Friday, April 21, 2017

PLEASE Don't Leave Me!!!!


I'm SOOOOO Very BLUE when you go away!
I realize you have things to do
Without you I have nothing to SAY
But to lay here and think of YOU
SO
Hurry back Mommy
I LOVE YOU




*Mommy's note: I was away from home for a week. We will be back on track next week

Friday, April 14, 2017

Back In Action, Jackson - AND T.G.I.E. (Thank Goodness It's Easter!!)


The Computer is BACK IN THE HOUSE, folks! Whew that was a long DRY spell, dontcha think? But all's well and the CPU is fixed without too much loss of data.

It is SPRINGlike today and I am loving it. The sun is out and everything looks happy. It is kinda cold, though, unless I am sitting in the sun in a sheltered spot. And I am ALWAYS in a sheltered spot. I went out for a little while this morning and captured some SUN RAYS.

You all might know that this SUNDAY is EASTER. I loves loves loves Easter. The whole family is here and lots of good food is cooking. The smells are amazing. Molly and I often get EASTER baskets of goodies as well. That's cool. Last year we got Pugs In The Kitchen goodies and they lasted a long time. If it were up to me they wouldn't have lasted as long. But I was on a (d.i.e.t.) and so too much snacking was out of the QUESTION!

I am so hoping that all of my FURiends here in Blogville and elsewhere have a wonderful Easter, Passover, Spring Day - however you celebrate.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Big Crash of 2017

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you THIS announcement.

Mommy's computer crashed.

She cannot add pictures.

She cannot do her AFFIRMATIONS.

Please pray for a speedy recovery.

Love Noodles

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Totally True It's Tuesday

Look Below for another AFFIRMATION




It sure is a TUESDAY. What can one say about a Tuesday that has not already been said? 
  • Tuesday is Monday's Ugly Sister (why is it always an ugly sister?)
  • Ah Tuesday! The day I remember what I didn't do on Monday and push off until Wednesday
  • Today is not Friday. . . tomorrow is not Friday. . . and even the day after tomorrow is not Friday
  • You can come out now, Monday's gone
  • After Tuesday even the calendar goes WTF
  • It's only Tuesday and I am 95% done with this week
  • Nothing messes up your Friday than realizing it is only Tuesday
  • Tuesday - I can't even see the weekend from here

Actually I kind of like Tuesdays. I mean, it ISN'T Monday and we all know I have a tough time on MONDAY. It is also (usually) TACO TUESDAY and I love tacos. The are so yummy and so fun to eat.

Not only that, TUESDAY is usually a day we get packages, for some strange reason. So Molly and I stand by the front door pretty much all day and bark, bark, bark in preparation.

I see a PACKAGE truck coming down the lane . . . I'll catch up with you later.




Monday, April 10, 2017

Once Upon a Midday Dreary. . . But NOT Today!


This is what I do on a cold and rainy day. It's not much but it is fun. I sleep, watch a little television, and sometimes I nap (heehee, see what I did there?) The spot I am occupying in the pic above is Aunt T's chair in her room. This is a particularly NICE spot to hang out on because as a rule - I am not allowed up there.

It is not the being naughty that makes this spot so nice. It is mostly because Molly wouldn't DARE come into Aunt T's room and sleep on the chair. She wouldn't and she couldn't. I CAN because . . . well, because I CAN.


Today is not like that. Today is sunny and although not warm, it is nice. So on day's like today I like to go outside and hang out. Occasionally I will eat strawberries (we have a lot in pots and they are getting ripe. I estimate I have one RED BERRY a day. Isn't that cool? Sometimes I just nap on the cement in a ray of sunshine. There is nothing finer than to lay there smelling the breeze and getting all toasty from the puddle of sunlight. And yes. . . there are days I just like to

DANCE
(cue music)



And now for your AFFIRMATION for Monday


Friday, April 7, 2017

My New FURiend TINY

We look the same size here, huh?

Anypuggy who knows me knows I like to meet new pups and peeps. I really do. For me LIFE is all about expanding my circle of FURiends. That and TREATS, of course.

So recently Cousin E took me over to her BOYfriend J's house to meet his new puppy TINY. Tiny is about 6 months old now . . . maybe 7 . . . and can finally have visitors. His family is so thrilled to have him as the newest member. They watched Molly and Me last year when the whole family went to New Mexico for a wedding and afterward they SO WANTED a pet of their own. We were THAT good.

