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Merry Christmas Greetings from Me and Ming Ming!

Wishing all of you many blessings this holiday season and the year to come! May your year be filled with happiness, health and peace even through the challenges life brings us all. My wish for you is that you grow day to day and are showered with abundance and gratitude! Ming Ming is excited to have everyone chilling out more, because it means there are more laps to sit in, plus she loves the holiday bling! ūüôā



Sam and Ming Ming

Ming in the Moon (The Autumn Moon Festival)

This weekend is the Chinese Autumn Moon Festival also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival. It is based on the lunar calendar and is celebrated on month 8 day 15. This year it falls on Sunday, September 27th. The moon is said to be the brightest and fullest it will be all year at this time.

It has been tradition for our family to have an Autumn Moon Festival dinner party every year since my daughters were adopted as babies from China. Ming’s roots are in China as well, as all pugs are. Pugs were companions to Chinese Emperors and are one of the oldest breeds of dogs. So, I thought, how fun to have a picture taken of Ming in the Moon!

Ming in the Moon

As part of the celebration we eat Moon Cakes. These are sweet pastries filled with different fillings like red bean paste, lotus seed paste, or a nut filling. ¬†They often also contain a hard boiled salted egg yolk that symbolizes the moon. I prefer them without the yolks, as they are an acquired taste. The moon cakes are round like the moon and symbolize togetherness. We used to order our delicious moon cakes from a bakery every year in New York City’s Chinatown. Moon Cakes are beautiful! Read more about them here. Since becoming gluten intolerant a few years ago, I have made a gluten free version at home instead. The recipe I make can be found on Kirbie’s Cravings.

Gluten Free Moon Cakes

Gluten Free Moon Cakes


My older daughter, who is a nurse, came over today and spent the day with me in the kitchen prepping the dishes for the party. It will be a gluten free dinner using some of my favorite Paleo and Gluten Free Chinese Recipes, including the Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites from my blog. Have you tried them yet? They are so easy and delicious.

Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites

Chinese Five Spice Chicken Bites


As part of the decorations, I made Crepe Paper Party Balls as a party favor for each guest. I found the idea on Martha Stewart’s website under Erin Furey’s craft videos. If you enjoy crafting, there are some great ideas there! I hope they are as fun to open as they were to make! After dinner we will go outside and see the full moon and release colorful Sky Lanterns. It should be a fun time, and Ming Ming will be right there also. She loves a good celebration!


Ming Hibernates

Ming Hibernates

Ming Hibernates

I know dogs technically don’t hibernate, and people don’t either, but sometimes we kinda do. ¬†With the shorter days of winter and colder weather here on the East Coast, Ming sleeps a lot more. She likes to find a patch of sunlight coming in through a window and camp out in the sunshine. Maybe she innately knows she needs her Vitamin D. She has a favorite blanket also. It is this red one. It came with her as a puppy. Did I mention she was a Christmas gift from my husband Doug? She is the first pet gift I had ever received. I can’t imagine not having Ming Ming, she has become such an important part of our family.

Ming does quite a few tricks now, but never if you don’t have a treat in your hand. She will sit, shake, lie down, roll over and dance! Often, this is in succession in a wild frenetic attempt to obtain her treat. You have to see her dance! I have tried to fool her into thinking I have a treat in my hand and get her to do tricks, but she is too smart, I can’t fool her. You see, the way to Ming’s heart is through food, although she also enjoys a good scratch and a warm lap to sit in. That is not the way with all dogs, or pugs, even though they are known to be gluts. Our black pug, Lily, responds to praise and body contact. She will press against you tightly and close her eyes in ecstasy, no food involved. But for Ming, it is food. That is her love language.

So Ming continues to enjoy a relaxing winter, with a daily walk outside, good food to eat, good company, a patch of sunshine, and her blanket. Spring will be here soon. We will Spring ahead in a few weeks, and she will come out of her hibernation mode.

Ming Turns Three!

Time has flown by with Ming. She is my first small dog, and she is more wonderful than I could have imagined. We have had all sizes of dogs in our immediate and extended families, and each one is so individual in their personalities, likes and dislikes. My daughter had a teacher once who told the class “dogs do not have emotions”. I don’t know the basis of her statement, but she couldn’t be more wrong.

Ming Turn Three!

Ming Turns Three!

Some of the emotions and feelings of dogs I know are¬†, Lucy a black lab, who is afraid of thunderstorms, she also smiles and talks at her favorite people. Leila, a golden retriever, who gets upset when left alone and gives the cold shoulder upon her owner’s return, and Lily, the black pug at the left. Ming’s sister. Lily is jealous in this photo because Ming is getting extra attention on her birthday. Lily gets to share the strawberries and dog presents too, but she can’t help being jealous a lot, which also makes her bossy of Ming. Ming tolerates Lily’s jealousy most of the time, because she loves Lily¬†and is also confident in her place in the family. Lily was five months old when she became part of our family and had lacked attention the first five months, spending most of her time in a cage. She is a lovely, tail wagging girl who presses her body against you because she craves physical contact.

