I Have Bed Pugs!
What do you do when you have a bed pug?
Have you ever had bed pugs?
Once bed pugs have invaded, can they be removed?
Someone with a bed pug infestation asked for my help. They wanted to know if I had suggestions as to how to remove a bed pug, and if it was even possible? The following is my bed pug story, it may not be as severe as some with bed pugs, but I think the potential is there.
First, let’s define a Bed Pug.
Bed: A piece of furniture that offers comfort, a place to relax, rest, sleep and recharge.
Pug: A small, compact, snorting, playful, charming, stubborn, very clever at getting their way, can’t leave your side, including when it’s bed time dog.
Combining the above = Bed Pugs!
Now if like me, you’ve made the decision to place said pug on to your bed, you may be setting yourself up to forever having bed pugs.
From day one, my pug slept in her own cozy bed that was placed inside of a crate. My pug viewed that crate as her den, her safe place, somewhere she could rest and relax and not once did I experience an issue with her not wanting to go inside her crate.
My bed pug infestation began innocently enough. Husband came down with the flu and I moved to the spare room, because everyone knows having the flu is much worse than having a bed pug 😉 My future bed pug was extremely curious about this new arrangement. Imagine finding a bed similar to your own but a zillion times bigger, and this new bed offered big cushiony pillows and soft warm blankets to roll around in! Really, who could resist such luxury? Then imagine the added bonus of having your favourite human to curl up with!
My bed pug set me up for failure from the get go!
How do I explain to my pug, with the big pleading eyes, that I would be moving back to MY bed and she was to go back to HER bed?
I now not only had a bed pug guilt tripping me, I have a husband that’s on the pug’s side!
Here is an sample of our bed pug discussion:
Husband: “Oh let her come up on the bed with us, just this one time.
Me: “No, she needs to go back in her own bed”
Husband: “But look how cute she is, she doesn’t take up much room”
Me: “She doesn’t take up any room on YOUR side of the bed, I’m the one she leans against, and I’m the one hanging off the edge of a king size bed!”
Now visualize this conversation with a big eyed pug sitting by the side of your bed, I swear she understood what was being said! Guess who won that night’s bed pug decision. I swear pugs where given those eyes to make their humans feel guilty and to get their own way!
My bed pug remained for a few more nights, until lack of sleep, lack blankets, the worry of rolling over on my bed pug, not to mention the occasional pug toot (husband denies it’s him), made me say “that’s enough, this pug humom needs her sleep!”
I had to be strong, strong for my husband, strong for my bed pug. For everyone’s sake my cute little bed pug had to go back to her den. Was it easy? Well there were some tears but my husband got over it 😉 saying my bed pug was shocked at being put back in her own bed was putting it mildly. There were a couple of whimpers, from both bed pug and husband, but I knew this was best decision for all.
Thankfully, my bed pug settled down and returned to her own bed, yet each night she still stands by my side of the bed in hopes of being invited back into the big bed. For now, until my bed pug or my husband wears me down, my little bed pug sleeps in her own bed and I no longer hang off the edge of my bed.
All joking aside, this is the first time I’ve allowed a dog to sleep in my bed. I now relate to this person who reached out for my input on how to get their dog back into the dog bed.
On behalf of all dog parents with bed pugs/bed dogs, I ask this of you:
1) Have you ever, or do you now, allow your dog into your bed?
2) What advice would you give to someone who is trying to get his or her dog back into the dog bed?