November 2007 Blog Posts (18)

First 6 months

What is so special about the first 6 months of your pug puppies life? This is the time when all dog owners unwittingly train their dogs to do all the things they don’t want their dog doing as adult dogs. Am I telling you that you really train your dog to jump on the couch? Or, am I telling you that you really do train your dogs to fight with each other? Am I actually suggesting that you train your dog to bite, bark and beg for food? You better… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 30, 2007 at 3:42am — No Comments

Rescue Stories

Dharma and Kramer are just 2 of the many pugs Arizona Pug Adoption and Rescue Network (APARN) has found caring families for.



Kramer's foster family fell in love with him and he is now a permanent resident, assisting in the daily Pug Patrol rounds. He is living in Flagstaff and enjoys occasionally to make fun of those he left behind here in the Valley. Kramer wants… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 30, 2007 at 3:18am — 1 Comment

Pug Factsheet



Popularity:

13th in 2006; with 20,008 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).



First recognized as a breed:

Although the Pug breed is ancient - some put his origination back to 400 B.C.E. - the Pug breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.



Naming:

The Pug is thought to have got its name from looking like the pug monkey.



AKC Grouping:

Toy.



Size:

Height between… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 29, 2007 at 3:19am — No Comments

My Precious Toy

I am cute and funny and I love to play a lot. I love to take long naps more, but however...playing is my second priority in my life. You are my first.



And because you care about me and my well being, because Christmas is knocking at your door, I'm suggesting you several toys I would really enjoy. You can find them all on Fat Cat INC.





1. Crackler… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 29, 2007 at 2:30am — No Comments

Patellar luxation

Patellar luxation is a common orthopedic problem for the smaller breed dogs. Studies have shown that small dogs (that is dogs weighing under 20lbs at maturity) have twelve times the chance of having this problem than medium or large to giant breed dogs. Research has also shown that females are one and a half times more likely to be affected than males. The higher cases in… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 29, 2007 at 2:14am — No Comments

Elongated Soft Palate

Symptoms

Elongated soft palace is the most common pug breathing disorder. The soft palate is the flap of skin at the back of the throat. If the palate is too long, it blocks the airway making it difficult for the dog to breathe. The dog can also choke on or spit up pieces of kibble and even faint from lack of air. Signs are severe panting, unable to calm down quickly when excited, and possibly vomiting. Noisy, hoarse breathing when overheated is another symptom.



A… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 29, 2007 at 1:13am — No Comments

10 Commandments of Pug Owners

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you will be very painful.



2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.



3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well being.



4. Don't be angry with me for long, and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment. I have only you!



5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I understand your… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 28, 2007 at 5:17am — 2 Comments

How to put a Stop to your Pug's Shedding

I admit, shedding is one of the "not so nice" things related to us, pugs. Therefore, I spent plenty of time thinking while taking a nap, to find out solutions for this trouble we cause. And the solution was right under my nose within the pages of Urban Pug...



"So, how do you keep your pug from shedding? Well, I have a couple techniques. The first and foremost is my vacuum. This is what… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 28, 2007 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Entropion Explained

Entropion is a disorder in which the lower lid margins roll inward to the extent that hair rubs on the plane of the eyeball. In rare cases, the upper lid can also be affected to some degree. One or both eyes may be involved. This condition can occur in all breeds, frequent recurrence to some breeds suggesting an inherited trait.



Symptoms

Most dogs with entropion will squint and have a reddened, irritated and swollen eye. Because of the pain suffered, dogs will… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 28, 2007 at 2:41am — No Comments

Stenotic Nares Disorder Made Simple

Stenotic nares (pinched nostrils) is a frequent deformity found most commonly in brachycephalic dogs, including pugs. Because of their anatomy, pugs have an increased struggle to airflow through their upper respiratory tracts – the mouth, nose and larynx.



Stenotic nares are determined by congenital malformation of the cartilages of the nose, related to selective breeding of dogs with short noses. Although stenotic nares are there at birth, clinical signs of respiratory… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 28, 2007 at 2:04am — No Comments

One or two Pug Parasites

Fleas and ticks aren’t your only concern, though they are major worries. You also need to think about worms, such as hookworms and roundworms. How do you keep your Pug away from worms and other parasites? Consult your vet and use flea and tick repellent such as Frontline or whatever product you and your vet like better.



Don’t take ticks carelessly either, no matter where you live. Ticks can certainly be found in the actual jungle of Manhattan and in any silent suburb, too. To reduce… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 27, 2007 at 7:07am — No Comments

Pug Books

Amazon proves to be great when dealing with books.



Here comes a list with pug books people buy to help them with their dog. If you already own any of the following or bought something else, feel free to write a review and let others know which would be the right choice for them.



1. The New Pug (Hardcover), By Shirley Thomas



2. The Complete Pug (Book of the…

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Added by Twirly on November 27, 2007 at 3:35am — No Comments

To Do List for Any Pug Owner

Your Pug asks for regular brushing to keep its short fur looking good and its skin healthy. Brush thoroughly from head to tail. Pay particular attention to the Pug's face. Wipe between the folds of skin softly with a warm washcloth, q-tips, or cotton balls.



Periodic bathing is essential, but don't exceed with it. Too many baths can lead to dry, peeling skin. It is best not to clean your pug more frequently than once every 2… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 27, 2007 at 2:23am — No Comments

Pug Medical Problems

Because of their specific features, pugs encounter specific medical problems too.



The shortened muzzle (referred to as brachiocephalic) is the root of breathing problems and air gulping. The main symptom for this issue is that your pug has way too many gases. At the same time, breathing problems occur especially in hot, humid season. Therefore, air conditioning in summer months in the south is vital.



Signs of heat prostration are frequent in… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 27, 2007 at 1:49am — 2 Comments

A hell of a Pug

Being one of the most affectionate breeds, pugs seem to be the appropriate dog for any person. But reality has its own ways to prove everything wrong, so you should know a couple of specific pug facts before deciding to get one.



Pugs are stubborn

Pugs are frequently very stubborn. What does this mean? Pugs act like spoiled children. When they find a treat or a toy really attracting, well, you just have to give it to him. There’s no doubt… Continue

Added by Twirly on November 27, 2007 at 12:50am — 7 Comments

Pugs in media

In a May 23, 2007 web issue of The Onion, pugs were sketched in a fake news article titled Dog Breeders Issue Massive Recall Of '07 Pugs. The piece satirizes pugs and pug

breeders by speaking of the dog and…

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Added by Twirly on November 26, 2007 at 5:44am — No Comments

A little bit of Pug History

First of all the Pug is one of the oldest existing breeds, tracing its roots back to China, Tibet, then Japan and Europe. From 400 B.C. through time, he has always

been domesticated, and has entered himself to mankind.







The truth how the pug came to be is somewhat a mystery. But scientists agree that it was…

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Added by Twirly on November 26, 2007 at 2:04am — No Comments

Glad to be here!

Glad to be part of Pugs Life!

I've been working on putting up some expert videos and tips for Pug owners, such as how to house train a Pug, how to groom a Pug, great Pug dog names, etc. Check 'em out and let me know if you've got some more ideas!

Best,
Michelle

Added by Michelle Arthur on November 11, 2007 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

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