I think I'm going to start a section of blogs called "in the past". These blogs will be tagged as such and will feature stories of events that happened long ago, but need to be shared. Hope you like!

Okay, so I used to be very nervous about Sangmu's safety. I still am I guess...just not as much so.I don't know it must be some sort of new mother mental disorder (perhaps it could be called NPMS. Short for "New Pug Mother Syndrome"). Anyway, it was a winter Tuesday and Granny and I were taking Sangmu and Pema to a dog park that she'd heard about. It was a bit farther away than the one we usually go to and the girls got rather antsy in the car on the way there. When we got out, they both started running in excited circles and nipping at each other. Now before I go on I think I should describe the park a bit. It's actually quite beautiful. There's a large pond on the far left side and a canal that's about 4 feet wide connected to it. A small bridge stretches across the concrete canal and onto the other side. The actual park is like a bowl with grass and mud in the middle (very slippery mud) and a hill covered with trees behind it. So anyway, we get out of the car and the dogs dash across the bridge ,skid through the mud and start madly frolicking. All of a sudden a miniature poodle in a red quilted coat starts growling and cornering them. Of course we jumped in and shewed the little creep away, but a few minutes later he came back. They say that poodles are very bright, and they aren't kidding. This little smarty-pants rushes Sangmu and Pema and started chasing them towards the canal. Time seemed to slow and in those few seconds before it happened only two things came to mind: I didn't look to see if water was in the canal when we came in, and I didn't see how deep it was. The girls galloped at a steady pace right off the edge as the poodle flipped U and ran away. I remember the world growing silent as I watched my baby's face descend into the gap. I also remember myself screaming, though I never heard it. We rushed over to the gap, stumbling in the slick mud. As I peered over the edge, I imagined broken legs and drowning pugs galore. What I saw in reality however, was two very confused pugs looking up from the empty four foot deep gap. we immediately burst into luaghter. Sangmu and Pema looked even more confusedly up at us, cocking their heads the way pugs do. We jumped into the canal and boosted them out, laughing all the while. The other people at the park looked at us as though we were idiots the rest of the time we were there. Now four months have passed and I'm laughing as I write this.

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Comment by Lila Weller on June 28, 2010 at 7:36am
Thanks Pam&Pugs!
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on June 27, 2010 at 4:37pm
You have such a great way of telling a story....I hope you're keeping them somewhere for your future book! :0)
Comment by Di's spoiled kids on June 23, 2010 at 4:22pm
Well the only story I have that would be even somewhat close to this was about 11 years ago, and my girls had just turned one. It was their first long trip to my sister's house which is about a 17 hr drive. We pulled into my sister's house at around 10:00 at night, and started unloading the car. We had just finished carrying the last bag in when I thought to myself, where are the girl, they were not in the house, they were not in the car, they were no where around. Now my sister lives on the end of a cul-de-sac, and her neighbors house backs up to a major highway, and that was the only thing going through my mind at the time. We started calling them, and calling them, and next thing I know here comes Lily walking from one of the other backyards, and Lulu was not following. I started yelling Lulu, Lulu, nothing. My neice was there with a friend, and they got into a car, and went about looking for her. They found her the next street over sitting on someones front lawn. Talk about being scared, I was very. Never lost them again while on vacation, and don't ever think I will let a pet out of site while on vacation again.
Comment by Helena Brown on June 23, 2010 at 10:47am
Thank you, but he lived a long and I like to think a happy life.
Comment by Lila Weller on June 23, 2010 at 7:28am
I'm so glad he learned that was dangerous! Sorry for your loss.
Comment by Helena Brown on June 23, 2010 at 4:54am
Sorry should read 'as he slipped'
Comment by Helena Brown on June 23, 2010 at 4:53am
Been there got the medal. As many people here know I had two pugs previously. Henry my eldest was always thirsty, he was a very noisy breather. We lived beside the Union Canal which though it had fallen into disuse for what it was built for, was still full of water, Henry trying to get a drink from it had fallen in at least once before and the day he gave us heart failure, he tried yet again unfortunately right beside a sluice which ran down under the bank, in fact so far down that if he had got into it we would have lost him. My Husband was just quick enough to grab his collar and he slipped under yet again. After that he never got off round that bit again, and perhaps he had learned his lesson because he never tried to get a drink from the canal.

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