Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

I'm the birthday boy, boy!
Today is my birthday - yahoo! I am 12 years old today. Put on your party hats, grab some treats, and take a stroll down memory lane with me as I celebrate my special day. Yipee!

Mom likes to tell me that I was the cutest pug baby ever, but that's just Mom being Mom. You can judge for yourself, but I have to admit that I was (an am still) a cutie. This is me when I was just ten weeks old. I was a little guy believe it or not. This is my first day home (my gotcha day) and I am checking out the backyard and my bowl. This cool bowl changed colors depending on the heat of the liquid inside, but I eventually chewed it, so no more bowl. Mom and Dad always put ice cubes in it to keep me cool, but I was already cool!

Look how little I was! Mom said it seems like just yesterday and not twelve years ago that I fit into the palm of her hand. Ahhh, isn't that sweet? We didn't have a fenced yard at the old house, so my leash was hooked up to a stake in the backyard. I didn't have much freedom, but I loved it there.

I told Mom that she could trust me not to run away if I was unhooked from my stake, but she wouldn't do it. She was afraid that I would run like a crazy man into the street and get smashed by a car. Yikes! I stayed hooked on my stake because I didn't was to get smashed.

This was one of my first days home with Mom and Dad and you can see that I was really spoiled. My cage (house) is on the left and was placed just perfectly in the doorway to block me from going into the dining room. Mom and Dad were very sneaky back then and they really didn't trust me. I am laying on one of my favorite blankies. I had so many when I was a little guy and I would play tug-o-war with them, drag them around the house, and then fall to sleep all wrapped up on them.

This action shot is from that same first week and as you can see I loved to motor around the house. I was very fast and I would let Mom and Dad chase me around the house for fun. Look at my cute pug mug!I loved my new parents and I told them so as often as I could. I wasn't much of a barker, but I've always loved to give kisses, to cuddle, and to smile. A face only Mom could love!

This was my first birthday and look what Mom and Dad bought me! This bone was bigger than me, but I loved it. I chewed it for a while, but never even made a dent in it. I have always loved bones that I can hold between my paws while eating and this bone was way too big for that. I used to try to drag it around the house, but I eventually gave it to my good buddy Cody and he chewed it down to nothing.
I used to love to sit like "a little boy" and people were constantly sitting me on their laps like that. This is me with my Dad's good buddy Rock and you can see that I do look like a real baby boy on his lap. I loved this chair too and used to spin around on it all the time.

This was my version of a cloud bed, kind of like the one that Salinger has. I used to snuggle inside it and just peek my little pug out so that I could see what was going on. I was so good at hiding that Mom and Dad couldn't find me.

I used to jump a lot when I was a little guy which probably explains all my aches and pains now. I loved to jump on the bed and this picture shows me on the bed looking down at something. Mom says that I look really skinny in this picture. Notice the curly tail - it wasn't yet broken.Mostly I loved to just hang out on the furniture with Mom and Dad. I have always been a people pug, like most pugs, so wherever my peeps go, I go.

For some reason, I have baby pictures, but no mid age pictures. Hmmm. I wonder what happened. I think that maybe Mom and Dad got busy with life and just didn't take that many pictures of me.

This is me (and Dad) on Halloween when I was about four years old. I am already graying, much to my dismay. Mom said that I looked very cute as a devil. I used to run to the door when the trick-or-treaters rang the bell and I would help Mom give them candy. All the little girls would ooh and ahh over me and I loved it.

I do not like anything on my head, so I would constantly take the horns off. I know I don't look like a devil without my horns, but they just made me crazy!

I am a baby in this picture - I think it's my first Easter. Mom and Dad took me to the mall to have professional pictures taken and I can't believe that I agreed to sit in an Easter basket. I also don't have my collar on, so my neck looks big. I felt so naked, but I went along with it because it made Mom and Dad happy. This picture sits in the family room and everyone that comes over tells me how much they like it.
Here I am in a Christmas picture with my good buddies in a silly Santa sleigh. Cody is sitting in front of the sleigh, his cousin T-Bone is in the sleigh with me, and Cody's brother Rudy is standing at the front of the sleigh drooling as usual. Mom and Sandy (Cody and Rudy's mom) took all of us to the mall to have this picture taken. They did it as a gift to our dads and our dads loved it.

This last picture was my Christmas gift to Dad a few years ago and it sits in his office. Mom loves the way the canvas turned out and said that I look very sly in the picture - I think that is a compliment. The canvas is definitely an attention grabber and everyone loves to look at it.

I wish that I could tell you that I had lots of exciting plans for today, but Dad is out of town and Mom has a final exam this afternoon. I'm sure that I will be doing something later today, but for now it is a surprise. I haven't seen any presents yet and am dying to know what Mom and Dad got me.
Thanks for stopping by and spending some time with me on my birthday!


Pearl said...

Oh my goodness Stubby! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Those puppy pictures of you were just too cute! Momma was squealin'! I am only 3 and I have a gray chin too!

It looks like you and your pawrents have had a fabulous 12 years together. Here's wishing you many many more, sweet boy!

I am off to make you a card!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

happy, happy birthday stubby!
oh i love all of the photos!
m & e

Stubby said...

