Thursday, September 29, 2005

Happy birthday, grandma!

I would now like to ask the congregation to join me in wishing my grandmother a happy birthday. Grandma has always been there when I needed her. When my deadbeat parents abandoned me to go on their trips, grandma and grandpa took me in. And boy, did she make sure her grandpug was well-fed. When I was released from the pound and needed money to travel to a madrassa in Pakistan, grandma wrote the check. Were it not for her kindness, I would not be the great religious leader you see today. So may Allah bless you with a happy birthday, grandma, and may the sweet taste of rawhide never leave your mouth.

Now that's progress

At times, an event will occur that leaves me no choice but to act. Like when my belly is rubbed in just the right spot, and I can't contain the wild flailing of my back leg. The spirit of Allah simply fills me, and I am His conduit. Such an event has occurred in New Zealand, where a dog has registered to vote. Toby, a Jack Russell terrier, was signed up by his caretaker to vote in the country's general election. His occupation on the voter application was listed as rodent exterminator. Toby could be our Rosa Parks, my furry brethren. He has revived in me a desire to right the wrongs of the past. For 85 years, women have been allowed to vote. And yet the noble canine remains disenfranchised. Tell me, friends, where is the fairness in that? Where is the logic? Man has not been kind to his so-called best friend. And so, with renewed vigor, I will push for the passage of the 28th Amendment. It's time to awaken the four-legged sleeping giant. It's time to take this country back, as our founding fathers intended. More to come ...

Sunday, September 25, 2005

The ayatollah needs your help

Oh, the shame. To have fallen below an 8 is truly disgraceful. Lift me up, Pug Life faithful, as I have lifted you up in the past. Surely I merit at least a 9.2.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

My life: Busted

Chapter VII
As I walked the hallway of the third floor one last time to make sure I hadn't missed anything, I heard a loud "clank." The lights went out, and a voice boomed over a loudspeaker, "We have you surrounded! Come out with your paws up!" I dropped my bag of panties and sprinted down the hall toward the stairway. Then a pair of German shepherds rounded the corner ahead, growling as they rushed toward me. I skidded to a halt. "How could you?" I cried. "You're traitors to the dog race!" One leaped toward me, snapping at me as I narrowly ducked under his sharp teeth. I juked the other and took off down the hall in the other direction, my body a compact ball of pug energy.

As I neared the elevators, the hallway split off in two directions. Without slowing, I zoomed around the corner, my paws pushing off on the wall as I ran. Out of the corner of my eye, I spied a janitor's closet. I quickly ducked inside and climbed a steep set of shelves. After tucking my body into a tiny crease between a large cardboard box and a stack of custodial uniforms, I pulled one of the shirts over my head and held still as I heard the German shepherds approaching. The sound of their barking grew louder and louder before trailing off. They had run right past the closet. Then I saw flashlights in the hallway. The police were out in force. I heard them kicking down doors, yelling at each other, urging me to give up. But there was no way they could spot me on my perch high in the closet. I felt confident that I could wait them out. Soon, they would give up the search. They would assume that I had escaped, I thought.

Unfortunately, my pugginess betrayed me. "What's that noise?" one officer said. "Over here!" The barrel of an M-16 pointed into the room, and members of the S.W.A.T. team poured in. Though I tried to stifle my trademark labored pug breathing, it was to no avail. Centuries of breeding had conspired against me. "It's coming from up there!" one of the officers exclaimed. The flashlights illuminated my position. "Give it up, pug," a voice commanded. "We know you're up there." For a moment, I considered trying to fight my way out. But the odds were heavily against me. I raised my head, defeated. "Put your paws up where we can see them!" an officer yelled. Then the dogcatcher walked in, carrying a long stick with a net on the end. In one swift motion, he brought it down over my head and swept me off of the shelf.

They threw me into the back of a van and hauled me to the city dog pound, where I was booked and put into a cage. My freedom -- like that 3.5-ton pile of panties -- was but a memory.

