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Hey everyone. Ith me, Pugthley. Mom and I finithed writing our Chrithmath cardth. Gueth whoth job it wath to lick the envelopths? My tongue’ths been thwollen for an hour. Why do I have to have the ideal tongue for thith job?

With all of my other athignmenth, it would have been nithe for mom to hire theathonal help for me, don’t you think?

In cathe we don’t talk to you, hereth thome holiday advithe:

Don’t lick the Fethivuth Pole to thee if your tongue will thtick…..IT WILL! And then you’ll talk like I do.

Love, Pugthley

I THINK I SEE HIM!

I THINK I SEE HIM!

Twas the day before Christmas and like others of his ilk,

Pugsley laid out some cookies with a big glass of milk.

He peered out the window at a puzzling sight,

For nighttime it sure was too sunny and bright.

 

He ran to the window and then to the door,

He paced so much he wore a groove in the floor.

No tree, no lights and nary a drop of tinsel,

“That’s right, we’re Jewish. I should have baked Santa a kugel!”

 

Pugsley pondered his memory, checking it twice,

What if he had been naughty and not very nice?

It’s been a long year; it could go either way,

There’s a chance he would not get to see Santa’s sleigh.

 

He thought he had been a good little boy,

Would Santa Claus really not bring him a toy?

Pugsley climbed on his mom and gave her a hug,

She told him he’s been a sweet little pug.

 

“So where’s Santa?” he asked; his stomach was churning.

Mom had to tell him it was still only morning.

 

Happy Merry Everything!

 Love,

Heidi and Pugsley

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It’s Good To Go and Good to Come Home*

Hey peeps. I’m back from my weekend away. I’ve been so busy catching up that I haven’t had time to write to tell you about my latest adventure.

To prepare for my trip, I had a spa day with my bestie Genna.

Rub A Dub Dub. Pugsley's In the Tub!

                Rub A Dub Dub. Pugsley’s In the Tub!

IMG_2336Don’t ask me what I was trying to reach. I don’t think there was food on the ceiling.

Here I am right after Genna brushed my teeth. I never noticed how freakishly long my tongue is. My cousin Craig noticed. And now I know why my pop-pop used to say he was going to sell my tongue in the deli.

IMG_2339OMG! Now my head looks freakishly big! I look just like those kids from Twisted Whiskers.  I gotta stop taking selfies.

IMG_2342Here I am with Genna after my massage and cuddle. Aren’t we cute?

IMG_2343I was all finished and waiting for mom to come get me. The ladies were  fighting over me. It got scary for a hot minute. The little ones were gnawing on each others’ ankles and climbing over each other to get to me. SECURITY!!!!!! I just can’t help being so darn handsome.

IMG_2345Mom and I left for our trip last Friday morning. First we went to Harrisburg to the League of Women Voters of PA Board meeting. Una Martone, the President of Leadership Harrisburg Area,  conducted a training for us so that we could be good board members and know what qualities are ideal to have when we recruit new board members. I learned so much and now I’m ready to be nominated for board appointments everyone. If you need my bio, email or text me.

Mom and Aunt Marita bunked together and Aunt Rae hung out with them after dinner. Aunt Rae brought me more breakfast bar treats from Doggie Delights in the West Shore Farmer’s Market.  She’s so nice to me. Next time I hope to meet her kids Pooky and Trixie. The big craft show took place at the Farm Show complex and I met so many nice people who went there and stayed at our hotel. Three women had a pajama party in the hotel lobby by the TV and fireplace. They stopped drinking their wine to play with me. I made a move toward a wine glass and they carded me. I hate when that happens!

The next morning while the ladies were at breakfast I pried open our refrigerator door and pulled out Friday’s leftovers. I opened the containers and ate the remaining half of mom’s turkey sandwich and the slice of cheesecake she took home from dinner. She won a free dessert in a contest. She’s so lucky….well, not really because I enjoyed her dessert after I finished my sandwich. Mom came back to the room to pick me up for the meeting before I could scarf down the container of breakfast bars. I was so full that I couldn’t assume my pawliamentarian duties and slept under the table most of the day. I really should stop being a glutton. I pooped green for two days and I didn’t even eat any green food!

