On my other blog, The Cath in the Hat, I review children’s books. It isn’t often that my two interests collide, but it’s usually a happy occurrence when they do. Case in point, Pug and Other Animal Poems, a picture book featuring verse by Valerie Worth and illustrations by Steve Jenkins. Jenkins uses collage to capture each animal’s portrait, and as you can see by the pug on the cover, he does a masterful job. I love the way the tip of the pug’s tongue sticks out, something that Pablo has taken to doing lately.
While all the poems are wonderful, by favorite has to be–you guessed it–the one entitled “Pug.”
With their goggling
Eyes and stumpy
Brows and hairy
Moles, they’re what
Might call plug-ugly;
Perhaps because, for
Dogs, they look
A lot like people.
Somehow I missed this book when it came out in 2010. Written by Tori Spelling–yes, that Tori–it’s a story of a poor little rich girl who can’t act the way the other 99 percent do. She’s not allowed to get dirty, or talk loudly, or even wear jeans. So tragic. On the plus side, there’s a pug in the book. In real life, Tori Spelling is a big fan of pugs, so no surprise she included one in her story.
Coming out in a few days is another, more promising book for pug-loving kids. Pug: And Other Animal Poems is by Valerie Worth with collage illustrations by the brilliant Steve Jenkins. Its on my TBR list for sure.
I saw this photo of Donna Tartt (author of The Little Friend) and Pongo, her pug, online and just had to post it. Check out Flavorwire’s other photos of famous writers at home. Sorry, folks, this is the only one that features a pug, but catch the one of Edward Gorey draped with cats. There’s also an eye-opening shot of Hemingway in bed wearing nothing but the New York Times.
Always interested in taking better shots of my favorite four-legged friends, I recently perused a post about canine photography. You can read it here. Don’t bother if you only take shots of pugs. The post is all about how to capture the head tilt. It offers practical advice such as making puppy sounds, asking enticing questions, and using animal noise apps. All very nice, but as any pugophile knows, there’s no difficulty at all in getting a pug to tilt his noggin. In fact, sometimes it’s hard to get him to stop. Pablo cocks his head at the drop of a hat.
Why is it that a pug’s head so naturally gravitates sideways? My theory is that they know they look super adorable and therefore are more likely to be rewarded with a tasty treat. What’s yours?
Last year's winner in the toy group
In this household, it’s bigger than the Super Bowl. Today starts the 136th Westminster Dog Show, the second longest sporting event in the country. (Number 1? the Kentucky Derby.) When I lived in NYC, I used to try and attend at least one day of the two-day show. The biggest thrill was going behind the arena to see all the dogs being groomed. Of course I made a beeline for the pugs, but I also enjoyed seeing other breeds that rarely make an appearance on city streets. This year six new breeds will make their debut at Westminster, including the Xoloitzcuintli–a very long name for such a tiny dog, formerly known as the Mexican hairless.
When was the last year a pug won Best of Show? Thirty-one years ago! That’s when Champion Dhandys Favorite Woodchuck took home the trophy. To see photos of him and some other past winners, click here. Pablo would like nothing better than to see another pug in the winner’s seat, but it doesn’t seem likely to happen this year. According to one report, a black cocker spaniel is favored. We won’t know the outcome until after tomorrow’s show. Tonight, judges will select the top hound, toy, non-sporting, and herding breeds. An affenpinscher is expected to win toy. Will there be a pug upset? Stay tuned!
It’s been chilly the past few days, so here’s a story to warm your heart. Franky and Elly are four-year-old pugs. Elly (the fawn pug) is blind and deaf, so Franky, a perfect gentleman, leads her around, helping her on walks and to find her supper dish and water bowl. The dogs have been living in the RSPCA in Newport, Wales since last year. The good news is that the inseparable pair are in the process of being adopted and soon will be going to their forever home. Read the original story here and the followup here.
Doggie Boob Scarf from Etsy
A lot of excitement for Pablo this past week. K and I were married on Sunday at the historic Powell House in Philadelphia, and before and after the happy event guests had been streaming in and out of the house. We would have loved for Pablo to be in the wedding party, but sadly dogs are not allowed inside historical landmarks–another in a long list of discriminations against our furry friends. So while we were off celebrating, Pablo stayed home with the cats. Before we left, he did agree to pose with the wedding bouquet, but he was not a happy camper.
Although our ceremony and reception were pug-free, we did sneak our favorite dog into the festivities. Take a look at our wedding invitation!
Pablo survived Hurricane Irene without much inconvenience to his schedule, although he did have to wait a bit for his walks until the storm let up–and a few trees were downed, blocking his path when we did venture out. How did other pugs prepare for Mother Nature’s fury? Take a look at these photos assembled by BuzzFeed.
THE COLOR OF is a website designed to find out the color of anything. By using an averaging algorithm, it searches Flickr for images that contain the term. According to the site: “Taking the assumption that random images will average out to become grey, we can attribute any color bias which deviates from grey to the term searched.”
As a service to the Pugophile community, I searched the term “pug” and the shade above is the result. A cheerful orangey color, if I do say. Much like pugs.