We welcome Holiday Noodles to Zeus and Chi Chi’s family. Visit Zeus and Chi Chi’s interview for some backstory to Noodles’ new family.
1] Your Name?
My show name is Holiday, but I’ve retired from the show world and recently acquired a new family. I have been given this great thing called “a boy.” He calls me Noodles. I like it. It’s funny. My new mum calls me Holly and sometimes Noodley. I like that too. It always sounds caring when she says it. Now I only hear Holiday when someone is mad.
2] What do you call your 2-leggeds?
Well, there’s “my boy,” “mom,” and then there’s another female who I just call “other one.” I’m not really big on formal names right now, but everyone here seems to go by a given name. I’ll figure it out.
3] What K9 Breed are you?
I’m a pure bred Pug.
4] How Old Are You?
I am currently four years old, but my birthday is around the corner!
5] Do you live inside or outside and more importantly – do you run your household?
Pugs do not live outside. We’re not built for it. I live in a lovely indoor home. I do not run the house and neither does my fur brother, Zeus. Mom is clearly the alpha of the family. When Chi Chi comes to visit he seems to have a level of superiority over everyone, but I don’t mind. He’s old and I was taught to respect my elders.
6] Where abouts in the world do you live?
My new home is on Long Island in New York. We live close enough to walk to the beach.
7] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
I prefer running about the house, but walking outdoors is mandatory with my new family. We go out for walkies about five times per day with two of those being quite long.
8] Do you do lots of adventuring when out and about?
I never really understood what adventure was before I met my new family. They take me on awesome car rides and I get to sit in my own seat with a seatbelt just like them. Traveling by crate was my previous method of transport. Having the freedom with just a seat belt is so much better. I can see everything and feel the wind in my fur.
During my first few days with my new family we climbed Grandfather Mountain. I didn’t know what to expect, but they had it all planned out. My boy had a special backpack for me to sit in so he could bring me all the way to the top of the mountain safely. It was exhilarating to be so high, especially since I normally stand less than a foot off the ground.
Mom takes me to the beach quite a bit. She’s teaching me how to use stairs to get up and down to the water on my own. I used to live in Georgia so I had never been to a beach before. The sand massages my feet when we walk on the shore and I really love playing with the water. The best part is that she doesn’t mind when I get wet and sandy. We air dry and brush the sand off. As a show dog I was never allowed to get dirty.
9] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to talk to other K9’s on your walks or do they huff and puff behind you and urge you to hurry along?
Mom lets Zeus yap at everyone. It’s like he’s never seen another living being before. I am amazed and entertained at how excited he gets.
I couldn’t really care less about other dogs. I’ve met so many of them on the show circuit and had to live in a house full of my kind. I’m enjoying being the center of attention for my new family. The one thing I do enjoy are the neighborhood girls. They can not resist my rolls and cuteness. They always run over to give me attention. It’s especially funny to hear them squeal like love-crazed groupies when I roll over or tilt my head to understand what’s being said.
10] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely? Do you walk off or on lead?
I am on a nice long lead, but I can not go where I want. I suppose it’s for the best. I always attempt to get straight back into the house after I relieve myself, but I am nudged along for exercise. I am also not keen on stairs and often try to dodge them; but again, I am halted by my leash. Fortunately, mom carries me when I do not want to attempt the stairs.
11] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
So far they have been really great. I love spending time with them. They are always introducing me to new things. Sometimes my boy likes to flip me around like a human baby and mush my face for his amusement, but I rather enjoy all of his adoration and playfulness. It makes me feel really loved and special.
12] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
There were a lot of toys in my new home when I arrived. There have been many introductions to playing with these toys, but I don’t believe there was an expectation. I’m not really into the toys right now. I’m enjoying my boy so much. Zeus is fun to chase around too. Chi Chi doesn’t care for play. He can get quite angry if you try.
13] Do you have favourite toys and if so, what are they?
My favorite toy is my boy. He’s better than a ball. He interacts and plays back.
14] Are you a very much loved K9?
I always thought I was loved, but living with my new family is a whole different kind of love. I feel super special and needed all the time just for being me.
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
So far I have gone almost everywhere with them except for work and school. The car rides are fun and you never know where you’re going next. I am hearing talk of a camping trip and I see them prepping my backpack. I’m pretty sure there’s a fun trip coming soon. I hope it’s one with water so I can splash around with my boy.
16] Are you given treats? What are your favourites?
Oh yes! After every walk I am rewarded with yummy peanut butter Nutro treats. Once in a while I get a dental bone to chew during the day. Recently, I got a fun bone to chew on for when everyone is at work or school to alleviate boredom. I can lick yummy flavors out of the center, but it’s hard work getting to it.
