Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wordless Wednesday...random acts of playfulness

I know that by adding my commentary, I am violating the wordless theme of this post, but I know you all will let it slide.  Payton was an extremely playful puppy, biting, chewing, chasing after Tim with the highest pitched yip ever.  She was always a very aggressive player, totally determined to kill whatever "toy" was in her path, not wanting to stop until it was completely destroyed.  It always struck me as odd behavior for a pug...just never thought of this breed as having any animal instincts since they are bread for companionship.  Her first toy was a rope bone and soon after that a red puppy-sized Kong.  She would run around barking with that Kong in her mouth.  It was like a funny megaphone.  Her most favorite toy was the petite Nylabone Galileo Bone.  We had to get rid of them about 6 months after she was diagnosed with PDE because she chipped two teeth (they were weak because of the prednisone steroid).  I have no doubt that it would have remained her favorite toy forever.  She really mourned it, almost refusing to play with anything else for a couple of months.  I wish I had thought to keep her last bone, but at the time, we didn't want to keep it in the house because we knew she would smell it.  Before she got sick another fav was Surfer Dude, a plush blue dog with Hawaiian clothes and rope bones for arms.  After she got sick, that toy just didn't draw her attention for some reason.  We searched seemingly forever to find a replacement for the Galileo Bone, when thankfully the Cuz came into our lives.  I guess she loved the feet.  She just couldn't get enough of it...whew!  Throughout the 6 years that Payton was sick, playtime came and went depending on her energy level and health.  I think it bothered her if she couldn't do it full out, or she couldn't see the toy well enough.  But oddly in the last couple years of her life, she was the most spunky and the most like her pre-PDE self.  Here are pictures of her having fun, all taken in 2012.


I tore the butterfly's head off.  I have no remorse.

Yes, that is a string hanging out of my mouth.  So what?


In her later years, Cuz was still a favorite, but after discovering Skinneeez (the stuff-less toys), there was a tie for her heart.  Her flying squirrel and ostrich are particularly beat up.  For those of you that read Payton's guide to toy management, you know she had a stash of them at Gammy and Gampy's house.  Her favorite there was a tiny yellow seahorse.  It remains there by a picture of our sweet girl.  I've been going through the rest of her toys, both the used ones and the rather embarrassingly large quantity of unused that we [ok, I] bought for our pampered princess.  It was equally hard to sort through both.  Memories of toys that saw action came flooding in and regret about not having memories for the others.  A great number will be donated, but there are some special ones we will keep for a memory box and a few that I know Payton would want to give her friends.  I look forward to sharing those.



Sammy and Neko said...

Awwww, Payton ! Christy, you spoiled her : ) and I believe she deserved that. Great memories.
I still think about Payton a lot everyday, can't imagine how you are going tru. I think about how I will do when mine crosses the bridge - they all will,,, or should I say we all will....
Glad you are blogging. Please keep this going as long as you can. We enjoy your blog tremendously.

Love & pug licks
Sammy and Neko's human

Minnie and Mack said...

We just love seeing Payton in her happy times! She sure had some spunk. Minnie loves the CUZ that you sent Minnie and Mack for Christmas! Thank you for introducing them to us.
Isn't it funny what brings back those precious memories? I know you will cherish those memories forever.

Drools and licks,
Minnie, Mack and Kathy

Meredith LeBlanc said...

She look so sweet but it funny to hear what a toy terror she was. Scarlet definitely has her favorite toys too; now its a yellow lab puppy which reminds me of her angel sister.

Meredith & Scarlet

Noodles said...

Such sweet memories of Payton.
Thanks for sharing the wonderful story and pictures.
Love Noodles

Idaho PugRanch said...

Love the picture with the orange ball and a little tooth showing! Wonderful memories to share.
Bailey & Hazel

MochiMachoMarshmallow said...

Thank you for sharing these stories with us. Even though we never met, Payton's passing hit me pretty hard. These memories and stories that you've been sharing with us has been healing and I hope it's healing for you too.
Payton couldn't have picked a more perfect parents then you.

Mochi, Macho, Marshmallow

tubby3pug said...

What beautiful pictures, I love the butterfly one. Ping has never played with toys, but Tubby does. Nothing cuter then a pug playing with toys. Spoiling dogs is the delight of my life and I think they deserve it, you spoiled Payton and she definitely deserved it

urban hounds

Megan and Jasper said...

Love, love, love the pictures. Thank you for sharing. She was just so beautiful. She reminds me of my Megan. I've been doing some extra huggin' and kissin' the last few days, thankful that I have my pugs in my life.

A Day in the Life of Pugs said...

Mama thinks we have a lot of toys ... there are FOUR of us!

Payton was definitely a spoiled 'lil princess - she was a lucky girl to have pawrents and grandpawrents that love her so much!

<3 Ellen and the pugs
Zoe, Peyton, Webster & Liberty

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

She played her heart out it looks like, Tuni does that too. She is a destroyer just like Payton. Tuni will still try but can only play about 2 mins before her tongue turns blue-ish. Its so funny how they really want to rip those toys apart no matter how they are feeling. I love the playful Payton photos.

The Girls and Jenn

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We love all these photos and happy times of Payton. I love to hear about all of her specially loved toys.
Payton is the one who sent me my first nonstuffy toy. I finally "got it" as to why those kind were made.
And of course I love my cuz too.
Thank you for sharing these special times.
We continue to send you love

Hank said...

Hank and I are certain Payton is having this much fun if not MORE at the bridge.

Thanks for sharing. :) said...

BOL at the headless butterfly! Payton, you are vicious! :)
Look at you attacking that potato, just like I do! You got the two-pawed grip down pat and even are rocking a flap flip in that one photo.

I sure miss you, Payton, but it's really nice to see photos of you enjoying life and playing like a puppy.


Kitty+Coco said...

She had the most excellent selection of stuffies. Such spunk too! You could really see the gleam in her little puggy eyes. Nice to see that despite whatever illness they have fur sure. My first bostie played fetch like a madwoman right up until her last breath, even after a seizure. That is what I choose to remember.

Kitty+Coco Mom