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It's time to re-vamp our website. I have also been meaning to start blogging again and posting more of our photos and comics on our website but feeling stuck on where to start. Especially with all the social media apps etc etc out there, it feels a bit overwhelming.

I've mostly been using facebook and a teeny bit of twitter but like everyone else I'm getting bored of facebook. Not sure if I'm too late for pinterest, I love instagram but only have a personal private profile, I'm still not sure about Google + (are people using it now?) and what do I do with whatever else is out there? aaaahhhhh!!!!! :)




I guess I should just start with this website. I admit I've been neglecting it because it's so easy to just post on facebook. But I don't want facebook to take place of what we originally started here and I don't want all our stuff stored on Zuckerpoo's site.

I shouldn't let laziness and wanting to revamp the website be a reason to stop blogging. One step at a time, ok that's what I'll do...re-start blogging and posting back on our site, while working on the re-vamp. Thanks for listening... :)

xo





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I'm procrastinating which is unlike me but I have more than a few things on my plate and feeling a bit distracted.


One of the things I'm procrastinating on includes drawing up a new comic. I have a few ideas ready to go but I want to save those for later. Hmmm....ugh!!

Oh, by the way, if you haven't already seen this, check out this wonderful write up on our Puppy Jones comics by My Daily Toki...♥. We found Toki and her Mum via the wordless wednesday blog hop we recently  joined. The write up goes into our process for how we come up with our comics (thanks again for writing about us Toki & Christine!!!). 

Ok, now Hampton is on my case. He is giving me the evil eye because its dinner time. I certainly can't be late for that!


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latest cool and fun stuff at puppyjones.com

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Hi all!
I can't believe its already mid / late October! The year is just flying by! The other day, Dave and I were reflecting on how our little web site has grown since we re-launched it back in January. A few of these include: actually getting the web site up and running again, having our comic featured bi-weekly in The Anipal Times, getting our trademark in Canada and US finalized and the latest is having our t-shirt and Hampton Monroe featured in an online Indian Magazine "Woof!". Its a small feature but a feature none the less! And we are happy for the opportunity to reach out to readers internationally!

This is a screenshot from the Anipal Times home page featuring our comic!

 
Doesn't Hampton look so handsome featuring one of our "Jonesin' for Puppy Love" t-shirts?


We are also having fun with making our videos of the bb's. Dave recently put together a video story about Hampton plotting to steal ZuZu's t.b. Some of the footage really makes me laugh: the scene where Hampton ruins it for himself by lunging out at ZuZu and forgetting about t.b., and the scene where ZuZu is sitting on the armchair all victorious from getting her t.b. back. lol!



If you haven't seen it yet, click here and have a peek at it!

For those of you who have seen us grow from when we first launched back in 2004 and those who just discovered our web site, thank you for visiting us. We hope we can continue to grow and share our story for the love of our pups with you for a long time!

xo
Grace (aka Mummy)
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our trip to california (comic con)

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Wow, I feel like I've been away from the internet world for sooo long! There is so much to update you on! Dave and I just got back from vacation (in California) yesterday and we are pooped.

I thought we would have internet access on this trip but turns out the access was quite limited. So all the updates I wanted to do along the way didn't get done! The last 3 days of our trip we did get free unlimited access but we changed the permission settings on our laptop to enhance security and ended up locking ourselves out! Murphy's law? Anyway, we had a great time.  Here is a short summary of what we did:

- Golfed in Palm Springs - It was crazy hot and we were the ONLY golfers on the course that day. We had to play though as there was just nothing else to do out there! At least we can say we did it.
- Went to Disneyland - It was my 1st time ever and finally full-filled a childhood dream.
- Went to Universal Studios
- Spent a night in LA. The night we were there it happened to be the premiere of the movie SALT. We spotted some stars: Brangelina, Naomi Watts and Liev Schrieber, Jon Voight...we also attended a concert at the Hollywood Bowl (the best time on the trip I have to say)
- And finally, we attended the Comic Con in San Diego! This was the main purpose of our trip to Cali. It was crazy busy and we had lots of fun. I even wore a Puppy Jones t-shirt because it is my favorite comic of course! :)


There is so much we wanted to do and see but once you pick a room you are pretty much stuck in there, otherwise you loose your seat and can't get in anywhere else. Some of the panels we saw included: Tron Legacy, Megamind, RED, Expendables, The Simpsons, Fringe, Chuck, V for Visitors....One of the definite highlights though was when we met Snoopy! He was so sweet and cuddly.