17] Are you fed a nutritional diet and is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
My food must be nutritional because I feel good and I am able to keep up with all of the activity here. I eat tiny dry kibbles made specifically for Pugs. Once in a while I get to sample Zeus’ food and it is even yummier—he gets a bit of soft food too. Chi Chi’s food must be terrible because he constantly refuses to eat it. He will also hold out for fruit which I do not care for.
18] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
I’m not sure. I haven’t asked. I think furless creatures have different dietary needs. Their food is much different and they eat with tools. Chi Chi is the only one that seems to desire what the others eat.
19] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
Anything my boy is wearing is good. I mostly just snuggle with him. He always wears comfy cotton clothes like giant hoodie sweatshirts. I do like the comfort of the sheets and blankets on his bed and he always lets me go up there.
20] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
No. That’s Chi Chi’s department. He is such a drama queen.
21] Do you have a bed or a favourite sleeping place?
I am enjoying my crate with its big comfy bed, but nothing is better than my boy’s bed.
22] Are you always with your 2-leggeds or do you sometimes need ‘Time out?’
I am with my family whenever they are not at work or school which is usually about 7-8 hours of the day. I think I need the break. When they are home there is always lots of play and walking or excursions. When I am alone I can sleep and work on my new bone. Sometimes Zeus comes into my room for a visit. He’s very friendly.
23] Do your 2 leggeds make you ‘dress up?’ If so, when or what for and do you enjoy it?
I have been warned about dress-up, but so far it hasn’t been too bad. I was made rabbit ears for Easter, I have a rain jacket, and I must wear a harness every time we go out. Honestly, dress up is short lived and tolerable. I would really like to ditch the harness.
24] Are you photogenic or make them run after you to capture you on film?
I am very photogenic, but I prefer not to pose for pictures. I prefer my images to be more natural and taken in the moment. That does require more work for the photographer (in this case Mom), but I like the results better. Zeus is the model of the family. He knows exactly how to stay still and look perfect for photos. Chi Chi seems like he hates taking pictures but he always looks good. He has quite an aloof air about him.
25] Do you have a friendly vet?
I recently started seeing a new vet. They seem friendly and Zeus likes going to the same place. Only time will tell.
26] What would be your pawfect day?
I’m not sure. My eyes have been opened to a whole new world outside of being a show dog. Right now I’d have to say just being home with my boy all day.
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …
Message from “Mom”—-
We decided to adopt an older dog in need of a home instead of supporting a pet store or puppy mill. Zeus was our first rescue and he is the most loving and caring animal we have ever met.
Noodles was put up for adoption after reaching his limit in the dog show world. As a family we could not imagine giving up a furry family member, but breeders do not view them the same way.
Our “boy” has always wanted a pug; so when we heard one would be up for adoption we had to jump on it. We made a road trip out of the journey and drove seventeen hours to reach Noodles (at that time he was still Holiday). The breeder was concerned he would have some separation anxiety and be stressed in the new situation, but Noodles instantly bonded with his boy during our long journey home.
During his check up with our vet we discovered he had been attacked by another dog pretty recently. He was also not trained for living outside of a crate. We feel like we didn’t just adopt him, but rescued him as well. Noodles is very loving, playful and curious. He is a welcome addition to our family and we love every grunt, snort and thick furry roll that comes with being a pug.
Zeus, Chi Chi, & Noodles on Instagram— @zeuschinoodles
Emily Mae Hood on Instagram, Twitter & FaceBook—-@emilymaehood
Well Noodles, l am super pleased for you, you have most assuredly landed on your paws with your new family. I remember pawing up the interview for Chi chi and Zeus with dad and he like me was rolling around with laughter at the antics and adventures of those two – so we both feel that you will just slot into Emily and boy’s family a real treat! Yes, Chi Chi or should l simply say King Chi is a bit of a drama llama even Zeus thought so!
I don’t do dress up, although mummy and dad were on about getting me something called a Biggle’s hat complete with goggles whatever that means? But l think you looked pretty cool in the bunny ears, and l know what you mean about the harness as well.
Mummy walks me in a harness, but dad just walks me in a neck collar, l know a harness is better for us, but with dad’s arm, he can’t connect it so well, as l am so excited to go for a walk that l move around too much and the last time he harnassed me several months ago, l pulled the wrong way and accidentally did him some serious damage.
Oh how l envy you Noodles, l hardly go anywhere anymore, l used to love car trips and now car trips are usually to the vets. Mummy and dad are going to buy a different car soon, which will be slightly lower to the ground than the current four by four which is quite high. I can no longer jump up, and l must be lifted, l think both of my 2 leggeds are wishing l was both your size and weight.
Noodles, tell your mom thanks from dad and me, she did something with this interview that we liked a lot so much so we are going to incorporate it into all new interviews. What your mom did was remove the A – D pointers, but dad and l discussed it, and have decided that it stays – so your format is the new way from mow on in for all – K9’s, felines and petz
Way to go Noodles, Power to the Bark!
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