Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tojo is always hungry

Tojo likes to sit vigilantly by the pantry where we keep his food just in case we forget that he has already been fed breakfast and/or dinner.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I think this picture is hilarious

I think it accurately captures the intensity/head-in-the-sand concentration that is grad school.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Tojo in bed

As finals time approaches, Tojo's leisurely lifestyle becomes exponentially more enviable. It must be lovely to be a pug.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

You must think that no one pays attention to Tojo during the fall semester

And perhaps you are right. At least he has his dinosaur to keep him company.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This one goes out to the one I love

Tojo, you are a drama queen. You are a jerk, and you bite me (which is, coincidentally, why you are in time-out right now). You wake me up at ungodly hours and keep me awake until hours only the sinful keep. You munch on things that are dear to me, and ignore the things I spend my hard-earned money to buy you.

But you are also adorable, and cuddly, and enjoy the things that I do, like eating. You are my little pug guy and you're very special to me. And, as this picture proves, we kind of match.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tojo helps with the cleaning

Because Tojo's hair makes up approximately 97.4% of the mess in our apartment, he is very helpful when it comes to tidying up. Here, you can see Tojo stare excitedly at me as I suggest that he do some vacuuming.

A comfortable place for a pug to sleep

Tojo always picks the BEST place to rest his weary head.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pug flop

It is hot for a pug in New Haven. Sometimes, it's just too hot to walk.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tojo in East Rock Park

There has been some controversy over whether or not Tojo would be a good "trail dog" (for example, on the Appalachian Trail). Today Tojo took a hike to the top of East Rock and did an admirable job going up; however, on the way down, his trademark "pug flop" was in evidence after a mere mile of walking. The final verdict is that Tojo is not a trail dog, after all. He's still very adorable, though.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Tojo the model

Tojo's version of Derek Zoolander's Blue Steel.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The cats in Tojo's life

Tojo does not understand cats.

He understands dogs, who, while unpredictable in some ways, tend to share in Tojo's interests, such as butt-sniffing, peeing on things, and running around.

Cats, on the other hand, mystify Tojo. He can't seem to grasp, fundamentally, that cats are not dogs. I have had cats and dogs simultaneously throughout my life, and there were several expected outcomes: some cat/dog dyads reached an uneasy truce, some dogs chased the cats mercilessly, and in a recent example, my mom's dog and one of the cats are best friends. Tojo has chosen to adhere to none of these patterns and instead treats the cats as if they were his canine peers.

Here, one of the local orange cats fails to take Tojo up on his offer to chase him around. This is obviously a still photo so you can't see how Tojo tried this same stance about two dozen times before giving up and just barking at the poor feline.

Tojo will try to sniff the cats' hindquarters, and, I believe, tries to mark over their urine markings. None of these actions have yielded what appears to be Tojo's goal of a dog-like friendship.

However, it should be noted that the local cats have some peculiar habits, so perhaps Tojo would have better luck with cats who do not pretend to be petunias.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

This pillow suits my needs

Tojo likes our new decorative pillows because they provide extra soft resting space. You may not know this but pugs must be utterly comfortable at all times, as if they were royalty.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Outside studying time

Tojo enjoys the spring weather because he can take his laptop out to the backyard and do some reading. Also, he's ashamed to say it, but he spends a lot of time on Facebook when he should be studying.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tojo the accountant

"I'm much better at balancing your checkbook than you are."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tojo loves spring

Tojo loves spring, especially since winter in New Haven was very terrible for him. Here, Tojo is enjoying a warm spring day on our front porch.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Sad Tojo

Tojo is sad.

He's sad because his owner's camera has finally, truly, madly, deeply gone to the great camera store in the sky. He's also sad that this means that his adorableness can now only be captured by a crummy old camera phone.

Tojo is most sad about the fact that he hasn't been able to share his stories with his new blog friends. Tojo promises to make his owner's life a living hell (e.g., biting her, not letting her sleep, stealing her breakfast) until she gets a new camera and resumes a more regular Tojoblog posting schedule.

Only then will Tojo be less sad.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Even a pug needs a break

As you can see here, Tojo has been hard at work finishing up papers and studying for school. He's tired out, though, and ready for some time off. Luckily, it's Spring Break! Too bad his owners are taking a vacation without him. They're really not very nice.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday, Tojo!!!

It's Tojo's special day! It's been a quiet, rainy, restful day, but he did get a big bone to chew on. Tojo hopes that the weather is better tomorrow so that he can go to the dog park and celebrate with his friends.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The jailhouse life

Tojo has learned to enjoy sleeping much of the day, especially when he's in his crate.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Tojo has been having fun with someone's new Mac!

Tojo recently began a new program of study in Being Less Dominant-Aggressive (BLD-A). It's been a challenge for him, but one that I believe he will ultimately succeed in. Tojo has been spending a lot more time in his crate, but he seems calmer and more relaxed. He also managed to impress a recent visitor who used to very much dislike him.

Tojo's BLD-A was created by MaryEllen. The authors of this blog owe her many, many thanks for her help in saving our dog (and our sanity).