Category: animals


Wednesday night we packed up the pups and drove seven hours to Tim’s parents in upstate New York.  Our little ones are staying at camp grandparents for the next few weeks while we’re hosting the Italy retreat. I already miss Gizmo like crazy and it’s only been 26 hours since we left his parents’ house (but who’s counting?)!

To add to the holiday adventure, we headed to Farm Sanctuary on Thursday to celebrate FREEDOM for all beings at their annual Pignic. Pigs LOVE belly rubs, so I’m always happy to oblige. They’ll roll over and extend their legs, eager for more. However, in the last photo I’d just realized that I’d been rubbing more than just nipples on this guy. Oops!

Interested in hosting your own Pignic? Here’s a how-to complete with recipes and more from Farm Sanctuary. May all beings be happy and free AND I hope your 4th was filled with festivities. Bisous. x

Yoga + the Animals

Join us for an afternoon with rescued farm friends at Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary in Ellicott City, Maryland (a short one-hour drive from DC) on Saturday, June 8 from 10-2.

The day’s adventure begins at 10am with tea and treats followed by a private tour of the sanctuary. Around noon we’ll roll out our yoga mats on the grass to enjoy an all-level yoga class taught by moi.

To round out the experience, you’ll be treated to a tasty homemade vegan brunch complete with cupcakes by “chef” Tim.

Your $75 ticket includes yoga, brunch, tour, and donation to benefit Burleigh Manor Animal Sanctuary and Pigs & Pugs Project’s micro-grant program to pig sanctuaries and pug rescues in need.

Because this is a working sanctuary, please leave your four-legged friends at home. All attendees must have their own ticket. This event is suitable for ages 14+.

OMG, I Met Hamilton

Yesterday, after dropping Mookie at daycare, I wrangled the little ones en route to a pug takeover event in Baltimore. First stop, picked up my longtime friend, Heather, and off we went.

On the water, Sandlot offered the perfect setting for dozens (maybe hundreds?) of pugs and their guardians. Sand, cabanas, beach chairs, picnic tables, cornhole boards, and a vintage Airstream kitchen all contributed to the experience.

Exhausted from the walk to the venue, Belle Starr and Gizmo snoozed most of our time at the event (as they are doing right now as I write).

As we were leaving, a man with a black pug in a stroller asked if I wanted to make a donation to a senior dog rescue in California. Of course! We began chatting and he mentioned his dog’s name was Hamilton and a light bulb went off, could that be THE Hamilton in the shelter pet ads?!

Surely not, but he sure looks like him, I thought. Then this guardian said something else that indicated he WAS the Hamilton. I almost lost it and, of course, had to get a photo. As you see, Belle seems less than impressed.

Here’s a sweet video about Hamilton. You’ve probably seen him on highway billboards and in magazines. Over the past few years, I’ve been given a handful of the ads because people will pass them along for my art journaling and say, “Oh, this made me think of you!” And yesterday I met him!

You can follow him on Instagram. Ah, celebrity pugs. Who knew?! Bisous. x