October 28, 2004

close-up of Padme... isn't she lovely? ;) Posted by Hello

here's padme again with me (holding her) and my chilhood friend beside me. Look at Padme, absolutely wary of strangers!!! i wonder why when there's so many people coming in and out of the house. she just disappears when there's people around. ;) Posted by Hello

can you see th cat with all the giftwrappers? this wasn't a planned "shot"... my cat Padme likes to nose her way around papers, plastics, ribbons and the like... i guess you know what i mean! ;) she's makulit, but i love her dearly... more pictures and stories to come! Posted by Hello

October 25, 2004


That's how Charlie my PUGngit is nowadays, a baby no more! Today is his second month with us and we just love him too much, sometimes it's too much...but it feels fantastic! I still remember the day we got him, less than a foot long and weighing over a kilo. He probably weighs 6-8 kilos now.

I've checked his front teeth tonight, yep! he's lost his 4 front teeth 2 up and 2 down. THEYIE, if you can read this, MAMASANGRE is correct to say that KIREI is teething that why she's a bit 'abnoxious' right now, and it's true too that she'll sink her teeth in to any available object around her. Please let me share with you what we do with Charlie's teething and potty training.

- We do not get mad and start yelling at the puppy when he starts to munch on the furniture, slippers, chairs, edges of the stairway, our pants or anything. Instead with a firm voice, we say 'BAD' and move him AWAY. It's really up to us to do that since pugs can be stubborn and at times will not listen. Then we give him something to munch on like dried pig's skin stick which is available at any pets shop. This skin is also good for his itchy gums.

the reason why Charlie's always have something in his mouth, dawgie is teething!

The Mafia boss!

- Play with him. That's important to keep him from being bored and starts to munch on things just to get our attention. Playing is also important for him to spend his energy.

- Puppies are so energetic! I've read a pugsy article that pugs do not need to be walked frequently and they do not bark a lot. Charlie is just the opposite. He is so alive and enjoys the walks. He'll begin it by barking out loud as if telling everyone: " Here I am, here I am! Come on out you guys!" That's why he's pretty muscular, thanks to the movements and he eats well but not turning fat.

- We walk him out several times a day, 5 times averagely for his potty training. This will lessen when he becomes older. We reward him for doing his potty outside and give him a bit of scolding when he does it inside. Puppies can't control it yet so it's important for Charlie to have a regulated time for eating and then potty. And this is also important for him to learn the neighborhood, see other people and other dogs. He is crazy about kids especially and kids are to him.

But really, the key here is spending time training the puppy. And that ensures success. My husband and I were so confident that he'll never wet our bed that as early as his second week with us ( he was almost 3 months then ) we allowed him to sleep with us. He did no accidents and now sleeping with us is normal, and Charlie even gets most of the space.

Charlie napping on husband's belly

Dear THEYIE, if you can't find the pigs skin sticks, may I suggest that you buy them fresh without fat, clean and boil it to reduce the remaining fat and slice them about half inch in thickness and 5 inches long ...let them dry in the sun. When it's totally dry, it's ready for your puppy to chew. Also if you can get Kirei some toys, like rubber balls or anything that is not dangerous for puppies. She'll appreciate that.


I've edited some parts, very very sleepy when I did the post last night..see the difference mamasangre? ^_^

October 13, 2004

Meet Gracie!

I've been wanting to post about my pets in this blog, but I didn't had the chance to compose until today...

Gracie, or Grace, is not really my cat. She belongs to my fiance's sisters. She was first seen around a family friend's house until Ruby and Mae decided to adopt her. Since then, she became a part of the family (parang ako, hehe!)

I really didn't get to know her much until my fiance's family took a month-long vacation and Grace needs to stay with me so I can watch over her. At first, animals aren't really my thing. I grew up in a household that never had pets of any kind. I never knew how to handle furry friends. But, this cat made an animal lover out of me. I consider her to be sweet and intelligent... When I get home, she's waiting by the door, and once I approach her, she'll roll over the floor and waits for me to scratch her belly and shower her with attention. She never makes a mess in my apartment. She does her business in her litter box and never plays with any of my stuff. She meows and approaches when you call her name. She comes to you when she's interested in what you're doing. She follows me around the apartment, just sitting there and watch me cook, clean, etc... She lets me know when she wants to go to the porch, and when I let her out, she just sits on a corner watching the trees outside. When she's satisfied, she goes back inside and meows, and that's my cue to close the door. She never liked expensive cat toys. All you need is a crumpled piece of paper to keep her amused. She likes to curl up on my feet whenever I lay on the couch. When I go to bed, she sleeps behind my headboard, close to the window. She also wakes me up every morning by meowing aloud beside my bed until I get up. Once I step out of the bedroom, she runs to the kitchen and waits for me to give her breakfast. Almost human huh? The only time I see her wild side is when she likes to make her own little hunting game. When she wants to play with any object, she would at first keep her distance, crouches like a mini-panther, then wiggles her butt until she dashes for her prey.

Ever since her vacation in my apartment, I sometimes "borrow" her to keep me company. Except now that I had a new puppy, she became jealous of him and kept her distance from him. It's funny to see a big cat running away from a 6-inch high dog... Now, she's back home with her "parents". But, I still miss her sometimes! Everytime I visit their house, she still knows me. :)