Friday, April 24, 2015

The Food Does WHAT?

I have always had pretty good FUR. It is three coats of beautiful FAWN coloring highlighted with some black down my spine. I like my fur. As a rule, it is nice to the touch and lovely to look at.

Then I tried Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost lamb and salmon flavor. You would NOT believe it. My FUR is BETTER than EVER!!! Seriously!

Before we tried the food

It is now

  • Shinier than ever before
  • Softer than ever before
  • Fuller than ever before
  • Has PEOPLE saying OOOH and AHHHH a lot when they see me
Seriously - all from the quality ingredients in the Food! Check out what this food contains - and NOTICE the EMPHASIS on FOOD . . .

71% Pure animal ingredients and nutritious oils
29% Vegetables, fruits, and other wholesome ingredients
0% Grain or gluten

What about THAT!!! Oh. You want Specifics - well, I have that TOO:

Lamb, Salmon Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Tapioca, Lamb Meal, Peas, Menhaden Fish Meal, Tomato Pomace, Freeze Dried Lamb, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Chickpeas, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Flavor, Potassium Chloride, Carrots, Salt, Apples, Freeze Dried Lamb Liver, Freeze Dried Lamb Kidney, Pumpkinseeds, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Butternut Squash, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries

BOOM!!!! Them is some serious EATABLES!!!!

What does it all mean? The high protein foods build strong bones and teeth. They give us energy and keep us healthy. Dogs NEED high protein diets to thrive. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids sound like they might be bad BUT THEY AREN'T! These are the ingredients that are making my fur so luxurious and my skin so supple. They do all kinds of other good things like keep my digestive track in line. Toss in some probiotics, fiber and enzymes and you have a tasty ALL BODY power machine.

But back to my COAT of FUR. . . According the Cesar Millan, a dog's OR PUG'S fur can tell you a lot about the health and well being of the dog. A dull and dry coat might mean not enough GOOD nutrition. And since Instinct is high protein and fur is largely made of protein, well, it is a win win for me.

So let me sum up. . .  Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost formula dog food is high in PROTEIN, high in OMEGA 3 and OMEGA 6 fatty acids, and DEVOID of un-needed grains and glutens. It tastes like HEAVEN in a BOWL with the freeze-dried meat bits (Mommy calls it candy because we beg for it) and rich tasting crunchy kibble. It makes me energtic, makes me feel full (for a PUG), and makes my skin feel good. Picky-eater Molly actually eats Instinct Raw Boost without additives and without hours of begging and pleading by Mommy for her to e-a-t. AND it makes my FUR softer than SILK and Molly's hair-stuff feel like a soft CLOUD. We look GOOD and we feel GOOD.

My one complaint. . . . I can't keep the CAT away from my dish.

I think she is PLOTTING to steal my Instinct

*All of the opinions and observations expressed in this post are mine, Molly's and Mommy's ONLY. No one fed (haha) us information or gave us the answers. We worked HARD by continually eating this food (Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost) for a zillion days (1 month) to evaluate its affect on us and our health. In return for our very honest and candid review, we received a bag of NVIRB to use in our TRIAL.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Claire, Jamie and . . . . . . HAMMISH?

My Mommy #2 is a little obsessed with Claire and Jamie. Oh, they are not real people. They are characters in the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon - NOW a television series on STARZ.
She often thinks about how them. She frequently chats with my Aunties about the show or the books (which she read TWICE). It is always Jamie, this. . . and Claire, that.

Claire and Jamie

Her love of all things Scottish (like that segue? Sneaky, huh?) began a long long time ago when she visited Scotland for the first time. It wasn't the haggis or the whisky that captured her interest. Neither was it the men in Edinburgh wearing kilts (which she decided were DEFINITELY masculine and handsome) nor the woolly cows scattered around the green hills. NO. . . it was the HEATHER scattered over the mountains and the welcoming town of Inverness. She went there for a 1 night visit and stayed for 4. It was cold and rainy most of the time - and yet she had seldom seen a lovelier place than that.

