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I started this blog to talk about my girls, two pugs, Wrinkles & Sputters, our kids!  We got them as puppies and they were with us for over 11 years.  Sadly we lost both of our girls early in 2013.  Wrinkles passed away in my arms shortly after 1am on January 1, 2013, she had just turned 11 years old in October.  We were devastated and miss her terribly, she was our first pug, the one that started it all.  Sputters passed away on April 25, 2013, she was 11 1/2 years old.  She had been diagnosed with Lyphoma in 2008, she beat the cancer, however, the chemo took a toll on her heart and kidneys.  It was her kidneys that failed her in the end.  We were so grateful to have her 4 1/2 years after she was diagnosed.  We miss both of our girls terribly, as I mentioned they were our kids, they started our wonderful love of the Pug breed.

After starting my blog we adopted four little boy pugs, Mugzee, adopted in October 2009, Taz in May 2010, Dex October 2010 and Lucky the latest addition to our family, adopted November 2010.  So if you catch me talking about the girls and boys, or my kids, you’ll know who I mean.

I’m a stay at home Mommy to Mugzee, Taz, Dex, Lucky & Angel.  I became a Foster Mommy in May 2010 for Southern Nevada Pug Rescue.   And I love it!  

On a daily basis I may have my 4 boys, Angel and maybe a foster or a couple of house guest when their parents are on vacation.  My nephew Caiden also comes over when he is on a school break, he loves to help with the pugs.  He says he is going to be a rescuer when he grows up.

I thought this would be a great place for you to hear about our adventures with pugs.  To spread the word about rescue and just have some fun.  Oh and we love to cook, so I will be posting recipes also.

Anyway… I have so much I want to share with you about the things in my life that I love… Pugs, Kids, Fishy’s, Eating, Drinking, Decorating, Travel and just plain living life to the fullest!

I hope while your here you can find something to wag your tail about!


Southern Nevada Pug Rescue has rescued over 400 Pugs! Their goal is to never turn away a Pug.  So far they have succeeded due to the donations they have receive.   
To adopt or donate visit their website
Southern Nevada Pug Rescue
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Save The Date!
SNPR’s 10th Annual Pug-O-Rama! 
Saturday October 24th, 2015     11:00am - 3:30pm
Silver Springs Recreation Center, Henderson NV

Southern Nevada Pug Rescue is celebrating their 10th Annual Pug-O-Rama!  We have been attending POR since 2009.  That’s the year we met our Mugzee and adopted our first pug from SNPR.  Since then we have attended every year and always have so much fun.

Hope to see you there, this year we will be bringing our current foster Lady Pug, she is such a cute little girl with a big personality.  She is sweet, energetic and spunky at just the right times.  She gets along with everybody and loves to give kisses and sit on laps when she is invited. 



Pug Shedding

This is a great informational article I found on pugs and shedding on Pet Pug Dog website. 


