December 24, 2009

December 14, 2009

Another True Tale

Hi everyone!

Phew! I am finally getting over this darn cold / flu that I have had since Thanksgiving. Just down to a little congestion and cough. I hope you all have been able to avoid getting sick this year.


This funny pug photo caught my eye this morning. The Elvis suit is just too cute.


funny pictures of dogs with captions
see more dog and puppy pictures


I have another story to tell you today. I was reading two of my favorite humor blogs, I Do Things and The Junk Drawer the other day and they reminded me of a recent episode in my life. My tale is sort of a combination of these two fine ladies blogs. JD dropped her computer and Kathy fell up a flight of stairs.

A few months ago my mother in law was having computer troubles. Her computer was old and tired and getting slower and slower. She had asked for some advice from her family and no one was able to help this tired computer anymore. The decision was made, time for a new computer for Mom.

I had the pleasure of accompanying Mom on the computer shopping trip. We had fun! We shopped, she bought and then we had a lovely lunch together. A great day. Since hubby and I are relatively computer savvy, Mom asked me to help her set up her new computer. Piece of cake! Computers are pretty much plug in and go to town these days.

But first...we have to take down the old computer and put it away. There was a lot of valuable information on the hard drive of this old machine that would need to be accessed later. We began untangling all of the cords and cables, unplugging the old tower. The old monitor and keyboard were carefully set aside. Mom was clearing out the boxes under her desk to make it easier to get to the outlets. We were really cooking with gas! The old stuff was clearing out and the new computer was unpacked and waiting.

Finally it's time to move the old tower off the desk and start plugging in the new one. Now this is an old desktop computer in the large tower style box. I heft this up, Mom asking if I was OK, did I need any help. "Oh no" I said, "I have it, I'm fine!" I turned and started to walk over to where the other parts of the old computer were waiting...and CRASH!! Down I went, throwing the computer in front of me. We both hit the ground hard. I had dropped the computer tower so hard the corner dented in and the front popped off. I landed hard on my knee, skinning it pretty good and bruising the knee cap. Apparently I tripped on a box that had been under the desk and had been moved out.

Oh my gosh!! Was I embarrassed! Here I am supposed to be helping and I tossed that computer like a hot brick. I think I shook it so hard that it will be impossible to retrieve any of the old information. My mother in law, bless her, has kindly not spoken about this incident. We'll just keep this to ourselves, Mom!! ;o)

Thank you for sticking with me and getting to the end of this sad tale of woe. I could go on and on about falling down. I am quite clumsy and have had so many skinned knees that they are pink from scarring. Someday I will share the time I fell in San Francisco. Or the time I slid down a hill. Or the time I slipped and landed on my butt tossing milkshakes into the air...and, and, and. Really, I can go on forever!

Hugs to you all!! Stay on your feet!
puglette
:o)

December 9, 2009

Welcome to the Family Ashley!

Hi everyone,


Our family has been blessed by another baby! Hubby's youngest sister has had another baby. We are excited to present the newest addition to our family, Ashley Jordan.



Ashley was born on Dec. 8th, 2009 at 4:30am in Jakarta, Indonesia. She's a cutie! Ashley joins big sister Abigail and big brother Zachariah. We are sure she will be just as cute and adorable as Abby and Zach.

Big hugs to our Jakarta family!!


By the way, this little girl is part of the reason why we had Christmas early this year. Both of Ashley's grandma's were in Jakarta to welcome her to the family.

Hugs to you all!
auntie puglette
:o)

December 7, 2009

Ho Ho Ho!!

Hi everyone!

I have been having a little fun with Picnik. If you haven't tried this fun photo editing website yet, you should! It is a lot of fun and very easy. They have a lot cute frames and stickers for free.

Nothing exciting here, just coughing and playing with photos. Have a great day!

hugs,

puglette

:o)



December 5, 2009

Movie Review!

Hi everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We sure did! We had a yummy dinner and visited with family. We also had our Christmas gift giving on the same night. As I mentioned in the previous post, we had a drawing to choose a charity for our group donation. The charity that was chosen was our pick!

