A few months ago, we unleashed our "Black Cat" hat, which soon developed many names. Reminding us of a creature from "Where the Wild Things Are", we soon made the connection between the children's classic and our hat. Then when we revealed our hat on Facebook, our friends couldn't believe how much it resembled Batman's famous headgear.
Yesterday our wonderful friends Melissa and Archie listed all new sweaters from their Super Hero Collection, including this snuggly Batman sweater! We can't help but to think how fantastic our creations would look together. What an amazing costume that would be for Halloween this year. JD is especially keen on this idea :]
Please visit Melissa's wonderful etsy shop for dozens of creative sweaters as well as her charming doggy artwork. For a dose of her adorable pug puppy, Archie, head over to their blog for posts on Melissa and Archie's exciting adventures!
We adopted this handsome, old chap exactly one year ago today! When we saw his photo online on a rescue website, we fell in love with his big eyes and gray snout that show his wisdom and experience. At 8 years old, it looked as though Ringo would be stuck at the shelter, and we knew that with a name like "Ringo", he had to be a part of our family (since we are huge Beatles fans)!
He was only 12 lbs. when we got him, completely malnourished and starved. He was a bit skittish and would eat anything that seemed remotely edible. Now Ringo weighs in at a healthy 20 lbs. and enjoys every day with my family. He eats only healthy foods, with an occasional yummy treat, and often plays with his favorite stuffed octopus. He loves to curl up in the corner of the couch in the cutest little ball and is a warm bundle when he lays across your lap. He is especially attached to my mother, since he is more her dog while JD is mine, but the entire family adores him and his caterpillar-like eyebrows.
Ringo turned 9 years old just 3 days ago on July 7 - the same day as the real Ringo Starr. How cool is that coincidence?
I've been having a blast making handmade journals for Literary Luxe. I print all of the designs and filler paper right here in my work space and I cut each journal to the perfect size. I use these myself, especially on the go and in my college classes.
One day, while making a dozen journals, JD came over and plunked down on top of my cutting mat and stared at me with his huge, brown eyes. It was clear that he wanted to be a part of my paper working, so I decided to bring all new dog journals to the All You Need Is Pug shop! Each journal is one of a kind, as I have so many papers and binding threads that no two journals will ever have the same color combination.
I hope that many animal lovers will adopt my journals and use them for daily jots, inspiration, and collecting their special thoughts!
Because we love our blog readers, facebook fans, and twitter followers, we are giving all you 10% OFF of our ENTIRE shop for one day only to celebrate the 4th! Enter the coupon code "FIREWORKS" at checkout to receive the discount.
Enjoy a lovely day full of cook-outs, face paint, and sparklers :]
We hope that you enjoy a thrilling, safe 4th of July weekend. Please remember that though fireworks and sparklers are beautiful, puggies and other pets do not appreciate the noise. It gives them anxiety and makes them sad, so it is best to leave them home while out on your adventures. Of course, you must bring them home a frozen treat or a veggie burger to let them celebrate, too, and it can't hurt to let them watch the fireworks and Boston Pops on TV. They will appreciate it!
What are your holiday plans? We'd love to hear, so comment and share with us!
We don't want you to think that we forgot about all of our friends again, because we have been thinking of each and every one of you! Unfortunately my Nana (JD's great grandmother), passed away two weeks ago and we are just getting back into the swing of everyday life. She lived with my family or 8 years and each day certainly won't be the same without her, but she will always be in our hearts.
We don't want this to be a sad entry, though, because we are celebrating her life and enjoying the deliciousness of summer breezes and long sunlit hours. We have been devouring book after book, and since JD is such a literate pug (Ringo prefers TV versions of books to the stories themselves, you see) he thought that we would share our summer reading list with you!
"Just Kids" - Patti Smith (our favorite so far! a must read for any artist.) "White Oleander" - Janet Fitch (the book and movie are equally enticing) "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (JD's personal favorite. He believes that he is Watson) "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath" (because she is our favorite poet) "The Time Traveler's Wife" - Audrey Niffenegger (beautifully written and a timeless but odd love story that is romantic but not at all cheesy) "If There is Something to Desire: 100 Poems" - Vera Pavlova (poems originally in Russian, but translated into English by her husband. Beautifully simple and provoking.)
Coming up in July: "Stardust" - Neil Gaiman "Olive Twist" - Charles Dickens "Peter Pan" - J.M. Barrie "The Picture of Dorian Gray" - Oscar Wilde "Wonderful Tonight" - Patti Boyd "Maggie Now" - Betty Smith "A Room with a View" - E.M. Forster
Jess is a writer, artist, and crafter from Massachusetts. She recently graduated from college with a BA in English and now works as a Library Assistant. She is also the owner and product designer of the popular pet fashion line All You Need is Pug. Jess spends the majority of her time writing, knitting, reading, dancing, cooking, and keeping up with her rescue pugs, James Dean and Ringo.