Charlie Brown and Snoopy were on the cover of the Comic Con programs - they are celebrating 60 years in the industry! Wow 60 years. Go Snoopy! 



It was a great trip. We had lots of fun but its nice to be back home with the bb's. I missed them so much! We even drew our latest comic about how much we miss them! :)

Well, its getting late. Hampton is ringing his bell for his late night potty break so better go. Thanks for reading about our trip. 



xo
Grace
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puppy jones is sneeping the next few days

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Hey All! Sorry we haven't posted in a while. There is so much to update you on (e.g. the amazing Anipal Academy Awards event, our trip to Disneyland, our upcoming comic con experience etc etc). We'll be back soon to update, promise!

Thanks for checking in!
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wordless wednesdays

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Hi All
Starting tomorrow the bb's will start "wordless wednesday" posts on their blog. Enjoy!
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Our life on the internet just wouldn't be complete without a facebook fanpage: www.facebook.com/puppyjones


We'd love it if you'd join us there too if you have a facebook account.

Hampton Monroe also has his own account as our spokespuppy for Puppy Jones. He'd love to have you as a friend.
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"They" laughed and smiled!

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We were really touched by a tweet we received yesterday about our most recent cartoon. I'm always touched and surprised with any nice comments we received but this one really made us feel good.

It was from our bulldog friend @That1EBD. He tweeted:
"*They* really loved it! Laughed and smiled! #bullDogNATION"

"They" meaning kids at a learning centre where @That1EBD and his Mum volunteer at. Here are photos they took of the kids watching our cartoon:


Its nice to know that we brought smiles to those who watched our cartoon and in turn brought us big smiles too.

Here is a link to @That1EBD's blog that describes the great work that he and his Mum do at the learning centre!

http://that1ebd.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/man-it-pours/

Thank you to our dear friend @That1EBD, you made our day, week, month!!!
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Our cartoons have voices!

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Part 4 of our cartoon animation is up on our youtube channel www.youtube.com/user/puppyjoneslove! Wow this one took longer than I thought it would. Not only because I was thinking about what would happen next but also because I decided to try and use voices! It was fun playing around with the audio and bringing the characters a little bit more to life.

The latest cartoon is Part 4 of a series where our little Hampton Monroe tries to find love online. Being a puppy, Hampton has lots to learn and most times he fails. I have to give him one thing though and that is he never stops trying! And that's true to life :)

If some of you are thinking that Hampton Monroe's voice sounds more like a little girl we agree with you.  However, we thought since he is a puppy we wanted to portray a pre-pubescent voice and the innocence that goes along with it.

We were also happy to introduce Curly Poo and Sunbeam in this cartoon.
Curly Poo has only been in one of our comics so far and you may have seen Sunbeam around here and there. If you haven't figured it out by watching the cartoon, Sunbeam is a little pre-madonna. She loves her self and everything beautiful. Curly poo is well, a piece of poo! But he is dealing with it and trying the live his life as best he can. I think you get a glimpse of what these two are about in this video. Their short bios are also found here.

I'm having a lot of fun just playing around with this stuff. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy!
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anipal academy awards

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I've been meaning to blog about this for a while and don't know why I didn't get to it sooner! My pups and I have met some great anipals and their "hoomans" on twitter. Recently one of our anipals had a great idea for an "Anipal Academy Awards" show and pawpawty event! We were very honored to be asked to be part of the planning committee!

The inspiration behind this was of course the many anipals out there with so many different talents.  From the words of @AutumntheDoxie the Executive Director of this event "Whether we make others laugh, help organize, write blogs, make movies, help our furfriends on the journey to rainbow bridge, or are just a good furfriend to have we all do something to help one another. Now we will have the opportunity to  shine and show one another how much we appreciate what we do for each other and animals everywhere, no matter how small or how big what we do is."

So if you are on twitter or if you are new to this and want to check out some of the nominees / videos / photo submissions etc, please do so. Here are the links:

Anipal Academy Awards information and blog can be viewed here: http://anipalacademyawards.blogspot.com/

Rainbow bridge nominees can be viewed here: http://anipalawardsotrb.blogspot.com/
Hampton and ZuZu nominated Starbuck, here is his write up: http://anipalawardsotrb.blogspot.com/2010/05/puppyjones.html

We can't wait for the pawty!
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more cartoon videos coming soon

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I've had to delay putting up new cartoon videos of the BB's but I am working on that! I'm aiming to get another one up next week! I'm going to try to actually put in voices on this next one. Its fun learning to do this stuff and hope you'll like it.