To be continued

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mugsy condemns 'balloon' festival

Over the weekend, I attended the Plano Balloon Festival, in one of the suburbs near my mosque. And what did I see? Not a single hot-air balloon. Oh, there were a few baskets sitting on the ground; a few unfilled balloons lying flat on the grass. But the skies were empty. Apparently, the 8 mph breeze on Sunday evening was too much for the cowardly human organizers to brave. I hereby issue a fatwa that any festival claiming to have 100 balloons and advertising a 6 p.m. mass launch shall follow through. And if it doesn't, the organizers shall refund the outrageous $18 I spent for parking and admission. Truly, it was deception most foul. In other news:

WEDNESDAY, I'M IN LOVE: I met a lovely young pug named Wednesday at the dog park on Sunday. She was slender, with a perfectly curved tail and an intriguing aroma. If she plays her cards right, she may find herself on the fast-track to my harem.

A HEARTWARMING IMAGE: Twisted Dog has posted this life-affirming photo of some Katrina evacuees on her blog. It shows that the humans haven't completely botched the rescue effort.

To the moon!

We can all sleep easier now that NASA has announced its plan to spend more than $100 billion of borrowed money to put astronauts on the moon by 2018. Can you imagine that? A man on the moon! But why stop there; let's spend billions more on these ground-breaking endeavors:
  • Create a vaccine to prevent polio.
  • Fly nonstop around the world.
  • Develop an oven that uses microwave radiation to heat food quickly.
  • Create a worldwide computer network. Even better, do so using a new form of computer that uses technology smaller than vacuum tubes -- "microchips," if you will.
  • Find a way to sell loaves of bread in which the bread is actually divided into sections for easier consumption.

After all, why would the United States want to focus on curing diseases through stem cell research or ending our dependence on foreign oil when we can find innovative new ways to match the accomplishments of more than three decades ago?

Sunday, September 18, 2005

My life: The Great Panty Raid

Chapter VI
The Mary Kay convention was only two days away. That gave me 48 hours to plan what would go down in pug lore as The Great Panty Raid. I obtained blueprints for the Hyatt Regency Dallas. I procured a fleet of tractor-trailers. I conducted surveillance on the hotel staff, learning the ins and outs of the front desk, the concierge desk and the kitchen. I shadowed the maids to learn their precise cleaning schedules. I had not paid such attention to detail since the earliest days of my rap career. My single-minded focus was on the prize -- those glorious, glorious panties. Soon, zero hour arrived. As I watched through binoculars from my perch in Reunion Tower's rotating top-floor lounge, I saw a stream of women depart the hotel. Most walked the short distance down Young Street to the convention center. A few piled into their pink Cadillacs. When the flow of pink-clad women slowed to a trickle, I made my move.

I donned a pink dress and matching bonnet, which I pulled tightly around my face. After descending from the tower, I made my way toward the lobby. Then I stood upright, walking as gracefully as I could on my back legs toward the elevators. As I neared the first bank of elevators, a bellboy approached. We both entered the elevator car at the same time, and he gave me a suspicious look. I kept my eyes forward and held my breath, doing my best to look nonchalant. It seemed to work, as he exited on the third floor. I let out a sigh of relief and let my front paws hit the carpet. I was home free now, with only the maids to work around -- and I had their cleaning schedule memorized. They wouldn't be on the 28th floor, my first stop, until noon. Using the set of master keys that I had swiped from the hotel lobby the night before, I made my way into the first room. I opened a large suitcase, and out spilled a magnificent rainbow of undergarments. There must have been 20 pairs, all extra-large. A single tear of joy fell from my large left eye. The next eight hours are a blur in my mind. I raced up and down the halls, loading up bags and taking them down the freight elevator to my waiting trucks below. Running on pure adrenaline, I cleaned out floor after floor, sniffing out every last pair. But though I had gathered the ultimate underwear stash, I would never get to enjoy it. I would never swim through an endless sea of panties, Scrooge McDuck-style.
To be continued

Gmail, anyone?

As a public service, I'd like to extend an invitation for Google's Gmail e-mail service to Pug Life followers. I'm not affiliated in any way with Google, but I have been an admirer of the company since reading this on its web site:

e. Our Dog Policy
Google's respect and affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. If you're interested, here's our official
Dog Policy.We have nothing against cats, per se, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our campus would be fairly stressed out.

