The Pug Shack

When you spend weeks trolling Petfinder and various animal shelter sites it should come as no surprise that you find two dogs that you MUST HAVE!  But it was a surprise – a big surprise!

The short version :

On Wednesday evening I had a Facebook alert from D#1 about two little pugs at a shelter in western New York.  By noon on Thursday I got a call telling me I was approved to adopt them!  and 3 hours later I was on the road for a 2 day, 12 hour drive to pick them up!!  whew, it was crazy, wonderful and dizzying!! So many plans had to be quickly made (hotels, copilots, dog care for Poe) and so many plans had to be broken (no Vogue Live, no walk in Central Park, no birthday slumber party with Cara! sorry pals!)

Luckily I was not alone on this adventure — Kathleen was up for a spontaneous road trip and it was a good thing too since these little girls spent the entire car trip home sitting on her lap!  They are so energetic (don’t let all the napping fool you) that they were able to leap from the back seat to the front seat despite the canvas dog barrier I have.


The bad news is that I may never knit again — my lap is constantly full of pugs!  I KNOW, I KNOW I need to set limits … but seriously ….. look at this ….


while there may be no knitting to show, we have been busy on social media (I can manage to use my phone even with all three on top of me!). Officially The Pug Shack on  Instagram, Facebook and their own (which leads right here since purlingswine may end up being a 24/7 pug blog!)



IMAG0932 I realize that by the looks of things around here one might think that I had only  one dog.  In fact, I have three:

  1.  Bridget, a shepherd mix
  2.  Lucy, a fawn pug
  3. Poe, the black pug

Only one of them sits in my lap and as a result is frequently in picture range.  Lucy and Bridget are older, more refined ladies who are happiest with an occasional scratch and then prefer to nap in peace and quiet.  Away from little black pugs and viewfinders.

Somehow, even if I am trying to be all casual about it acting like I’m just on the phone or looking something up – they always seem to know that I am taking their picture.  And then they throw me dirty looks and move away or out of the position of unbearable cuteness!

So the blog is black pug heavy as a result.

but OMG how damn cute is he????

Mr. Boar and I have been busy updating the den and office.  New carpet, paint, lighting, molding, railing, ceiling fan.  Since we are do-it-ourselvesers this has been a three week long undertaking.  The house has been in complete disarray – which is a situation I do not usually handle with grace.

Well, the carpet was installed this morning – thankfully Boar does not insist that we do that portion of the job!  Here is a quick video of the dogs reaction – and yes, I am on pee-on-the-new-carpet patrol!

On Monday I overcame a personal knitting challenge. I installed a zipper on the Boar’s Saranac sweater! Many thanks to my zipper mentor Peggy for her expert guidance. I even took pictures to document the event and to possibly do a little tutorial.

Well, it turns out I need a camera tutorial. I got a bit overzealous with the delete key and poof, they’re gone!

As a consolation you get more pug videos. Let me first say however, that I did not realize I would not be able to rotate the picture and so much of the video is sideways and also I DO NOT sound like that. gah! If I could figure out how to mute that damn voice, I would.

okay, so now I don’t know if this video is going to work. yes, it is one of those days.

Just when a girl sort of gets her blogging mojo back, the powers that be eat her post.  sigh.

so here is the shortened version:


  • I am working on socks
  • the yarn is lovely and the pattern is very nice
  • I can’t stand knitting them but I won’t rip them out because
  • the yarn is lovely and the pattern is very nice
  • I also won’t cast on for another project because there are simply too many unfinished knits around here.
  • a rock and a hard place.


  • spring is here and that means house projects!
  • reflooring the deck – ripping up all the old boards and replacing with lovely composite wood decking material.
  • draining the pool for upcoming sandblasting/repainting

I have been playing around with my camera and you will see that I have very little idea of how to use the video function, but you can definitely get the flavor of how projects go around here.  Look for Lu at the end of the second video!

so here’s the problem ….

I’ve really got nothing to say. I have knitting to share, but none that I am ready to take a picture of. For some reason, progress pictures are not calling to me and neither of my projects are completely finished. So what does that leave?

A pictureless post? That only works if you have a great story to tell. I’ve got nothing exciting enough to string more than a couple sentences together.

A-ha! Maybe something in the garden will jump start my brain. There is lots going on out there — although there is lots that needs to be done out there too.

The only thing my camera will focus on is these little beauties!

garden gnome

an orthodontist’s dream!

This is what happens when a pug lover takes pictures. Next time I want some flower pictures I better leave the pugs inside.

And when it comes right down to it, you’ve seen one bleeding-heart, you’ve seen them all. Pugs on the other hand are full of nuance! ; )

Under the title Upcoming Excitement, I am setting off on two mini road trips. This evening, I am heading towards Lancaster County. My girlfriend volunteered to take her daughter and daughter’s friend to some all day concert that is going on in the area. She invited me along to go shopping/sightseeing while the girls are rocking out. This particular friend is well known for lots of laughs, truly side splitting fun and all around kooky-ness. We are hitting the road tonight (trying to avoid Staten Island traffic) and will be returning sometime on Friday. Saturday I am back on the road taking D#2 to another accepted students’ event, this time at Bard. This is the final one and then she has to make up her mind. I will be very happy to have this settled.