This is Pablo at the start of his birthday festivities, so just imagine what he looked like after all the presents had been opened (and many consumed). Although he turned 12 on April 14, it wasn’t until this past weekend that we truly celebrated. Our party guests included my mom, my daughter (and Pablo’s big sis), and her boyfriend, who met Pablo for the first time. When introduced, he said it was like meeting a celebrity. Pablo could only agree since he firmly believes he’s a star and is often deeply offended when people on the street don’t make a fuss over him.
While we devoured our feast of grilled beef, noodles, and broccoli, Pablo had his Frosty Paws and then scooted over to beg for scraps. Later it was present time and he sniffed and pawed his way through packages of dog-boutique treats. I think the card my mother got him sums it up quite well, don’t you?
Today is Pablo’s 12th birthday so he’s officially an old geezer. As you can see, he’s just as handsome as ever (even if lately he’s been a bit stiff in the hind quarters).
We have beautiful spring weather and we intend to take advantage of it by grilling outside–Pablo’s favorite pastime. So they’ll be some steak for his birthday dinner and a Frosty Paws for dessert. Next weekend will be the true celebration when his sister and her beau and my mom come.
And yesterday was the third anniversary of this blog. Many thanks to all of Pablo’s followers and well-wishers!
Wouldn’t Pablo look distinguished in a Warby Barker monocle? Priced at a reasonable $50, the eyewear is made from chew-resistant acetate.
Well, don’t look for him sporting one anytime soon. The canine collection of dog specs was last year’s April Fool’s prank by the folks at the Warby Parker eyewear company. Click here to see more doggy four-eyes.
As readers of my second blog–The Cath in the Hat–know, I’m a big fan of Dr. Seuss. Saturday was the good doctor’s birthday and in honor of the occasion Pablo donned a Cat-in-the-Hat hat. He allowed it only because he knew a treat would soon be forthcoming–and it was.
As you can see, Pablo is getting ready for Valentine’s Day. He’s feeling the love today. Hope you are too!
Happy Groundpug Day! Yep, it’s that time of year again. And while Pablo didn’t see his friend the mailman on his walk today (translation: no treat), he did see his shadow loud and clear.* And we all know what that means–six more weeks of winter. Sorry, folks!
Some groundhog named Phil in Punxsutawney didn’t see his shadow, so the media is reporting that spring will come early. Why the discrepancy? Well, it could be that poor Punxsutawney Phil was poked and prodded to leave his comfy den in the wee hours of the morning. Phoenixville Pablo didn’t venture outside until the much more civilized hour of 9 AM.
(*Full disclosure: The photo is from last year. I forgot my camera on this morning’s outing.)
I was so busy this Yuletide season that I didn’t get a chance to post photos of our holiday decorations. So here’s a belated look at our very puggy Christmas–with a little Kermit and Miss Piggy thrown in for good measure. (Click on the photos below to enlarge.)
Whew, it’s been a while! December was a crazy time for me with multiple deadlines and, of course, the holidays squeezing its vise grip around my neck. Luckily, it all came together–as it always does–and I was able to relax and enjoy the Yuletide.
Pablo had an especially wonderful holiday season. With a house filled with family members, Pablo had his choice of people to beg from and pester. He did his best to get to anyone–but it was hard going at times. There are just so many empty ice cream bowls a pug can lick. But he was a trooper and soldiered on without a single complaint.
Santa was very good to Pablo, too. He received boxes of festive dog cookies, stuffed toys, and a brand new hoodie. The photo speaks for itself–is that dog stylin’ or what!
So as 2012 draws to a close, Pablo and I would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous new year!
This Saturday the Phoenix will burn (and hopefully be reborn) and yours truly will be there to witness it. This is our first winter in Phoenixville and K and I are excited to partake in its ninth annual Firebird Festival. At 8 PM the almost 30-foot-high wooden phoenix you see above will be ceremonially set afire. The burning symbolizing the rebirth of Phoenixville, which like many former steel town had fallen upon hard times before undergoing a renaissance of sorts. So for those of you who enjoy a really big bonfire, grab a bag of marshmallows and head on over!
The folks at Delaware Valley Pug Rescue threw a Pug-O-Ween bash to benefit their worthy organization. Pablo RSVP’d at once, knowing here was a chance to mingle with other smushy-face members of his breed. And did he have a ball! K and I haven’t seen him dash around with such enthusiasm in a long while. Usually he’s happy but sedate when we bring him to our local dog park. On Sunday he was like a puppy again, as were the other pugs–all constantly on the move, looking for food and attention and sniffing each other’s butts. Safe to say, a good time was had by all and the money raised went to a good cause. Here are some photos of the attendees.