Saturday afternoon we went to the Pheasant Field B&B to visit with Aunt Kitty, Uncle Robin and Rehab. I couldn’t wait to arrive. I had a bet with my friend Giovanni that this was going to be no ordinary family. I was sure that Aunt Kitty was a cat, Uncle Robin was well, obviously, a bird, a Colonel AND a bird, and I knew that Rehab was a dog. I wondered about this living arrangement. Giggle snort…..I was wrong. Aunt Kitty and Uncle Robin are two-legged people. Here we are sitting by the fire.IMG_2374I shared my treats with Rehab because my mom taught me that you should share your blessings. They told us that their B&B was a “station” on the Underground Railroad and showed us which floorboards covered the room where the slaves hid. You can see on this map that one route goes right through that area of Pennsylvania.detailedroutes We all hung out for a while and then Aunt Kit, Uncle Robin and mom went to dinner at Redd’s Smokehouse BBQ in downtown Carlisle. Mom said the ribs were stupid good. I don’t know Aunt Kelly – mom said Redd’s gives Rib Rack a run for its money. The rub was awesome and the sauce had a nice kick. I got my sloppy eating habits from my mom so I wasn’t surprised when she came home with barbeque sauce all over her shirt. I was happy to pre-wash. Yup…it was super yummy!

Uncle Robin, would you ask Redd’s the next time you go if they deliver to Philadelphia?

I watched Aunt Kit prep for breakfast even though mom said I was getting kibble. So much for my waffles and bacon. The whole house smelled like cinnamon. I climbed on Rehab’s back to get high enough to look through to the kitchen. She’s a good sport. Don’t tell anyone…..we kissed once when our parents weren’t looking.  Snort….she’s so pretty.

Uncle Robin and mom worked on some Vets Journey Home stuff and then it was time for bed. We stayed in the Country Comfort cottage. Mom and I both loved it and slept so well. In the morning, mom put me in the bathroom and closed the pocket door so that I wouldn’t tinkle on the bed or the carpet.

Mom had breakfast with Rehab. It was so sweet of her to keep mom company. Aunt Kit made a baked apple, cheese strata and sausage and apple hash that mom said was AMAZING! Recipes please Aunt Kit?!

When mom came back to the room – HA! – I showed her. I had opened the pocket door and was looking out the door to our room. It takes a lot more than a closed door to keep me in place. Tio Jonathan calls me Houdini. Maybe I’ll have my DNA tested. It could be possible.

Mom took me to watch the horses have breakfast……….

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IMG_2355………and then we went to walk the Labyrinth. In medieval times, the labyrinth symbolized a hard path to God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth). Labyrinths can symbolize a pilgrimage where people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Mom and I meditated and made wishes during our walk.

Bidden or not bidden, God is present. Carl Jung the psychologist had this quote carved over the door of his home in Switzerland.

Bidden or not bidden, God is present. Carl Jung had this quote carved over the door of his home in Switzerland.

IMG_2364We came upon something curious. Uncle Robin, I think you have a bear on your land. This is waaaay to large to be Rehab’s footprint and I know it’s not mine. It’s ginormous. You can see the long pointy claw prints too.

IMG_2365Pheasant Field is so beautiful. We want to go back when it’s not snowing and sit by the lake.

IMG_2361IMG_2356IMG_2360 IMG_2357IMG_2359After our walk, mom and I went back to our room and fell asleep. Country Comfort is an understatement. The chambermaid thought something happened to mom because she said she knocked on the door and mom didn’t answer. I keep telling everyone that’s why when mom’s alarm goes off in the morning I have to walk over her a few times and lick her face until she’s awake. She such a sound sleeper. Everyone knows it. You have to throw her out of bed. Uncle Robin, can you hook me up with a bugle? Maybe if I play Revilie in her ear……

Our cottage

                  Our cottage

The snow postponed our field trip to the Carlisle Barracks, home of the U.S. Army War College. Uncle Robin was going to take me on a 15 mile run after breakfast. Hahahahaha….I hope he planned to carry me 14 1/2 of those miles.

