Social network for pugs and their people.
I took Jack to the vet for a nail trim and an ear cleaning. I envy those of you who are able to trim your pug's nails. Jack likes to squirm whenever you are doing any grooming with him and given how sensitive the nails are I would rather leave that to a professional. I feel pretty good about doing the ear cleaning and do that in between vet visits but my vet does a nice job getting all that gross gunk out of there that I don't mind having him do that when we go for the manicure/pedicure.
Unfortunately this past Saturday the vet's office was a zoo. Every parking spot was full and the waiting room was jam packed. I decided just to buy some heartworm meds and put off the nails until another day. On our way out of the office I saw a couple I met before when Jack was just a puppy. They told me they were the proud owners of three pugs (none were with them that day) and during our conversation I found out that a friend of theirs had almost purchased Jack before I was able to (I put the deposit down a couple hours before they could...lucky me!). This time they had their pugs with them (and another dog which looked like a husky).
They couldn't get over how big Jack has become. They had a 10 year old male and a 3 year old female with them. The 10 year old just sat by their big dog and didn't want anything to do with me, my daughter or Jack. Jack approached their 3 year old but she wanted no part of his social call and very loudly told him to back away. My wimpy dog cowered behind my legs.
I don't encounter many other pugs where I live and this was only the second time in the year and a half I've had Jack that we saw another pug at the vet's office. What was amazing to me and this couple was how much bigger Jack was than their pugs. I admit Jack is a bit chunky (he loves his treats) but not obese or even fat. He's very solid and muscular. So not only did Jack have more girth than these other pugs he was nearly twice as tall. This is what shocked me the most. He looked like a pro basketball player next to an average sized human. I wish I had taken a picture but alas my cellphone died (after we took Jack home it was off the wireless store to buy a new one).
I have never been one to obsess about breed standards but I do admit to worrying that Jack was heavier than the standard weight. After visiting with this family and their two little pugs it reminded me that you cannot measure anything by standards because pugs, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. Let us instead judge them by their character just like we would a person. If it's one thing that's true of all pugs, it's character! They have it in abundance.