Goodboy Norman Featherstone

Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day everyone! Woman says this should be a national holiday, because people like her who are on salary get the shaft on Leap Day. Woman's reasoning is that she is paid an annual salary, and since a year is 365 days, she should have any additional 366th day off for herself to snuggle with puggles and sow seeds. But here she is, readying herself for a day of boring meetings that begin at 2:30pm and last through 6pm. Efficient use of time, eh?

In other news, Kari popped out her miniature human yesterday around 5pm, so he is not a Leaping Baby. Bummer. Both Mom and Miniature Human are doing great. I'll post pictures when I get them, but I'm sure you all know what a piping hot miniature human looks like, and they all look the same, don't they?

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Sleeping Arrangements

I know you are all just chomping at the bit to find out how the "sleeping arrangements" went during Jazzy's stay. I forgot to mention this in my last entry because honestly, it turned out to be no big deal. When bedtime came, I went to my bed as usual, and Woman tucked me in as usual. Woman then tried to get Jazzy to join me in my bed, but Jazzy wanted up on the big bed. LOL! She thinks she's People. She is too small to jump up on the big bed herself, so she paced from side to side trying to jump onto the bed and whining. She also liked burrowing under the bed and dislodged many pugbunnies in the process. Finally, Woman made Jazzy a bed out of a pillow and a blanket to try to get her to calm down. After about an hour, she decided to sleep on her new bed and leave the People alone. The next night she went right to her special bed with no problems. So, I got a good night's sleep with no lady Pug cramping my style.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Weekend with Jazzy

I had a good weekend with Jazzy. She arrived at our house Friday evening, and left Sunday evening. We had a good two days of playing and snuggling with Woman. Here we are chilling on the couch after chasing each other around the house.

jazzy and norman

Woman says Jazzy is a really sweet Pug. She says I could learn a thing or ten from Jazzy. I don't know what that means. Woman was so impressed with how little Jazzy barks, and when she does bark, how quiet her "sweet" little barks are. I prefer big, loud, manly barks that really get the point across. By Sunday afternoon, I taught Jazzy how to bark bigger and more often. Woman was not pleased with me for this.


Jazzy's favorite thing to do is sit on the couch and stare out the window. See - here she is staring out the window while I try to get Woman to play with me. Sure, Jazzy wanted to play too, but I always won fetch and stole all the toys from her, so she gave up trying to play eventually. Every now and then we would get into a tussle over the toys. Admittedly, she usually won the argument.

jazzy and norman

I taught Jazzy how to stand up on the window ledge to better see out the window.

jazzy at the window

Woman says Jazzy and I have very different features. Jazzy is so light in color that she is almost white, her face is much smaller than mine, she has teeny little feet, and a short little body. Woman says I look like a horse next to Jazzy. I'm not sure if that is a compliment or just a casual observation.

Here is Jazzy's little white head.

jazzy close up

Here is my giant apricot head.

norman close up

I prefer my head for two reasons - First, I can fit an entire goodboy bone in my mouth. Jazzy has to bite hers into four pieces! Yes, I stole some of her pieces while she was eating. Woman got really mad at me. Second, I can make bigger barks. The bigger the bark, the better!

See Jazzy's teeny little rabbit paws? Woman says they're cute. Jazzy is really light on her feet. She would follow Woman into a room without Woman knowing and end up getting locked into that room, because Woman didn't know she was there! She's a quiet little thing.

jazzy and normans paws

We spent a lot of time snuggling with Woman on the couch. Woman says we are snugglepusses. I did not like sharing my Woman with Jazzy.

norman jazzy and tammy snuggling

Sometimes I would hop off the couch and give Woman the stink eye.

jealous norman

Jazzy didn't seem phased by my stink eye.


Jazzy is also a mega-kisser! She loves to hold Woman down and kiss all over her face. Woman laughed and laughed and laughed. She seemed to have a really good time with Jazzy. I think Woman will miss Jazzy more than me. She threatened to put Jazzy's pink collar on me and send me home with Jazzy's mom. The nerve! Woman says Jazzy is welcome to stay at our house any time, but Ian says we can't keep her. Thank Pugness for Ian! Finally, we're on the same side!

Friday, February 22, 2008

And All That Jazz!