Before we left, Uncle Robin said that I could take home the Pheasant Field doggie dish that he gave me. Now I’ll be able to remember my trip every time I eat. It makes me smile.

So mom and I started our 4 1/2 hour trek home in the snowstorm, 2 1/2 hours longer than it should have been. Fortunately, mom always has snacks for both of us. We heard on the radio about all of the accidents back home (any time you’re ready with the salt trucks PennDOT) and also listened to the Eagles game and an audio book. The Eagles and Lions were playing in a whiteout. The Eagles came from behind to win. Yippee! Fly Eagles Fly! Aunt Teresa called from Fort Worth to tell us about the storm at home. Of course, she was on Day 4 of her captivity because of the same storm that hit them with ice. I haven’t heard from her; I hope she’s out of the house by now. When you run out of chocolate, put on the ice skates and make a break for the closest 7-11.

That’s all the news from here. Happy trails!

Love, Pugsley

*Nana Jay used to say this every time she came home from a trip. I write this in her memory.

ROAD TRIP!!!!!!

Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way

BORN TO BE WILD
BORN TO BE WIIIIIILD……….

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I'm all packed mom.....we're taking the Harley, right?

I’m all packed mom…..we’re renting a Harley, right? A convertible? A kayak? We’re kayaking to Australia? I knew you’d give in and take me there.

Oh hi everybody. I forgot I was online. I got so excited when I overheard my mom say that we’re going on a road trip. I put on my leather “heartbreaker” vest that my Aunt Kelly and Godsister Maya bought me last Hanukkah. I was waiting for just the right occasion to wear it. The ladies are going to be all over me. I’m irresistible!

Yippeeeee……..mom just told me that we’re going to the Pheasant Field Bed In Breakfast to visit with her friends Robin and Kit, the new owners as of July. I looked on the website and it looks so beautiful and serene. I don’t understand the whole Bed In Breakfast thing though. Who would want a bed in their breakfast?

What mom? It’s a Bed AND Breakfast? So I get a bed AND breakfast? May I have my breakfast IN my bed? In case you have to give Aunt Kit my order in advance, I’d like waffles with some strawberries and lots of whipped cream, a side of bacon and hash browns well done please. I don’t need any extra fruit garnish. Oh, and a bagel lightly toasted with cream cheese might be nice.

Whaddya mean I’m having kibble? This is a special place and I deserve a special breakfast. I reserve the right to revisit this predicament at a later date!!!

I apologize for the interruption everyone.

Mom told me that Robin is a ranger. I wonder if he knows Yogi and Boo Boo and Ranger Smith from Jellystone Park. Mom, will I have to call him Mr. Ranger Sir? Ranger Robin better not take my pic-i-nic basket!

Pugsley, Robin’s not that kind of ranger.

He’s not? Is he like The Lone Ranger? The Texas Rangers? Oh wow…..is he a Power Ranger? Is he a superhero mom? Huh, is he? Can he teach me to fly?

Robin’s an Army Ranger, ret. You’ll have to call him Col. Ranger Sir.

Wow!!!! He really IS a superhero!!!!

Army Rangers are the cream of the crop, the pick of the litter, the best of the best, the bee’s knees, the….

We get it Pugsley. Robin rocks! You’ll love him.

The website says that Pheasant Field boards horses too mom. I hope Robin has a pony named Lightening.

You’re not going horseback riding.

I SAID A PONY!

You’re not going ponyback riding either.

Hold on a second everyone…….

Robin just emailed me and said we’re going to do all kinds of Ranger stuff during our visit. I’m low to the ground so I can slink around in the grass without being made. I’m going to earn my tan beret mom. Then you’ll have to salute me. I’ve already been to boot camp so this is like a promotion, right? I learned how to do doggie pushups. I can drop and give him 2, maybe 3 if I don’t eat that big breakfast I ordered.

Robin didn’t email you.

YES HE DID! ASK HIM.

Maybe you can hang out with Robin and Kit’s dog Rehab.

Is Rehab an Army Ranger too?

I don’t think so.

Well then we can both learn together. I’ll keep everyone posted about how I do with my Ranger training.

