Things My Pug Has Taught Me

Before my pug Edie, I had not had a small dog. I’ve had a Golden Retriever, I grew up with a Doberman, and for a time, I lived on a farm with a variety of large dogs. So when Edie the Pug came into my life she taught me all about what’s known as “The Pug Life”, but most importantly, she taught me I could not live without a pug.

The following is just a sample of some of the things my pug has taught me.

Privacy – No Such Thing

Pugs follow you everywhere – I mean everywhere, privacy will be a thing of the past. You will never again sit on a chair or couch alone, and should you break down and let your pug sleep in bed with you, you will never sleep alone again – ever!

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

Are you going to be in there much longer?

 

Pugs Favourite Things

Pugs are happy go lucky dogs with a love of life, a passion for their humans, but go into the kitchen, open the fridge or crack open a cupboard and you just might find your first place standing challenged.

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

Official kitchen floor cleaner

 

Pug Health 

Pugs have those eyes for a reason and it’s not just to see with. They use their cute, wrinkly, full of expression faces to their advantage, and that advantage is usually to score food and treats. This leads many pugs to become overweight.

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

First rule of pug- how to use your eyes to get what you want

Pugs are full of drama! They will make you believe their world is coming to an end when its nail trim time, just ask any groomer or vet about pugs and nail trims.

Don’t let anyone tell you pugs don’t shed because they DO, my clothes and furniture will testify to this.

Those cute wrinkly pug faces require daily cleaning and you WILL be snorted in the face while cleaning said folds.

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

How long before she turns around and comes back?

Pugs are heat sensitive so air conditioning is a must. Pugs will not be joining you for a walk on a hot summer day, instead, they will be staring at you from the window, giving you the “pug eyes”, making you feel sooo bad for leaving them alone that you WILL turn around and go back home.

 

Pugs require daily exercise. However, your pug will have exceptions to this rule:

  1. It’s raining
  2. It’s snowing
  3. It’s too cold
  4. The wind is blowing in the wrong direction
  5. Any combination of the above
Things My Pug Has Taught Me

It’s not raining so we are good to go!

Important note: As a pug parent  “Potty Strike” will become a part of your vocabulary. Pugs are known for their stubbornness and determination, especially when it comes to refusing to go potty for any and all of the above-mentioned weather alerts.

 

A group of pugs is called a grumble – because the word grumble is cute and so are pugs 😉

Although pugs are small, they can be stubborn – such as the “potty strike” example above.

Pug zoomies! Short bursts of energy that result in a pug speeding around, full speed, tail uncurled, running in circles – picture the tasmanian devil cartoon character. These zoomies are usually followed by a pug nap 😉

Pugs are EXPERTS at getting their way! They are cute,they know it and WILL use it to their advantage.

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

Who says you can’t be fashionable and warm at the same time

Just a warning to those fashionistas out there, don’t be jealous, but your pug WILL have a better wardrobe than you! Pugs require appropriate attire and protection during cold, wet and winter months. But trust me, once you buy your pug that first cute jacket or sweater you will be hooked and no longer mind playing second fiddle on the runway because your pug will look so darn cute.

Would I have thought twice about bringing my pug Edie into my life had I known any or all of the above pug facts?

Not in your life!

Things My Pug Has Taught Me

Edie the Pug

 

 

Author: Kelly Harding & Edie The Pug

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  1. I loved finding out more about Pugs! Oh, and those eyes, I bet they can get whatever they want! Too cute!

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  2. My sister’s Pug, Lulu, was exactly like you describe. She was also so funny and we will miss her forever.

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  3. Lol, the pug life! What a cutie! I can see why you love your pal so much!

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  4. I love this post. I had no idea a group of pugs was called a grumble – interesting.
    Edie is quite the character. I only ever had cats until I discovered cat sized dogs. Love the little guys!

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  5. I can NOT get over that tongue!! Not that it had anything to do with the article – but it had everything to do with it. Also, I need a pug.

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    • I’m thinking of trademarking Edie’s tongue LOL!

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  6. OMG When you said pugs are full of drama, that just hit home for me. I totally love pugs and have had a lot in my dog training classes. Yes, really smart and eager students, but they do have a bit of a drama queen/king thing going on. So funny!

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    • I believe pugs are the drama queens and kings of the dog world! And that’s what makes them so adorable 🙂

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  7. LOL I had no idea Pugs were so picky! Well well well. Cats aren’t the only ones. I also did not know about heat sensitivity and high maintenance of cleaning the folds/wrinkles. I learn more everyday. Despite all the ‘hassle” they are SO worth it , right? Mush mush. Love our pets.

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    • Pugs are sooooo worth it!

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  8. Other than the daily exercise walks, Pugs sound a lot like Persians. I have to clean Brulee’s face and eyes all the time because of her flat face. I grew up with a Collie, but my parents got a Pekingese right before I got married. Small dogs are definitely different.

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    • Different is a good thing!

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  9. Mum always wanted a pug. This is a great primer for potential pug owners~

    AND

    Pugs totally ROCK!!!!

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  10. LOL!!! Yes, on bathroom privacy. My little dog cannot be away from me for one second even if I’m in the bathroom.

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  11. How adorable is this post!!! I am now thinking Ruby might be part Pug – I thought she was a yorkie-poodle, but she definitely has some Pug traits – like following me in the bathroom! She’s not a drama queen about grooming, but she will NOT walk in the rain or windy conditions. Really fun post!

    I have never had a Pug, but one of my best friends has always had a Pug or two.

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  12. LOL I love the list of exceptions under which a Pug doesn’t want to go outside. While I’m not going to speak on behalf of Rotties in general, our Rotties always want(ed) to go outside. The only thing Cookie draws a line with as swarms of biting insects.

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    • Yes, pugs are fickle when it comes to going outside to do their business! I don’t blame Cookie for not wanting to go out with swarms of biting insects, I wouldn’t go either!

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  13. I had never known that a group of pugs was called a grumble. That may be the coolest thing I’ve ever heard. I used to date a man who was obsessed with pugs and was determined to have one when he settled down. We can always learn something from our pets. I love the humor!

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    • Isn’t grumble the cutest word for such cute pugs! There are so many people obsessed with pugs and there’s a reason for that!

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      • The cutest word! I need to include that in my daily vocabulary.

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    • Then Edie would love visiting your house!

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  14. BOL! When I first met my husband, his roommates had a Pug named Tojo. He was such a fun dog, and I remember him and the “zoomies.” He also would eat…until physically ill, and then eat some more. Sweet dog, and I’ve had a soft spot for puglies ever since.

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    • Yup! Pugs will eat and eat and eat…you get where I’m going with this 😉 As cute as they are, we have to be so careful not to let those big eyes persuade us to keep feeding them.

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    • Aren’t pug zoomies the funniest! And yes, pugs will eat and eat and eat…you get where I’m going with this. But for their own good and for their health we can’t let those big eyes fool us into giving them more treats and food.

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  15. I absolutely LOVE the fact they need apparel. A dog with fashion is always fantastic. My son wants a pug in the worst way. He tells me constantly how they are the cutest and best dogs in the world.

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    • Your son is so right! Pugs are the cutest and best dogs in the whole world! Although I might be a tad biased 😉

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  16. It’s funny: as big dog people we often can’t imagine falling for a little dog, until we do. Little dogs just take over a house and your life!

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    • Little dogs, big dogs, they all take over our lives and our hearts!

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