Today I braved the heat for a short walk to the beach. When I saw these two cuties I just had to stop and say hello…
Of course this was the photograph that got to me:
The cuteness of this is almost too overwhelming!! She sells the prints to raise money for animals. I don’t know about you but I just might have to have one of these…
I had such an exciting week last week, I didn’t know what to tell you about first. I know you are all waiting anxiously to hear about my time in Santa Barbara, but this past weekend I went to a pug party for Pug Rescue of San Diego where I got to meet the artist Melissa Langer of Pugnotes! It was so exciting and I know she is going to post about this too,so I thought the Santa Barbara trip could wait a few more days…
I really liked her, as you can see! I have mentioned her before. She is the one who made the crochet pug that I was not allowed to eat. Unfortunately her friend Emmitt could not attend this time. But I got to meet plenty of other pugs!
A pack of pugs.
A pug in a nice outfit. (Thank God I did not have to dress up for this event!)
This pug was named Elvis and he was very old. He was just enjoying the ride in his little stroller.
A prizewinning pug. She had on a ribbon, for what I’m not sure, but she had won “honorable mention”. That is Melissa’s art in the background.
Liz thought this pug was the cutest one ever! He was very sleepy and floppy and his mom was carrying him around like a little baby. His name was Cornwallis. His mom said he is blind so his first homes didn’t want him (can you imagine??) but now he has a forever home and it looks like the best place for him!
It was so fun to meet Melissa and her sister Melanie and see all the art. I made some new human friends too, like this one:
What can I say, the ladies love me!
All this attention and excitement made me very sleepy, though.
When we got home, I passed out for the rest of the day–I did not even eat my dinner!
One evening this weekend, Liz asked me if I wanted to go out. This is my look that says, “um…YES!!”
So off we went in the car. When we arrived I couldn’t wait to get out!
Finally, after posing for several pictures like this, I was allowed out and we went walking down the street. Liz warned me not to get squished by the trolley, but I wasn’t worried about it:
I haven’t been downtown in a very long time, so I was quite interested to see all the new buildings that are going up everywhere:
I stopped to pose by some new graffiti on the exterior of an art school called the Art Academy of San Diego. Liz used to go paint there. It is a nice studio space and they have classes in all kinds of painting and other kinds of art making. They are also “dog friendly”, although they do not appreciate dogs randomly walking through the sculpture studio, as I found out one day! Oops.
Here we are, nearly to our destination. Petco Park is in the background. Can you tell I am getting a little tired?
When we arrived, I was overjoyed to see my friend Martin:
Liz told me if I waited patiently I would get a special surprise. So, after visiting with Martin and some other bystanders, I waited by the door of the bar (I wasn’t allowed in).
This is the Neighborhood Bar downtown. They have very nice beers, burgers and other food. I have never had any, I’ve just heard through the grapevine… The next thing you know, another french bulldog appeared from around the corner!
I was so happy to see another dog just like me. Liz told me his name is Cassius and she met his mom at the Neighborhood. When Liz & Jon found out she had a frenchie too they decided we had to meet!
Cassius wanted to play but I was a still a little tired from the walk. He is only two and I am eight, so even though I’m still playful, I admit I’m not as exuberant as I once was! So Jon helped us out:
Maybe we’ll meet again at one of the San Diego french bulldog Meetups. I hope so! Then it was back to the car to our next destination. Jon let me sit on his lap so I could see out the window:
A very exciting night out!
This past weekend was Liz’s birthday. So imagine my surprise when a package arrived for me!
Unfortunately, it didn’t contain a delectable mix of treats, or a toy…it was a new outfit.
A jean jacket, no less. The next day, Liz actually woke me from a nap to put this thing on me. Now, I know I look handsome in clothes, but this is too much! I thought after I outgrew my sweater and we moved back to San Diego where it is warm, I would not have to suffer such indignities any longer!
Now as I have mentioned before, I am an ideal size. However, my body type is a bit chestier than some other dogs’ might be…and so, it does not button! Well, one button does close, but then it just unsnaps. I think this might be a good thing though, since I might not have to wear it often? I hope not. I really was in no mood for this:
In fact, it downright depressed me:
Why is this necessary?
Today Liz made me go with her to see the tax man. He talks a LOT about un-tax-related things, and Liz says he likes having a captive audience. She figured I’d be her ticket outta there if things got real bad.
So, I had to sit in the office (on the floor, mind you) while he asked her boring questions and told stories about his dachsund, who, obviously, is not as cute as me.
BUT the reward for this was I got to go to the beach.
Yes, this makes me happy.
I haven’t been in a while, and usually we don’t even go to this one. Liz says she likes it more these days though. They seemed to have cleaned it up since she last lived here.
The tide was out so I could explore the rocks, and of course I had to pose there (literally, Liz made me).
How handsome, no?
Once that was over, I ran away.
As usual I was not so keen on the water, even though it wasn’t that cold today. If it’s hot I like it more, but I never go swimming. Just up to my chest, and I don’t like the waves, because I don’t like water on my head.
I decided to head back up to the rocks to check out the social scene. This young fellow was very friendly:
A little too much so, if you ask me.
So I decided to go for a walk, but not before saying hello to this dog:
Then I made a run for it.
Dang it! Liz made me pose again.
I am quite accommodating, but that’s because I thought she might have a cookie for me.
But she said she was all out! Next time, she needs to bring more than one!
So, it was back off down the beach with me:
The sun was just beginning to set. I couldn’t help but take a moment to myself to reflect on its beauty.
We started making our way back up the beach. Then I spotted this little lovely:
I do like pugs! This one was a cutie. It’s too bad you couldn’t see her face.
After a quick hello, Liz and I were off, back to the car for a drink and a rest!
And the best part is, we’ve been home ages and she hasn’t even made me have a bath yet!
Liz has been continuing to work on the “henri with hearts” series, and this is a glimpse of her desk from last night:
And today, she finally updated her etsy shop! With the red one:
This is her favorite one so far. I do think I look good in blue. Don’t you?
I guess this is pretty common but it has never happened to me before…I stubbed my toe on the step and broke my nail mostly off and they had to take the rest off at the vet’s. It hurt a lot and Liz kept stuffing my face with treats; I think she felt sorry for me.
But I’m feeling better now!