Cute Puppy Pics Take 2

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I will write an update tomorrow on how the girls first day went as I know that lots of you have plenty of questions for me on how Polly and Peggy got on, but hopefully the pictures you will give you some idea that it went fairly well Winking smile

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Calm Before The Storm

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“What’s that you say Mum? I’m getting a sister tomorrow?”

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“But will I still get lots of treats and cuddles?”

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Yes tomorrow we’re picking up our little Peggy pug! We’re all very excited but at the moment we’re a little bit nervous too – once again everything is going to be very new to us. I have no idea how the girls will be together to begin with! It still doesn’t seem to have sunk in that we’re getting another pug tomorrow morning! AH!

Wish us luck and stay tuned for lots of puppy pictures tomorrow ! x

Kingston Lacy Woodlands

Hello once again from Lime Tree Cottage. We had a nice quiet Tuesday, how was your day? After a busy day yesterday with lots of travelling we decided to keep it somewhat low key today. On checking our National Trust handbook we saw that Kingston Lacy wasn’t too far away so we decided to give that a go. We visited this national trust property last time we were in Dorset on our way home, but we were all happy to return again.

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And obviously its a little bit different this time around because we’ve got this one, who naturally isn’t allowed in the house with all those precious treasures and ornaments.

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And actually I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that this little lady behaved absolutely fantastically considering that she is not used to cities and continuous big crowds of people. She is such a confident little puppy and I was so proud of her yesterday in Bath. So today we gave Polly a little treat and took her for a lovely walk in the woodlands around Kingston Lacy.

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The woodlands were lovely, with enormous old trees towering over us and providing plenty of cool shade as we made our way round the trail slowly.

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Polly absolutely loves her walks and today was no different with skipping about here and there and sniffing galore.

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The first thing she took a liking to on today’s was the sheep, they received a little bark.

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I suppose she’s probably never seen sheep before? They must be very confusing for such a little pug. Aha.

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So must funny statues be confusing to a pug.

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I have to laugh at how little Polly looks next to them! Open-mouthed smile

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Hehehe!

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Sniff.

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Sniff.

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Now time for some zooming!

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Zoom! Zoom! Zoomies!

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Such a happy girl in the woods playing Smile 

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And thank goodness she loves having her picture taken as she is just so precious! I’m going to be a busy pug mum when I’ve got two gorgeous girls to snap pictures of Red heart

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Picnic stop!

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Notice the scavenger waiting.

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As we went round the trail we got a glimpse of some of the formal gardens.

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And the kitchen gardens.

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And by the time we were finished this afternoon we had done a total of just over 3 miles.

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Although we have visited Kingston Lacy before we made it a completely different day out by doing the woodland trail. The house doesn’t open until Wednesday anyway, but because we’re staying so close we may just go back for a visit one more time to have a look around.

We have another busy day on the agenda tomorrow though…..Beaulieu

Bath From A Tour Bus

Good Evening everyone! I hope your week got off to a nice start, ours most certainly has here in Dorset. The sun came out for us today, which was really lovely because we spent the day in Bath and had a smashing time. I have wanted to visit Bath for ages now because from what I had seen of it, it looked like such a gorgeous city – and I was not wrong! Our cottage is about an hour away and while we were close we decided to make a trip into the lovely city.

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Our day involved quite a lot of travelling.

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We travelled by car, park and ride and by an open air tour bus. It was mum who suggested we all get the tour bus once we were there, and it turned out to be a really good decision. By taking the city tour it enabled us to get a real glimpse of  Bath, which frankly we wouldn’t have been able to cover by foot in a single day. Plus because we were up high on the bus the views were far superior to the views we would have got on foot.

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I haven’t been on a city tour bus before but I can see why they are so popular: the buses arrive frequently (approximately every 12 minutes) and you can get on and off as you please. The only down side I suppose is the price, tickets are about £11 which makes is quite expensive when you consider that we travelled as a family of five of us. But then again, when you’re on holiday you sort of allow for things like that as they are a rare treat. However Polly didn’t find the bus much of a treat when I put her down by the footrest!

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“Oh let me up?”

