Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Flashdance Pugs

She's a maniac, maniac on the floor! And she's dancing like she's never danced before!

Last night something wonderful happened. My order of dog costumes arrived. Yes, I've become that crazy dog lady. There were a bunch on sale and that's how I justified the purchase. But, the problem with pugs is they have the most difficult measurements to clothe (#crazydogladyproblems). They have thick necks and sausagey barrely bodies but thin legs and short length. So of course none of them fit. I took off their too tight hats and was amused at the look of their lil leg warmers. As a child of the 80s (whose parents were lax about restricting what I watched) my mind immediately jumped to Flashdance. And thus, today's drawing.

To be perfectly honest, drawing underwear (don't you dare use the P word, rhymes with shanties) kinda disturbed me. I almost didn't post this because it weirded me out a bit. Like the sexy teddy bears you see around Valentine's Day (barf). But I'm justifying this as a dance outfit and staying true to the movie's dance practice scene (after which she guzzled soda - ah the 80s).

And here are the photos of how our costume testing devolved into a Flashdance flashback.  
And a video. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rosy Dreams of Drumstick

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, you know that Rosy looooooves Sunny's drumsticks. I mean, who could blame her? Sunny's got some nice juicy drumsticks that she's always dangling in front of Rosy. So today's drawing is an homage to Rosy's love of Sunny's luscious  drumsticks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Survival Skills

Rosy's been having a bit of an upset tummy lately and I'm wondering if she ate something bad for her.  She's always trying to snatch up every dropped piece of food and sometimes I catch her licking the walls and floor for even the tiniest of crumbs.  I have to step on pieces of onion and garlic that fall to the floor when I'm cooking to stop her from darting in and gobbling them up.  My pugs will try to eat anything (except for lettuce, spinach, and kale), even if it's toxic to dogs.

The alternative is that the excessive heat and humidity is affecting her.  It's crazy hot here and we're ready for summer to end.  Can't deal with all the hot humid weather (and the bugs -eek!- that come with it).

Got me thinking about how my two pugs could NEVER survive in the wild on their own.  Their current survival skills consist of making humans love them so they'll be taken care of and lead nice and pampered lives.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Love Pugs

When I first brought Rosy home and for the year that followed, I was so worried that Sunny and Rosy would never bond and that Sunny hated that I brought this hyper, crazed, drumstick-obsessed hunchback pug home. Since then, they've really bonded and I know I made the right choice in getting a second pug. But to me it always seems as though Rosy loves Sunny more than Sunny loves Rosy.

Lately I've been spying on the girls through an app called Camiocam and I was surprised to find that Sunny is almost always the snuggle aggressor! They have plenty of beds to choose from and a big ol couch with blankets, but Sunny always chooses to squeeze onto the same tiny bed as Rosy. Maybe she likes the extra body warmth, but I think the truth is that Sunny looooooves Rosy.

Sisters by chance, snuggle buddies by choice!

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

And here's some evidence of the snuggling. All of the drawings above are based on actual screenshots captured via the pugcam. True story.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pug Tongues

One of the things I love about my two pugs is that they often have their tongues sticking out. Their silly lil and not so lil tongues provide tons of entertainment! This drawing applies to all dogs, but I'm titling it "Pug Tongues" since I'm using my two pugs to depict some of my favorite poses.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Back to Work :(

I took two glorious weeks off from work for the holidays and this pretty much sums up how I feel today.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Santa and His Reinpugs

This is my favorite time of the year! I've never really decorated my own place or gotten a tree since I always celebrate at my parents' and sister's places and I never felt the urge to do anything with my apartment. I'm known in my family as the "Holiday Nazi" and yet I'm also extremely lazy and never really cared about how my apartments looked.   Now that I have a house to call my own I've been slowly doing more, starting with my first Christmas tree (artificial, but hey, baby steps), lights and stockings. So despite all the stress of the season, family dramas, and work demands, I'm just sticking cotton in my ears and singing falalalala! So in the spirit of the season, here are some reinpugs guiding Santa's sleigh. I'm sure his bag is filled with tons of toys and treats for good lil boy dogs and girl dogs!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

No Poopin' in the Rain

The recent combination of cold weather, rain, and fallen leaves everywhere has been making for some really unpleasant walks. Even with a yard of their own Sunny and Rosy continue to hold pee and poop strikes. They're actually worse in their yard than when I take them on walks! And I miss having a hallway for the girls to wipe their wet and dirty paws on before entering our home. How I wish for a good mud room!

