Archive for October, 2008

Oktoberfest 2008

Sunday, October 26th, 2008



Oktoberfest 2008

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We went to the Chattanooga Market for Oktoberfest! I love how they incorporated Volkswagens into the German theme for the day. The vintage and perfectly restored VWs were so much fun to see.

IMG_1185 E.B.D Carry-All

Saturday, October 25th, 2008



IMG_1185 E.B.D Carry-All

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E.B.D. Everything But the Dog Carry-All. This is seriously the cutest, most practical, and best pet bag I have ever found! It isn’t a pet carrier, but it’s a bag to carry all of your essential pug items in: food, water, blanket, and plenty of pockets for other necessities. I got the black one with black and white Antique Paw interior. And matching poop bags! OMG! If that is not the cutest thing ever! The pugs and I look so stylish for day and overnight trips. I know everyone that sees us will be envious and want their own bag for their pug or 4 legged friend!

Not only are the bags the best thing since sliced bread, the owner/designer Jamye Hickman is the cutest thing ever! I am so enamored with people that not only come up with an idea, but are able to execute an idea that is not just good but great! She graciously discounted the bags for Pugfest and I hope that she had a great day, because I know that she was very much appreciated! I wish Jamye much success and I’m looking forward to future wonderful creations! Please visit http://www.ribbonsandbow-wows.com/ebd-detail.aspx to order your own E.B.D!

Pugfest 3 of 4 Pugsley

Saturday, October 25th, 2008



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Pugsley. I am dedicating a whole blog to Pugsley because he deserves it. Pugsley was a pug we helped foster in 2006. Some background on him: a lady saw an ad in the local paper for a free pug and something just did not sit right with her. She drove to NW GA only to find an emaciate pug who had been abandoned in a backyard when his breeder/owner moved to FL and left him to fend for himself. This Good Samaritan took him to her house and got him cleaned up, but quickly realized he was sick. She contacted SEPRA to surrender him into rescue. At the time, I had never seen such a sickly pug. Pugsley was so skinny, mouth full of rotten teeth and coughing constantly. Sadly, he was HW+ and completed his Heartworm treatment with us. Although Pugsley was estimated to be about 10 years old, he had the demeanor and life of a much younger pug. Pugsley stayed with us for about 6 months and then went to another foster home to fully recover and start on his path to be the pug he was always meant to be.

Although Pugsley’s beginnings may have been humble, he has sure made up for it. In 2007, Pugsley was adopted by the best mom a pug could ever hope for-Sharon! Not only is she a caring person, but she has a doggie bakery! Yes, the pug that was once deprived of food and shelter now gets to live the ultimate life of making sure all cookies are baked to perfection. When his mom held Pugsley in her arms, you could just see how much she loved him! He is a true treasure! His mom and grandmother had a vendor booth at Pugfest with their delicious treats and pug items from Just Dogs Gourmet. His mom generously donated items for the silent auction to help raise funds for SEPRA. A big thanks to Sharon for not only giving Pugsley a wonderful home, but for supporting SEPRA.

If you are ever in the Fayetteville, GA area, please stop in to meet Sharon, to get some treats for your canine companion, and hopefully you will get to see the infamous Pugsley hard at work!

Just Dogs! Gourmet is located at 840 Glynn Street South, Suite 368, in the Summit Point shopping center in Fayetteville, GA 30214. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 770-460-4808.

http://www.justdogsgourmet.com/index.asp

Pugfest 2 of 4 Baby Girl

Saturday, October 25th, 2008



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10/25/98 Happy Birthday Baby Girl! We celebrated Baby Girl’s 10th Birthday at Pugfest. How great is that? I had the honor of carrying Baby Girl across the stage for the Rescue Parade. Everyone shouted “Happy Birthday Baby Girl”! I have never been so happy and proud! A lot of people came up to give her a hug and wish her well on her big day! We are so honored to have Baby Girl in our lives and so honored to be a part of SEPRA & pug rescue. I know that Baby Girl had a wonderful day and so did we! To read more about Baby Girl’s story as a hospice pug and her struggle with Collapsing Trachea, visit http://www.rescuepug.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=323&Itemid=106

