#89 - JD's Booboo

Hello friends! We are a bit under the weather today. We took a trip to the vet yesterday because we noticed that quite quickly JD developed bad breath and after investigating, we found a bad tooth at the back of his mouth. It turns out that something got lodged in his gums and caused an infection to occur which caused two of his teeth to rapidly decay. Unfortunately, because JD never displayed pain, I didn't know about the issue until his nasty breath gave him away. The vet told us that JD needs a $700 surgery to have his two teeth removed, the infection cleared, and the rest of his teeth cleaned to prevent further issues from coming up. My poor love-pug! He is not thrilled about the dental work that he will be having on January 14th (though he was happy yo see his favorite vet- he is quite smitten with her). I am also in a bit of a panic since $700 is fairly hefty for a college student whose source of income is an Etsy shop! I am hoping that I sell many items and work until my hands are ready to fall off so that I don't have to deplete my bank account in one fell swoop.

If anyone has ever wanted to buy a hat for their pooch or some awesome stationary for themselves, now is certainly as lovely a time as any, because we need all of the help that we can get! Our prices are changing as of January 2nd, so visit the shop and pre-order your accessories now in order to lock in our current price!

We hope that your puggies are all in good health and that you all are well. JD and Ringo send their pug hugs and kisses to all of you. We would also like to wish you the happiest of new years as we kick it off tomorrow night at midnight. Remember to stay safe and celebrate in style :]

x's & o's


#88 - Holidays and Snow Storms

Hello everyone! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday. We surely did! We are also currently buried under nearly 2 feet of snow thanks to the nor'easter that hit New England from Sunday to Monday. Yesterday we spent the day shoveling and discovered how much JD and Ringo do not like the snow. JD has already been here with me for two winters, so I was already aware of his utter hatred for the cold, wet slush that graces us through the winter. I wasn't sure how Ringo would react because I am not sure that he has ever seen snow before now. Ringo lived his entire life in the south before being surrendered and sent to Springfield, MA, where my family rescued him. This is his very first New England winter, and, well... he, too, hates the snow! Both JD and Ringo immediately do their business and bolt for the door. Though they appear to be longing for spring, I did catch JD sneaking a few licks of fresh white snow, and Ringo does enjoy kicking a good snow cloud up in JD's face, so maybe they will learn to love it.

Here are some of our holiday and snow day photos for you to take a peak at:

What did all of you do for your holidays? Do you have your New Year's resolution thought out? Make sure to visit us again on New Year's Eve to hear all about what JD and Ringo have planned for the New Year!

x's & o's


#87 - Pudgey Update

Hello to all of our friends!

I wanted to update everyone on PRoNE's rescue, Pudgey, that I wrote about in my last blog post. From the look of the above photo, you can see that he is doing much better in foster care! PRoNE's facebook update also indicated that he may be able to avoid surgery now that he has an improved diet and environment with a foster family that understands his needs. He may even be up for adoption sooner than expected!

Thank you to everyone who sent donations to PRoNE for Pudgey and thanks all of you who also sent your loving wishes and regards for him. It looks like PRoNE may fulfill this handsome little boy's holiday wishes, after all :]

x's & o's


#86 - A Pug in Need Derserves Help, Indeed

Hello again, everyone! First I don't write for weeks, and now I write twice in one morning. This time I am posting because a little pug right here in New England needs a lot of help. The Pug Rescue of New England, which is the rescue that I adopted JD from, just got the sweetheart that you see pictured above: Pudgey. Here is Pudgey's story as related by the rescue:

"PRoNE got a call from an emergency vet facility Sunday (12/12/10) afternoon about a sweet little 2 year old boy. His family had brought him in to be put to sleep because they couldn't afford bladder stone surgery and he was suffering. The vet told us he was completely unable to pass any urine and we agreed to take on his expenses and ultimately find him a great forever home. So far, Pudgey remains in the hospital while they continue to treat him and alleviate his pain. His care costs continue to accumulate rapidly. The little guy is a real trooper and will make a wonderful companion for a lucky family once he is well."

