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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Howard Pee and the Toilet Paper Caper

If mom hadn't gone out of town,
none of this EVER wudda happened.





I was bored, k?




WUTT? I'm jest checkin to see: does she have it
rollin' under or does she have it rollin' over...



Hey, this don't taste half bad.




Hmmm, a nice light texture, chewy to the taste
with a pleasing aroma. Gaaaaa....





Interesting how it bunches up in the cheeks
the more you chew....




Ruh roe!! I hear the dad. Time to make the escape!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Dandy the Beach Babe


When I moved to California from Texas, I
had no idea that beaches are the perfect
spot to cool off your belly. Now I know.




This is me starring in a movie called: Dandy the Beach Babe


This is me going for a walk with one of my fans. I am
sure enjoying the California life with my brother Elvis
and my mom, Mindy. I give it two toes up and circle snaps!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A Tribute to Frito


Frito, shortly after she was rescued.


Portrait of Frito, June 2008

Yesterday our rescue family said goodbye to a beloved little pug. Every rescue is special, but Frito tugged at all of our hearts so much. She was taken in by our Houston coordinator, Mary Fran, and Mary Fran gave her a loving home. Although Frito's little ears were leathery and her tail bare, it always waggled with joy, even yesterday morning, when she felt so ill, knowing her mama was near. Frito loved to dress up, and she wore her outfits with such style. Her battle with cancer is over now and she is not suffering. How lucky and how blessed we were to know her.

Monday, August 25, 2008

No Pug Left Behind - Elvis in His Own Words

Hi, I'm Elvis Puggy. After I ate some of that tainted dog food,
I got pretty sick and my back legs stopped working. Mom
bought me one of those fancy carts and, in no time flat, I
was doing wheelies up and down the sidewalk.



My mom was real worried there for a while. I told her
there wasn't a thing to worry about, as long as she kept
those hugs and kisses coming...I'm feeling much better now.



One of mom's friends made this picture of me. Handsome, aren't
I? She dedicated this picture to Dallas-Fort Worth Pug Rescue
because they rescue pugs just like me. They put my picture
on a T shirt and called it No Pug Left Behind. I try not to let the fame go to my head, but I'll
give you an autograph for a scratch behind the ears.




Mom takes me out for strolls to see all my peeps. They
adore me, and who can blame them?




This is my sister, Dandy. She put away her cowboy boots and moved
to California. She's hoping to get discovered by some big
time Howlywood Agent.



As you can see, Dandy's a natural poser. I think
she's got a Howlywood gig in the bag.




I love my sister Dandy, but the lady closest
to my heart will always be my Mama Mindy. Most especially
when she takes me out for a double double with
extra cheese. *gives his Mama big kisses*

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Dozer and Coop: US Agility Rescue Dawg Team

Coop and Dozer, happy go lucky doggies by day,
US AGILITY RESCUE DAWG TEAM BY NIGHT

Dozer and Coop sayin:
Unless that is a roasted peanut
with delicious ranch flavoring on top,
we ain't goin over that big ole tire.


As you all know by now, Howard has been complaining about the Diet Subjugation Program Implemented by the Cruel Mama in the House of Pee lately. It has come to my attention that his erstwhile pals, Dozer and Coop are planning to break him out of Puggy Craig Purgatory. *Howie's mom peeks out front window blinds nervously, and a drop of sweat rolls down her wrinkley noggin* If this plan should succeed, Howie will be staying in a household that is unfamiliar with some of his idiosyncracies, thus exposing his parental units to potential liability. *Howie's mom imagines Howie leaving wet fart spots on Dozer's mom's beautiful sofa* Please, if you have any pull with Dozer and Coop's mama at all and you also have any inkling of what a hazard it could be to have Howie occupy space in their lovely abode, send them a note to STOP THE MADNESS!!!

Aspire - Canna Lilies at Balboa Park

Aspire, Balboa Park
24X20
Oil

The inspiration for "Aspire"



The downside to traveling to San Diego last week was being away from the puggies. The upside: Balboa Park! As soon as I saw these rich red cannas crowded in front of these stucco walls, I knew I would have to paint them. Balboa Park is one of the most beautiful places in Southern California. It is amazing to be able to walk into such a place and park at absolutely no charge.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Gifts from Aunties and Other Hardships Life Delivers to the Howies of the World



Dear Auntie Mindy:
Thank yew fur the clothes. They're lubbley. Mommy sez they once belonged to a very handsome Schnauzer named Boris and that they are a gift for me from my Auntie Mindy. I rembember Boris. He was pretty cool and he was Elbow's brother. Speaking of Elbow, he promised he would put food in mom's suitcase when she came home from San Diego yes-turd-day. All that was there was all these here clothes she's makin me wear. I'm sure leaving out the food was jest an oversight, Auntie Mindy. Knowing how much you love me, I'm wonderin, could you jest check around to see where the food went?
with puggy love and anticipation,
Howard Pee

Thursday, August 14, 2008

And the Olympic Pug Winner Is....