Stay tuned! ♥ ♥ ♥

Until then, here is our youtube channel again www.youtube.com/user/puppyjoneslove

Subscribe and be our friend! :)
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Hey everyone! I'm feeling out of touch as I haven't been online as much as I usually am. It's been busy as we're trying to catch up on a few projects. One of them is working on Part 3 of our first series of animation shorts called "online love", featuring Hampton Monroe. I had hoped to have it posted yesterday but will have it up by tomorrow! If you haven't seen Part 1 and 2 please have a peek! If you like them please feel free to forward, tweet, or post on your blog / facebook or simply subscribe!  :)  We plan on creating more of these on an ongoing basis. Starbuck, ZuZu and our other characters will also have their own story lines.

Our youtube channel is www.youtube.com/user/puppyjoneslove (I wasn't able to get Puppy Jones).  We also posted them on our fun stuff page so people could access them on our site as well. Note: We are still going to make modifications to the fun stuff page to make it more fun. We'd like it to have much more than just our videos...its all coming soon (still on my list!)

Love,
Grace
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puppy power blog roll

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So its been a few months since we re-launched Puppy Jones and I'm happy about how its going so far. We are still working on a few of the pages (e.g. fun stuff needs to expand, the links page, the shop...). Dave and I still have our day jobs so we are doing what we can in our spare time. There are a few hiccups with the shop but we're getting there and that is our priority.

I am still really shy about my drawings, animations and everything else about Puppy Jones because its a part of me that not everyone has seen or actually knows about (this is the first year that Dave and I have really tried to put Puppy Jones out there). But what is really encouraging for me are the really great people and dogs that I and the bb's have met online over the last few months. Its such a great community!

By joining twitter (@puppyjones and @puppyjoneslove) and facebook (mainly Hampton's profile) we've made connections with writers / bloggers, artists, photographers, graphic designers, life adventurers, etc. What is extra special about these connections and discoveries I think is that there is a common love for dogs.

It seems everyone I've come across has showed encouragement, positive energy and support that you don't always get from other people you meet or know. I think it definitely has something to do with the fact that we all have this love for animals, especially dogs. For lack of a better term, I call that puppy power! (I'm imagining puppy rock doing his fist pumps as I say this - if you don't know what I'm talking about see puppy rock in this video)

Here are a few people and their blog / websites that I've come across and really enjoy. They are all genuinely nice, interesting people and am happy to have met them online.

azora - Hyedie co-writes on this blog which is mainly about sharing thoughts, art and various creations. She belongs to a beagle named Dukey and regularly fosters rescue beagles. By day Heydie is a graphic designer and I love her designs. Her design work can be found here: http://www.happyd-designs.com/ What is also cool is that her boyfriend / fiance(?!) is a positive reinforcement dog trainer. I love this video of her fiance and Petey the rescue beagle they are fostering. I hope to meet Hyedie and Dukey in person this month!


The Joyful Springer - This blog is inspired by Ande's joyful springers, Ducky and Muggins. Ande has such positive energy I was naturally drawn to her website / blog. This blog is all about joy and each post features a fun / happy dog.  Who could ask for more? Ducky's twitter is @joyfulspringer

Ruby's Big Adventure - Ruby is a very cute and funny Boston Terrier and one of the bb's twitter friends. Her Mum Kim writes about  adventures with Ruby which include what its like raising a puppy (with 2 other cats in the house) and the recovery from surgery on both of her hind legs. Ruby tweets @RubytheBT

Animals Wisdom - Maya is a Intuitive Communicator and Holistic Health Consultant learning life lessons with her pitt bull, Starr. She blogs on her website and takes beautiful photos. I really like her outlook on life and perspective on our relationship with animals. She tweets regularly @animalswisdom

Melissa Travels - This is one of the life adventurers I was talking about. Melissa moved all the way from the US to Thailand...with her Beagle Sadie! Need I say more? She blogs regularly about her new life there with Sadie by her side. Sadie and her Mum tweet @Sadiebeagle

http://blog.merrindonahue.com - Merrin is another life adventurer and a beagle Mummy to Oliver. Merrin's traveled to Africa a few years ago and wrote all about it in her blog. I really enjoyed reading all about it - she was very detailed in her posts with great photos. Oliver tweets @Oliverthebeagle

lipsmackstudio - I just recently met Scooter and Bella (2 beagles) and their Mummy Laura on facebook via Hampton. Laura is a graphic designer and a photographer. I'm still reading through Laura's blog but really liking it so far. You'll find beautiful photos here and I really enjoy reading her posts.

