Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted October 29, 2014
We got our first pug, Gyzzmo in 2002. She was a black pug and was one of the sweetest dogs I've ever known. The next year, we got a silver pug and named him Frank. He looked just like the pug in Men in Black. The movies were popular then but that's not why we decided to get this breed of dog. I really wanted a lap dog. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that pugs have way too much energy to be lap dogs, at least for the first several years of their lives. So, in my experience, that didn't work out but. But they were still great dogs and we loved them a lot. They ended up managing to get together while Gyzzmo was in heat when Frank was not even a year old yet. We thought we had them completely separated the entire time and we also thought he was too young for that. Turns out we were wrong and we ended up with a litter of puppies. Most of them didn't make it. Pug puppies have a pretty high mortality rate. One of the puppies had to have put down at about three months old because he had glaucoma. We were shocked and extremely upset to find out that our sweet puppy had this awful decease. His eye would swell up almost to the size of his head--not kidding. They said there wasn't much that could be done and he would probably live a short painful life so we had him put to sleep. The fact that this little guy, whom we had named Rupert, had glaucoma meant that his mother did, too. We had been specifically told by the breeder that she had no eye problems but I guess she was wrong. One of the puppies did live to adulthood, another black pug, whom we named Chance because she was the only one who had a chance of surviving. She went to live with my parents and died just a few years ago at about eight years old. We ended up having to rehome both Frank and Gyzzmo about four years ago because I became highly allergic to them. It was devastating. Frank was one of the best dogs I've ever owned. He was clumsy and not very smart but he was extremely sweet and I miss him terribly. Luckily, we were able to find them a home together, a family with kids who were so excited to play with them. Frank had a few bizarre injuries. He somehow managed to poke a piece of straw into his eye, resulting in an infection. As if that wasn't weird enough, a piece of plastic from a toy got lodged in the inside of his mouth and that also became infected. Lots of trips to the vet! There were a few times when I wasn't sure he was going to survive just because of all of he mischief he kept getting himself in to. He also had a strange habit of defecating on the side of the house--yes, it is possible! Gyzzmo was also very sweet and she did her best to obey, even when temptation was all around her. Both of them were still extremely active and energetic as they approached nine and ten years old. I think that pugs are great pets, especially if you have a lot of energy and no dog allergies. They are great with kids and other animals. They have a sweet disposition and are very loving. They do have health problems, particularly with their eyes and with breathing. They should be kept inside in warm weather because of their short snouts. They also do have high mortality rates at birth so I wouldn't recommend breeding them unless you are a professional. I do think they are pretty perfect pets, however, and I still miss Frank every day.