Mom, will I have to wear a uniform? Will I get a rifle? What if it’s bigger than I am? Does the Army have Pug-size rifles? What’ll we use for targets? Will I have to camouflage my face? Does Robin have an obstacle course? I don’t know if I can climb the rope and get over that ginormous wall you always see on TV. What size boots do I wear?……..Wait…..Where are you going mom? Come back…………..May I at least have my kibble in bed? And a strip of bacon?

Until next time,

Sua Sponte “Of Our Own Accord!”

Love, Pugsley

Look Mom, No Cavities

Hi friends. It was bound to happen. I binged on so many Halloween treats that mom took me to the dentist for a checkup. I admit that I was a little nervous. The exam room can be scary with so much equipment and that big bright light that the dentist shines in your face. It’s not an interrogation, you know!

When it was my turn, mom took me to get settled in the exam chair. I didn’t know that my dentist has cable TV. It was tuned to one of those courtroom shows so I asked if I could watch Animal Planet instead. Everyone was very accommodating.

The dental assistant gave me a cool lavender bib so I wouldn’t drool on myself. Mom, I LOVE this color on me. It brings out my eyes, don’t you think? We should get these for home…..you know I’m a sloppy eater. You’ll also get a pair of sunglasses to cover your eyes from the bright light. They kept falling off my head because they were too large. Next time I’ll know to bring my Doggles.

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Then the dentist will come in to examine your teeth. First you have to open wide………

Is this wide enough Dr. T?

                               Is this wide enough Dr. T?

Then the dentist will examine your teeth. Sometimes they take x-rays.That doesn’t hurt at all and it’s cool when you can see the insides of your teeth.

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Next the dentist will ask you if you’re having any problems or pain. You have to be honest about that or he or she can’t help you.

I'm just here for a checkup.

                             I’m just here for a checkup!

Then the dentist will check your teeth and gums. This doesn’t hurt either.

I don't wanna open wide!

                      I don’t wanna open wide right now!

I got a little scared. The light was shining in my eyes and I was afraid it was going to hurt. I got through it and you know what kids, so far, so good. There’s nothing to be afraid of here.

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. In case you have a cavity, kids, you could bring your ipod and listen to tunes so that you don’t hear the drill. That noise can be scary, but it really doesn’t hurt at all. You’ll get a shot of Novocain and that only pinches for a quick second and then you don’t feel ANYTHING! And it’s really cool when your mouth and lips feel numb. Just make sure you don’t eat until the Novocain wears off. You don’t want to bite your tongue or your cheek by mistake.

You’ll also get your teeth cleaned. All the yucky stuff between your teeth will be removed. Kiara was holding a suction tube in my mouth because I was drooling a lot. That sound was so funny. Just make sure to keep your tongue away from it or it’ll suction it too and that feels weird.

My teeth and gums are healthy so that’s good news.

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Kiara, you’re pretty. Thanks for holding my hand and my head while Dr. T cleans my teeth and checks my gums.

Don’t forget to ask if you can rinse. Sometimes you’re not allowed for an hour depending on what you get done.

Is it time to rinse yet?

                                Kiara, is it time to rinse yet?

And I learned something new today. We dogs are so awesome that  some dentist long ago named teeth after us. They’re called canine teeth and everyone has them. They’re the long sharp pointy ones in front.

Yippee….no cavities this time!!! See what brushing and flossing twice a day will do to keep your teeth healthy!

I thought I might get a lollypop when I was checking out until mom reminded me that dentists don’t give out candy. Instead I got a toothbrush and some dental floss. This little girl was checking out ahead of me and was so excited to get her toothbrush. She got a good checkup too!

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My teeth are squeaky clean and my breath is so minty. I don’t know why dentists get such a bad rap. They keep your teeth healthy and take care of pain when you have a problem. You want to keep your teeth forever so you have to go to the dentist twice a year for checkups.

It’s time for a chew toy now that my teeth are in perfect shape. Until next time……

Love, Pugsley

Thanks to Dr. Seni B. Tienabeso and his assistant Kiara for being such good sports for our photo shoot. For a human appointment, contact Dr. T:

Dr. Seni B. Tienabeso Family and Comestic Dentistry

7516 City Ave

Ste 15

Philadelphia, PA 19151

215-877-3322