In my early years of veterinary
practice, I met these little “thick” creatures. They seemed to be
into themselves without really caring about me or probably struggling
to breathe because their breathing was laud. Giving them strenuous
exercise can make them pant so laud that they might lie down in
exhaustion. I learned they used to snore while sleeping and wondered
how that would sound compared to humans.
Some 8 years ago one young man walked
into the clinic with this lovely, 'ugly' little creature and asked me
if I would buy her. At first, I thought the money was going to be off
the roof so I gently declined but added that if the guy can sell to
me at the little cash I had, I wouldn't mind. The guy refused and
walked away. After a few moments, he came back to give me the puppy
and asked me to just give him the little I had. I quickly gave him
the cash and took the female, black, pug puppy of about 4 weeks. She
was so frail looking.
It was like a dream come true that a
pug can just fall into my lap unexpectedly. I was very excited. The
puppy was so small that you will be scared she might die with a
little mishandling. The very thing I loved about that dog was the
fact that she loves to eat. I never saw Peach select food. She eats
everything including apples, oranges, and anything you would eat. She
has energy on another level. Peach can play and loves to play but
also loves to sleep. Don't just disturb her sleep cos she will leave
to a quiet corner to continue sleeping.
Before Peach, I kept a Havanese named
Chase and the problem I had was the hairs flying around in my house
especially when He was shedding. Peach had short hairs so the
shedding was not as noticeable as Chase's. The bad side was the fact
that Peach slept on the bed with me. I allowed this because I tried
to make her very comfortable as a puppy but as she grew, Peach would
climb my body to change position while sleeping. Sometimes, I endured
and sometimes I feel disturbed.
The worse days with Peach indoors is
when she comes on heat. The blood from the heat would stain the
entire bedsheets every day. I had to get up to 5 bedsheets to change every day. Buying a washing machine became a must. I counted the days for
the period to pass.
Peach knew my routine, she knows her
position in the car when we were going to work. She sits in the front
seat whenever she accompanies me to work or to a visit. In fact,
people asked after Peach more than they would ask after anyone from
me. I had friends that would buy cartons of dog food for Peach for
free. Peach would always want to show off her jumping skills.
Whenever I get to the clinic with Peach, she will just jump out of
the car and starts climbing the stairs toward the clinic. In fact,
my neighbors know when I arrive whenever they sight her cos she
always comes up first. She would greet all my staff first before
coming back to the stairs to see if I was coming up.
Peach was everyones' pet. She was a
rare breed of dog too so passer-bys would stop to take her picture
with their phones. She was also a marketing tool for the clinic at
that moment. Many of my neighbours started using our clinic for their
dogs and most times they bring their children to come and see Peach.
Many parents told the story of Peach to their children and that was
when I started having issues with bringing Peach to work with me
because the kids were just increasing daily. They would take Peach on
a walk and most times they were fighting to be the one to hold Peach
by the leash. Many times Peach would run under the table when she
sights any of the kids because she knows what was coming.
The breed – Pug is a small breed of dog with a very short snout or nose area with some folds around the
face. They are thick looking with bulgy eyes and obviously short
legs. They come in all black and tan colors. They usually have some
stain of white mostly around the chest. They are about 1 foot from
the ground in height.
People have different opinions about
Peach, one of the comments was that she looks like a dog whose nose
was sliced off. Some said she looked like a black cat. Many would say
that she was very ugly and a few say she was beautiful. I would
say she was ugly but too attractive. She was the most active dog I
have ever owned.
Peach had only one set of puppies which
was a mistake on my part. I didn't know that I left Brass, a male
Border collie breed that was abandoned on me, open from his cage. I
only released Peach to go and do her thing but to my surprise, Peach
was not scratching the door to be let in. I went out to see both
dogs hooked already. I just allowed her to have the puppies but called
people and gave out the puppies free at 6 weeks.
Peach loves to play with other dogs,
even the most aggressive dogs. I don't know how she does it but she
never got hurt.
So, do you like pugs? Do you have one
living inside your home? Tell me about him/her.