The breed is notorious for shedding quite heavily, however there are several steps an owner can take to keep shedding under control. 
There is a reason why this breed sheds as he does. For all canines, the hairs on the coat go through a 3 step process: Growth, rest and fall out.
For the Pug, this 3 step cycle moves more rapidly than with many other dogs. In addition, single coat breeds have less fur and with a double coated Pug, there is twice the amount of fur than his single layered counterparts.
Some black Pugs can be found with just a single layer of fur, however the rapid hair follicle cycle still exists and leads to a heavy shed.  
The level of shedding for this breed is moderate to severe (at times). However proper grooming techniques can help keep things manageable.
Baths & Shedding 
It is true that a Pug will often shed more during and after a bath. This is a good thing, since it means you can be prepared for it. It is easier to control the shedding when you know when it will be at its worst.
The reason a Pug sheds a lot during and after a bath is because the cleansing agents in the shampoo break up natural body oil that was holding some of the dead hairs in the tightly packed coat. 
It is suggested to brush through the coat before a bath (to gather hairs, but also to loosen any that were almost ready to shed)…. And then brush right after the bath, to pull out all remaining loose hairs. Baths should be given every 3 weeks, unless the Pug’s coat become dirty from any outside activities.
Pug with thick coat shedding
Even if your Pug does not seem dirty, if you allow more than 4 weeks to pass without bathing, the issue of the hairs becoming trapped will increase. Each day there will be more of an excessive buildup of natural body oils that will cause dead hairs stuck in the coat to clump together. This can cause an issue of blocked air circulation and a more difficult time in trying to remove them.
  (It can also cause a Pug to become smelly, with an odd musty odor). Dry shedding hairs, not ‘glued down’ due to too much body oil are much easier to remove than those that are damp and slick with oil.
How Long to Brush 
Some owners ask if they must brush until there are no more hairs on the brush. Quite honestly, if one tried to do this with a Pug, a person could be grooming for hours on end. The goal will be to perform a good solid brushing one time per day, spending perhaps 15 to 20 minutes going over the entire coat. Remember to go over all areas, including the neck, chest and legs.
The Best Tools and Brushes to Use
de-shedding tool for Pug dog
De-shedding tool - It is designed to grab dead and loose hairs from deep down inside the coat. One issue with shedding hairs is that not all fall to the floor. Some become trapped under the coat and lie against the skin. If they are not removed, it blocks air flow and can create problems, most often skin issues and odor. Therefore, every week or so, one should go over the entire coat with this tool. If the weather is nice, it can be helpful to set up a mat, towel or blanket in an outdoor area to do this needed grooming. 
bristle brush for shedding pug dog
Brush -  The best brush to use on a Pug dog for general brushing is a medium bristle brush.  Your de-shedding tool (above) will handle the bulk pulling out dead hairs. The bristle brush will stimulate the skin which helps keep the coat healthy and shiny.  Pugs also soak up the love as this type of brush offers a welcome massage. Look for quality ones made of horse hair with dense bristles that help distributes body oils and smooths the Pug’s coat down.
mitt for brushing Pug dog
Brushing Mitt - To use in conjunction with the brush or simply to use alone, you may find that a mitt works for you better than a brush. Designed to fit over your hand, it allows you to easily cover the entire body of your Pug, which is such an important step in combating the shedding issue. 
This is also a good shedding type tool if you have children helping out with grooming your Pug; it’s super easy to use.
Some owners tend to just focus on the back, assuming that this is where most of the dead hairs are coming from. While this is certainly the largest area of fur, hairs will fall from every body area other than the mask, the under-belly and of course, where there is only leather (paw pads, nose). To really stop shedding issues, be sure to brush the entire body - head, neck, legs and even under and top areas of the tail. Pulling out dead hairs from all of these areas will greatly cut down on the amount of hairs that fall to the ground and is an important part of controlling the heavy shed.
The coat of a Pug is not long , but it is very dense. The best way to brush a Pug is to use long strokes that gently reach down to the skin. You will want to brush in the direction of the fur growth. Be sure to not just skim over the coat; a good majority of the dead hairs become trapped in the thick coat. As you brush, go deep enough to gently brush to the skin, pulling out and away at the end of each long stroke. 
How Supplements May Help 
While there is nothing that will completely stop a Pug dog from shedding, there are things that can help for both puppy and adult. Aside from the very good brushing that should be done daily and giving baths every 3 weeks, the use of certain supplements have been shown to reduce hair loss.
Omega 3 and Omega 6 works to keep both skin and coat healthy and is often part of a treatment plan for helping withskin problems. While they are not proven to reduce the amount of normal shedding with a dog, keeping the skin and coat healthy will prevent the breakage which leads to added fall out.
Some owners have found the following to help control their Pug’s shedding:
• Cold pressed Hemp seed oil (keep it refrigerated)
• Alaskan Salmon Oil (keep it refrigerated)
• Flax seed oil
• Linoleic acid (a liquid Omega 6 fatty acid)
Controlling the Fur in the House 
While any vacuum will suction up a certain amount of hairs, one issue with canine hairs is that they can quickly become embedded into carpet fibers. When this happens, many vacuum cleaners are not strong enough to suction all of them out.
Vacuums specifically designed for pet hairs can work very well for this issue. Another tip is to use tape lint rollers. If you have a fawn Pug and light colored carpeting, you will likely be extremely surprised the first time you take a lint roller and swipe it across a section, even when doing so directly after vacuuming.
You can use these relatively inexpensive and disposable rollers not only across your flooring, but on beds and fabric sofas.
It helps to vacuum and de-lint often, because the longer hair remains they more they will work their way deeper into fibers. Cleaning often allows you to grab those shedded hairs while they still remain on the surface of carpets and furniture.
Times of Excessive Shedding & Seasonal Changes 
There will be some times during your dog’s life when hormonal changes in the body cause a heavier shed. This can happen: 
  • When your puppy is growing into his or her adult coat - This happens over the course of several months between the ages of 4 and 9 months.
  • When a female has given birth to a litter
  • When a female is in heat or right after the cycle ends  
With females going through post-pregnancy changes or for those in heat, fur loss can be quite heavy (referred to as blowing the coat). These are temporary conditions and once your dog is through the particular phase, the coat will return.
There are certain health issues that can cause troubling Pug hair loss that leaves patches of bald skin and other complications.
Seasonal Sheds
Not all Pugs have specific seasonal shedding but many do and surprising, this really has nothing to do with the actual temperature changes.  The shedding is triggered by the decrease in daylight hours, regardless of the weather. 
Therefore, for most Pugs there will be a heavier shed in the late autumn (when days become noticeably shorter).  The coat will thicken up, regardless of temperature, as a dog’s body prepares for ‘winter’.
In the late spring, as days become longer, there will again be more noticeable shedding  as the coat thins out. 
For those that do live in areas that experience all four seasons (cold winter, hot summer) shedding will be more pronounced. 
Medical Alert 
There are some health issues that can cause abnormal fur loss. If your Pug is losing fur much faster and more severe than normal, it is strongly recommended to bring your dog to the vet as soon as possible.
There are medical conditions of the skin that cause hair loss as follicles become weaken due to skin changes.
Many of these conditions can moderate to severe discomfort. Among the serious causes: 
You may notice a lot of scratching, without a sign of fleas. You may also notice sores or other marks on the stomach.                
There could be areas that appear partially or completely bald. Areas of red, inflamed skin are referred to as hot spots. These symptoms should be brought to the attention of a veterinarian. 
While testing is being performed to determine the cause, be careful in regard to bathing.
Keeping water temperature luke warm, using an oatmeal based shampoo and patting the coat dry (as opposed to rubbing) can help. 





