The Pug Notes 2016 Calendars are Here!

The Pug Notes 2016 Calendars are Here!

Happy Monday everyone!
R-Chee & I are so excited to present our
2016 Pug & Dog Art Calendars for you to enjoy all year long!
Each one is jam packed with our colorful canine creations!
My pug & dog paintings fill each 12 month calendar that can be framed after the year is done! 🙂
Click here to see the Pug Art Calendar above up close!
Click here to see the Dog Art Calendar below up close with all of the details on how to order yours today!
 Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions.
R-Chee is here manning (or pugging) the phones ready to answer all of calls.
We are so excited that it is back to school & calendar season already!
What is your favorite season?
Please leave us a note and let us know!
Melissa & Archie

Introducing The New Bummlie Gallery ~ Playing with The Bummlies!

Happy Monday everyone!
R-Chee & I are so excited!
The Bummlies are reporting back their adventures with you from all over the world!
They are having so much FUN with all of you that they just cannot contain their glee!
They are bursting at the seams with excitement, so R-Chee & I have built a special gallery where they canShow & Tell all of their stories with you!
It is called The Bummlie Gallery and it’s new home is
You may ask…
What are The Bummlies?
The Bummlies are my new line of Stuffing Free Dog Toys for you to enjoy!
The Bummlie Gallery is a story board of FUN from Bummlies who have been adopted by families all over the world!

They are reporting back with adventures filled withLOVE, FUN, EXCITEMENT & JOY!

You can adopt your special Bummlie today in our Etsy shop…

Each Bummlie sends the message of LOVE both from his front chest and his back “bum”! 🙂

Handmade of soft fleece, a solid piece of terry cloth stuffing, thread and a lot of LOVE…

Each Bummlie is unique & the perfect buddy for both dogs and kids!

They are machine washable and if opened by your 4 footed kid, they will not leave stuffing everywhere since they are safely stuffed with a terry cloth towel section that is one solid, safe piece that makes your Bear Bummlie even more huggable!

They are approximately 10″ high from tip of ears to toes and 8 ” across from paw to paw.

I happily cut, sew, hand embroider and stuff each doll for you to enjoy.

Tweedles is having so much FUN with her Pug Bummlie, Stella and her Bear Bummlie Maple!
They are playing with their food and whoever wins gets to eat all 3 peas!
Photos courtesy of Georgie W., OR
Meet Freya Rose Blossom and Gordo!
They are having a blast building sand castles and digging for buried treasure at the beach today!
Photos courtesy of Midge V., UK

I love making new Bummlies for you to enjoy and more are joining the family everyday!

Come and adopt yours today and share your photos and stories with us!

We cannot wait to play with you!
Melissa & R-Chee

New ~ Add 3″ Length To ANY Custom Dog Sweater Vest Order!

Happy Thursday Everyone!
R-Chee & I are so excited to now offer an ADD ON Option to Our Famous Handmade Dog Sweater Vests!
You can now easily add 3″ length to any of our CUSTOM Dog Sweater Vests Orders by adding this option to your shopping cart…
Meet Flora!
She is sweet as sugar in her Strawberry Dog Sweater Vest!
Little Maci proudly shows off her smile in her Lime Green and Purple Smiley Face Sweater Vest everyday!
You may also add a badge to any Sweater Vest, Neck Warmer or Barkclava Hat Order fill in the colors for the sweater vest body / bobble / collar in the comments at check out.

We love you and love making your Sweater Vests for you!
I have lots of sweater vests available as Ready to Ship Sweater Vests in my Etsy Shop today!
If they are sold out or you do not find the colors and sizes you would like, No Problem!
I am thrilled to make you any color combination that you choose!
Please let me know if you would like me to make you a custom Woofie Warmer, Barkclava Dog Hat or Sweater Vest.
You can make up your own color combos or…
You can see all the possibilities anytime in :
The Sweater Vest Gallery at
The Woofie Warmer Gallery at
The Barkclava Gallery at
Please contact me anytime with any questions.
Melissa & R-Chee

New Pug Painting (A84) ~ He is NOT with Me!


Happy Monday everyone!

I had so much FUN creating a these silly pug buddies for you to enjoy!
They were inspired by all of the smiles you have shared with me of your pugs and dogs enjoying their Barkclava dog hats this year!
I titled this one ~ He is NOT with Me!
I see the obvious excitement & glee in the eyes of the lucky puggy who just put on his new hat with his embarrassed brother standing right next to him feeling mortified. 🙂

A pug expression can say 1,000 words!

