Archive for February, 2011

My story about Peaches

Saturday, February 26th, 2011


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Here is the story that I made up about Peaches (this is purely fictional, she is a pug).

So when I hear the name Peaches it makes me think someone who would be a waitress in a Honky Tonk in the south. She would have worked in the same tired bar just about her whole life eking out a living, but earning an honest dollar. Everyone within a 10 county radius knows Peaches; she takes care of all her customers and makes sure they never run out of sweet tea. Don’t tell anyone but the cook will sneak her a meal on the side so that she doesn’t have to pay out of her tips. Peaches has a really pretty face, just look at her left side, because she has a lazy eye on the right side. She is a little plump in the middle, but everyone loves her regardless. Peaches is a girl’s girl too, and although she doesn’t have a lot of friends, she is a true friend to a special few and would do anything for her bffs. After working a double (remember this is make believe, Peaches the pug has never really worked), Peaches is just happy to curl up in her little bed and catch some ZZZZs. Don’t think that you can wake her though, because she could sleep through a tornado tearing through a trailer park.

Move That Bus day!!!

Saturday, February 26th, 2011


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

So it has taken me about a week to write the final installment in my experience with the Extreme Makeover Home Edition Big Hearts Build. When then limo pulled up with the Sharrock family and we all shouted Move That Bus, it was pretty emotional. The family was so happy and had such huge smiles on their faces that it just rocks you to your core. It was such an unbelievable 7 days! If you are ever able to volunteer for EMHE, do it! It is such a rewarding experience.

The home stretch-Day 6

Friday, February 18th, 2011


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I got back on Friday and it felt like I’d only been gone a couple of hours. Oh wait; it had only been a couple of hours. Not a lot has changed to the naked eye. Most of the work being done today it detail work inside and exterior landscaping. I wasn’t able to get very many photos today. You couldn’t walk across the front of the house because they were finishing up the concrete work, you couldn’t walk across the back of the house because they were finishing the retaining wall and installing pavers, so that left inside and people were literally climbing over each other. I got a couple of shots of the general site. Pretty much at this point, I am so tired that I could not concentrate to get creative photos.

Delerium sets in on Day 5

Friday, February 18th, 2011


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

February 17th to Februay 18th. This photo pretty much sums up the whole day for me. I did not leave until 3:30am on Friday morning and had been on site off and on for 14hrs. This was the last thing that we saw when we were walking from the site and it struck me as hilarious and cartoonish like someone would walk by and slip on a banana peel. I don’t have a whole lot of pictures from today/tonight because I was mostly getting pictures of some of the vendors who were installing equipment.

I see a house!

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011


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I got onsite Wednesday morning (Day 4) at 5:00am! Yes, you heard me. I was freaking out with excitement when I saw the framing had been done and the final trusses were going up. I have been there since the beginning, but it was kind of emotional to see a house being built as the sun was rising. I am so lucky to be part of a company that sees value in the community and them allowing me to be a part of this effort to give an ever lasting gift to a very special family.

A lot of dirt work

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


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So on day 3, which was Tuesday, there was a lot of earth being moved. I got to the site expecting a house, but the previous night’s grading provided some water & sewer challenges. They were still bringing in the pre-fabricated foundation walls. Even though it seemed like things were moving at a snail’s pace; there were so many people there to support the builders, volunteers, and the family. I only stayed a couple of hours so I did not get that many pictures.

Day 2 of Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


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Happy Valentine’s Day Ty! Thanks for having a great heart and spending it with us in Northwest Georgia. Ty was on site staging a scene with some volunteers. This photo was of him and the producers reviewing the clip. It was day two of the build and I missed the demo of the house, but there was still plenty of activity around the cleanup of all the debris. I tried to get more photos of the general area that it encompasses. It is really hard to imagine everything that is going on at one time. Click on the photos to be taken to my flickr page with all the pictures from today.

I got to the site at about 4:00pm and packed up to go home at about 9:30pm.

Hello Sharrock Family of Rossville!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


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So Extreme Makeover Home Edition rolled into Chattanooga, TN to surprise the Sharrock family of Rossville, GA with an Extreme Makeover. I arrived on site Sunday around 7:00pm. EM Security had control of entrance points. Heavy equipment was on site and there was already so much work that had been done. The family’s belongings were being packed up into a moving van for storage and there rest of the things in the house were put into a dumptser. Literally, everything had to come out to get ready for the demo tomorrow. The utility companies were there in full force cutting power to the house, running temporary power, running a gas line, cutting the water to the house and getting ready for a new water meter. At night the place will be light up like a football field. The neighbors were offered hotel rooms for the week, but several stayed so they could be apart of the excitement. I’ll post more later.

You can follow everything at Extreme Vision Homes

On the first night, I was there from 7:00pm to 10:30pm.

Purple Pug Penny Party

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Today was Chattanooga Pug’s annual Purple Pug Penny Party at Aunt Sue’s K-9 Bakery. Aunt Sue’s has been hosting our February pug social for over 4 years now. We take this opportunity each year to collect pennies, nickels, dimes, and dollars for pug rescue. We divide the funds among SouthEast Pug Rescue & Adoption and Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. For the pugs in rescue, literally every dollars helps. Thanks to everyone who came out to support pug rescue.

This year, I took Lola and Violet. This was Violet’s first pug social and I don’t know if she entirely knew what to think about the other pugs running around. She is so quiet and laid back and we had several young pugs there running up and down the aisles.

We had another SEPRA pug who had recently been adopted –Valerie. Valerie has only been with her new family for 6 days. Thank you to her mom & dad for giving her a new forever home.

I’m bored

Saturday, February 5th, 2011


Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

This was Peaches on the way to the vet’s office on Saturday. Really she is NOT a morning person. I had initially left her in the bed when we first got up so that I could feed the other maniacs. I swear, if I had not woke her up, she’s still be snoring.