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“How about if I poke my tongue out?”

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Oopsie sorry its so easy to get carried away with pictures of Polly, I can’t help myself when she is so cute! Back on topic.. Bath..

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Yes so, the tour was really worth while as it felt like we got to see lots of the city! I was so relieved that my expectations of Bath weren’t let down, it was everything I hoped it would be and more in a way. It was exactly my sort of city, with prosperous buildings, shops and gardens and yet there is still the sense that you are not too far away from the countryside too.

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You can tell that Bath is a city that takes pride in itself as it looks completely in keeping with the marvellous old buildings: there are pretty flower arrangements, well kept lawns and the thing that I spotted immediately was a lack of litter.

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We are terrible for our litter and I think it is disgusting, so seeing a city looking so clean and tidy was very liberating and rare. I wish that everywhere was a little more like Bath.

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It was fascinating gawping at all the lovely old buildings.

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Because we could get on and off the bus we did see quite a lot of the city on foot too, we walked up and down the high street, looked outside the Roman Baths, plus walked around the Royal Crescent

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Perfect opportunity for picture taking:

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Love her Red heart

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We’re having a fabulous time on our holiday x Red heart

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Have a good week everyone ! Much love x x x

Barking Mad: The Pug Story Part 5

Ah I finally found a minute to sit down and catch up on my blog… Now where were we? Oh yes, the eagerly anticipated follow up to my puppy adventures.

Okay so around a month ago we finally made the decision to get another puppy. At first it seemed that we had it all planned out: we had spoken with Polly’s breeder and we fully intended to return to her once again for our next pug. She told us that she had a litter due at the end of July so we were hopeful to receive news on puppies within a couple of weeks. After what seemed like a long wait we inquired once more when July was almost over, only to be informed that she got the dates muddled up and to give it another week.

More waiting was torturous, and I begun to get anxious – all I wanted was an update on puppies! So naturally when that week was up I got in touch one final time to ask for an update. However this time I never got a response back. I watched the days pass again, and before I knew it the days turned into weeks and it was a fortnight since our breeder had last been in touch with me, let alone give me any news.

As you can imagine I was beyond frustrated and honestly, a little bit annoyed and confused that I never heard back from Polly’s breeder. Its a difficult situation because you don’t want to be too pestering but at the same time if you want a pug you’ve got to be persistent.

Patience never was my strong point.

And so I begun to reassess my options….

The hunt for a pug puppy started from scratch all over again.

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Before I knew it, it felt like January all over again where I was frantically sending out dozens of spontaneous texts and emails to local breeders I got from the Kennel Club website. Contrasting the odd communication I had with Polly’s breeder, I received practically immediate replies from many people I contacted regarding puppies in the local area, confirming that I was making the right decision to stick to my guts and look somewhere else this time.

However, the replies I received weren’t exactly what I was hoping for. Searching for pugs is difficult enough, searching for black ones seemed to limit me even more! A few people contacted me saying they had fawns, but nobody had any black ones!

I felt that familiar feeling of disappointment as I continually received disheartening replies. Am I ever going to find them?

Then last Tuesday, I believe that chance intervened a little bit. As I scanned my brain I recalled how I came to find Polly back at the start of the year – a lady was very helpful and gave my details over email that lead me to her. I checked my Hotmail and I still had the very email saved in my history. I knew that I had to get in touch with this lady again.

I sent a very hopeful email and got a reply right away. When I saw my inbox update and notify me of a new message, excitement poured through my body. I read the following message:

Hi Grace.

My next litter will be fawn,but my Son and Daughter in law have one of my black girls who has a lovely litter of black Pug puppies, they are about 4 weeks old, and will be ready in a few weeks, they are mainly Snugglepug bred, so they are exceptionally beautiful babies.

Give Leanne and Michael a ring _______________ and arrange a viewing

Regards, Lesley.

I’m pretty sure that I was beaming ear to ear by the time I finished reading. To be safe I reread it once more and by then adrenaline kicked in. I could feel it. This was it!

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In a now blurred contact we arranged to make our way to view the puppies on Thursday evening. It was such a pleasure to go and look at some tiny little pugs and be the first ones to give one a home! Although that made our decision even tougher as we had too much choice this time!

