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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Valerie's Divadoggy Bloggy - A Must Woof...

Valerie goes to the beauty shop
every week to perfect her diva-do!

Valerie is very famous and sought
after and important artists have
painted her! ooo la la!!!

From Anniebelly

Calling all divadoggies! Valerie has launched her bloggy! Valerie is a 10 year old DivaDoggy princess who goes to the beauty shop with her mommy Amy once a week for pawdicures, brushies, and refreshing cucumber mist sprays. I have often mentioned to my mom that I need to be living the life of Valerie, but alas I am stuck here with the stinky boys. *stamps paw and steam comes out of Annie's little ears*

Use your thumbytoes and go visit Valerie's new blog and give her a woof and tell her Anniebelly Bossybritches sent you. When you get there you might just see somepuggy you recognize. I should warn you there is a picture of my brother Howie, too, but at least he is wearing a tie and doesn't have poop on his paws in that picture.

We love you Valerie! *blowing Valerie kisses*

Tomorrow we are getting a visit from Linus and his sister!
Tune in for some pictures of cute little fat puggy puppies....

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Linus Training Program Payin' Off Big Time

From Howie:
Well everybuddy, Linus' trainin program is really payin off big time. You can see he is making lots of progress. His mama says he is almost ready to come meet me in person. Here is Linus progress report for his work this month in the Howard Pee Pugpants Program Fur Success.

This here is called the Tug Position. Linus
is doin' an excellent job of tuggin the hoomans
to the food bin. I give this one three goes up.

This here is Linus practicin' the I'm Gonna
Pounce on Yew position. It works real well
fur scarin off other puggies approachin
yer food bowl. As yew can imagine,
it is critical to puggy survival.
I give Linus four toes up fur this one.

And this here is the Make a Cute Puggey
Wuggey Face position. Now don't make fun,
even tough guys like me and Linus know
that the way to a mama's heart is with
the lovey dovey googley eyes. I give
Linus four toes up fur this one.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Heavenly Missive

Winnifred Wigglepants
The Jiggliest Angel in Heaven
Oil on Canvas

A year ago this morning my little velcro pug and constant companion Winnifred Wigglepants went to the rainbow bridge after a 3-month battle with GME encephalitis. I finished her portrait last night. It felt good to get my little angel onto canvas.

I've always had a superstition about pet portraits I do for the furbabies who have passed; the ones that jump onto the canvas quickly are anxious to get home to their families. Winnie was the fastest pet portait I've completed of its size.

There are so many dear friends who carried me through those dark days when Winnie was sick. And a compassionate friend at work who held me while I sobbed in her arms the day after Winnie passed. These are the ties that bind you to friends forever. And this is the kind of love Winnie brought into my life, and the lives of everyone she touched.

This painting is based on a photo that was taken of Winnie shortly after she won the Bluebonnet Pug Club Easter Hat contest in Dallas 3 years ago. She was a champion pug before she came to us, thanks to Louise Tran, who wanted her to live out her retirement with us in a pet home. I always felt I was in the presence of an older soul when I was with Winnie. There was a very strong love and presence that shown out of her. She was tiny, but feared nothing. I miss my angel and pray we will we meet again.

Heavenly Missive
My Ode To Wiggles
Whippy creme and scrambled eggs are
Way up here in Heaven
In case you too
See only blue and wonder what you're gettin
They're other things like angel wings
With fur that's never sheddin'.
There's no disease or achin knees
and wrinkles smooth and silken
I fall asleep and dream of you
and times when we were given
to sprint and run and tug on toys
and dash to mom for lovin.
Tonight no tears oh Howie dear
because I have been taken
I’ll kiss your cheek and whiskers sweet
And heal the ache within you.
The pain it fades and goes away
And even loss feels lighter
When time moves on then pushes back
All that separates us.

From Winnie's dogster diary, January 23, 2008

Winnie died this morning very early while she was in the care of the tech at the ICU. I think she was very tired. She was my brave girl and was such a big part of our lives. Please say a prayer that she is comforted now.

She loves breakfast-time so much. I hope that she is enjoying scrambley egg and a bowl of delicious kibble this morning and making the angels laugh with her roo roo roo morning song and breakfast time spinning.Who will wash Howie's face now? Who will sit on my feet when I am on the 'puter? Who will keep dad company in the kitchen when he is cooking? Our little one with such a big heart is gone, and it all happened so quickly and unexpectedly.

