hey! I'm over at loldogs almost every day. It's my kinda place. You should come see! You'll laugh! I don't laugh, of course, but I snurffle with pleasure, doncha know?

Hehe. Dad's friend, a former electrician, came over and installed a plug for Mom's Spa-in-a-box. He put it in upside down. Mom had to take off the plastic cover and turn it upside down so she could plug in the pump to inflate the cover. Looks silly.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Rolling right along

Here we go, New Year. Still in drought & Mom is not happy. On the other hand, she's through with her Herceptin infusions, so she's happy.

Drought has inspired Mom to buy bark mulch for the outdoor dog pen. Trying to keep down the know how we Pugs hate dust!

Back before Christmas Mom bought a "spa-in-a-box." She needed to have a foundation to set it on so she asked Dad to build her an 8' X 8' platform. Well, Dad being Dad, he had to upgrade and built a larger, fully enclosed (with lattice) room. Mom's $100 platform became an $800 outdoor room. I won't get any use out of it, of course, but since it was the January "project" it is worth noting.

Mom moved MsPogie's digs to the deck right outside her (Mom's) bedroom door. Now that MsPogie is blind, Mom feels she needs to keep her close by. MsPogie has seldom set paw on dirt since she's been here, but she made a break for it the other day and sneaked out when Mom wasn't looking. Mom spotted her down at the garage & liked to have had a stroke. But Pogie was retrieved and seemed to suffer no ill effects, so all is well.

Did I tell you that both BJ and I are on arthritis supplements? BJ will be 13 years old on March 18 and she's pretty stiff in the joints at times. I'm not that old, but Mom feels the supplement won't hurt me and may even keep me more comfortable longer. Now, Pogie is older than any of us, but she's still spry even though blind! Must be that "hybrid vigor." [whisper] She's a mixed breed - poodle/chihuahua - you know.

I gotta go.