Archive for January, 2012

So Dreamy!

Lately the PugSlope comments section has been a-buzz with declarations of Sid’s dreaminess.  So now I present to you, our gracious readers, a quick video of Sid at his dreamiest:


Fluffball Friday!

As an antidote to the gray drizzle of this January day, here’s a photo of Sid on a bright summer morning, frolicking in the Long Meadow with what appears to be an animate ball of fluff:

Have a good weekend, everybody!

Sid Finally Gets a Pair!

First, a little back story:

When we flew Southwest over the holiday, we neglected to get Sid his first pair of wings. This was unfortunate but strategic.  Our Sherpa bag was slightly larger than the official airline-approved model, and as we were stepping onto the plane an eagle-eyed flight attendent said, “That dog bag is too big.  Have you flown with it before?”  Without hesitation I said, “yes” – we’d made it onto the plane at that point, and there was no way we were turning back!  My involuntary lie, though, meant that we felt funny about asking for Sid’s official Southwest wings to commemorate his first flight.

Cut to last week, when Sid received ANOTHER package in the mail. (I think the pug gets more mail than us, these days!)

This one came from the amazing Suki, and Sid couldn’t wait to open it.  Inside was a photo and a note from Suki, along with a fancy lil’ box.

Inside the box?


Apparently Sid left a comment on Suki’s blog about how we bozos neglected to get him his wings, and Suki set out to correct this egregious error. She must have connections in high places, because they are OFFICIAL wings from Southwest Airlines!

Sid could barely contain his excitement!

Get this pug behind the wheel of a jumbo jet!  He’s earned his wings!

 Thank you, Suki, for such an amazing and thoughtful gift!

What’s This Fluffy White Stuff Called Again?

Thank you all so much for your tidal wave of positive JuJu for our pug-neighbor Natasha (a.k.a. the Dowager Countess of Pugton Abbey). We’ll be sure to pass it on to her!

This weekend we finally got some snow here in New York. Last winter was Sid’s first experience with snow, and boy did he get an introduction. The day after Christmas last year we were hit with a blizzard that basically shut down our neighborhood for a few days. It was insane – city buses were left abandoned on the streets, people were cross-country skiing to get around, and the garbage bags were left for WEEKS on the sidewalks! This year, the snow came more with a whimper. I took Ol’ Flat-Face to Prospect Park so he could get a refresher course on the cold fluffy white stuff.

As soon as we entered the park, he started the investigation.

With the snow covering up most of the ground and the low plant-life and fallen leaves, Sid struggled for a while to find the ideal spot on which to “do his business”. He usually takes a pretty decent amount of time (even more whenever we’re running late for something), but the snow definitely had him perplexed. He eventually found a good spot, but then something caught his eye.

As you all probably know, once a pug sets his/her mind to something, there is no turning back. Resistance is futile. Sid is no exception to the rule, and before I knew it, I was being towed over to where the action was happening.

We ended up in the Long Meadow, where tons of kids were out sledding. There were lots of families and even few other dogs. Sid took an immediate interest in this sledding business and proceeded to ask me if he could participate.

“C’mon, dad, can’t I go sledding? PLEEEEEEASE?!”

When I told him we couldn’t because we didn’t have a sled, he got a little huffy, so I told him that we would go sledding – but just not today. We’d first need to go the store and get a pug-sized sled. He perked up a little.

Unfortunately for poor Sid, rains came today and reduced all the snow to slush – then just muddy grey water. I guess we have time now to go to the store and get our pug sled so we are prepared for the next snow storm!

Have any of you other pugs been sledding? A certain pug with a new sledding obsession wants to know.

Calling All Juju!

The first pug Sid met when we moved to Park Slope was our lovely neighbor Natasha. Natasha’s a 14-year-old whippersnapper who regularly holds court on our block, slowly waddling up and down the sidewalk during her daily walks, focused more on getting attention and love from the neighbors than taking care of her “business.”  When you get to be Tashi’s age, you get to have a little bit more say in how you walk your walks.

She’s a bit of a local celebrity, really, and all the neighborhood dogs love Natasha while respecting that Tashi calls the shots.  For all you Downton Abbey fans out there, we’ve decided that if there were a “Pugton Abbey,” Natasha would be the Dowager Countess:

“What is a week-end?”

Well, we ran into Natasha and her mom last night, and it looks like Natasha’s not doing so well.  We were hoping that everybody could send some SUPER-STRONG Juju her way.

Feel better, Natasha!

Muzzle Nuzzle

Technology Tuesday: iPad Stands

As you all know, pugs provide many functions that assist us humans in our everyday lives. From floor cleaning to feet warming, all the services pugs provide beg one to ask the question, “how the heck did I get along before my pug?”. Well, not only have pugs dominated the domestic-care industry, they’ve now entered the technology arena – starting with an accessory for the much-beloved tablet from Apple.

Introducing: the iPug iPad Stand.

Featuring a self-cleaning mechanism, soft neck-roll wrist rest, and a bad attitude, the iPug iPad Stand is ready to hit the streets (right after he does his business).

Don’t let your precious iPad wobble on some dull plastic stand – instead, get the stand that purrs when you pet it, and even snores when in sleep mode! There are countless accessories for the iPug iPad Stand, including multi-colored soft cotton cases so you can personalize the color of your iPug iPad Stand (orange and blue shown in photos). Why settle for boring?!

The iPug iPad Stand can be yours today – for the low cost of one bag of venison jerky treats.