Sunday, June 7, 2009

I'm Back From My Vacation!

I can't believe that my vacation is over. I had such a great time at Barkwells and in Indy that I can't wait to go back to both places. Last week was the best week of my life and I hope I can go on vacation at least once a year.

After we left Barkwells, we stopped in Indy. It was on our way back to Chicago and we wanted to to meetup with Salinger and his peeps, and attend their monthly pug meetup. I haven't been around that many puggies in a long time and while it was a little overwhelming at times, I had a great time. I loved checking all the puggies out and I even had some of Apollo's birthday cake. That's me in the middle of the picture cruisin' around.

Here's my buddy Salinger with his brother Holden. Holden is a super brother and I wish that he could come live with me. He takes really good care of Salinger, is an honor roll student, plants a garden, and is a really good kid. I liked him a lot and I can't wait until he comes to visit me.

Salinger and I had lots to talk about and here we are discussing our lunch plans. Dad is holding me and Salinger's pretty mom Laura is holding him. We got along great like I knew we would and I would have to say that if we lived closer to each other, we would probably be best buds.

Here I am with Apollo, Salinger, and our moms. Mom really didn't want to be in any pictures (not that she's running from the law or anything), but she just had to pose with me. Don't we all look so handsome? For once in my life, I wasn't the biggest puggie at the party!

After the meetup, we went back to Salinger's house for lunch. That guy has got a great pad and a really sweet yard. I had a problem stepping off his deck so his dad Kevin got me a ramp that Salinger used to use when he was a baby. I walked down the ramp once and then couldn't figure out how to use it again. Salinger even has a doggy door, but it confused me so I had to get someone to open the sliding glass door each time I want to go out.

Laura could not get enough of me and that didn't surprise me one bit. She kept holding me, cuddling me, and giving me lots of love. I secretly wished that Mom would leave me there, but then I thought that Mom would be sad if she didn't have me around. Salinger and I swapped moms for some pictures and you can see that I look really good in Laura's lap. I think she likes old guys.

Salinger even got me some presents. He asked his mom to bake me some delicious bacon treats and I loved them. He gave me a whole bag of them and they're shaped like little pigs. I love bacon more than anything (even Mom) and I am going to savor these little piggies. Hopefully, Laura will send Mom the recipe so she can make some for me.

Salinger also got me this cool stuffie. I named him Pendleton because that's where Salinger lives. Pendleton has a plastic bottle in him and when you squeeze him he makes that cool plastic bottle crunching sound - how cool is that?

I definitely need a vacation after my vacation, so I am taking it easy today. Tomorrow I will be back to working with Dad and gardening with Mom, but for the rest of today, I am sleeping in the family room which I missed while I was gone. I liked being on vacation, but I love being back home. There's really no place like it.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your vacation and pug meet up sounded like a real ball. All the photos of you and your friends were terrific. Thank you for sharring and I agree- there is no place like home

Stubby said...

Hi Tweedles - I told Mom that I want to travel around the country to visit all my blogging pals. I had such a great time and if I'm ever in Oregon, I am going to stop by and see you.

Stubby xoxo

The Devil Dog said...

Wow, that sounds like such a great time you had. Mom says Holden and PlusOne would be great friends if they lived closer. I know Salinger and I would be buddies. Glad you had so much fun at the meetup.


The Devil Dog said...

PS, Hey Stubby, I left you a gift on my blog. Come see.


Hank said...

Stubby, buddy....I just hate that I missed ya at meetup. Mom went down to Kentucky for Pugapalooza.

Yep, the Kellys sure did give ya a good ol' hoosier welcome!

Salinger The Pug said...

Stubby...DUDE!!! I miss you already man! How much fun was that visit?!

Please thank your people again for all the nice things they brought us! They keep yammering about how much fun they had and how we need to road trip up to Chicago (any excuse to go to and dad love it there!)

It was so great to hang with you and your peeps and mom is working on a blog post about your visit!

I LOVE that you named your crunchy guy "Pendleton"! What a COOL name!!!


Apollo said...

It was great seeing you and your humans. I'm so glad you could celebrate my 2nd birthday with us. Mommy is going to be in Chicago this weekend for her Bachlorette weekend, but she said little eyes aren't allowed. What's up with that...I don't get it. Mommy and Daddy are planning on taking me to Chicago's Montrose Dog Beach at the end of the summer, so hopefully we can see you then!

Kelly said...

Hi Stubby!!! Oh my gosh, your trip just keeps getting better and better!

Don't ya just love Salinger and his family? They're the nicest! You were looking extra adorable in those pictures, and your parents are very nice-looking people too! I see where you get it!!!!!

Archie and Melissa said...

hi stubby!
oh what a wonderful vacation! i love seeing all of your pictures! you are so lucky to have spent the day with all of our blogging friends!
m & e

Stubby said...

Hey Roxy - I'm sure that Holden and PlusOne would be great buddies and that you and Salinger would be too. Those Kelleys are a lot of fun!

Thanks so much for my 'sweetness' award! I think all puggies are sweet and you are double sweet for giving me the award.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hank - I was bummed that I missed you at the meetup too, but I know you guys had a great time at Pugapalooza. The Kelleys were great to us and we are already planning a trip back down there to see them. Hopefully we can meet up when I come back down or else you are going to have to take a roadtrip up here to see me. Party at Stubby's house!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Salinger dude - I miss you already! I had such a great time at your place and Mom is already planning a return visit.

When you guys come up here, we are going to have a great time. I have lots of cool things planned and I told Mom that she has to make or buy all my favorite foods. I hope you like Popeye's - yummy!

Pendleton cracks me up every time I look at him - what a character! I can't wait to see your post about my visit.

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Apollo - It was so great to finally meet you and celebrate your 2nd birthday with you. Your birthday cake was delicious and I had a great time at the meetup.

I can't believe your mom is bringing you with her this weekend. Can you sneak into her suitcase? I have a spare bed for you, so grab your stuffies and get here!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Pearly Poo - The only way my vacation could have been better is if you were with me. I loved Salinger's peeps - they were so nice to meet. All the puggies and their peeps at the meetup were super nice and I can't wait to go back.

Thanks for the nice compliments. Mom really didn't want to be photographed because she says she still has her 'winter weight'. Yeah right! I still have mine too, but I could care less. I am a slightly big puggie and I love it!

Maybe I could talk Mom into taking a roadtrip to Oklahoma so that I could visit you. Hmmm, do you think she will go for that? What the heck - I'm game!

Stubby xoxo

Stubby said...

Hi Melissa and Emmitt - You guys would love Barkwells! I think we need to get all the puggies together there and have a party.

There are so many artists in the area that I'm sure you could make it a 'working trip'. And Barkwells would surely inspire you to create all kinds of neat stuff.

Stubby xoxo