We are giving the money to a local food bank, B.A.S.H. That stands for Bikers Against Statewide Hunger. This food bank is in the same business park that I used to work in. They are a local food bank and have been in operation for at least ten years. The family that runs the bank is so nice, they all work there and most have regular full time jobs too. They deliver food as well as letting people pick up food. Every year they hand out 500 Thanksgiving dinners. People line up for their box of food hours before they open. Working next to this generous organization for several years really made an impression on me. Their generosity and dedication to helping others is admirable.

So...movie review time!! As you know, I am a member of Dog Time Media. They have my blog on their website and they help me with the advertising. They asked some of their members if they were interested in reviewing the DVD "Santa Buddies, The Legend of Santa Paws". I was sent a DVD of the movie by Dog Time Media as compensation for this review. :o)


We watched this cute movie as a family today. The story is about Santa Claus and his dog, Santa Paws. Of course, there is a trouble maker, played by a cute pup named Puppy Paws. Puppy Paws and lots of folks have forgotten about the true meaning of Christmas. Fortunately, the Buddies come to the rescue!!


This is a pretty standard Christmas movie, the dog catcher, the sick little boy, and of course a change of heart. This is definitely a children's movie. But that said, it is genuinely cute and it does have a few laughs. There are lots of cute doggies, they work in the North Pole with Santa's elves and there is the scruffy bunch in the dog pound.


I don't know about your dogs, but Charlie and Ollie really watch TV. They are always barking at animals, especially other dogs. We have to keep an eye on Ollie as he will rush the TV and try to bite those bad dogs. This movie did not affect them at all...we think it's because the dogs did not bark, they talked. The only time our dogs were alerted was when the pound dogs were barking.


I give "Santa Buddies, the Legend of Santa Paws" two paws up. Great for kids and a good positive message. :o) You can see the trailer here!


Well, that's all for today. I am still coughing and stuff from the cold I caught after turkey day. Hugs to you all!

hugs,

puglette

:o)

November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving

Hi everyone!


Can you believe it? November is almost over and Thanksgiving is this week! Where has the time gone?


We are getting ready for a yummy family feast at my Mother in Law's home. We are having a potluck dinner and I am bringing the stuffing. I hope it turns out OK as I usually just make Stovetop for Hubby and I.


This year we are combining Christmas with our Thanksgiving. Mom in law is going to Jakarta, Indonesia for the month of December. Hubby's youngest sister is expecting her third child any day now and the grandma's will be there to welcome this little one into the family.


We are also changing the gift giving. As finances are tight for everyone we all decided to give $50.00 per family to a charity. Each family will put the name of their charity of choice into a hat and we will have a drawing to decide which charity gets all the money. We will have a bit of gift giving...we will play the white elephant game! I think this is a great change for our gift giving. Being charitable is always good for the soul. And having only one gift to open and the fun game of swapping and sharing will make this a family activity. Usually we are all off in our separate area ripping open gifts and not really sharing in the moment and the gift of giving. Family is the gift to be shared.


Here are some cute photos of mom in law's dogs performing their Christmas routine. Annie is dressed in a Santa suit and Archie is in a reindeer coat. Annie pushes Archie in the little sleigh. It's very cute. These photos were taken at the last agility trials we were at. They also have a summer version of this routine with Annie in a dress and Archie has a sailor hat. The sleigh is actually a doll buggy.




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Have you seen the new item Punchy is making over at Pug Possessed? She is making puggy pajamas! I am definitely ordering a pair for Charlie and Ollie. I would get some for Honey but she is not a clothes wearing puppy dog. She will wear blanket style coats, but nothing with real sleeves. She bites!! So pugs will be measured and pj's will be ordered.


I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Count your blessings and give thanks for all of them. I have counted all of you and I am really thankful for the blessings we share.

hugs,
puglette
:o)

November 9, 2009

Just a Little Fun

Hi everyone!
I hope you are all well and happy. Nothing new or exciting at our house. We are heading into the wet season here in Western Washington. :o(


I have talked about my love of comics before on the old bloggy. Many of you also know about Sheldon, the boy genius and his pug Oso. The artist that creates this fun comic, Dave Kellett is very approachable. He actually replies to emails quickly and he appreciates photos that silly fans send him.


Just before Halloween the Sheldon comics focused on costume rejects. The pugs rejects are shown and linked here:



Well, having two cute spider pugs of my own, I took a slight offense to the rejected spider costume. So I emailed Dave and sent him a photo of the cutest spider pugs ever!



