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Flea Problems?

Here’s another question that I don’t know the answer to, so I’m referring to the forums:

Recently, David wrote in about problems he’s having with controlling fleas.  He doesn’t want to use really strong chemicals, because it might harm his Pugs.  Do you have any advice for him?

I’m not sure what to say.  Of course, flea collars aren’t good, but there have to be some really good flea products out there that don’t cause health problems AND are long lasting.  My best suggestion is to ask a vet.  They probably know the answer!

Please help David out if you know anything by responding in the forums.

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Keep Pug? Or give back to someone who can take care of it?

Here’s a quick post.  Leeann writes in the forums:

“My 18 year old daughter, high school senior brought home a pug! She’s
been wishing and dreaming for years and she finally just did it. All
the mom/daughter stuff aside, is there any way I can let her keep this
delightful puppy even though I work and she goes to school? Are there
others who manage this? I would really appreciate some good direction
here since I feel certain my heart won’t let him go, but I do not wish
to be unkind either.”

What do you think?  Respond in the forums

Happy Puggi Gras (or is it Happy Mardi Pug?)

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Mardi Gras Gizmo and Gadget #1

Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

For those of you not from New Orleans, today is Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday. It’s the last day before Lent starts, and it’s usually a big party. For more about the holiday, follow the link to the Wikipedia article about it.

Anyway, Gizmo and Gadget got in on the partying, and you can see them here, displaying their collected beads. (Nobody was giving out dog treats!) Lexy is actually right next to them, but we couldn’t get all three pugs in the picture. There is a really good picture of lexy here.

Oh, and I’ll have another post about this soon, but we now have a new sponsor — FunnyFur.com. They’ve got lots of products that work well with pugs, along with a good sizing chart. You can see their ad on the right hand side of the page. They’re very Pug friendly, they even have their own Pug Blog (Adore Le Pug!!!

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Missing Dog Found (and returned)

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Billy was missing!

Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

Last night we went to get a quick bite to eat. About 10 minutes after we got back home, Tricia noticed a FOURTH dog in the house. Now, we’ve got a gated yard, so how a dog got into the yard, let alone inside the HOUSE we have no idea.

So, we talked to some neighbors, and nobody knew this dog. We walked around with him, and nobody was outside looking for their dog. The numbers on the tag didn’t work, and the address was very far away from our house. — we were really puzzled at how this dog made it into our house. Eventually, the rabies tag data service called us back and gave us a phone number that *did* work.

Here’s the weird part. In grade school, Tricia lined up alphabetically with her classmates. The owner of the dog was the person whose name was right next to hers. This person has a new last name now, so it wasn’t recognizable, and, well, we didn’t know she lived around the corner anyway, so it wouldn’t have helped. It’s just strange that of all places this missing dog found to be, he made it into our house.

Now, here are some interesting things about how the pugs handled it. Gizmo, the dominant one, didn’t bat an eye. He just sat there and watched Gadget go run and play/fight. Gadget and Billy (the other dog) didn’t really “fight” as much as jockey for position. They both repeatedly tried mounting each other, and they did the thing where they are both on their hind legs, with there front paws up in the air, each one flush against the other one. It’s almost like what you picture when you think of two male rams fighting over territory.

It’s weird to me that it wasn’t GIZMO out there fighting.

Anyway, the whole situation got Gadget so riled up that he kept on begging to go out front, which is where he was interacting with this dog. I’d open the door for him, he’d run out front, look around, then come back in. And this isn’t “normal” gadget, i’m talking about — he was extremely excited / demanding / agitated. Even this morning, when we got up, he was doing the same thing. Eventually this morning he got over it, and realized that this other dog wasn’t around anymore, but it was odd nonetheless.

New (old) furniture refinished

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Originally uploaded by jmatthew3.

We’re starting to get close to being “fully moved in” to the new place. Pretty much all the stuff has been moved to the new house, and we’ve been in a somewhat extended organization period.

Most recently, we had some furniture refinished. My grandparents purchased some danish modern furniture in the 60’s, and although some of it had gotten pretty banged up, it’s actually pretty nice. So, now that we’ve actually got room for furniture, we decided to get it redone.

We just got the set back, and we’re really happy with the results. Gizmo decided he wanted to be in the picture, too.

Also, Mardi Gras is beginning, and my parents usually stay in a hotel downtown for the holiday. Therefore, Lexy (their pug) is staying with us for a few days. We’ve got THREE pugs in the bed, now!

What’s the best pug food to get?

This is Charlie.  He is soon to own Meldav38 (Um, i mean Meldav38 is a new pug owner from Australia).  Anyway, Charlie’s parent asks about pug food in the urban pug forums and wants to know about what the best kind of food to feed your pug is.

What do you think? What do you feed your dog?  Help a new pug owner out and let us know by replying to his post in the forums.  Click here to see the post.