I have always loved animals, but as in the case of many of us, it was out of the discussion during my childhood.
Growing older, having my own place and a partner in life, we came to realise that a fluffy little creature is a need for us. You might have seen a previous post about a beautiful guinea pig we owned. Sadly she passed away. Too fast if I may say so myself but I guess we can say that about everyone we love.
Time passed and we still felt this urge of snuggling and caring for somebody and we decided to get a dog. Meet Ozzy the pug! Yay! A pug was not our first choice but we do not regret a second that this choice was final. Before buying him (yes this is the right choice of word as he is our baby) we thought about all the possibilities we had. We knew we could not get a big dog, because we live in a one bedroom apartment. Though a big German Sheppard would be, most probably, the dog we get if we move to a house. We also knew that we can not have a very active dog like a Beagle or a Jack Russel. These types of dogs need a lot of exercises if you do want to keep your house intact. We excluded very small dogs like toy terriers, we understood that we are not keen on the mini dogs. We analysed all the possible health issues, the maintenance fees, moral commitment and what was left were a pug and a french bulldog. They both didn't need much exercise and loads of love. Spoiler alert! We have chosen a pug. The final choice for me was when watching a YouTube video a girl said that poo can remain under their tail and it has to be cleaned. Yes, I know, that is a shit load of selfish and I was 'punished' for that as you clean shit anyway, with any dog.
We got him when he was a 2-month-old munchkin. The cutest creature there can be. I'm like those parents who think that their children are the smartest and the most beautiful and don't care because he is.
According to our breeder, we needed the following things:
- a crate for him to have his own 'room' and a safe place to hide
- some type of a bed. The suggestion was to take many old towels so he could feel warm and cosy, have something to chew on and so it would not cost a fortune because let me tell you one thing, if they understand that a thing is theirs, they destroy it.
- bowls which would not slide around
We decided to take also pee pads because we are on the 11th floor and it is impossible to take him out to the bathroom every time and they pee many times.
One should always remember that a puppy is like a baby. If it messed up, it is not its fault and you are there to teach what is right and what is wrong. First few months are a bit hard, but it gets easier. Frankly speaking the love and fun you receive, compensates all hard moments.
The first month was the hardest. We were following his every single step to make sure he would not make his business outside of the pee pad. This helped us teach him a lot faster. If we saw any signs of him wanting to do his business, or after a meal, or an intense game, we would take him to the pee pad and stay there until he is finished. Nowadays, we have a spill or two per 2 weeks and they are made in the pee pad zone, making it fast to detect. And we were constantly on the ground playing with him in turns. Good thing I was injured and worked from home. I think this made his adaptation a lot faster. It was a very tiring month but it did help everybody understand the 'house rules'.
He was (and still is) a little bundle of joy. He needs loads of attention, follows you everywhere you go and always happy when you come home. It is very fun to see how a character is formed and how they evolve and each time I understand that he acknowledges himself and his actions I get truly amazed.
What did I understand about pugs and some myths busted:
- pugs are stupid. Hell no! And I am not saying it from a mother perspective. Yes, they are not as fast in learning as the mentioned before German Sheppards, but they are far beyond stupid.
- pugs are lazy and fat. We didn't see a sign of laziness. They say the similar thing about turtles, that they are very slow, but when is the last time you saw a YouTube video on running turtles? Go ahead and watch and tell me again how slow they are. This little guy can get very crazy at times and he is always keen to play. What about the fat part? Well, if you eat too much you will get a big fat booty as well. It is very important to keep a regiment with pugs. They have no portion control and he makes those sad eyes as if he didn't eat for a month.
- pugs are allergic. Our breeder mentioned that they can get allergic but we didn't experience such things. We never give him food from the table, only an occasional slice of apples, peers or cucumbers. No dog should be fed pastries, deli meat, cheeses or similar stuff. We feed him with dry dog food, low-fat cottage cheese, quail eggs, lean beef and a mixture of grains. This is what was advised by our breeder and we hadn't had any issues.
- pugs don't shed. Oh, yes they do. You can make another pug with all that shedded fur. Well, at least I'm not the only one leaving hair behind in this house.
The goals per now are to teach him to do his business outside. We succeeded with No 2 for now (hopefully) and to make all the necessary documents. As I said before, they are like babies.