#45 - All Starr Raffle

We have so much exciting news to share today. The Ringo concert on Sunday night was fantastic! I cannot believe how much talent and energy and exudes on stage. I was glad to see that he played drums for much of the show, and because his band is full of "all starrs" there were many talented musicians that I got to see along with him. Ringo's band included Rick Derringer of The McCoys ("Hang on Sloopy"), Edgar Winter ("Free Ride"), Wally Palmer of The Romantics ("What I Like About You"), and a handful of other amazing artists. Ringo ought to be a comedian as much as he is a musician. He cracked hilarious jokes, danced and jumped around, and even broke into jumping jacks. The tracks that he sang included "Yellow Submarine", "Honey Don't", "Act Naturally", "Boys", "With a Little Help from my Friends", "Photograph", "Give Peace a Chance" and a handful of songs from his new album "Y Not". I will be bragging about this to anyone who will listen for at least a year or two :]

In puggie news, JD and I unleashed the second issue of our zine "Rebel With a Cause" this morning. This is our second issue and has more content than the last. It also is our first color-cover edition. We've packed this issue with a "chow time" recipe, JD's tips for happy pugs, keeping pups cool in the heat, how you can help animals in need, and more fun. We had a great time making it and we hope that buyers will enjoy reading it. $1 from every zine is donated to a New England animal shelter.


I am thrilled to announce our second raffle today, since the blog has just reached 30 followers. This raffle will be for one of my handmade Tumbler Toys. The tumbler is one of JD's favorite toys and he loves to swing it and toss it in the air. Here's how to participate in the raffle:

1. Submit a photo of your pet or pets by leaving a comment with a link to the photo or by e-mailing your photo to jessica@allyouneedispug.com. Make sure you also note your e-mail address if leaving a comment so that I can contact you if you win.

2. For an extra entry, give us a little information about the pet or pets in the photo. You can tell us anything about them including how they came into your life, their likes and dislikes, or about their personalities. Anything you can think of.

3. For another extra entry spread the word about the raffle via a blog, twitter, facebook, etc. You will get an extra entry for each place that you post it, so be sure to let us know that you've told your friends about it!

The winner will be announced one week from today on July 6.

x's & o's


#44 - Busy!

Good morning everyone :] JD and I have had an eventful week and it's not slowing down! JD never forgets to stop and load up on snacks to keep his energy up, though. He and I have been hard at work creating new items for the shop. We made several book marks and listed a few on Etsy. We made about 10 more last night, too. Maybe we'll show you those in the upcoming week.

Today I am going to Jeremy's for dinner because his family from Italy is visiting and is making me a special vegan homemade lasagna. Yum! JD wishes he could come and gobble up this tasty treat, too. Maybe I'll sneak him a doggie bag. And, of course, this will give me a chance to practice a bit of Italian so that I am not rusty once summer is over and I study in Italian III this fall.

Tomorrow promises to be a VERY busy and exciting day. In the morning I will be starting my first day as an MSPCA volunteer. Right after I complete training I have to rush home, get ready, and drive off to Connecticut to see Ringo Starr! I am so excited that I am bragging to everyone I know. Most people don't think it's as fantastic as I do, but my obsession with The Beatles makes this quite a highlight for me. The Beatles are JD's favorite band, too. We have a CD of Beatles instrumental lullabies that helps him to sleep every night. Ringo is his favorite Beatle. He even has a huge stuffed caterpillar toy named Ringo! I will share all about the concert, the MSPCA, and JD's newest adventures in Monday's post.

Have a fun rest of the weekend everyone! Is anyone else making exciting plans, too?

x's & o's


#43 - Remember Elephants

Hello everyone! Today is "Remember an Elephant Day". This day is about making people aware of the cruelty that occurs to circus animals, especially elephants. It is also about educating people about the fact that they should not go to circuses that use animals because that contributes to the cruelty and allows it to continue. JD is particularly concerned with this cause because he loves all of his fellow animals and it makes him sad to see them suffer. If you'd like to help, wear a string around your finger today and tell everyone who asks why you're wearing it about the cause. For more information and to sign the pledge that you won't support animals in circuses, click here.

On a happier note, last night's Rain concert was wonderful! I had much closer seats than I had the last time that I saw this Beatles tribute band, so it was amazing to see their costumes. They sound so much like the Fab Four that it truly amazes me and "Blackbird" almost makes me cry every time they play it. If they ever come to your area, I highly recommend seeing them. JD would like to see them, but since venues check bags, I can't smuggle him in! He did spend a lovely night with his grandparents playing and waiting for me to get home. He even stayed up late to wait for me. What a cutie!

