Archive for March, 2011

And the Winner is…

It’s time to reveal the winner of last week’s Pug Slope Guessing Game!

We had three very, very smart guesses about why Sid is so excited in this photo:

From Noodles:

Hmmmmm, speaking about me here, that look is usually reserved for FOOD.
Love Noodles

From Mochi, Macho, and Marshmallow:

If it were us and your were hold any kind of food, our butts would not be on the floor sitting. So we guess it your squirrel toy.

Mochi, Macho, Marshmallow

And from Mia:

Froggy toy? Oh, and I hope the prize is a visit!

So, what was Sid so excited about in that photo?

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Winter’s Back (sigh)

View out our window - more snow!

We’ve been had! The 60-degree spell we had here about a week ago turned the rational part of our brains to mush. Even though it was only mid-March, summer clothes were immediately unearthed from storage bins, outdoor seating at restaurants filled up faster than they could supply seats, and the park was packed with people enjoying the pleasant, sunny weather. Spring was here!

A couple days later, it snowed.

Luckily, this dusting of (abnormally large!) flakes was nothing compared to the blizzard we had in December. This snow didn’t even stick. That being said, it still is poor timing considering I already packed away my puffy winter coat for the the season.

Sid continues to hibernate until Spring really arrives

Confused as ever, Sid has resigned to hibernating until June. He just doesn’t want to be fooled again.

Pug Boot Camp

This past weekend brought with it beautiful Spring-like weather. We haven’t really had a full-on fun day at the park since the fall, and all of us have put on a little extra “padding and insulation” over the winter hibernation period – even Sid. Since Sid isn’t allowed at the YMCA, we took him through our very own Pug Boot Camp.

Sid does a down in order to obtain his plush potato

Unlike Boot Camp fitness classes for humans, which require all sorts of tension bands, weights, and mats, the only supplies needed for Pug Boot Camp are a plush russet potato, a plush bee, and proper workout apparel. Sid happens to have all of these supplies in spades.

Sid sprints with a potato in his mouth

We began the workout with some potato-in-mouth short sprints…

Sid does a down in order to obtain a bee

Sid in pursuit of the bee

Sid pounces on the unsuspecting bee

… and then moved on to some bee fetching. This skill requires deep concentration, eye-muzzle coordination, and a strong affection for plush bees. Well, at least Sid possesses that last component.

Once the bee fetching was over, we started doing some chasing, pushing his dexterity to the max and beyond. Sid was definitely blasting his quads, mastering his glutes, pushing his max, zoning in on his core, etc.

He was even able to master more advanced skills, including a power run with bee-in-mouth and ears fully extended.

Sid with his bee

He was pretty knackered after a while, but we made sure he got a proper cool-down.

Pug Slope Guessing Game!

Just beyond the edges of this photo, Brian’s holding a mysterious object that’s caught Sid’s attention.

First person who correctly guesses the object that’s gotten Sid so amped up wins…well, something.

(This is a poorly thought-out contest; I didn’t really think that far ahead.  I imagine the prize will be something abstract, like pride or bragging rights.  Don’t expect a million dollars or anything.  But, really, what’s more valuable: a giant pile of money or a boost to your self-esteem?)

Leave your guesses in the comments!

Just Chillin’, Y’know, Sortin’ the Laundry

Beached Whale Ahoy

Apparently, Sid’s new toy has gotten the better of him.

Here Comes Trouble…

Step aside, little squirrels – there’s a new toy in town:

Er, Sid, wait – you’ve got it upside down…

Okay, now flip it back over…

No, stop chewing!  This isn’t play-time!  Stop-

Oh, come on!  Don’t cry!  You can go back to playing with your new bone in a second, I just want to get this pic-

No!  Stop looking wistfully at the squirrel – We’re not playing with our squirrels right now!  We are taking a very specific photo of you with your new “Here Comes Trouble” bone, just like the first photo but with the bone right-side-up, and it has the potential to be very, very funny, if you’d just-

Aww, no!  Don’t give up!  Don’t give up on me now!

*Sigh*  Okay.  You win.