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Nico and Lola

A while back, I was sent a copy and asked to review a book titled: Nico and Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog. Simply, it’s a picture book about a boy taking care of a Pug. However, it’s a lot more than just that. The aim of the book is to teach kindness to young children, and it is FILLED with lots of pictures of kids and a Pug named Lola.

Right now my reviewer’s perspective is that of a pug owning parent of an 18 month old. Kids that young aren’t exactly ready to fully understand the message of the book, BUT Martine absolutely LOVES all the pictures. You see, she’s used to seeing pugs in person, but all of her books have other kinds of dogs. So, when she gets to see a PUG in a BOOK, she gets really happy and points out the pug in each picture.

If you’re looking to get a book for a young child, I would recommend Nico and Lola. More information is available at the Nico and Lola Website.

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New Bed!


For 6 years, we have used. 6 years ago, Gizmo and Gadget claimed two old chairs we had as their own. Because the chairs got used by the pugs so much, they got impossible to keep clean, so we basically had to use them only as dog chairs. However, we finally decided to get a bed that’s designated as a DOG BED.

The pugs like it just fine, and they’re sleeping on it as I write this.

Update: Link to the bed we got on Amazon: Coolaroo Steel Pet Bed with Knitted Fabric

Cute Overload Calendar!!!


Well, we just got our copy of the Cute Overload 2010 Page-a-Day Calendar, and Gadget is the picture for Monday, April 5, 2010.

Gadget, you’re FAMOUS!

Useful Pug Products

So fresh and clean!!!


For the first time ever, I took my pugs to a professional groomer. I dropped the pugs off after dropping Martine off at daycare, and I picked them both up in the afternoon. I was a bit hesitant to take them to the groomer because I have always just done all the grooming myself. But, I finally decided that it was about time for me to delegate that task to a professional, just so we can get them having baths on a regular schedule, and hopefully help with the shedding problem.

All I have to say is that if you think you are doing a good job giving your pug a bath, a professional can probably do a better job. Plus, the groomer did the best deshed job I have ever seen. I don’t think I could have gotten this much undercoat off the pugs if I had used a furminator for an hour on each one. It turns out that the professionals have lots of tools that we don’t, and they’re good at getting all that pug undercoat out. So much so that now, I can actually pet my pugs without having a handful of fur!!!

Even More Pug Walker

Here’s another video of Martine walking the pugs. This time, at the end of the video, I ask her which Pug she’s walking, and she responds “Momo” (which is what we call Gizmo)

Pug Walker

This weekend, I was going to take the pugs on a walk, like I usually do. However, one thing was different this time. You see, Martine knows where the leashes are, but this weekend, she figured out what they were for. She realized that I was putting them on the pugs and taking them outside — so, I took her with me. This is the result:

Also, Martine is beginning to talk, and she is using more words all the time now. But, I’d like to point out right now, that she has the following words in her vocabulary.

  • Dog
  • Woof (is what dogs say)
  • Momo (is what we call Gizmo)
  • Baba (bottle)
  • Dada (she uses this to refer to me, Tricia, and herself when asked “who is that in the picture”, although she does say Mama sometimes, and can definitely distinguish between Mama and Dada on the hearing side, just not the speaking side)
  • No (her favorite word, next to “dog”)
  • Shoes (she LOVES shoes and is fixated on having them on/taking them off/having them back on again)

I’m leaving out a few, but those are the words she uses most of the time. Note that almost half of them are pug-related!!! She loves her pugs!