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Time to delurk, because I need some cheering up

I've been watching too much news. I was doing a good job of handling the emotional roller coaster that is Iraq, Iran, our environment, and our economy, but being a new mom means I find myself particularly sensitive to News stories where children are hurt.

And there was a story tonight, and I'm having a hard time shaking it for some reason.

So I need some cheering up.

If you've got a happy / funny / uplifting story about your dog or kid, or both, it's time to share it. Tell me about it by leaving a comment.

Thanks so much. :)

August 8, 2009 | Permalink


When our son Nicholas was born, his older sister Vanessa (age 2) had a curious first reaction to him. She took one look at her 3 day old brother sleeping in his car seat, and turned and asked us politely, "Can I hit that guy?"

Um, no you can't. But thanks for asking.

True story.

Posted by: Mario Lanza | Aug 9, 2009 12:23:56 AM

A funny little "fact" about our little Miko is that she refuses to poop in front of my hubby, Jerry. If I am out of the house for the day - she will hold it until the moment I get home, and if I'm home and Jerry is out - she will poop several times a day. Not really a funny story, but Jerry sure finds it amusing ;)

Big hugs to you! Take some time to do something fun today to shake off the yucky.

Posted by: Amanda | Aug 9, 2009 6:09:30 AM

if i might take a few lines to show the pro's and con's... i have been without a job for over a year... i start work today for the largest pharmacy company here in Nevada, my beloved big blue of 15 years died first of july, two weeks later george came into my life from Southern Nevada Pug Rescue, so you have checks and balances... look for the good you will see it ...

Posted by: cynthia | Aug 9, 2009 6:26:40 AM

We love to stay at the very dog-friendly Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-sea, CA for quick getaways. They keep a large jar of biscuits at the registration desk. One time we were upstairs tossing a ball for Tomokee in a patio, and he heard the clinking of the jar lid. He ran all the way down the main stairs, past the lobby and bar packed with other people and dogs (including Clint Eastwood who was at the bar!) and ran to the front desk and stood up by the biscuit jar to demand a biscuit. We chased after him and heard applause along with someone asking, "are you making a commercial?"

Posted by: bettyc | Aug 9, 2009 8:34:52 AM

I have a two nieces who amuse me to no end. When I need a pick me up I call them and when the youngest one answers with " Hi Caki" it makes the world right again. So here is my funny story for you. Raven- my older niece- was 5 at the time. I took her out to Hops restraunt for ribs. She had rib sauce all over her arms, her face and her chin. The waiter brought us a plate of hot towels with a lemon on top. Raven asked what is that for? He said to get all the sauce off of you. Looking ever so skeptical Raven picked up the LEMON and started rubbing it all over her face! She is 17 and we never let her forget that story. The young waiter laughed until he cried. BTW- when I need a pick me up- I read your blog!

Posted by: Cat | Aug 9, 2009 8:49:16 AM

Our little girl loves to splash in water and chase sticks and rocks. Usually with the rocks, she'll run to where they splashed and start digging in the sand until we throw another one. A few days ago she decided she would try catching the rocks (small pebbles, mind you). Eventually, she succeeded. She wasn't quite sure what to do with herself once she accomplished her task. She ended up spitting it out and waiting for a new one.

Posted by: Shelby | Aug 9, 2009 9:22:00 AM

Aw, Sweet Winnie! You make me so happy when I read your blog....now it's my turn, huh? Oliver, my first puggie boy, was a man with a whim of iron. Whenever he wanted to be fed (which was at least once an hour), he'd "stomp". Truly...he would walk around the house stomping as hard as he could..and he could actually shake the house! Imagine that first thing in the morning...before I was awake. He'd circle the bed...stomping. He wasn't a barker or a whiner...he was a stomper. Bless his little buttons...

Posted by: Traci | Aug 9, 2009 9:24:10 AM

I have a Rottie X. I adopted him from a shelter. He was found as a stray. I am sure his drinking choices as a stray were less than pristine.

Every morning he gets up and sits very primly at his water bowl. He then sets his gaze on you and if you don't get up and change his water he will take his front paw and paw the air over his bowl never taking his eyes off you. If this fails to get the expected response his next trick is (again never taking his eyes off you) he will take the waving paw and put it on the lip of the bowl and flip it in the air! Needless to say, no matter how bleary eyed I am in the morning I always change his water before anything else. He has me well trained!

