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Two Pics and a Quick Note…

First a couple notes on these photos. The above photo is a leaf that is just outside the rear door where I work and come-and-go each day. It is hanging by a single strand of a spider’s web and blows and twirls in the breeze (if you look close you can see the strand of web). Beautiful. Mesmerizing. I’ve been looking at it for the past three days as I enter and leave and have finally taken a photo of it. And below, of course, is Franklin (sweet little Franklin). He and his diesel (read, alpha) brother Maxwell–along with my son and a friend–will be watching the house this weekend while I’m in NYC for classes. Which brings me to the point…I’ll likely not post again until Monday or Tuesday as I’ll be away from my computer. As always, thanks for visiting and putting up with my idiosyncrasies. Until then, peace.

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Pug Pic!

Okay. So first I have to apologize if you are not a dog lover. I hope these photos don’t bore you. But sometimes–every so often–I can’t help myself. These little guys not only keep me company but also amuse me. I’ve posted pics of them before but not in a while. That’s Maxwell above (who carries the weight of the world on his shoulders) and Franklin below (happy-go-lucky). And no, the two bottom photos are not one-in-the-same…I was playing with depth of field. They are focused differently (again, for my own amusement…and isn’t that what one’s personal blog is really about). Anyhow, click any image for a larger view.

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A Quick Comment…

I just wanted to say that I will be away from my computer for nearly a week…not sure if I’ll be posting for about five or six days. In the interim, if I have WiFi available, I may post a few photos at Urban Simplicity @ Facebook. And thanks, as always, for visiting and sticking with me through my sometimes idiosyncratic thoughts and stories. See you soon. Until then, Peace.

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Pug…up close and personal

Okay. So let me first qualify these photos by saying that I never thought I’d be one of those people…you know the type, the ones that post nothing but cats all over Facebook. But I find that sometimes I can’t help it. I do post pictures of the pugs that own me every once in a while. If you’ve been here before then you know that is Maxwell above (the boss) and Franklin below, who wants nothing more in the world than to be pet. Anyhow, I was in my backyard this evening and had my DSLR camera, and what’s different with this is that I have to look through a view finder (of course) to take a photo (opposed to just holding up a camera and looking at a screen). The pugs didn’t know what to make of this…me with this contraption up to my face. So I just sort of squatted down, not saying a word, and took a bunch of photos while they came up and sniffed at it. These are two of my favorites. They crack me up. Don’t let their serious looks fool you…it’s just a disguise.

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Here’s Winking At You (two pug pics)

Okay, so I never thought I would be one of those people. You know the type…posting pictures of their dogs or cats in various poses all over the Internet. But every once in a while I feel the need to share a couple of my two pugs because they bring such joy into my life (and they really make me laugh). I’ve shared this info before, but the above pug is Franklin and below is Maxwell. They are brothers from the same parents but different litters. Maxwell is a year older and was given to my son as a gift from the breeder, and I purchased Franklin so Maxwell would have a companion after my beloved Jack had to be put down; and it’s for this reason Maxwell thinks he is priceless. And it is interesting how different their personalities are. Maxwell is super smart, serious, the protector of the house, and super loyal to two people…my son and myself; he’s interested in no one else (look at that look of devotion). Franklin, on the other hand, is happy-go-lucky and…how can I say this lightly…well, um, not-so-smart. But what he lacks in smartness he makes up for in affection…all he wants out of life–besides being fed– is to be pet and cuddled, and by anyone and everyone. The above picture cracks me up every time I look at it. I was playing around with a camera, taking a few random shots, when he stood on his hind legs with his paws on my knees (I was sitting), so I took a few closeups of him. And in the above image (I didn’t realize this at the time)–for whatever reason–he blinked just one eye…winking at me. And he did this just as I pressed the shutter. Comical. Anyhow, I felt like sharing this.