Baby Ming

Baby Ming

Here is Ming when she was a bitty baby pug that fit in the palm of my hand. She was a Christmas gift from my husband. He came into the house with her tucked into his coat two days before Christmas, and said, “reach inside my coat for a surprise”. She was a fluffy warm ball of fur.

Happy Birthday Ming, Ming. You have brought me three years of joy, extra love, cuddles and laughter!



Ming Ming’s Wishful Thinking With A Friend

Ming's Wishful Thinking With a Friend

Ming’s Wishful Thinking With a Friend

It was a sunny afternoon yesterday, one of those perfect, bright, in the seventies days, and everyone was busy going here and there in a flurry of activity. Ming and her buddy, (that’s Lily) were longing to go outside and play, but at the moment it just wasn’t happening. So, she was content to gaze out the window with Lily by her side. I am sure she was dreaming of what she would do it she were outside. ¬†Maybe she would chase a bird, or grab a stick and get Lily to chase her. ¬†She loves to lounge in the sunshine, basking, or roll in the grass, and Ming loves to smell Flowers. ¬†She really does! ¬†She will go right up to a beautiful blossom and smell it. ¬†I call her Ferdinand after the childhood story about a bull that was supposed to bull fight, but just wanted to smell flowers. Do you know the book? She and Lily did get to go outside later in the day for a walk and a romp. It is a joy to see her enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. ¬†Then she was content to come inside again and dream. I love lazy days like this day, and so does Ming.

Ming Loves Warm Laundry!

When there is a basket of warm laundry fresh from the dryer left unattended, Ming, Ming will find it! She has a special radar for warm things.  It is the perfect little bed of warm comfort, and she is a smart pug.  She knows a good thing when she sees it. I love that Ming, Ming likes to be comfy and cozy, It makes her an excellent cuddler! I really enjoy my cuddle time with Ming, she is sweet and kind and never makes you feel guilty for lounging on the sofa and chilling out. She spins in circles of excitement when you head toward a comfy chair in hopes you will sit down so she can leap into your lap.  She is a pug, and pugs love cuddle time! If you have a cuddler in the house, I would love to hear about them!

Ming Loves Warm Laundry

Ming Loves Warm Laundry!

Ming is Almost Pure Angel!

She really is! ¬†I have always loved dogs. ¬†All that unconditional love they are so good at lavishing on humans. ¬†Ming was a Christmas gift two years ago. ¬†She was a tiny, fluffy, little butterball that fit in the palm of my hand. ¬†She is the first dog that was mine, and I am her person. I have never been a dog’s person before. ¬†We have had dogs in our family, but Ming, Ming adores Me. ¬†She follows me around the house, and in the evening when people are lounging around, it is my lap she seeks. ¬†I love her snortle breathing, her cute wrinkly face, her antics, and her love of food. ¬†Since finding this cute little collar tag this summer, whenever Ming, Ming is less than angelic, my family comments, “I guess her one percent is coming out!” ¬†I feel so lucky to be Ming’s person and that she is a part of my life. She really is an angel, even when she isn’t!

Angel Pug - Almost 100%

Angel Pug – Almost 100%

Ming Tolerates Her Bath


Ming's Bath Time

Ming’s Bath Time

Ming loves a lot of things, but she doesn’t love baths. ¬†She tolerates baths. ¬†She is good in the bath, not trying to jump out of the tub. An extra scratch or rub is welcome, but¬†she is just tolerating the bath. ¬†She enjoys the warm water too if she must be washed. Since she was a small puppy, I have always sung to her when I bath her. ¬†It soothes her and is expected during the bath experience. ¬†Her favorite song is “Rubber Ducky” from Sesame Street. ¬†What she does love is the drying off with a big fluffy towel afterwards. ¬†Then she loves to “Gremlin” around the house. ¬†That’s what we call it. ¬†She holds her curled tail straight out and tears around the house. ¬†The part I love about Ming’s bath is how fluffy and soft she is after she is dry.

ming bath 2

Ming’s Bath Time


Ming Ming Loves to Boat



Ming loves excitement! ¬†She can lounge around the house for days in contentment, but she adores boating! ¬†The lake has so many new and interesting smells, the wind is in her face, and she can watch the wake behind her for lengths on end. It fascinates her! ¬†This was her first boat ride of the summer, and she thoroughly enjoyed it! ¬†We traveled across the lake and back enjoying the beautiful day, stopping to dock in a small town to stroll the streets and socialize with others. ¬†She soaked in all the squeals of “oh, a pug! Can I pet her?”, and on the way home she napped with the rocking of the boat. Now all we need is a sailor hat! Wouldn’t that be cute?

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