Thursday, December 18, 2008

Pug - Cicles

The Pugs love the snow...well, most of them anyone. I think Ingrid believes she's too much of a Diva to get her dainty little feet cold. Can't really say I blame her's COLD! Here they while out doing their business this morning.

Following the "Pied Piper". Notice the cute little Pug butt showing that my son is holding?

Scoobie and Bindy enjoying themselves.

Ingrid says "OK, I'm ready to go in now! A Princess such as myself has no business getting her paws wet and cold...thank you very much!"

Friday, December 12, 2008

Video of Pug Puppy Dashing through the snow

Well, a little snow anyway. Scoobie who is now 4 months would do this all day long if I let him! LOL!

Merry Christmas to all, from all of us here at Arvay Pugs!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Scoobie the Pug

Here are a couple pictures I took of Scoobie today. He's such a sweetie.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Original black and fawn Pug Painting - Lofty Journey

My imagination tends to see Pugs in a variety of whimsical situations. I wonder where these two are headed? Perhaps they just wanted to take a hot air balloon ride and see the world from a higher elevation? This is a mixed media painting done on a 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 solid oak cupboard door. The sheet music came from antique song books.

The edges have been sanded for an aged look.

Available on Etsy!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pugs are Angels in desguise Printable Tags

Brrr, it's freezing here! The Pugs are all snug in their beds with visions of liver snacks dancing in their heads. So while they were snoozing I created these printable tags. These cute little tags measure 3 1/4 inches x 2 inches wide and each sheet prints out 6 tags. They would make great little gift tags. A portion of the proceeds will go to Pug rescue. If you would like a set just click on the "more info" button below. They are much clearer than shown here in this preview image.

Pug Angel Tags

Price: US$2.50

Click for details

Friday, November 7, 2008

Arvay Pugs New Show Puppy!

I'd like to introduce you all to Shijo's Boot Scootin Boogie of Arvay, aka "Scoobie". Scoobie and Pudge (oh lord, I hope I have this right...looking at pedigrees too long can be hazardous on ones brain cells), are half Uncle/Nephew.

Isn't he a doll! I am SO thrilled to have him and he completes a dream that has been many years in the making of having two wonderful show males from these particular bloodlines.

Here are some pictures of the little man at 12 weeks old and a fun short video for your viewing enjoyment.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Off to the Dog Shows

Pudge and I are headed to Ft. Wayne this weekend for his first shows. He's entered in the puppy classes and it should be fun and good practice for him. I have no idea how he will react in the ring. Hopefully, he'll walk on the lead ok LOL!

Here's a picture of him taken today. He's such a doll!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pug Homework Help

My son lays on the floor to snuggle with the Pugs while doing his homework and Ingrid is his official helper. If he doesn't know the answer to something, she is always there to help him out (in between naps of course). Yes, she really does get up and lay on his back like this everyday (:


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lots of Pugs

Here are the "kids" playing outside. I just had to grab my video camera and take some footage of them as they are a hoot to watch. Much better than TV (: The small fawn puppy is Tebbie, who is now in her new home. It was hard to part with her but I feel very blessed that she went to such a great home!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fawn Pug Envelopes

Just finished these up and I love how they turned out. These are so much fun to print and tuck a note card in to send to family and friends.

Fawn Pug Printable Envelope

Price: US$2.99

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Monday, September 29, 2008

More Pug Pendants

I've been having so much fun creating these bubble charm pendants. This one I just listed in my Etsy shop and it's made from my original Pug artwork. I've made and sold several of these actually and wearing one as we speak. I've made the flat ones as well but these bubble charms are my favorite. I guess because the way they magnify the image and also they just simply "Feel" good to the touch.

I've had several requests for these pendants in black and I'm working on that. I know many of you have black Pugs and I think these would look darling in black as well.

I think these will make nice little Christmas gifts and if you are on a budget (who isn't in this economy right!?), they are quite affordable at $18 and this includes shipping within the U.S.A. If interested, just visit my Etsy Shop.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Winner of the Pug Pendant Contest

We have a winner!

Wow, I had no idea how difficult it would be to choose a winner for this contest. Some of your posts made me laugh, made me cry and a little in between. Thank you all SO much for sharing your thoughts about why you love Pugs. I so enjoyed reading all of the replies.

So without further ado....Congratulations to Sara aka Carter's Mom! To claim your pendant just email me at: kelle AT arvaypugs DOT com. Include your address and I'll get your pendant out to you asap.

Thank you again everyone and I enjoyed this so much that I'll have another contest soon.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pug on a diet

Ingrid is on a diet and she's none too happy about it either. I noticed a couple weeks ago that she was looking a little "thicker" and decided she needs to watch her figure...much to her chagrin. I'm pretty sure she has been sneaking food as I caught her the other day trying to knock over the bag of dog food.

