I’m going to tell you the biggest lie in the pug world -  on one condition. You have to pinky–paw-swear that you won’t tell your pug who told you. We’re on the honor system here. I’m going to assume that if you’re still reading you won’t rat me out.

Here goes – the Number One Lie your pug tells you every day: “ I’m Starving to Death”.

I know you’ve heard this one, and I bet you’ve fallen for it. We fix our big suffering eyes on you, suck in our cheeks to make our faces look like Twiggy after a 7 day fast and then droop. Works almost every time.

If the dog owner is halfway savvy, they’ll look at our puffy bodies and hesitate. Then we drop on the floor as though too weak to stand and look up with an expression that says, “Who you gonna believe – me or your lyin’ eyes?”  If the dog owner is halfway savvy, they’ll look at our puffy bodies and hesitate. Then we drop on the floor as though too weak to stand and look up with an expression that says, “Who you gonna believe – me or your lyin’ eyes?”

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The "I'm Starving to Death" Look, Phase I

We might even let our tongue loll out of our mouth just a little bit.

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The "I'm Starving to Death Look", Phase II

Don’t buy it. Most pugs are overweight except me, of course, because my mother caught onto my lie early and measures out my food with a frustratingly frugal hand.

If your pug has you so convinced that he’s about to croak from starvation that you’re afraid to hold back on that extra treat, run your hands over his/her body.  I know, I know. Your pug has probably told you that he’s supposed to be stubby and squatty and stocky. But, there’s cute chubby and then there’s omg- he’s-almost-a-zeppelin chubby.

According to my vet, you’re supposed to be able to feel our ribs – they shouldn’t protrude, but they need to be findable. If they seem to be covered with an inch of fat, you should hold back on that treat. If you can’t feel them at all then it’s time to sign your pug up for Weight Watchers.

Why am I telling you this? I’m sick of being laughed at for being the only svelte pug in my play group. It’s like being the kid whose mother packs carrots as a snack while everyone else has Hostess cupcakes. Not cool.

Shhhhhhh. Remember, don’t tell anyone who told you.

Respectfully submitted,

Waldo Blackwood-Thomas


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Comment by Maria on December 5, 2012 at 8:19pm

Hahaha , mine truly deserves an Oscar for his award-winning performance! gotta love pugs

Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on December 5, 2012 at 1:59am

LOL, this made me laugh so much.  Sassy Sue has the perfect figure and Daisy Doo is ....well, let's say "not so perfect".  I think I'm a victim to that lie!  :0)

Comment by Beth Ann Blackwood on November 30, 2012 at 3:30pm

Yeah - I wonder where they learn that pose that lets them hide the fat - gotta be genetic!

Comment by Karen Pug Mommy on November 30, 2012 at 2:02pm

Now isn't this the truth!  Of course if the half starved expression doesn't work, the pug has ample tricks up his sleeve. He may tilt his head several times, sit around looking adorable.  When my son eats, Disco will put his paw on him, wrinkle up his face and suck in his lower lip.  He has look of "I am really going to die if I don't get a taste".  He manuvers his head and body so when you look down, all you can view is his adorable desperate face.  The body rolls of fat are out of sight, angled off to the side.

Comment by Beth Ann Blackwood on November 30, 2012 at 7:04am

Uh oh. It's really hard to stay strong when faced with TWO beggars. Good luck Puggirl!

Comment by Puggirl on November 29, 2012 at 8:45pm

Sad thing is my lab also does the same thing, so I have a pug and a lab trying to fool me with that o-so-starved and please-pity-me look!!! My lab seems to be an even bigger expert at it than my pug. But they say a lab is as passionate about eating as a pug. So you know what I've gotten myself into, lol!!!

Comment by mary milton on November 28, 2012 at 8:29pm

lol ! it is so true the think it their first and last meal, mine get measured cups of food and I try not to fall for I am starving look!

Comment by Helena Brown on November 28, 2012 at 10:35am

As mine is on a restricted diet, no treats like carrots etc. He gets a little yoghurt and as he is now on Goats Milk Yoghurt which is another pound dearer it is a little. He may get one tiny bit of meat when he comes in from his walk. Now I want to know how he looks pudgy. Oh I remember, he was getting a lot more when he was really sick and I was happy he was eating.

Comment by Jackie Hiras on November 27, 2012 at 1:10pm

LOL yes!  How true! 

Comment by Di's spoiled kids on November 27, 2012 at 12:25pm

This was so true, mine get that look very often, and my Hubby falls for it all the time.  LOL 

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