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In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t need another pug. Jack has been the perfect family member in every way. Plus, there’s a big difference between needs and wants so while I didn’t need one, I sure did want one. I kept an eye on various websites and checked in with Jack’s breeder hoping she would have another litter so I could snatch one of Jack’s younger siblings. A litter came last year but I was too slow to get one. It’s a tired cliché but timing really is everything.
A few weeks ago I learned that Jack’s breeder was getting out of the breeding business and looking to sell off her dogs. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add Jack’s mom to our household. I couldn’t bear the thought of this six year old spending her golden years churning out more litters of puppies. I wanted her to live out her golden years in peace with Jack and a house full of kids. Much to my surprise my wife agreed. The kids met her and fell in love at first sight.
Haleigh, Jack’s mom, came to live with us yesterday. She just celebrated her birthday two weeks ago. I have no idea how many litters she’s had over the years (Jack was born two years ago this June). She had shared a pen in a barn with Jack’s dad. When I brought her home I immediately took her to the backyard because she still reeked of the barn (she shared the barn with a couple boxers and a half dozen other pugs all of whom are in need of homes). After a few minutes of play and introduction to Jack I brought her in for a bath but unfortunately, I have not been able to get rid of that smell so we may be off to see a professional groomer this weekend.
Considering how much I’ve spoiled Jack, I’m impressed with how well he’s taken the change. He just wants her to play with him and Haleigh just doesn’t have much interest. She took one of his bones and when he came near she growled at him. When food goes into the bowl she snarfs it down and he gets shut out. I’m hoping this behavior will change if she realizes she no longer has anyone competing with her for food (she was only fed once a day and the Dad seemed to get the bulk of it). I’ve told him to stand his ground but of course he has no idea what I’m saying. Haleigh could stand to put on about five pounds and Jack can easily shed at least 5 so maybe this is a good thing.
Haleigh was not housetrained but had spent some time inside. I have been using the crate and taking her out regularly. She is doing quite well and seems to understand the word “potty” as she goes right after I say it but not before she runs back to the door and then back to me and then around in circles before going. She doesn’t mind the crate if the TV is on or she can hear our voices. She spent most of last night barking so I’ve moved her crate closer to Jack so she knows she’s not alone.
Jack loves to play and Haleigh seems not to want to play if she even knows how. She is incredibly sweet and loves to stand on her hind legs and put her front paws on you while you rub her head. She really seems to be enjoying living inside again. I think once the adjustment period is over it’ll turn out to be a good move for all of us.
Unlike Jack, I am not Haleigh’s favorite. She follows my wife everywhere which is good for me as Jack’s favorite spot is my lap. I do get the sense that my lap will rarely be empty with two pugs around.