It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them,
and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart.
If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog,
and I will become as generous and loving as they are.
- anonymous -

Monday, February 27, 2017

30 Day Food Challenge Part 2

We are now a couple of weeks in to our

 30 day Rachel Ray Nutrish Peak food challenge 

posed to us by our good friends at

First let me tell you that the transition to this food 
was easy peasy.
No tummy or poop problems. 
Hazel & I both like the food but then I like just about anything. Hazel had been hesitant to start eating her dinner  before and mom was hoping to see an improvement with this food but she still has to be coaxed to get started
(it is probably due to her medicine on her food than the food itself)
but once she gets started she eats with gusto

Unfortunately about a week into the challenge Hazel started doing the Butt Scootin' Boogie a lot. 
Mom put her back on our other kibble
 and the scootin' has stopped. 

A note from Mom
The recipe says Turkey, Duck and Quail with Turkey as the #1 ingredient
Looking at the ingredients I was disappointed to see that the Duck and Quail are low on the list, meaning less duck and quail than even beet pulp and cranberries. In fact chicken meal is much higher on the list. I would have expected it to be higher since it is promoted as "turkey, duck & quail" 


  1. Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Dried Peas, Pea flour, Whole Dried Potatoes, Pea Protein, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Whole Flaxseed, Cranberries, Duck, Quail, Menhaden Fish Meal, Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Salt, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Choline Chloride, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

So I guess it is up to me to finish the 30 day challenge

We will give you our final thoughts in a couple of weeks!

disclaimer: as a #chewyinfluencer we were provided one bag of Rachel Ray Peak kibble in exchange for trying this food for 30 days and giving our honest review

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Self Portrait Challenge

For the February Challenge our
Director of Arts & Entertainment 
challenged our creativity and 
asked us to create self portraits

These are our entries!

Snow Pug

We originally created this portrait of Mabel as StuArt
Mom liked it so much she had a canvas print made 
and it hangs in the hallway at the PugRanch

Pretty Pug

Another favorite of Mom's of our little Hazel

Handsome Pug

Mom's absolute favorite picture of Mr Bailey
She likes his creation a lot so it may be the next to go on a canvas print!

Thanks to Louis for this great challenge 
Be sure to visit
to see all the self portrait entries

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Friday, February 24, 2017

It's Mom's Last Day


It's a big day for Mom

It is her last day at work at the Potato Processing Plant were she has worked for 44 1/2 yrs

Mom was just a teenager (18 yrs. old) when she arrived in Idaho from her home state of California.
One week later she started working for Lamb Weston, a company that makes french fries and other potato products

The first 12 years Mom worked in the production plant in several different positions. General Labor, Quality Assurance, Operator and even worked in the Maintenance Dept! In 1984 she began working in the Accounting Department doing the Payroll and did that job for 22 years. The last ten years Mom has done the Cost Accounting. 

A lot of life goes by in 44 years

Mom got married
Had two children, a son and a daughter
got divorced
bought a home to raise her children in
sang with a local country western band
took some college classes in accounting
adopted an older pug and fell in love with breed
Met her soul mate 
 remarried gaining 5 more children
Sold her home 
Mom & Dad bought some property to put a home on
 and that is now The PugRanch
Lost her Dad in 1999
welcomed 25 grandchildren
was diagnosed with Breast Cancer
Started a blog called the Idaho PugRanch
lost her Step Mom in 2015
celebrated 5 yrs cancer free

And through it all she had her job at Lamb Weston

Now a new life chapter called 


Congrats Mom!

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February #ChewyInfluencer Review

This month we decided to try something totally new

ACANA Mackerel & Greens Singles Formula Dog Treats

Mom was a little leary - she was afraid they would be stinky

but we convinced her to let us give these treats a try

These nourishing bites are made with fresh wild-caught New England mackerel as the single, easily digestible animal protein that’s full of omega-3. It’s gently freeze-dried to preserve the natural flavors and nutrients and combined with Kentucky spinach and sun-dried sarsaparilla root. Spinach provides a rich source of fiber, and sarsaparilla root supports healthy digestion for a nutritious treat that’s easy for the most sensitive pet to digest.

As soon as Mom opened the bag the smell was heavenly
 and I could almost taste the soft green bites

 Hurry mom! I can't wait !

Ha! this is an action shot of me jumping in the air 
for Acana Mackerel & Greens

Hazel thought they were yummy too and Mom says she was pleased the odor was not strong

We would consider these a "high value" treat
something we would be willing to work hard for!

Thank you Chewy! has the best prices, fast shipping and the most pawsome customer service!

disclaimer:  as a #chewyinfluencer, we were provided one bag of Acana Mackerel & Greens treats free of charge in exchange for our honest review

We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Mabel