PUG-O-RAMA 10th Anniversary 

3 Ways to DONATE:



Also you an mail in a check or money order to:
PO Box 20875
Las Vegas, NV 89112 


As you may know, the summers take its toll on Southern Nevada Pug Rescue. Luckily, every time we feel like we are most certainly going to have to stop taking in pugs, heroes come forth and donate enough money to take in the next curly-tailed surrender. We have also had 2 successful auctions help get us through 3 major medical pugs and for that we are grateful. Because we have just barely gotten through the summer we have decided to reach out for help with Pug-O-Rama and the remainder of our vet bill. 

Pug-O-Rama is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We normally raise enough money at the event to cover our vet bills in to the following year. That being said, the event is also a lot of money out of pocket at first. Money that is much needed right now to cover our current vet bill, as well as any pug that may need us from now until the big event! 

Here Is How You Can Help

Because every penny raised has always had to go toward vet care, we are low on funds that we need to put on an event like Pug-O-Rama.  This past few years, with the ever-increasing number of pugs needing rescue and vet care, we simply can not afford to do much more than pay or wonderful vet, and stay above water. 

By sponsoring a portion of Pug-O-Rama, it would help us make the event as special as it has been in years prior without affecting the immediate care of any pugs needing to enter rescue. As a group, this will be SNPR’s 10th Pug O Rama and we want to make it special. 

Below is a list of costs needed to proceed with the planning of the event. As well as our current due vet bill we an always use help with! (It is always so important for us to stay on top of our vet bill since the vet gives us the courtesy of treating our rescue pugs without asking for money upfront. This benefit has saved countless pugs when we said “yes” to a needy intake, before raising the money to treat medically. We have never been a rescue that asks for pledges “before” getting the pugs in to safety.) 

Pug-O-Rama Expenses

Park Rental = $300.00
Park Insurance = $300.00
Water and supplies = $500.00
Annual fundraising SNPR T-Shirts =$1,000.00
Truck Rental = $200.00

Current vet bill = $3,500.00

We are asking for help with any of the above monetary items.

We also need the following items to make the day a success. If you have any of these items and could donate them, we would be grateful. As always, your donation is tax deductible.

· Stamps
· Misc. pug items - dog items - and donations
· Water, soda, juice, snacks, folding tables, tents, chairs, etc. 

Anyone who makes a monetary donation or donates an item listed above will be featured on our web site as a Pug-O-Rama Sponsor. This is a nice thing to do in honor of a beloved Pug or family member no longer with us. We will also feature special Thank you announcements on facebook and during the days event. 

Also you an mail in a check or money order to:
PO Box 20875
Las Vegas, NV 89112 

Thank You for Your Continued Support of SNPR and Pug-O-Rama! (See you all there!!)





Often times pet owners think that if they enjoy a food, they’re pet can enjoy it to, not realizing that it can cause them a lot of harm.