So she came home toting several sweaters (jumpers), jams and tartan scarves from Scotland. She studied the language (casually and cannot recall a thing), researched the clans, and generally decided it was a bonny place indeed.Our house still bears the scattered remains of her souvenirs of Scotland.

During an episode of "Outlander" two weeks ago, she sprang a surprise on me. We were going to have a tartan-clad visitor arriving in a couple of days. Who was it going to be? I asked? Claire? Jamie?

I waited patiently by the door on the day the visitor was due to arrive. I sat a long long time.

Who are YOU?

At last he arrived. In a package. I was PERPLEXED.

Who are you? I asked. What CLAN are you from? I honestly have never seen a tartan in that shade of lavender.

Meet Hammish

I am HAMMISH from Clan Pugnotes. And I am here to stay with you forever and be your B.F.F.
So we played and played in our yard. We played until the sun went down and we were called in for dinner.

Afterward, I settled next to Mommy to watch a bit of TELLY (television). I looked all around for HAMMISH and could not find him. I was on the verge of tears when I checked the bedroom. This is what I found.

I guess I wore him out.

This is the START of a GREAT FURiendship.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Live Green - An Ode to Mother Earth

Live Green

Dear Mother Earth
You mean so much to me
What can I do to help you
Stay clean and pollutant free?

Lovely Blue Dot 
Sailing through Space
What can I do to preserve
Your pretty blue Face?

Reduce your waste
Reuse what you can
Recycle things you don't need
and Respect the land

Conserve the water
Keep it clean and clear
Its all we have
Treat it dear

Clean the Air all over the world
Stop burning oil, coal and fossil fuels
It is up to you and me
To protect the sweet Air we breathe

Dear Mother Earth
This is a promise I mean
Because I want to keep you
BLUE by living GREEN

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Stella Rose Long KNOWS Me So Well

So we finally got our new coats from Auntie S (Style on Four Paws boutique). I must say we are loving them even though we could NOT WEAR them all last weeks with temps jumping to 80 degrees Fahrenheit! OMP, absolutely NOT fleece wearin' weather. But this week may be another story as we are dropping to more Springlike temps with possible showers.

Stella Rose Long (Three Little Pugs) guessed my design absolutely CORRECTLY:

Molly got a different Disney design - the turtles from "Finding Nemo". 

These coats feature:
  • Velcro fastening belly belt
  • Two rows of crochet IN YOUR CHOICE OF COLOR OR COLORS
  • Slot for collar
  • Sized to fit YOUR size

Aren't they the best? If you are interested in getting one for yourself, look to the right for Auntie S's ad.
You can email her at

Friday, April 17, 2015

'Cause That's How Stubby Would Have Done It

EDITOR'S NOTE: This was originally scheduled for next week, Wednesday April 22, which is the actual EARTH DAY. But since so many cities and towns around NorCal are having EARTH DAY activities over this weekend, I thought I would print it NOW. SO enjoy. . . 5 days early.

Tomorrow, April 22, 2015 is EARTH DAY 2015; and I always like to spend time thinking of my FURiend, Angel Stubby, on EARTH DAY. Why on this day in particular? Well, simply put, Stubby was all about caring for our beloved PLANET and preserving her treasures. He spoke often about the importance of recycling and repurposing.

His blog is still accessible here in Blogville even though he is now residing over the Rainbow Bridge. Check it out at He was a wonderful citizen of this Earth and I miss him and his smile A LOT.

So I got to thinking "What would Stubby like to talk about?" and I really couldn't STOP thinking of things. I had a lot of trouble limiting the theme to just a COUPLE of things. So I asked his Mama what she thought Stubby would like to talk about - and she said


Well, I hadn't even given THAT a thought since usually we focus on things like TRASH and AIR QUALITY on Earth Day. But here in CALIFORNIA we are in our FOURTH year of drought and perhaps we SHOULD be focusing on WATER and how to preserve it. Water - is life. Without it we would all perish and our beautiful BLUE DOT floating in Space would become a brown wasteland.

Here's a link to this wonderful website I have discovered: 100+ Ways To Conserve Water

It is the little things we do that can have a big impact on how much water we have NOW and into the FUTURE.

