Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When Pugs Go Wild!

Last night Sunny and Rosy were going bananas for no apparent reason.  It was hilarious!  I love it when they play around like that, especially Sunny.  Rosy's always pretty high energy and I adopted her when she was still young at 2 years old.  But, I adopted Sunny when she was already an adult at 5 years old.  And her personality is definitely more of a lazy lap dog.  So, seeing her act puppyish like this always makes me smile.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Battling The Sads

I've been in a bit of a funk recently. Not wanting to do anything and yet feeling restless. Tired of things and wanting change, but also fearing it. Feeling gross and lazy and tired.

Good thing I have my pugs. Pugs make everything better. They're like magic.

No. They ARE magic.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Ice Cream For The End of Summer

Remember how I said I'm done with summer? Yeah. Still feel way. 

This weekend was so hot and humid we had heat advisories each day. The pugs and I planned to stay at home with the ac cranked up, but then our power went out. Ugh. Luckily, Cousin Annie's house still had power so we went there for a bit. 

Cousin Annie was not pleased. 
I don't love summer. In fact, I kinda hate it. I don't get fun summer breaks. I have to work. And so summer just means gross and hot commutes while I sweat through my nice clothes. 

And what about fun summery treats like ice cream and iced coffees? I enjoy those year-round. If you haven't had a big bowl of ice cream while wrapped in a cozy blanket with the heat on in the middle of winter, you haven't lived, my friend. 

On that note, let's enjoy this photo below  of Rosy desperately begging for my ice cream and the photo above, which is the drawing for August in my Bah Humpug calendar.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Keeping Cool

Ugh. The pugs and I are done with summer. It's just way too hot and humid. I'm constantly sweating and the pugs are panting loudly enough to wake the dead. And the bugs. The bugs!

We're ready for fall. But for all you summer and hot-weather-loving (crazy) people out there, we hope that you enjoy your steamy weekend.

We will be enjoying it indoors with the ac cranked up high!

P.S. This drawing is from the July month in my Bah Humpug calendar available at my Zazzle store. But I thought it was still fitting for this scorching day in August!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Goodbye Rice Teeth

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or Tumblr, then you'll already know that Sunny and Rosy went to the vet on Friday for a teeth cleaning and had several teeth removed.  Sunny's had quite a few teeth removed over the years so I'm used to it with her.  But Rosy's always been my puppy (even though she's actually about 6 years old right now) and one of her most distinctive funny traits has been her adorable lil rice teeth that stick out on the bottom.  This was her first teeth cleaning and extraction too.  Well, her teeth were in bad enough condition that the vet ended up removing all six of her lil rice teeth!

Sunny had a couple teeth removed too, and the vet said her tongue might stick out even more than before.  To which I said, "More than before?!  Is that even possible?!"

I knew that Rosy's teeth in the front weren't in great condition.  I have a hard time cleaning them because Rosy wraps her lips tightly around them if I try getting in there.  And the one time recently I was able to try to pry her lips open, her riceteeth moved easily at my touch.  I know that it's better for her health in the long run to have the teeth removed now (and her breath no longer smells like death), but I miss them so much!  

So in remembrance of Rosy's adorable lil rice teeth, below are some old photos of her smile and more recent photos from their vet visit.  

Rice teeth!
Sunny's procedure was after Rosy's and so she was still very groggy and out of it when I picked her up.  So sad and so cute!
Sunny and Rosy really bonded during their ordeal.  They've been total snuggle bunnies with each other ever since!
The ride home.  They were so unsteady and their heads were bobbing as they kept falling asleep.  I drove as fast as I could to get us all home!
Don't forget to take good care of your dog's teeth!  Good dental health is so important!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Deal Announcement!

I have some really exciting news that I wanted to share here on this blog, even though I've already made announcements on my social media accounts.  Scholastic will be publishing two of my Pugling Rivalry books in 2018!

Both books will be illustrated chapter books geared for children, but of course they can be enjoyed by all ages as the love of pugs has no age limit.  The story will follow a mostly fictional account of Sunny's and Rosy's sibling rivalry adventures.  And I know what you're wondering and yes, there will be plenty of drumstick attacks in the books.

I know 2018 seems like forever away.  It feels like that for me too!  But, on the other hand, I'm grateful for the time to work on these two books as they'll involve a lot of illustrations.  A LOT.

The official announcement can be found in Publishers Weekly with a photo of me (I know, I know.  I'm no longer anonymous).  I tried submitting a photo of the pugs instead of me, but that didn't fly.

The first book will be coming out in spring 2018 and the second one will be coming out in fall 2018.  The deal is for two books, but if these two do really well then future books in a continued series could be a likely outcome.  And doesn't the world need more pugs and, specifically, more Sunny and Rosy?

I'll continue to post my drawings here on this blog, but both real work and now book work has been taking up a good amount of my time.  I'll also post some progress posts on my social media accounts if you want to discover this process with me because all of this is so new and exciting and terrifying for me!

Thank you to everyone who visits this blog and for your continued support.  It's been a long and interesting journey!

For the sake of nostalgia, look at how much my drawing style has changed from my first post here on Bah Humpug.
My pugs have definitely gotten "fluffier" since then.