Big Wheels Keep On Turnin’

After years of coveting, I did it. I finally bought a stroller for the Pugs.

First time in the buggy. PugLove.
First time in the buggy. PugLove.

Someone from Above looked into my heart, saw my desire and plopped one right in front of me. I bought it from a friend at a reduced price, and it has changed our world!

In the South, in the summer, the heat is more than my dogs can tolerate. Some nights, it’s still near 90 degrees even by 8pm. So, we don’t get out much. The pavement is hot. They are close to the ground. They have that smushed face that makes it hard to breathe even when the heat index is not 103. The risk of over-exertion in that kind of heat is not worth the benefits exercise provides.

Enter the stroller.

Our second night in the park, we got a lot of attention.
Our second night in the park, we got a lot of attention…because why not?! Pugs in a stroller!

Pearl and Truman sit side-by-side and watch the world as it whizzes past. Any worries I had about them making a break for it were immediately dispelled. They have yet to express such interest. We walk to the park, they take care of business, hop back in, and away we go!

I can actually get my heart rate up with the speed and from pushing their collective 50lbs around the track at the park. Takes walking the dog to a whole different level. I get to improve my health accompanied by my fur-babies without risking their health.

I call it a win-win, and everybody who rolls their eyes can suck it.

We may soon be in the market for an upgrade to a jogger.

In case you might be interested, there are some great options here, and here. Check ’em out.

I recommend checking the weight specs before clicking “buy.” Bigger wheels make for smoother travel. You will need a “parent tray” for your keys, phone & water bottle. Most models come with a storage basket underneath for leads, poop bags, etc., a safety strap, and a hood to protect from the sun/rain. Sun stroke can happen even if your pup is not exerting himself. So keep an eye on him or her as you’re trotting along.

Safety first!

Our first jaunt around the park amplified the joy they already bring. Wish I’d bought one years ago!

Get one, and you, too, can circle the park with pride.

pugs & kisses,

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Happy Paw-lidays from The HOL Dog!

Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas...
Pearl fell asleep waiting for mama to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas…

We are about to take some time off to get ready for Christmas celebrations and spending time with family. We hope y’all get to do the same, if that’s your thing.

But we also want to remind you of the holiday dangers for your precious pup:

  • alcohol
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • grapes/raisins
  • macadamia nuts
  • raw yeast bread dough
  • onions
  • anything with Xylitol
  • cooked meat bones
  • rich or heavy sauces

Probably not a good idea to let your dog drink the tree water.

Keep an eye on burning candles that are on about the same level as a wagging tail.

Be mindful of attractive ornaments that could result in an expensive intestinal blockage.

2014 has brought tremendous blessings to us at The HOL Dog, and we are STOKED about 2015!

Thanks for all the follows!

pugs & kisses,

Samantha, Pearl & Truman

Happy Howl-o-Ween!!

pugs pumpkin Halloween costume funny

It’s HALLOWEEN! YAY!

OOOOooooo!!! SCARY!

It can be very scary for your pets, you know.

Remember to keep them inside and away from stupid teenagers. And mean drunks.

Especially if your dog (or cat) is black.

And here’s a list of things that can result in a pricey visit to the vet. So, even though there’s lots of distractions and lots of strangers coming to the door, keep an eye on your fur baby during the witching hours.

DOGGIE DANGERS

  • Chocolate (toxic)
  • Candy (Your dog does not need sugar. for real.)
  • Grapes & Raisins (toxic)
  • Glow sticks & glow jewelry (Although not toxic, can cause mouth irritation and profuse drooling)
  • Candles (An excited tail and a well-placed candle can singe the heck out of some fur. Or burn your house down. Keep ’em up).
  • Costumes (That costume is super cute. Is it making her over heat? Is it obscuring her vision? Is it too tight, making it hard for her to breathe?)

Basically, pay attention and be smart. An ounce of prevention & all that noise.

And if your pup digs into the candy despite your best efforts, here’s the number for poison control.

800-213-6680

Have fun!

pugs & kisses,