Pugfest 1 of 4 SEPRA

Saturday, October 25th, 2008



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Pugfest is SEPRA (Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption) biggest fund raiser of the year. It is held the last Saturday of October each year at the Gwinnett Fairgrounds in Georgia where it draws thousands of pug lovers, pug supporters, and pug admirers to come out and support rescue. For me, attending Pugfest is not an option or a luxury, it is a requirement! We adopted Theodore “Teddy” from SEPRA and we are so proud to have the honor of giving him a loving home. There are so many people who give of their time and money throughout the year that this is the one time people can come together and, all though a lot of work goes into it, it is so much fun! There is a foster parade for the pugs that are currently available for adoption. There is a rescue parade for pugs and pugs mixes that have been rescued from SEPRA, from other organizations, from backyards, etc. There are contests for the farthest traveled pug, the curliest tail pug, the longest tongue pug, etc. But the main event is the costume contest-there is a category for store bought and homemade costumes. I am always so amazed at the thought and energy put into some of the costumes. Pugfest is a time to see people and pugs you’ve gotten to know through the years, it is a day to shop for pugs-and it go to a good cause, and to know that you are helping in a small way. The day wraps up with the close of a silent auction. I am always amazed at the wonderful items donated by individuals and businesses and it brings additional dollars for the event. For more information about SEPRA and Pugfest visit www.rescuepug.com

Tom

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008



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Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Today was the day I had waited months to arrive-I finally got to meet Tom. I had a plan in my head how we would adopt him and he’d live happily ever after with Papa’s Pugs. Logically, it probably was not a real sound or realistic plan to have 5 pugs and to provide for them with the necessities of food & medications and the luxuries of clothes & fancy harnesses. Not to mention the logistically of having to feed 5 pugs in 3 different locations and the thought of travelling with that many paws is just overwhelming. But I don’t think with my head when it comes to pugs, I think with my heart! I have really been struggling with wanting to adopt Tom and then realizing that it might not be the best for my other pugs. The struggle is no more. It was Teddy who decided that Tom was not going to be joining the family. Tom was here for all of 15 minutes when Teddy started going berserk! He was acting in his typical “Doo Doo Boy” fashion by growling at and chasing which ever pug that he does not like. Poor Tom had to hide in the corner while we ate lunch. When Teddy could not find Tom, he started chasing Baby Girl around. So it was decided that Tom would continue on to Atlanta and wait for Pugfest without Teddy chasing him around for the next 5 days.
Part of me is relieved that I was not the one making the decision if Tom stayed with us or stayed in rescue-Teddy 100% took care of that! And part of me was embarrassed that Teddy acted so terribly! He just does not do well with other pugs in his house or other males, but to see how naughty he acted was a bit humiliating. It would be like your child pitching a complete temper tantrum, but you know that they are really a good kid when others aren’t around. Then a lot part of me was sad that Tom still has to wait for him forever home, but happy for him because he clearly loves his foster mom, Susan.
I guess that sometimes no matter how much we want something (or think we want something); things always work out for the best. I will continue to love & care for our 4 pugs, while Tom will find his furever home who will love him and provide for him. Pug hugs go out to Tom for being so adorable!

A House with History

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008



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First-Murphy’s Law: when you and your house are at their worst, you will have company!
Next-About 4 weeks ago, I had stayed home from work with a head cold. You know the kind that if you move your eye balls, you head feels like it is going to explode! It was about 11:30am and I had finally managed to crawl out of the bed. Mind you, I have not brushed my hair and I am still in my pjs, when a black car pulls up. My husband was working from home and said, “It is probably the people who used to live here.” Who says something random like that? Well, it was! Jean introduced herself as Mr. Miller’s daughter. Mr. Miller built the house and was the first owner. I was stunned and thrilled at the same time! I invited her and her husband in to see the house and apologized profusely for it being in such disarray! Jean did not live here long before she went off to college, but she showed me which bedrooms were hers and her parents. They used one of the spare bedrooms as a den. They were very gracious as I gave them the tour! When they left, I vowed to keep my house clean and no matter how awful I felt and to shower as soon as I get up in the mornings.
Then-Fast forward to today. I took a vacation day to wait for the plumber, clean house, and run some much needed errands. The plumber was here and gone by 10:00am so I set off to do some DEEP cleaning. In the cleaning process, things have to get worse before they get better. About that time, I got a pleasant surprise. A gentleman was at the door to tell me how he and his wife were married in my living room 58 years ago! How great is that? I went out to the car to invite his wife and their friends inside to take a look. And to top it off, their friend, Bill, had done all of the plaster in my house. My house has the most wonderful and detailed plaster work. It is not frilly, but very deliberate in its design. Bill did a wonderful job 58 years ago, because the plaster is still in perfect condition. I had Bobby and Bobbie (isn’t that cute) pose for a picture in the living room where almost 58 years ago to the day (Dec, 16th, 1950) they began their life. Bobby told me how the Miller’s had finished the house not long before the big event. He said the living room was filled with people to share in joyous occasion. In no time at all, Bobby & Bobbie and Bill & Madalyn were on their way.
Finally-I feel so fortunate to live in not just what I would consider a house, but what I am honored to call a home. Structurally, it is unique in its design (there is a smaller version in town that Mr. Miller built) and designed solid as a rock. But I am proud that is the type of home where a daughter would want to return to see her father’s handy work. I am proud that a couple started their future in my living room. I am grateful for the handcrafted work that has stood the test of time. Once again, I feel compelled to promise myself to keep my house spotless for the next visitors. But then again, if it being a wreck means that I will have people stop by to share their memories of this home, then the mess will have to wait!
Update/Modification: P.S.- Bill wanted me to make sure to let you know that it was he & Bobbie’s dad (who was also Mr. Miller’s brother-in-law) that did the beautiful plaster work. Bill was on the job, but the kudos goes to Red Thornburg.

