"The pug is living proof that God has a sense of humor"- Margot Kaufman

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


In case any of you were REALLY worried about Miss Nattypants...don't be. 

As you can see, she gets PLENTY of treats. 

i gets plenT ob wutz?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Klausie, Klausie, KLAUSIE

all anywun ebber cares abowt iz klausie
i iz sikk to!
mai plaet iz empT
git awae frum mai plaet dumdum!
u no can likks it, u iz sikk
wiw sombuddy pwease hewp me? wot abowt natalie?

Friday, December 16, 2011


Klaus sees you!

We haven't had much time for blogging, but I just wanted to reiterate my thanks to everyone for the support and for the donations. We have a long way to go, but the most important thing is that my little buddy seems to be doing ok. Hip hip hooray!
Klausie would like you to know that his glowing eyes, wrinkle chin and tongue face have absolutely nothing at all to do with his illness. This is the way he looks ALL the time, thankyouverymuch!

Oh, my smoochable, huggable, WEIRD little boy. I love you so much.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Klausie Update

Phew. What a week.

If you weren't following my freakouts on Facebook, Klaus put me through quite the ordeal this week. Following our "bump" scare and subsequent ER visit, little buddy developed some kind of major GI upset. I'm not sure if it was related to the Metacam that he was given for pain, which can be tough on the stomach, or if this was possibly the issue to begin with (although he didn't test to show signs for pancreatitis, his symptoms sure fit the bill). Regardless, the whole thing made for almost an entire week of sleepless nights for both mama and puggy, and piled on the stress. There is absolutely nothing worse than watching your sweet little buddy suffer and hearing him whimper, and having no idea what's wrong! Even the doctors couldn't offer much explanation, and I didn't know how to help him. I even left him at the vet's office for one day while I had to work, because I was so worried about leaving him alone. (Yeah, this week was INSANE at work. Pile it on, universe.)

Fast forward to this weekend, and he is doing MUCH better. Maybe not 100% yet, but he's starting to do the little things that make him Klaus--sassing at me, barking for his breakfast, demanding affection, picking on his sister. He is such a little BEAST, but I wouldn't trade him for anything. I am so, SO glad to see him feeling better. And I am so thankful for all of the support that I received from all my friends here. I can't even begin to tell you all how much it means to be able to share experiences like this with people who KNOW. You listen, you respond without judgment, you help to share the load.

It is, in a word, awesome.

So now that the immediate crisis is over, I'm left to pick up the financial pieces. It was suggested by many of you that I consider starting a chipin, and I've gone back and forth with the idea because I don't want to seem like a moneygrubber. It's not the most important thing, and the emotional support that I've received here now (and before) is worth its weight in gold. Finally, I decided that it can't hurt to create one (the amount is exactly half of what his total expenses are) but I don't want anyone to feel pressure to contribute. Any help will be appreciated beyond measure, but it's not in any way expected. I'll leave it at that.

As proof of his return to health, I'll leave you all with a video of The Bean himself. This is what Klausie thinks of the antibiotic ointment that I'm supposed to put on his bump twice a day. (Yeah, right. Good luck with that.)

Oh, and please ignore the giant piles of laundry everywhere. Did I mention that it was a rough week?

;) xoxo

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


One pug. Two vet visits. Twenty-four hours.

I took Klaus to the vet yesterday afternoon to have a bump on his leg looked at. They couldn't get a great sample, but the vet didn't see any obviously bad cells, so he sent us home with some cream. I felt relief. Klaus was himself.

Nine hours later, I came home from the Blackhawks game and Klausie was acting weird. Uncomfortable, and unable to settle down or sleep. I chalked it up to an upset tummy from too many treats at the vet, but after a sleepless night, at around 6 am I couldn't take it anymore. He was clearly in pain, so off to the ER vet we went.

$625 later (on top of the $200 from the regular vet) I have no answers. It could be a vertebrae which looks just slightly narrowed. It could be internal. All I have is some Metacam and instructions to restrict his activity. His blood panel was normal. He doesn't want to walk outside, but he did eat his boiled chicken. He's hunched. He's hurting.

I never thought I would say this, but I'm starting to understand how someone could love their pet enough to give them up. I don't think I ever could, because it would kill me, but I'm so at the end of my rope. I'm scared. I'm tapped. I'm living on my own for the first time and these medical scares just keep knocking me down each time I'm close to ok. I'm afraid I won't be able to care for my babies, even though I'd feed them before myself every time. What if this is something I can't handle?

I know this is a safe place to vent because the only people who read this blog love their pets as much as I love mine. I so want to be able to do this on my own, but it's terrifying sometimes. I just want him to be ok.

Send some good thoughts and love into the universe for us tonight, will you? I'm cuddling my babies and saying a prayer. Maybe tomorrow everything will be fine, but tonight it's just...hard.

Friday, November 18, 2011

A Pug, in Five Photos (part deux)

She does it on purpose, I swear.
 I mean, who cuddles with a bone?
 A hard, cold, plastic nylabone.
 Every move this pug makes is calculated.
(Looking cute = foodables)
She's no dummy.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Neighborhood Watch

Where there's a gurl...there's a perch.
She keeps watch over the neighborhood...
while Klaus keeps an eye on the door.
Pug police have got it locked down.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shutterfly 2011 Promotion

So we're a little behind on this, but better late than never, right? (We are notorious for sending our holiday cards behind schedule anyway!) We got the idea to participate from Minnie & Mack - pretty cool, right? We love making our own holiday cards, and Shutterfly has some really cool designs to choose from! What better way to spread the holiday cheer than with a photo greeting card from two of the world's CUTEST pugs! But wait, why stop there? Shutterfly also has an awesome selection of personalized photo gifts to choose from, too...OR, our friends and family could start the new year with their own Klaus and Natty photo calendar! Ohhhh, what to CHOOSE???

Well, if like me, you don't already have your holiday cards ready to go...pop on over to Shutterfly and put those PUG MUGS on something cute! 'Tis (almost) the season!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mug Shot

This photo makes me want to laugh and cry at the same time. 
Natty's intake photo from the shelter. My poor little muffin. She looks sad, but I can also see that sassy little gurl shining under the surface, just waiting to be spoiled. I want to smooch this poor stray puggy right on her pouty little lips. 

I wonder what she was like when they brought her in. Was she lovey, squirmy and waggy, the way she is now—giving tiny pug kisses? Was she scared? Did she give them the vocal Natty attitude (Nattitude™)?

Now you tell me—what kind of luck would YOU have trying to resist that face?

Thank you, NIPRA, for saving my little girl. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Celebrating Five Years of Klausie

Where would I be without you, little man?
You've been my best little buddy since the day I brought you home.
My little black velvet shadow. You never leave my side. (Or my lap.)
You've made me laugh every single day; taught me to embrace my silly side.
And my nurturing one.
You've grown into such a big and beautiful boy!
(If perhaps a little quirky.)
And you're such a good big brother, too!
I'm so happy to have you, little guy.
Here's to many more wonderful years together.
Happy birthday, sweet Klausie.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Puggy PSA

Miss Natty would like to remind everypuggy that it is VERY important to take care of your teefs. 

If you don't, you might end up giving stinky kisses like SOMEBODY around the pod. We're not naming any names.

*Natty's mommy decided she better post this disclaimer: The floss was taken away after I snapped the photos, and I rubbed some dental goo on her (and stinky Klausie's) chompers instead. Don't let your puggies eat dental floss! ;)