Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A Very Sad Pug

Oh Frank. What we have here is a very sad pug. He is very sad indeed because his dad and I have both had such very hectic work schedules this week AND the sun has, yet again, disappeared. However could anyone leave such a sad looking eyeball and such demurely curled front paws (sometimes Frank tries very hard to pretend he has opposable thumbs....)?

Oh Frank, don't be sad - we will have so many adventures soon! There may even be a road trip in your near future!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

An Unfortunate Situation.

Oh my. Well, spring has arrived (though it might be hard to tell around these parts due to the rather gray wetness that has persisted quite to the dismay of people and pugs alike), and with it the joyful morning call of the robin. Under normal circumstances it would be my pleasure to gently wake up to a robin's cheerful tune, however this year we have run into an unfortunate situation.

Below we see pictured one handsome black pug and two of his very favorite toys, Chirpy Bird and Robin Red Breast. (You may want to know that Frank's toys tend to have rather distinct names, this way he is able to learn all of their names Gentle Pig, Your New Friend, Floppy Pheasant, and Black Footed Ferret to name a few. Oh Frank! You are so clever!)



These delightful birds were given to Frank my his Grandmother in Colorado, who was very proud to announce that they make the actual sound of the bird they represent. Frank was delighted, as were we, this winter when we received the thoughtful gifts. We are not so delighted now. It turns out that the songs are INDEED realistic, so much so in fact, that every morning when the robins start chirping outside or our window, Frank immediately bolts upright (RATHER disconcerting since he is usually under the covers being spooned) to look around for the person who might possibly be so extremely wonderful as to want to play with a small furry pug and his Robin Red Breast first thing in the morning! And I do mean first thing. 5:30 to be exact.

Oh Frank, your grandmother has assured us that she will no longer purchase birds that are indigenous to this region. Perhaps we can expect a penguin next year...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Finally! The sun...

OH Frank! You look so pleased that the sun has finally poked through for a FULL day - the first one in about six months!

Yes, it's true. We finally had a day of sunshine. In order to celebrate, some of Frank's favorite friends, and a delightful new friend or two, decided to head out for an after work drink.
Not wanting to exclude anyone at all who is small and black and furry, Frank's godmother (semi-pictured above) immediately called her very, very delightful boyfriend BSS who went and held us an outdoor table for over an hour! Thank you BSS!

The only thing that could possibly have made Frank more joyful than being invited along was the discovery, upon our arrival, that there was already a pug in attendance!

Below we see the very stately Zoloft who, I must say, was quite well behaved in comparison to Frank.

What a handsome pair... Hmm, maybe Frank's lack of gentlemanly behavior had something to do with the sneaking of a lap or two...

OH Frank, delicious!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A mighty cold pug....

Oh Frank. Well, yesterday the sun peeked out for a very few moments. Seizing the opportunity, Frank's dad and I decided to grab a quick outdoor dinner nearby and thought that we would bring a certain small black pug along. Seeing as how the sun was out, we did not outfit Frank in one of his many stylish coats. Sadly the weather did not hold.

Oh Frank. How EVER did the pug overcome natural selection?

It was not long before Frank's little ears were trembling with shivers. The pug, as you may know, does not control his (or her) temperature very well, in large part because of their short snout. We are also VERY proud of Frank's athletic build, but because he is such a fit young specimen he does not have much insulation.

The solution:

OH Frank. You look so handsome in your mother's vest. It is too bad that she is so very cold so that you can be warm. (And no, I do not condone allowing the a pug to sit at the table, but, oh my, the ground was so cold....)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Frank's First Video!

Well, something VERY exciting has occurred! Frank has been captured on Video! You may remember a few posts ago when Frank's fondness for for oyster crackers was revealed. It turns out that the only thing more delightful that watching him fish them out of the tub is watching him smack his little pug lips as he eats them dry. I don't know why it is so enjoyable, but Frank is delighted to share this clip anyhow. I DO apologize for the sound quality - the smacking enjoyment is quite diminished by the sound of the tv... I must recommend that you turn the sound down quite a lot... BUT this IS a first round!

video

OH Frank! What smacky lips you have!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

SUNSHINE

WELL, yesterday Frank was VERY pleased to wake up and find that the SUN was actually out and that it was quite warm outside. We wasted no time at all in packing up the car and heading out to the D-O-G-P-A-R-K (we have to spell it because otherwise Frank becomes a wee bit unmanageable).
As one might expect, Frank was eager to behave like a dog and put his snout, well, what he has of a snout, out the window. This is a problem. As you know from the title of his blog, Frank does, in fact, have only eye. This means that we can not allow for any stray grit or grim to fly into his leftover eye at great speed. OH Frank! However would you watch the squirrels frolicking in the yard if you lost your other eye?

But Frank! What are we to do? You are so eager to have your ears flapping in the breeze!

The solution, it turns out, is pictured below:




Doggles! That's right folks.... Doggles, and doesn't Frank look smart in his shiny red pair?!

Of course there is one problem; because Frank is a pug, and therefore does not have a snout on which to rest his doggles, they press down on his nose and make it rather hard for him to breath. BUT WAIT! Thanks to the fact that Frank only has one eye, the solution quickly became clear - you must tilt the doggles a wee bit askew so that they are no longer centered on the nose! The result in a "normal" pug would be that one doggle would rest squarely in one eye, but no such problem for Frank!



(Now, I must say that taking a picture of your dog wearing his doggles while driving and holding him in you lap is remarkably difficult... but, I did my best)

OH FRANK! Sometimes it is so fortuitous to be a one eyed pug!