You ever look at your pug and wonder what in the hell is going thru their mind (if you're like me you may have even wondered if their brains are as wrinkled as their faces. If so, it would explain a lot about pug behavior)? For instance:

It doesn't matter how much carpet cleaner, deodorizer, etc I put on the carpet Jack will find a spot on the rug to dig at like the tastiest treat or the secret of the universe is hidden in there. Damage to carpeting is a very sore subject in my house. I'm not as bothered about it as my wife is. I would prefer hardwood floors anyway.

Jack has been fixed but from time to time he hops on my leg like it's the sexiest woman alive. Never anyone else's leg...just mine. I tell him "Jack, I love you but not in that way." I think he does it because our young kids laugh.

No one is allowed to eat in peace in the presence of a pug. We do not give in to begging. Lately Jack will bark with furious anger at the sight of someone enjoying a snack. Mind you, he gets more snacks than anyone in the house and none of us bark at him over it. I suspect he may be telling me "Listen, I heard you complaining about putting on you really need that Christmas cookie you fat tub of goo?"

I don't want to be too crude with this observation, and it mainly applies to fellow male pug owners but why is it when Jack jumps on my lap he without fail ALWAYS finds the most sensitive part of my body to apply all his body weight? Is this his way of getting even for having him fixed?

I am convinced a Christmas tree is the best spot to hide behind for a pug who has grabbed something he should not have.

If a pug were a human TV character he would be Columbo. Remember how Columbo would be seen as being slow and clueless and at the end of the episode he would suprise everyone with his genius? That's my pug.

Perhaps its us putting human traits on to a dog but when Jack is getting his belly tickled and whenever we get under his chin we swear he laughs.

I don't mean to insult other breeds of dogs. I do appreciate all breeds and all animals (except for cats...sorry, just don't like them. Always found them stuck on themselves. They are the Kardashian sisters of the animal kingdom). However, when I encounter other dogs I walk away thinking "that dog's ok but it ain't no pug."

This might apply only to those of you in the USA but whenever those ASPCA commercials with Sarah McLachlan come on the TV I feel the need to shield Jack's eyes so he doesn't get upset. Then I realize he has no clue and that I really don't like Sarah McLachlan's music and turn the channel.

Maybe it's my age, maybe its the fact Jack is a wonderful companion but I realize with a few exceptions the relationship I have with him is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling that I've had with any living creature. There are moments where he drives me crazy (and I'm sure he gets fed up with me) but we seem to understand each other. At the end of a crappy day at work (and believe me that's every day these days), he never fails to run to the door and be excited to see me. Within minutes of being in his presence the grime of the day slips away and I feel myself again. The next morning as I set off for another day of stress and futility in the workplace he sees me to the door with his ears perked and a look that says "I'll be here when you get back." At least that's how I take it.

Final thought-I spend too much time thinking about pugs.



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Comment by Stanisław Krajewski on December 16, 2011 at 8:43am

Pugs are excellent companion dogs (following you, cuddling etc.), but have you noticed how cautious they are? I mean, pugs are always calculating (in their wrinkly brains) what is good or bad for them. Yesterday, I was trying to lure OJ with a ham to apply him eye drops. He was suspicious cause he saw me taking sth out of a bag, but I kept it hidden. He stood there for few minutes making a risk assessment, but when I made one step closer he started to run upstairs. Clever beast, he can even restrain his gluttony if needed.

Comment by Jackie Hiras on December 16, 2011 at 7:50am

This is hilarious!  They are such characters and the world sure does revolve around them :)

Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on December 15, 2011 at 7:57am

LOL....or not enough time thinking about pugs is what yours would say!  Funny reflections, you had me giggling!  :0)

Comment by Puggirl on December 15, 2011 at 3:11am

This was so well written and also so insightful. I would agree with you on all counts except one, on which, I am afraid, it is my hubby who will be agreeing. And believe me, it is not just our pug, our 40 kg heavy lab also does that to my hubby's you-know-what, when they are playing. You can imagine my poor hubby's plight !!

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on December 14, 2011 at 5:35pm

After reading these last three blogs, I am convinced that Pugs are just like kids.  Did you ever notice that some kids will misbehave the closer Christmas gets, well I am thinking that these Puggies are doing the same thing.  Do they not know that Santa is watching them, and he know when they are good and when they are bad, when they are sleeping and when they are not.  LOL  just my take on all of this 

Comment by Pugman! on December 14, 2011 at 5:29pm

Hey now this is very well written, and I must agree with all thats been said.  I too feel the same way, with the exception of one.  Male pugs, and females for that matter are indescriminate when it come to pouncing, bounding, belly flopping and any other means of obtaining an involentary reflex from me concerning that spot you mention.  Neutered or spayed, or not, they bloody well do it on purpose!

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