• A Big Day for Murphy

    September 28, 2012

    Good morning! Happy Friday!

    It’s an exciting day for Mr. Murphy! He’s scheduled for a pug photo shoot later this afternoon, so, of course, he’s super-duper excited, especially since it includes a ride in the car to the (Fenway) park, but he has no idea what to wear for it. It’s his first professional photo shoot.

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    Murphy is generally a fan of the “naked” look, but the photographer asked us to bring a few collar/harness options.

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    Decisions, decisions…

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    Mom, I have no idea what to wear!

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    What do YOU think?

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    The green one? Really?

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    I dunno, Mom. I don’t trust your fashion sense. Let’s ask your readers which one they think I should wear.

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    Green with paws and bones?

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    Red with white bones?

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    What do you guys think?


    I woke up before Mal yesterday morning to cook him breakfast. (The mornings are so dark now! Wah.) The first few weeks of school + CrossFit have been a tad crazy for him, so I wanted to make his morning a little easier. On the menu: OMG Pancakes, and Mal was psyched to have them. Pancakes on a school day? Woohoo!

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    I topped my pancakes with almond butter and drank a glass of Dandy Blend with canned coconut milk mixed in.

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    Question of the Day

    Have you ever had your pet professionally photographed? If not, would you ever? 

    P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win a pair of Merrell shoes from the Vendemmia collection. I’ll pick a winner this afternoon!

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    { 100 comments… read them below or add one }

    Carlyn September 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Good luck on the photoshoot Murph-man!


    Wendy September 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I am kind of out numbered, while I like the plaid I like the color pop in the red. He will look great no matter what he wears though. What a cool project and cant wait to see the finished product!


    Bethany September 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    If you are going for a more “dapper” look, then the plaid one for sure! He looks gentlemanly in it!


    Anna September 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Red with white bones! Love that one. Where did you get it?


    Carol T. September 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Murphy is so…..cute….the red one with the bones…


    Shanna like Banana September 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Definitely the plaid!


    Becki September 28, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I was inspired by your fall oatless oatmeal to try to experiment with the two-ingredient pancake. Instead of banana, I used 1/2 cup canned pumpkin and a little bit of stevia with the eggs. It didn’t really hold together, so next time I think I would use 1/4 cup pumpkin with a half or 3/4 of a banana. Worth another shot tomorrow I guess!


    Annette@FitnessPerks September 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

    I like the red–huge pop of color! Good luck to him!

    And that was nice of you to make Mal pancakes. Awwww :)


    Anne @strawberryjampackedlife September 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Probably the red or green one, if it’s going to be at Fenway. GO SOX! April’s had a few photos taken by a professional pet photographer who was shooting an event. They are some amazing pictures. Maybe we should actually do a session some day.


    Rachel September 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

    That is the cutest thing ever lol I’ve never had my cats professionally photographed, but I do have my fair share of pics lol


    Heidi September 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I’m a professional photographer, and I LOVE pet photo shoots! I’ve done all different kinds- from purebred show kittens to big labs to brook trout with the DNR- I even have a snake shoot coming up next month. :)
    As part of giving back to my community, I take photos for the Humane Society to help them get their animals adopted more quickly. That’s an amazing job- but it’s a miracle I don’t come home with new dogs every time (we have two already)! :)
    I love the plaid… But if you have an idea of where the photographer will be taking Murphy for the photos, maybe one of the colors will match the space better than others. I say, bring them all! Have a great time.


    sue September 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I like the plaid – very dapper!


    jessica September 28, 2012 at 10:38 am

    That face!! Your captions are perfect for those expressions :) So precious.


    Funaek September 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Oooh I wish 1000 pugs was coming to my area! Good luck at the photo shoot! And while I think Murphy looks stylin in all the collars, my favorite is the plaid!


    Cynthia September 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

    OMG this post is hilarious!! Definitely the plaid :)


    Amber September 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I like the red collar… and oh my gosh, Murphy’s eyes crack me up. Love it!


    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Murphy is so adorable! Zelda our greyhound can be a little twitching at times, so she might not be able to handle a full-blown photo shoot, but it’s a great idea. :)


    Mia Nuttle September 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I like the plaid and the red one. I have never had our pups photos done, but would LOVE to :)


    Paj September 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

    I can’t decide between the red & green one.

    Murphy is photogenic, but all the pics I have of my dog she’s looking away because the camera (even my phone) freaks her out, so yes, I’ve been debating getting a professional photographer for a few.


    Laura September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Love the plaid!!!!


    Lisa @ Jogging on Coffee September 28, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Murphy is so adorable!! I’d go with the plaid.


    Theresa September 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Plaid for sure!! Can’t wait to see his pictures!


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    Kara September 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

    This post made my morning! Too funny. Red with bones would be my first pick. I’d go with the plaid if you want a more sophisticated, preppy look though! Have fun!!


    Jenica September 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Definitely the green collar. His expression in the photos is just priceless.


    Liz @ Hobby Lobbyist September 28, 2012 at 11:22 am



    Christina September 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Definitely the plaid one!! How cool you get to take pictures in Fenway Park!


    Lauren September 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Ohhhh my gosh Murphy has the BEST sad eyes! (I’m a sucker for puppy eyes…my mini dachshund has HUGE eyes!) These pictures are great! Go with the plaid collar! It’s so cute!


    lynn @ the actor's diet September 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

    i’ve never had my dog professionally photographed, but my in laws did commission a painting of him when he was a puppy…


    Tina September 28, 2012 at 11:42 am

    That is awesome.


    Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Loving the plaid.


    Jennifer September 28, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I vote for the plaid one. He looks so distinguished! Can’t wait to see the photos.


    Elisabeth September 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I say plaid – it’s a classy look for Murphy :)


    Becca September 28, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Murphy, I love the red with white bones, but you look great in them all!


    Maureen @ Organically Mo September 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I personally think Murphy should just bare all in his photo shoot! 😉


    Annette September 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Love the red and white…cuz red stands out even in black/white photos…I’ve never had my pets professionally photographed, but my Instagram is full of pet pics!!


    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I love the red one with the bones!


    Kelly@BalancedDaily September 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I say plaid! Good luck, cant wait to see the photos.


    Lindsay September 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    so excited that Murph is one of the 1000 pugs! Is he going to be meeting Puglet??


    Tari September 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I love his eyes!


    elle | nutritionella September 28, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Dying. My vote is green for the Green Monster!


    Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope September 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    plaid looks cool, for sure


    Life's a Bowl September 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Oh my goodness, Murphy is a heartbreaker!!! I think the green brings out his eyes haha 😛 We have never had Charlie get professionally photographed but I wouldn’t put it past us sometime in the future!


    Melissa September 28, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Oh my goodness Murphy is the cutest thing ever!


    Kristen October 1, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Love the plaid!


    Millie Jones October 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I have a pug named Meaty and he looks so much like Murphy! This is the cutest post ever! Pugs are the best!!!


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