This morning when I was reading my comics who do I see...my own two cute puggies on the comic blog! Check this out!!

There we have it, our two seconds of minor fame. ;o)

hugs to you all!

puglette

:o)

October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Hi everyone!

We had so much fun at the Seattle Pug O Ween last Sunday! We didn't win any prizes but we sure had a good time.

There were so many cute pugs in fabulous costumes. As usual in a pug gathering, the photos are blurry. So, here we go...blurry pug photos!


Shark!!


Ollie and Dad's feet.


Little puggy princess.



Pugs! And their people.


First Place Costume Contest - The Jackson Five


Saint Bernard, Ollie really liked this guy.




This little cow was so cute! He was in a herd of six cows but I couldn't get them all together.



Banana Pug!



Two little angels.



Chillin' Charlie


Spider Pug! I like how the blurry face makes it look more spooky.



Shy little lady bug pug.


Pumpkins and Pirates! Oh my!


The end(s)

October 26, 2009

More Agility Fun!

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We had a beautiful, sunny Saturday. The fall leaves are at their peak and the hills look beautiful. Sunday was cold and wet, and today is too. This usually means the end of the pretty leaves. :o(

We spent Saturday at an Agility Trial. The facility was a very cool place, The Trails End Arena in Olympia WA. This is usually a horse arena but there were lots of doggies for this AKC agility event. The arena building was a huge old building that has been added on to over the years. Parts were old log cabin type walls and then they slapped on a new section when they needed more space.

This was a nice place inside as there were seats! Most of the agility trials are in barns with no seating and outdoor portable potties. The theater style seats were very old wooden chairs. They had beautiful old iron fixtures holding them all together. I really love old architecture and this place was full of quirky odds and ends.


We didn't have enough room for our usual pen so we just brought in our portable dog kennel and set it up in the front row of the seats. We each sat on one side of the dogs and watched the fun.

There were so many people at this trial. We have never seen so many people for just one level of dogs. The excellent group was huge! There were so many people out walking the course that they were bumping into each other.

Charlie was not really in the mood for running agility on Saturday. She liked the jumps but she was not in the mood for the weave poles! Here is a little movie of how we spent the day.



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As you can see, the puggies can pop up their heads and look around while they are in the kennel. You can play a fun game of "Whack a Pug" when they are contained like this. ;o)

The next day we went to Pug O Ween!! But I am going to save that fun for another post. I hope you will come back, I have lots of photos to share.
hugs,
puglette
:o)

October 19, 2009

Agility Fun

Hi everyone!


I hope you all had a nice weekend. We went to the Top Dog Agility Trial at the Elma, WA fairgrounds. It was a very wet Saturday and thankfully the trial was held inside the rodeo barn. This is a nice big building with a snack stand and nice bathrooms (important!). It was a very long day, we arrived at 8:00am and left at 8:00pm.







Since it was raining, we decided the pugs should be wearing their rain gear. Ollie was stylin' his camo hoodie. He was feeling good and he looked good! Charlie was wearing the latest high tech rain gear from ZenTek. This space age fabric kept her dry and at the optimum temperature at all times. Plus, the fluorescent yellow made her stand out and shine like the super star we all know she is!







Charlie's ZenTek jacket was a gift from one of Grandma's friends. This nice woman thought of our Charlie when she won this coat in a drawing. We love it! Thanks June!! We love you too!






We have some movies from Saturday's action to share with you. Our first film is Charlie and Grandma. Charlie still need to work on the "Go" ability. Near the end of this run she is supposed to go do the obstacles on the other side of the pink tape. Grandma cannot step over the line. As you can see, Charlie is all about sticking close to Grandma...you never know when she may hand out some yummy chicken!


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Here is Grandma with her dog Archie. He is a sweet little Bichon. He is so cute! Archie was feeling good and he was really working it. There was a little "whoopsie" near the end. That's all I'm saying.

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Here is Grandma with her dog Annie. Annie is an adorable Westie. She likes to gnaw on your hand as a greeting. She won't bite, she just likes to make sure you taste good before you can come in. Annie was a good girl and ran well.
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While we waited in between runs Ollie just chilled.


Sometimes he chilled a bit more...






We have more agility trials to come in the near future. And we are excited about Pug O Ween next weekend. Take care everyone!

hugs,
puglette
:o)

October 16, 2009

Hello from Puglette and Family!