This beautiful girl won GOLD at Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue Pugoween in October 2007 for her Olympic costume. DFW Pug Rescue's 12th Annual Pugoween for 2008 will take place on October 26 (puggee-details below!!). It is our biggest and FUNNEST fund raiser for the rescue group. The bad news - I have to WORK that day at our annual meeting in Chicago and won't get to attend. The good news - pug dad Carlos is attending and he will be taking photos all day, so don't be camera shy. If you are there, grin real big and pose your puggy for the handsome guy taking photos! : )

If you are anywhere near Dallas, drop in to see about 200 pugs in costume. You can see photos from past years by using your little puggy toe and clicking here. Right here. Yes, click right here!! Yay! You got it! I give that click a 10!!!

And here are those details on this year's event:
12th Annual DFW Pug Rescue Pugoween
October 26, 2008
2 to 5 pm
Meadowbrook Recreation Center
1400 Dugan Street
Arlington, Texas 76010

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Unauthorized BlogPug Howie: Fat is NOT a Four-Letter Word

Java and Howard Shortly
Before Dieting Subjugation Program
Was Implemented by the Cruel Mama

Unauthorized blogpug Howie writes:

I have always enjoyed eatin, ever since I was a young pup. See that picture there, that's me eatin', a young pup with my brother Java CheesyPants. Today mom said I was goin on a diet AGAIN. I really want to know, why all the fuss about fat? I mean, if you really want to talk about fat then let's talk about fat! *points toe at Annabelle* Fat is NOT a four-letter word. At least I don't think it is, I can't spell so mebbe it is. Who knows. But this dieting stuff has got to stop. Please use your toes and vote so that mama will feed me more. Show me some love and support. Choose the gazillion number, right up there on the right up there, see it on the right up there? There you go!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Jiggliest Studio Assistant

Winnifred Wigglepants
March 2005

Always eager to help in the studio, Winnie Wiggles was extremely good at making sure all toys had their noses chewed, the stinky boys only entered the room with her express permission, and any treats being handed out from the art studio table got first sniff from the Jiggley one herself, Miss Wiggles. I will always love and miss my little Wiggley girl.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Stevie - A Miracle Dog and a Champion

Stevie the Wonder Dog and his mom, Jill

Stevie is an exceptional dog. He loves cheese and he loves his mom and he has won so many titles that he has an alphabet soup of credits and achievements after his name. He won again last week at competition in New York where he made the front page of the York Daily Record! The judges didn't know it and I bet you can't tell from this picture that Stevie is blind.

My art Web site was created from Stevie's mom, Jill. Jill is a talented Web site artist and designer. One of the things I most admire about Jill is her absolute love and dedication to her family of large furbabies. Stevie took eighth place among 20 dogs in All Star Obedience, Agility and Rally last week. You can read more about Stevie in the story at this link: http://ydr.inyork.com/ci_10074597

Way to go Stevie and hats off to Jill for all her dedication and devotion to her doggies.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Second Sanctuary

Dallas Arboretum Series
16X20
Oil

Sanctuary II is a warmer version of the painting I completed earlier this summer. Sanctuary I was accepted into the juried art show for the MayFlower Paintout at the Dallas Arboretum. The show will be open to visitors in the DeGolyer House on the Arboretum grounds during regular business hours for the month of September 2008. If you are in Dallas, I hope you can stop by. There were some remarkable artists in the MayFlower Paintout at the Dallas Arboretum this spring and it is an honor to be listed with them for the show.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Howie's Thoughts on Dieting

Howard Pee Pugpants has been on a diet for about 6 months now. While he gets low-cal chicken flavored bits of kibble with healthy veggies added, he gets to smell the Merrick's Texas gourmet gravy-enhanced kibble with dried veggie portions his brother Java and sister Annie are relishing nearby. Life is unfair and the world can be cruel, sometimes, to the Howard Pee Pugpant-ses of the world.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Funny Face Friday

Java Cheesy, Winner of the Bashful
Wallflower, Socially Awkward
Party Attendee Award



Our thanks to Queen BaileyPug, ruler of all she surveys, for awarding Java with the memorable and infinitely appropriate title of the Bashful Wallflower, Socially Awkward Party Attendee. Java Cheesy is always the "odd pug out" at our pug pawties, foster pug reunions, and dog park gatherings. When our little Cheesy Man cannot figure out how to take part in traditional pug behavior type activities, he has no problem playing with his imaginary friend. Java is a love pug, above all else, and his cheesy aroma is particularly attractive to girlpugs who are compelled to wash his face when they meet him, much to his consternation. We sure do love our little funny face clown.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Winnie and Daisy: Calendar Girls for Rescue


Winnifred Wigglepants

The Jiggliest Angel
Photo Taken in the Texas Bluebonnets May 2007
Four Months Before her Diagnosis of Encephalitis


I received some wonderful news last week. Winnie Wiggles, my jiggley angel who went to the rainbow bridge in January 2008, is going to be one of the pugs featured on the SEPRA pug rescue annual calendar. The voting was tabulated over a few months, with each vote costing $1. Each dollar went to SEPRA pug rescue to help this outstanding rescue organization find furever homes for the little ones they save. I was also delighted to see that little Duchess Daisy from Polk County, Georgia, is also going to be featured. She was a SEPRA rescue and now lives in the lap of luxury with her loving furever family. We were so happy to see that this beautiful little pug lady will be in the calendar with Wiggles.