Do you have that song from "Chicago" stuck in your head now? LOL! Sorry! The title is related to the post though. I have a weekend guest coming to stay with me, and you'll never guess who it is, mainly because you don't know this guest. No, it's not Catherine Zeta-Jones or Renee Zellweger (drat). Her name is Jazzy! And she's a lady Pug! Woot!!! I am way excited. Jazzy is Lyn's Mom's Pug. Lyn is the Peoples' friend who just had the miniature human Claire, and also is one of my Vets. (I have four.) Lyn's Mom lives in Tennessee, but is coming to Asheville for a visit, and Jazzy is staying with ME!

Woman gave me a bath, and later I'm going to get my ears cleaned. She wants me to look my best for my lady friend.

I'm concerned about the sleeping arrangements though. We probably shouldn't sleep together, should we? Hmmm ... I'll have to see how this plays out. I did sleep with punchy the first night I met her, but she's a human Lady, so it's a little different. I guess I'll let Woman call the shots as far as this goes. I'll let you all know! And yes, I'll take pictures of me and my new lady friend.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Total Eclipse of the Pug

Did anyone else see the eclipse last night? The People and I saw it. It was pretty cool I guess. I'm not really sure, because I was busy peeing on things and barking at the neighbor and such, so I didn't really take too much time to look at it. Woman said she couldn't get any pictures of the eclipse, because our camera isn't that high tech, so I was going to post a picture of my bumhole since the eclipse resembled a Pug bumhole in my opinion. Woman said that would be disgusting, so no Pug bumhole photos for you all. Sorry. I know you're disappointed.

In other news, Woman says I am not going to be Lost at Nate's tonight. She says I'm too bad in the car, and after a long day at work, she can't stand to listen to me bark for 20 minutes. Sorry Woman! I am just trying to contribute to the conversation. It's not my fault I can't form words and sentences and such. I don't have any lips!! Geesh. So I guess I will be stuck at home, bored. You can drop by if you want. I know where they keep the video games!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Leaping Babies

Kari (Sarah's Mom person) is pregnant with her second miniature human. This miniature human is going to be a boy, and his name is Harrison. Harrison is due to be born on February 28th, but since this year is a leap year, it is possible that he could be born on Leap Day! Wouldn't that be cool? Kari thinks not. If Harrison is not born by the 28th, she has scheduled to be induced at 7am on the 28th to ensure her baby is not a Leap Baby. Woman thinks this is no fun. She wants a Leap Baby, and so do I. LOL! Here is a picture of Kari. (She is the one on the left.)


In other news, Mr. Ian has a new design that has been printed at Threadless. Check it out!

How Many Licks? - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I was looking high and low for my Valentine this morning. I even had a flower to give to my Valentine. Who will be my Valentine?

Who will be Norman's Valentine?

I found my Valentine! It's Hootie! Of course! What was I thinking? I love my Hootie!

Norman with his Valentine

Woman made some Valentine's cookies this weekend.

Valentine cookies

These heart sandwich cookies are particularly pretty. Woman said they taste good too. They're filled with strawberry jam!

Valentine cookies

These sandwich cookies are filled with raspberry jam, then dipped in melted chocolate and chocolate jimmies.

Valentine cookies

No, I did not get to eat any of the cookies. Bah! I hope you all have a nice Valentine's Day anyway!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lost at Nate's

Last Thursday we went to Nate's house to watch Lost, because the People do not have any television service at our house. Sure, we could get television service, but that would mean someone would have to crawl under the house to run the cable, and neither of my People are willing to do that. Sandy - maybe you would like to do it? I bet there are lots of bugs and other things under there to keep you company! OK, maybe not. I know how you despise the creepy crawly critters.

So, we went to Nate's, and when we got there, I was afraid Woman had finally lived up to her threat of taking me to the pound, because there were so many dogs there I figured it was the pound and not actually Nate's house! Buddy lives there, so of course he was there, but there were three other dogs too - Copper, Chloe and a new dog, Nantucket. Copper and Chloe belong to Katherine and Andy, and Nantucket is Sarah's roommate's dog for whom she is dogsitting. It was quite a party, let me tell you!

Woman was not impressed with this week's episode of Lost, because she has no patience and just wants to know what happens in the end. Yes, she does read the end of books prematurely. What a cheater! She also always peeked at her Christmas presents as a child. She claims to not do that any more, but I don't know. She was acting awfully suspicious around Christmas last year. I think she's still a peeker.

I guess we will go back to Nate's for Lost this week, but I'm not sure that I will be allowed to go. Woman said 5 dogs was just too hectic.

