The adventures of Brian the pug and his devotees.
17 December 2009
11 December 2009
29 November 2009
20 November 2009
Ben is growing a sweet Mo for Movember. From their site: "Movember is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues, specifically prostate cancer and depression in men." Your donation will help fight men's health issues.
Go here to donate to Ben. His mo-growing abilities are second to none.
12 November 2009
Brian and Betty are famous in the Pug Blog Universe! (You have no idea how hard it was to not combine those three words.) Their luchador costumes are made from a pattern on the Go Pug Yourself blog, and they have been featured on said blog. Yay! You should check it out. Go on.
08 November 2009
03 November 2009
07 October 2009
The Pups had their maiden voyage in the new bike trailer today. It wasn't quite as wonderful as I had pictured in my head. Brian pug screamed the whole time, and dug a small hole in the side of the trailer. Betty just looked really neurotic, but I think it's because she was worried Brian was going to crush her eardrums and her self. If you have never heard a pug scream you can't quite imagine how strange and unsettling it is. It sounds like a tropical bird + a baby + that squeaky noise buses sometimes make when they are stopping minus any noise a dog usually makes. It's not that they didn't like the trailer, they were just really excited to get to the dog park.
The Croozer Mini was extremely easy to pull. I have never pulled a bike trailer before, and the small size of the Croozer Mini was very easy to maneuver. I couldn't really notice it except it was a bit harder to hill start. It's a tight squeeze for two pugs, but not so tight that it's worth moving up to The Croozer for non-mini dogs. (End product review.)
And for the record, I did not choose the name of the trailer, The Croozer Mini is the brand name. Normally I am extremely opposed to products or company names which are intentionally misspelled, but this one has grown on me. However, I'm still open to suggestions.
05 October 2009
Happy to be back in Brissie, except I'm pug-free for the moment. The babies are being held hostage until their babysitters are home from work. (Thank you Maranda and Chris!!) It's torture waiting for them, but at least I'm channeling that energy to cleaning/unpacking/putting together the new bike trailer. Ben has the camera, but as soon as he's back from Europe, I'll post photos of the pups in their brand new ride. This is what it looks like.
07 September 2009
Was "The Princess Bride" a prophecy?!
28 August 2009
In other news, who decided it was a good idea for me to sign up for a 100k bike ride? In six weeks. I've heard it's mostly downhill, so I've got that going for me. Who is up for some long Portland bike rides in a few weeks?? I'm going to get Schwinnie Cooper all oiled up, and she will ride again!
18 July 2009
What a week! First, Brian won second place in the 6 meter dash at the Pugonwealth Games. I made him this spandex bodysuit to give him the competitive edge.
Here he is celebrating his victory with a pupaccino.
After his victory, he felt like he could take on the WORLD. Actually, he felt like he could take on outer space AND the world so he did!
He felt like nothing could stop him, so he became a bull!
All that excitement made him tired, so he found his best friend Betty and had a rest.
20 June 2009
13 May 2009
Please enjoy these photos from our amazing weekend on Straddie. Brian had the time of his life running around on the beach. The humans also had fun surfing, drinking bloody marys, and playing games.
18 April 2009
24 March 2009
20 March 2009
Wordle is a neat website, which analyzes a blog or website, and creates a word cloud based on the text.
19 March 2009
Have you heard about this? A company has come up with a new design for airline seats to make them a bit more comfortable. The idea behind the design is that the seats are staggered, which allows the sitter to lean to the side whilst sleeping, in addition to providing a modicum of privacy from the person sitting next to you. This isn't mentioned in the article, but it looks like there is a bar for the feet to rest on. I hope this is the case, I am always trying to squish my feet up on to the seat for more comfort.
The only drawback to the design is that the seats don't lean back. However, the designer reasons that they don't need to lean back, since most people lean to the side to sleep on planes, and additionally, your space isn't invaded by the person sitting in front of you. The new design is better for the airlines, as it allows for more seats to be crammed on to a plane. (You didn't think that was possible, did you?)
What do you think? I'm excited to try one out.