I don't know the breed that TINY belongs to - He is a mix of different doggies but, alas, no pug. His coloring is reminiscent of a BEAGLE, huh? But he has no Beagle that anyone is aware of. That is often the case of rescue dogs - which he totally is - because no one is sure what kind of breeds of which the pawrents are comprised. No matter, he is cute and funny and THAT is what the family wanted.
Oh hello. My name is Noodles

So on this particular day I went over to BOYfriend J's house and spent the afternoon getting to know Tiny. We said hello and sniffed a little. I don't like being sniffed a whole lot so we just did quick gettin'-to'know- you kinda sniffs. Then we stared at each other. Then Tiny barked. And he barked. AND HE BARKED! He reminded me of Molly in that way. She is a barking fool.

Oh! NOW I see why you are called TINY

Like I said, I spent the afternoon at Tiny's place although we did not play. He does not really know how to play yet. I suggested PUPPY CLASSES for him and perhaps some intense dog park action. That way he knows about other DOGS and learns to relate to them. Socialization is very important.

But he is a good doggie and is coming along nicely. He is sorta behaved in a puppy way and he is real cute. I think he will be a great addition for BOYfriend J's family for a long time to come. AND I am glad to finally have a chance to meet him.

And now for another of my 100 AFFIRMATIONS



Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's a WRAP - I Wish It Was a WRAP Sandwich But . . . #chewyinfluencer

I don't think we will both fit in that box

I finished my 30 day challenge for Chewy.com. This time I was challenged to EAT, EAT, and EAT Hills Science Diet Youthful Vitality dog food for canines 7 year and older. I am almost 8 so I qualified. Molly did not because she is only 4 AND doesn't have enough teeth to handle the kibble size. BUT I LET Mommy give her a couple to gnaw on. She liked them.

I really liked this food. The flavor was yummy and the crunch just right. I also liked the fact that my, a-hem, BELCHING diminished some. I am still cutting loose with a smelly burp now and then but not at the frequency I was last month . . . and not combined with the toots, either.

And my coat is soft and shiny which is always a good sign. My eyes are bright and my ears have no waxy build-up. These are all good things, DONTCHA THINK?

Plus I have been a lot more energetic than the previous few months. Could be the HILLS SCIENCE DIET YOUTHFUL VITALITY or could be the warmer weather. We'll never know for sure, but I am willing to bet the food helped.

I admit I was BUSTED a couple of time while, a-hem, PLAYING with a squeaky toy at 1 am. It felt so good to play. . . that "squeak, squeak" makes me smile.

Wait! Hey Mom! That's NOT a smile!!!

Not that everything about this food is perfect, though. Yes, it has a lot of good things going for it but satisfying is NOT one of them. I am still asking for more when I finish my bowl (so Oliver Twist "I'd like some more, sir. . ." Don't you think?) - And at dinner time I am inconsolable until the bowl is put before me. I have been put in the BAD BEHAVIOR pen more than once because of this. For this reason ONLY I have to take away a paw of approval. My food NEEDS to be satisfying or it just DON'T FLY.

In summation, Hills Science Diet Youthful Vitality dog food

  • Has great flavor and crunch-ability
  • Provides plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep an aging pup in peak health
  • Provides the important protein to give me energy and make me play
  • Is a good value for your PAWrents' hard earned money

Oh, and it comes in multiple doggy sizes so there is a kibble size just right for YOUR PARTICULAR PUP.

Casa de Noodles gives this food THREE PAWS UP.

We are grateful to Chewy.com for allowing us the opportunity to EAT this fine food and review it for you all. We are never paid for our opinions and no one, and I mean no one puts BABY in the corner. . . uh, TELLS Noodles what to say. We did receive a bag of food free of charge and sufficient enough to provide 30 days of meals in order to assess the effects of the product.

DON'T FORGET MY DAILY AFFIRMATION BELOW



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Whacky Wednesday and . . . Affirmation #2



 I am waiting for something - what could it be? Could it be the mail person? The UPS driver? Here's a clue



Look at that intense concentration. Have you ever seen ANYPUGGY so focussed on something? I am thinking to myself - "Noodles, you got this. You're a champion. You're a treat MAGNET. Yes YOU can!"

Now you're asking yourself. . . "Did she catch it?" I will, of course say - yes I did. But. . . you'll never really know.