We were so blessed to have her with us for just 2 short years. What an extraordinary little dog she was.I told her last night it was okay to go - she was sitting up in her oxygen cage at the ICU for 2 days, waiting for me. She always sat and waited for me. The moment she laid down was when she passed. Please hug your babies for me today and say a prayer for angel Winnie. She was cherished.

Monday, January 19, 2009

For a Good Cause

Looking for Someone to Adore Me
Oil on Linen Board
Pug Rescue Series

I've started a series of pug portraits for a new project that will be announced soon for Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue. Keep a googley eye on the pug blog for more details to come! This little guy was completed this morning, in appropriate fashion, to the tune of three pugs snoring at my feet in the studio.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Linus - The New Puggy Puppy on the Block

Linus the Pug Puppy
Has Signed up for the
Howard Pee Pugpants Plan Fur Success

Dear Linus:

This here is your uncle Howie. Mom said you came to your new home last week with her friend Susan and her hubby and their 2 little girls. We haven't met yet. Mama told Susan they should not expose you to me yet, because I am a bad influence. Have you ever heard such hooey in your life?? Well, mebbe not considering you jest fell off the turnip truck.

Now listen here, real closely, cuz there are important things you need to learn in order to be an upstanding puggy like me. Besides, Mama says I need to use my powers for good instead of evil, so here is my good deed of the day.

Eat as fast as yew can. Chewing is over-rated.

Snore loudly when you sleep. The peeps think it's cute
and it drives away bad influences like annoyin little sisters.

Wiggle your curley tailbun when the big peeps are eatin.
This is guaranteed to cause tablescraps to happen.

That's enough of the Plan for one day. I've been workin hard for the Snuggle Puggle lately so my thinker noggin is just plumb tuckered out. I'll be keepin toe tabs on yew so be sure to follow the Howard Pee Pugpants Plan Fur Success and you will go far.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Interview With Mister January - Oscar

When I got the call to pose for January for the Dallas Fort
Worth Pug Rescue calendar, of course I was flattered...

But let's face it - I'm one hunky, good lookin' pug!

Now the phone rings constantly with offers and
all my peeps wantin' auty-graphs. I hates to disappoint
anypuggy, but I'm busy supervising kitchen activities!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Howie Works Hard Fur the Puggle!

This is my entry fur the Workin With
the Snuggle Puggle Challenge. Check out the button over there
to Eduardo's page and you can get the four one one.

Please, don't try this at home. This is Perch-Nappin
and it's much more difficult than it looks. Just THINKIN
about this whole Eduardo Puggley Work Challenge
thing is wearin me out. I wonder what the prize will be....

Hmmm, mebbe it will be a big bag of juicy
crunchy bones with peanut butter fillin'.

...or mebbe it will be a bowl of goopy delicious
kibble with chunks of mystery chicken parts on top.

All work related activities in this post were done by
me, a professional perch-napper. You only THINK it looks
easy. This is actually multi-taskin' cuz I'm FARTIN too.

Pug Family Photos - Making a Collage in Photoshop Elements

Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue
Family Photos

Check out this cool montage - I made it tonight using Photoshop Elements. It was a little tricky to get the photos the right size, rotated correctly, and to get them to fill up the blank spaces. I wasn't able to figure out how to add additional photos "ad libitum" to a template, but I bet there is a way.

What a fun project.
This photo montage will appear on the Dallas Fort Worth Pug Rescue Blog in just a few days, but I'm posting it here first to give you a sneak preview!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Monday Pug Movies

Annie practices for the Winter Pug-Lympics

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Anniebelly's Instructions for Sunday

Instructions for Sunday:
Anniebelly's toy du jour is - the Brown Hairy Football. Please do NOT confuse the toy du jour, Brown Hairy Football, with the green egg toy, the orange bouncy ball, or the yellow hunk of fluff toy.

Mommy, please DO NOT attempt to furminate the Brown Hairy Football. We likes our footballs just exactly how they is. Thank you very much. It's 10 pm. Do you know where your pugs are???

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Howie's Happy New Years' Hat

Howie is Overjoyed With His Fancy Happy New Years' Hat

Howie's Top Six New Year's Resolutions:
Fart More
Eat More Toilet Paper
Blame Annie for Illegal Household Activities
Catch One of Them Dang Birds in the Yard
Teach Java to Open the Refrigerator
Learn to Text Message Pizza Hut Online Delivery