Archive for May, 2008

Reverse Sneezing

What is “reverse sneezing”?
“Reverse sneezing…is a phenomenon observed in dogs, particularly in those with brachycephalic skulls (like pug, boxer, shih-tzu..). Its exact cause is unknown but may be due to nasal, pharyngeal, or sinus irriation (such as an allergy) or the dog’s attempt to remove mucus. It is characterized by rapid and repeated forced inhalation through the nose, accompanied by snorting or gagging sounds. It is alarming to the owner and may be distressing to the dog, but is not known to be harmful to the animal. Most dogs are completely normal before and after episodes. In addition most dogs will have repeat episodes of it during their lives.” (by Wikipedia)

Unfortunately, puggles are prone to reverse sneezing. It doesn’t happen to Preston very often but when it does, it is hard for Mommy and Daddy to watch. Here is what mommy usually does when Preston is having an episode and it seems to help.
1. Cover his nostrils, this makes him swallow. 2. Massage his throat. (and 3. A big kiss!)

Cherry Picking

Preston went cherry picking with Mommy, Daddy and Uncle Allen in Brentwood, CA. There are lots of orchards in Brentwood but most of them do not allow pets. After promising to behave well, Preston was permitted in one of the cherry orchards.
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Preston wasn’t allowed in the peach orchards but he is looking forward to enjoying the fresh peaches daddy picked.
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Me and Stuffies

Preston was awarded with the title: “Most humerous” in the photo contest taking place on his new friends Sophie and Dixie’s blog. Thanks, Sophie and Dixie!
The topic of this week’s contest is “Me and Stuffies”.
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Here is another shot. Thanks for making mommy and daddy laugh every day, Preston!
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Poolside Party

Preston went swimming at Great Auntie Amy’s house this morning. Mommy didn’t bring his life jacket so he was a little nervous about getting into the water at first.
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But he quickly got comfortable in the water and had a lot of fun playing fetch with mommy in the pool. He is a great swimmer.
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The poolside party continued after Preston got home. Auntie Karin and Uncle John came over for the poolside barbeque.
Preston was drooling over his dinner: Grilled Salmon and Doggie beer!
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Cleaning up the toys

Fetching toys by name is Preston’s specialty. He can fetch all of his toys from the toy box continuously, all 45 of them! Although Mommy is very proud of him, cleaning up the toys could be a big headache sometimes.

It is Mother’s day. Preston decided to give Mommy the best Mother’s day gift ever – cleaning up his own toys!
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Vestharness®

Puggles are not known for being the best walkers. A good harness can make Preston’s on-leash walk more enjoyable. Mommy got a lot of inquries from other puggle parents about Preston’s harness. It is called Vestharness┬«, made by CanineFriendly.

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FYI: Preston’s lower neck is measured 18 inches and chest girth is 23 inches. He wears size Medium. Gollygear also carries Vestharness in various colors and different fabric.

Best Friends

It’s been awhile since Preston visited Mina and Milo the Westies. Milo is Preston’s best poochie friend on the planet!
“Preston, do you wanna go to Milo’s house?”

Best friends forever.
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“Did you get stuck, Preston? Want me to help you out?”
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Mina wanted to join the boys too
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A perfect match!
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