Some of our favorite foods and beverages can be very dangerous for our furry companions and it’s important to know what to avoid when feeding your pet. Here at Camino Al Norte Animal Hospital we’ve compiled a list of people foods that can be very toxic to your animals:

1.) GRAPES & RAISINS: Although they’re a great low-calorie snack for humans, grapes and raisins contain a toxic substance can cause acute (sudden) kidney failure. If you’re pet already has certain health problems, the effects can be even worse. The signs of grape toxicity include lethargy, diarrhea and vomiting.

2.) AVOCADO: Because we live in the southwest, avocado is a delicious staple in many of our dishes, but did you know that it is toxic to our pets? The leaves, seeds, fruit and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs and cats. Additionally, birds and rodents are highly sensitive to avocados and can develop fluid accumulation around the heart, accompanied with difficulty breathing. No matter how much they beg, NEVER let your pet lick the guacamole bowl.

3.) XYLITOL: Some of you may not be familiar with this sweetener, but you can find it in everyday food products such as gum, baked goods, toothpaste, and sugar-free sweets. When ingested by your pet, xylitol causes a sudden release of insulin which leads to low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Warning signs include trouble with coordination, lethargy and vomiting. If left untreated, the results can be fatal.

4.) ONIONS, GARLIC, CHIVES: For humans, these foods can add delicious flavor to any meal, but for our pets, especially cats, they can cause damage to red blood cells through gastrointestinal irritation. When purchasing food for your animal companions, you may find occasional low doses of these veggies and herbs, which will likely not cause a problem. However, we recommend that do never give your pets large quantities.

5.) CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, CAFFEINE: All of these products contain substances called methylxanthines. When ingested by pets, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, urination, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and even death. You pet will probably be okay if he/she accidentally eats a chocolate chip cookie, but chowing down on dark chocolate or baker’s chocolate can be very harmful.

So the next time you go to feed Fido or Fluffy your leftovers make sure to think twice about what you are putting into their system. If you think your pet has ingested a dangerous food, please call your vet or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.


SO EASY!!! No-Knead White Crusty Artisan Bread

This is so good I had to post it again!  So very easy!  I found it at this great website called Comfort Cooking and if this isn’t comfort food I don’t know what is!

No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread


I have something amazing to share with you today! I mean, you’ve seen artisan bread before but you’ve probably never seen it as easily made as this! I’d say this is one part recipe, one part magic trick… it’s just incredible. You’ve gotta trust me.

The beautiful, crusty and fluffy bread that results from just four ingredients will knock your socks off! All it takes is flour, salt, yeast and water, all mixed up in a bowl and set to rest for 8-24 hours. Sounds like a lifetime, I know, but waiting is the only difficult part of this recipe.

Just make sure your flour is fresh and yeast isn’t expired. I’ve used both active dry yeast and highly active dry yeast with great results!


Look at those scrumptious slices! They’re just begging to be slathered with goat cheese and honey, or topped with tomatoes, basil and a drizzle of good olive oil.

Oh, the possibilities…


I get it, though. You probably already have lots of questions about how it’s baked, what kind of cookware you can use besides a Dutch oven, and how long you should let yours rise. You can click “Read More” to scroll through the picture tutorial, full recipe, and my notes. These are just all the answers I found when I had some of the same questions!


The dough only takes 5 minutes to come together, but it does take some time to rise. All of your patience totally pays off when this lovely loaf comes out of your oven, though.

If, like me, you’re standing there slack jawed when it’s done, you know you got it right!

I’ve already made a few of these fabulous loaves and will make many more around the holidays, too. I can envision mixing in lots of fun flavorings… rosemary, lemon zest, Parmesan, garlic and cranberries just to name a few ideas!

[Scroll down to see the full written recipe with no pictures. This is just a tutorial to give you an idea of what each step should look like. Hope it’s helpful!]


In a large bowl, stir together your flour, salt and yeast. Make sure to use fresh, non-expired ingredients. Pour in warm water and gently stir until you’ve created a messy, shaggy dough that looks something like this (above). That’s it!


Just cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit anywhere between 8-24 hours at room temperature. You want it to rise and “bubble” to the surface. I let this dough rise about 9 hours.


Once it’s risen, place your Dutch oven into a 450 degree F oven to preheat. See notes below about other cookware you can use.

Meanwhile, pop your dough out onto a well-floured surface. It will be sticky, but with floured hands you can easily form it into a round dough ball.


Cover it loosely with plastic wrap while your Dutch oven preheats. If the cookware you’re using isn’t enameled or nonstick, slip a piece of parchment paper underneath the dough at this point.


Carefully remove your Dutch oven from the oven, pop in your dough, and cover it with the lid. Back into the oven it goes, so set that timer for 30 minutes and wait for the magic to happen!


