142. Ringo's Rainy Day Fund

We have been sharing Ringo's story with you over the past several weeks. While he has improved some, he is still suffering from a combination of pneumonia and bronchitis. These tricky infections are causing fluid build-up in his lungs. On top of these issues, he is adapting to living life as a blind pup and is also suffering from a sprained knee. We are giving him lots of TLC to get him back to health, and have already racked up over $1,000 in vet bills. To help us pay for his bills and to continue getting him treated, we have started Ringo's Rainy Day fund. All profits from Rainy Day Ringo prints and cards will go directly toward Ringo's vet bills. As always, we appreciate all of your love and support. Your kind messages and words alone have made this situation so much better for Ringo and our family. Animal lovers truly are unique people in that their empathy and compassion are boundless and freely given. We are overwhelmed by the love that has been sent to Ringo, and we send virtual pug hugs and kisses to all of you, too!

Ringo's Rainy Day Fund items are available in this special shop section.


141. Ringo the Star

It is just the beginning of 2014, and already we have so much to be grateful for! During the summer of 2013 Ringo began to put weight on rapidly and his chest began to expand. He also became reluctant to walk and his appetite increased. Alarmed by these changes, we immediately took him to the vet. After examining him, the vet could not find any reason to be concerned, but over the next few weeks Ringo developed a cough and his other symptoms became worse. We decided that it was time for a second opinion, because our instincts told us that there was something very wrong.

We met with another vet who discovered that Ringo had a detached lens in one eye and cataracts in both eyes, causing him to gradually go blind. His overeating and reluctance to walk were responses triggered by anxiety over the blindness. The doctor also heard congestion in Ringo's chest, which raised concerns that Ringo could have anything from pneumonia to a mass developing in his chest. Ringo recently underwent x-rays and an ultrasound. We anxiously awaited the responses and just got the good news last week. Thankfully, Ringo does not have a mass in his chest, which is a wonderful relief! He is suffering from chronic pneumonia and bronchitis, which is serious, but treatable. Medication is reducing the fluid in his lungs, and we will continue a strict regimen of medication until his lungs clear. We will also be sticking to a routine and puppy-proofing the house to aid Ringo as he adapts to being blind. He will need lots of TLC, antibiotics, and vet visits for the next few weeks, but with us by his side, he can get back to a healthy place. It looks like all of your good karma and prayers worked! We can't thank you enough for the support and love you have shown for Ringo and the All You Need is Pug family!

To add to the good news, Ringo is also featured in the February 2014 issue of Cesar's Way magazine, the official magazine of Cesar Millan! You can see him in his Monster Hat on page 21 of the magazine, which is now on stands!

We hope that 2014 is treating you well, and we can't wait to share this year's adventures with you!


#140 - Happy 6th, James Dean!

It is hard to believe that James Dean is already 6! I adopted him from a local pug rescue when he was just 7 months old, and on Friday we celebrated the fact that he is now 6 years young. He enjoyed a lovely day of playing with Ringo and his friend Lily, gorging on pugcakes, and indulging in his favorite dinner, Shepug's Pie. The neighborhood pups love our cupcake recipe so much that we just had to pass it along! These cakes make the perfect treat for holidays and special occasions.

Pugcake Ingredients:
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tsp. baking powder
2 Tsp. cinnamon
1 cup filtered water
1 large carrot, shredded
1 egg
1/2 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 TBSP local honey
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

Frosting Ingredients:
3/4 cup goat cheese
1 Tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 TBSP local honey
3 TBSP unsweetened almond milk

Pugcake Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Mash the banana in a large mixing bowl. Add the water, carrots, the egg, vanilla, honey, and applesauce to the bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
  • Add the flour mix to the wet ingredients.
  • Spray a 12 slot regular muffin tin or 24 slot mini muffin tin with a safflower or vegetable oil spritzer. If you do not have one, non-stick cooking spray will do the trick. While we used cupcake papers, we find that the cake tends to stick to them. Oiled, paperless baking is best for this recipe.
  • Spoon the cake mix into each slot until each is approximately 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 22-30 minutes, or until a baking stick or knife can be stuck in and come out clean.
  • Cool before frosting.

Frosting Directions:
  • In a small mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to mix all frosting ingredients. Whip until smooth and creamy.
  • Use a blunt baking knife or spatula to spread the frosting over your pugcakes.

