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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!  I also take care of my Mom and her 13 year old Shiatsu mix Phoebe.   

On a daily basis I may have my 4 boys, a couple of fosters and maybe some house guest when their parents are on vacation.  My Mom, Phoebe, and when my nephew Caiden is on a school break he is here to help with the pugs, he loves teaching them how to use the doggie door and 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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Purchase SNPR Merchandise at their Zazzle Store

 

 

 Pet’ographique specializes in creating beautiful portraits that express the relationship between you and your pets.

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The Soggy Dog is a do-it-yourself dog wash where you can enjoy washing your pet in a fresh, clean environment, knowing he is in safe hands…..your own.

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 This is where I take my kids, Wrinkles, Sputters, Mugzee, Taz, Dex & Lucky. 

 

Camino Al Norte Animal Hospital
5130 Camino Al Norte
North Las Vegas, NV 89031
702-304-8387

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Bo & DeeMo American Bully Couture!

It’s a Bully Thing!!!

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Amanda at Little Bean Shop created my logo and Camino Al Norte Animal Hospital’s and Southern Nevada Pug Rescues logo.  SHE ROCKS BIG TIME!!!

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Products of Insomnia

Jenifer of Products of Insomnia makes awesome collars and she is going to start making harnesses!  YAY!

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Something to wag your tail about…

Tuesday
May062014

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.  


CLIFF’S STORY:
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.

 

Saturday
Apr262014

Cost of Owning a Pet

Petonomics Infographic
Provided by Nationwide Insurance

Thursday
Apr032014

Pet-A-Palooza

Pet-A-Palooza
Sunset Park
Saturday, April 5th
10am-6pm

 

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Friday
Feb282014

St. Pugtrick's Day!

St. Pugtrick’s Day!
Sunday, March 16th
12 noon - 3pm
Barkin Basin Dog Park

Alexander Rd and Tenaya Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

A very special Pug Meetup hosted by  Southern Nevada Pug Rescue!

Entry is free but donations are needed and appreciated!
There will be Costume Contest, Prizes and Gift Baskets!   

Friday
Feb142014

Feeling The LOVE!

Whew it’s been a rough couple of weeks! 

First Lucky was hospitalized with pneumonia.

Then we all got so very sick with whatever is going around and we are still not back to normal yet. 

Had to say goodbye to my Mom & Dad’s dog Phoebee, she had been with us for almost 14 years. 

Now my Mugzee is in the hospital with pneumonia. 

Today marks the 2nd anniversary since my Dad left us. 

While reflecting… I started to cry, my Lucky boy pushed his nose up under my arm and hugged my body so tight, and at that point I was reminded of all of the unconditional love I felt in my entire life, from my Mom, Dad, my friends, family and pets in my life…   And I realized everything was ok and will be ok.  Thank you my Lucky boy for bringing me back to reality.  That was the best Valentine present I have ever received!

Tuesday
Dec312013

15 Awesome Things I Did In 2013!

1. Had another year with my Mom.
2. Had the best house guest and friend visit from New Zealand. Love you Shelly!
3. Went on my first vacation since 2007.
4. Met a new friend, Melissa from On All 4’s Grooming.
5. Fostered 8 Pugs!
6. Fostered an English Bulldog named Elvis!
7. Awarded Volunteer of the Year from Southern Nevada Pug Rescue.
8. Adopted Angel a senior pug that came into our life as a foster the day after we lost Sputters.
9. Healed and Adopted Cliff a senior pug that came in with the worst yeast infection ever.
10. Celebrated 21 years together with my honey.
11. Celebrated the 1 year anniversary of my friend’s new store Mugsy & Moxie’s Bully Couture.
12. Had the pleasure of taking care of some very special house guest Pugs when their parents went out of town, Claire & Alexi’s Emmi and Jen & Ray’s Ziggy, Leo & Josephine.
13. Ate some of the best groceries!
14. Cooked my first Vegan dinner for friends.
15. Created some really cool flyers for people I love. “pats self on the back!”

