Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Summer Song Time

I am singing my Summer Song to you
Long days and sunshine gently
Warming the air once cool

I am singing my Summer Song 
Peaches to eat a-plenty
The season doesn't last long

I am singing my Summer Song once more
A segue to Fall leaves that dapple
Me as I lay on the Apple Tree floor
Eating. . . apple. . . cores

Ahhhhhh Summer
Ohhhh Fall

Monday, August 21, 2017

Total Eclipse Bombshell

That is right folks. One of the biggest natural phenomena in decades and we HAVE NO SUN. I was all prepared, too.

  • Had a NAP
  • Did my potty JOB
  • ACQUIRED Eclipse Glasses (Thank you Auntie AB)
I am so in a quandry over this because the FOG has been missing for a while and I was hoping for its return. BUT NOT TODAY OF ALL DAYS.

The infamous San Francisco Bay Area Fog showed up today. Not just at the COAST. Not just on the PENINSULA. Nope, nope, nope It stretches across the whole Bay Area. 

It's okay, though. We will be watching on NASA.com and I know the overall color outside will change as the eclipse moves through its stages. We just won't see the actual eclipse.

The sun came OUT just as the eclipse was getting underway. Mommy was squealing with delight as she gathered her ECLIPSE glasses, pinhole camera, phone, and went to the backyard. I went out too but she ushered me inside when I kept looking where she was looking. She said she could not risk damaging my eyes. 

The view through pinhole camera. The breeze kept moving
it so her picture is not real great. This was at
50 percent

I didn't know. I thought it was a BIRD, or a PLANE, or a SUPERHERO, or something.

Eclipse shadows

Anyhow, she said it was miraculous and COOL and she is soooo happy she was able to view it afterall. She watched for a zillion HOURS and finally let me come out. She showed me there was a strawberry I had overlooked and so I forgave her for incarcerating me.

I'm FREE. . . . .

Friday, August 18, 2017

August is for Celebrating

Tuesday was my Mommy #2's birthday. She shares it with Aunt B. So we always have TWICE the fun when we celebrate.

The daytime was not too exciting because everyPUGGY had to work. It was a day like any other day except IT WASN'T. It was my Mommy's birthday. So we slept in a little (like .9 seconds) and we had a tasty breakfast. The we went to work and I spent ALL DAY cuddled up to my Mommy's feet. It is my favorite place to sit.

Then the whole family minus the FURBABIES (harrumph!) went out to dinner. I HEARD it was a good time but I do not have first hand experience. But I CAN tell you every one of the humans (except Cousin E's boyfriend) came home GROANING about being too full. Nonetheless, this happened


Did you watch the whole thing? I am pretty proud of it, myself. I didn't howl at the end like I sometimes do. . . but I did sing with passion and I think that is more important. One has to FEEL the song to SELL the song, as they say.

Then Mommy and Aunt B opened gifts and gushed about everything. They were happy, I can tell. And I was so happy too. I love it when my Mommy is happy.

Have an absolutely FAB weekend everyPUGGY. I am thinking some BEACH might happen.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Well, You Can Tell By The Way I Use My Walk. . .


. . . You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin'
And we're stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive . . .

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunshine is a Fashionable Kitty . . . #chewyinfluencer

Yeah, that's the DOG bag of treats. . . so what!

This is Sunshine the Cat enjoying a TREAT of Merrick Backcountry Freeze-dried Raw Chicken Treats. She likes them. . . she likes them very much. . . they make her want to do some pretty crazy things . . .


Wearing BREAD


Wearing a CAT HAT (?)

Wearing a CHEWY.COM box

The Merrick Backcountry Freeze-dried treats make her that giddy and THAT silly. She says they make her feel like a kitten again. And you can see why - these treats are made from REAL MEAT and not all that filler and fake stuff.

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Peas, Dried Potatoes, Gelatin, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative)

And ever the THRIFTY cat, she says Chewy.com has the best price and the largest collection of Merrick products she has found. She does not shop anywhere else . . . so . . .

Sunshine wants to THANK Chewy.com for sending her these treats, free of charge, so she can feel like a kitten again. And she would like say that the opinions expressed in this post are hers alone and she received no payment for them.