Isn’t this amazing?! Here’s what it will resemble after baking for 30 minutes. Now remove the lid, put it back in the oven, and bake an additional 7-15 minutes uncovered.

The uncovered baking time just depends on your oven. Mine only needed 7 more minutes to get gorgeous golden brown, but it can vary. Just keep an eye on it.


Voila! Pop it out, slice it up, and slather one (or twelve) with butter, STAT.


No-Knead Crusty Artisan Bread

Yield: Makes 1 loaf


3 cups all-purpose flour

2-3 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (active dry or highly active dry work best)

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

Special cookware needed: Dutch oven or any large oven-safe dish/bowl and lid*


In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and stir using a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a shaggy but cohesive dough.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough sit at room temperature for 8-24 hours*. Dough will bubble up and rise.

After dough is ready, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place your Dutch oven, uncovered, into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

While your Dutch oven preheats, turn dough onto a well-floured surface and, with floured hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap and let rest.

After the 30 minutes are up, carefully remove Dutch oven. With floured hands, place the bread dough into it. (You can put a piece of parchment under the dough if your Dutch oven isn’t enamel coated.)

Replace cover and bake for 30 minutes covered. Carefully remove cover and bake for 7-15 minutes* more, uncovered.

Carefully remove bread to a cutting board and slice with a bread knife.




Uncovered baking time depends on your oven. In my oven, the bread only needs 7 minutes uncovered until crusty and golden brown, but this can vary. Just keep an eye on it!

Preheating your Dutch oven to 450 degrees F will not damage it.

I’ve let this dough rise anywhere between 8-24 hours and it has baked up beautifully. Just make sure it has risen and appears to “bubble” to the surface.

There’s no need to grease the Dutch oven/baking dish/pot. My bread has never stuck to the pot. If you are concerned though, put a piece of parchment paper under your dough before placing into your pot.

I do not recommend using whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour in this recipe. The resulting bread will be very dense, and not as fluffy and delicious.

I used a 5.5 quart enameled cast iron Le Creuset pot, but you can use any large oven-safe dish and cover. All of these also work: a baking dish covered with aluminum foil, crockpot insert, stainless steel pot with a lid, pizza stone with an oven-safe bowl to cover the bread, and old cast iron Dutch oven.


So Hard To Say Goodbye, RIP Cliffy, We Love You!

On Monday, May 5th, 2014 we lost our Very Special Cliffy

We are so heartbroken, he was such a sweet boy, so gentle and kind. Even though our time was short with him we feel so grateful that we had him in our lives to love.

In March Cliff had surgery for what we thought was an infected anal gland. But it was discovered during the surgery that it was actually a tumor at the anal gland duct and it was cancer. A very fast growing cancer that is normally found inside the mouth.

Sending a special thank you to Dr. Erin Cantwell and the staff at Camino Al Norte Animal Hospital for taking such good care of us and Cliffy. ((( ♥ )))

RIP Sweet Cliffy, Mommy & Daddy love you so very much! XOXO
November 12, 2001 - May 5, 2014
Cliff’s Journey
Just about a year ago Cliff came into our lives.  He was in really bad shape.  He has come so far and we wanted to share some pics of his recovery.  We know you all love him as much as we do.  

March 2013
My name is Cliff, as in steep hill to climb. I am 11 years old. My name couldn’t be more appropriate really because as you can see I have quite a climb ahead of me.

You see, my mom got me from a shelter many years ago and although she tried her best to take care of me, she lost everything and hasn’t been able to feed me good food or take care of my severe allergies. I have lost all of my fur and my skin feels more like a tough elephant than a snuggly pug. It is really uncomfortable and even painful to say the least. Think about the worst case of poison ivy and imagine it all over your body. That’s what daily life for me has been like.

That is not all.  I smell really bad. Not your average pugs breathe or even pug farts bad, but yeasty infection bad. I want to love and play with my humans but no one really wants to play with me in this condition. That makes me really sad. It’s not my fault I didn’t get the care I needed, when the problem started. This could have all been avoidable.

The dogtor tells the nice rescue ladies that with the right family and lots of medical care and something called “TLC”, I will make a full recovery in time. I am not sure what “TLC” stands for but it sounds terrific and I can’t wait to remember what feeling good and itchy free fells like.

My mostest favorite big wish is to finally be comfortable enough to snuggle again! I sure hope there is a special family willing to look past my extra tough exterior and see that underneath all of this fur, wait… I mean, where all of this fur should be is just a lovable, huggable, cuddly pug who deserves a “re-do” and a forever snuggle buddy.



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