I am glad to see that we are only one follower away from our next giveaway, so invite your friends and get ready to enter our contest for the Tumbler toy :]

x's & o's


#42 - Pet Pieces and Puppy Love

JD was looking too cute relaxing on the back of his favorite chair in front of the window. What a face!

Not much news or excitement today, though we are happy to see that we are only 2 followers away from our next giveaway! That is very exciting :]

Two of our items were featured in two different treasuries today. The animal themed treasuries are very cute, so if you want to stop in and take a look simply click on the images below.

Tomorrow I am going to see The Beatles cover band "Rain" down in Cohassat, MA for the second time. I can't wait! It is almost as good as seeing the original Fab Four. Is anyone else doing something fun this week?

I will be sure to write all about the concert and to tell you about JD's adventures while his grandparents babysit him in the post on Thursday. Maybe we'll have more followers by then and we'll be able to announce our next free giveaway for the Tumbler Toy!

x's & o's


#41 - Pug Pinbacks

It's been a busy day, but I did want to make sure that I at least stopped in to make a quick post to share the new pug brooches that I've made. I went to my favorite antique market called Todd Farm in Rowley, MA yesterday and got a large jar of vintage buttons. I have made brooches in the past for myself with literary quotes and images of celebrity icons and decided that pugs would be a perfect embellishment for these pinbacks. I use the buttons as mounts for the images. I've only designed two so far, but plan on making more soon. Both are available in my etsy shop now :]

x's & o's


#40- Happy Fathers' Day

Since today is a day to celebrate dads, I thought it would be nice to share some photos of JD with his dad and grandpa.

JD and His Dad

JD and His Grandpa

We hope all of you other pet dads and grandpas have a great day, too. You are much appreciated :]

x's & o's


#39 -Books, Blogrolls, and Adventures

The Pets Blogroll Contests: Winner!

We got some fun news from Pets Blogroll today. We were one of the 5 out of 50 blogs to win a dog bowl from the blogroll. How cute! We are so glad to be a part of their site.

Today JD an I went to Essex with my parents to enjoy a day out. JD and I walked with my mum while my dad browsed antique shops. JD had fun, but unfortunately it was hot and JD was far too active attempting to run and play in the heat. He began to pant a bit more heavily than usual. We made sure to get him some water and his grandma carried him back to the car so that he could cool off in the air conditioning. Poor little fellow! He calmed down and began to relax fairly quickly. Before leaving Essex, my mum found a concrete pug for the garden at a local shop. Unfortunately the shop was very expensive, so she didn't buy it, but now dad and I have an idea of what to get her for her birthday in August!

After Essex, JD hung out with his grandpa in the parking lot at Trader Joe's in Danvers while his grandma and I went to pickup some groceries. Today is my second day as a vegan, so I needed to pick up some food. I have been a vegetarian for 9 years, so the switch to veganism isn't so bad. I just miss my TJ's cocoa cover almonds and chocolate covered raisins. Other than that, I am doing fine without animal products so far. This is definitely going to take some experimentation in the kitchen!

JD and I are now home and relaxing while working on some new projects. Since I am such an avid reader, I decided to start making book marks for the shop. I posted 2 today and one sold within two hours of posting! I will be listing more this week :]

Since we're on the topic of literature, here are some of the books that I am reading or planning to read this summer:

"The Animal Activist's Handbook" - Matt Ball
"Farm Sanctuary" - Gene Bauer
"The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights" - Ingrid Newkirk
"Harry Potter Series" - J.K. Rowling
"The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Maggie Now" - Betty Smith
"Northanger Abbey" - Jane Austen
"An Old Fashioned Girl" - Louisa May Alcott
& L. Frank Baum's Oz Books

I know I won't get through everything since there are 14 Oz books alone, but I always make my list long to keep me busy. I also usually end up changing my list a lot. I have at least 200 books between my mother and I, so I have too many to choose from. The shelf pictured above is barely 1/5 of our own little collection. Plus, I work in a library, so I find books all the time to bring home and delve into. I still can't believe that I never finished reading the Harry Potter books. In middle school I made it to book 3, stopped, and never picked up again. Now I've re-read the first three books over the last 2 weeks and am starting the fourth. Maybe I'll finish this time! JD likes Harry Potter because he's got that spark of adventure in him. JD prefers movies to books, though, so I will have top rent them for us to watch after I am done reading.