Finally, she would like to thank you, dear readers, for attending her impromptu fashion show today.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Noodles' Secret #chewyinfluencer

I have exciting news for you today PUPS N PUGS. . . We are having a FASHION SHOW!!! Noodles' Secret  
by Chewy.com 

a runways show you don't want to miss. . . Today's Sponsor, Merrick Backcountry Freeze-dried Raw, provides Modern Pooches with grain-free, gluten-free wholesomeness. A regular diet that includes these tasty treats can give your dog

  • a hearty taste to tempt their tastebuds that can be used as a meal, topper or as a treat
  • real meats and fish without by-products and imitation flavors
  • protein rich treats that mimic dog's ancestral diet
  • no wheat, soy (fillers), colorings or preservatives


We go bonkers for these treats in Casa de Noodles and even finicky Molly yips-yaps-and-jumps for these nuggets of goodness. Merrick Backcountry Freeze-dried treats (we had chicken because we are KooKoo for Chick'n) has these ingredients: Deboned Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Potatoes, Potato Protein, Chicken Broth, Gelatin, Dried Kelp, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (a Preservative), Potassium Chloride, Apples, Carrots, Blueberries, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Chloride, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12.

I think that is SUPER COOL. And what's even super COOLER is the calorie content: 4,105 kcal/kg, 287 kcal/cup

Not gonna get fat on these snacks (like all snacks they should be eaten in moderation as part of a healthy diet).

Chewy.com carries a full line of Merrick treats so check them out. You can choose from Beef, Chicken, and Salmon.

Monday, August 14, 2017

On Strike!!!!

Let it be known that I. . . Noodles the Pug . . . am on strike. I am striking for the right to MAKE my weekend LONGER. And by LONGER I mean by a FEW more days. Let's be honest. . . 2 days is not nearly enough down time. It definitely is not enough FAMILY time. It most assuredly is not enough PLAY time.

SO I am going to lay right here on this pillow until the weekend comes back around again. . . be that 1 day from now or 5. I am on STRIKE!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Fumblings

Huh. Something appears to be wrong with my BLOGGER. . . or maybe with Blogger in general.
I cannot upload a photo for this post. That will make for a rather BORING post, I dare say. . . but here goes. . .

Once upon a time, there was a little pug names Noodles
She was named after a favorite food - or foodables
She loved to go out in her yard and forage
Among the fruit trees for EDIBLES
As luck would have it, she always found
A peach, an apple and an occasional Plum
It made her waistline a little round
But stopped her tummy sound
Summer wore on 
The days warmer
The fruits' bounty waned

Ere, the days were cool
Noodles found
Nary a bite of . . .

See! I made my own picture. Happy Friday Pugs n Peeps

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Havin' Fun With My Bestie

Molly is my Sister
But she is also my BESTIE
We do EVERYTHING together
And that is what make it so FUN
I can't ASK for a better companion
Cuz Molly's NUMBER ONE

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wholly Wednesday

Hello everyPUGGY. What a day! The summer fog has returned and I am having a tough time getting going. Actually, the FOG is late. Our summers are characterized by warm weather followed by cooling fog. But this summer has been wacky. We had a relatively cool June followed by a crazy hot July. Then AUGUST started with thundershowers and even some lightning! Now. . . now we have a little normalcy with the return of the fog.

The house is uber quiet because most of the family is gone. Aunt B, Aunt M, and Cousin C are in the Land of the Mouse. Aunt T and Cousin E are at work. Mommy #1 is at Auntie B's Mom's house where we are staying and Mommy #2 is here working. She says she can actually CONCENTRATE for once and it is making her head hurt. HA!! I think she is FAKING it.

I want to give a POTP Shout-out the Madi who is feeling kinda poorly. I Hope you feel better very very soon.

Today is Blog Hop Wednesday so join me in

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ears Looking At You, Kid. . .

Not only can you tell a BREED by it's ears, but you can also tell a little about one's PUGsonality. Look how different all of these ears are! I am simply fascinated.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lazy Dog Lazy Saturday

Haha - Gotcha! I was NOT a lazy dog at all! I WENT to the Lazy Dog Restaurant with Mommy and Auntie B. You know me - I loves loves loves to spent time with Auntie B no matter when or where. So when Mom latched on my Kurgo harness and said we were visiting Auntie B, I got all happy. Dancy HAPPY.

We said on the patio which is enclosed and shaded. It was lovely. I do wish the Humans had been able to sit at the LOWER tables. I don't like it when all I can reach is Mommy's ankles. I tried to be good and not jump. The waiter brought me a bowl of water, which was nice. Some places only have community water bowls and I do NOT like shared water. There is also a pup menu but Mommy said no way Noodles. She thinks I need to lose some weight. She says the peaches are making me fat. AS IF!!!

So many people came up to Mommy and asked if they could PET me. Many also had pugs or have family members with PUGS. Once you are OWNED by a pug, you can't go back to other dogs, hehheh. I am very friendly so Mommy always says yes to adults and takes the time to help little humans be gentle with me. It is important to teach children good pet manners.

