The 'Strange Dog Warning' award! lol! That certainly describes our hoursehold!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thank you all for your well wishes!
*does the happy dance*
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
As you can see we have a red and silver theme going on for the tree. I love it. I didn't even get all of our ornaments on it this year; I have a bunch of silver roses that I usually put on but they are just a bit too heavy for the branches I think. I still like how it turned out though.
Did you notice all the stockings by the fireplace? Everyone in our houst gets one; Me, Hubby, Ickis, Tank, Pearl and our two cats Neko and Carmy. :) Santa already actually visited our house for the stockings as they are filling up; Santa likes to keep the things he picks up in one place and its easier to stuff the stockings than to try and store things. ;)
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
On a bad note the doctor called me this morning and wanted to do a dental cleaning on him because she said he has dental disease and may have to have three teeth extracted. :( I told her we couldn't afford it todday but she mentioned that they were having 'Dental Month' in january and february and it would be 10% off so maybe when we get our taxes I can get the pugs done. I hope.
Thank you all for your well wishes on this, please continue to send good thoughts until we get the biopsy results back next week.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The above is my favorite snow picture of all time. It was Ickis' first snowfall and he was a little hesitant at first but soon was racing around the yard in it. He was bounding in great leaps over the snow when he came to his first snowdrift. The above was taken the second he went face-first into the snowdrift and emerged seconds later shaking himself off and very unhappy. ;)
It's been pretty cold here in North Texas; it was in the 20's this morning! No snow yet but there has been snow south of us already so I'm sure it's just a matter of time! We hope everyone out there is staying warm!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Until the horrible alarm clock put an end to it all. *sigh*
This weekend was a nice one; Hubby and I stayed home on Friday night with the pugs, lit a fire, had some drinks and relaxed. it was lovely. Saturday I had a bellydance show that night so the morning was spent sewing, the afternoon was spent getting ready for the show and I was off at 5:30pm with my dancemates to the restaraunt. The show went really well, the food the fed us was outstanding too. I ended up walking away with a chef catered sushi party for 6 which I bid on at the silent auction they were having. Yum!
Sunday lots more cuddling. Ickis goes in on Friday to have his growth removed from his face so he is seeing a little extra loving from me right now much to his dismay. lol. The pugs like to ALL lay on top of me when I am on the couch; here is a pic I snapped of them this weekend:
You can see Ickis' growth on his cheek; he's in the middle. I hope it turns out to be nothing!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Ickis will still be going into the Vet on the 12th to get the growth on his left cheek removed and biopsied if it looks suspicious. It will still be a stretch for us to pay for that but at least the insurance will return some of that money to us.
Money is so frustrating. There is never enough.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The rest of the time off I spent relaxing, visiting with friends that were in town for the Holiday and also doing a little bit of sewing. Need to do more of that!
Hope everyone had a great Holiday!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
I think my pocketbook is going to be hurting more than the pugs! I just hope that they don't have to get any teeth pulled in addition or else it will be even more! *cries*
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
When I got home and got ready to take the furkids out it was about 5:45 rather than 4:30 like usual. It had already started getting dark but we live in a lovely neighborhood and wasn't worried about safety or that sort of thing so we set out.
The pugs soon started making with the pooping and I discovered that the blue bags I purchased really weren't compatible with my carrying case that I already had. The holder is made to work with the grey bags which feed bags from the cener of the roll. The blue bags feed from the outside. It worked ok for the first two poops but just as Ickis took his turn in pooping I discovered that it wasn't going to work anymore.
We were standing next to the bridge that leads into the park and I tried to pull another blue bag out. Instead of pulling out the bag the plastic cover to the case got stuck on the bag and came off allowing the tube of rolled up bags to pop out and go rolling across the grass. I scrambled to try and pick all the bags up while Ickis finished pooping and all three pugs were pulling me in every direction. I stuffed the bags into the larger plastic bag I carry for holding multiple mini-bags and went to scoop the poop with the remaining bag I left out.