I love you're blog and the pics are wonderful.

By the way I don't watch the news anymore.

Posted by: Pat | Aug 9, 2009 10:04:05 AM

One of our pugs has a new trick. Our kitchen is next to the computer room. When they're out of water, and feel we've been on the computer too long, Nibbles lifts up their heavy crockery water bowl and drops it loudly on the floor. He does this repeatedly, gradually working it closer to the sink, until we come fill the bowl.

Posted by: Pleeai | Aug 9, 2009 2:56:26 PM

...Hi guys...I'M enjoying the "Happy Stories" myself.....Our little Kricket and Teddy Bear have their supper at 4 o'clock every day....When Kricket is done...she runs to the back door howling like a hound dog....runs around the yard as fast as she can and barks like crazy....getting all the other dogs in the neibourhood barking too...I guess she is just letting everyone know she has had her dinner....She is 9 now and has done this little ritual since she was a pup....
I don't watch the news any more either... it is too big and overwelming sometimes...All we can do is take care of our own little corner of the world ...as well as we can...Keep well Hon...and God Bless....

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 10, 2009 7:57:25 AM

Oh Winnie! I hope you are feeling better, the news is sad and what we do to each other as human beings can be even sadder.

Indy is our tiny 10lb pug a few years ago before we got Gus (our 30lb pug!) I was able to sleep with the bedroom door open since she couldn't jump up. Well every morning before the alarm would go off she would walk/stomp around the bed looking for me, stand up at my side (and since she couldn't see me and I wouldn't move) she would huff at me. And then circle around the bed to the other side, huff. Then down the hall and back again untill I got up!
I don't know what it was but she could make her steps so loud on the carpet. Now I sleep with the door closed and the pair of them bang their chew toys on my door when they think it is time for me to get up!

Posted by: Lex | Aug 10, 2009 8:42:41 AM

I enjoy reading Amanda Soule's blog. Here are three entries that involve both a puppy and happy children:




Posted by: Julie | Aug 10, 2009 9:42:22 AM

My cousin has a lhassa apso who is bigger than normal but is also stupider than normal. At one point he was getting bit up and was constantly scratching and had red patches of skin (he's since gotten some ointment or something and is much better), and we'd tell him the only thing he had going for him was the cuteness factor and he was swiftly losing that. Then he learned to do something -- possibly the only thing he's ever learned. When he wants cold water (he lives in Florida and even with the AC on he gets warm because of all that fur) he sits by the fridge and looks up at the water dispenser until you fill his bowl with cold water. Yeah, he's still stupid, but the cuteness factor is back and he's learned to do something cute, too!

Posted by: kmillar | Aug 10, 2009 10:05:42 AM

I don't particularly have any funny stories but I made some banana bread on Sunday and it didn't come out that great. Check out my blog for the details and photos. Also I've got some adorable photos of Napoleon & Rukia up and that always cheers me up!

Posted by: Nevis | Aug 10, 2009 10:24:39 AM

....Nevis...Bless you....for some reason your banana bread DID make me smile....what happy people we Shelby and Vin fans are....that is enough to make you realize there are good and lovely people everywhere..thanks for making my day a little happier too everyone....Cheers

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 10, 2009 12:48:23 PM

Okay.. it's time to delurk. I've been a long time fan and have read your blog in it's entirety...a couple of times. I absolutely love Shelby's antics!

My "happy" story...

My parents divorced when I was 3 years old. It was a very messy divorce and I rarely saw my dad. In my teen years, something bad happened and my dad turned his life around. He really pulled together and showed my mom and I that he's changed. After 8 years of "dating" my mom, they decided to get re-married in 2005.

At the altar... when it was my dad's turn to say his vows, he said to my mom... "Are you sure? All sales final. No refunds or exchanges."

Posted by: Anne | Aug 10, 2009 5:02:28 PM

Okay.. it's time to delurk. I've been a long time fan and have read your blog in it's entirety...a couple of times. I absolutely love Shelby's antics!

My "happy" story...