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The Toa of Pug

If you’ve been to this blog before you likely know a few things about me…and one of them is that I am owned by two pugs. I know, I know…if you are not a “dog person” you may find it a bit annoying to see pictures of dogs. And I’m wondering when I turned into one of “those people”…those people that post pictures of their dogs. Anyhow, sorry but I can’t help myself. They are such an incredible breed…some say big dogs trapped in little dog’s bodies. The above photos I snapped today and the below one last week. It’s interesting (in the above photos) how serious Franklin looks (upper left photo); he is the happy-go-lucky one; Maxwell is the more serious and alpha of the two. In the bottom photo it was something like 90F outside and we went for a walk..to their dismay the walk ended at the veterinarian’s office…

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Pug in Your Face

I’ve posted pictures of my pugs before but I thought I’d share these (who couldn’t love those flat-faced bulging-eyed faces). That’s Maxwell above and the bottom three are Franklin. All these little guys want is my love (and they have it). I can have the crappiest day at work and come home to their unconditional affection and it changes things. Today when I came home I sat on the floor and let them jump all over me. And as they wilded around and on me I snapped a few photos. They are afraid of the camera but every few seconds they would slow down long enough for me to get a close up of them. Anyhow, here’s a few.

A Few Random Photos

I’m still getting used to my somewhat new (used) camera. I had some time yesterday and went for a walk and shot a few photos. The above is of one of my dogs, Maxwell…how could you not love that face. The image first below is the rear of Kleinhans Music Hall. And the bottom three I really enjoy, not because they are really spectacular but because of their clarity. I’ve been experimenting with the camera’s zoom. The bird was taken in my backyard, and likely 50 feet up (you can even see it’s claws gripping the wire and the actual texture of the electric wire), but the cross and the tiger were both easily hundreds of feet up and away. The cross was on the roof of a church and the tiger on an old mansion.

Pug-Antics

That’s Maxwell on the left and Franklin on the right; they are brothers from the same parents but separate litters (Max is a year older). I’ve posted on them before and thought I’d share today’s brief story. That’s their new bed Franklin is lying in. I posted a picture of them both in it here and a picture of me recently bringing it home on my bike here. They are really good dogs. They spend a good portion of their time home alone while I work or do other things (that’s why I got two, to keep them company…pugs are known to get lonely). They are 99.9% house trained and rarely have an “accident” and they rarely do damage around the house (such as chew things other than their toys). But every once in a while they do a bit of wilding while I’m at work; today was on such day. Apparently they needed to make their new bed a bit more comfortable by removing some of it’s stuffing…that’s it strewn about the picture (and throughout much of the house). The yellow scrap of cardboard behind Max and next to his bone is what remains of the box of a bicycle inner-tube I had on a table near my bikes; the tube itself is out of view but stretched out straight in the dining room as if they were having a tug-of-war and just set it down when they became tired (how, I wonder, did they get it off the table). Anyhow, the look on their faces when I walked in is what cracked me up. I know I should have been mad, but I had a stressful day at work today and when I came in and saw them all I could do was laugh. Both of them looking at me like, “he did it.” You may or may not know, but pugs are an old breed of dog with a rich history. They are known pranksters (sometimes referred to as big dogs trapped in small dog’s bodies) and one of the reasons they were first breed was to entertain the emperor of China. Well they sure do their job with here..they entertain the emperor of this house. Currently they are both sprawled next to the wood stove sound asleep…likely tired from their exciting day.


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Sometimes it’s the Little Things…

Here’s a brief story to explain this picture. At least six months ago a co-worker gave me two reflective dog collars knowing I had two dogs. Though it was a nice gesture I am still uncertain as to why she gave them to me. They were too small for the dogs so I put them in the back room of my house and they became absorbed in the vortex of other various items that seem to disappear there. Anyhow, over the weekend I was back there rearranging things and came across one. And not only did I notice that it had Velcro clips on it but when I picked it up it lit up (and I thought it was simply reflective). The Velcro is great for attaching to the rear rack of a bike. So, yup…you guessed it…two of my bikes are now sporting dog collars. So when I go into work tomorrow I have to remember to offer a belated thank you to this gift-giver. Sometimes it’s the little things that really make my day.

