Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Winter 2013

Happy Wednesday everyone!
R-Chee & I are so excited to let you know that…
The Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Winter 2013 is now online for your reading pleasure!
It is jam packed with fun news, photos, events, recipes, customer photos and more!
Come and meet Scooter & Humphrey from AU & dozens of gorgeous puggies from all over the world in the Meet The Pugs section!
I am excited to introduce 3 new embellishments in my Etsy Shop that you can add to any Sweater Vest, Hat or Neck Warmer!
How Fun!
This issues recipe: Smiling Spuds is nutritious and deeelicious!
…and we even found a FUN Heart Shaped Carrots tutorial to share with you!
Play with your Food & make any meal for your family of 2 and 4 footed love ones feel extra loved and special all year long!
Tootsie is guaranteed make you smile while she takes a nap on her new 24 x 30 Dog Bed (Pug Design A68) her mom Traci R. got for her!
This is only a preview of what you will find. 🙂
The complete Winter 2013 Newsletter is available here for you to enjoy so please click through when you have time.
If you would like a copy of the Newsletter to be emailed to you every quarter, please just email me anytime or sign up in the green outlined box at the top left corner of the blog. 🙂
I would also love to feature your pugs and recipes in the upcoming newsletters so please send them anytime you want to!
xoxoxox
Melissa & Archie
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Celebrating Senior Dogs


Every moment, every day, every year I learn something new from my wonderful pug Emmitt.

He not only inspires all of my artwork, but he is a wonderful teacher of joy and laughter.

Through each step of his life, he has been showing me how to enjoy and appreciate even the simplest things.

One of the greatest gifts he has given me is to set the example of how to rise above obstacles with grace, courage and even excitement.

Emmitt is happy and healthy and just turned 13 this month, on August 1st. This post is a big thank you to him as we enter the senior years of our journey together.


In recent months, it has become clear to me that Emmitt has been showing me another great lesson about life…

Aging is not scary or something to be feared. It is a beautiful time to appreciate and most importantly to fine tune your thoughts and actions about so that it feels good.

Journaling is an amazing way to speak from your heart even when you are not quite sure what the message is. Here is a journal I created over a year ago…

It was an old music book that I rescued and altered. I passed by it the other day and smiled when I looked at it and saw the cover for the first time really. “Tuning Up! Oh my gosh, yes we are!”, I thought. We are fine tuning our attitudes, thoughts, beliefs and feelings about changes that are happening so that they are not scary or sad. 
If Emmitt has an ache, I find him relief. We now have a wonderful friend, Ingrid, who is a dog massage therapist that comes to the house every Monday to rub out his knots.
If he shows signs of eye issues, we take him to the doctor and choose the best treatment to find him improvement. 
Reaching for solutions, reaching for relief, not giving in to fear of change ~ That is my secret for happiness. 
I have learned these lessons from Emmitt and apply it to my own life too. This new outlook on life brings me comfort and makes this journey exciting for me. 

Our friend, Ingrid, recently gave us this wonderful book that celebrates senior dogs.
It is called Old Dogs are the Best Dogs and is filled with wonderful photos and stories of other dogs who are teaching the very same lesson that Emmitt is … 
A happy life is about appreciating and fine tuning. If something comes up, don’t turn away and resist it, look at it, embrace it and find feelings of relief concerning it.
Dogs do not complain (even with silly hats on their heads). They appreciate life in every chapter. 

In tune with this wonderful lesson, Emmitt has inspired me to paint this series of Senior Pugs this year. 
Each face makes me smile. They have a softness and a knowing about them that show me that all is truly well! 
Thank you Emmitt for 13 wonderful years and many, many more to come!

New Customer Photo Gallery!

Photo courtesty of Bea W., Boise, ID
 
 I am so excited to introduce the new Pug Notes Customer Photo Gallery!
 
I am thrilled everyday to come to work because of my amazing customers. 
 
I receive wonderful emails on a weekly basis and now in addition to my testimonials page, I now have a special Customer Photo Gallery to showcase the photos of Pug Notes products happily living in their new homes. 🙂
 
Please email me your photos of your Pug Notes Art.  I would love to showcase them.  🙂
 
I also really appreciate all of my blog friends who stop by to see what is happening over here everyday.  You all make my world a very happy place to be!

Meet Poley and Rukia

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My friend, Nevis recently won a contest I ran while I was on vacation in Jamaica.  She won a signed print of her choice and she chose design A25 as her gift for playing.

Nevis has a fawn pug named Poley and a new black pug puppy named Rukia.  You can read about them on her Blog and see all of the wonderful photographs she takes of them.  I love to see what they are up to everyday.  She was kind enough to take of picture of her puppies with her new print.  I am so glad she likes it!