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Go Texans! Yee-haw!

May 14th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

After living in Texas for four years, the Texas pride has caught up with me. It’s hard not to get into the spirit of being a Texan. Lots of decorative items to show our Texan pride. I had to get this Bunky Starin red as it reminded me of the Texas star which a big thing here…we (heart) Texas. (We secretly miss California though) ;)

The Bunky Star is made by These Creatures. They make lots of cool leash hooks and decorative hanging feeders. Aside from being a great work of art on your wall, it helps improve digestion (less air intake during eating and they don’t have to strain their neck). We are saving up for the Pug feeder. It’s so cute and Porky does have lots of gas. Poor Porky has had so many digestive issues, it’s caused a huge dent in his Puggybank. He just loves to in hale food and does not understand that he has a sensitive tummy. Perhaps it’s good he doesn’t know that Brownie’s stomach is like a furnace and he never has problems. Anyways, it comes in two Pug designs and many colors. I have plenty of time to choose the color while I save up…Porky deserves a new feeder! (Cross your paws and fingers that Porky doesn’t get sick or cause anymore Pug shenanigans)


Baked Yams (Sweet Potatoes) = Pug Passions

June 7th, 2007 at 8:06 pm

We love love love baked yams (aka sweet pototoes)!  Yum yum!  Fellow Puggies, tell your parents to make it for you, it’s so easy!




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Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to bake 350
4-6 Yams/Sweet Potatoes (one for everyone…who doesn’t love baked yams???)
Use thin blade knife or fork to poke a few holes
Wrap in Reynolds or any aluminum foil
Let it cook for 1.5 hours or 90 minutes

NOTE there are short cut methods but slow cooking will make skin extra chewy and the insides will be very soft for Puggies and their humans, too!

Cool software note:  This new picture resizer (by Picture Resize) software I use auto adds watermarks to pics so I thought I would give it a try and test it.  Pretty cool and saves me a bundle of time from resizing all my thousands of fabulous Pug pics.


Pug Passions: Pork Knots

May 25th, 2007 at 9:00 pm

Porky will now demonstrate how to properly devour a Pork Knot treat (like a raw hide but more safe).  He was working very hard at the office…as you can tell.







Porky & Brownie’s Birthdays!

April 29th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Porky turned 3 on April 23rd and Brownie turned 2 on April 28th. They are big boys now! We decided to have a small celebration at home since Porky’s heat spots are still not healed. I made the boys an all Organic Ginger & Banana Cake (I included recipe below as it was delicious and surprisingly, no diarrhea the next day). PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS WAS MY FIRST TIME BAKING…I PROMISE IT WILL BE PRETTIER NEXT TIME. For the bakers out there, I totally see why you guys love it. It was tricky writing with the icing and then it melted faster than we expected. I had so much fun baking my first cake for the boys, I made chocolate brownies the next day (for humans of course).

(left to right, Brownie, Porky)




(Porky getting antsy to eat already.)


Dad, the candles are blown, can we eat NOW? (PORKY)


(left to right, Brownie, Porky – dig in!)


(Brownie’s eyes are popping…he is in shock and tongue envy because Porky is licking so fast. Porky has a huge, long tongue while Brownie in comparison, has a little lizard tongue.)


Don’t bother me, I’m eating! (PORKY)


Gosh, Pork’s tongue is so long! I need to catch up before he eats everything! (BROWNIE)


(left to right, Brownie, Porky)


Yummy in my Pug tummy! (PORKY)


Hmmm…how do I get in there? (PORKY)




(They licked off ALL the banana frosting, but then did not know how to bite into the cake, so Mom saved the day by cutting off a piece for each Pug. Note any dog cake or food your Puggy is not use to should be given in small portions or else they get diarrhea.)

(Porky is a huge foodie and has great table manners. He doesn’t spill and knows how to eat things just like the rest of us, a bite at a time, with the cake on the plate. Brownie on the other hand, takes his off the plate and eats it off the ground and gets it all over the floor. Here is Porky taking the first bite.)


(Brownie does not know what to do…he bites into the cake and drops it on the floor and starts eating.)


(Porky’s almost done with his cake now)


(Brownie is also finishing up his slice…on the floor. Notice what I mean about Brownie’s small tongue?)


