My love of pugs started at a very young age; I have a memory of a couple of pugs my mom had while my sister and I were young. There was a female pug who I somewhat remember to be a great dog and then we had this male pug later on but I recall he was hyper and not so great of a dog at times. My memory fails me often, but that is how I recall the pugs we had.
When I finally decided I may be ready to take in a life long dog, it was not by accident that I chose the pug breed. Pugs are a smaller dog that all three of my kids can walk on a leash but not so small and yappy that they would break or drive me nuts with their yapping. The pug breed sounded perfect, but to find the right pug for us would be a daunting task.
You see, many pugs are overfed and overweight which leads to many health issues and breathing issues, as one would expect with a wrinkly face little dog. Sure I found quite a few pugs on Craigslist and various other places for adoption or free but all were overweight, had various health problems or the owners wanted crazy money for them. I knew I could take on a dog, but I also knew I couldn’t take on the costs of extra health issues so I took my chance with Jenny the Pug. Jenny received a clean bill of health from the local animal hospital, she looks underweight to the average eye but she is actually an ideal weight according to the veterinarian.
Jenny fits right in with our family, it’s as if she hadn’t been with any other family the first five years of her life. The kids adore Jenny and since I have two wild boys and one nearly tween daughter, Jenny being a calm, laid back dog has really helped keep the house under control. When the kids get too hyper or dramatic I just say “oh look, Jenny wants you to pet her” and off goes the little munchkins to pet their sweet pet pug! Jenny is not only a great addition to the family but a wonderful addition to my children distraction techniques.
Overall I have no clue if all pug breeds are as calm as Jenny, because she is almost 6 years old, but I haven’t one complaint about her, she even runs with the boys if they get her plastic bone and wind her up. For the most part Jenny enjoys being next to someone on the recliner in my bedroom or under my feet at my computer desk. She is a happy dog and when the time comes for me to be financially ready for another dog, I may just look into a Pug Rescue to adopt another pug addition, but that’s not happening anytime soon.