Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Central Park Zoo

Think the central park zoo wants a pug exhibit:

 Or pitbull mix exhibit.
Probably not but we would be the cutest animals in there!  (Of course we didn't really go in the zoo no dogs allowed. but we walked by the entrance)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tasty Tuesday-Bluth Banana Bites for Dogs

Mom and Dad are big fans of the TV show Arrested Development, and where very excited when it resurrected by Netflix for a fourth season.  Evidently lots of other people where too.  There was even a Bluth Banana stand in Manhattan

with a typical Manhattan line wrapping around the block.  Now mom and dad don't particularly like frozen bananas so Arrested Development fans or not they had no desire to wait in that line, but mom thought it would be fun to make us some Bluth inspired frozen banana treats.   They where a hit with everyone except Tubby, who takes after mom and dad and does not like bananas, plus they are super easy to make

Frozen Bananas for Dogs

 Bluth Banana Bites for Dogs

2 large bananas cut in 2 inch segments
1 cup carob chips
1 tbsp vegetable oil
unsweetened coconut flakes

Like a baking sheet or pan with foil and spray the foil with non stick cooking spray. Melt the carob with the oil in microwave save bowl or measuring cup for about 1 min at 50% power, pausing after thirty seconds to stir, be careful as carob burns easily.  Dip the bananas in the carob coating and transfer to the foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle over the coconut.  Freeze about 2 hours or until firm.   Feed to any dogs in the vicinity before a marathon Arrested Development viewing session.

Monday, May 27, 2013

A Pug on Poirot

Recently mom made a new discovery via the Roku box and net flix streaming, the show Poirot.   Its based on the Agatha Christie stories about the little Belgium detective and its dramatized by Clive Exton, the man who made the Jeeves and Wooster series mom is so nuts about.  Now Poirot came out in 1989 but mom is always a little behind the times and now she is totally addicted.  She particularly loves the costumes and the whole time she is watching the show she is talking about the gorgeous outfits and sighing over the dresses.   Then one day mom noticed this:

 Now of course mom started squealing and ran to get her phone to take a picture of the TV screen.  She thought the pug looked just like Tubby.   During all the fuss, we noticed something this fictional pug is significantly more spoiled then us!   I mean there his is sitting on his owners lap inside the restaurant of a fancy hotel, we get left at home when mom and dad go to restaurants, and even though you can't see it in the picture he is eating an eclair!  An eclair!  We have never had one of those.  We are keeping our paws crossed that mom decides to emulate this lady pug owner or to at least reenact this scene, since evidently we are suffering abominable neglect.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Park Day Bingo

We finally have our first park day Bingo ready

OK now here  is the embarasing part.  Mom has no printer and is not good with photo shop so you will have to imagine that the top column across is X'd.

First we followed our friend Gizmo's great blog by email.

Then we visited Lincoln park, its a 9 minute walk from our home and we go there all the time.  This time we remembered the camera and made a special trip with Ping in her bike basket.  

We found someone flying a kite.  Its hard to see but we swear that is a kite in the air.

The park has our nearest body of water, actually it has several, its kind of a swampy area, Ping enjoyed checking out one of the ponds.  Since its an out of the way section of the park she got to walk around off leash which she enjoys, her brothers are more apt to run about too crazily and so never go off leash.  Ping however, stays right by our side and never ventures more then a few feet away.

When we got home we easily spotted a squirrel, in brother Weasley's mouth!

 Now if it only it wasn't raining like crazy this weekend we could take a few more trips to the park!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Queen Victoria-Dog Loving Monarch

Who was the most dog crazy monarch in the entire history of the dog loving British empire?  A serious contender would be Queen Victoria, and today is the 194th anniversary of her birth.  

As a child Victoria's exalted status led to extreme isolation, and as such her only real friends where her dogs.  Victoria's most favorite dog was her spaniel Dash who was her constant companion.  After her coronation Victoria returned to the palace and gave Dash a bath. When she decided to marry Prince Albert it was partly due to his fondness for Dash, and Dash's for him.  When Dash died in 1840, Victoria had this inscription placed on his grave.

