I know you all like to look at my handsomes. So, here’s a few pictures of me to stare at and wish you were petting and kissing me. Happy Monday!
My inbox has been empty, so I guess no one needs advices right now.
So, I’ll take a breather. Wait, maybe none of you know how to stop and relax (and send a pug an email), so maybe you are ALL asking for advice on how to do so.
First things first – find a comfy lap or chair. If the chair you happen to be sitting in can recline, request that your human do that for you. After all – you’ve had a long hard day of napping, checking out strange noises and wandering around the house. you deserve to kick back! If you aren’t allowed on the furniture (please don’t invite me over), a good pillow, rug or dog bed will do just fine – just make sure it is properly fluffed beforehand. Once you are all settled in, ask for a treat or a bone. It’s nice to relax after a long hard day with something to gnaw on! Then you’ll be all set. Sometimes gnawing on your treat can take it out of you and you have to migrate to another spot for a quick snooze. That’s perfectly okay.
So, go get comfy, put on your thinking caps, and ask away…what do you need advice on? Comment below or shoot me a message at email@example.com!
On the 5th of September, we woke up extra early, gave Moby a kiss (Boney was already at Grandma and Papas), assured him he would have an awesome time with Greg and started driving north. Our destination? Crystal Springs Farm in Keedysville, MD. It was an 11 hour drive – leaving at 5:30 in the morning, we could have easily done it – but we decided to only go “part way” to Fredericksburg, VA the first day. This allowed me plenty of time to make several rope bones in the car. I ran out of fleece with about 2 hours left!
At 9 hours, we wouldn’t have too far to go the next day. Joe went to school in Fredericksburg at Mary Washington College WAY back in the day They were having First Friday so a lot of shops and galleries were open later that evening. We enjoyed a nice walk around downtown, stopped at some nice stores (my favorite was Dog Krazy!) and got a good nights rest. As luck would have it, there was a gun show in Fredericksburg that weekend (Joe claims he didn’t know this when we stopped) but it allowed me some time in the fitness center before we started to our final destination.
We live in a beautiful area with ocean views, marsh views and beaches. But there’s nothing like the rolling hills of Virginia – especially when you see the open pastures full of horses or cows or my favorite…grapes! We stopped at a cidery on the way to the farm. It was good, but not my favorite. We stopped in small town just 15 minutes from our final destination. Boonsboro, MD was having their Boonesborough Days Festival and Joe’s friend Nick from Duvall Leatherwork had a booth set up. It was good to stop in and see him (I met him for the first time!) He has some awesome leather goods – from belts to dog collars and leashes to growler caddies!
We finally arrived at the farm – just in time to help set up for that evenings entertainment – a fire dancer, a hula hooper and a burlesque dancer were all coming out to the farm from the city! A large group of people showed up and we had a great time. Since that would take up our evening, we had to be sure to feed the animals beforehand (that would become my chore for the week!).
We had to feed Teddy and Sadie (the dogs), Buddy, Holly and Charlie (the sheep), Boarge (the boar), Violet and Chessie (the sows) and Chessie’s piglets. There are also chicken, but they tend to eat everyone else’s food, so I didn’t have to worry about them.
We had a long weekend (into the week) full of visits to a meadery, a cidery, several wineries (Hiddencroft, Doukenie, Breaux, & Hillsborough) and a distillery. Added to this fun was incredible home canned veggies (Carrie is awesome!), cheese, crackers and catching up with friends!
We had some exciting times at the farm (Boarge managed to escape his pen twice – luckily he, like most men, will answer to food), visited Antietam Battlefield, strolled downtown Frederick and Hagerstown, ate some super yummy food, drank some super yummy wine, and relaxed and enjoyed time with friends! We even made time for a morning trip to meet Melvin and Jake (and Tracey)!
We had a great week, but were happy to arrive back home to our own “farm animals.”
Thanks, Emily & Troy for hosting us for the week – we can’t wait to come back and work on some projects with you!
Readers – if you are even remotely in the area of Keedysville, MD, we suggest friending Crystal Springs Farm on facebook – watch for open houses, entertainment and fresh pork! It’s worth a stop in to see the historic farmhouse that also served as a field hospital for the Battle of Antietam!