PAWS IN THE PARK

Sunday, October 12th, 2008



PAWS IN THE PARK

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We went to Paws in the Park on Sunday. It was a fundraiser for the Humane Educational Society (HES) which serves Hamilton County. This was our 3rd year to attend, but this is the first year it was held at the Baylor School campus. It was a wonderful event to raise money and awareness for the homeless dogs and cats in our area. They had a parade of adoptable pets and there was even a pug mix that strut his stuff for the audience. There was such a variety of people and pets that all came out for the common goal of helping the animals!

After announcements, there was a fun walk. Teddy and Lola got to ride in the stroller. Baby Girl was leading the Papa’s Pugs Pack and Louise was bringing up the rear! It was a wonderful weather to be out at such a scenic location and for such a great cause. The best part of the day was that the pugs were completely exhausted and slept like rocks through the night!

The economy is in a slump, but I want…

Saturday, October 11th, 2008



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The economy is in a slump, but I want a Pink Vespa, a White VW Tiguan, and a White VW Euro Van Camper. I also want to get one of the new Dell mini-laptops. And these are just the things that I think about on a daily basis, not including the material things that flitter in and out of my brain on a continual basis. I consider myself to be very fortunate to have a comfortable home, a mid-size SUV (that I can afford gas), and 4 pugs ($ for the never ending vet bills). I am not sure why I am so focused on what I don’t have, maybe because all the news talks about is how long it is going to be before the economy recovers and people are talking about what good deals there are going to be out there. I guess if a Pink Vespa comes up on eBay, I’ll just have to pass on it at this point in time. I still owe on my current vehicle, so I guess I’ll have to pay it off before I get a Tiguan. I don’t even like roughing it so I have no idea why I am obsessed about getting a camper van?! I already have a laptop so a mini-laptop would be a bit redundant.
I guess at the end of the day, I should concentrate on my blessings vs. my wants. I can still fantasize though :)

Pug Shaped Cookies

Sunday, October 5th, 2008



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I have been busy baking this weekend. Considering my daily cooking activities include opening a bag of lettuce and fixing a frozen pizza; I really went all out! About 4 years ago, I found a wonderful lady who does custom almond cookies. She does the most amazing work that is not only pretty, but so good! I wanted to have pug cookie party favors (for people, not pugs) for Baby Girl’s 10th birthday on 10/25/08 and Tom Tom’s upcoming 9th birthday on 10/11/08. Times are tough and forking out a couple hundred dollars for cookies is not really an option, so I thought “I can do this!” Well, after driving all over town to buy tools, supplies, and ingredients I spent about 8 hrs and got about 48 cookies (not including the little tiny bones) and a sugar headache. It was a lot harder than it looked and a lot more time consuming than I imagined. When I woke up this morning, I was ready to throw them all away and figure out who I could dump this cookie sheet off on, but they didn’t look too bad and they were kind of tasty. So I think that I am going to give it another try next weekend. I am going to use another icing recipe though. Even though these cookies are for people, Louise stuck right by my side the entire day hoping something would fall on the floor for her! The rest of the pugs hung out in the kitchen the whole time too, I think they were confused by all the activity that rarely takes place in there!