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Mardi Gras Gadget

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Mardi Gras Gadget

Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

It’s Mardi Gras today, and even pugs here are celebrating.

This is gadget decked out in his obligatory beads. He got them outside our house, as some of the bands and floats go right past our house, and someone threw the boys some fake pearls.

They didn’t even have to go topless or kiss anyone.

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Bathtime for Pugs

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Drying Gizmo

Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

Well, this long weekend is Mardi Gras here in New Orleans, and I had a long thursday-saturday. I went to the ball for the Krewe of Hermes on thursday, then did all the parade related events on friday, including ride friday night. Saturday is kind of a “shot” day if you’re not doing parades, because there’s so much traffic.

Tricia and I met with a priest saturday morning (for the upcoming wedding), but the rest of the day was basically left to me doing some household chores, playing too much world of warcraft, and washing the pugs.

And boy, did they need a bath (they STUNK!)

This picture is of Gizmo getting dried off after his bath. I have a few videos i’ll post tomorrowish showing gizmo going crazy after his bath.

Well, more like shower, cause that’s all we have (i get in the shower WITH them)

Room for Two

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Room for Two

Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

Gizmo can’t get enough of sitting in chairs with people. If he can’t sit next to you in the chair, he’ll sit in the next chair.

Most of the time, now, we have to put a chair next to us for gizmo to hop into, otherwise he’ll whine and paw at you until you do either put him in your lap or put him in the chair next to you.

It’s totally weird, he’s gone from loving to be on the back of the sofa to loving being perched on chairs.

The key thing for Gizmo is being up high, I think. I think it has something to do with wanting to be closer to people or wanting to do what people do (sit in chairs). Either way, I see a Pinnochio story (The Pug who wanted to be a boy).

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Rufus Wins! Dermot Demands a Recount!

Ok, so I know there’s just one judge, but hey, Dermot really had a chance until he shyed away from the judge at the last minute. Apparently, it’s because of a bad experience a few months ago where a judge’s fingernail nicked the inside of his mouth. Ever since then, he gets scared on the judging table.

Other than that, Dermot is the man.

Either way, Rufus the Colored Bull Terrier is a very nice looking dog, and he deserved to win Best in Show just as much as any of the other dogs.

At least Dermot got to represent.

There’s always Westminster next year.

Go Dermot!

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Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

So Dermot won last night as the best in the Toy Group, and we all got really excited for all Pugdom.

Anyway, don’t forget to watch tonight starting at 8 Eastern to see what happens with the rest of the show. (They’ll do best in show at the very end)

If you need to, TIVO IT.

Westminster !!!

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Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

For those of you who don’t know, tonight and tomorrow are the “big daddy” of dog shows, Westminster. You can get updates here

It’s in NYC, and it’s airing on the USA Network from 8-11 eastern tonight and tomorrow night. They’ve already judged the pugs, and the Best in Breed is “Ch Kendoric’s Riversong Mulroney,” the same Pug who won best in breed for Pugs at the Purina show at Thanksgiving and Best in Breed last year at Westminster. He goes by the name Dermot. He has quite a history.

The “Ch” stands for “Champion,” and the breeder usually has part of the dog’s “formal name” too.

Gizmo and Gadget are:

Ch Wind Valley’s Gizmoto Dragon and
Ch Wind Valley’s Gaudium Dragon

The name is supposed to reflect who bred the dog, but sometimes people put in more than that. For example, G&G have “dragon” in their name because they’re shown/owned by Tricia’s parents, and their kennel name is “Silk Dragon” (I’m only part owner of Gizmo)

So, Gadget’s kids are all “Silk Dragon’s XYZ”

All of this is supposed to have NO relation to what you actually CALL the dog, because the judge isn’t supposed to know anything about who the dog is actually owned/bred by. Really, even the handler isn’t supposed to matter, but there’s a lot of politics involved, so one dog can actually be judged higher than another one JUST BECAUSE he is handled by a famous handler.

That’s kinda crap, but it’s how it works.

Anyway, they’re retired show dogs now, but they do have little “diplomas” we have on the walls for them.

Watch USA tonight and cheer for the pugs! (BOO Pomeranian! BOO Poodle!)

Gizmo rules.

Spoiled Pugs!

So, here’s another video I took of the boys playing. I’ve been trying to get more really good videos, but it’s hard to have the camera ready, and when they REALIZE you’re filming them, they start watching you instead of playing.

Anyway, since they had so much attention when we were in Baton Rouge, they’re now finally starting to show their spoiled nature. On certain days of the week when Tricia has to be away all day for school, and I’m away working late, they get REALLY upset, and they’ve started peeing on our couch, in one specific spot, sometimes more than one. We almost always keep blankets on the couch to protect it from pugness, but the level to which we’ve had to wash these blankets is getting ridiculous.

Now, previous to this, they would only “mark” inside the house, or if they HAD to go, they’d go on the pads we put out for them. They still do this when they need to. However, some of this couch-peeing will happen when Tricia’s home ALL DAY with them, leaves for an evening class, and I get home 15 minutes later. So they pretty much had no time alone, but they’re mad that she left them alone, so they get back at her by going on the couch.

What to do? If this keeps up, we’re going to have to go back to keeping them in the hallway while we’re gone.