Today's affirmation


And remember you gotta
HOP


Monday, April 3, 2017

One Hundred AFFIRMATIONS Begins Today . . . Hop On-Board?


Hi from my MONDAY. I am not a fan of Mondays and I think anyone who knows me knows this about me.
So when I decided to begin A HUNDRED AFFIRMATIONS, I decided I needed to do so ON a MONDAY. Because, think about it . . . when does one most need AFFIRMATION?

On a Monday.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Rockin The Challenge . . . #chewyinfluencer

Challenger























I just completed my SECOND week of my new Chewy.com 30 Day Challenge: Hills Science Diet Youthful Vitality.




Yes. I caught it


I gotta tell you - this food is TASTY! I simply cannot wait to eat it because it tastes so good. And why not?  Look at the ingredients

Chicken, Brewers Rice, Yellow Peas, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Corn, Egg Product, Chicken Fat, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Pork Liver Flavor, Soybean Oil, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, L-Lysine, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Carrots, Dried Tomato Pomace, Dried Citrus Pulp, Spinach, Fish Oil, Iodized Salt, Lipoic Acid, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Natural Flavors, L-Tryptophan, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene


It is pretty chock full of natural flavors, minerals and vitamins. I am not a fan of the corn (two kinds) and the liver flavors rather than actual livers, though. I like real whole meats, fruits and vegetables. But other than those things, the rest of the ingredients are very GOOD FOR ME.

Here are some of the KEY BENEFITS of Youthful Vitality (from the Chewy.com website)


  • Powerful antioxidants support a healthy brain and a desire to interact.
  • Protein, phytonutrients, and L-carnitine help get your dog moving and interested in playing.
  • Vitamins C and E support a healthy immune system.
  • Chicken kibble recipe is delicious and the high-quality ingredients are easy to digest.
  • Essential fatty acids help keep the coat soft and shiny.



I get 1/3 of a cup twice a day and I am just Koo Koo for Cocopuffs when meal time comes around.

A good thing that has come out of eating this food - my, ahem, BELCHING has dramatically lessened supporting my belief that the pea proteins in the last two foods I tried were causing the reaction. I have farted a little less, too. Come on! We all know FARTING is part of PUG LIFE.

Energywise I feel pretty good. In fact, DANCIN' good.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Agility Course - Noodles Style

I'm ready to go

Revisiting the Dog Expo of a couple of weeks ago. I finally got a copy of the VIDEO of me doing the AGILITY COURSE that was set up in the main hall. You know me. I love a good challenge.

I have not yet seen this video so you are WATCHING along with ME! Aren't you excited? I sure am.
so give me a minute to crank up the VIDEO player.


video

Hmmmmmmmmmm. I don't know what to say. I felt like I totally ROCKED that course.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bee Cause


Daisy and Scooter Pugman reminded me of something very very important - BEES. We tend to take bees for granted and we shouldn't because they are so so vital to our EATING. Yes, you heard me - without BEES there would not be enough pollination and plants would not grow and animals that eat plants would not live and on and on and on. It is NOT a happy thought.

In August of 2015 The Rolling Stone published a feature story on bees called What Is Killing America's Bees and What Does It Mean for Us? It is a very eye-opening story which I highly recommend. Click the title. It is a link to the story. One of the most frightening things talked about in the article is COLONY COLLAPSE. This is where not only do the bees die, but they disappear. They go queenless, lay fewer eggs, and basically live in disarray until there is nothing left to sustain them.

It is pretty well documented that a big part of the problem is CLIMATE CHANGE. Hotter than normal summers, colder than normal winters, years long droughts . . . it all adds up to one big problem for us all.


An equally big problem with bees are some of the new breed of insecticides being used all over farmville - neonicotinoids, or neonics. Besides not really being able to discriminate between a good bug and a bad bug, neonicotinoids mess with insect brains. This messing with BEE BRAINS is widely thought to contribute to COLONY collapse. And unlike more traditional pesticides, neonicotinoids are not water soluble and do not break down over time. They join the plant system and live on in the food supply.

