Meet Our Ugly Child
He may not be pretty, but he’s ours. Meet our ugly child Animal… Pug extraordinaire. Yes, Animal – think Muppets Animal. When this pug was a puppy, he was obnoxious just like the Muppet.
His gifts include: gaining weight, snoring loudly, shedding like a fiend, growing weird tumors, not listening (sadly, he’s gone deaf), eating leftovers at incredible speeds and bringing smiles to our faces. How can you not smile when looking at that face? His snorts have brought us so many laughs over the last decade, I just hate to think about him getting old.
I remember my husband coming home one day from a friend’s house and constantly talking about this dog he wanted. We already had our Bobo, but we were kidless so why not add a second dog to the mix? I remember picking him up from the breeder. I had never seen a Pug before and honestly I was kind of freaked out. This dog has been the most loving companion and has been so wonderful with our kids.
The pug is a toy dog with a wrinkly, short-muzzled face and curled tail. The breed has a fine, glossy coat that comes in a variety of colors, although often black or fawn, and a compact square body with well-developed muscles. Known in ancient China as lo-sze, pugs as breeding animals may have contributed to the English Bulldog, the modern Pekingese and the King Charles Spaniel. Pugs were brought from China to Europe in the seventeenth century and were popularized in Western Europe by the House of Orange of the Netherlands, and the House of Stuart. Pugs remain popular into the twenty-first century, with some famous celebrity owners. A pug was judged Best in Show at the World Dog Show in 2004.
Pugs can suffer from a variety of health issues, including overheating, obesity and some genetic disorders. Two conditions in particular, necrotizing meningoencephalitis, which is an inflammation affecting the brain and its membranes, and hemivertebrae, which can result in paralysis, are particular concerns for the breed. Care must be taken to clean the ears and the facial skin folds of these dogs.
Pugs just prove, God has a sense of humor.