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Where’s Bixby?

So this is pretty cool. I don’t know Bixby or her human, Mike, but came across their website last week and thought I’d give them a shout out. They are riding a Yuba Mundo all over the country to bring awareness in supporting animal shelters. Nice. I’m jealous to say the least. Bixby, if you happen to read this, tell Mike that if you guys happen to roll through Buffalo, NY I would love to meet you; I’m sure the pugs that own me would as well. Ride on. Peace.

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Abigail…too cute for words

This is Abigail, I met her on my walk home from work today. The human that she owns was walking with her and she was being stubborn, not wanting to move. It’s all I could do is smile. I asked her human if I could take Abagail’s photo to which he agreed, but he also said that she didn’t like people much so she would likely ignore me. After I pet her (at which she did basically ignore me) I knelt down with the camera and she came right up to it and posed. Just for a few seconds of course, but long enough for me to snap a few photos. These are two of my favorites. Thank you Abigail for making my day, and for your human to allowing me to take your photo.

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Abigail…too cute for words

This is Abigail, I met her on my walk home from work today. The human that she owns was walking with her and she was being stubborn, not wanting to move. It’s all I could do is smile. I asked her human if I could take Abagail’s photo to which he agreed, but he also said that she didn’t like people much so she would likely ignore me. After I pet her (at which she did basically ignore me) I knelt down with the camera and she came right up to it and posed. Just for a few seconds of course, but long enough for me to snap a few photos. These are two of my favorites. Thank you Abigail for making my day, and for your human to allowing me to take your photo.

Urban Simplicity.

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-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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Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#409)

A cardboard box containing 3 portions of homemade dog food (chopped beef scraps in juice), 4 roast veal bones (which were used to make stock at work but are now treats for the dogs), and a small spray bottle each of “hot spot” spray and canine hydrocortisone. I wonder who the real boss of the house is.  

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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).