The pet friendly lifestyle of a female pug.

The pet friendly lifestyle of a female pug.
Phoebe Rose is Pet Travel Ambassador for Posh Pet Travel

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Phoebe Rose Celebrity Pug: 2005 -2013

This will be the last post on A Traveling Pug.  I have had the good fortune to have had the companionship and inspiration of Phoebe Rose, Celebrity Pug and so enjoyed our travels and the wonderful people and furry friends that we have met along the way.

Thank you for viewing her blog and I wish you many years of safe and happy travels....

"Tonight, we mourn the sudden loss of Phoebe Rose, my mom, Sheila Appleby Williams faithful side-kick, furry daughter, celebrity pug and unforgettable animal spirit. She died suddenly and without pain or known cause. She will be remembered by her blog, long list of celebrity friends, loving personality, excellent fashion sense and healthy body image. Our animals are sometimes our closest friends and know us better than most. Kiss and hold your fuzzy babies tonight in honor of this special little gal please."

Phoebe Rose, Celebrity Pug (2005-2013)

Monday, July 8, 2013

UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico hosts Alien Pet Contest

Roswell, New Mexico was the location of the Annual Fourth of July UFO Festival.  We had to check it out—especially since one of the popular events was an Alien Pet Costume Contest.

Saturday's pet event attracted an enthusiastic crowd, despite temperatures in the high 90's (plenty of water was available for thirsty furry participants) as well as dog cookies to keep contestants spirits up.

The panel of judges had a difficult time deciding on the winners in the categories of creative, cute and scary.

Here are the winners:
And the winner was a cat!

2nd place went to this hand crocheted costume duo
Green food coloring creates the perfect alien shade of green—and its non-toxic!

An alien Diva Poodle got an enthusiastic response

Miss Teen New Mexico, Jaden Smith posed with Phoebe

The event attracted an enthusiastic crowd of pet lovers!

Phoebe Rose's alien costume 

We stayed at the pawsome pet friendly La Quinta Hotel in Roswell—no pet deposit and no size or weight restrictions plus plenty of freebies!
Phoebe Rose had a wonderful stay at pet friendly La Quinta in Roswell

Friday, June 21, 2013

National Take Your Dog To Work Day

"You can take me to the office, but you can't make me work"

First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs.

This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

However, not all canines are interested in supporting this holiday.  

Friday, May 31, 2013

West Texas Pet Friendly Hotels

Just LOVE these crochet cowboy hats from A Virtuous Sin-Etsy

Last month our road trip destination was Austin, Texas, to attend a pet friendly destination wedding at
Casa Rio De Colores and along the way we stayed at three great pet friendly hotels in West Texas.

Check out our reviews on—one of my fav pet blogs!

Pet Friendly Hotels in West Texas

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Pet Friendly Hotels in West Texas

Pet Friendly Road Trip from New Mexico to Texas

The first stop on our recent trip from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to our final destination of Austin, Texas was an overnight stay at pet friendly Candlewood Suites in Fort Stockton, Texas.

General Manager, Paul Amayo (Dad to albino German Shepard, Chloe), is passionate about his pet friendly property and "aims to exceed expectations."

A dish of dog biscuits is the way to say welcome to canine guests

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sons of Anarchy Fan

Yes, I am truly a huge fan of the FX show, Sons of Anarchy.  Now in its 5th season, Mom and I have marathon Anarchy viewing binges on Netflix.

I've been very fortunate to have New Mexico multi-media artist, Scott Lloyd design this denim jacket for my next celebrity motorcycle charity ride.

Love the butterfly skull patch!!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Homemade Healthy Dog Biscuits

Homemade Dog Treats
Mom found a great recipe for healthy homemade dog biscuits.

Nothing says love more than dog treats right out of the oven.  Of course, a pup has to be a little patient and wait for them to cool down— and that's not easy.

Mom substituted honey for molasses and added brewers yeast and ground flaxseed (a tablespoon of each).