If you'd like one of the invitation-only Gmail accounts, e-mail me with a 5- to 500-word essay on what you've done in your life to further the Pug Life cause. The web-based Gmail offers 2.5 gigs of storage space and some nice archive and search features.

My address is ayatollahmugsy, then one of those @s, and then (Perhaps that will thwart the
spammers.) Please put "gmail" in the subject line.

They're real, and they're fantastic

A couple of readers have asked me if the recently unveiled papal merchandise is really for sale. Let me assure you, it is not a hoax, a scam or a joke. The items are being sold through, a reputable company that I myself have made purchases from. After you select an item to buy, the web site will guide you through your payment and delivery options, and then the item will be quickly produced and shipped to you. And all Pug Life goods feature a 30-day money-back guarantee. These products feature a beautiful portrait of Pope Pius Pug taken during his 2004 trip to the Holy Land. It was during this visit that he issued his historic apology on behalf of several dog breeds -- including Rottweilers, weimaraners and Italian greyhounds -- for their complicity in the persecution of Jewish tabby cats during World War II.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Tip-top shape

I have just returned from my yearly physical exam at the prestigious Pepper Square Pet Clinic, and I am pleased to announce that I have received a clean bill of health. Just as it is important for President Bush to release his medical results to the public, I believe it is imperative that you know that your spiritual leader is fit for command. My teeth were pronounced "wonderful," and I have dropped three pounds since my last checkup -- down to a svelte 27 pounds.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

B-listers need not apply

Tell me, friends, if Hollywood were to make a movie about my life, who would be the best choice to take on the starring role? Who has the charisma, the looks, the pugginess to play me? I'm thinking Denzel Washington.

Friday, September 09, 2005

The old gang

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was once a gang-banger. I ran with Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. It was only after I was betrayed (and forced to suffer the humiliation of wearing a cone around my neck while I recovered from my wounds) that I left MS-13. My old gang made big news this week, with 660 members arrested in five countries. Officials say it's only the first step toward their goal of eradicating the gang within the next 18 months. Since my affiliation is now with Allah, not MS-13, I can say that this was a truly impressive operation. One would imagine that the authorities must have had an awfully in-the-know informant to deal such a damaging blow to such a dangerous gang. I would advise all of those MS-13 members who have been fortunate enough to escape this week with their freedom to give up this destructive lifestyle. Follow the path of righteousness that God has laid before us. And consider donating your ill-gotten gains to a worthy cause, perhaps a certain canine-centric ministry.

In unrelated news, the federal government has dropped all criminal charges against me and against Pug Life Ministries. I maintained all along that the charges were baseless, and now Pug Life has been vindicated. Allahu Akbar!

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Mugsy issues fatwa

I hereby order all telemarketers and spammers -- including the loathsome fellows who have recently started plying their useless wares in comments on this blog -- to get real jobs. I will grant a five-day grace period for these cretins to prepare their woefully unimpressive resumes and check the employment ads in their local newspapers. After such time, it will be the duty of all Pug Life followers to spit upon these heathen time-thieves.

Back from N. Korea

It's been a while since my last post, a result of North Korea's restrictions on Internet access. I realize that my absence has left a considerable void in the lives of many Pug Life followers, and for this I apologize. But with Kim Jong Il holding a banquet and flower-naming ceremony in my honor, it would have been impolite not to attend. Upon my return from Pyongyang, I was saddened to learn that New Orleans was largely at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain. I visited the Big Easy just last October. I toured the city in a carriage pulled by a mule named Charlie. I ate beignets (on more than one occasion) at Cafe du Mond. I cruised the bayou with a Cajun boat captain, my hackles rising at the sight of several alligators. I invested mosque funds at Harrah's casino. I avoided countless shoe-shine scams. I wandered Bourbon Street, marveling at the nightly debauchery. And just a couple of weeks ago, I was pricing plane tickets to New Orleans, thinking to myself how nice it would be to return for a weekend trip. My prayers are with the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and with a truly unique city. Here's hoping that it will rise again.

The Humane Society of the United States is working to rescue animals stranded by the hurricane. Many of the saddest stories coming from New Orleans are of evacuees being forced to leave their pets behind. To donate to the Humane Society, click here.