My parents divorced when I was 3 years old. It was a very messy divorce and I rarely saw my dad. In my teen years, something bad happened and my dad turned his life around. He really pulled together and showed my mom and I that he's changed. After 8 years of "dating" my mom, they decided to get re-married in 2005.

At the altar... when it was my dad's turn to say his vows, he said to my mom... "Are you sure? All sales final. No refunds or exchanges."

Posted by: Anne | Aug 10, 2009 5:02:29 PM

I'm so sad about Jon & Kate. Hope other reality familiesdun end up that way too...

Posted by: Miki | Aug 11, 2009 1:28:41 AM

cheer up! pirate pug! arrr...
yah, what ya lookin' at?

Posted by: sue | Aug 11, 2009 12:14:35 PM

This is a bit of a long one folks!!

I had a pug named Sir Rufus Demious for 15 years before he passed. One of my fondest memories of him was when he would play with our cat Snowball. He really lived up to the Demious part of his name by scooting around the house after the cat. Every now and then he would jump up onto whatever piece of furniture Snowball was on, just to wake the cat up to play. One day, after doing such a deed, Snowball ran up the stairs and sat almost at the top peering through the rails watching Rufus. Of course there's no saying what was really going through the cat's head but it seemed as though he waited until he was sure Rufus had no clue where he was and then he struck!! Down the stairs Snowball flew, landing a bite square in the middle of Rufie's butt. Cat hissed, dog whimpered and there was a little bit of bleeding, nothing too serious though. After that day Rufus let Snowball sleep but still pushed all of the other buttons!! :)

We have since added Sir Charles to our family. Being the runt of his litter came with it's own complications and what some would call defects but he is a 4 year old Pug full of vim, vigor and vitality!! Not to mention a tongue that never ends. Never knew I could love something so ugly that it's cute!!!!! I can't wait to get another pug baby!!!

Posted by: Dyan | Aug 11, 2009 10:40:28 PM

...Winnie is so wise...she is letting all of us add our little stories ....I'm enjoying them...and Winnie..we hope you are feeling better!!!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | Aug 12, 2009 8:25:28 AM

Hi Winnie,

I'm Michelle and I live in Malaysia. I own a pug, Angus and a french bulldog, Bubbles.
I love reading your blog as it always bring cheer to my heart.

Angus is a 2 year old pug who weighs 25lb. He was very mischievous as a puppy - he liked to bite our toes and then run off, expecting us to chase after him. And when we ignore him, he would run around in circles to get our attention. He is more settled now, thank goodness but still a bit of an attention seeker like swiping things off the table or chewing things he's not suppose to infront of us (like cement!).

Take care :)

Posted by: Mengmic | Aug 12, 2009 7:38:45 PM

I don't have a particularly funny story. I have 2 puggies, almost 5 and 2 1/2, and my boyfriend and I absolutely LOVE when they do their Puggy 500 around the house. We recently bought a house so now they have a whole lot more room for their antics and they are always so amusing!

Posted by: Carrie | Aug 13, 2009 6:54:37 AM

First of all, I want you to know that when I was going through an extremely difficult time in life around 3 years ago I found your site. Viewing your site and keeping up with Shelby became a daily ritual and helped me out of the funk.

Now funny kid story: My 30 year-old son was 3 and we were visiting the zoo. They have a small train for touring. We were sitting on the train waiting for it to fill up so we could begin the tour. In an extremely loud voice my son said " Something smells bad. I think it might be.....I think it might be.....Monkey ####!

Sorry for being a little late with this cheer-up attempt, I have been too busy this week to check in on Shelby & Vin. Please forgive me and continue keeping all us fans posted on their adventures.

Posted by: Debra | Aug 13, 2009 3:50:54 PM

I am having a hard time right now myself so I am struggling to come up with a story. But as a long time reader I feel it is important to de-lurk when you ask. I have a 5 year old black female pug, Immi.
I was in Norway last week and my boyfriend's mother's boyfriend has a mixed dog, Odin (he looks like a wolf). Odin would stand in the water up to his chest for hours - the longest stretch I counted was 6 hours, just staring at fish, crabs, jellyfish, and whatever else was lurking in the water.
The other thing that may brighten your day is these video clips about Valentino's pugs, if you haven't seen them:

Posted by: Morgan | Aug 13, 2009 5:24:27 PM

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