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The Tao of Pug

If you’ve been to this blog before you know that besides riding bikes, cooking, taking photos, and looking up at the sky and wondering what it’s all about….I am also a “dog person.” That’s Maxwell (the blond one) and Franklin (the black one) pictured above. They’re brothers from the same parents but separate litters (Maxwell is older). I’ve posted pictures a few times before (click here) but the very first canine photo I posted was of my beloved Jack Black Kerouac (Jack) about four years ago. The reason I mention this is that I never thought I would have “small” dogs own me but they do. And the reason I wrote quotes around the word small is because pugs are said to be big dogs trapped in small dogs bodies…and it seems an appropriate statement. They are so expressive. Comical at times, but also serious. Maxwell carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. Pugs have a very long history, but to think that they are direct descendants of wolves–as all dogs are said to be–makes me laugh a little. Their main mission each day is to eat, crap, sleep, and play a little…but mostly seek affection from me. To come home after a long and sometimes annoying day at work and have these little guys (err…big boys) come up to me snorting and wagging their little curly tails is something really special. Anyhow, I took these photos today and thought I’d share (the pictures and my thoughts).

Olive Oil for the Dogs

That’s Franklin on the left and Maxwell on the right, and they love olive oil. Well, OK…they would love any food I gave them. And yes, while some may find a pug unattractive, I think they are almost too cute…they are great house dogs and companions; and it’s like having two little aliens follow me around the house all evening. Anyhow, I’ll get to my point. Most know that olive oil, which happens to be my favorite cooking oil, is good for us humans on many levels, but did you also know that it is good for dogs as well, specifically their skin and coat? And this, I believe, is true for any breed dog, not only pugs. But I have  to back up a bit. Pugs, I’ve come to learn over the last few years, are prone to skin problems; Maxwell and Franklin are no exception. They get rashes and itchy skin so bad that sometimes they chew themselves raw (literally). I’ve taken them to the vet only to spend big bucks on medications and physician’s fees with little results. A few people have suggested putting fish oil on their food, which I did for a while. Recently, though, I came to learn that olive oil is just as good. I put a tablespoon or so on their food in the morning and evening. It took about a month to really show difference but what a difference it is. Their coats are soft and shiny again, and they have nearly stopped scratching…they even smell less “doggy.”  The only issue is that now every time I reach for the olive oil when I’m cooking dinner they start going nuts because they think it’s their dinner time…

Anyhow, I just thought I’d pass this along to other dog owners.

If you’d like a few recipes (for humans) using olive oil, click here.

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A Dog’s Life

That’s Maxwell (on the right) and Franklin (on the left); brothers from separate litters; Maxwell is older by about ten months. Here they are enjoying that sweet sunny spot on a Saturday afternoon…much in the same way they do every afternoon. They were sleeping when I approached them and looked up at me with a look like, “Yes, can I help you? Why are you waking me?” Shortly after this photo was taken I left for work…to rush around a hot kitchen for most of the afternoon and evening to earn money to buy food and pay for pet care. So the question arises…who’s really in charge here? I’m joking of course (mostly); I love these little guys and enjoy sharing their pictures; they bring me much joy. But seriously…who is in charge, I can’t help but wonder sometimes?

A Dog’s Life

That’s Maxwell (on the right) and Franklin (on the left); brothers from separate litters; Maxwell is older by about ten months. Here they are enjoying that sweet sunny spot on a Saturday afternoon…much in the same way they do every afternoon. They were sleeping when I approached them and looked up at me with a look like, “Yes, can I help you? Why are you waking me?” Shortly after this photo was taken I left for work…to rush around a hot kitchen for most of the afternoon and evening to earn money to buy food and pay for pet care. So the question arises…who’s really in charge here? I’m joking of course (mostly); I love these little guys and enjoy sharing their pictures; they bring me much joy. But seriously…who is in charge, I can’t help but wonder sometimes?

