Thursday, January 27, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Rear Ended

So normally a play date with Wile E. is fun and hilarious… This past time was no exception.
It all started out like this…
Chasing each other around and doing zoomies…
Then i found this picture on my camera:
I don’t quite know what happened there but i laughed, Izzie’s got such a chunky ass compared to Wiles. It must be like hitting a brick wall.

3/52 : The eyes are the mirror of the soul

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cooking with Pugs

Wok this way!
No no no, not that kind of cooking with Pugs.
Today we’re cooking up Izzie’s favourite treats. I got the recipe from here:
They’re honestly the best treats ever. Izzie goes nuts for them! Since we have an agility workshop tomorrow i figure it’s time to cook up a fresh batch.
So here’s our ingredients…
Flour, Tuna, Pumpkin, Garlic Powder, Parmesan Cheese, and Eggs (not pictured).
First, pre-heat your oven to 350°F.
Then put both cans of tuna into your food processor or handy dandy awesome kitchen aid mixer…
Mix it up well.
Then put 1/2 a cup of Pumpkin in there…
Even more mixing it up.
Next comes the two eggs…
And mix…
Next add 1 and 1/2 cups flour. You can use wheat, oat, whatever really. I use a blend of different flours in a mix that’s gluten and grain free. 
Also add the teaspoon of Garlic powder and tablespoon of Parmesan Cheese, then mix ‘er up!
When it’s thoroughly mixed it shouldn’t be overly sticky or moist but not dry either.
It should easily come out of the bowl though.
Spread it into a greased baking pan.
Then shove it in the oven for about 25 minutes.
After 25 minutes are up, take it out of the oven and let cool. Then take a pizza cutter or knife and slice it up into pieces.
Pack up some for training and toss the rest in the freezer. Beware, these treats go bad fairly quickly due to no preservatives so keep them thawed in small batches! Your doggies will love you for your delicious treats though!
Happy Baking!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Out in the Cold

Out in the Cold
Originally uploaded by mandypug

Yesterday it almost felt like spring outside... In all of -10 degrees Celsius. From the looks of her face, Izzie certainly didn't agree.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Best Friends Forever

Not too many words today, I just wanted to share a couple photos.
They’re quite the pair that’s for sure.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Snowed In

So it’s now snowing terribly bad, but it’s windy enough that i don’t want to go walk anywhere and it’s snowed enough that I'd rather not drive anywhere (even *gasp* Starbucks). I drive a rather low to the ground Sunfire that gets stuck and fishtails very easily.
So what do i do with my day then… Clean? Organize? Get ready for my new semester on Monday?
Oh HELL no!
I take pictures… Of my dog. Yeah i do. Since getting this new fancy shmancy camera it’s been a learning process. There’s so many cool things i can do with it but i haven’t even scratched the surface of learning how to use it (not to mention how to actually take good pictures). Plus I'm like the opposite of creative (i mean really, you’ve all read my blog posts *snore*) so as a silent new years resolution I'm trying to find my inner creativity plus learn how to use this epic piece of camera technology. Easier said than done, but i try.
This week is learning the monochrome setting since my 52 weeks challenge is indeed black and white photos. I’ve never been one to either shoot black and white or edit photos to black and white, so this is new territory for me.
Anyways, here’s a bit of a sneak preview since i don’t think I've ever posted without including a picture of Izzie and I'm not about to start that nasty habit now.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Dumpster Diving

 1/52 : First is the Worst
Originally uploaded by mandypug

Well sort of! This is our take on getting into the garbage since our theme was naughty moments and well, Izzie just can't be naughty! So we had to spin it in a different direction.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Exciting Times to Come!

So I’ve got a couple cool things coming up this month. First and more importantly though…
There’s an agility workshop coming up!
I love agility and Izzie loves it too, i love the energy and the bonding experience with my dog. Plus I've always been involved in sports since i could walk. Figure skating for 12 years and competitive soccer for 3 years. I had to stop going into grade 12 and university, there just wasn’t time. So Agility is my way to focus my competitive nature and get some exercise with my dog.
We stopped in the fall for winter break and I've honestly been going through withdrawals. It’s ridiculous, I’m not even that far into the sport and i crave it and i just love it so much. Maybe that will go away, but i doubt it. I love training, i love competition, i love my dog.
Anywho, we’ve got a workshop coming up on the 22nd and we are VERY excited. We’re spending the time until then polishing our skills that we can do at home.
Secondly, the club that i take agility lessons from is hosting a specialty vet from Calgary for a lecture. The lecture is on injuries in sport dogs, it should be very very interesting! I love learning new things about dogs and their health. I anticipate this will be excellent!
We’re so excited for both of these, but primarily the agility workshop! Izzie and i are a little out of practise so we’re spending some time getting back into things. Starting with some balance ball work…
She’s not a super big fan of it as you can see but she’s gotta do it!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Hello 2011

So it’s now 2011. Cool. I don’t really know what i want to say. Lets see… I don’t really want to review my whole 2010, so maybe we’ll just move on to the “goals” portion.
I’m not a huge goal setter, never have been. My sports psychologist and my trainers and coaches that i had growing up skating were very much into the goal setting thing. I went through the motions but it really just wasn’t for me. I’m just not one to try and plan out my life or make checklists for me to finish as i go along my year. So maybe i should just call them something different… How about Suggested achievements for 2011? Yeah i like that, it’s kind of like suggested purchases and i often like those suggestions. So here goes…
My Suggested Achievements for 2011
(and how I'm going to achieve them)
1. Spend less money on stupid things and actually start saving up – I will keep track of my spending and put away a portion of my pay cheques into a savings account.
2. Spend more time working with Izzie – Lets face it, I've been slacking in that department and our success and consistency (or lack there of) is a direct result of that. I will spend AT LEAST 1 hour each day split into short sessions working on various training with Izzie. I will also start a training journal to keep track of what we’re doing.
3. Learn how to use my new camera better and take more (and better) photos with it – I’m going to actually read the manual and maybe look into if there’s a photography class around. Or maybe just befriend someone who’s good at photography and get them to show me some tips haha.
4. Don’t give up so easily – When things go wrong I'm very very prone to giving up. I have an overactive flight response and i will run away and quit if something bad happens to me. I am going to work harder at sticking it out through the not so good times and situations.
5. Take more chances – I took some chances towards the end of this past year and they were largely unsuccessful which was kind of discouraging. However this kind of relates to #4, i need to not give up. So what if taking a chance has resulted in being rejected or embarrassed or uncomfortable, the hurt goes away eventually. What makes us strong is whether we accept defeat or stand up, dust ourselves off and keep going.
Those are my suggested achievements. They’re not specific like goals, more like ideas of how i want to be this year. I do however have one specific goal involving Izzie.
And that goal is…
Enter our first agility trial by the end of the year.
I think that’s achievable… Especially if i get my act together and work with Izzie more at home as well as continuing our agility classes.
Anyways, I’m starting to ramble so I'll wrap this up now the best way i know how… With an Izzie picture.
Lets make 2011 great.