Social pugs: the Easter diary of two posh mutts
When you’re chasing your tail in the retail fast lane, keeping a work-life balance is a must. All those photo shoots, networking and merchandising: it’s a heavy workload. So, taking some ‘me time’ is the ticket. And, here’s how we social pugs let it all hang out over Easter.
Tuesday: Now, that’s dedication
The day began with a lie-in and then something special happened. The radio presenter Tim Lihoreau dedicated a track to us on his Classic FM breakfast show. Imagine that: hearing our names broadcast across the national airwaves. We’re exceedingly loyal fans of the station.
They played the overture to Rameau’s opera-ballet, Pygmalion, for us. Catchy tune, although Gershwin’s Walking The Dog is our real favourite. By the way, research shows that classical music stops dogs barking. Good to know, don’t you think?
Thursday: Doggy afternoon tea
Today we hit the mother lode of doggy pampering. Our humans treated us to an afternoon tea especially for pooches at a posh hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. Never were two pugs so mollycoddled.
There was chicken and beef meatloaf, homemade doggy biccies and gourmet canine ice cream. All served with style by our two attentive waiters. If you’re partial to the high life, too, head for the Egerton House Hotel. Don’t forget your top hat and tails.
You can check out a review of our afternoon tea experience on the Walter & Florence blog.
Good Friday: Rain on our parade
The weather washout put paid to our grand plans for a family day out. But what else can you expect in Britain on a bank holiday weekend? If you’re fair weather pugs like we are, there’s only one thing for it when the rain comes down. Batten down the hatches and binge on a box-set.
Easter Saturday: Make mine a latte
Our day got off to a perfect start with a full English breakfast in bed. We’re supposed to be on a diet but Easter’s no time to deny a pug. After brekkie, we pottered around Alresford, a pretty, little Georgian market town near Winchester. It’s just the place for social pugs to strut their stuff.
We stopped for coffee at Caracoli, a chic coffee shop and specialist food store. Their brunch menu is totes delish and we can’t get enough of their Pigwitch sarnie (which we call Pugwitch) – crispy bacon on sourdough. Yum!
Easter Sunday: Pugs wot lunch
We went to run around and sniff bottoms at the Hampshire pug meet-up this morning. Once a month, pug-mad humans and their social pugs get together for walkies and a chinwag. Just picture it: thirty-something pugs tearing around like streaks of light.
Socialising’s hungry work for pugs. So, off we went for a Sunday roast at The Thomas Lord, a dog-friendly pub in West Meon. It’s a traditional village boozer with a scrumptious menu, real ales and beautiful gardens. We usually get our own little dish of chipolatas, which is why we need to diet, no doubt.
Easter Monday: Pugs and a pint
Today we dressed up in our finery for the Pop-Up Pug Pub event at Southampton’s London Road Brew House. The pug bash raises money for the Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association and you really do make new friends at these things. We can report that we now have a crush on an enormous pug called Napoleon. Until the next time, dear readers.