Check out the recipe:  Maggie's Pumpkin Dog Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2013 Oscar Nominee for Best Animated Short Film

The Golden Collar Award-2012

Last year's Oscar nominated films featured canine actors, Uggie (The Artist) and Blackie (Hugo).  I was thrilled to have attended the first annual Golden Collar Awards and hung out backstage with the illustrious canine actors and even got a few acting tips!

This year's Oscar nominated movies are sadly missing furry thespians, however there is a lot of media buzz about Adam and Dog.  Nominated for best animated short film, it is the biblical story of Paradise retold through the eyes of man’s best friend.  Adam meets dog and all is well until Adam meets Eve, at which point, Adam and Dog’s relationship becomes complicated.

Can't wait to see this one and I'll be crossing my paws that Director, Minku Lee goes home with the golden Oscar statute, although the Golden Collar award really looks a lot better-don't you agree?

Check out Adam and Dog:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Free Valentine's Day Pet Photo Frames

I have a "not so secret admirer"—a hunky English Bulldog named Blue.  His human Dad, Patrick Hendricks is the Food and Beverage Director for the awesome pet friendly Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, in New Mexico.

Check out the before and scroll down for the after photo.  Mom found a great website where you can create a special Valentine's Day photo frame—to download or create a jpeg (as we did) and post on Facebook!

Here is regular photo-of course cute, but needs a little spiffing up.

Blue Hendricks wants the world to know how he feels.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Celebrate Valentine's Day With Your Pet

Phoebe Rose, large and lovely celebrity pug always gets pretty darn excited around Valentines Day.

This year Ms. Rose would like to make a few suggestions to show your furry family member that you really do care!

How about an overnight stay at a luxury pet friendly hotel?  We just stayed at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Hotel Encanto is a full access pet friendly destination—great traditional New Mexico food, attractively decorated in the Spanish Colonial style, great service and a nice gift bag for your pooch (doggie treats are so appreciated-but there never seem to be enough).

Staying home?  Okay, how about cuddling on the couch and renting a couple of dog centric movies.  My favs are Hotel for Dogs (even Mom thought this was funny) and Hachi: A Dog's Tale.  

Of course, Valentine's Day dog treats are a great way of saying "I love you." Store bought are okay, but fresh out of the oven will really impress your four legged valentine: Recipes for homemade dog treats

A new collar and leash or Valentine's Day outfit is sure to be appreciated.  Fashion forward males might like a doggie tie.  Check out Etsy for some great canine accessories!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Phoebe Rose attended the 13th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival "Dream Awake", held on December 6-9, 2012.  Great documentaries, independent films and panel discussions— actors, directors, film buffs were in attendance, networking, schmoozing, and attending opening and closing parties.

Internationally acclaimed  films were shown at different venues in town.  Our favorites were the documentaries, Hitler's Children and A.K.A. Doc Pomus and the FDR film, Hyde Park on Hudson with Bill Murray and Laura Linney.  On the Road, the long awaited Kerouac novel finally brought to the screen, was a disappointment.

The festival was hosted by Hotel Santa Fe-pet friendly and highly recommended.  We dined in the
lobby bar area of the hotel restaurant Amayo (pets welcome!) enjoying the great Santa Fe Native American warmth and ambience (the only hotel that is Native American owned) and delicious prix fixe menu. Complimentary parking, WIFI, airport shuttle and dog walking!

 Phoebe Rose enjoying the lobby of Hotel Santa Fe

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Cloris Leachman meets Phoebe Rose, Celebrity Pug

Soaring temperatures couldn't keep canine correspondent, Phoebe Rose from missing the press junket for the new kid's movie, The Oogieloves, starring veteran actress and animal rights advocate and Peta poster girl, Cloris Leachman.  

Ms. Leachman (86 years young!) travels with her Shitzu, Peony and most recently advocated for citizens' rights to document animal cruelty.

Phoebe Rose sat in on the "round table" discussion with Ms. Leachman, Oogieloves producer Kenn Viselman and members of the press - making kissy face with the star of Fox's comedy "Raising
Hope" and enjoying the luxe pet friendly vibe of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.