One upside to the leaves everywhere is there have been times when I'm walking the girls and I turn to look at Sunny and she has a leaf on her ever present tongue. But it always manages to blow away before I can get my phone out for a picture! Leaf conspiracy.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New House

So I've been MIA for a while because work was crazy busy. While my big project ended recently (kinda) I'm still super swamped with other assignments. Plus I've been busy in my off hours with a big personal event. If you follow one of my social media accounts then you already will know that I bought my first house! We just moved in last week and Sunny and Rosy have been getting adjusted to the new house and neighborhood. They are loving their yard but are not fans of the hardwood floors and stairs. Homeownership is definitely rewarding and hard work, especially with an old house like ours! I'll do a longer post on Lil Smug Pug one day about my house search and the tweaks were making to help the house feel like home. But until then, you can look forward to some more regular postings here!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Every morning Sunny and Rosy try to train me to stay. I've managed to stay for up to a minute, but can never manage to stay as long as they'd like. Hopefully with more training sessions we'll get there.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pugling Rivalry Dummy Book

I've been working on a Pugling Rivalry book idea I had while doing the series on my blog.  I finished a dummy book which is text paired with rough illustrations.  I would love to one day publish this book (along with other pug-related book ideas I've had) but getting your foot into the publishing world is hard, especially when I've been so busy with my regular job and other life stuff.  So I thought it would be fun to post a few pages from the dummy book I put together. 

While Sunny and Rosy are best frenemies for life now, these pages pretty accurately capture what must have been going on in Sunny's head the first few months with Rosy. 

Hope you enjoy!

P.S. I may post some dummy book pages from another idea I had called One Sad Face.  I think I posted a few color drawings when I was working on it earlier and some of those drawings are what led to A Girl and Her Pug drawings.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Sorry for the recent absence! I have been swamped at work and it'll be like this for a while (at least the next month or two). I'll try to post when I can.

Sunny and Rosy really wanted to post themselves while I've been busy but their typing and drawing skills need some work.

Hope everyone is having a better summer than me!

Friday, August 1, 2014


In the summertime we love to eat lots of blueberries! Sometimes I toss them at Sunny and Rosy, and they almost NEVER catch them. Seriously, their aim is so bad. Most of the time they just back up, wait for it to fall to the ground and then pounce on it. Silly pugs.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pug Turtle

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr then you already know that Sunny and Rosy (and I) have recently become obsessed with their new tiny turtle toys. We got one in our monthly BarkBox and at first I was disappointed with what I thought was a dinky stupid toy. I was so wrong!

The girls love the tiny turtle and will carry it around in their mouths all the  time! They also love when I throw it for them to catch. I ended up buying more turtles and have also discovered the fun of sticking the turtles in their tails as they search for it and plopping it on their heads and backs. So much turtle fun!

So in honor of our beloved tiny turtles, here's a pug turtle! Rosy's not as small as pictured in this drawing since she's become a bit of a chubb chubb lately (I've been cutting back on her food and she's slimmed down a little).

And for those who haven't seen the tiny turtle photos, behold!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pugling Rivalry - Rosy's Diary Entry #18 (Jailed)


Dear Diary,

Woe is me!  Our home was damaged by stupid water from a sprinkler that went off several weeks ago and now every weekday we are locked in the bedroom.  No more roaming freely.  No more lounging on the big couch.  No more sunbathing while sleepily gazing out the window.  No more sniffing around the kitchen for hidden crumbs.  No more access to our ginormous toy collection.

No more fun.

Instead, we are stuck in a tiny room where the windows are covered with blinds.  This is going to lead to some terrible tan lines in our sunbathing.  And we only have a small fraction of our toys to play with during the day now. 

Sigh.  I just want our home back to normal!  This is the worst!


Pugling Rivalry - Sunny's Log Entry #18 (Jailed)


The only thing worse than begin stuck in one small room all day long is being stuck in one small room all day long with a needy Rosy. 

No escape.

Friday, July 11, 2014


I like to do Illustration Friday because the weekly topics often force me to think outside my usual comfortable box. However, this week's topic, "fragile," is perfect for my pug themed drawings. The only thing more fragile than a pug's plump sausagey body balanced on a set of dainty thin legs is a pug's sensitive emotional health. Don't you dare leave your pug alone too long or raise your voice even a smidgen! Can't you see the tears inside those big soulful eyes??

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Sorry I haven't been posting as much recently! I had a short vacation and my brain just didn't want to do anything other than laze about. I blame summer! Something about the heat and humidity just makes me want to do absolutely nothing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pugling Rivalry - Sunny's Log Entry #17 (Teeth)


Ow ow owow. Feel weirdd. I not have break fassst and so mad. Stuck alone. Vet! Blergh. Made me sleeeeepy and now mouth feel funny and I'm droolling. Amr shaved and bandage? What? Cage lonely. Not fun. Hungry. Tummy funny. Hehe tummy funny tummy funny tunny.

No place like home (even with rOsy). no place like home...


Pugling Rivalry - Rosy's Diary Entry #17 (Teeth)


Dear Diary,

Yay she's back! She's back!


Today was the longest day ever. Sunny was at the vet all day long and after a torturous 15 minutes during which I was left at home all by my lonesome self, the human brought Sunny home in the evening. She smells strange and is acting a bit loopy but she's home and that's all that matters.

Ok, time to go and snuggle with Sunny on her bed!