Our aunt had surgery the last week of January, causing mom to abandon us!
But since it was our aunt, we forgave her.
It's been a long time (thank goodness) since mom has been inside a hospital. Things have changed. Mom got this thing that let her know when the surgery was done.
After surgery, our aunt got some pretty flowers and balloons.
Fortunately, she got to go home before mom left. Back home, mom got to meet all the cockatoos our aunt has. Mom has pugs, aunt has cockatoos. Four to be exact.
This is three of them. From left to right, BB (boy), Anoni (boy) and Angel (girl). BB is a foster bird! He was pretty mistreated and needs a lot of help and understanding. Aunt is very good at that so hopefully, he'll be good as new soon.
This is Aya. She has been known to bite. She chases our uncle around the house, biting him. That beak can do some damage too. Fortunately, Aya didn't hate mom. She did spend a lot of time giving her the eye though. And she stalked her one time. But no bites.
These birdies can be really loud. Like smoke alarm, ear-splitting loud. Fortunately, they settled down once aunt came home. After that, hardly a squawk.
Mom thinks she'll stick with pugs.
They are pretty and they can talk, but they can also tear your eye out.
They are incredibly smart. And like all smart creatures, if you don't provide them with stimulation, they will create their own. Like chew the chandelier wires. Or take the keys off the laptop. Aunt has them watch Baby Mozart DVDs and has the kids read to them.
Mom is back from her trip. More on that later. Let's just say it was not the most pleasant traveling experience.
This is Noodles' idea that we totally stole from her. We are listing 100 things that are awesome and for which we are grateful.
Let's be honest, there aren't 100 things that makes a pug happy. Unless 99 of them are food. So we are letting mom make this list.
1. Grateful that we live in America. Sure, there are problems. Serious problems, but this is still an awesome country. We don't have to dodge sniper bullets to go vote. Women can own houses and run businesses. Doggies can get the best healthcare money can buy. It's a pretty awesome country to live in.
2. I am grateful that I have a decent job. Yes, the paycheck is important, but my work actually makes a difference in our town. I have awesome coworkers who appreciate me. And really, that's sometimes better than money.
3. We are grateful that we live in a nice house (although we trash it with stuffy guts) in a neighborhood where people look out for each other.
4. We are really grateful for some of the awesome people in our neighborhood. It's comforting to know that if I needed something, there are people I can call to help. That's really important for a single person.
5. We are grateful for the friends we've made through blogs and Twitter. You understand us like no one else. We have built a community that reaches out to help each other. We comfort each other because no one else understands what it's like to lose one of us. We are a tribe of pug and dog people.
6. We are grateful for our in-person friends. Some of you internet friends have become in-person friends too. These friends have opened their homes to us, cleaned up our poop! and fed us. You are here to hug us when we need it.
7. I am grateful for my family. They may not be pug people, but they don't hesitate to help if we need it.
8. Tallulah is awesome. She is awesome because she is the only pug who would pick me over food! At night, she has to be close to my head to sleep.
9. Petunia is awesome. More than any other pug here, Petunia loves to be on my lap. She wiggles into a comfortable position, lays her head on my chest and makes a sweet, sighing noise.
10. Isabelle is awesome. She is a spunky senior. When she first came to me, the vet didn't think she would live that long with all the problems she has. She's proved them wrong for almost five years.
Noodles had an awesome idea about 100 Happy Things. We are totally stealing that idea. We think we are going to split it up and do some every month. Starting next month.
Things are upside down here. Mom is leaving us, for the first time ever.
We've never been apart for more than a few hours.
What? You're leaving? Without us?
Our aunt Mandy is going to be in the hospital next week, and mom needs to be there. With the short notice, mom couldn't take off enough time to drive there and back. Plus, she'll be at the hospital all the time, leaving us alone anyway.
So we get to have sleep overs with some friends. Tallulah and Petunia are going to stay with Stitch and Lilo. Isabelle is going to a home with other senior dogs. They'll probably be playing Bingo all week. Or sleeping.
There's a flurry of laundry and food making and list making and packing. We are pretty high maintenance pugs, apparently. To make it easier for our friends, mom has separated out our pills and supplements by meal.
And made a bunch of food for us. Mom's trying to make it as easy as possible for the lovely people who will be taking care of us. We are going to be a handful as it is.
And to top it all off, it's supposed to snow tomorrow!
And get really cold again. So we'll do that camping thing for most of the week.
Snow? Seriously? Does the weatherman know this is the South?
This week ought to be fun with the snow and the cold and the packing.
Around here, even an inch of snow sends people into a panic. Good thing mom went grocery shopping already!
If any of you have tips on how to be good houseguests, let us know in the comments!