Much like sweet Mitzu who proudly wore her new sweater vestwhile her cousin Libby looked deflated in the background that she did not have one yet. 🙂

After her mom saw her face, happily Libby soon got one too!

I took photos for you as I painted to see the painting pop to life!

Here is the pencil sketch on wood of the 2 brothers…
I cannot wait to get started!

First, I start with the fur and some of the shading.

Next, I go in for the darker shapes and the expressions start popping in like magic.

Now it is time to choose the colors for the Barkclava and background.

…and finally the muzzles and smiles get painted!

I think their mouths really give away how they are feeling!

Do you think so too?
Now the final lines and wrinkles are added.
and Voila!
Pug Painting ~ Design A84
He is NOT with Me!
Is complete!
These funny brothers are now pug design A84 on my website .
It is now available for you all to enjoy on all of my products where you can choose the design.
Now you know what I did this weekend! 🙂
Archie and I are so excted that so many of our friends met this weekend in Milwaukee, WI at the Milwaukee Pug Fest and were also a part of the 1000 Pugs Art Book Shoot!
Please leave me a note and tell me all about your adventures!
We cannot wait to hear!
Melissa & Archie

New Pug Painting (A82) ~ I Smell Something Good!


Happy Wednesday everyone!

Archie and I are so excited to show you another new painting we just finished! 🙂
This little puggy just got a sniff of a wafting scent coming from the kitchen!
He is on high alert for fresh baked treats!
We imagine this is how the puggies look all the time at Pugs In The Kitchen located in IN.
They are a wonderful 100% natural and made with love dog bakery that now ships their cookies around the whole USA!
Archie just loves their cookies, and we know you will too!
I just love the expression on this close up pug painting!
I took lots of photos for you as I painted it to see it come to life!

Pencil sketch on wood
The acrylic paint has begun to be applied.
I fill in each of the areas with color and then begin the shading.
After the pug is the way I like him, I fill in the background and the final touch are the fine lines to make him pop to life!
Ta Da!
Archie approves but insists he does not get mesmerized by wafting smells. 🙂
Ok… R-Chee
I believe you… really I do!
tee hee!
This little puggy is now pug design A82 on my website and is now available for you all to enjoy on all of my products where you can choose the design.

New Pug Painting (A81) ~ Pug Bliss


Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I am soooo excited to show you my new pug painting~ Pug Bliss ~ (Pug Design A81)

This pug makes me smile!

He is showing us the meaning of Pug Bliss ~
You know that look… You can see it when your puggy is relaxing in the sun looking up with both eyes close and happily panting?
He or she is enjoying every inhale and exhale, celebrating it so much that you can hear from across the room? 🙂
Well, that is who showed up on my art table today!
I love all the puggies that come in to greet me as I never truly know what they will look like before I am done with my last stroke of the brush. I captured some photos for you while I was painting him…

Here he is before his tongue is painted.
…and here he is after I painted it in!
I love how his smile came to life with just a bit of shading!
Next come the fine lines and wrinkles that will give him more shape and character.
Ta Da!
Oooo Momma I can do that… seeeeee?

Yes, R-Chee, you are the perfect inspiration for all of the bliss and joy in my paintings!

How does your furbaby show you their BLISS?
Please leave us a note and let us know!
We cannot wait to hear and see!
Melissa & Archie

Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Spring 2012

Happy Wednesday everyone!
The Pug Notes Newsletter ~ Spring 2012 is now online for your reading pleasure!
It is jam packed with fun news, photos, events, recipes, customer photos and more!
This issue’s recipe: Crispy Bagel Bites are head of heels deeeelicious!
Archie smeared cream cheese and salmon lox on his!
 Meet Stella
She is all decked out on her deck and ready for Spring!
Photo courtesy of Squeaky C., CA
Archie is excited to announce our new line of Woofie Warmer ~ Dog Neck Warmers ~ to keep you warm on these cool Spring mornings!
We custom make them for you in any size to fit doggies from 3 lbs up to 90 + lbs!
You get to choose your colors!
 … and
Learn all about the 1000 Pugs Art Book Project & how you can be a part of pug history in the making!
This is only a preveiw of what you will find. 🙂
The complete Spring 2012 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!
Melissa & Archie