So I was ROCKIN' the vibe at the Lazy Dog Restaurant and was catching some Zzzzzzs when I heard the rustle and click of Mommy's phone. I knew she was taking a picture of me so I raised my head and posed. I THOUGHT that was what I was supposed to do - but she wanted a picture of my snoozing. Ha! Humans . . . I can never figure them out.

We were there a good long while and then Mommy had to get back home. We RELUCTANTLY said ciao to Auntie B and headed over the hill. It was such a wonderful way to spent the early afternoon.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sunshine Speaks!!!! #chewyinfluencer

Here in Casa de Noodles, we like to give everyone a chance to try something new from Chewy.com and talk about it. This time it is Sunshine's turn. Usually she tells me what she thinks about a product and I write a review. But this time (and it has happened a couple of times in the past with mixed outcomes) I decided to let Sunshine write her own post about Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Crunchy Bites with Real Chicken Cat Treats


A-hem. Hello dear ones. Sunshine the Cat here to expound on the glories of Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Crunchy Bites with Real Chicken Cat Treats. They are indeed a treat worth spending my valuable time talking about. They are good. . . they are crunchy. . . they have a rich chickeny flavor augmented by vegetables (which I can do without, if you ask me) like carrot, tomatoes and peas. I find they are wonderful as appetizers or even as an apres dinner treat. They just add that je ne sais quoi to an otherwise adequate meal.

You're welcome


Well. . . I, um . . . She walked away after PRETENDING to drop a mike. What can I say? Cats are like that. Huh. . . . well let me give you a little more information about the Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Crunchy Bites with Real Chicken Cat Treats that you can find at Chewy.com along with 9 other flavors and formulas. They appeal to a Cat's sense of taste and smell. And I can say from PUGSONAL experience that dogs like them too.

Pro Plan treats were created to provide tasty AND healthy treats for cats. In Sunshine's case, she needs a little extra TLC from her treats because she is 14 now and that is OLD. So the Pro Plan Crunchy Bites 
  • Maintain Complete and Balances nutrition that is so important for older cats
  • Are made from REAL chicken and chicken flavoring to up the smell and flavor appeal
  • Have no artificial colorings, flavorings or preservatives which can harm an older cat's delicate system
  • Are fortified with vitamins and minerals that food alone might not supply
  • Have a density and crunchiness that is just right for a kitty
The ingredients are:
Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols (Form of Vitamin E), Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Chicken, Malt Extract, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Dried Carrots, Dried Tomatoes, Dried Peas, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.

So in terms of a good-for-them treat, Purina's Pro Plan meets all criteria. And as I always say - a treat, no matter how healthy - is worth nothing if the pet won't eat it. We all MEOW for these flavorful crunchy treats. Hey!!! It's fair. Sunshine gets our treats as well (especially the freeze dried chicken which is like a drug to her).

Go to Chewy.com and pick a flavor and formula that best suits the kitty in your family. I don't believe you will be disappointed.

We give Purina Pro Plan Savor Adult Crunchy Bites with Real Chicken Cat Treats 12 Paws Up.

*We were supplied by Chewy.com free of charge enough product (one bag) to test, taste and develop and opinion of the product. We have not been told what to say or paid to say anything - every word and opinion is ours alone.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Walking and Talking Wednesday and Blog Hopping

This was actually Sunday. It is too hot (even at 7 this morning) for a puggy to be trotting on the sidewalks and streets. But on Sunday I went on an adventure and met a new FURiend. This is Fancy. My Auntie B has been dog sitting her for a week or so. But I had never met her because . . . no real reason. I just never had. But Auntie B had picked these here apples for Mommy and when she came over on Saturday she had forgotten them. Mommy suggested perhaps the two of us could head HER way on Sunday and get the apples. So we did. And I am glad we did. I thought Fancy was a pretty good egg - we didn't really play much though. I spent a lot of time wandering all over her really nice yard checking out pee mail and smelling the myriad flowers that grow there. It was fun! Then we took a walk around her neighborhood which is a bit hillier than my neighborhood but still doable. I huffed and puffed but overall I handled it fine. It was a relatively short visit because Auntie B had somewhere else to go. But we had fun and I am glad we went.
Plus it was a good test of the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness for the Auto. 