What PRoNE needs is about $2,500 in donations to help Pudgey receive the care that he needs. What is wonderful about the generosity of so many animal lovers is that even if people can contribute something as small as $5, if several people do it, Pudgey is getting closer and closer to receiving care!

If you'd like to help this little guy you can click here to visit the PRoNE donation page and make a donation via PayPal. You can leave "instructions to merchant" when paying and note that you'd like your donation to help Pudgey specifically.

Thank you all for reading Pudgey's story, and if I receive updates on his condition, I will be sure to share!

x's & o's

#85 - We're Back

My goodness, it has been so long since we've written! We've missed all of our blog friends greatly, but we got so busy with holiday orders and final exams,so the blog had to rest for a bit.

We hope that you have all been well. We certainly have been! I just finished my last final exam two days ago and my last day with my "real job" at the library was on Friday. Since I am starting at a new university and All You Need Is Pug is going so well, I decided to devote all of my work time to both of them. I have so many new ideas for All You Need Is Pug, and I can't wait to share them with all of you! I will also be opening a second Etsy shop in the new year with items inspired by classic literature. It's going to be quite lovely, I hope!

JD and Ringo have been busy little fellows. They have been watching the Christmas gifts accumulating in the house and I can just see their eyes light up hoping that there is a new toy or a package of treats hidden in there somewhere. They have both been wonderful while I've been busy working and finishing up with this semester. JD has taken to napping when he sees me pull out my school bag, so he's certainly been happy the last few days that my textbooks haven't taken up all of my time.

We already have over a dozen hat and neck warmer pre-orders for the new year, so we are going to be knitting away for the next few weeks! You can take a peak at some of our recent hats and new shop items below:

These are are new "thank you" cards and are now available in our etsy shop.

Winter Wonderland greeting cards

People loved our hippie hats so much, that we decided to make neckwarmers, too!

Now that you all know what we have been up to, how have all of you been? Is anyone doing anything special for the holidays? Leave us some comments and let us know!

x's & o's

p.s. I saw the movie "Due Date" last night. It was hilarious and the French Bulldog, Sunny, is too cute for words. If you need a good laugh, head over to your local movie theater and check it out!


#84 - Give Thanks and Be Merry

My goodness it feels like ages since we've written! We have had so many holiday orders that we've been neglecting our friends here at the blog, which is not acceptable. We do apologize and hope that you are all well.

Did you all stuff yourself with tasty goodies for Thanksgiving? James Dean, Ringo, and I sure did!

Here is a list of what we are thankful for:

Jessica: family, pets, friends, animals, the MSPCA, art, music, a warm house, books, and my scholarship to Merrimack that will allow me to quit my job and take All You Need Is Pug & college classes full time!

James Dean: family, his girlfriend Molly, organic treats from Trader Joes, raw green beans, fleece tag blankets, cozy sweaters, and silly hats.

Ringo: family, neighbors who feed him snacks, Mr. Pugsley's peanut butter snacks, the big armchair that he loves to curl up in, and neck warmers.

And of course, all three of us are thankful for all of you: our readers! We also are thankful for the amazing customers who purchase form our shop and allow us to do what we love each day.

What are all of you thankful for?

We'll leave you to think about it and drop us some comments. But before we do, here are some of the fabulous new gift items you can find in our shop!

Handmade Tumbler Toys in 4 New Colors!

William Puspeare Postcard Set

Black Cat Postcard Set

Pouty Pug Postcard Set

Vintage Sheet Music Prints

You can see these and other fabulous gift items in our etsy shop.

We will be opening our website shop soon and would like to get some feedback from all of you. If there are any new items you'd like to see us create, please let us know! After the holidays we will be adding all new products to the shop and would love to hear from you about what you'd like us to offer :]

x's & o's


#83 - You're 3, JD!

They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you!

We are so glad that you could all join us for JD's 3rd birthday celebration. JD is normally a spoiled little prince and likes to sleep in, but he must know that today is a special day because he woke up bright and early at 8 A.M. to run in the yard and play in the leaves.

& after I got home from work JD and Ringo enjoyed vanilla ice cream and vanilla pupcakes.

Thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes. JD loved seeing them! Here are some of the lovely things we received in our e-mails:

Sequoia and Tuni are ready for our party in their awesome party hats!

Wilma, Brigitte, and Sluggo from Wilma's blog sent JD an awesome e-postcard with one of our favorite pictures of them and JD at the pug social! JD is all smiles thanks to this special message.

Olive from www.olivegreendog.com sent us a lovely birthday e-mail. JD is excited because he knows that this means I will definitely be shopping for him in this lovely shop. Thanks Olive!

We also received a facebook message from our lovely friends Melissa and Emmitt from Pug Notes! They are always so sweet to us and JD loves hearing from them :]

Our friends Catherine, Nancy, Lisa, Jess, Lilo, Ruby, & Rhoda also sent their love along. And, of course, his dad left a comment from work before stopping by later to grab a cupcake.

Thank you all for making JD's day so sweet and special. He is going to bed one happy pug!

x's & o's


#82 - You're Invited!

Hello friends! Please be sure to stop by our blog on Monday to wish James Dean a happy 3rd birthday! I can remember picking him up from a rescue foster home at just 7 months old and I can't believe so much time has already passed. He's grown up to be quite a dapper young gentlepug and he wants all of his friends here to help him celebrate this special day. Bring your favorite toys and wear your most fabulous attire for this special event :]

You can send photos, messages, or e-cards to James Dean to wish him a happy birthday. Simply send them to jessica@allyouneedispug.com and I will be sure that he gets them. We will also share them on Monday's blog so that everyone can see the fun things that pugs and people send along.

Have a lovely night, folks!

x's & o's


#81 - Pawesome Present for Pug Lovers

Good morning poochies, friends, and family! I have already begun Christmas shopping because with a big, fun-loving family like mine it is never too early to start. In my browsing I always stumble upon fabulous items that I know so many of you would enjoy and I have decided that from now to Christmas I will share some of my sweet finds with you.

Above is a necklace by Kimari Jewelry. I love the simplicity and beauty of this necklace, and I especially appreciate the positive message about rescuing dogs from shelters. The shop offers many other beautiful pieces and designs, so if you're looking for something for a lover of accessories, this shop is a great place to start.

In our own shop we have added holiday greeting cards:

And we have also added stocking stuffers for dogs and those who love them:

We can't wait to offer even more holiday goodies and to share our whimsical finds with all of you!

x's & o's


#80 - Pumpkin Patch

JD and Ringo are perplexed. These toys are much too heavy to pick up, but they can still lick them and growl at them!


#79 - Halloween Adventures

Hello love-pugs & other furry friends! First and foremost we'd like to announce the winner of our Nature Pug Postcard Giveaway.

Congratulations to Yoda & Brutus of The Pugs Strike Back! If you would just e-mail your address to us at jessica@allyouneedispug.com then we will send you these cards along with a surprise goodie bag :]

We hope that everyone had a safe and fun halloween and we cannot wait to browse through all of your blogs to see your costumes! Take a peak at some of our holiday happenings.

JD is confused as to why he hears little bells when he runs through the house.

My mum as a disgruntled man (fake beer gut and all) and Ringo as a lazy pug who just rolled out of bed in his bathrobe and slipper boots.

Myself as Minnie Mouse with my Aunty Patsy (a Disney fanatic) and her shih tzu, Doodles, who was a mini Minnie!

JD and his dad, Jeremy, who dressed as an escaped convict.

My cousin Ryan as a scarecrow. He loves JD and even has a stuffed pug named after him.

Aunty and Doodles

Our family friend, Dottie, and my Aunty Kathy went as Aunt Jemima and her husband. I'm still waiting for her to make us pancakes.

Part of the gang. Aunty Kathy, Myself, my mum, my cousin Max, Aunty Patsy with Doodles, and my cousin Livy.


With my little sister the sailorette.

Our motley little family.

What did all of you do for Halloween? This is our favorite holiday every year, so we had a party after trick-or-treat and then watched creepy movies like The Shining all weekend.

Have a lovely day, everyone!

x's & o's