Problem was I couldn't FIND the poop. I had laser eye surgery in August of this year and while my eyesight is near perfect in the daytime I am still having trouble with my nightvision. So there I am, three pugs pulling me in every which direction while I'm straining to find Ickis' poop. Eventually I guiltily gave up, I couldn't see it and we returned home.
When we got home and I was putting the leashes away I discovered I lost the cap that goes to the container for the poo bags! So now I have to go back to the pet store and either get a new poo bag holder that is compatible with the blue bags or get more grey bags and hope that when I get home today I can go out and find the lost cap before I take the dogs on their walk.
So the moral of this story is to never leave on a walk when its getting dark. Things will go badly!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
To my Brothers and Sisters in all of the Armed Forces; Thank you for serving alongside me.
To those that went before us and to those that will come after us; Thank you for your service.
To those at home; Thank You for your support and for reminding us what we would lay our lives down for.
And here are two pics of the boys from that day (we didn't bring Pearl home until a month after the wedding):
More pics here: http://www.rubicat.com/baker/
Monday, November 10, 2008
Pearl is still adjusting to the time change and therefore is waking up about an hour before the alarm goes off. I try and ignore her, hoping that she will lay back down and go back to sleep. It happens occasionally. This morning though she spent most of that extra hour licking the bedspread; the sound of it was rather soothing and I lapsed in and out of sleep until the alarm sounded. If that keeps her occupied and allows me to get a little bit more sleep then hey, I'm all for it.
I think Hubby might be of another opinion though after he rolled over and into 'the wet spot' and about shot out of bed thinking someone had peed. Oops!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
The pugs all have different begging styles and each looks at the other during these episodes as if to say "No, you are doing it wrong! Look here!" and proceeds to perform their act. Ickis is the most passive of the three; he sits closeby perfectly still as if to say "Look! Look how good I am sitting! I am the best dog ever and you should give me food!" His eyes bulge a little bit as he tries to move the food on my fork to his mouth with the power of his brain but does not break his sit.
Pearl on the other hand takes a more paws on approach. She will sit on the other side of me for a few seconds to see if the 'perfectly behaved' angle will get her anywhere. When it dosen't she will grunt and scoot her bum a little closer and closer, grunting with each scoot she makes. When she is pretty much leaning on my leg she will then try and stand on it, looking from me to the food and back again trying to tell me what she wants as I'm obviously not getting that she is STARVING. Should I pay her no attention she will them try and start straining to snif the food as if to say 'I just wanna smell it. Seriously, just smell it!' until I push her away and then the process will start over again.
Tank, who normally is the quiet one takes the vocal approach. As with the other two he will start with the 'sit' performance, his eyes wide and fixed on my face. Should I not pay him any attention he will start to whuff. The whuffing gets louder and louder to get into barking until I silence him with a look. He wags his tail when I meet his gaze and looks from the food back to me as if I again have no idea that he covets my dinner. I'll turn back to my food and the process starts again.
Not until I am finished and say 'All gone!' do they give up, even if I slip them a bite or two underneath Hubbys dissaproving gaze. They especially go nuts for popcorn which Hubby LOVES and air pops quite often, it amuses me to see how of little interest I am to them when there is abowl of popcorn in the room.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
The pugs got to go for an extra long walk last night since is was so nice out. I don't know if I've been feeding them too much or what but Pearl and Tank pooped twice while we were out and Ickis went THREE times! Good thing I had alot of baggies with me, ugh! The pugs enjoyed the long walk though as did I aside from the leash juggling that happens when you have three energetic pugs on the lines.
I have dance class tonight but I'd much rather be at home, snuggling with the pugs, sipping tea and watching election coverage. Sounds much more inviting to me!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Here is a pic of the day I took the boys to their first SCA event; if you look really close you can see that they wrapped their coupler leash around my ankles !
