Saturday, January 27, 2018

Welcome, Monkey!

A lot has happened this past year and I wanted to give an update.  The big one is MONKEY!  If you follow me on any of my social media, you'll already know about our new addition, Monkey, who joined us in summer 2017.  I was scrolling through Petfinder and found her at a Delaware shelter.  That very day I drove up to Delaware, saw her, and took her home.  She was 8 weeks at the time and my first puppy.  She was very sweet and quiet at first, but that didn't last long.  Monkey has turned our world upside down!  She's crazy, weird, energetic, and mischievous.  We also had a terrible health scare at the end of summer when she squeezed through a barbed wire fence and I couldn't find her and when I finally did get a hold of her she had a deep gash in her side (and other injuries on her sides and back) with some fat dangling out of it (I was horrified and immediately took her to the emergency vet).  She's now fully healed and is happy, loved, and a terror!  Sunny and Rosy took some time adjusting to her, but as you can see from the photos below, they've slowly but surely been accepting her as one of their own.

So this marks my first drawing of Monkey!  It took me a while to come up with a good way to draw her.  I would have preferred a way of doing it with just pen, but the shading was too dark and distracting.  So I think I found a happy medium with some pencil shading.  I could also do paint or marker, but I like keeping to the grittier look of pencils and pens.  What do you think?  Also, the circular thing in front of her is the tub drain hair catcher that she loves so so much.

Below are a ton of photos documenting our journey with Monkey:

Browsing through Petfinder, and what do I find?  This sad lil pug mix puppy.  Her temporary name was Pugly and I knew I had to drive the 3.5 hours to get her!
She was tiny!  At first she was confused and a little scared of the big world and all these changes in her life.
But soon she learned that she was going to have a wonderful life filled with fun and love!
But then tragedy struck!  One day as we were out in the yard, Monkey disappeared when I went inside to carry out Sunny.  After an hour of driving around and contacting neighbors, I finally discovered that she was stuck in the barbed wire of one of my back neighbor's fences.  With the help of my neighbor, Monkey got out and returned to our yard.  She was bleeding and had a huge gash in her side from which some fat dangled.  I was in shock.  I quickly scooped her into my arms and sped to the emergency vet.  It was a long recovery, but Monkey was a trooper.

On the plus side, she got to rock some adorable outfits while protecting her wounds while they healed.
And soon she was back to her wild, crazy, stick-loving self!
 
It's been quite an adventure with Monkey so far, and we haven't even had her for a year yet!  
She really loves this hair catcher for some reason.
Sunny and Rosy, especially Rosy, took some time getting used to her.  And in the past couple months, I've even caught them snuggling together!  So welcome to Monkey and my beautiful grumble!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD Galley Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone for all your support, encouragement, excitement, and kind words! I read each and every one of your comments and loved them all! I will continue to keep you all updated on PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD news as we get closer to the release date on January 30, 2018.

Now, onto the giveaway winners!

I assigned numbers to the comments on my previous post and ran a random number generator. Below are the winners names and the times they posted their comments to help avoid any confusion:

  • Marcia (posted at 7/1 7:03pm)
  • Beth Roy (posted at 5/31 12:57pm)
  • Kelly Jones (posted at 5/31 1:54pm)
  • Pug and Sue (posted at 5/31 6:08pm)
  • Dorothy (posted at 7/1 7:31am)
I'm also going to leave replies to the winners' comments on the previous post.  Please contact me at bahhumpug@gmail.com with your mailing address and I will send you a signed galley as soon as I can.  

Congratulations!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD COVER REVEAL!!!

I'm so excited to share the cover for my first book, PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD, that will be published by Scholastic in Spring 2018.

As you may recall, almost a year ago I posted my book deal announcement here. The series has been renamed from Pugling Rivalry, but the story has remained the same. Part of why I haven't been posting as much on my blog is that I've been super busy putting together the story and illustrations for my book. There was a steep learning curve in this process. Illustrating for a chapter book is very different from illustrating for a blog or social media posts. And I also was learning how to use Photoshop and a Cintiq, as all of the final illustrations were done digitally.

So you can imagine how rewarding it feels to finally see it all coming together at long last. And without further ado, the cover!

Friday, February 10, 2017

I Got The Boot!

 I got the boot!

