Posts Tagged ‘pugs and cats’

the cats have had enough

April 5, 2009

Diego has been rowdier then usual lately. He wants to play with the cats way more then they want to play with him. Even Fork is getting tired of him. Diego and Fork will spend a small amount of time chasing each other around, and then playing on the bed. That’s all fine and good until Fork gets tired of it, and Diego doesn’t get the hint. He doesn’t know when to stop, and usually ends up bitten in the face by Fork. Of course, he doesn’t learn from this either because he keeps coming back for more. Our new plan is just to break them up in the beginning when they are still playing. If you can’t play nice, you can’t play at all. It’s harder then you would think. I feel bad for Diego every time I hear him yelp from being bitten, but then again, I can’t believe he keeps doing it. We’ve been trying to get him out for more walks, but that ends up being William’s job because my allergies are kicking right now, and I can’t really be out for much longer then 10 minutes. By the time my allergies go away, it’s going to be time for the heat to start. I just can’t win.

We’ve also started looking into doggie daycares. We are thinking about getting him in possibly once a week, or a couple of times a month. Especially days when we are working all day, and also have plans at night. We just can’t leave him in his crate that long. It’s just not right.

We found a daycare near our house that looks pretty nice, but they only have outside play areas for the dogs, and I am worried about Diego getting overheated in the summer. They say that they have a pug in the group already and that they monitor her, and don’t keep her outside for more then a half hour at a time, but the rest of the time, they are in crates, and he could be in a crate at home. I just don’t get it. I think I want to find one with inside play areas as well. The search goes on…

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the cats discussing what to do with the bratty dog.

diego is suspicious

diego is suspicious

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christmas roadtrip!!!

January 6, 2009

50 hours in a car (round trip) with a dog. Pretty fun.

Actually, Diego did really well. Aside from crying every time the car stopped. We all got to spend quality time with family that we never get to see. Grandma and Grandpa, and aunts and uncles and cousins. Good times!

diego in hotel room in parka

ready for the trip

not so sure after all

not so sure after all

glad to be at grandma's

glad to be at grandma's — he doesn't even mind the air mattress

chillin with uncle brian

christmas with the family

stretching our legs and getting coffee

the way back home — stretching our legs and getting coffee

Diego bugged us to go to Dollywood, but we only drove up the street so he could see it. 50 bucks a ticket is pretty steep! I think he appreciated the effort all the same.

diego loves Dolly!

Diego loves Dolly!

All in all, it was a great, RELAXING time, and the kitties got a Diego break at home, filled with lots of visitors.

lucha libre

September 13, 2008

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Every day Fork and Diego have an awesome chase/wrestling match. Fork usually wins. They start with Diego harrassing Fork, and then go into some great chases, and usually end with Fork biting Diego. Diego seems to get pretty worked up, and Fork is super chill. It’s pretty funny to watch, but can be hard on the ears at times. It’s all play, and no one ever gets hurt. Luckily for Diego Fork wear soft claws, or he could accidentally take an eye out.

ROUND 1:

ROUND 2:

ROUND 3:

Fork always wins.

enough already!

September 10, 2008

Ahhh yes…the joys of summer…
The only time bearable outside is in the morning or evening. We don’t let the cats out most of the time, but sometimes they get a treat and are allowed to go outside to roll around on the front porch. This seems to work out well because eventually they seem to get freaked out and want to go back in anyways. It makes me feel better knowing that they are not dying to go outside all the time. Once we accidentally left Fork outside for a few hours, and we found him crouched under the table on the porch, wanting to come back in desperately.

Diego likes to go out there too. We’ll take him for an occasional walk here and there early in the morning if it’s cool enough, but it is usually really early because it heats up fast. So we also get out on the front porch to hang out in short spurts. We know that we can duck inside when we see the tongue come out he really starts to pant. I feel so bad for him, because he loves to be outside. We are counting down the days until it cools down and we can start going on walks again.

willow’s happy place

July 1, 2008

We love Diego. We feel bad for Willow however. She still is having problems adjusting to him. Milton and Fork seem to be ok with having him around most days, but Willow can’t deal. We’re really not sure how best to deal with this situation. For now, we let Willow hang out in the tub. It’s her favorite spot in the house, and usually Diego isn’t in the bathroom to harass her. It’s her happy place, her safe place.

Being around Diego gives her agita, and thus as a person who just wants everyone in the family to get along…it gives me agita as well.

Diego just wants her to play with him…but she’s not interested in playing with dogs so our next plan of action is just to try to get him to stop trying to play with her at all. That’s a tall order for a 6 month old pug.

How could you hate anything with a face like that?

milton’s nervous breakdowns

April 1, 2008

Poor kitty. He’s still dealing with not being the center of attention all the time. It’s not easy for a cat who’s used to getting all the attention he wants to sharing the love. No love for you!

He’s taken to walking around the house with Diego’s toys in his mouth, crying. He mopes with the toys, he whines, he cries, he sits on top of them. It’s partly cute, partly funny and partly sad. I usually take the toy away, and do my best to comfort him. On this occasion, I wasn’t quite as nice, and I took a bunch of pictures of him. Sorry Milton!

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Diego’s like “what you doing? You crazy.”

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1 step forward, 2 steps back

March 3, 2008

I don’t care what Paula Abdul says, opposites don’t attract.

Diego was definitely not on his best behavior today. He just couldn’t get along with Fork. We brought them both outside today on the front porch. Diego had a hard time with it, especially because he was on a leash. Fork, for the most part was pretty chill, although he did bop Diego on the head a few times. Diego’s pretty lucky that Fork wears those soft claws, or he might be hurting right now.

First we tried sitting near each other. Fork was down with this. He even tried rubbing his face against Diego. Gotta give him props for that. Good kitty!

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That was a good start, but Diego was a little riled, and needed to walk it out. So William walked him up and down the porch.

It obviously didn’t work that well, as you can see, he turned into an attack pug.

attack pug

Fork just looks baffled…and bored…and over it.

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Who can blame him. After this Diego went into crazy puppy mode. Running, chasing his tail, and overall, just being a freak, and we gave up and went inside. Oh well, we tried!

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All that craziness sent Diego straight to sleepytown once back inside. Sweet.

adapting to cat life forms…

February 20, 2008

The cats were our biggest concern when getting a puppy. We chose a pug because they are supposed to get along pretty well with cats. Diego’s only been home for 4 days, so I think he’s doing pretty well. I think the cats are doing well too. They have only gotten freaked out a couple of times, and mostly just do their own thing. I can see every day that they are getting more and more interested/tolerable of this little creature invading their space. Here are some pics of our latest progress…

Fork actually let Diego sleep next to him. Amazing…

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and then they hung out a little.

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Here’s how Milton feels about the situation:

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And here’s how Willow feels:

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