We got home around 1pm yesterday and the pugs were VERY happy to see us. Gave them lots of love and after unpacking and organizing from our trip we basically relaxed and snuggled with them for the rest of the evening. I hope everyone had a great Halloween and a relaxing weekend!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The pugs will be staying home on their own as they always do when we go out of town. Rather than take them to a kennel I found a great dog walking service a few years ago when we first moved into our home in 2005. We've used them countless times since then and have yet to have a problem and I much prefer the furkids staying at home rather than a kennel. The only thing bad about them staying home is they don't have supervision the whole time so I stress about things that could happen in between the multiple visits I book per day.
Usually when the pugs are left home alone they go into 'the dog room' which serves as their kennel for the day. Ickis still has the bad habit of marking when he is not watched so while I'd much rather them have the run of the house and use of the doggie door and backyard while I am at work they get 'kenneled' during the day. They sleep pretty much the whole time; waking only to shift positions or move around on the three oversized doggie beds in there. I know this because when we first started kenneling them I set up a webcam to make sure they were doing alright. ;)
When we go away we put a gate around the couch and loveseat, bring the doggie beds out of the doggie room and let the pugs come and go as they please outside as I wouldn't allow them to be locked up for a whole weekend. Still, even though our back gate is reinforced and padlocked after it was opened for the pugs to escape in November of 2005 (I'll share my blog entries somedtime from that horrible day) I still worry that they will get out.
I sometimes take Pearl with me to SCA events but she will be staying home with her brothers this time; she is not pleased with this at all. here is a pic of her from a previous event relaxing in my arms.
What do you all do when you have to leave your puglettes behind?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Ickis stood by and growled at the activity while Tank barked and watched as well. The boys aren't much for chase; Ickis prefers Tug or Fetch and will want to play till long after the Humans have tired of it. Tank on the otherhand is alot more laid back and would rather just snuggle than play games. Pearl loves to snuggle with me but still has her puppy energy and often tries to engage Tank to play with her without much success so she usually ends up playing 'Keep Away' with a toy and Ickis.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
We got there just before two and Tank hoped right out of the truck and actually gave Mom a rope burn on her hand from pulling the leash through it he was so excited. Ouch! Pearl, who is a shy wallflower took a bit of convincing to get out of the truck but eventually she came out to play. There were already a TON of pugs around and Tank was very excited to meet them all. Pearl stuck close to her brother and was on the reserved side but happily wasn't freaking out or anything.
Not sure what to expect I had dressed the pugs in their Men in Black suits for the costume contest and they looked quite spiffy. We went in and the place was already PACKED with pugs and their people. We found where we were supposed to sign up, did so and then went and sat down to wait for our turn.
The costumes were GREAT! I think my favorite was Morticia from The Addams Family; her owner was dressed as Gomez and they had a whole diorama of the house they lived in, a cauldron flled with dry ice and black roses everywhere. Heehee, the pug even had fake eyelashes on; it was too cute.
We were in the group category; the last group to go. Our thunder was kinda stolen as there was a 'Men in Black' agent in the second group before us who ended up winning second place in that group. Darn it, I wish we would have gone before them! Ah well, it was fun. As soon as the winners of our category were announced I took the pugs out of their costumes; they were pretty warm in them. We hung around for a little while and then headed back outside to head home.
Wouldn't you know it; as Tank was leaving his 'pee-mail' for the day before we left Mom stepped in a HUGE pile of doggie doo; very obviously NOT pug related (it was a BIG as some of the smaller pugs! Ugh!). I can't STAND when people don't clean up after their dogs!
I brought my camera to the event but wouldn't you know it I was so busy wrangling the pugs that I didn't take even one picture? There were a bunch of photographers there though and they said the pics will be up online very shortly so we shall see.
Anyways, the pugs are now passed out as I type this; well Pearl and Tank are while Ickis is in the backyard barking at something or other. Ah, Ick just came back in through the doggie door and is getting comfy on one of the beds nearby. Hubby is home all this week on vacation so the pugs are going to love that; I wish I could stay home with them all. Weekends need to be longer.