Winnie's Friend Daisy

There is not a day or an hour that goes by that I do not think of Winnie, because she had such a big impact on my life. She was my little velcro pug and rarely left my side in the 3 years I was her mom. I am so thankful for the short time she was with me. I always felt just a little bit like I was in the presence of greatness when I was near Winnie. She was an old soul in a little round body, and so full of love and personality. I sure miss you Wiggles.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ties to the Past

Ties to the Past
38X46
Oil

This large painting was a commission for a Flower Mound family. Their mother had recently moved into a nursing facility and especially missed her begonias, which grew in front of her entryway under her porch. I really enjoyed creating a tie to the past for a beloved Mom.

My Mom's birthday is coming up in just a few days. I asked Mom what she wanted for her birthday and she said Ham. I'm not going to let her get off that easy... I think I'll bring all three pugs over when we visit her on Saturday. What a rare and wonderful gift that will be. : )

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Anniebelly's Toy Storage Solutions

Do you ever wonder where on earth the best place
to hide your favorite toy from your stinky brothers might be?
Well I found the pawfect solution this morning.


Mommy's linen closet could sure use a little
straightening, but the floor access is definitely a plus.


I think the scented floral pillow ensemble will be the pawfect
storage location for my favorite muddy wet ball toy, don't you?



Be sure to push your wet muddy toy way in the back behind
all the pillows so it won't be easy for any annoying brother pugs to find.



My work here is done...hey, is this a great place for a
nap far away from Howard Stinkypants, or what??

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mr. Dog, A Forgotten Pug

Mr. Dog of West Virginia
On his way to his new foster home with
Chad and Gabby, after 5 years alone in a yard.

You're probably wondering how such a good looking fellow like me would ever slip from somebody's mind, aren't you? My foster mom and dad sure are. This morning when I woke up, I had to nibble my leg just to see if I was dreaming - I woke up indoors for the first time in 5 years.

This time last week I was in the YARD. The yard was my home and just about the only place I knew. It was very quiet in the yard, someone would run a hose and fill my water bowl and put some dry kibble out for me once in a while. My feet itched alot, and that helped me to pass the time. I kept little scratchies on the wooden fencepost to keep track of the days, but pretty soon I couldn't find a blank space to leave a daily scratch so I just gave up.

The last time I was indoors I was just a little pug puppy. I know I was terribly cute then, everyone said so, but the humans must have got tired of me because I was out in the yard before I knew it. I think this lady who found me might be an angel. Maybe I am in heaven? She has a soft voice and acts like she loves to pet me. So I am either dreaming or in heaven.

They are trying to think of a name for me now. I think Ferdinand might be nice. Or perhaps Rockefeller. Something subtle and understated. For now, I think I'll go over there and take a nap on that soft rug. Maybe that cute little girl puggy, Tulley Belle, will come sniff me again. She is about the nicest smelling thing I've ever met, aside from this new fancy kibble I'm getting.

Thank goodness for the lady. I think she loves me. How could that be, I am just Dog, after all? One thing I know for certain, I hope I never wake up in the yard again.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Orange Iris

Orange Iris
8X8
Oil

Annie Goes Gallery Hopping

Whenever mommy goes to a gallery to change out her art,
she always takes me, Anniebelly. Because I am a pug of discerning
taste and impeccable fashion, unlike Howie, who would probably raise
his leg to a Rodin sculpture the moment he gets past the guard...

Friday, August 1, 2008

Afraid of Heights...

I was puttering around in the studio this evening and stacked some paintings on a shelf. I just happened to place the painting "Moonlight" on its side and realized it looks almost like a painting in that direction, too! It makes me a little dizzy from this perspective, like it is a path on the side of a cliff.


Here is Moonlight as it was intended to look...




And here is Moonlight on its side. Makes me dizzy!

Havin' a Pawty Fur Emmitt-Pants!

The Birthday Pug Himself - Mr. Emmitt


Howard would like to recognize his distinguished friend
Mister Emmitt who turns 12 years young today,
with a little song: *Howie clears throat*
Happy birthday to Emmitt-Paaaaants
Happy birthday to Emmitt -Paaaaanttttts
Happy birthday dear Emmitt-Paaaaannnttttssss
Happy birthday tewwww yewwwwww!
*Howie ties apron around neck
and holds out his empty plate for cake*
We love you Mr. Emmitt! Woof on over to his
mommy's blog to join the pawty today! *Annie
dances around and does the mashed potato*