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Ginger & Banana Dog Cake Recipe

  • 2/3 cup mashed organic bananas

  • 1/2 cup softened butter

  • 3 large organic brown eggs

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 2 cups organic Unbleached Flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 tsp organic ginger

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Beat together mashed banana and butter until creamy. Add eggs and water. Beat well. Stir in dry ingredients. Beat until smooth, Add nuts. Spoon batter evenly into oiled and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350° for about 35 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, remove from pan, replace on rack and cool.

Banana & Mock-Choc Frosting:

  • 2 cup mashed organic banana

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 6 tablespoon powdered carob

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 3 tablespoon organic unbleached flour

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend thoroughly and spread on cooled cake. Sprinkle with well-chopped pecans.


More bad news…Natural Balance Pet Food Recall

April 16th, 2007 at 11:30 am

Natural Balance Pet Foods just announced a pet food recall on their Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food. The company released the following:

We are receiving consumer complaints regarding the Venison & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison & Green Pea Dry Cat Foods. We do not know what is wrong with the food at this time, but we have heard that animals are vomiting and experiencing kidney problems. Please discontinue feeding all Venison and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food, and Venison and Green Pea Dry Cat Food. We are working closely with the FDA.
We will update this website today, as more information comes available.

We are very happy that we started preparing fresh food for our Puggies. It seems like there is a new pet food recall every week!


The “Good” Side Effects of the Recent Pet Food Recall

April 7th, 2007 at 2:52 pm


Since the recent huge Menu Foods pet food recall and the ongoing pet food and treat scandals, many pet parents including us, have questioned the ingredients in mass produced pet foods and turn to fresh, home cooked food. The “good” side effect of this is that it has highlighted the need and urgency for pet parents to do more homework on what is going into their dog’s tummy. Let’s face it, we all procrastinate. This recall scandal has put a stop to our procrastination and P&B could not be happier now. P&B’s Dad has done some research and started cooking fresh food for the last two weeks. Ingredients include organic chicken breast, carrots, cabbage, potato, and rice. He occassionally adds an egg. To ensure Puggy gets all the required daily nutrients in their diet, we mix the fresh cooked food with their dry kibble (currently Neutro Ultra…we are looking into switching to Solid Gold, any thoughts on this brand and how your Puggy likes it?). Since we started doing this, both boys have lost about 4 pounds (Porky went down from 28 to 24lbs, Browniewent down from 23 to 20 lbs). We noticed more energy, shinier coat, and twoVERY VERY happy Puggies. They have been very well behaved. Whenever Dad is preparing and cooking dinner for them (which usually takes 30min every day), Porky sits by his side, watching attentively. Once we bring out the bowls, all eyes are on the bowls. Once the bowls hit the floor, they attack their bowl. I am a little embarrassed to mention that Porky actually licks his empty bowl for an hour, even though there is nothing in it. Yes, he is a bit of a Piggy and a huge foodie.



Rat Poison found in recent Menu Foods recalled products (from bad to worst)

March 23rd, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Recent news of pet food recalls have got all of us pet owners extremely nervous. Now the situation has gone from bad to worst. Why has no criminal investigation been launched? How many of our dog and cat family members have to die before officials and these pet food manufacturers shape up? While Menu Foods, a large pet food manufacturer continues to make big bucks at the expense of our pet’s health, the state and federal officials have not taken any action. Pet foods do not undergo rigerous testing before it hits the market…the actual “testing” takes place when our pets consume it…once enough media frenzy gets on subject, we finally get a recall. This does not solve the problem of how to we as consumers regan our confidence in mass manufactured pet foods and what will they do to prevent this in the future? This is just disturbing and makes me sick.

A toxin found in the recent Menu Foods massive pet food recall now identified as aminopterin, used as rat poison in some countries and is used in the states as cancer drug. It inhibits the growth of malignant cells and suppresses the immune system.

According to Associated Press,

Scientists at the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell and at the New York State Food Laboratory tested three cat food samples provided by Menu Foods and found Aminopterin in two of them. Hooker said they would test individual components of the pet food, as well. The early test results were released to give veterinarians a better idea of how to treat sick animals.

According to Donald Smith, dean of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, aminopterin in dogs and cats, can cause kidney failure.

Aoociaited Press also noted so far,

The pet deaths led to a recall of 60 million cans and pouches of pet food produced by Menu Foods and sold throughout North America under 95 brand names. There have been several reports of kidney failure in pets that ate the recalled brands, and the company has confirmed the deaths of 15 cats and one dog.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates was posted online by Menu Foods and is available at The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information: (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

Read the complete article at Yahoo News.