I am going to go and watch "Jersey Girl" (the cheesy 1990's movie starring Jamie Gertz. I highly recommend it for a girl's night!) and work on some paper crafts. Have a lovely day, all.

x's and o's


#38 - And the Winner Is...

We would like to thank everyone who entered and posted about our very first giveaway. After taking down all of your names and the number of entries that each of you had, we assigned numbers to everyone and used random.org to draw a number.


drumroll please...

The winner of the Yuppie Puppy Harness is none other than our good friend Emmitt from Pug Notes!

Emmitt's mommy Melissa is always very sweet to JD and I and shares our posts & artwork with all of her friends. Congratulations Emmitt! You two can send your address along to us by e-mailing it to jessica@allyouneedispug.com and we will mail it out to you ASAP :]

The next giveaway:

Don't worry if you didn't win! We have several items set aside to give away this summer. Our next giveaway will be for one of our handmade Tumbler Toys. When our blog has reached 30 followers, we will do this giveaway. We hope to reach more pet lovers soon, because we would just love to give away one of these squeaky toys to you!

JD is enjoying a nap in this warm weather that we're having. It's supposed to be hot for the next few days, so we'll stay cool and we hope that you all have a safe and happy weekend! Is anyone doing anything fun?

x's and o's


#37- Dapper James Dean

James Dean wanted to stop in and show you how handsome he looks in his new collar necktie from Punchy's Pug Possessed Shop on Etsy. Thanks Punchy, we love it!

JD also wants to remind everyone not to forget to enter our raffle for the free harness. Sharing is caring, so tell your doggie friends, too. You can get all the details and enter here. :]

x's & o's


#36- The First Raffle Day

It's Raffle Day!

Good morning everyone. We are happy to finally give you the chance to enter our first ever free giveaway! We are raffling off a size medium Yuppie Puppy Anti-Pull harness. Here's how to enter:

1. Become a blog follower & leave a comment with your name and e-mail address so that I can contact you. Below this information, tell us a short story about a special dog in your life. It can be the story of how you met, a funny story of something that he or she did, or any other creative tale that you can think of. The story can be as brief or as long as you like it to be.

2. For additional entries, post a link to the contest on twitter, facebook, or any other networking place, and you will get an additional entry for every place that you post it. Just leave another comment to let us know that you posted the link so that we can add an entry for you.

3. Become our fan on facebook for another entry.

4. Follow us on twitter for another entry.

Here's the prize:

This raffle will go on until this Friday afternoon (June 18). When the entries are in, we will randomly draw a name out of the bunch to win the harness. We will also share some of the entry stories in our blog.

We are hoping that this raffle goes well because we have another harness, a bag of organic treats, and a tumbler toy to raffle off in the future, so invite all your puggie and puppy friends! JD wishes you all the best of luck :]

x's & o's


#35 - Vegetarian "Bird's Nest" Recipe

It's a lovely day to share a tasty recipe with all of you. My mother has been making this meal since I was a kid, but once I became a vegetarian at the age of 12, she had a bit of modifying to do! My mom's tasty chicken and broccoli ring is a version of a Pampered Chef recipe that we have made vegetarian friendly (and puggies enjoy it, too! James Dean cannot get enough!). I like to call it the "bird's nest" because of its shape. So, without further ado...

Vegetarian Bird's Nest Recipe

1 8oz. Bag of Morning Star Chik'n Strips
4oz. Reduced Fat Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
4-6 Tablespoons of low fat or fat free Mayonnaise
12oz. of Frozen Broccoli
1 Package of Pillsbury Crescent Roles
Salt & Pepper
Garlic (fresh and/or powdered)
Pam non-stick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350ยบF.
2. Defrost the Chik'n and broccoli. You do not need to fully cook it, just defrost it enough so that you can work with it.
3. Finely chop the chik'n and broccoli together. This can be done using a food processor or a slap-chopper (or by hand if you are very ambitious).
4. In a large bowl mix the chopped chik'n and broccoli with the mozzarella and mayonnaise.
5. Add pepper, salt, and garlic according to taste preference and mix well. A fair amount of garlic should be used for best flavor. (I use both powder and fresh to give it a tasty kick).
6. Coat an 11-13 in. round baking pan with Pam. Crack open the crescent roles and separate the triangles. Arrange them in a circle around the pan with the bases overlapping in the center and the points hanging over the sides of the pan.
7. Spoon the broccoli filling onto the bases of the doughy triangles.
8. Take the doughy triangle points that are hanging over the sides of the pan and fold each one over the filling so that the filling is partially covered and so that the point connects with the dough that is at the base of the triangle. Pinch the point and the base together so that they stick and will bake together in the oven.
9. Bake 20-30 minutes. It may take up to 35 minutes in some ovens. Check in on it and when it is golden brown, it's done!
10. Allow to cool, cut it, and enjoy!

