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 -

Friday, August 22, 2014

Remembering Char Shu

We can't believe 
it has been five years since we said goodbye

Char Shu
6/12/1992 - 8/12/2009


Char Shu was the son of our own MaoYen
After a C-section 
we were told one of the pups had fluid in his lungs 
and might not make it

Mom sat up all night and helped him nurse
by morning he was doing well

and Mom had already decided

 that he would stay with them forever


When Char Shu was young,  
mom took him to some obedience trials
Never got a qualifying score back then
but he entertained the crowd with
his slow crawl toward mom 
when he was supposed to be on a down stay

Two more pugs joined the family

The original PugRanch Kids
McKenzie, Mao Yen, Pugsley and Char Shu

After taking some years off
Mom and Char Shu returned to the Obedience Ring


At the age of 10 
he earned his Companion Dog Title 
in three shows 

The following year at 11 yrs old



He was the High Scoring Dog at a Fun Match!

He retired from shows 


after winning second place in a Veterans Class
 at the age of 12

But his most favorite thing 
was to be close to those he loved


He loved Dad but in his last few years
it was Mom he came to depend on as
his eyesight and hearing left him
Once Mom went out of town for a few days
and Dad got very little sleep
 as Char Shu barked and cried for Mom

He was so gentle, 
the grandkids loved him



he had gone totally white in the face but was still spry 
celebrating his 16th birthday with friends
(that's Hazel with her back to you)


The little pug puppy 
who was not supposed to make it
lived 2 months past his 17th birthday

Our sweet, sweet boy
We miss you everyday


We are The PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Senior Citizen Day!

 Thank you Ranger for letting us know
that today is 
Senior Citizen Day!

 I would like to honor the seniors in our family

This picture is from last summer when
Hazel's dad & brother came to visit us
I am the only youngster!


left to right, in front, current age
Bailey, going on 12 yrs
Brutus, almost 10 yrs
Me (Greta) 2 1/2 yrs
back row
Hazel almost 10 yrs
Daddy Buzz 12 1/2 yrs

Can't you see the family resemblance here!


Brutus, Buzz, Hazel

 Mom is gone for a few days
she left this morning to go visit
Brutus and Buzz 

Oh yea, she said she is also
going to visit her human daughter
 while she is there


Mom will be gone till Sunday evening

Butt please come back tomorrow for 
a special Flashback Friday


We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Good Weekend

Mom and I spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday at an Obedience/Rally Trial in Idaho Falls, ID


The trial is held at a lovely park with lots of shade
This is the same trial we attended last year 
where I earned my Rally Novice title 
and 2 "legs" of my Beginner Novice Obedience Title
You might remember that I earned the 3rd "leg" 
and finished that title in June



This time we entered Pre-Novice Obedience. 

This involved both on leash and off leash work

1. On leash heeling pattern and figure 8
2. leash is removed - Stand for Examination
3. Off leash heeling pattern
4. Recall, sit in front, return to heel
5. Sit or Down Stay while Mom walks ring perimeter

And although I was being quite silly - 
I kept heeling on the wrong side


I managed to get qualifying scores on Fri & Sat
Yay!!!!

Then came Sunday - 
well on Sunday I wanted to stop and eat grass 
instead of staying with Mom.
Then when I was supposed to get ready for the Stay
I was trying to hack up grass that was stuck in my throat
 and I puked a little with the judge standing right there!!! 
And that was the end of that.

So we got 2 "legs" and we only need 1 more.
It wasn't my best performance 
but we had fun and that's what counts

And we saw this guy!


A Weim boy!  
Just like our furiends Goose and Easy!


We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hot Weather Safety


Welcome to 

Hot Weather Safety
with
The Idaho Pugs


Every buddy loves the summer time. Summer brings lots of fun activities, like walking and hiking and swimming. Butt  - summer time also brings HEAT and heat can be very dangerous to your pet, they can easily suffer from heat exposure.

Hot weather is especially tough on brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds like pugs. Because of their short noses and smaller air passages, pugs can’t adequately cool air or release heat when they are in hot temperatures.  Take extra caution with your pug whenever they are in an environment with temperatures exceeding 75 degrees. Brachycephalic  dogs have the highest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Brachycephalic dogs are the cute, personable breeds such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Pekingese and Boston Terriers. Their short noses and flat faces are at an extreme disadvantage in hotter temperatures because the dog’s primary mechanism for beating the heat is panting, and these dogs do not pant efficiently.

You can see how Flat my nose is!

Panting is a form of evaporative cooling, and air must easily flow for the process to work. The shorter faces of brachycephalic dogs make them look adorable, but they create big problems for airflow. These dogs suffer from brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS), which causes inefficient breathing and, therefore, inefficient cooling.

The mouth could do all the work, except brachycephalic dogs have long, soft palates in the back of their mouths. The palate tissue blocks the flow of air to the trachea. And lastly, many have small, hypoplastic tracheas in which the diameter of the trachea is greatly reduced.
Each of these structural problems interferes with how quickly air can pass to the lungs. Air movement for a brachycephalic dog might be the equivalent of a person who is trying to breathe with swollen tonsils and a clothespin on his nose.

