It used to be the question I’d get asked most often about my pug Edie had to due with her tongue.
“Why does her tongue hang out?”
“Does it always hang out?”
“Is there something wrong with her tongue?”
“Is she missing teeth?”
The questions about my dog’s tongue have never bothered me. I take it in stride usually laughing along with them. I explain that there is nothing wrong with my dog’s tongue, and yes, it always hangs out and always to the left. It’s “Edie’s signature” I tell them.
But this post is not about my dog Edie’s tongue.
It’s about the newest most asked question I’m now getting about my dog.
How Old Is Your Dog?
How old is your dog? Inevitably, this question is followed up with “how long do pugs live?”
It used to be I never thought twice about someone asking me my dog’s age. But now when I’m asked, the question feels different. Especially when it’s followed up asking about a pug’s longevity.
I Know My Dog is Getting Older
Yes, I know my dog is getting older.
The whitening of her muzzle and eyebrows are just one of the most obvious signs.
My now senior dog – senior dog, as if that’s not difficult enough to admit, it makes my heart ache.
Edie may not be as rambunctious as my two and a half year old pug Edna, but Edie still enjoys life. She enjoys going outside, taking walks, meeting people, playing with toys and going for car rides. The only difference being, she may not be as fast, and can’t always go as long as she used to.
I try not to take offence when asked about my dog’s age. But I admit, sometimes it stings a little. I’ve been guilty of asking the same question of others, a question I no longer ask.
How Long Do Pugs Live?
In answer to the question, “How long do pugs live?”
If you google the question, “How long do pugs live”, the results will be anywhere between 12- 15 years. But as with any dog, there are many variables when it comes to longevity. Some we have no control over.
Regular Veterinary Wellness Checkups
Feeding Nutritionally Tailored Food
Keeping Our Dogs Slim
In my opinion, the best things I can do for my dogs to help maintain good health and live the longest life possible, not including health issues I have no control over, are, regular veterinarian wellness appointments, feeding a food that is nutritionally tailored to meet their needs, exercise, and, keeping my pugs slim.
So, How Old Is Edie?
Edie turned 10 years old this past June. Once all black, she now sports flecks of white on her chin, neck, paws, muzzle, and her eyebrows, which at times makes her look like she’s judging me lol!
But no matter her age, Edie will always be my puppy.