A little over a year ago my boyfriend and I opened our minds to the idea of adopting a dog. After a visit home to see family, we were approached about taking in a sweet, two year old pug who was in desperate need of a loving home. Though we did not plan on adopting until several months later, upon locking eyes with Frankie for the first time, we knew we had found him a fur-ever home. Here we are a year later with a rambunctious, cuddly pup who brings us loads of joy each and every day and we could not be any happier.
Owning a pug is unlike owning any other dog breed. Their little personalities, pug-isms and attitudes keep you entertained for endless hours of fun. I am a proud parent to a one foot, 20 lb powerhouse who tests my patience everyday. From 20-hour naps to obsessing over tennis balls, I thought I’d share the joys of being a pug parent from my own experiences. Enjoy!
- No matter the place or size of space, your pug will always manage to snuggle up on your lap, by your side or within arm’s reach.
- Pugs are like shadows. Whether you’re in the kitchen, setting the dinner table or trying to take a pee, expect your pug to be at least a foot or less away from you at all times.
- Remember your warm, comfy chair you just left to grab a cup of tea or your favourite magazine? Your pug has already stolen it and claimed it as his own.
- Snoring, snorting and sneezing are all normal parts of a pug’s day. Whether it’s in your face, near your ear or in your fresh glass of water, there are no boundaries when you’re a pug parent.
- Tennis balls are like crack.
- If he’s chewed on your sunglasses or eaten your leftover pizza crust, getting mad or yelling at your pug is impossible. Those. Damn. Wrinkles.
- Speaking of wrinkles, pugs are high maintenance. Their nails grow fast, they shed like crazy and their nose wrinkles need a good cleaning at least once a week. You’ll want to have a fresh stock of baby wipes, a lint roller, nail clippers and a good brush handy at all times.
- You’ll often catch yourself talking in baby voices with high-pitched squeals in order to see your pug’s head tilt from side to side. This is a joy that will never grow old.
- Pugs do not bark – they simply “row-row-wow-wow.”
- You can spend hours thinking of a clever name for your pug, but you will quickly call him nicknames that he will equally understand and respond to. These include: Puggy, Pig, Piggy, Pugsly, Little Pig, Puggy Boy, Pig Bear, Pugtastico… and so on.
- Naps are a part of a pug’s lifestyle. If he’s not eating, playing with his toys or going for a walk, chances are he’ll be sleeping – sometimes for 20 hours a day.
- Despite their lazy nature, pugs love to play and get hyper. You will familiarize yourself with the zoomies where your pug skedaddles around the house at record-breaking speeds, round and round in circles until he’s tuckered out.
- Keep a stash of veggies around like carrots and kale. Your pug will love this sneakingly healthy treat – in moderation.
- Pugs can have what is known as Small Man Syndrome: any dog bigger than him from a lab to Great Dane is a threat and he will try and show his small power by barking and putting them in their place. He will be unsuccessful and continue on with his day anyway.
- At the end of the day, pugs are the most loving, cuddly and caring creatures around. If you treat them with love and respect you will always get it in return.