Mom and dad are back after being gone for a WEEK!! I was so happy to see them! Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time with Greg, but it’s just not the same as having Mom AND Dad home with me! Mom smelled like lots of animals when she got home – it was very confusing for me. But the first thing we did was go for a walk! Then I helped mom unpack and I got a Kong while the rest of the family relaxed. Mom said she’ll tell you all about her trip later this week. I’m just glad to have her home to steal the covers from at night!
Mom and dad went on vacation. I’m staying with Grandma, Papa and Allie. Moby is apparently having a week long frat party at the house with his bro, Greg. (BTW, I totally should have gotten an invite to that – pugs know how to party hard!) Anyhow – we’re taking a break from the blog for a week. But stay in touch with us on our Facebook page and we’ll be back before you know it!
You all know the song, right?
Well, I’m too sexy for my collar. Moby has lots of collars. Me? One.
Mom bought me the “crabby” collar because she says it fits my personality. But I hardly ever wear it. It’s a pretty awesome collar and I wish I had the variety that Moby did, but I don’t. There are a couple if reasons for that.
1) I have a very sensitive throat. The slightest move and I start coughing.
2) I’m not an escape artist. Mom can outrun me if needed, but trust me, I’m not going anywhere.
So, I wear a harness when we go for walks. Mom is hoping to collaborate with a certain person soon to come up with a good harness option for me that is also stylish.
Oh – I may be too sexy for my collar, but I am most definitely NOT too sexy for my sweatshirts! I can’t wait for the fall weather so Moby and I can strut our stuff together!
Do you have a favorite collar, sweatshirt or harness?
Sorry for the delay in my post! I spent all weekend doing fun stuff and took the holiday to continue to do that (and nap).
Friday started out great! My bro, Greg, came over for some one-on-one time and for mom to finish giving him “instructions” for next week when he stays with me. Whatever mom, when you head out we are going to PARTAY!! We’ll try not to trash the place before you get back
Friday night we got to spend a lot of time in the yard – mom and dad extended one side of our fence because I was talking to the neighbor too much. I thought it was a good thing to be friendly!
Saturday mom took me for a super long walk. Then we played in the yard some. Mom had some friends over and I got to play with them. (I think they really came over to play with me).
Saturday night dad watched football while mom made me some rope bones. I get a new one almost every day now!!
Sunday mom made me run 1.5 miles! She said the weather is finally cooling down enough where we can start training me again. Don’t worry, I made her stop for treats a couple times. After all, I need my nourishment. I got to relax on the couch for a bit with Boney and dad. I let Boney kiss me
Then my bro Greg came over again! This time he brought his girlfriend Erin. She’s pretty cool. I asked mom if she would make a rope bone for Petunia, Erin’s girl. Mom has showed me her picture and she is hot! I’d love for her to be my girlfriend!
Sunday afternoon I spent a lot of time napping in moms lap.
Today mom made me run again – this time only 1 mile. I only had to stop to pee twice!! Then we played outside, made some rope bones and just relaxed.
I’d say it was a pretty good 3-day weekend! Did you do anything fun?
Moby goes through rope bones like they are going out of style! And at $20+ each, that can get pricey ($$ better spent on more collars, right?!?) So, I did a little online research, bought some fleece (I bought blizzard fleece at JoAnn that was 40% off – bought 1/2 yard of 3 different colors and my total was less than $10!!)
I started out making a simple braid. That was super easy and Moby loved it! But…he destroyed it in less than 10 minutes. And by destroyed, I mean we had little bits of fleece all over our floor (but as Joe said, at least the gray matched the rug).
So, I did a little more research on the internet and came up with what I did below. I found two videos that demonstrated this method, but they were confusing so I had to watch them several times and then had to have Joe watch it and explain it to me. So…I thought I’d put it in pictures with captions that would make it a little easier to understand. With the fabric purchased, I was able to make the one regular braided rope, 1 small box braided rope, 1 medium box braided rope and 2 large box braided ropes. So….all that for under $10!
The “test” rope ended up being Moby’s outside tug. It’s still in one piece. We don’t allow outside toys to come back inside, for obvious reasons. His inside rope, which was a bit thicker and much longer suffered some but it still in “one” piece. For him, I say that’s a win!