These cupcakes are human grade, so you could dig in if you were really tempted to! These cupcakes are more savory than those that we are used to, and contain much less sugar than our usual desserts. These are all natural and can be made with organic ingredients to make them even kinder to your pet's well-being. With Thanksgiving and Christmas creeping closer, this recipe is a wonderful way to include your dog in the pleasure of the holiday feast. Stay tuned for our Shepug's Pie recipe that JD cannot wait to share!


#139 - Cheesy Autumn Oatmeal Bowl for Dogs

It's been awhile since we have posted, but we look forward to diving back into the blog and bringing you all new posts about our adventures! All You Need is Pug was recently featured in InTouch Magazine, which was a lovely surprise and introduced us to many new furry friends. It also brought us many hat orders for the holiday season, so we are busy knitting and crocheting each day to send our handmade hats to dogs and pet lovers all over the world!

It is an exciting time, and as busy as we are, we never pass up the chance to take a break and make a good homemade meal in the kitchen. I don't know about your dogs, but both JD and Ringo have food allergies and JD was born with a crooked jaw, so traditional kibble and canned dog foods are not healthy options for my boys. I make all of my pugs' meals right here in my own kitchen. Today's breakfast is a savory, comforting treat for a cold fall morning. Our Cheesy Autumn Oatmeal Bowl is packed with protein and healthy carbs to start your dog's day. Here's what JD and Ringo are eating this morning:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 heaping TBSP diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 heaping TBSP goat cheese
  • 1 TSP ground flax meal
  • olive oil 
  • raw honey (optional)
  •  First, chop the potato, as it will take the longest. Dice the potato into small bite-sized cubes. Spritz a small pan with olive oil and allow to heat up. Add the potatoes and cook them for 8-10 minutes, or until they become soft and easy to eat.
  •  Next, add the distilled water to a small pot a bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the flame to a simmer and add your oats. Stir occasionally. Allow the oats to cook until the water is gone, which takes approximately 4-5 minutes. Place the oats in your dog's bowl and allow them to cool.

  • Add 1 TBSP of cubed potatoes and the TSP of flax to your dog's bowl.
  • Next, spritz a small frying pan with olive oil and cook your fresh spinach until it is wilted.
  • Place your goat cheese in a small bowl and soften in the microwave. This should take only 20-25 seconds.
  • Once the spinach is cooked, stir it into the goat cheese and add this cheesy topping to your dog's dish.
  • Finish with a thin drizzle of honey for natural sweetness.

Your dog will have a happy tummy and enjoy the long-lasting energy provided by these foods. As always, it is important to be aware of your dog's allergies and appetite. It is also important to consult a vet about your dog's diet before making any permanent changes. This is a great dish to add as an occasional treat, or to adopt as a morning staple if you plan to switch your dog to a home-cooked diet under a vet's supervision.

We are ready for a lovely weekend and we hope that you are, too!


#138 - Photo Contest: Get Ready for Your Close-up, Mr. Pup

Announcing the All You Need is Pug PHOTO CONTEST! One lucky winner will receive a custom handmade knit collar for a special pet in his or her life. Here's how to enter:

- Email the most charming photo of your pet or pets to jessica@allyouneedispug.com (One entry per person, please!).
- In the email, include your name, the name of the pets in the photo, and the email address that you would like us to contact you by if you win.
- Your photo will then be uploaded to our facebook page and voted on via "likes." The photo with the most "likes" at the end of the contest will win. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen out of the tied entries by Jessica. Please note that by sending in an entry, you are giving us permission to share the entered photo on our facebook page for posts regarding the contest.
- Entries must be received by midnight on Friday, April 12.
- A winner will be contacted by Monday, April 15 and the winning photo will be announced on our facebook feed.

Start sending those entries in today! Please feel free to email us if you have questions, and if you haven't already, visit the All You Need is Pug facebook page to keep up with our latest handmade goodies, photos, and announcements.


#137 - Puppy Love

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! Remember that today is not just a day for romantics, but is also a wonderful occasion to show every special animal and person in your life how important he or she is to you. Whether it is simply a hug, a special treat, or a sweet note left for a friend - do something out of the ordinary today to remind yourself and others of the importance of spreading peace and love to all. Be sure to give those pets an extra smooch for the loyalty and respect that they so freely and selflessly give you each day!
We send our warmest wishes and kisses to all of you!


#136 - Coming Out of Hibernation

Our little blog has been on hiatus as I finished my final semester at college. I am now a graduate with a BA in English, and when I am not writing or working as a Library Assistant, I am brainstorming new ideas for All You Need is Pug. 2012 was our busiest year yet, and we are hoping for continued growth in 2013. James Dean, Ringo, and I cannot wait to share our future adventures with you, and we hope that you will share yours with us, too!