A very classy event-custom catered-the mini gourmet hamburgers were a mega hit with this rover reporter.

                                            Oogieloves Producer, Kenn Viselman and Mom, Barbara

Monday, July 30, 2012

HSUS No-Fur Campaign

Phoebe Rose is thrilled to have been selected to participate in the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) No-Fur Pin Campaign.

Miss Rose is a strong supporter of the No-Fur Campaign and cautions all fashionistas, designers and divas to beware: "Fur makes you look fat!"

The Hollywood HSUS is sponsoring a glittering fashion fundraiser (to be held at a private mansion in Los Angeles) featuring exciting cutting edge men's and women's fashions for Fall 2012.

This "born not bought" furry fashionista will be covering the Red Carpet VIP evening - so check back for all the details.


H-Couture 2012  the future of fashion
Saturday, September 22nd  Los Angeles

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Homeless Pets are Victims of Foreclosures

Phoebe Rose, celebrity pug has been barking out about the rise in foreclosures causing animal shelters to be overcrowded and unnecessary euthanizing of abandoned pets.

The Huffington Post and MSNBS news spotlighted this important issue today.
The banks continue to disregard government guidelines after receiving billions in (taxpayer) bailouts.
Check out the links to the article and video:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Austin Pets Alive! Shelter Opens Maternity Ward

New Mom, Philly and pups in Maternity Ward at Austin Pets Alive!

Celebrity Pug, Phoebe Rose took the opportunity while still visiting Austin, Texas, to peek in at the newborn Collie-mix pups and their Mom, Philly, at Austin Pets Alive! (APA) Maternity Ward.

APA’s website explains that “The idea for a maternity ward came from the need to be able to immediately save a pregnant mom or mommy dog and her babies at a moment’s notice.”
Operations Manager, Faith Wright, a former paralegal and APA volunteer, gave us a warm welcome and tour of The Maternity Ward, sponsored by a private donation of $1500 that led to the conversion of one of the former administrative offices into two condo-style runs prioritizing safety and privacy.
The softly lit space is kept calm and den-like with background music to drown out some of the unavoidable shelter sounds and get the animals used to noises, explained Faith.
The air-conditioned space also has its own stash of supplies to keep these families comfortable while they wait for foster.
Phoebe Rose peeks in on new Mom, Philly in Maternity Ward
Ms. Wright explained that solely volunteers run the Foster Program, as no funding is available.  “There can be up to 300 dogs in foster homes on a given day,” she said. 

At least 60 dogs were "saved" in the last 7 days by APA, according to Ms. Wright, a canine Mom to 6 pups, who regularly takes home bottle babies for their 2 hour round the clock feedings.

The Staff check on Mom and babies 4X daily, provide dry and wet food at all times and ensure that the ward is scrupulously cleaned.

Philly (still very shy and withdrawn) had given birth in an Austin shelter prior to being rescued by APA - 48 hours from being euthanized.  The pups were quietly nursing as Philly rested in a plastic swimming pool that accommodates her babies-6 girls and 1 boy, while waiting for a foster home.   

We joined  Ms. Wright in her office - to watch the bottle feeding (and burping) of 2-week-old puppies. Their Mom had died the day before and they were abandoned at a shelter in Bastrop.

For more information:

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Fourth of July in Austin, Texas

Wow!  Celebrating the Fourth of July in Austin, Texas is fantastic!  Talk about a down home feeling and hospitality-I was even invited to join a local neighborhood parade in Barton Springs.

Lots of good ol' Texas barbecue on my agenda for today.  I'll let the other pups play with the frisbees....I'm saving my energy for some Olympic sized chowing down.

