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Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I’m so glad to be back with my guys! I missed them so much!

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This afternoon, Mal and I bundled up and took Murphy to the dog park. The weather was bright and sunny, but really chilly!

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As soon as we arrived, Murphy took off running. He was psyched for pug play time at the park!

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Murphy played.

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He ran.

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He explored the beach with Dad.

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He pondered life while overlooking the ocean.

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And he made a weird face when posing for a photo with Mom.

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All in all, it was a good day at the park!

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56 Comments

  1. My husband and I are looking to adopt a pug- seeing Murphy every day in your blog makes me have pug-envy!

    1. @Jules: I got a pug because of Murphy. She is a rescued pug and it was the best decision I’ve ever made as far as a pet. Pugs are bundles of love.

  2. I love your dog!! I see Murphy is wearing a prong collar. Is that to keep him from pulling when you walk him? If so, have you tried any of the anti-pull harnesses? Gentle leader makes a great product, though I suspect it may not work with Murph’s nose 🙂 Another good one is Sense-ation no pull harness

    Your pup is just too cute. I love when you blog about your adventures with him.

    1. I’ll second the Gentle Leader – we’ve used them on several of our big, strong dogs and they’re wonderful! My mom’s young labrador does have a prong collar, used during her obedience training – but with the rubber tips, so it doesn’t pinch as much.

        1. @Tina: poor pup. If you want to give it another try, you can put moleskin on the parts that rub on his skin.

          Just make sure to take the prong collar off if he finds a friend to romp with. That goes for all collars. I once saw a small dog almost strangled to death when he got his collar hooked on a big dog at the dog park. The collar was so tight they couldn’t get it off. Frightening. My dogs now wear these when they play with others. BREAK AWAY COLLAR

        2. @Tina: poor pup. If you want to give it another try, you can put moleskin on the parts that rub on his skin.

          Just make sure to take the prong collar off if he finds a friend to romp with. That goes for all collars. I once saw a small dog almost strangled to death when he got his collar hooked on a big dog at the dog park. The collar was so tight they couldn’t get it off. Frightening. My dogs now wear these when they play with others. BREAK AWAY COLLAR

  3. Poor Murphy! I’ve soon so many dogs with cuts and punctures on their necks from pinch collars. Do you keep the rubber/plastic tips on the prongs?

  4. So happy you made it home safe and sound and back to your boys!

    And it just struck me at how AWESOME it is that you and Mal can just hang out together in the middle of the day at a park…wow! What an amazing gift 🙂 That is just so….special!

  5. PLEASE, stop using that Pinch collar. That is so cruel. Find yourself a good trainer if you are unable to get Murph under control. Murph deserves better than that.

    1. @Dynamics: Used properly they are perfectly safe. Not the best solution, but sometimes when you’ve gone through everything else and you find something that works you stick with it. A prong collar used properly is far better for a dog them leaving them at home because they don’t cooperate on walks.

      Big hugs for Murphy from my beagle girls.

  6. Glad you all are reunited! I can’t wait to get a puppy! Hurry up graduation so I can make it happen!! 🙂

  7. Looks like Murphy had a great time at the dog park! Prong collars are such a topic of interest these days…they work perfectly fine if used correctly, which it looks like you are doing with Murphy!

  8. I had to put my puppy down last Friday… it was the SADDEST thing ever and yesterday was the first day I was able to get through without crying.

    I LOVE seeing photos of Murphy, he makes me smile every day. Thanks for sharing him with all of us! Now I appreciate him even more

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