Tag: Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue

New Addition To The Grumble

As you may know, Rachel and I are the founders of Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue.  PPSNR maintains an Angel program to help unadoptable dogs.  These dogs are unadoptable due to medical, age, or other issues that make them unadoptable to the general applicant.

A couple of months ago Maggie came into PPSNR.  She was breathing hard and sounded “funny” as-well-as having digestive troubles.  Her foster mom took her to the vet who told us that she needs to be seen by a surgeon immediately.  So she was rushed to VSEC in South Philadelphia evaluation.

It turns out that her stomach slid past her diaphragm.  Maggie went into surgery immediately.  She recovered nicely after surgery.  On a follow-up visit, the cause of her problems came to light.  Maggie suffers from a collapsing larynx (just like Casey Jones).  The Board of PPSNR made the decision to have her stay with the rescue in our Angel program.

Rachel and I decided to become Maggies Angel fosters.  So on August 1st, Maggie left her foster home and came to us and joined the grumble.  She is two years old, cute as a button, and gets along with the rest of the pugs in our home.

Maggie first visit to Home d’Pug RV

Maggie joined us on Tuesday night.  Rachel and my first thought were to stay home over the weekend and let her settle in.  Saturday, we ran some errands.  While we were out, having a bite to eat, we decided to go and spend Saturday and Sunday night at Home d’Pug RV.  This decision was mostly based on how well Maggie has been accepted by the rest of the grumble.  So off we went.

We got up to Home d’Pug RV just after the grumbles’ normal dinner hour.  We quickly unloaded the cars.  While Rachel started to get dinner ready, I took each for their pre-dinner walk.  As they finished their walk, they went into the rig to find their dinner bowl waiting for them.  After dinner, everyone went up to the sofa/bed for a PMN (post meal nap).

Sunday, Day of Rest (Sort of)

Sunday started, as most days with walks and breakfast for the grumble.  Then spent a good part of Sunday morning and early afternoon doing little projects around the rig.  This included installing a pull strap on the step access cover.  It was a pain to get open previously.  I installed two small eye-bolts on the underside of the panel.  Tied a short piece of rope to each eye bolt.  The rope is long enough to peek over the edge of the panel.  To keep the rope above the edge I put a couple of staples around the rope on the edge of the panel.  Must say, it works great.

A few weeks back we installed silver sun shades in two small windows about the captain chairs.  Well, the velcro tabs used to hold them in place were not strong enough.  So reinstalled with stronger velcro.  Hope it holds.  Keeping fingers crossed.

Otter Lake Campground

Otter Lake Camp Resort is in the same area of the Pocono mountains as our current campground.  While we are happy here at Delaware Water Gap/Pocono Mountains KOA, but always willing to look at a new campground.  Otter Lake is very nice.  Looks of activities on and off the large lake that border two sides of the campground.  Unfortunately, they only have very few 50 amp sites and a very restrictive dog policy.

Extended One More Day

Normally, I leave very early on Monday morning to go to work.  Rachel will pack up the kids and leave after the rush hour and head home.  I was not feeling too well Sunday night and there was a major rain storm headed to Eastern Pennsylvania, so we decided to stay one more day.

As we cannot enjoy the out doors on the rainy Monday, I took the time to update a couple of our websites and finish building a new website for Rachel.

That is it for now.

Rainy Day Pugs – 12, 10, 8, 5, and 4

This weekend it was rainy day pugs.

radar image of rainAnother weekend in the Poconos at Home d’Pug RV.  Another weekend of rain (mostly).  We had a Nor’Easter come through the Mid-Atlantic states Friday night into late Saturday night.  So what to do on a wet, dreary weekend.  Go to the winery of course.

Franklin Hills Vineyards

Our campsite is down the road a short way from Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.  Several weekends during the non-ski season they run weekend activities.  One weekend that we were at the Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountains KOA there was a food truck festival.  One of the vendors was the Franklin Hills Vineyards.  Rachel and I sampled a couple of wines and really liked a few.  A few weeks later we visited the vineyards and had a lovely time tasting a few more varieties of wine. 

So, on this rainy, chilly Saturday in May we get the pugs settled in and go for a drive to Bangor, PA and Franklin Hills Vineyards.  They had a couple of different varieties of wine available.  Naturally, we had to do a taste test.  We ended up buying a mixed case of wine.  No, not all the bottles are for us.  Two bottles are for friends we are seeing next weekend in Milwaukee.

Pugs, Rain, and Saturday Night

By the time we return to Home d’Pug RV it is dinner time for the pugs.  If you know nothing about pugs there are two things you will learn very quickly.  Pugs are stubborn creatures and most hate rain.  Taking Rosie, Ming, and Casey out in the rain is a no go from the start.  For them, we lay out pee pad (puppy training pads).  They have learned to use them when they need to.  As Rachel would say, “Ollie is a boy and does not know any better.”  Sugaree is blind, so we carry her in and out of the RV.  While she is not happy about the rain, she will go about her business.

Now that the kids are fed, walked (mostly) and napping, we had a bite to eat and opened a bottle, I mean two, no your right three bottles of wine by the end of the evening.  Did I mention that we like the wines from this vineyard???  With full glasses of wine in hand, we relax and watch a movie.

Sunday Morning

As has become our ritual, Sunday morning after breakfast is time to do some work around the RV.  Today’s project was trying to clean some of the dirtiest spots in the carpeting.  We brought with us our BISSELL Spotbot Pet Handsfree Spot and Stain Cleaner* (an item worth its weight in gold).  While the dirtiest spots did come out, it just highlighted how dirty the rest of the carpet really is.  We will spend a little move time and effort deep cleaning the carpet one area at a time.

New Construction at KOA

In an effort to increase rentals, Delaware Water Gap / Pocono Mountains KOA is adding a couple of new cabins on existing tent sites.  While the construction does not add to the natural beauty of the area.  Once they are done they will blend in as nice as possible.  

There is one problem with the construction that came front and center on Sunday.  It seems that the construction crews would tap into the closest power pole available.  Normally I would not object.  However, the seasonal sites are charged monthly for their electrical use.  What upsets both Rachel and I the most are two things.  First, we were not informed in advance, and second, we are getting charged for electric that we are not using.

Did not have a chance to talk with the manager before we left Sunday afternoon for home.  I did send her a detailed email and currently awaiting a reply.  Heard back from the manager on Tuesday afternoon.  She needs to discuss the details with the owner but assured us that we would not be charged for usage by others.  She does not think that the owner was aware that this has been going on most of the month.  We shall see.

Not visiting Home d’Pug RV next weekend

As mentioned earlier, we will be in Milwaukee next weekend.  We decided not to take the RV on this trip.

What is in Milwaukee?  Well, pugs and lots of them.  It’s time for the 13th Annual Pug Fest run by Pug Hugs Pug Rescue and benefits Pug Hugs rescue and the other rescues in attendance.  Our rescue, Philly Pug & Short Nose Rescue, will be in attendance for the third year and this is personally our fourth year in making the pilgrimage to Milwaukee the third weekend of May.  

Hope you have a great weekend.

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