Okay, let me back up here.  So about a week ago, it was raining when I got home from work.  I have an old house with front steps that have sunk over the years and so it's a bit of a step up to enter through my front door and I have to do it quick before the storm door behind me crashes against my leg.  Sunny and Rosy greeted me enthusiastically, with Rosy especially joyful and leaping at me with her helicopter tail and happy licks.  I slipped and stumbled, twisting my ankle.

Now, I'm not a doctor going kind of person.  Having grown up the daughter of a store owner with minimal health insurance, we didn't go to doctors regularly or for minor things.  I also just hate waiting forever in doctor's offices and it's so hard finding good doctors.  So, I did what I usually do and shook it off and moved on.  Over the week my ankle continued to hurt, but nothing terrible so I kept limping around.

Fast forward to this week, and I'm back to taking the metro (I was driving to work for the most part of the past year) and walking for my commute and my ankle starts to hurt a lot more.  Then, I woke up on Thursday and I couldn't put any weight on my left leg.  I hobbled to work, thinking I could still power through but everyone noticed and commented on my terrible limp and grimace of pain.  So, FINE, I'll go to a doctor!

Turns out, I'd fractured it.  So into the boot my left foot went and will stay for the next few weeks.  Ugh.  I hate it already.

Look at what you helped make happen, pugs!
They don't care.  They were just happy to see me.
Could they be any more lil beans here?  Also, look at Rosy's helicopter tail go!
P.S. I am just now noticing that my hair in the drawing totally makes me look like Wolverine.  That is all.

Oh, and on a random note, I've been outed at my work as the author of this blog and I know that some of my coworkers now visit it.  One even went so far as to pressure me for a guest appearance of his own dog.  So, below are two of my coworkers' dogs that I met recently.  You know who you are.  And I know who you are.  It is known.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! We're excited because it's the year of the rooster and that's my year. Plus...drumsticks.

Sunny's just glad that Rosy's fixated on someone else's drumsticks. She needs a break from Rosy's drumstick attacks every now and then. Though, Sunny's will always be Rosy's favorite.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Pug Hugs

Sunny's offering free pug hugs for those in need of some comfort right now.

You'll have to wait until Rosy's done. That might take a while...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Vote

Happy election day!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pug Magic

I, sans pugs, will be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter soon with my niece and nephew.  I've been rereading the series before our trip to get in the mood and remind me of everything since I haven't read some of the books since they were released.

I'd love to hear any tips or advice from those who have gone before.  Also, most importantly, are there any good souvenirs I can get for the pugs?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Problems Every Small Dog Understands

Rosy has a weird relationship with our neighboring dogs. She generally fears/hates strange dogs, especially big ones, as I don't think she was properly socialized with her prior family or maybe she had a bad experience. But she sees our neighboring dogs on a daily basis so she's kind of used to them and super intrigued by them.

The German Shepard mix that lives next to us is so patient with Rosy. Just a few days ago, Rosy barked at her (as usual) and then calmed down enough to sniff. But Rosy's so tiny she can practically walk under most big dogs. Next thing I know, Rosy's standing up on her back legs, her front paws planted on the big dog's butt cheeks, and sniffing deeply. She really got in there!

Sunny and I were mortified.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hot and Humid

I complain all the time about the heat and humidity, but now that it's late September I feel like my complaints are totally valid and justified. I also had the wonderful idea to cut my hair a little shorter than usual this past weekend and now it's curling and frizzing like crazy.

It's time for summer to take the hint and go away and take all the bugs with it too. This week is summer's last hurrah here and it's so muggy and gross and the mosquitoes are going crazy for their last bites.

Of course, no matter what the weather is like, my super warm, barnacle love bug pugs want to glom onto my body and snuggle 24/7. Normally I love it, but sometimes it gets to be a bit much and overheats me. The humidity also brings out the delightful pet store aroma from their usual fritolicious scent. (Ooh that reference to a pet store just reminded me to buy more dog food before we run out).

Summer, it's not me. It's you. Go away. Come back next year when we're all tired of the cold.

Friday, September 16, 2016

What To Do When You See a Bug in Your Home

I hate bugs.  I hate them with a passion.

One of the things I hate about them the most is that they like to hang out on the ceiling of my bedroom.  I don't know if it's because my bedroom is essentially the attic or they like the sloped ceilings or what.  By now I've developed a tried and true method that I've outlined in this illustration. Enjoy.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Weekend Plans

Happy Friday!

I don't know if it's because summer is ending or what, but I've been feeling extra lazy lately.  So this weekend, I'll be relaxing with my pugs.  Hope you all have a great weekend too!

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!