Help, I Have Bed Pugs!

Help,

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!

Help, I Have Bed Pugs!

A pug could get used to this comfort!

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!

Help, I Have Bed Pugs!

How can you resist these eyes?

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?

 

Author: Kelly Harding & Edie The Pug

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  1. This sounds very similar to the husky cuddle bug problem we have at my house! LOL. My senior dog LOVES to cuddle. And by cuddle I mean all 50 pounds of fluff laying on top of you or however close she can possibly get. LOL

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    • And hear I thought a 19 pound pug was an issue! I bet you keep warm in winter though 😉

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  2. This sounds like heaven! hahaha. My dogs love their crates too much, I can’t imagine how they would be in bed.

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    • Edie love(d) her crate too! Just be careful if the time ever comes and they get the opportunity to join you in the big bed!

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  3. LOL. My bed yorkie-poodle is next to me in bed right now. Ruby sleeps with us so I don’t have advice. She’s pretty good about staying at the end of the bed and not moving around much at night.

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    • Edie sleeps right smack dab in between the two of us at the head of the bed. I prefer this actually because I would worry that she might fall off in the middle of the night.

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  4. When my husband is out of town, I have a bed puggle. It is the best! The other nights he sleeps in his crate and he seems to understand the situation perfectly.

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    • Edie is the same. Once I’ve had enough, and need a good night’s sleep, she knows that it’s time to go back into her own bed – for the time being 😉

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  5. Cute and funny! I don’t know of a time when my pets haven’t sleep in the bed. During my childhood they were always welcome and now as a married adult. The only difference is there used to be just one pet; now there are four. Maybe the real solution is training ourselves how to sleep in cramped space? 😉

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    • Oh my gosh, four pets in the bed! How do you do it? I’m hanging of the bed as it is with just a little bed pug!

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  6. Bed pugs…the best kind of problem to have! Dogs in the bed are a must – I know a lot of people feel strongly about not doing it, but gosh darn it – let’s show them how wrong they are! Bed pugs infestation is a must! Great piece, made me smile!

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    • Of all the problems we have, being infested with a bed pug is really not an issue 🙂

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    • Yes, bed pugs are so much better than bed bugs! Cuter too 🙂

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  7. I read this on another social media page earlier and thought it was hilarious! I guess I have Persian bugs in my bed all the time and I don’t want to get rid of them either.

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  8. * Falls of chair in fits of giggles *

    Oh my this is the most serious thing I have heard in a long time! Do you need to call in the military 😉 Can a pug rescue help 😉

    Do you need me to fly over from New Zealand? I know I can help *g*

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    • LOL! Well I think calling in the military might be a bit excessive 😉

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  9. Mr. N has always slept in the bed. Crate training is not my forte (I keep having dogs with separation anxiety) but I hear the crate games DVD recommended a lot.

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    • I think because Edie has used a crate from day one, she has always felt safe and comfortable in it. It’s her own little place to relax and chill

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  10. BOL! We’ve got a few Bed-Mutts over here, but your BedPug is adorable! 🙂

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  11. Your bed pugs are adorable! I’ve always let my dogs sleep in bed, even encouraged it. I have trouble sleeping sometimes but feeling my dogs snuggled up next to me brings me a lot of comfort and helps me sleep.

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    • Oh I left out the part of having a cat at my feet as well as a pug at my side!

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  12. I don’t mind bed-pets at all. When I had dogs, they slept with me if they wanted to (sometimes several dogs at once), and now I have a cat or two that sleeps with me.

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  13. Such a cute “problem” to have. Even when you miss sleep, it’s hard to say no to that cuteness. lol. We have a serious bed mutt problem. 🙂

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    • How soon we forget how tired we are when our pups want to crawl back into bed with us at the end of the day.

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  14. LOL Oh those faces get ya every time! I don’t have a pug but I did have cats. My cat that passed away 2 years ago Dusty did that very thing. Gave my husband those “eyes”. He was adamant against having her on the bed. Fast forward and I would catch him passed out sleep on the bed and who is beside him at his feet? Dusty zonked out too. So much for keeping her off the bed as planned. I didn’t mind, but it’s funny to see a man cave in to the look of “the eyes”. LOL

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    • Edie thinks, no she knows, her hudad is a pushover for the puggy eyes.

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  15. Excited to hear some results. My Bed Pug is looking at me with those eyes right now : )

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