  • Low Flow Toilets (those are like litter boxes for humans)
  • Low Flow Showerheads
  • Gray water (from laundry) diversion systems
  • Rain Barrels to catch the FEW PRECIOUS drops that fall
  • Buckets next to the bath tub to carry used water to the garden

I do realize that you in the EAST and MIDWEST might be having a hard time focusing on lack of water and really you kinda have the opposite problem. That DOES NOT mean you do not have to be mindful of the water you use. While it is important to not WASTE water in case of bad times, it is also important to PRESERVE the QUALITY of that water.

We all need to be vigilant against WATER POLLUTERS.

  • Chemicals we put in the soil end up in the water
  • Air pollution affects the cleanliness of water as well
  • Use soaps and cleaning products that are biodegradable so they don't linger in the water affecting the ecosystem
  • Don't throw trash into storm drains or water ways. That trash can affect the quality of the water
  • Check out the companies you buy products from - do they monitor how much their manufacturing affects local water? 

Here is a link to some fun (and scary) facts about THE EARTH'S WATER.

As I was DICTATING this post to my ASSISTANT, I felt as if Stubby was by my side guiding me along, sending me in the right direction, and whispering little tidbits of information in my ear.It was as if we are writing this together and KNOW WHAT? It felt good.

So this EARTH DAY - Think of Stubby and what he would do to conserve and preserve our water supply. I bet you will come up with many more ways you can make a difference.

Do your part to Preserve Our Earth

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A FORMER Pudgy Pug

Look how much I outweighed Molly!

This picture was taken last year when the VET declared me VERY FAT and told my Mommy that I needed to lose A LOT of weight. While Mommy disagreed with the VET calling me VERY FAT, she agreed that I needed to lose some weight and that at the time I was on a D-I-E-T. I did NOT consider my self at all FAT. . . maybe a little PUDGY as in Princess Pudgy but not FAT.

I had gone to the vet because I was displaying signs of tummy upset and possible pancreatic disorder. Luckily my pancreas was fine and the VET put me on bland food and antacid for a month. He said after that I really needed to lose 3-5 pounds.

So Mommy tried everything to get my weight down - diet food (she did not like the ingredients and they did not work anyhow), exercise (I had trouble with wheezing a lot), and finally good food but SMALLER portions. She checked with the breeder she adopted me from and was told that was at the absolute minimum amount of food I should eat, any less would be unhealthy. But I was so hungry after eating that I would fight with Molly. Mommy started building salads for me to have with my dinner and that helped a lot.

We are closer in weight now. This is a picture of the TURDUCKEN
we tested in January

Slowly the weight came off and by last Christmas I was almost 4 pounds lighter and looked a lot healthier. But Mommy worried because, frankly, I was starting to lose too much weight so she pondered returning to pre-D-I-E-T portions. But would I gain back all the weight I gained (she always tries to feed me good foods)? The last time she tried this I sure did- and I was eating HALO and such. I looked like a BREAD BOX in no time flat. So what to do? Well, Ms. Sydney at came to our RESCUE without even knowing it. She asked if we would review this new food from Nature's Variety Instinct - RAW BOOST. Of course we said YES!!!

Yes. I have used this picture a number of times

It's been 2 weeks now (15 days to be exact) and Mommy has been feeding me a normal amount of food so I am less STARVING after finishing my meal. That food is so yummy even SUNSHINE the CAT begs for it. ANY WHOOOO, what has Mommy found out? I am MAINTAINING my waistline without having to eat smaller portions! And the food is satisfying (although I still beg whenever anyone enters the kitchen - just habit, really) so that I don't look around the house for any stored treats AFTER I have just eaten! And the constant BELCHING and FARTING I was doing with the last food she tried on me. . . well that is gone as well. Now I occasionally Belch and Fart just not all the time. I AM A PUG, after all!

Look at this trim waistline . . . well, it would look trimmer if I
wasn't trying to sit. . . trust me on this

My point is - good food = good nutrition = healthier pug.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015