Archive for March, 2009

Happy Anniversary Baby (Girl), I’ve got you on my mind

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Baby Girl with boogie nose

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

On Saturday, March 15th, 2008- one year ago today, Baby Girl came into rescue and into our lives. I drove almost 2 hours in a horrible rain storm to pick up a sick pug who was being surrendered to SouthEast Pug Rescue & Adoption (SEPRA). Her owners loved her, but weren’t able to provide for her medically. It was love at first sight for me! I can vividly remember seeing her sitting in the back seat of their car. Baby Girl rode in my lap the whole way home (which normally I make all my pugs ride in either a crate or a car seat), but Baby Girl was Baby Girl and she wanted in my lap. She spent the night with us and I was absolutely smitten by that point. Plans had already been made that I would take Baby Girl to Atlanta the next day to meet another SEPRA volunteer and Baby Girl had an appointment with one of the SEPRA vets to evaluate her medical condition on that Monday. I did drive her to Atlanta, but by the time I got home, I was already on the phone making arrangements to go back and pick her up! Unfortunately, Baby Girl was diagnosed with a Collapsed Trachea so it was decided that she would stay with us forever as a Hospice Pug. We love her so much and at the time, I wasn’t even sure that she’d make it a year, but with the marvels of modern medicine & a titanium stent, she has! We hope that Baby Girl has many more years with us. So Happy Anniversary Baby Girl-I love you!!!!!
You can read more about Baby Girl and SEPRA at:

You can also read more about Baby Girl and CT at:

Pug Cup Collar

Sunday, March 15th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Who loves pugs? Who loves coffee? Who loves the environment? Me on all three! I came across some adorable handmade coffee collar on, but they were of Daschunds. I convo’d the designer and asked if she could make some with pugs on them, and she did! These are sleeves that you can slide on your coffee cups from Starbucks or your local coffee shop. It prevents you from using a cardboard sleeve thus eliminating additional landfill waste. You are showing off your pug love and looking so fashionable at the same time!

Where to find: Seller: Shopmollyd.
A portion of each sale is donated to rescue organizations and no-kill shelters.

Teddy’s new orthopedic LL Bean bed

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Teddy with new bed

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

The plus side of the recession is that I ordered a monogrammed bed for Teddy with a matching blanket on Monday and it arrived by Friday. The website says estimated delivery 2-3 weeks. Which in my mind is 14-21 days, but my order got here in only 5 days! I have been looking for Teddy a durable, washable, orthopedic bed for awhile and finally found one that fit the bill. The ironic thing is that I have the matching bag and did not even realize it. As soon as I put the bed down, all of the pug had to check it out and give if the comfort test. I believe it has passed. I think that I might even order another, bigger one for ALL the pugs to share.

Here is the link to the beds & blankets:

Here is the link to the breed totes:

Scrub A Pug Party

Saturday, March 7th, 2009


Originally uploaded by aglowlight

Sophia getting a bath! (Photographed by Paul)

After years of monthly pug meet ups, you start to run out of things to do and places to go with you pug(s). Chattanooga Pugs had a special treat for March; we had a Scrub-A-Pug Party at Hot Dawg Self-Service Dog Wash. The owners of Hot Dawg have a pug and invited us for ½ price baths for our pugs and a Mexican dinner for us. Yes, not only did we get to have a fun party, but we left with clean pugs! I think that we had close to 20 pugs and I know that they had a blast! Lola, Teddy, & Baby Girl were exhausted from getting a bath and from playing with the other pugs & people! Big thanks for Hot Dawg Self-Service Dog Wash for their generosity and hospitality. Check out their website at

Tiny Hinny Transport from Alabama to New York

Saturday, March 7th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Have you ever driven a dog (cat, bird, or any other animal) in a relay fashion over a long distance? If so, then you should be familiar with terms like ‘transport’, ‘run sheet’, ‘it’s a go’, ‘legs’, etc. This is kind of how it works: an email goes out on a Monday that gives the details of the dogs that have probably been rescued from certain death that will be transported to a receiving rescue group. There are different time slots/legs of the trip that are divided into roughly 1hr segments. You sign up to drive a small portion of this normally long journey to help a dog or many dogs to safety. If you have ever replied yes, you will probably have people begging you the drive for the next 20 years! Most of the transports are on Saturday & Sundays. There will subsequently be about 20+ emails and some of them coming as late as midnight on Friday night finalizing driver information and coordinating meeting locations.

So why do people who have never met each other offer up their time and gas money to drive dogs that they may never see again? Simply put, BECAUSE THEY CARE AND THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

On this particular transport going from Gadsden, AL to Fayetteville, NY, there were a total of 9 small breed dogs on my leg. The cutest were these two female Boston Terriers! This can be a traumatic experience for some of the dogs that have long distances to travel. They are in strange cars with strange people. They get handed off to a new driver just about every hour. Every time they get out it is in a new place with new scents and smells. But the ending is that these transports literally save their lives and they go on to be adopted by loving families. But back to the Boston Terriers, they were just so cute and despite the circumstances, you knew they had good hearts. Then, let’s not forget about Ricky Bobby, the Pomeranian. He barked the entire 1hr drive with me. When I got him out for his potty break, he looked at me like, “oh, no, I might not be as big & bad as I thought!”

If you ever have the opportunity to drive a leg on a transport, do it. It is so rewarding to know that you were able to help out in a small, but grand way!

Mr Papas 98th Birthday

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Mr Papas 98th Birthday

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Happy Birthday Papa Papa

Tony Papa, Jr: Born March 2, 1911 in Italy, immigrated to the United States in 1922. I have tried to find out Mr. Papa’s real first name and I keep getting conflicting stories from him and the family. It is quiet the debate! Either way, he is known as Mr. Papa, Granddaddy, Great Granddaddy, or Papa Papa (as I refer to him). He is my husband’s paternal Grandfather.

We celebrated Mr. Papa’s 98th Birthday with a brunch at the Broad Street Grill. Of course, we ate and Mr. Papa talked about some of the downtown buildings that he remembered from growing up, the many business ventures he’s had, and how much things have changed in his 98 years. He still manages his own rental property and surfs the net on a regular basis. If you can say anything about Mr. Papa, it is that his mind is still sharp as a tack; nothing slips past him!

Wow, how great it must be to celebrate 98 years of life with three of your grandchildren and your 3 great grandchildren! Wishing you many more years of health and prosperity.