Multi-Pug

I took a few pictures of my dogs today and thought I’d share….they crack me up, which means they are doing their job. Pugs, I’ve read, were originally bred to amuse the Emperor of China. I don’t know if it is true or not but they sure amuse me. I’ve always been a “dog person” and have known they were good for me, but as of late it’s a proven fact that being an animal lover–cats, too, but especially dogs–is good for you (click here or here). That’s Maxwell on the left and his younger brother Franklin on the right (same parent, different litters). Notice how Franklin is looking away in a couple of the photos; poor little guy is hearing impaired and he probably can’t hear me talking to him. Sometimes they are annoying as hell (like when they chew stuff), but mostly they bring me joy and make me smile. Sometimes I don’t feel worthy of their unconditional love.

Multi-Pug

I took a few pictures of my dogs today and thought I’d share….they crack me up, which means they are doing their job. Pugs, I’ve read, were originally bred to amuse the Emperor of China. I don’t know if it is true or not but they sure amuse me. I’ve always been a “dog person” and have known they were good for me, but as of late it’s a proven fact that being an animal lover–cats, too, but especially dogs–is good for you (click here or here). That’s Maxwell on the left and his younger brother Franklin on the right (same parent, different litters). Notice how Franklin is looking away in a couple of the photos; poor little guy is hearing impaired and he probably can’t hear me talking to him. Sometimes they are annoying as hell (like when they chew stuff), but mostly they bring me joy and make me smile. Sometimes I don’t feel worthy of their unconditional love.

That Sweet Sunny Spot

My pugs teach me things but they probably don’t know it. The sun has shifted with the seasons (even though it doesn’t feel like Spring) and it pours into a different window this time of year. My house is often chilly in the morning so they basked in the sun on the bare floor in the middle of a room…maximizing their comfort potential. I look at them and they seem so content. All they desire is their basic necessities…food, playing and fighting with each other, keeping warm in the cool weather and cool in the warm weather, and–above all–love and affection from me. Sometimes when things seem harried and slightly askew–like now, for example–I wish I could pare my necessities down to that. Though I write this blog on living simply my life is as busy as any…and like many mine is often busier than I’d like. Sometimes I have to give myself permission to do nothing. At present I have two stories which are past deadline and the kitchen needs cleaning, but it is my day off work and after running errands on a heavy bike in frigid temperatures I am tired. Tonight I need to give myself permission to do nothing (i.e. watch a movie). Things will get done in due time; that’s what I have to keep telling myself. I have a fresh bottle of red wine and the wood stove is hot. The dogs are laying in between me and the stove…every so often letting out a purr, snort, or fart that only pugs can do. Even though the sun has set a couple hours ago I’ll take a lesson from them and take the night off, just chill…and lay in that sweet sunny spot.

>That Sweet Sunny Spot

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My pugs teach me things but they probably don’t know it. The sun has shifted with the seasons (even though it doesn’t feel like Spring) and it pours into a different window this time of year. My house is often chilly in the morning so they basked in the sun on the bare floor in the middle of a room…maximizing their comfort potential. I look at them and they seem so content. All they desire is their basic necessities…food, playing and fighting with each other, keeping warm in the cool weather and cool in the warm weather, and–above all–love and affection from me. Sometimes when things seem harried and slightly askew–like now, for example–I wish I could pare my necessities down to that. Though I write this blog on living simply my life is as busy as any…and like many mine is often busier than I’d like. Sometimes I have to give myself permission to do nothing. At present I have two stories which are past deadline and the kitchen needs cleaning, but it is my day off work and after running errands on a heavy bike in frigid temperatures I am tired. Tonight I need to give myself permission to do nothing (i.e. watch a movie). Things will get done in due time; that’s what I have to keep telling myself. I have a fresh bottle of red wine and the wood stove is hot. The dogs are laying in between me and the stove…every so often letting out a purr, snort, or fart that only pugs can do. Even though the sun has set a couple hours ago I’ll take a lesson from them and take the night off, just chill…and lay in that sweet sunny spot.