17 March 2009
For those of you that don't know, I am working on a clothing line for dogs, made from upcycled clothing. The line will also include crocheted items, such as hats and neckwarmers. (Neckwarmers are the new scarves, in case you didn't know.)
BH is a very patient model. Here he is in a shirt design I've been working on.
09 March 2009
Well, I guess the title of this post is self explanatory.
But also! I just realized that my last post was my 100th post! I was planning on doing some kind of celebration of 100 posts, but maybe that will have to wait until 200. Right now I'm drinking beer and crocheting. Every day I get to drink beer and crochet is the best day of my life.
Bye for now!
05 March 2009
I have been working so hard on Brian's wardrobe (and a secret birthday present for someone!) that I haven't had much time to crochet. However, I got smart and realized that I can take crochet to the dog park!
It has been so nice getting back into the hooking. It's like visiting an old friend. I'm currently trying to design a neck warmer. Yes, for a dog, don't you think their necks get cold too? The yarn I'm working with at the moment is mustard yellow (literally mustard yellow, I use it as the mustard for my crocheted hot dogs). I am obsessed with all shades of yellow these days. Apparently when you wear yellow in France, it means you're somebody's mistress.
We're borrowing a camera this weekend, so we can take photos of the pug wedding*, so hopefully soon I'll have some photo updates.
*More on this later.
04 March 2009
When you do a spell check on your name, that is. The suggestions for my first name are: angle, angrier, or aggie. Word wants my last name to be: brickyard, racked, or rocker. Leave me a comment to let me know what Microsoft Word thinks of you.
03 March 2009
Ben & I have been digging a new-to us-beer called Monteith's. It's from New Zealand, and like most things from New Zealand, it's wonderful. We've tried the Pilsner and the Golden Lager, and they are both Delicious. Best of all, it's on sale for only $43AUD a carton (four six packs)! For all you non-Aussies, that's a steal for good beer here.
Brian's pug mother, Jezebel is going to have a litter of puppies in about six weeks! But wait, there's more! We're getting one of the puppies!!!! The breeder has asked us to come to the birth, to help out. How great is that?! Ben is in charge of helping with grossness, and I am in charge of cuddling baby puppies. I'm glad we have come up with an equitable division of tasks.
Brian is looking forward to having a sister, especially so they can keep each other company while we are away during the day. Yipeeeeee!!!!!!!!
Well, I have used up my exclamation point quota for the month so I have to go.
28 February 2009
Hello Faithful Readers,
I am here to update you on the Life of Brian. We took him to the farmer's market yesterday, and he was extremely popular. He got so many pats, and even found another pug. We had met the other pug and her owner previously at a pug gathering, so Brian was extremely excited to reunite with her. Pugs are a bit snobby like that, they appreciate their own kind. They immediately circled each other, in order to tangle their leashes so they could not be separated.
A few people came up to us and said want to get a pug, and asked to pat him. It's interesting to be on the other side of that equation, because that's what I used to do every time I saw a pug. We sung the praises of pugs, and hopefully got closer to our goal of a pug in every household.
Lately I have been busy working on Brian's custom made wardrobe. Finding shirts to fit pugs is difficult, because their chests are large, but they are petite overall. The prototype is nearly perfect, and he looks very cute in his long-sleeved t-shirt. It is stinking hot here lately, so it's too hot to wear it, but he can wear his muscle tank top instead. It has taken ages to work on the prototype, but I am very happy with how it has turned out.
That's all for now!
21 February 2009
Today we hosted a pug meetup! We are members of a pug club that meets about once a month. Usually we meet at the dog park, but this month's meeting was at our place. It was a dream come true to have 16 pugs (plus a french bulldog and a dogue de bordeaux) at our house! Lots of lovely pug parents came too, and brought delicious food. Brian had a great time showing his friends around his yard. We are all tired out now, and are spending the rest of Sunday being lazy. Laziness, I salute you.
I recently came across an unusual kind of cheese. And who better to share this new experience with than you, my loyal reader. Have you ever heard of cheese, covered in ash?! It tastes like regular goat cheese, but with ash. You may ask yourself, what does ash taste like? It doesn't have a strong flavor, but it is sort of gritty.