Today is Wednesday and it is BLOG HOP day.
So get ready. . .
Let's HOP

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Precious Kurgo. . . #chewyinfluencer

Mommy calls me her "Most Precious" . . . dog . . . kid. . . thing. . . I don't know what follows. She just says that much; kinda like "Come here my Most Precious." She is weird like that. She says her number one job it to keep me and Mommy #1 safe, well fed, and happy. It is a BIG job.

She says SAFE is the hardest of all three. And that is where this story begins.

Molly and I both have JULY
birthdays so we celebrate

Since July was my BIRTHDAY month, Mommy let me choose what I wanted from the Chewy.com newsletter. As I have previously stated, I chose TREATS. Mommy reserved VETO rights, though and said she wanted me to put a little more thought into my choice and she ELIMINATED treats from the list. Well, that didn't leave a lot to choose from but a couple kinds of FOOD and a harness. Well, my harness is as OLD as I am AND SO THIS is how I came to try and review the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness for walking and auto.

At first Mommy ordered the wrong size. She thought the SMALL was up-to 16 pounds and I am somewhere between 15-17 pounds, depending on how many peaches I have eaten (Hint: a lot lately). So she ordered the medium because she KNEW at my last vet visit I was 17 pounds. In two days time,  the harness arrived. It was BIG and heavy and Mommy was so unsure about it. But there are 5 points of adjustment on this harness so she figured once it was adjusted all would be well. So she set about tightening everything possible.

Padded chest plate adds to the comfort. It also
has a D-ring in front to attach the leash and
provide no-pull walkability
Still the MEDIUM but you can tell how
nice looking the harness is
See the various buckles? That is how you
customize the fit

Once she put the harness on me GUESS WHAT? It was still too big! You may not be able to tell here, but Mommy can put her whole hand under the straps and that means Noodles "Houdini" the Pug could easily escape this harness. At this point, Mommy did the UNTHINKABLE . . . she read the box and found this -

If you BIGIFY the chart you will see the MEDIUM size is for dogs OVER 25 pounds. No wonder the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness did not fit! It was WAY WAY WAY too big. So Mommy contacted Ms Natalie at Chewy.com and told her the tale of woe. . . or WHOA as I like to call it. Ms. Natalie immediately sent out the new SMALL harness and it arrived 2 days later.

It was much much smaller than the first so THIS time Mommy loosened all of the adjustment points as the box suggested. She then slipped it over my head and set about making the harness fit perfectly. As you can see, it really is a good fit. Mommy can only slide her fingers under the straps and best of all - I cannot slip out of the harness. Unlike all of the other car harnesses Mommy has tried and TAKEN BACK, this one can be adjusted at the neck. And as we all know, pugs have mediumISH size necks and chests on otherwise small bodies. It is not at all TIGHT. It fits snugly enough to prevent me from sliding my head out. Once I can do this, it is ALL OVER. I can wiggle out of anything once my head (Big head as Mommy says) is free. 

There is no point where this harness is unwieldy or uncomfortable and I honestly like to wear it.

This is the harness in action. It is slid onto the seat belt which
is then closed. The carabiner clips onto the ring at the top of
the harness

The question is - does it work? Short of getting in a crash to check out the "Crash Tested" part of the marketing claims, I would say yes, it does. I am safely buckled on the seat and I have enough mobility to lay down or look out of the window. I cannot jump down to the car floor which I have done before - almost hanging myself in the process. That was NOT a fun time.  If Mommy has to stop quickly, I also don't fly off the seat to the floor. I am so comfortable that I have stopped fussing at Mommy whenever we get in the car and go bye-bye. I used to. I used to whine my displeasure at not seeing out. . . at the movement. . . at pretty much the whole adventure until I got used to it (generally 10-15 minutes in). Now I DO NOT FUSS at all and Mommy says it MUST be the harness.

And walking while wearing the harness is a dream. I don't pull like some dogs (Molly) so I have no need for the front leash attachment. Mommy tried it and I was very confused. So she switched it back to the top ring and I was fine. I do my happy trot when I am wearing it because I love it so much.

While the harness is a little higher priced than many other harnesses out there, it is by far one of the best and most versatile harnesses as well. It has TWO functions - Auto Harness and Walking Harness - and it does both jobs equally well. So I am thinking it is CHEAPER than buying two harnesses to do the same job.

I have to say - I give the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart harness INFINITY PAWS UP because it is the best harness I have ever had. It is SMART looking, SMART fitting, and SMART safety-ing. I cannot think of a downside at all and I have tried. And tried. AND TRIED.

**I was given the above product by Chewy.com for the sole purpose of testing it out and offering an honest opinion of it. I have never been paid by Chewy.com nor the product-company and all opinions expressed in my blog belong to me.