 

Monday
Dec232013

Easy Christmas Breakfast 

This are two great recipe’s that you make the night before and then just pop them in the oven the next morning. 

FRENCH TOAST BAKE

FRENCH TOAST BAKE — Easy and OH SO incredible on a Fall morning!

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1 loaf of thickly sliced bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling
Cinnamon for sprinkling

1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar….stir till mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 9 x 13 pan….spread around.
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Lay single slices of bread in pan
5. Spoon 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Sprinkle some cinnamon over bread/eggs
7. Add 2nd layer of sliced bread
8. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
9. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
10. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes (covered for the first 30 minutes)
11. Sprinkle with powdered sugar & cinnamon
12. Serve with warm maple syrup

Breakfast Casserole

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE

Ingredients:        

2 - 16 oz tubes     Jimmy Dean Hot or Plain Sausage

1 - 30 oz bag        Ore-Ida Frozen Hash Browns

1                          Onion Chopped

2 Cups                  Milk

4 Cups                  Shredded Colby-Jack Cheese

6                          Eggs slightly beaten

½ tsp                    Salt

 

Directions: 

1.  Grease a 9 x 13 pan

2.  Brown and crumble sausage, drain fat

3.  In a large bowl mix everything together except 1 cup of cheese

4.  Pour mixture into the greased pan, top with 1 cup of cheese

5.  Cover and refrigerate overnight

6.  Next morning preheat oven to 350 degrees,  bake uncovered 60 minutes

7.  Let sit for 5 minutes

8.  Cut into the size portions you want and serve

You can also freeze portions in zip lock bags then just microwave from frozen when you want.

 

 

Saturday
Dec212013

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

 

Not fancy just good!

I love stuffed Bell Peppers, it reminds me of my childhood.  But one night I had 4 Poblano Peppers and decided to make a twist on an old fashion receipe.  They came out so good.  “It’s a keeper!”  If your feeling in the mood for something a little different, a little spicy, then here ya go.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

4 Poblano Peppers
1 lb Ground Beef, Pork or Turkey ( I used beef in this)
1/2 Cup Cooked Rice  ( I use Minute Rice)
1 Egg
Handfull of Chopped Cilantro
3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic Salt
Enchilada Sauce 28oz (pick your favorite)
4 Slices of Pepper Jack Cheese ( you can use cheddar, sliced or shreaded, or what ever cheese you like).

INSTRUCTIONS

Blacken the peppers over an open flame.  After they have blackened put in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to sweat for about 15 mins.  (this is to remove the hard skin and to soften the pepper for shorter baking time.)   Click here to see details on roasting peppers.   After 15 minutes wearing gloves gentle remove the black skin and rinse. 

ROASTED/BLACKENED PEPPERS

GENTLE REMOVE THE BLACKENED SKIN AND RINSE

SLICE OPEN THE TOP OF THE PEPPER AND REMOVE SEEDS

MIX RICE, CILANTRO, EGG, CUMIN, GARLIC SALT AND GROUND MEAT TOGETHER. 

Place the peppers in a 9 x 13” baking dish.  I like to grease the dish for easy clean up.  Put the baking dish on a cookie sheet covered in foil to catch any spills. 

Stuff the peppers loosely (if you pack them really firm they will be tough).  Just make sure to stuff all the nook and cranny’s of the peppers.  You can add more on top if you have extra, it will just depend on the size of your peppers.

 

COVER WITH PEPPER JACK CHEESE THEN POUR THE
ENCHILADA SAUCE AROUND THE PEPPERS.

COVER WITH FOIL AND POP THEM IN THE OVEN AT 400° FOR APPROX 45-50 MINUTES. 
UNTIL THE SAUCE IS BUBBLING.

I like to remove the foil and let the cheese brown a little bit. 
If you just like the cheese melted then take them out.   Rest for 5-10 minutes.

YUM!  Some of the cheese stuck to the foil.  Life is not perfect.  LOL!

I serve them with Pinto Beans and Flour Tortillas.