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High chairs are really just elevated dog bowls…

At least Gizmo thinks that high chairs are really just his dog bowl, raised up off the ground.  It used to be (with Martine) that the pugs would circle around the high chair around feeding time, but with Marigny, Gizmo has taken to jumping from chair to chair in order to get up where the food is (instead of waiting for it to fall).  In this picture, he’s getting interested about what’s up there (on a number of other occasions, we have found him sitting up on top).


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I took this picture today, and OMG IT IS SO CUTE.  This is Gizmo and Martine sharing her Baby Papasan chair, and it’s just about the cutest picture I’ve taken in a while.

In other news, I’m starting a 6 week law school summer job in Baton Rouge next week, and we’re moving up there tomorrow.  It’s hard to believe the summer is half over already!  It seems like we just got back from Hilton Head!

Gizmo is ready and waiting!


Our due date is rapidly approaching.  Everything is ready, and Gizmo and Gadget are preparing themselves for a little sister.

Here is Gizmo sitting in the nursery.  He thinks that the Glider is his and likes to rock back and forth in it.  He’s in for a rude awakening when he won’t be allowed to sit in the chair (and on Tricia’s lap) when she is taking care of the baby.

We are worried about how G&G will adjust to not getting as much attention as they’re used to.  Especially Gizmo because he craves a lot of attention.  Does anyone have any tips on bringing a human baby into the house when you already have pug children?

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Gadget’s Butt Problems

Happy New Year! Gizmo is playing the role of “Baby New Year” in the swing! He really likes it in there. Unfortunately, he’s going to get booted from the baby things soon for our HUMAN baby.

Last year was filled with excitement, up until the end. I migrated the blog from using Flickr to self-hosting images in the Urban Pug Picture Gallery (which anyone can upload pictures to). Then, I created Urban Pug TV, which shows all the cutest / funniest Pug videos from YouTube. Also, of course, Tricia became pregnant along the way! However, relating back to Pugs, we had some excitement just yesterday!

Yesterday, we had to take Gadget to the vet for a rather embarrassing problem. The day before yesterday, the tissue around his butt became inflamed — and started oozing a thick fluid mixed with some blood! I suspected it might be a problem with his anal glands, so I called Tricia’s parents (who know more about pug physiology than I do) and they confirmed that 1) it was probably a problem w/ his anal glands and 2) he probably needed to see the vet.

So, we got him into the vet yesterday, and they basically confirmed the diagnosis. To treat him, they gave him a quick sedative, flushed out his glands, and then gave him another shot to wake him up. He was out for about 10 minutes. They also gave us some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication to give him to prevent infection and reduce the swelling. He’s feeling better now, and he’ll hopefully be 100% back to normal by tomorrow.

“Why did this happen?” we asked the vet. Neither Gizmo nor Gadget have ever had their anal glands expressed, and neither has ever had a problem like this before. We were told that some dogs do not excrete all the fluid they produce in their anal glands and that over time the fluid can “back up” and cause problems. Second, sometimes the gland can get “blocked” and get backed up. This is what probably happened to Gadget. We probably don’t need to regularly express his glands, and this is probably (hopefully) a one-time occurrence.

Anyway, hopefully he’ll be 100% back to normal soon (he was already feeling well enough to beg *really well* for some New Year’s Day Bacon)

Happy New Year!

Is this a New Dog Bed?


Here is Gizmo & Gadget sitting in a piece of new furniture my mom bought us. They really like it in there! It is high up, just how they prefer. Somebody needs to tell them that it is not a dog bed though. It’s a bassinet and it is not for them. The bassinet is for their little sister who is coming soon! We are expecting our first child–a baby girl–in about 10 weeks! Tricia is now in her third trimester and everything is progressing well. We are so excited, not only for our daughter, but for the pugs and how they will react to her. We just know they are going to love her just as much as they love us. The coming year will be the cutest one yet on urbanpug since babies + pugs = pure cuteness!!!