If you know me at all, you know that I love my dog. I’m talking really, absolutely, love my dog. At some point in our conversation together his name would be brought up numerous times and at least 1 or 2 recent photos will be shown. He’s just that cute, look at him!
I can’t help it, we’ve been blessed with an incredibly low-maintenance, cuddly little fuzzy pug who requires the human touch as much as he can get it, all the carrots, apples, bananas and turkey in the house and a soft pillow to sleep on. The fact of the matter is it took a good 6 months of his life with us to get to that point though.
Here’s the truth about owning a dog – 99% of the time they will be your best snuggle buddy but 1% of time they have oopsies that tend to rhyme with poo… yeah you get it and that’s a warning.
Sir Pugsley came home with us at 5 months old and it was a challenging puppy time for us. First time dog owner for me and first time owning a dog on his own for Braden. It was a learning curve about how to crate, how to keep the apartment puppy safe and how to train. I wish I had Royal Canin as a source 4 years ago, they have everything you need to know about growth and development for your pup.
The first thing we noticed was this guy liked to eat everything in sight. I knew pugs were motived by food but neon pink ear plugs? Really pugsley? How do you discover that your dog has consumed those? It looks the same on the way out.
Then there is what we eventually affectionally dubbed diarrhea Wednesday for about 3 weeks in a row this poor dude would come running out of the crate to poo everywhere. On the floor, on the carpet, in the hall, in the elevator, on Braden. It was a mess but owning a dog comes with messes. Turns out that habit of eating everything resulted in a parasite in his puppy belly – off to the vet we went!
Oh and don’t count on keeping nice rugs around – we also had the pleasure of the defiant ‘I will stand in this hallway, stare at you and lift my leg in this spot moment’. Did I mention pugs are very emotional dogs? He clearly was letting off some sort of steam.
Speaking of emotion – this dog was not happy about our travel schedule 2 summers ago and proceeded to pay us back by doing his business in the house. Not cool pugsley! Of course we were concerned but the vet said it’s because we changed his schedule so much it was his way of letting us know. I’d honestly prefer it be a different way but again the pug emotions.
I am so grateful that’s all behind us now, except for his tissue eating habit. I can’t explain that one but with a healthy diet and lots of love this guy has steered clear of any more upset stomach issues (except for the gas – watch out he’ll clear a room)! An emergency vet visit is never any fun but when your dog is your child, their health is your top priority.
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