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  • Writer's pictureMallie Fox

The Enigma Of A Bugg

Before Marla Hooch came into my world, I had two pugs who never got into any kind of trouble. They were perfect for a low maintenance, okay, let’s just be honest, a lazy kind of person like me. For 16 years, I enjoyed and loved my two little sacks of potatoes. After they passed away within 6 months of each other, I thought I would never get another dog. But then, came Marla Hooch. And like a hurricane, she hit hard and turned everything upside down (in a good way).

One day, just out of curiosity, we did an internet search for black pugs and Marla Hooch’s mug popped up. Her photo was blurry and we thought it was because the owner didn’t know how to use a camera. Little did we know, Marla just doesn’t sit still!!! She is a Bugg….part Pug and part Boston Terrier. We drove eight hours to see her and within one minute of looking into her big, brown, puppy dog eyes, I knew she was meant to be mine.

Fast forward 15 months and several chewed up shoes later, I can’t imagine my life without her. Even though she is mischievous and sometimes somewhat destructive, she makes me laugh and melts my heart. She gets super excited when I walk through the door whether I was gone for 8 hours or 30 seconds to retrieve the mail. She is my little snuggler while I watch my reality t.v. shows and my protector, late at night, when we hear strange noises i.e. the ice maker.

Now, let’s get back to the part where I previously mentioned “somewhat destructive.” She has a thing for chewing off the little, fabric buttons that are on the top of baseball caps. She has the ability to find a baseball cap I haven’t seen since last season’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and have the button chewed off before I can say “drop it Marla!”

Recently, while shopping at one of my favorite stores in town, Glow Fish Studios, I came across The Original Dog Tarot. I thought, “this is perfect! I can finally figure out what goes on in my crazy bugg’s mind!”

Well, I didn't have to wait too long to use the tarot because today, once again, I found a baseball cap without the little button on top…..grrrrrr!

According to the guidebook that comes along with the tarot deck, the origins of The Original Dog Tarot are a kind of a mystery. Some believe it began in ancient Egypt and others believe Italy. In 1785, a french newspaper referred to the dog tarot. The cards became such a phenomenon back then, that Dog Salons (secret occult organizations) began to pop up throughout the Parisian society. People really wanted to know what was going on in their cute, little heads.

I decided to do a “one-card draw” and asked, "why does Marla Hooch like to chew the buttons off my baseball caps?" After concentrating on the question, I selected a card and it was The Auricle. I laughed because the picture reminded me of Marla's bat appropriate!

The Auricle card represents awareness and intuition. Supposedly, I need to pay attention to my surroundings, and to follow Marla's lead. "Dogs help those who help themselves." Yeah, more like Marla Hooch only helps herself when it comes to my hats....hahaha!

I'll definitely be pulling out this tarot deck again the next time Marla does something that makes me go hmmmm. And, with her track recorder, it should be in the next day or so.

All the best,


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