If evaporation is the way a system cools, and little air is passing through, the system quickly overheats. Dogs can easily suffer from heat exposure, but brachycephalic dogs have the highest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Owners of brachycephalic dogs can help their dogs breathe easier and stay cooler through elective surgery. Nares can be made wider, the soft palate can be shortened.

BUTT - ANY PET CAN BE AT RISK FOR HEAT EXPOSURE

Heat stroke (hyperthermia)
If your pet is exposed to hot temperatures and you suspect heat stroke, act immediately.  Heat stroke is an EMERGENCY since it can be fatal in as little as ten minutes.  Here are signs of heat stroke any pet owner must be aware of:

  • Frantic, rapid panting
  • Bright red tongue and  red or pale gums
  • Thick or sticky saliva
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shock

If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, it is a life threatening emergency and you need to call your veterinarian right away! Immediately get your pet out of the heat and into an air-conditioned area and take their rectal temperature if possible- it will exceed 103°F with heat stroke.  Offer your pet small amounts of cool water if they are not vomiting and are able to drink.  Spray them with cool (not cold) water, especially on their head, neck, feet, chest, and belly as well as turning on a fan and point it in their direction.  You can spray their paw pads, under their armpits, and groin area with isopropyl alcohol.  Do NOT immerse your pet in ice or in ice-cold water.  The goal is to decrease the body temperature normal in the first 10-15 minutes but then the cooling process needs to be slowed and monitored by your veterinarian as their temperature can drop dangerously low.

Thank you Barking from the Bayou and PetPlan for the cool graphics



Here are some tips to Stay Cool in the Heat


Protect your pet from the heat. 

Provide plenty of shade, air-conditioning, and a cool pool of water to help your pet escape the heat.

Make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh, cool water every day in a bowl that won’t tip over.

If you are headed outdoors with your pet, be sure to bring along cool water and a portable bowl for them to drink from.  Anytime your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from the heat and sun.  Tarps and tree shaded areas are ideal as they won’t obstruct air flow. A dog house won’t provide relief from the heat and could actually make it worse for your pet.


Exercise your pet in the early morning or late evening hours when it’s a little cooler.

Make sure to adjust the time and intensity of exercise based on the temperature and humidity.  Older dogs, young puppies, overweight pets, short nose breeds, pets not used to exercise, and pets with heart and respiratory problems are more likely to overheat in hot weather.  Keep in mind that the street and sidewalks as well as the sand on the beach can be very hot and can burn their pads.

Monitor your pet’s health.

Pay close attention to your pet’s respiratory rate, effort to breathe, stamina, willingness to continue and fatigue. All can be signs of possible overheating.

Respond quickly

If your pet is working hard to breathe, and if his tongue is flat and wide for maximum evaporation, don’t ignore it. Take immediate measures to cool him down 

Control your dog’s weight.

Maintaining a healthy weight can help your pet  breathe easier

Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a few minutes.

On a day when it is 85°F outside, a car with its windows slightly opened can heat up to over 100°F in just 10 minutes! Even on seemingly mild days, an enclosed car can be deadly. Recent studies show that when it is 72°F outside, a car’s internal temperature can climb to 116°F within one hour. It can take as little as 10 minutes for a dog to sustain organ damage or even death when trapped in these temperatures so plan your day and travel to guarantee your dog is never left in the car. 

Use sunscreen on your pets when they are outside.

Pets with light colored skin or thin fur can sunburn easily and are more prone to skin cancer. If your pet will be outside in the sun a lot then use sunblock, yes, there is sunblock for pets!  Be sure to apply it to exposed areas like the ears, nose, and even the belly for those pets who tend to lay in the sun.


Keep your pet well groomed.

While a haircut may help keep your pet cooler, cutting them too short can remove insulation against the heat and also make them more susceptible to sunburn.  Keeping them free of mats and loose undercoat with regular brushing helps their coat to “breathe”.

Make sure to use proper flea and tick prevention.

Flea and tick populations thrive in warm, humid environments, and are most prevalent in the summer months. They can pose serious health concerns such as the spread of Lyme disease, the transmission of tapeworms and cause allergy dermatitis, so it is important to use the proper flea and tick preventatives and treatments with your pets.

Watch for signs of heatstroke.


Signs include: Sudden collapse, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, drooling profusely, panting excessively or difficult breathing, rapid heart rate, glazed eyes, wobbly or uncoordinated movement, stupor or coma, bright red or purple gums and/or tongue

If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, it is a life threatening emergency and you need to call your veterinarian right away! Immediately get your pet out of the heat and into an air-conditioned area and take their rectal temperature if possible- it will exceed 103°F with heat stroke.  Offer your pet small amounts of cool water if they are not vomiting and are able to drink.  Spray them with cool (not cold) water, especially on their head, neck, feet, chest, and belly as well as turning on a fan and point it in their direction.  You can spray their paw pads, under their armpits, and groin area with isopropyl alcohol.  Do NOT immerse your pet in ice or in ice-cold water.  The goal is to decrease the body temperature normal in the first 10-15 minutes but then the cooling process needs to be slowed and monitored by your veterinarian as their temperature can drop dangerously low.