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Where all the puppies were so lovely we had a hard decision picking one, but eventually…….

One stood out.

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Introducing, Peggy! She is joining our family in the middle of September!

Thank you for reading, and I apologise for such a heavy ‘text’ filled post with a lack of lovely puppy pictures, my camera didn’t get any good snaps as the room we were in was dark. I promise lots of puppy pictures come September! However if you can’t wait I will be posting a few mobile images to my Twitter and Facebook of Peggy in the meantime! Stay tuned….

The Best Of 2012–July

Even if I didn’t blog a great deal, or have a particularly eventful July, in the spirit of getting my blogging hat back on, here is the best of last month:

Visiting Greenwich for Mum’s Birthday.

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Looking for a new car.

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Deciding to get another pug.

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Supporting Beth’s Dog Show in the rain.

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Watching War Horse in London.

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Paw’s The Word

Good morning and a very happy Saturday to you! How was your week? Mine was a pretty uneventful one, filled with lots of work and plenty of frequent raindrops. All I can say is thank goodness its the weekend now as I have some fun plans including a curry night for my granddad’s birthday tonight and a trip to London. However, today’s post is dedicated to the lovely people over at Lucky Paws Boutique and they are Sammy and Missy. If you haven’t already, make sure to Tweet them a hello, you can find them as @LuckyPaws or @MissyMoo.

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Polly and I first bumped into Sam and Missy at our first dog show a few weeks ago, luckily I took one of their lovely cards and got in touch with them again over the internet. Everything the boutique sells is so cute, but I began my first order with just two bits, something for both Polly and her future sister! Open-mouthed smile I got Polly a pink harness and later on bought a jumper from their eBay Store for our future little puppy.

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Both items arrived in the post very quickly on Thursday, and Polly and I would like to say a big, big thank you to Lucky Paws, firstly for the beautiful items and secondly for being such a pleasure to buy from. Sam was always keeping me updated on the status of my order, and I think that its nice to have a little bit of knowledge of how your purchases are coming along. Plus its especially nice to feel like someone actually cares about what they are sending you for a change. Smile

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Here are some pictures of Polly being a pug-poser in her lovely new harness:

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Plus how excited am I to have an adorable item ready for when our second baby arrives in the autumn, its beginning to feel so real all of a sudden! How cute is this jumper?!

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I know that Polly has got lots of doggy followers on Twitter so please be sure to check out what Lucky Paws Boutique has to offer – I’m sure that something will tickle your pickle, there really are lots of gorgeous buys at a very affordable price! Or better still if you’re local Sammy does the stall and regularly posts where she is going with it!

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Once again, thank you to LPB for the lovely bits we will definitely be returning to you again soon Smile If you have any comments or questions about today’s post please feel free to contact me on Twitter or Facebook. Have a great weekend! x x

Pug Stats–Seven Months

Hello, can you believe its already time for another Pug Stats post?! Yesterday Polly turned seven months old which means its time for another update on Polly and I’m relieved to say that she is still fit and healthy. Obviously after our terrible accident on Friday, Polly isn’t as blossoming as she could be, but she is fighting strong!

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The Lead Came Off

The weekend is almost over, and its been a busy one for me since the word go! But I just had to squeeze in one more post today as we had yet another brand new experience with Polly this morning that I’m so pleased to announce. We went to the dog park with my mum’s friends Dianne and Barry and their dog Rudy, and Polly has been itching to come off the lead for a few weeks now but we haven’t had the courage to do it. But while we had the added protection of another dog walking with her to keep in a pack plus a very enclosed park, I finally found the courage to unclip Polly’s lead and let her run free.

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A Pug’s First Fun Dog Show

Good morning, I hope you’re all having a good weekend so far.  Yesterday, mum and I did something a little different with Polly Pug – we took her to her first charity dog show! Actually it was the first dog show that any of us had been to, but lets be honest yesterday wasn’t about the humans it was all about the dogs! And we saw plenty of those at the show yesterday. We had such good fun and it was in the name of charity which is always a bonus.

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