Pugsonally, I like bees and I like to listen to them buzzing around in our yard in SPRING. It would be very sad if they suddenly disappear completely. So I am making it my mission to do whatever I can to help save the bees. Here are some of the things I found out that I can do


  1. Plant bee friendly flowers and herbs in the garden to replace the habitat bees are losing every day
  2. Let weeds and wildflowers live in your lawn and garden - they provide a haven and are a food source for bees
  3. Control invasive plants with frequent weeding and avoid using weedkillers and pesticides which are poison to the bees too
  4. Buy LOCAL - local raw honeys are awesome! 
  5. Keep small basins of fresh water around the yard for the bees to drink (this was hard to do during the drought)
  6. Buy local, organic foods from sustainable and pesticide free farms (if you get a chance to see "The Bullish Farmer" you will understand why)
  7. Learn about bees and make your yard hospitable for them
  8. Join or start a community group to protect bees
  9. Let your representatives at the city, county, state, and national levels know that you think protecting bees is very very important
  10. Live like bees are your friends and not out to BUG you. Bees are vegetarian unlike wasps. They don't want a piece of you and sting to protect themselves and their precious cargo (pollen and nectar)

http://www.queenofthesun.com/get-involved/10-things-you-can-do-to-help-bees/

Monday, March 27, 2017

Gotta SPRING In My Step And Spring In My Sights


Hi you all! HOPPY SPRING to everypuggy. I am especially happy today because the clouds are dispersing and there is a sweet smell of flowers in the air. It is still cool, but the day has SO MUCH PROMISE!

Just yesterday there were rain clouds in the sky and rain puddles on the ground. It was so gloomy. I spent a lot of the day just doing THIS



It was just the RIGHT thing to do for such a gloomy day. But it was fine - it was Sunday and the whole family was home including MOMMY #1 from college! She is on SPRING BREAK which is perfect since MOTHER NATURE is BREAKING in SPRING, so to SPEAK.

Around here there are clear markers that winter has bid farewell and SPRING is taking over. The temperatures are warming up and Mommy #2 says her BONES are not so cold now. The flowers Aunt T planted are all starting to bloom and when you walk into the backyard your NOSE is greeted by their sweet perfume. I sometimes ask to go outside JUST to SIT in the sun and take deep breaths.

The hills around us are a lovely PANOPLY of greens with SPLASHES of yellows. The yellow is from our native grass - the mustard plant (Sahara mustard (Brassica tournefortii). Oh how I love to see and smell this harbinger of warmer days.



It makes me want to whip out my dancing shoes and GO FOR IT!

HOPPY SPRING!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Challenger - Noodles style. . . . . . . . #chewyinfluencer

Me, a Challenger in a Challenger for a Chewy.com Challenge




















I am so into challenges. I love them and whenever Chewy.com contacts me about doing one then I am ONBOARD. Eating one food for a month is so good because when I do that I find out the long term affects of a food (did I get tired of it, for example) and whether or not I would eat that food going forward. It is the perfect amount of time for a trial

So of course when I was recently asked to participate in a challenge for Hills Science Diet - I said yes. Ahhhhh, but the caveat to this challenge is it is for ME ONLY. That is right. This food - Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food - is specifically designed to address the dog who is no longer. . . let's say WELL PAST the puppy stage. Since I am turning 8 this July, it is a good time to try something like this.


I have discovered a Fountain (Box) of YOUTH


I was pretty excited when the food arrived. Now, admittedly, that could have been because my beloved Auntie B arrived at the same time. So I was at the door having CONNIPTION-FITS and Mommy was A-Hemming a LOT. When she opened the door, there was Auntie B with a BIG BOX from Chewy.com. Weird, huh? I danced around and danced around until Mommy said S-T-O-P and put the box aside for the time being. She KNEW what it was and I didn't.

We therefore had a nice and civilized visit with Auntie B whose lap I sat on because she was wearing black pants, hehheh.

FAST FORWARD to sometime later when THE BOX was finally opened and I got my first WHIFF of the Hill's Science Diet Adult 7+ Youthful Vitality Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food.

Sorry Molly, you DON'T get any of this (but she did. . . she got a taste . . . and now she is really jealous).


So that is my STORY so far. I will be writing several posts updating you on this product and giving you my play by play observations.

This is gonna be an interesting challenge.

** I am not paid by chewy.com or Hills Science Diet to participate in this challenge and to write this review. I have received free of charge a month's worth of product so that I may COMPETE in this challenge. Any opinions expressed in this blog are MINE alone.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

What In The World Thursday



What in the world is going on here? Molly cannot leap this gate so how did she get on the other side of it? Is it magic? Is it a miracle (hehe)? It almost looks posed and planned but I do not recall anything of the sort. Let's call it MOVIE MAGIC. Not that this is a movie. No, didn't mean that.