Have a safe and happy Fourth!!!!
Love & Licks,
Phoebe R.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Canine Caution for Fourth of July

Phoebe Rose advises canine caution for Fourth of July
The Fourth of July means food, fun and fireworks.  Phoebe Rose is down with the food (Texas barbecue-yeah!) and fun but not a big fan of fireworks. 
As she is a little hearing impaired (unless she is being called for dinner)-fireworks don't normally traumatize the plucky pug but most canines need to be supervised and in a controlled environment.
Here are a few tips to make the celebration fun for all:
Make sure your pets are in a secure area with water (the fenced backyard is probably not as secure as you think, especially with a scared dog).   Animal shelters report a record number of animals turned into shelters.
Find a relatively quiet  "safe zone" (a closet or back bedroom) and make comfy with bedding.
Turn on the TV or music (classical is soothing) to try to mask sounds from outdoors. 
Give your dog a Kong or food puzzle to focus on.
Turn on some lights (it’s scarier in the dark).
Set up a crate or pillows within the secured room.

Happy Fourth and save some barbecue for your furry pal.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Celebrity Pug Meets Tory Spelling at LA Times Festival of Books

The 17th Annual Festival of Books,held at the USC campus, attracted over 140,000 book loving Angelenos (and canines) including Phoebe Rose, a pooch with a penchant for good literature. 

The Festival of Books , "A celebration of the written word" is a free public event including author events, storytelling, cooking demonstrations and poetry readings with nearly 300 exhibitor booths representing booksellers, publishers, literacy and cultural organizations. 

Canine expert, Warren Eckstein host of the nationally syndicated "The Pet Show",was "spotted" broadcasting live - but took a moment to pose with pal, Phoebe, who first met Warren at the Blessing of the Animals last summer.


Devoted animal lover and Pug fan, Tory Spelling (pregnant and glowing) appeared on the LA Times stage to answer questions about her new book "CelebraTori: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family" and gave Phoebe a few tips on showing her best side to the camera

Actress/author, Tory Spelling and Phoebe Rose

Actor, John Cusack drew large crowds to his Q & A for upcoming film, The Raven.

Television personality, Riki Lake, Mom to 2 furry babies (both of whom are scheduled to appear on her new talk show) signed autographs and touted "Never say never:finding a life that fits." Vegan, Marilu Henner, "Total Memory Makeover", Sugar Ray Leonard, author of “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, and Jeff Kinney popular author of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (the plight of a middle school "underdog") were on hand. Kinney recalled his first book signing in LA 5 years ago-where one young fan showed up. He was "very happy" to address the huge crowd of devoted "Wimpy Kid" followers.

 A host of other literary celebs included: Actress Molly Shannon who gave a wildly exhuberant reading of her first book "Tilly the Trickster", Florence Henderson, promoted her "Life is not a Stage" tell all and iconic juvenile author Judy Blume, celebrity chef,Michael Voltaggio, author of “VOLT ink,” and  Dancing with the Stars pro, Cheryl Burke, “Dancing Lessons: How I Found Passion and Potential on the Dance Floor and in Life."
Resting her paws in a Trojan Chariot pedicab.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kimpton Hotels sponsoring pet photo contest!

I love the pet friendly Kimpton Hotels-as a matter of fact, we just stayed at the Kimpton, Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco and it was "pawfect."

Check out my recent review on Dogtipper: Sir Francis Drake Hotel

Now, I usually don't enter contests (unless the prize is food)-but since the prize is accommodations at a Kimpton hotel-well, I had to make an exception.

Here is my you think the hawaiian bathing suit makes me look fat?

Even if I do look a little fluffy-please vote for me anyway!  I know it takes time to look through all the other cute pet photos till you find mine and there might be temptation to vote for another pooch-but I'm counting on your support!
Here is the link:http://www.kimptonhotelpetphotocontest

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bunny enjoys Easter brunch

Phoebe Rose invited her friend- dwarf bunny, Gwendolyn, to share some healthy veggies and relax in her princess tent.

Hopping around and delivering all those baskets of chocolate eggs can be quite exhausting.

Its nice to relax in a special Princess Castle tent

A good hostess lets her guest have the first nibble.
A polite guest invites her host to join in.
Food tastes better when shared with a friend

True friendship needs no words.

Happy Easter from Phoebe Rose & Gwendolyn!