Marshall, Michigan; Since the 1960s living in Southern California.
I have always been in love with dogs. My family had dalmations - usually two. We lived on a farm in Michigan and they loved to run in the fields.
After my education, I started working. Not liking Michigan weather..hated Spring too much mud..hated summer too humid..loved the Fall with all the colors...but the winters were way too much. I decided to drive out to California with a friend. Discovering Southern California was a dream. Even with the earthquakes and the fires, It was better than Michigan. I lived at the beach and then within a bike ride from the beach until 1990. I moved closer to the mountains where the weather is a little like Michigan.
I was laid off work last July and have been unable to find a job in my field. Time will tell when I will find another job. I can still pay all my bills so I'm not that bad off. I have cut out all my extra activities that involve dollars. I also have much more time to play with my pug puppy which I got right before I was laid off.
How many pugs own me:
About my Pugs:
I am a lover of pugs. I have had three. The first was Prince LaPaz "Paz". I bought him in Michigan in the summer of 1974 and flew him out to California at 2 months old by plane. My dad bought a first class ticket for Paz. Paz went to puggy heaven at 13 years old.
In 1988 I decided I need another pug. Paddington was my birthday present to me. Paddy was so different from Paz but just has loveable. Paddy went to puggy heaven in 2002. I took it so bad that I was very unhappy for a year.
I waited until 2009 and decided I had to have another pug. I decided on a black pug this time so I wouldn't compare it to Paz or Paddy. I hunted for a breeder with a wonderful breeder. I pick out Portia (first female) at birth. I went to visit her each week. I bought her home at 8 weeks. She fit right in my palm in my hand. Portia has been so different than my first two fawn male pugs. She's very hyper and always want her way. She has had many small medical issues also different than my first two. About a month ago she was very upset with me for taking away one of her toys she had been chewing on for way to long. She went to her bed and had a seizure. I rushed her to the vet immediately not knowing what was wrong. She stayed overnight and had all types of test. The blood work came back with her levels way to high. The vet sent home 3 meds. Two antibiotics and one a steriod. She has had three more blood test with levels getting higher. She hasn't had only the one seizure, but you never know what Portia will wake up in the morning. A sweet Portia or the usual Portia who barks and gets mad if she doesn't get her way. Today the vet suggested maybe she should be put on anti-seizure meds. I don't agree. What do you think.
I love my Portia so much, In the afternoon and evening she is the perfect pug. It is just the mornings. Also I'm so afraid she will have another seizure.
Thank you for listening to my love of Pugs.
I just read your profile. Thanks for sharing your interesting story with pugs so far. Feb 2012 I lost my first girl Zoe and then found Pugslife. I couldn't be without a pug (I do have two other dogs I love as well, but they aren't pugs) so I started looking. Fran here on pugs life offered me one from her litter. They had only one fawn female out of the six and that's exactly what I wanted. So I decided to go down to Phoenix and get her. A bit of an adventure coming from Vancouver Canada. No trouble on the plane, she was in a carrier under the seat in front of me. Kloe is adorable and very different from my Zoe. I think about Zoe every day and it brings tears to my eyes. I miss her so much and it doesn't seem to get easier, but Kloe helps as well as the other two dogs!
Keep posting pics, we love them here. Check out all my pics of Kloe and my other dogs. Lots of good stuff!
Hi Shirley I just came accross your page. I so agree with you about black girl pugs. I have one along with a fawn female and male. My black girl Pixie is so hyper and so smart. She is also long legged and long in body. I too wondered if she was a mix when I first saw her. I wasn't very familiar with black pugs. But after seeing so many I can tell they come in all shapes and sizes. I will say that the black girls do seem to be lankier. Would love to see some more pics of Portia. She is just gorgeous.
I really enjoyed your video, she is quite the character. Thank you very much for the friend request and we all very gladly accept. Lucas is the result of my last endeavor with breeding, I have retired from the show ring with my pugs some eight years ago now, Walker being the last to be in the ring. And now with Lucas I am finished with breeding. It has been a most wonderful experience and sometimes heartbreaking (litters) but I would not have had it any other way. I am, as with you, totally mesmerized and hopelessly in love with the breed. Please have a wonderful and safe Memorial weekend, I shall be at our local cemetery to honour my fallen comrades this weekend as I have done since returning from Vietnam.
Shirley,when i was looking for another pug, i also was looking for a smaller pug. I really didnt care about highth so much just wanted a more petite one all around.I did see both Jades parents and they looked great.Both were small to average in size and looked completely different than my other two pugs which was a pluss for me,as i like having three different looking girls..:) Of course what really maters is the health of the animal and im hoping im just as lucky with Jade as the other two.I hope portia does not have another seizure and am glad to here her blood work is looking better.I know what you mean about loving them no mater what,they are my second set of children and i love them in different ways at different ages,lol
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