This post is sponsored by Freshpet, and its content is provided by Murphy P. Haupert. (His middle name is Piranha.) As always, thank you for supporting this blog!  Back in 2011, Murphy offered some life advice to CNC readers. He didn’t speak of pug training or pug temperament. Instead he spoke from the heart and offered his best words of wisdom. At the time, he was just 3 years old, but Murphy knew a thing…

Hi, guys! Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 🙂 This morning started bright and early at 4:45 AM. Instead of hitting the gym, I broke out my laptop and immediately got to work. Monday totally got away from me, so I attempted to make up for lost time. Holy inbox madness! Quinn actually “slept in” until 6:45 AM, so I managed to sneak in a solid 2 hours of…

Hi, guys! Happy Friday! Boy, do I have a story for you. I’m still feeling pretty shaken-up and helpless after it. Ughhh, story below… So, our morning started out like most days. I woke up, fed Murphy, and ate my breakfast, which was overnight oats made with ground pumpkin seeds, SFH Churro protein powder, banana slices, collagen, unsweetened almond milk, and a big old scoop of sunflower butter. After breakfast, Murphy and I went out for…

Hi, friends! Our sweet Murphy had his teeth cleaned yesterday. He’s never had it done (in 8 years), so it was about time. Plus, with his hollow jaw (yes, he’s quite the “special” dog), a couple of his teeth were starting to, well, rot, so they needed to be removed. Everything worked out just fine with his cleaning, but the morning before he left for the vet was especially hard – for both pug and…

Hi, guys! It’s Sunday afternoon. Qman is still napping, and I’m waiting for Mal to come home after him being away since Friday morning. Quinn, Murphy, and I had a nice weekend together, but, once again, it was a mix of highs and lows for us. With that in mind, a High Low High post seemed like the perfect way to recap. If you’re unfamiliar with this blog post series, I recap the high and low points of the weekend….

Happy (belated) birthday to Murphy! Our little puglet turned 7 years old the other day and, of course, we needed to celebrate. Before he even knew the plan, Murphy was already super pumped for a “ride in the car.” We picked up Quinn early from daycare and then drove to Hingham. We met Dada there and then walked over to Maggie’s Dog House for Murphy’s birthday surprise. Remember Murphy’s Subaru adventure that was filmed at Maggie’s?…

Alternate title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Murphy’s World. I loved reading all of your comments (thank you, btw) on my 8-year blog birthday giveaway about what you’d like to see more and less of on CNC. There was definitely a mix (i.e. more food posts, fewer recipes, more product reviews, fewer sponsored posts, more CrossFit, less CrossFit), but the one thing that just about everyone agreed on was more Murphy posts!! The little furball used to be the…

Hi, friends! I just wanted to share a quick update with you guys about Murphy. As you saw in this morning’s BarkBox post, he’s doing quite a bit better. Physically, he still has a way to go, but, personality-wise, he’s back to his old pug self (i.e. acting like we never feed him, obsessively sitting on our laps, barking at the mailman), and we are especially happy about it! So, last Thursday, we visited the…

This post is sponsored by BarkBox. Look what arrived just in time for Murphy’s birthday! Our little puglet turned 6 years old on Sunday, so a BarkBox was the perfect way to celebrate. As you might remember, we LOVE BarkBox in our house. I’ve blogged about it a number of times in the past and it’s easily one of Murphy’s favorite things ever. Never heard of BarkBox? It’s a monthly box of treats, toys, and…

Ugh, more bad news. This poor pug. These posts are getting harder and harder to write, but I’ll give you guys a quick update because I know a lot of you are thinking about our little guy. Again, thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. We really appreciate them and they mean a lot to us. Ok, so things haven’t gone well since Murphy’s surgery, and we’ve needed to visit the vet every day since. The first…

Heyyyyyyy! How was your Monday? It was definitely one of those days for me. Nothing terrible happened by any means, but things just weren’t great, ya know? It was a Remicade day for me, so I wasn’t in the best mood to begin with, but I’m starting to change my tune about it. I used to say things like “I need to go to the hospital for stupid Remicade” and stuff like that, but I’ve realized…

Oh, poor Murphy. I don’t even know where to begin… Well, the past couple of days have been rough. We were stressed. We were scared. We cried. We felt totally heartbroken. And there were a number of moments when we thought it might be time to say goodbye to our beloved pug. After I wrote my first Murphy update, things took a turn for the worse. I bent down to (softly) pat his head and he went absolutely ballistic….

A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have sent well wishes and prayers for Murphy. The poor pug has had a rough few days, so we really appreciate it. Ok, let me back up a little and give you guys the whole story… Back in January, Murphy had an ear infection and then some hearing loss. We tried approximately, oh, a million different medications to cure it with no luck. We finally saw a…

First things first… LUNA is making their entire portfolio gluten-free, so they are hosting a 2,000-bar giveaway of their Peanut Caramel Cluster bar to give everyone the chance to try it for free! Here’s the link to get your free bar: http://www.lunabar.com/tryLUNAgf! And now for some random thoughts and happenings from yesterday”¦ I really love our mantel this year. It’s so festive! I bought a couple of sparkly Christmas trees at Marshalls yesterday, and they totally complete the look….

Heyyyyyy! Happy Friday! Are you looking forward to the long weekend? Any fun and exciting plans? I actually have a jam-packed weekend ahead, but I am very much looking forward to it! How about some Friday Favorites? Sure, why not, right? Ok, let’s do it! Fall running. The weather has been absolutely beautiful lately, so Quinn and I took the jogging stroller out for a 4-mile run yesterday morning. The cool, crisp air and colorful foliage…