Hi everyone!

Nothing new or exciting here at the Puglette household. I have not found a new job yet. Hubby has not been feeling well. He is starting to get better but it took over three weeks! Flu shots for both of us in the very near future!

We are going to an agility trial tomorrow with Charlie. We will try to remember the camera. :o)

We are looking forward to Pug O Ween! It is coming up on the 25th and we will definitely bring the camera. The pugs have their costumes ready and will be so cute together.


I just wanted to pop in and say "Hello" to you all. I will see you all in the blogosphere!

hugs,
puglette
:o)

September 24, 2009

It's a Party!

Hi everyone!


Today is our Blog - O - versary! Can you believe it, we have been blogging for a year!



I am so grateful to you all for continuing to follow along on my blogging adventures. I have made great friends, both in person and over the interwebs. Blogging is a wonderful way to meet people all over the world. Thank you so much for making me feel welcome in your lives.



To celebrate this momentous occasion, the doggies had a little party. As you can see in these snapshots, fun was had by all. Some had a bit too much fun...ahem...Charlie!


Ollie was dancing up a storm!







Honey was watching a having a good giggle at Ollie's dance moves.




Charlie got ahold of the camera and, well, you can see the results.




Charlie finally gave the camera back and I was able to get this shot of her relaxing.



Thank you so much for sticking with us! Talk to you soon!
hugs,
puglette
:o)

September 8, 2009

A Learning Experience

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a very nice weekend. We had a quiet weekend at home. Well, it was mostly quiet. On Sunday we had some thunder storms roll through our area. It was quite cool and very rainy, we had our first hint of fall.


I want to share an experience with you and hope that you will learn from my mistake. This is another lesson learned on our little green boat.


On my previous post I shared a story about fishing in the Puget Sound. While we did take the little green boat out into the Sound, we used it on rivers more frequently. Our area of Western Washington is blessed with many beautiful rivers. One of our favorites for a quiet day of fishing was the Cowlitz River. We loved to fish near the salmon hatchery. It is a beautiful and very popular place. The fish are plentiful and the access is easy.


We decided to spend a nice summer day fishing on the river. We were just going for the day so we packed our little boat into the SUV and brought a picnic lunch. The weather was clear and warm. Since it was so warm we decided to stay near the banks of the river in the shade of overhanging trees. The fish like to hang out in the shade too so we felt this was a good idea. It also prevents me from turning into a giant red lobster!


We had a small anchor tied to our boat that we used to keep us in place. On this day Hubby decided that it would be good to tie the anchor to one of the overhanging trees so we could just float gently in the current and also stay under the trees. Being the good wife that I am, I agreed with hubby and tossed the anchor over a large branch that was nearby. We spent several hours happily fishing and enjoying the day and our picnic lunch.


We finally decided it was time to go home and started to pack up. One of the last things to do was to retrieve the anchor. We had to pull ourselves a short distance back to the large branch and I tried to get the anchor and rope untangled from the branch. This was becoming quite troublesome! The nylon rope was catching on the bark and the weight of the anchor was working against me. What to do...what to do...

I know! Stand up and reach over the branch to get the anchor and pull it back in. Well, I am not the most graceful creature on this planet. The idea of standing up in a small green boat and pulling an anchor up should never have crossed my mind. I would have trouble doing this if we were on solid ground, much less in a boat on a river. Add to that, the overhanging trees were kind of low. I am sure that by now you can see where this is going.



I reached up and put one hand out onto the branch to steady myself and just barely started to put any weight against the branch. The next thing I knew that branch had snapped and I was flying over the edge of the boat! Splash!! Face first into the river. I still had an arm around that darn branch and I was looking down into the water. I was submerged about halfway, about to my waist, still sitting in the boat. My other arm was flailing around trying to get ahold of something to pull my self up. I grabbed onto the arm Hubby offered and he helped my up.


Up I came, spluttering and shocked. Thank goodness I came up with my glasses still on! The anchor was still around that branch so we had to untangle it and get it back into the boat. While working on the rope and anchor we finally noticed that the branch was dried and rotten.


So there is the lesson for you all...Do not drape your anchor over a dead and rotten branch. It will break and you will not be happy.


Take care! Talk to you soon,
hugs,
puglette
:o)