I hope some of you will make this yummy meal. It is great for parties!

Now, switching over to pug business, I am hoping that some of you can give me some tips. I have tried to brush JD's teeth on several occasions, but it never works out. He is panic-stricken at the sight of the tooth brush and he tries to run and ends up scratching me. I hate to see the poor little guy so scared, but I also do not want him to jeopardize his dental health. He was born with a crooked jaw, so he has a hard time with hard treats, which means that his teeth don't get as clean as some other dogs' do. Does anyone have suggestions or alternatives? JD would be very appreciative!

We hope that you will all come by tomorrow and enter to win our raffle for a black, size medium Yuppie Puppy Anti-Pull Harness!

x's and o's


#34- A Crafty Monday

We have so much news and fun to share today! This is going to be a longer post, but we are quite sure that you'll enjoy it. JD woke up this morning and I just had to snap this photo of him sitting near the James Dean poster that's by my bed. Him and his idol in one shot... I just couldn't pass it up :]

This morning I made an Etsy treasury called Warm, Fuzzy Feelings, which is composed of items that promote animal rights, well being, welfare, rescue, and other positive attitudes towards animals. I love so many of these items and the messages that they send! I am especially excited about this treasury because one hour after making it I received an e-mail offering me a volunteer position at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA). I've been donating to them for a long time, so I am glad to finally have the chance to do more. I begin on Sunday, June 27. I will share all about it! I am also signed up for the MSPCA Walk for Animals this fall. My team is called "Rebels With a Cause". I will give details about that later this week, in case anyone is interested in becoming one of my sponsors.

This morning was a busy one! I had a physical with my doctor so that she could make sure I'm growing up good and strong. Good news: I am! After the physical I came right home to spend the morning crafting with JD. Above is my "portable" paper crafting basket that comes around the house with me. I made some new cards and have ideas for more to make this evening.

I decided to make "All You Need Is Pug Gift Sets" to sell in my etsy shop. Now family and friends of pug and dog lovers can give a lovely gift for any occasion :]

I think I will share my vegetarian "chicken" and broccolli ring recipe tomorrow since I already jam-packed today's post. I will end by sharing a photo of JD and I from this morning. I was trying to get a photo of my new haircut and color that my cousin gave me yesterday and JD wanted to show off his handsome face, too. He is such a charming little fellow!

x's and o's


#33- JD's Busy Weekend

Today there is a Sundaes on Sunday for pugs in Canton, MA, but unfortunately we did not have time to make the hour long drive so we will have to make our own yummy treats at home!
We've had a busy weekend, since it was my dad's 50th birthday party yesterday and his actual birthday today. At the same time my grandmother had to go to the hospital for dehydration, but she will be okay and back home with us in a few days!

JD is a bit out of sorts because he isn't used to so much commotion. He had a lot of fun seeing all of our friends and neighbors yesterday, but he was sad when he had to stay in the kitchen so that he wouldn't attempt to steal food from everyone's plates. Don't feel too bad for him, though, because I stayed with him most of the time and snuck him plenty of the yummy things that we cooked up (strawberries were his treat of choice). As you can see in the photo above, he was pooped out after a long day of begging for snacks, impressing everyone with his charm, and helping his grandpa to enjoy the party.

Yesterday my pug ring and necklace by Sofa City Sweethearts arrived. They are so cute! Thanks a bunch to Carrie for selling such cute items in her Etsy shop.

Today is a cloudy, rainy day so JD and I plan to snuggle up, knit, and watch movies with Jeremy and the family. We love lazy days like this and we hope that you all have a nice, relaxing end to the week. We'll be back tomorrow to share our vegetarian "chicken" and broccoli roll recipe from the party, and don't forget to stop by on Wednesday to finally get the chance to enter the raffle for the Yuppie Puppy Harness :]

x's and o's