Something about the pug and the radio

Top ‘o the afternoon to ya! Hope you’re all enjoying a beautiful St. Patty’s Day. I am going to confess here that I am wearing gray and black, and not the required green and feeling a little guilty about it. But I am in mourning, because today Chug the pug is getting his eyeball removed. After his unfortunate run-in with a porcupine, it seems the porcupine won.

And the eyeball lost.

Sweet mercy.

The burial (of the eyeball, not the pug) is tomorrow.

RIP Adorable Eyeball

Anyway, on a more exciting note:  the reason I’m popping in today is to let  you all know that  my story about one of the greatest cowboys I know will be airing on Prairie Public this afternoon at approximately 3:46 pm and 7:46 pm central time.

You can listen to it live here at Prairie Public’s website, or if you ‘re in the ND area, tune in!

All of my commentary will also be available online after the fact on the Prairie Public Radio “Hear it Now” program page so you can listen at your convenience.

I am so excited to share this story with a broader audience because it is a story about a man with the most optomistic of attitudes, a man who has passion as big as the prairie skies and has taught me so much about knowing who you are and doing what you love.

My pops.

Read the original post, The Art of Cow Cooperation and get ready, like I am, for the cows to finally come home!

Now, if you don’t mind, I’d like to have one more moment in honor and memory of the eyeball:

Thank you.

See ya on the radio.

25 thoughts on “Something about the pug and the radio

  1. Oooh, your poor one-eyed baby. Hope he feels better very soon. I will be listening intently for the smoov’ sounds of your North Dakoootan accent on NDPR!

    • Ah yes, it’s rough, but the livins’ good isn’t it? Your pups look like they know their place a little more than my 35 Ib lap dog. He’s looking good this morning…pretty tough and intimidating with a Frankenstein eye. Thanks for the kinds words about my radio gig…it’s been such a fun way to share my story! Hope all is well in SD. Spring is almost here girly, we made it!

  2. Poor Chug! If only he would learn but what do you want to bet he’ll still take after porcupines in the future!
    Jessie, are you aware of Women Writing the West? I’ve posted a referral to your blog on the WWW list-serv. I hope you get lots more visitors to your beautiful site.

    • Hi Arletta. You are absolutely correct that Chug the pug did not learn his lesson and will probably be out there chasing danger again in no time. Oh well, can’t tame his spirit!
      Oh, and I have popped in on the Women Writing the West site once or twice…what an amazing project. I have been meaning to get involved. Thanks for sharing! And thanks for thinking of us out here at the ranch!

  3. Jess,
    Sorry to hear about the Pug and the eye ;-( Would he ever take having protective goggles? If only when he is outside sans escort. If he is out/about on his own and wants a rematch with the Porkie that took out his eye, he might need a white cane. Does anyone fit Pugs with a glass eye? :-O Rich

  4. Poor Chug! I must admit I’ve teared up at the loss of his little eye-ball, but know that Chug the pug won’t let that sideline him for long. Give him some love from Florida!!

    On a happier note, congratulations on the radio gig, and on sharing the story of your father. You are both inspirations to us all!

    • Thanks Elizabeth! The pug is doing good, so no worries. He’s tough…too tough for his own good…and now he looks the part 🙂 Thanks for the kind words about my radio gig, it has been pretty fun sharing my story with more people that way! Hope you’re warm in Florida. The snow is melting here and I am so excited for the new season!

  5. I am sitting here crying for poor Chug and you. Our dogs mean so much to us and he’s such a little guy. I’m also crying over your tribute to your father who is indeed a wonderful man. He raised 3 lovely daughters and yes, he instilled in you values you will have all your life. I knew when I met him and Wade that they were different–respectful of women and just plain nice guys. My prayers will be with you, Jess.

  6. Uff’da, poor Chug…I hope he learned something that day…hopefully he can live a great life w/o an eye and I have a feeling you will worry about him but no wor ries…have a Happy St. Patty’s Day. Nicole

    • Oh, he will have a wonderful life looking bad-ass with one eye. And I have a feeling he most definitely didn’t learn his lesson. He’s looking and feeling good today, so all is well and he’ll be back chasing things much bigger than him in no time.

  7. Hi Jessie,
    Just read the post about your Dad. I would love to spend a day following cows around. Every time I mention it to a cowboy, they roll their eyes like “WHY in the world would you want to do that!”. Actually, they’re probably thinking, “crap – she’d really slow us down” or something along those lines.
    My mom’s cousin, Richard Bond (Almont), was one of those real cowboys. Actually, I thought he might have been the last so I’m glad to hear there’s still at least one more around. He was more at home on the back of a horse than anywhere else and watching him ride, rope, and work cattle was a pleasure.
    Maybe your Dad could host a lady’s day and a bunch of us could come along! 🙂

  8. Poor Chug! I usually see one eyed dogs around horse barns because they didn’t get out of the way fast enough or in the case of those pesky little Jack Russels, they nipped a hock once too often and then didn’t move fast enough! He’ll be fine – maybe he should have a helmet with a visor (to protect his other eye) when he goes outside. Oh dear – now that’s a visual! Give him extra smoochies for me!

    • Hi Nancy…that’s exactly what my pops said about ranch dogs, and I know first hand, not very many of them have both eyes, all four legs, two ears…they look tough, but ah, it’s a good life for them! Hilarious about the helmet and visor…I’m thinking eye-patch pirate style 🙂 Regarding the cattle chasing, I am not surprised some cowboys might roll their eyes because it’s their work after all and some don’t like to admit they love it 🙂 I think you should definitely have a chance to chase cows around. I love your idea about a lady’s day and it’s something I’ve talked about doing out here as a package option. If you have friends who would be interested, we can definitely set something up…chasing cows, a nice meal a campfire and wine…it would be fabulous! Oh, and as far the Prairie Public radio spot goes, it sounds like they will be playing more of my essays…I just have to send them along, so watch for more in the coming weeks!

  9. Ok, this is my last comment today. Are you going to be a regular on PPR? I thought I heard Merle P. saying thanks and goodbye to you one night when I started up my car. So I missed whatever it was – am I losing my mind?

  10. Oh dear Jesus. Even though you are a ranch woman and you deal with pieces of animals on a regular basis, This must still feel like such a loss. Hence, the burial. I am so sorry this has happened to your little darling. Heck. Give him a hug for us out here, his fans.

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