Friday, January 25, 2013

Furry Fridays: Harbor Cottage

Brought to you by Steph and Becky!
Today we have one of my favorite blogging friends, Kelsey and her super cute pug Angie!

Hi guys! I'm Kelsey from Harbor Cottage. I'm here to share with you the joy of my little Angie girl.

First of all, anyone who tells you that pets love both "owners" equally is a liar. Every animal has a favorite... and I'm Angie's. My husband would argue this point, but he's wrong.

We brought Angie into our home in September of 2011. She was SERIOUSLY SMALL. I think she was three months and I swear she was a little runt. She's pedigree and we have fancy papers to prove it. I'm really not into that stuff, but I guess the breeder was. Either way, we love our little tiny girl.

Anyway, the story of Angie doesn't really begin in September of 2011. It begins in February of that same year with another furry friend. My grandpa had passed away in 2012 and my grandma was having a hard time taking care of his dog Shadow. Shadow was aptly named after the fact that she would literally follow my grandpa around all day. She was his "shadow" and once she even saved him from a dog attack on their daily walk. So, to help my grandma out, Anthony and I volunteered to take her in. We spent 6 months with Shadow. We took her to get her hair cut, we gave her baths, we'd take her on walks, and we would pet her 'til the cows come home. But she was old. She was 14 when we took her, and 6 months into it the vet advised me to put her down. It was really difficult because she was the type of dog that never looked old. She was wagging that tail all the way to her death bed. But, when your dog can barely walk and is scratching itself to death you can't lie to yourself anymore. You can read more about the passing of Shadow in this post. 


So, after paying for a ton of vet bills and putting Shadow down, my grandma offered to get us a dog. We chose a $700 pug (which we later found out was $650 over my grandma's budget - big financial whoops!) It didn't mater though because we freaking loved the breed all of a sudden. In all honesty, the only reason we got a pug is because all the Halloween costumes were in the stores and all of them had pugs in them. We fell in love by accident. We wanted another shepherd or a lab, but our house was too small and our landlord advised us to chose a smaller breed.

On a side note -- If we EVER adopt another animal it will be from the humane society. There are too many animals already without breeders creating more. Just saying...

We drove out to the breeder one night and brought Angie home. She was so small she could fit into our hands. I LOVED it!
We immediately trained her to sleep in her bed on the floor. We never crate trained her. We got her a dog door and she never used pee pads. She wasn't allowed on the furniture or the bed. Flash forward to now and she has us wrapped around her little finger. She sleeps in our bed now and lives on the couch when we're home with her, but she does spend her days on a comfy carpet in our garage. So I guess we all got a little bit of what we wanted, right? We pretend we have a perfectly trained dog, and Angie wears her invisible crown all day and night bossing us around like her minions.

But really, she is a great dog. She makes friends with every animal and person that she meets. She loves to go hiking with us and she is the best at playing fetch. She will eat any vegetable you hand her, and she is 100% in love with our cat Axel. We always say they are best buds - Axel Rose and Angie Stone. (Can you tell what type of music we listen to?)

Pugs are a lot of fun because they make silly faces (and noises), and they always keep you smiling even when they've done something wrong. We love ours...can you tell?
If you want to know more about us - visit my blog or follow me on Instagram @KCamello


Kelsey blogs over at Harbor Cottage // Instagram

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  1. yay! I love it - thank you for featuring us! :)

    side note - I think I typo'd. My grandpa died in 2010.


  2. yay - angie is so so cute and sweet! we have 2 pugs and they are the sweetest ever - so friendly and the snorts/snores/noises are the best haha.

  3. Yay, for four legged friends :) I love the idea of Furry Friday.

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

  4. This is such a cute idea for a post. I love dog's and wanna squeeze them!!!! Ahhhhhhh. Lol. I submitted my own furry friend story for you and also wanted you to know I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I know, I know..... it's going around like wild fire so if you've already done one you can opt out. If you feel like participating stop by my bloggy woggy
    Thanks deary.

  5. Aww - such a touching story of Shadow. I love how the name came about. And Angie the pug! She's definitely a cutie. Such a lovely post!