December 26, 2011


So there’s this blog I follow (along with Guardian and Gus) called The Daily Puglet.  And Puglet’s human, Amanda, is a professional photographer, so Pug’s photos are really great.  Guardian needs to take Canon lessons or something ‘cuz our photos just can’t compete. I have photo envy.  Are you hearing this Guardian?

So Guardian entered us into a contest for a new thing called "1000pugs."  Y’see, Puglet’s human is doing a book about 1000 pugs.  She’s going all over the country (starting in January in San Francisco, where she and Pug live) and next Fall she’ll be on our coast. She’s gonna shoot (y’know with Nikon, not guns) pix of 1000 pugs along the way. And there’s this website called 1000pugs where she’s gonna log her trip.  They have a Facebook page, too.  Amanda will be having professional pug and other dog photo shoots wherever she goes.  Some of the money she charges will go to a bunch of pug rescues across the US.  So it’s a really good cause.

Anyway, 1000pugs has contests, and Guardian tortured us by making Gus and me pose for photos to enter one of them.  We had to have some kind of cold weather gear on or near us, and that was about it. We’re supposed to look cute, warm, fuzzy and ridiculous.  One out of three ain't bad—you decide which one we are.  Still, we’re not fru-fru dogs, Gus and me, who like to be dressed up.  Between that and Guardian’s lousy picture-taking, we sort of look dorky—me more than Gus.  HE got to eat something, while I just had to sit and stare into Canon and hope that I didn’t see green dots for hours after each photo.

Here are the photos that Guardian entered.  

I think I look goofy, not ridiculous, but someone said I looked “sheek.”  Can a flat-faced dog ever look sheek??  Maybe it’s the hat?

And BTW, those things around my neck---Guardian wears them on her ears!

If you have a pug, hurry up and enter.  You’ve got to get it in by New Year’s Eve.  Just Google 1000pugs and you can read all about it.    Or, you can go to 1000pugs on Facebook to see all the entries.  There are some food prizes, too, but I think we ought to get some treats just for posing--wait, Gus did!  Hey Guardian--I'm one bone behind!

December 24, 2011


This is the season where the night is almost as bright as the day. There are lots and lots twinkling lights on the houses and bushes and windows and things. There are green shaggy things snaking up the light posts. Some posts have big red bows; some have twinkly things on them; and some round things Guardian told me are called wreaths.

                         And one lawn had this:

Guardian said the sign is a countdown to Christmas.  That’s kind of silly, doncha think?  Who doesn’t  know when Christmas happens?

December 17, 2011


When I, the insanely cute Jazz, started this blog (with some help from Guardian), it was very, very lonely.  Guardian told me that people can follow a blog.  I’m not quite sure if those people are on a leash when they follow, but it would be nice to see that humans don’t always have to be in the lead.  So, welcome Stratoz and Margaret.  What’s that?  Oh Guardian wants me to tell you that Stratoz and Margaret are very creative and make amazing things called Mosaics and Stained Glass.  Since they came to visit here and decided to stay and follow, I think it’s only fair to plug something called “Nutmeg Designs” on someplace called “etsy.”  (Human language is so strange!)  Guardian says Nutmeg Designs had nothing to do with real nutmeg or anything to eat.  Darn!  I was hoping (and I bet Gus was, too) they’d give us some free homebaked goodies.

But then Guardian showed me this and said it was one Nutmeg Design: 

 Well, all is forgiven, Stratoz  (Guardian told me that this person’s real name is Wayne) and Margaret.  Now, all I have to do is put on my cutest pug mug

and tell Guardian, this is really something we should add to the stuff that is already in our house.  I mean, it IS Christmas, and well…this is the time to gift others, right?  So, tell Santa to bring that Jazz down the chimney soon.

December 2, 2011


Gus and I love our deck.  It’s like a little fenced in play area with cushions to lie on and things to mouthe.  Guardian lets us out there and we find wonderful treats waiting for us.  Like these long sticks that we can chew and chew and chew on.  They are bully good!  They get all white and gooey—that’s when they taste the best!  And that’s why Guardian won’t let us take them in the house.

Our deck is up high with a railing we can look through.  Gus is very nosy (well, as nosy as a flat-faced dog can be) and if he sees anyone walking anywhere nearby, especially a dog or cat or kid or a piece of flying paper, he just has to sound off.   I’m much more discriminating about what gets my attention.  “Why make all that effort?” I think to myself.  But then I’m the elder, so I know things—like how to conserve your energy for the really important things.  Things like chasing a ball and chewing on it; things like playing with a squeaky toy.   You know—but that’s a subject for another day!

The other day, Guardian got all excited and ran outside on the deck with Canon.  She started taking pictures of the sky.  I didn’t think it was such a great deal, but she was just ooohing and ahhing and saying something about how gorgeous a polluted sky can look.  I thought pollution was a bad thing, but I guess sometimes it can make a beautiful sky.  See for yourself!

So, what do you think?  Who’s prettier—me or the polluted sky?