Monthly Archives: August 2011

Poor, Pitiful Pug

My grandmother loved dolls, and one of her favorites was Poor, Pitiful Pearl, a sad sack urchin based on a cartoon by William Steig, one of my all-time favorite children’s book authors. Yesterday Pablo crammed himself into the small space between the bookcase and the table stand and rested his chin on a pile of magazines. His woebegone expression reminded me immediately of Grandma’s Poor, Pitiful Pearl.

Pitiful Pearl the doll

Cartoon by William Steig


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Pugs vs Hurricane Irene

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.


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Going Places?

Like all felines, Miss Rita can’t resist planting herself on whatever reading material is available. K had spread out some maps for a motorcycle trip he was planning, and Rita took the opportunity to make herself comfortable. Or maybe it was her way of gently hinting “Take me with you!”

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National Dog Day

August 26th is National Dog Day. Get out there and show your appreciation for these wonderful creatures who give so much and ask for so little in return. As proof of their loyalty, watch this video. Petty officer Jon Tumilson died in the chopper crash in Afghanistan earlier this month. At his funeral, his brown lab Hawkeye refused to leave his side, staying by the casket for the entire service.

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Pablo Under Wraps

It’s hard being the younger sibling. Pablo’s big sister E was here for a party and she can never resist teasing him. Pablo was dozing peacefully on the sofa when E decided to pile all the pillows on top of him. Worn out from a weekend of begging, the indignity barely registered.

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Otis the Skydiving Pug

Photo: Rex Features

With arthritis in his back legs, we no longer let Pablo jump off the bed, lifting him gently down instead. He struggles the entire time, not liking the short flight to the floor. I can’t imagine, then, that he’d be a fan of skydiving, where the drop is a bit steeper, to say the least. That doesn’t seem to bother Otis, a ten-year-old pug living in Los Angeles with his owner Will DaSilva. With 64 jumps under his belt (in a specially-made harness strapped to Will’s chest), Otis is quite the skydiving pro. To see Otis in action, click here.


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Friday’s Quote

“To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”

~ Milan Kundera

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