As you can see laying down she resembles a furry sausage. Shhh, don't tell her I said that or she definitely won't speak to least until dinner time. So anyway it was time to cut the calories.

This is her reaction to the news that she is officially on a diet and giving me the "stink eye".

Friday, September 12, 2008

Win a Handcrafted Pug Pendant from Arvay Pugs

Winner will be announced on Sept, 26th!

Want to have some fun? WIN THIS PUG PENDANT!

Ok, great! I thought it would be fun to give all the followers of my blog a chance to win this Pug pendant. The pendant is handmade by me and features a miniature version of one of my original Pug drawings.

TO ENTER: All you need to do to enter is post a comment here on my blog with your first name and finish this sentence: I love Pugs because....

That's it! The winner will be selected based on their answer, so be creative but make sure it's from the heart. I will announce the winner next Friday! So be sure and check back to see if you win because I'll post an email address for you to claim your prize if you are the winner. Your pendant will be mailed out that following Monday. Have fun and I can't wait to read your posts.

Oh and if you just can't stand it and love the pendant, I do have another one available in my Etsy Shop here:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Coolest Pug Purse!

I had a gal come and pick up a Pug today and I saw her purse and about died! And I don't even carry a purse (lost more of them than I care to admit from setting them down places). Anyway, she was gracious enough to let me take a couple pictures and hopefully she can let me know how to get ahold of the gal that makes these. I suppose I could make one myself...but who has time for that LOL! I actually don't want it for a purse but as a tote for Pug stuff when we travel. I believe she said she can make them larger too.

Front of Purse

Back of Purse

New Pug Video of Bindy

I'm so proud of her! She's doing good on the lead. Here is a video for you to see.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Arvay's Sugar Moon Lagoon is home!

Bindy is back home for awhile to mature before she heads back out to seek her AKC championship with our handler. We'll enter her in a couple shows to keep her training up while she's here. Lord help's been over 3 years since I've shown. It's going to be fun OR of the two LOL!

She's as sweet as ever and my how she is growing up into a real beauty! You might remember her from her puppy video where she's pretending she's an Owl! She still does that too when you talk to her!


Friday, September 5, 2008

One of Arvay Pugs Sweetest Faces

How could anyone resist this face I ask you?

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Lead training Pug puppies

We are training the puppies to walk on leads and little Tebbie is doing great. She doesn't like the skinny show lead you see in the first few frames of the video and does much better on the regular collar. But she'll get there.

Turn your speakers on *grin* and enjoy!

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Secret to Training Pug Puppies on the Table

It's a secret...but what the heck, I'm going to share it with you anyway. One word: CHEESE. Pugs love cheese and pug puppies are no exception. Their favorite is the Kraft singles. The only problem I can see is how messy it can be. So be prepared to end up with fingers covered with mushy cheese and puppy slobber. This is a real treat because the only time they get that lip smacking yummy cheese is when we are doing table training.

Here is Tebbie at 12 weeks old practicing stacking on the table while enjoying her cheese.

"You put your left foot in, you put your left foot the hokey pokey..."

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Movie Night at Arvay Pugs

She and my son are watching a movie and I just had to share this picture with you all. I can't get over how she just sits there so calmly and actually watches the TV screen.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Pug puppies version of Hide and Seek

Hmm, this looks like a good spot to hide.

Shhh, don't tell my sister where I am ok?

Someone's coming! Quick, try to blend in...

Darn! She found me. Just look at that grin on her face. I'll admit she's pretty good at this game.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

One Fawn Female Pug Puppy Left

Isn't she too cute!? She's the last one left looking for her forever home. She has the sweetest personality, beautiful light fawn coat and the cutest little face. I'm going to miss her! Find out more about her on our website.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wool Pug Head

I sat down tonite and finished a felted Pug head. It starts out in the shape of a large wool ball and then I felt the features onto it. Not sure yet what I should do with it. It's pretty big at 6 inches across (including ears) and 4 inches high. So a little big to be an ornament. Though it would make a good pin cushion but not sure I could bring myself to poke the poor thing (:

Maybe I could make a body and turn it into a doll. The amount of work into that would be daunting so not sure about that. If you have any ideas feel free to post them here!

Here is a plain one next to the finished one. It takes a number of steps to create these so they are a bit time consuming, but they are fun to do.

Then to show you the size...

Monday, August 11, 2008

10 week old Arvay Pug Puppies

These two girls are 10 weeks old and ones we'll be holding on to in order to see how they mature for show potential. Aren't we cute!? Two of the other puppies left for their new homes this past weekend. One other one will be leaving towards the end of the month and we have one fawn female still available and it will be sad to see them go ):


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pug Puppy WWF - Video

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Grooming Your Pug

Pugs have been long known as wash and wear little dogs with the good fortune of having minimal grooming requirements. While these delightful little compact dogs may not need the grooming of a toy poodle, they still have their own grooming needs.

