Midwest Migration – Part 1

This September we didn’t have quite the extensive camping trip planned as we did last year for “Have Pug, Will Travel” but we did manage to get out of town for a few days over the past holiday weekend. The plan for this trip was a mid-western loop to visit friends in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Des Moines, Iowa, with some camping in between.

We left on Friday night and drove for a few hours to Madison, Wisconsin, where we camped at a KOA in order to break up the drive time to Minnesota. We arrived at 10:30 pm and miraculously I managed to successfully set up the tent in near darkness! It was only 50-degrees out that night, too, so Sid and I were tucked into sleeping bags with quilts on top to stay warm.

It was still chilly in the morning, but some breakfast in our bellies helped us warm up.

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Our next stop: St. Paul! (to be continued in Part 2)

Green Gardens

All the trees, flowers, and plants in our neighborhood have been very happy this summer. Since the temperatures have been very mild and we’ve had plenty of thunderstorms roll though the Midwest, there’s been plenty of water and sun for all our chlorophyll-containing companions.

Look how GREEN it is here!

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We’ve also been lucky in that our neighbors have been supplying us with a steady stream of fresh tomatoes from the gigantic tomato plants that have overtaken the backyard! Sid loves to eat tomatoes (as you probably would have expected)!

We hope the green-ness sticks around for at least another month!

P.S. We also hope all our friends (both human and fur varieties) in Texas are safe and sound!

Fruity Fiesta

Our haul from the grocery store this week was full of fresh fruits of all varieties and of course Sid wanted a piece, or rather several pieces, of the action.

First up, one of Sid’s staples: BLUEBERRIES!

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He’s used to catching them in mid-air but was more than happy to plunge his face into a bowl of berries.

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Next up, a juicy summer treat: WATERMELON!

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Yep, things got messy real quick.

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And finally, the sweetest fruit around: MANGO!

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If this were a video, you might go deaf from the sound of slurping.

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While Sid said he loves all food equally, it seemed clear that mango was the best-tasting of this bunch. Or at least the messiest!

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Molten Pug

Did you know that pugs can melt? Yep, it’s true. See for yourself:

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It’s not really about a certain ambient temperature that does it but rather the perfect combination of an extra-comfy bed and having just wolfed down one’s dinner.

Lakeside Loungin’

Greetings and salutations, my friends. Sid here with you today.

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It’s been just super lovely outside here in Chicago so my dad and I took a stroll down to the lake.

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If you can believe it, it is our FIRST TIME visiting the lake this year. I know. We live less than two miles away, so why we are not there EVERY SINGLE DAY is beyond me! I’m gonna look into getting a bus pass so I can just go by myself when my dad’s at work.

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The waves were pretty out of control so we didn’t go in the water or spend too much time on the beach, but we go for a nice long stroll along the walkway that flanks the water. You get a great view of the city skyline from here when it’s clear out.

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And it looks even BETTER with a pug, such as yours truly, in the foreground.

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My dad even got a Margarita at the snack shack on the beach. But can you believe he didn’t share it with me?! I mean, I even did my best begging face…

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Oh well, I still had a great time! I can’t wait to go again!

Flat-pug Friday

It’s a Flat-pug Friday today here at Pug Slope HQ. I don’t know if anyone can get down flatter than Sid. He’s definitely a master at melting into the floor. How low can you go?

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Sid vs. Watermelon

Sid’s 10-step guide to successfully battling a watermelon:

1. Size up your opponent.

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2. When striking the first blow, make it a good one.

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3. Keep moving and work the angles.

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4. Mix in some tiny attacks.

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5. Extend yourself for maximum reach.

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6. Use all the tools you have available to you.

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7. Yes, every tool. Even that one.

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8. Keep close to your opponent.

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9. Don’t quit until the enemy has been licked!

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10. Hold your head high in victory.

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Have you battled any watermelons lately? Let us know if you came out the victor!