Be sure to visit the rest of today's safety hosts!









www.mkclinton.com





A HUGE thanks to Sarge & Sidebite for 
organizing Safety Week!


We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Begin the Campaign!


Safety Week got off to a great start yesterday!

But today we have work to do

Murphy & Stanley are counting on us to help them 
with their campaign for Mayors of Blogville


Me, Hazel and Angus got busy 
planning the best way around Blogville
We don't want to miss any anybody


 Bailey wanted the campaign to get started with something big. He looked through his important contacts, 
and made some phone calls 


Murphy & Stanley were home relaxing 
when Bailey called with the news.


they were scheduled to appear on 
a very popular daytime talk show

So we packed our bags and hopped on the campaign bus 


Follow us over to pick up Murphy & Stanley - 
we're on the road to Hollywood!


We are the PugRanch Kids
B H & G Management
Mr. Bailey, Ms. Hazel & Ms. Greta


Check out our Monday post for the schedule
of Safety Posts
or visit Susie and Sidebite 
to catch a ride
or hop on the hop below

Monday, August 11, 2014

Safety Week is Here!



Before we get to safety week we have to show you 
the rain we got on Friday evening


For three days there had been periods of heavy rain 
in different parts of Southeast Idaho 
causing flash flooding in some places


You can't really tell in the picture but it looked like a river was running down our driveway
We got over an inch of rain in less than an hour

All the rain sure made the grass green up!

AND NOW!

What we have all been waiting for!



New Hosts every day
 with different topics!

today please visit

Opening Ceremonies with Sidebite

Opening Speech by Madi

and the big Parade hosted by Sarge

Schedule for the week

Daily Transportation – Aug 12-16 – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
Blog Hop – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
Smilebox – Mona – justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 11: Opening Ceremony – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Opening Speech – Madi – downhomeinnc.blogspotDOTCOM
               Parade – Sarge – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM

Aug 12:  Poop Bags/Flashlights – Lassie & Benji – lassiterchase.blogspotDOTCOM
               Plant Dangers – Reilly& Denny – cowspotdogs.blogspotDOTCOM
               Wild Animal Encounters – Lee & Phod -    kten-haileychronicles.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Travel Safety – Oz – www.oztheterrierDOTCOM
               Traffic Safety – Frank – theadventuresofthetank.blogspotDOTCOM  

Aug 13: HGE Illness – Sidebite – susieandsidebite.blogspotDOTCOM
               Food Safety – Sasha – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Stranger Danger – Angus – stellaroselong.blogspotDOTCOM
               TreeRat Hunting Safety – Ruby – www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM 
               Water Safety – Fudge – theportuguesewaterblog.blogspotDOTCOM
               There’s an App for That – Duncan – www.whitedogblogDOTCOM

 Aug 14: Pet Fire Safety – FiveSibes – fivesibes.blogspotDOTCOM
               First Aid Tips – Goose – gospelofgoose.blogspotDOTCOM
               Hot Weather Safety – Idaho Pugs – idahopugranch.blogspotDOTCOM 
               Pet Insurance – Bunk – www.bunkblogDOTNET
               Microchipping – Wallace& Samuel – www.wallaceandsamuel.wordpressDOTCOM
               School Supply Dangers – Bentley & Pierre – www.mkclintonDOTCOM

Aug 15: Search& Rescue – Bert –   bertdidit.blogspotDOTCOM  
                Zoomie Safety – Millie & Walter – www.birdbrainsanddogtales.wordpressDOTCOM
               Stormy Weather Safety – Casey & Cinderella  savetheboxers.blogspotDOTCOM
               Water Safety – Lily & Edward -  www.twofrenchbulldogsDOTCOM
               Pickpocket Protection – Easy – www.easyweimaraner.wordpressDOTCOM

Aug 16: Picnic – Sasha & Ruby – chicamom85-sassysasha.blogspotDOTCOM  and                                 www.rubytheairedalepupDOTCOM
               DJ Rockin’ Wills Music Set– Sweet William – sweetwilliamthescot.blogspotDOTCOM
               Bad Dawg Agency concert – baddawgagency.blogspotDOTCOM
               Surf Jammers concert – sargespeaksout.blogspotDOTCOM
               ADTR Fundraiser Kissing Booth – Mona & Prissy  -  justustexasdachsies.blogspotDOTCOM  
               Bounce House – Frankie & Ernie  -  frankiefurterprice.blogspotDOTCOM
               Sand Box – Daisy – dailydaisydog.blogspotDOTCOM

Be sure to visit us on Thursday 


For Heat Safety Tips


We are the PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta