I just finished reading "Clara: The Early Years: The Pug Who Ruled My Life" by Margo Kaufman (1999), and it really made me reflect on my life with pugs. I have no human children, and focus most (ok, all) of my affection on my dogs, and I can't imagine my life without them. They accompany me to my studio all the time, although they show no interest in learning how to draw. They are rarely alone. One of them fanagled his way into our bed within the first few months that we got him, and now sleeps under the covers every night. But as I was thinking about this, and about how so many dog trainers say that is the worst thing you can let a dog do, I realized how comforted I am to have my furry love pressed up against my legs every night. There snoring is a comfort, and we laugh at the multitude of other noises that come out of their bodies. What is it about a pug that endears a true pug owner to them for the rest of their lives. It was my husband who wanted our first pug, but now I would never own any other type of dog. They have me and my husband wrapped around their little puggie fingers.

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Comment by Mum to Her Royal Muffiness on December 14, 2010 at 6:13pm

I just found this blog and agree with everything said below about pugs and how special they are in our lives. That is why the loss of these furry children is so hard to bear. We also  don't have any human children so I totally understand about focusing all your love and attention on the puggie babe. Thanks for sharing this Erin. Must find this book:)

Comment by Erin McMahon on March 7, 2010 at 12:37pm
I love when people say, "But Pugs don't DO anything!" And I respond they DO exactly what they were bred to do. They make us laugh, and keep out hands busy petting them. Mine will do any trick I ask of them as long as there is food involved for their reward. They keep us warm, they make funny faces, and funny sounds. But most of all they love us! There was a sign at my vets that read "Dogs are the only creatures in the world that love you more than they love themselves." I agree with both Tammy and Lisa - they are my happy place and I will never be without at least one again. It breaks my heart to think of all the ones that still need "rescuing" and still need a good home. I have rescued three so far, two live with me, one with my mom, and I would rescue them all if I could!
Comment by Helena Brown on March 5, 2010 at 10:38am
I think when you look at the history of the Pug the fact that they have been human companions for two thousand years and then you realise what a long time they have had to perfect their act. I have had all sorts of people ask me what were Pugs bred for what sort of work did they do and I always answer that they were bred to keep people warm, to be cushions, and to keep Humans amused and that they do all these things to perfection. It was especially amusing to some young girls I met in the Park a few months ago, they could not get over that Pugs had lived with human being's so long. I never did get to the bit that Pugs also consider themselves as a bit above us ordinary Humans as they have been the companions of Royalty and Emperors all that time but as long as ordinary folk tend to their needs they will tolerate us and allow us to cuddle them and feed them (especially feed them), and who needs a trainer for a Pug, I have always been so very well trained I could win obedience at Crufts,
Comment by Tammy R. on March 4, 2010 at 7:11pm
Lisa, you could not have said it any better. It is such a brighter world for me too with Lily in it, no matter what is going on in my life just spending a little bit of time with her always lifts my spirits, it never fails. She can put a smile on my face quicker than anything. I love everything about her, she is my happy place.
Comment by Lisa Gagnon on March 4, 2010 at 12:48pm
Hi Erin, I've read that book as well and did a little review of it here on Pugslife. Loved the book! I thought Ms. Kaufman did a wonderful job of sharing of how Clara wove herself into the threads of the author's life. It made me think of my own little pugmuffin and how he has impacted me. I don't know what it is about them, but I know that for me there is almost a transformation that happens when I am with Mr. Foo. I am happier and my world seems brighter. I don't feel nearly as stressed around him and after sitting and petting him for a while, I feel calm. I love the way he snores and sometimes actually seems to be purring his contentment. His zillions of frantic, abundant, sloppy wet kisses cause me to laugh with joyful abandonment and for a few moments I am five again and not 50-ish. My world without a pug in it? - Never again.
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on March 3, 2010 at 3:50pm
Erin, it is amazing how you can get hooked on puggies. My husband used to be a "big dog" guy, now he's crazy about our girls! :0)
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on March 3, 2010 at 3:48pm
Ah, Brent, you don't like them ....you love them, adore them, and are totally devoted to them! :0)
Comment by Pugman! on March 3, 2010 at 3:36pm
I don't like pugs......so there!
Comment by Christina on March 3, 2010 at 4:17am
I have never agreed with the pack leader and dominace approach. It just seems to ignore the last few millenia's of evolution where we have removed our dogs from the pack and made them family members. To ignore, sometimes over a thousand years, just seems inaccurate to me. Also if I had used some of the approached the Dog Whisperer does with my "recovering" babies (such as pinching and hissing at their neck) I do not think I would currently be typing with all my fingers attached. My puggie is my other baby boy, and he is a bed sleeping, nom getting, non working, spoilt little monster and I would not have it any other way :) Plus he's my heating pad at night.
Comment by Tammy R. on March 2, 2010 at 6:19pm
I am almost finished with this book, I have really enjoyed it. Clara is such a comical little girl. Yes, they do have us wrapped around their little fingers, and I would not have it any other way. I love every minute of it!

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