Here lies
The favourite spaniel of Her Majesty Queen Victoria
In his 10th year
His attachment was without selfishness
His playfulness without malice
His fidelity without deceit
If you would be beloved and die regretted
Profit by the example of

Dash was certainly not Victoria's only pet.   Throughout her reign she was surrounded by pets.  Including ponies, parrots, goats, and donkeys.

However dogs where always her particular favorite.  There where greyhounds:





and many others
When the Queen was on her death bed one of her last requests was to have her Pomeranian, Turi, with her.

Monday, May 20, 2013

How to Teach a Pug to Fetch

Now our mom is aware of her limitations, and she is not much of a dog trainer to be sure.  I guess you would call her and dad a bit.....permissive.   She does like to teach us some tricks though.   Now Weasley liked to chase toys but was dead set against bringing them back, here is how mom taught him to fetch.  (Yes many dogs fetch naturally, but not all of them).

Supplies Needed:

One energetic pug and one ball

One  bag treats and one clicker 

 Step 1: Present the ball to the pug and when the pug looks at the ball click and treat.

Step 2 Place the ball on the ground and click and treat when the pug looks at it, approaches it, and finally touches it.  Very gradually increase the difficulty requiring the pug to touch or mouth the ball before you click and treat.  You can also start to roll the ball at this point.  Remember work slowly and ensure success for your pug.

Step 4 Once your pug is consistently running towards the ball and touching it.  You are ready to throw the ball.   Click and treat when your pug runs to the ball and touches it.  At this point they don't have to bring the ball back.

Step 5 As soon as your pug starts putting their mouth on the ball and picking it up click and treat big time, with a jack put ( a couple of little treats).  Before long your pug will be chasing the  ball and returning it to you.   Fetch!

See the video below to see Weasley fetching away in our back lot.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Black and White Sunday-Ping and Mom

In case your interested I have started a new blog, not to replace this one, but  to write about vintage.  From now on I am going to divide my posts between this blog and the new one.   Its called The Old Fashioned Way.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Movie Time!

We are all ready in our pug notes sweaters for Star Trek: Into The Darkness

Now if only pugs were allowed in theatres!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Grain Free Coconut Strawberry Cake

May is national strawberry month.  

The perfect month to make  a strawberry cake for a May birthday baby like Ping.

Grain Free Coconut Strawberry Cake

2 1/4 cups coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp honey
1 1/4 cup milk 
1 egg
1 cup diced strawberries, plus more for top
1 cup low fat plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 350.  Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and coconut in a medium bowl.  In a separate bowl or large measuring cup whisk together the oil, honey, milk, and egg.  Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and fold in the strawberries.   Bake 30 minutes until cooked through (cake may be crumbly as that  is what I tend to get with coconut flour, but the dogs wont mind).  To frost the cake I drained the yogurt in a cheese cloth lined sieve for a few hours to make a thicker and then spooned it over the cake and topped with a few strawberries.

We had a little tea party for mother's day and Ping's birthday and I made some human friendly recipes too, they are on my new blog The Old Fashioned Way which is going to be about vintage things.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Ping's 10th Birthday

We were so excited when after a rainy Saturday and an a gloomy looking Sunday morning the sun came out for Ping's birthday party day.

 Ping got this adorable dress from Pugpossesed.  I think its her best outfit yet.

She also got a Linden Line designs Victorian bell collar 

 and this cooling mat, thanks to Dip Dip and the Bridge who wrote about theirs.

 We went on a bike ride in the park
watched TV

 and had a tea party with treats for dogs and people

 In other news I started a second blog, The Old Fashioned Way, its going to be about retro things, mainly vintage style clothing and old movies.   Its very much a work in progress and I don't really expect anyone to read it or to put to much content on it, but if you are interested in that kind of stuff you might want to check it out.  This will continue be my primary blog but I think it will be fun to write a little more about vintage.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

A Happy Day in Every Way

Happy Mother's Day (to all pet moms and human moms alike)

Happy Gotcha Day to our Weasley

 Happy Birthday to Ping, her  party is today (to be detailed monday)

 Andy happy day to the winner of Ping's birthday give away: Bella and Sweat Pea of A Wonderful Dog's Life