Speaking of movies, have you seen the new "Beauty and the Beast" starring Doug the Pug? It's my new favorite movie.

On to better things - a couple of weekends ago, when Mommy was away in Anaheim and visiting that silly MOUSE M-I-C-K-E-Y, Cousin E took me and Molly to the Pet Expo. If you have never been to the Pet Expo you really should go. There are a lot of dogs there so SOCIALLY it is da bomb.



There are always a lot of vendors at the PET EXPO, as well so you can chat with them, find out about their products and try new ones. Sometimes you get a treat or TWO or THREE. I am very good at working the booths for maximum TREATAGE. Mommy talked her way into a lot of samples for products to review when we went the year before. But Cousin E was not into the schmoozing.


One thing they had at the PET EXPO was an AGILITY course. I don't know about you but I, Noodles the Pug" do not like agility courses. Molly sometimes does. Some PUGS even do. But I do not. Here is a photo of the course representative MOVING ME through the course. He was determined that I finish the course. The truth is - I never really started. He MOVED me through the whole course.


In addition to the walking around and TREATING, we got some swag. It was the usual bandana, sample food, can toppers, and such. And we didn't forget SUNSHINE the Cat. Here she is modeling her new LION costume.  Looks a little like a turkey, though. Aren't we great SISTEROIDS to remember to bring her home something? (wink, wink)

Molly tried it on too.


But not me . . . uh-uh. As you can see, Molly had a little trouble seeing out of the "face". It could be because she has a pinhead. Oh, did I say that aloud?

That was our day at the San Jose Pet Expo. Like I said, if you haven't been, you must. It is a lot of fun.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday BUT Not Really



LOOK how green our hills are this year! And notice the gray clouds. That is the reason why.
It's not APRIL yet but this photo reminded me of this.

April Rain Song
by
Langston Hughes


Let the rain kiss you
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops
Let the rain sing you a lullaby
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk
The rain makes running pools in the gutter
The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night
And I love the rain. 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Cat Means Happy Household #chewyinfluencer


But. . .but. . . we thought this was ALL for us DOGS

The SAME box that brought us that delicious VICTOR'S Chicken and Vegetables Dinner also brought something for Sunshine the Cat. She was very SILLY when she chose her Chewy.com March selection - I think she was hopped up on that COSEQUIN she tried last month. She was downright giggly, if you can imagine that. So she picked the food with "The Cool Looking Kitty" on the package (commence eye rolling).

ROAR!

Not too many days later (like 2) our package arrived and it included her Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers Wild Cuts - Tasty Chicken Morsels. I have to agree that the kitty on the package is pretty cool looking in person (catson? pugson? dogson?) and a little scary. Probably weighs as much as Sunshine, don't you agree? You know how photos add 10 pounds or so . . . but I digress.

Notice the intense concentration

Sunshine agreed to pose with this box ONLY if she was promised some of the food. The humans complied BUT keep in mind this is a TOPPER. That bowl is full for the sake of the photo only. Although the pouches are not exactly resealable they can fold down to keep the contents fresh. That is a really good feature since each pouch holds 3-4 toppings. Do keep it from dripping in the fridge, my Mommy put it in a plastic baggie.

So at this point Sunshine was all braggy and kept telling us that SHE picked the best item because the ingredient list reads like a WHAT'S WHAT of foodables to the tune of
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Water, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Carbonate.

Can't argue with her there.

She blathered on. . . . "this food is so good because. . ." it is Grain-free and made with savory, protein-rich chicken AND HAS No chicken/poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Sunshine really is insufferable.

She then requested a PHOTO ESSAY to express her opinion of the food



















To say the Blue Buffalo Wilderness topper is a SUCCESS would be an understatement. It will be HARD to get Sunshine to try anything else now that she has tried this food.

You KITTIES can get your own Blue Buffalo Wilderness toppings (it comes in three flavors: chicken, duck and salmon) at Chewy.com. They carry the full array of flavors at a very reasonable price.

**Neither Sunshine nor anypuggy else in this house was paid to write this review. She received from Chewy.com,free of charge, adequate food to try and form an opinion. All opinions in this post belong to our extremely opinionated CAT.