Pearly Poo - You are just too sweet! I got gray really early, but Mom says that it added character - ha, ha, ha!

Thanks for the birthday wishes and I can't wait to see my custom designed Pearly Poo birthday card!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Melissa and Emmitt - Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. I'm glad that you liked the photos.

Emmitt and I are the old guys of the group, aren't we? I like to think that we are the oldies, but goodies!

Stubby xoxo

Rachel said...

Aw, Stubby, that is an awesome birthday post - thanks for sharing your super cute puppy pics. We hope you have a wonderful day!

Stubby said...

Rachel - Thanks for the birthday wishes and I'm glad you liked the pictures. I can't wait to get all my presents later today. I will put pictures of them on my blog later this week.

Stubby xoxo

Nancy and the fatties said...

Happy gotcha day StubbyMan!!!! *confetti flying, horns tooting, Howard tooting* You were such a CUTE little puppy. We love the pictures.
sending birthday hugs...

Stubby said...

Hi Nancy and the fatties - Thanks for stopping by and giving me all the birthday hugs. I love flying confetti, tooting horns, and tooting puggies! I am going to live it up today!!!

Stubby xoxo

Apollo-of the Greek God's Pug said...

Happy Birthday to You...Happy Birthday to Stubby the Puggy, Happy Birthday to You! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Can't wait to see what you got from your pawrents. Best wishes Buddy.

A Tail of 2 Doggies said...

Hi ya stubby. Happy Birthday!
The Pearl Girl sent us over.

Salinger The Pug said...


We hope you have a GREAT day and hopefully you and mom can celebrate now and then you can have ANOTHER party when dad is back in town!

We loved your baby pictures but love your distinguished, dapper look now even more!

We wish you the best day ever full of lots of love, snuggles and TREATS!!!!


Pugsley said...

Happy Barkday Stubby!!!

Hope you get lots of barkday cake:)


Salinger The Pug said...

Stubby, says to tell your mom to pull up your email...I sent you something cool!


Nevis said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!

Aniemother said...

Happy birthday, Stubby! Nice to meet you. Salinger tipped me off that it was your birthday and everything. You really was a cute puppy - and you're a FAWN, so that's saying something. (If you wanna know what I was like as an annoying little puppy you find it here )

Stubby said...

Apollo - Thanks for singing to me! It's the first happy birthday song so far today and just to let you know, my presents are not here yet. I can hardly stand still because I am so excited!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

A Tail of 2 Doggies - Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the birthday greetings. It's always nice to meet new friends, isn't it?
Pearl is just the sweetest thing and I owe her big time for dedicating her whole post to me today.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Salinger - Mom just got back home, so let the party begin! I am so excited to see all my presents, but so far nothing. Maybe Dad is bringing them back from his business trip, but I sure hope not because it doesn't look like he will make it back tonight due to the storms.

I think Mom is taking me to McDonald's to get a Happy Meal for dinner - delicious.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Pugsley - It's so good to hear from you. I've missed you and am glad to see that you are okay.

I heard that your mom got sucked into Facebook and I don't know what that is, but it sounds painful. Please tell her to leave the computer on so you can blog while she is at work.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Nevis - Thanks for stopping by my blog to wish me happy birthday. I love how I am meeting so many new friends today.

I popped over to your blog and I have to say that I love to help Dad grill. I love everything about the grill - the food that goes on it, the smells that come from it, and the food that comes off of it - yummy!

Napoleon & Rukia are very cute. Please give them kisses from me.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Aniemother - It's so nice to meet another friend on my birthday. Isn't Salinger the best little buddy ever? I love him to pieces!

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I checked out your blog and I have to tell you that Bajas is adorable. He may about be the cutest black puggy ever.

Stubby xoxo

The Devil Dog said...

Happy Birthday Stubby. Those are some great photos.


Stubby said...

Hey there Devil Dog - Thanks for stopping by. I am so lucky to meet all these new friends today.

My dad says that when I get mad I turn into the devil dog because I start to growl and show my teeth. Is that why you are named that? I have to pop over to your blog to check it out.

Stubby xoxo

Hank said...

Stubby, buddy....happy birthday!

The name's Hank and I'm pals with Salinger.

Hope ya have a great day!

Tweedles -- that's me... said...

Hi Stubby
You and I have never met have we?
I came to wish you a Happy Bithday!My friend Pearl told me it was your day!
So Happy Birthday- Happy- Happy Birthday- this is your day- so have a lot of fun (thats a song)
Hey, Stubby, I have some of Emmitts meat loaf at my house- so if you can come on over- I will get you some- and also we can have some marshmellos.
I loved your pictures of you as a baby- so adorable and still are! You look just like a little boy. I also read some of your other terrific storys. Your site it neato!
So happy birthday
and kisses to you

Stubby said...

Hi ya Hank - Thanks for stopping by with your birthday wishes. Any pal of Salingers is a pal of mine.
I am heading over to check out your blog.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hey Tweedles - Thanks so much for stopping by to sing happy birthday to me. I think we have met before but either way, meeting again is good because it's like making a new friend.

You would not believe how much I love meatloaf. I could eat it every single day, but then I would be the biggest puggy ever. I have never had marshmallows, but I'm sure I'd like them.

I am going to add your blog to my blogroll.

Stubby xoxo