URGENT!!! Massive Pet Food Recall After Pets Die

March 20th, 2007 at 7:13 am

PLEASE check out this article on the recent massive Pet Food Recall It’s so scary because Nutro was on here and I know a lot of Puggies, including our Porky & Brownie, are fed Nutro. Porky & Brownie eat Nutro Ultra Adult dry kibble (phew!) which was not on the recall list.

According to,

Menu Foods — a major manufacturer of dog and cat food sold under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other store brands — recalled 60 million containers of wet pet food Friday after reports of kidney failure and deaths. An unknown number of cats and dogs suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said in announcing the North American recall.

I listed some of the major dog food brands affteced. Go to Menu Food’s website for the recalled specific Brands, Types, Package dates, and other information to determine if this has affteced your pets.  CLICK HERE NOW to go to recall pages or call 1-866-895-2708. Do this NOW please!!! NOTE: Cats are also affected but I only included dog information. Don’t forget to check Menu Food’s Cat Recall info for those who have kitties.

Recalled dog foods
America’s Choice; Preferred Pets; Authority; Award; Best Choice; Big Bet; Big Red; Bloom; Bruiser; Cadillac; Companion; Demoulas Market Basket; Fine Feline Cat; Shep Dog; Food Lion; Giant Companion; Great Choice; Hannaford; Hill Country Fare; Hy-Vee; Key Food; Laura Lynn; Loving Meals; Main Choice; Mixables; Nutriplan; Nutro Max; Nutro Natural Choice; Nutro; Ol’Roy; Paws; Pet Essentials; Pet Pride; President’s Choice; Price Chopper; Priority; Publix; Roche Bros; Save-A-Lot; Schnucks; Springsfield Pride; Sprout; Stater Bros; Total Pet; My True Friend; Western Family; White Rose; Winn Dixie and Your Pet.


Good o’ Puglicicous meatilicious treats versus Organic healthy snacks?

March 16th, 2007 at 8:04 am

We were reading Roy & Gwen’s blog and thinking poor Porky & Brownie may be missing those Puglicious and meatilicious treats! I mean, pig hocks, pig ears, meat chews & jerkies, etc…yummy for the Pug’s tummy! Since the Vet advised us many times that our Puggies were too fat and overweight, we decided to change their treats and eating patterns. Our first attempts to change to weight management food failed as Porky began eating poo. So we gather maybe there was not enough nutrients in the weight management. Now, we mix Nutro Ultra Adult and Nutro Ultra Weight Management (3/4 cup in AM and 1/2 cup in PM). Pig ears and other meatilicious treats are only on special occassions. Regular snacks and treats include organic watermelon, banana (one a day split between the two), baby carrots, cheese (one slice per week), soy yogurt, and other fruits (non-citrus and seedless of course). We still give them all natural Chicken chips (very sparingly). Since Grandma bought the boys 2 gigantic jars, we feel obligated not to be wasteful. We are proud to share that Porky is now 23lbs (from nearly 30lbs) and Brownie is now 20lbs (from 24lbs). Yeah! Finally, the Vet had something good to say about their weight! What treats do you give your Pug or Puggies? Are they overweight? Uummm…is their such a thing as a skinny Pug (LOL)?


not all pugs are created equal!

September 13th, 2006 at 3:32 am

Here is picture of Pork and Brown in the car driving to our pug meetup.

Lately, I have been trying to get Porky to lose weight. I previously thought that all pugs inhaled their food and were a little pork belly dogs. Pork LOVES food. He is crazy! He loves to dig in the trash and sit for hours waiting for treats. Meanwhile, Brownie just loves toys, especially the long snakes, horses, octapus, or any snake shape plush toy. He is silly and enjoys playing with his toys and napping. He doesn’t really care for food as much (now don’t get me wrong, he likes treats and loves fruits just as much as any other pug…he just won’t try to steal food off the table or dig in the trash). Brownie eats the same, if not more, than Porky but is 10 lbs. lighter! Porky eats very slow and enjoys every morsel of food while Brownie inhales the food. This is just not fair for poor Pork who is now on a diet (kinda…)!

On another note, the dogs greatly enjoy a variety of fruits for dinner now (as I mentioned in my earlier post the boys only eat dog food for breakfast and some treats throughout the day). They love all fruits but have obsession with watermelon and apples. I sometimes add some soy yogurt (which I hate but they love) to their fruits. Did I mention that their stools and breath smell a thousand times better with this new “diet” plan! The added energy and weight loss was an extra perk!