For the Pug the grooming includes keeping their nails trimmed, which I recommend you cut them once a week to keep them nice and short. Be careful not to cut the quick and make them bleed. You can use regular dog clippers or a nifty little tool called a Dremel, which uses sandpaper disks to grind the nail down. Use whichever your Pug is most comfortable with. However, don't expect complete compliance as I have yet to meet a Pug that enjoys having it's nails trimmed.

Another grooming requirement for the Pug is to clean the fold of their nose roll daily or every other day. I use a unscented baby wipe to do this. Simply, wipe out the deep fold and if this will help keep it clean and keep bacteria and yeast at bay. If you find that your Pug's nose roll appears slightly irratated you can sprinkle a little Gold Bond powder in it. Just be sure to avoid getting any in the Pugs eyes. If your Pugs nose roll has a foul odor or looks red and inflamed, seek counsel with your Vet as this could indicate an infection.

Pugs can be prone to having dry skin, so in order to avoid over drying their skin I recommend you not bathe them more than once a week. I prefer to bathe them every other week and use a nice coat conditioner made for dogs. Unless your Pug wallows in mud or comes in contact with something foul smelling, there really isn't a need to bathe them more often. After bathing try and minimize the use of a blow dryer as this will dry out their coat and skin even more. Instead hand dry them with a towel and if it's warm outside let them run and play afterward. Never let a damp Pug outside after a bath if it's cold.

Clean your Pugs ears at least once a week. If your Pug is prone to excessive build up in it's ears your Vet may recommend cleaning it's ears more often. Use a ear cleaning solution found at most pet supply stores or one provided by your Vet. Squirt the ear solution into the ear and rub the ear so it loosens any debri. Next take a unscented baby wipe and gently wipe out the debri.As part of your grooming regiment, it's important to check your Pugs eyes for any scratches. If you notice your Pug "winking" or one of his eyes is watering more than usual, it could mean that he may have scratched his eye. Some eye injuries are very obvious and you can see a milky white area on the eye, while others are not so obvious. If you suspect an eye injury take your Pug to your Vet immediately. Additionally, run your hands over your Pugs body daily to make sure you don't feel any unusual lumps or bumps. Since Pugs can't do self exams like women can, it's important that we do this for them. This is particular important for the Pug that is getting on in years so that we can watch for any benign or malignant lumps that may appear. While not all that common, it's just a good idea to check them over. In doing so, you will also be checking for burrs or ticks that may have attached themselves to your Pug during your last jaunt in the woods.

We are not Veterinarians, just fellow Pug owners ourselves. If you ever suspect a problem with your Pug, always consult your Veterinarian.

Kelle Arvay is owned by several show Pugs and writes about life with them on her blog: © Copyright 2008

You may reprint this article as long as the authors bio and links are included.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Cuteness OVERLOAD!

WARNING: I take no responsiblity if the following blog post causes you uncontrollable "oohhs, awws," or any attempts to give the puppy picture belly zerberts through your computer screen. Viewing the following images of extreme cuteness are done so at your own risk.

Puppy Bio
Name: To be determined, but we've been calling her Tebbie and/or Panda.
Age: 9 weeks old
Weight: A whopping 2lbs, 14 ounces
Favorites: Toys, laps, kisses and doing the pugtona

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Friday, August 1, 2008

"Up Close" U-Print Pug Greeting Cards

Here is my latest addition to the Pug artworld...printable greeting cards. I thought "Up Close" would be quite an appropriate name for this. These were created from my original drawing. I just love how that face turned out.

With U-print cards you receive the Adobe PDF file and the nice thing is you can print these out when ever you need to. They fit standard note card size envelopes and print out wonderfully.

A couple people asked me if these could be printed and the actual cards be sold and the answer is yes, you are welcome to make your own sets of cards to resell, I just ask that they aren't mass produced or sold to some company over in China, etc., You can also print them out and offer sets for raffles if you belong to a rescue group. I have a number of rescues that do that and I'm thrilled that my art can help in some small way create much needed funds for Pug rescue.

I Hope you like them!

Up Close Printable Pug Cards

Up Close Printable Pug Cards
Price: US$2.99


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Black and Fawn Pug Puppies Video

These two just woke up from their nappies so thought I'd take some video.

The fawn girl is the one my daughter calls Tebbie. She's so darn cute...all 2lbs, 8 ounces of her. The black girl is heavier at 3 pounds, 1 ounce. Tebbie has taken over the frog and decided it belongs to her and only her. She rarely shares with sister, so she has a pink frog of her own (:

Friday, July 25, 2008

My Bathing Pug Beauties

Beebers and Ingrid love to sun bathe. They also like playing leap frog and often one will scoot in front of the other.