That's it for now but I'm sure I'll have more to add to this puppy power blog roll list in the future. There are a few dogs with their own blogs I'd like to mention but I'll save that for another post.
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I was really excited to get my first ever request to draw one of Hampton, ZuZu and Starbuck's twitter friends - @barneythebasset


My drawing was inspired by Barney's puppy photos. Dave helped me to refine the drawing (as he always does). We hope you like it Barney!
 
Cute Barney posted the drawing on his twitter page and added a note to say he has joined our bb's in cartoonland now. What a sweetie. Who knows Barney, you may make an appearance on one of our comics one day! :)

Since then we've actually received a few more requests and VERY flattered about that. However, with our busy schedule we decided we'll save this for a contest in the near future.

Make sure you check out Barney's website, especially his 'funny' album .


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happy heart day!

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You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ~Dr Seuss

We can relate to Dr. Seuss today. We're all up late working on a few things for Puppy Jones and just spending some quality time (QT) together.

We have a new valentine's day comic up in our comic blog that basically sums up how we spent our weekend. We're a pretty laid back couple and its true we feel happiest spending time at home with the bb's (except we were pretty happy on our honeymoon in Paris but we did miss them very much). We didn't come up with the comic for laughs but wanted to share something sweet with you and something other dog lovers can relate to.

A heart warming observation today in theme of heart day:
On our walk tonight a car came up the road which separated me and Hampton on one side and D and ZuZu on the other side. I could see Hampton getting a bit anxious about seperating away from D and ZuZu, which I expected. I also noticed however that ZuZu looked a bit anxious too. I was a bit surprised as although I know she looks out for him its not the same bond she had with Starbuck. When the car passed they both ran at each other and touched their noses as if to say 'hi we're back together again'.
Its nice to see the bond between ZuZu and Hampton becoming stronger. She even let him snuggle with her in her favorite spot and she also gave him some kisses as Hampton proudly posted in his blog. Perhaps she knows its Valentine's day and is giving him some extra love.

Hope everyone gets some extra love today!
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puppy love

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Don't have anything in particular to blog about today so thought I'd just share some puppy love!

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Hampton is just a little over a year now but he still is like a puppy to me. ZuZu will be 9 this year (yikes!) and I still call her my puppy.  Its funny how they still think of themselves as being the same size as they were when they were just a few months old. Sometimes I don't think Hampton realizes how big he has is now by the way he tries to squeeze himself on my lap. He manages to fit but he's just not as small as he used to be! Too cute.


Hope everyone is having a good day today!


p.s. Btw we have a new valentine's comic up. Just a simple story but definitely mirrors reality. I'm also working on another flash and hope to put it up soon. Having fun learning how to use it but no expert by any means so its taking me a bit longer to create.

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starting a new hobby / project

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We're going to be trying out a new project this month - silk screening! Its something I've always wanted to do and with some time off this month we thought it was the best time to try it out. We just need a few more things on our supply list and then we can get started. I'll document on here how it goes! I'm pretty excited about it.
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milestones

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D and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary today. We first started dating 10 years ago today! Amazing how fast time goes by. We went out for a nice dinner and then for desert. My tummy is very very round and bloated right now but also very happy :)

We also finally launched our new puppy jones website! Yahoo!  I couldn't have asked for a better anniversary present. D timed it so that it would launch on the same day. Yes he's very sweet. I've been wanting this new site for a long while now and he's basically behind pulling it all together and the look and feel of it. We still have to finish up a few of the other pages which we're working on but I'm pretty happy with what we have so far. I really just wanted a space for all things related to the bb's and its nice to be able to have the blogs all integrated into one site. Thanks D!! xoxo
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getting close to launching our new website!

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Hello friends!
We are getting really close to re-launching our new web site. I'm so excited! Its been a really long time and I can't believe we are finally going to have an updated web site that we did all on our own! Its not perfect and there is still a lot to do but the first release still makes me very happy. We will have to release the shop and a few other fun things at a later date but we are definitely working on it. I am a bit nervous about our new site for many different reasons but I hope you will like it too!
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