And since I don't have any pictures from that night, I will share with you all a picture of Nate in his fun shirt sporting his faux-hawk.

nate faux-hawk

Can you believe he's still single? With all that style, I guess no woman can hold onto him for long.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Mmm ... Grease ....

This morning after Woman cooked up my hamburger, she took the bowl of leftover grease onto the back porch to pour it into a plastic container. She says you can't dump grease down the drain, because it will clog up all the pipes. So, while she was unscrewing the cap from the plastic container (it's just an old detergent container), I started lapping up the bowl of grease. Holy cow people. Grease is good stuff! I can see now why Mr. Chris likes Arby's so much - LOL Mr. Chris! Woman wouldn't let me eat it though, and that made me mad. Now every time I go out to pee, I run over to the grease container to see if it has sprung a leak. No leaks yet, but I'll keep you updated.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Super Fat Tuesday

Is everyone excited that today is Super Fat Tuesday? Not only do we get to celebrate Mardi Gras with a big bowl of red beans and rice, but we may also find out who our presidential candidates will be! Oh the excitement! Do any of you get to vote today? It looks like Pam and Punchy do! I think some of my other friends in the West like Jemima Jones and Northerners like Suki Sumo may also be voting today! Oh, and don't forget about Alaska - Frances Louise, get your voting pen out! My People are registered Independents, so they don't get to vote at all in the primaries, but the North Carolina primary is not until May. It's pretty unfair that our votes wouldn't count anyway since the "winner" will probably have enough delegates after today's results are posted. Our voting system is messed up. I am still in favor of people lining up and peeing on their favorite candidates, but that's a Pug's solution to everything! Happy voting everyone!

Here I am in drag celebrating the Mardi Gras. Woman said men in New Orleans often dress in drag during Mardi Gras, so it's ok for me to wear this teddy today. Woo-hoo!

Norman the cross-dressing Pug

Monday, February 04, 2008

Great Weather for a Boring Weekend

The weather was so nice this weekend, but did I get to do anything exciting? No, I did not! I didn't even get to take a walk. My People are so lazy.

On Friday night the People rented the new Harry Potter movie. Woman was not very impressed with it though. She said it was uneventful and didn't possess the magical beauty of the past films.

On Saturday the People had another "burn day" out in the garden, but only worked for about 2 hours. I supervised their efforts. They are good workers, so I don't have much to complain about. Woman could put a little more effort into her digging, but we'll save that for her annual review. After working in the yard, the People did some shopping, and went out that night to meet some friends downtown. I was pretty irked about this since I was left at home alone. They did bring the friends (and Buddy) home with them to take a dip in the hot tub, so at least I got *some* fun out of the deal. The Peoples' friend Amy is in town. She likes to eat my face. I will post a picture of us together later.

Sunday was the Super Bowl! Nate had a party, and at the party everyone got to make their own personal-sized pizzas. I was pretty bummed that I didn't get to go, because I really wanted to make my own pizza. I was going to put pooperoni on it. Woman said they didn't have any pooperoni, but I told her I could make my own. Woman said the pizzas were great. Andy made the dough, and there were dozens of toppings to choose from. Woman and Ian split a pizza with garlic, andouille sasuage, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, caramelized onions and cheese. She said it was a fun time and that there were a number of good commercials. Here are some of her favorites.



Time has published their best and worst Superbowl Commercial ratings here if you're interested. Woman does not agree with all their ratings though. For example, they gave this CareerBuilder commerical an A, but Woman gave it a D. She thinks it was nasty weird, butyou can decide for yourself:

Friday, February 01, 2008


Frances Louise tagged me a couple days ago to do a Meme. Sorry I took so long!

What three things would you do that you have never done before, if you knew you wouldn't get caught, get in trouble, or suffer any consequences?

1 - Sneak up into the bed in the middle of the night while the People are sleeping. You know, it gets cold down on the floor in my bed in the middle of the night. I could use some of that human heat!

2 - Snarf down on Woman's dinner plate while the People are blessing the food. The People sit on the couch and eat, and Woman's food is right there at muzzle level tempting me to steal it! Each night I resist the urge to chomp down on that food while the People's eyes are closed and their minds are in prayer, but I have not done it yet. I bet it would warrant a serious spanking.

3 - Pee on Woman's laptop. That thing keeps her attention all day long. If it were out of the picture, life would be all about me!!

In other news, Exxon is reporting record profits. You don't say? So, gas doesn't have to be so expensive after all then, eh?