Thursday, August 25, 2011

It's A Beautiful Day!

There was no way I was going to stay home on such a beautiful day.  With temps in the upper 70s and sunshine as far as the eye could see, I dragged Momma out of the house early this morning to go hiking.  

For some reason my car seat was in the garage.  Hmmmm.  Why wasn't it in the front seat where it belongs?  Is someone trying to tell me something?  

Soon my car seat was back in the shot gun position and we were cruising down the road.  Ahhh.  I love to stick my head out of the window.  The fresh air really makes me feel awesome.

Our destination was Buffalo Creek, one of many forest preserves that we've visited this summer.  Momma chose this one today because it's mostly open with only a little tree cover (no mosquitoes) and close to the house.

I love going downhill!  I always run ahead of Momma and beat her to the bottom of the trail.  No one can catch super Tiffy!

"Please try to keep up, Momma!"

"See ya later!"

We have to cross three bridges on this trail.  I used to be afraid of the bridges but now I stop to check things out.   Too bad there wasn't anything down there to see.

Even from this view I couldn't see a thing in the water.  I wonder where all the fishies are.

We came across this cool caterpillar on the back loop of the trail.  Momma doesn't know what species of caterpillar it is but it looks really cool.  Please leave me a comment if you know who this guy is.  

I was getting a little tired as we headed back to the car.   Of course, I was still in front of Momma but I was dragging a bit.  Momma left my water in the car so I was walking fast because I was thirsty.  3.4 miles of hiking takes a lot out of a pug!

After a quick drink, we were on the road again.  I thought we were going home but before I knew it we pulled up to Page's.  YAY!

One of the resident kitties was hanging outside greeting customers but I walked right by him without even seeing him.  I sure wish my eyes worked so I could see what's going on around me.

Momma didn't get any pictures of me in the store because she was too busy talking to Jody, the owner, about my food.  After I got weighed (I am a trim 15.2 lbs, thank you very much!), I checked out the Honest Kitchen food, got a turkey treat, and then said my goodbyes to everyone.  We didn't actually buy anything because Jody gave us some samples.

Has anyone tried this brand of food?  It's called Addiction and even though their North American headquarters are in Washington (where Tuni lives), the food is manufactured in New Zealand.  Talk about a carbon footprint!  Jody gave us some normal samples (beef and lamb) but I checked out the Addiction website and they sell dehydrated food that contains brushtail and kangaroo.  Brushtail is a possum and I sure don't want to eat it.  And I love kangaroos and I don't want to eat them either.  I haven't decided if I'm going to try this food yet, just on principle alone.

I am definitely going to try the Honest Kitchen embark that Jody gave me.   Puglet has a friend named Norton that used to lick and chew his paws.  After two weeks on Honest Kitchen all the licking and chewing stopped.  I am so hoping that I like this food because if I do Momma is going to go back to get me some this weekend.  My friend Payton also eats this stuff and she loves it.

Thank you for all your comments on my post this past Monday.  I am going to try the raw, dehydrated food, Momma is going to buy the book "Pets at Risk" that the Southern Fried Pugs recommended, and then if all else fails I am going to take Toby Moses advice and get the VARL test.  For now I am going to hold off on the supplements but I fully expect to be on some over the winter to boost my immune system.  And maybe one day soon Momma will go buy me some coconut like Bellatrix suggested.


  1. Best wishes honey on all the issues. It looks like you are having so much fun, and you have one of the best mommys in the world.
    I don't remember if I have dropped a line here before but have you looked up Aunt Jennie's raw food food? We have done really well on it. It comes frozen and can be refrozen.

  2. Hey Tiffy! What a super awesome day!!! It was still a bit too hot for a walk today, but I'm so glad it's cooling off in Chicago because that means it will be great weather for my next check-up. That preserve is just pretty, so green compared to our brown, crispy grass here. I may just have to drag my mom and dad there. And to top it all off you got to go back to Page's?!? You are one lucky puggie! I can't wait to go there with you! It sounds like your mom has a great plan to get rid of your itches. My paws are crossed!

  3. 3.4 mile hike??? Wow! You go, Tiffy!!!

    Good luck with all the foods and supplements.

    Hugs -


    PS I sure hope you aren't planning to visit the Indy Pugs at the October meetup 'cause I'll be in Florida that day! Just FYI. ;)

  4. Hi Tiffy
    Your walks are so magical. I just love seeing, cute little "you" walk down the trails. And I love your wide open sky,, and that blue, blue water creek.
    The trails are so perfect like someone swept them. You don't even need to jump over logs and sticks! I would love to visit all your magical places. Now your little legs are so tired, right?
    Don't you worry Tiffy,, your momma will get your itchies all under control!

  5. Tiffy,

    Looks like you had the best time ever, beautiful weather, lots to see and do and then a great nap at the end. No one could ask for a better time. And we love your car seat. It makes us feel better that other pugs have one too.


    Minnie Moo

  6. That looks like an awesome day, Tiffy!! I'll have to investigate this "car seat" thing cause my pug likes to sit on my lap while I drive. Not exactly the safest thing for both of us :)


  7. Tiffy this here is your foster snuggybrother, Howie. Please ship me summa that kangaroo and oposstum. They sound delishush. And i am pretty sure that is my cattypillar. Can you send him to me? You gots the address. PS - maw ordered me something on line last night. Do you know if it was food? She refused to tell me wutt it was.
    your good pal,

  8. Oh Tiffy, what a pretty walk with momma!! I'm glad you had a good time. I hope you find a food option that works for you!! Itchies are no fun for anyone!!



  9. hi tiffy!
    oh what a wonderful day you had!
    yay! fall is on the way!
    a & m

  10. What a nice walk you had

    Good luck with the allergies, we have our paws crossed that you find the culprit

  11. Hola Tiffy!!
    What a pawsome walkies you had!! It looks beautiful !!! Hope the new food help's with your itchies.
    Hugs and Bechos
    Spongy & Licky

  12. Hope the food helps you out, Tiffy. After your mom reads that book, have her email our mom if she has any questions. Our mom is like yours in that she'd prefer to do things as natural as possible and as responsibly as possible. So the fact that she is willing to endorse this protocol says a lot for her.