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,

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 Gotcha Day!

Pets are family

October 4th marks mine & Pearl’s 1 year anniversary.

Here’s our story:

For 3 weeks, I had been grieving the loss of my Lulu, was under tremendous stress at work, and was deeply concerned about Percy. His health was declining–diabetes and COPD–and he was grieving Lulu too. He had never, ever been alone in his 12+ years. Lulu had been there to fill the void left by Princess, his littermate, who had passed away 3 years before. I was afraid I was in for another walk to the edge of the Rainbow Bridge. And I wasn’t ready for it. It was too soon.

Then, out of the blue, my vet’s office called. I couldn’t imagine why. I had no appointment scheduled. Lulu’s bills were paid. What’s the deal?

It was Misty, the head receptionist. They’d had a woman surrender her Pug, and she just wanted to check with me to see if I might be interested in taking her.

Uh. Yes, please.

Wait, don’t you want to see her?

Sure. But I’ll take her anyway.

Her owner had been struggling with serious health problems, and was in the hospital. She needed to re-home her pup.

“Mia” was 2 and a half years old, spayed, and in good health. They had known her since she left her mama.

I went by the clinic on my way home just to lay eyes on her.

I fell in love. She bit my toes in her excitement. I didn’t care.

She was FAT! and bubbly. And came wriggling and bouncing over to me like she’d known me forever.

I had a business dinner that night and didn’t want to just drop her in a strange home with a strange dog & walk back out the door. So she stayed at the vet one more day.

I brought her home the next afternoon. My girlfriends from college helped me choose her name.


She’s precious, round, and pearl-colored. A real jewel. And it sounded nice with Percy. Perfect!

Pearl brought me out of my deep sadness and filled my heart with joy once more. She helped Percy, too. His mood improved. His health stabilized for a few more weeks. And when it was time for him to join his sisters on the other side at the end of December, she was right there to help me through it again.

Where would I be without my Pearl?

Happy Gotcha Day, Pearl girl!!

So glad you’re here! 🙂

Companion animals need companions
Percy & Pearl nap together on game day.
Dogs in Christmas collars
Christmas Card photo shoot. One of many, many attempts.
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Pearl on Gotcha Day 2013. A little nervous. A little excited. Clearly unaccustomed to riding in the back seat.