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The Pug Connection

The Pug’s motto: multum in parvo, a lot of dog in a small space.

“What do pugs and art supplies have to do with each other? In addition to her passion for all things art, Pugs are a passion for the owner Donna. She is kept by two of her own Vivian and Rupert.

The Pug is thought to have originated in ancient China, dating back to 4000 B.C. where it served as a loyal companion to royalty. It eventually travelled to Holland, Europe then arriving in America shortly after the Civil War.

The word “Pug” was born in the sixteenth century as a term of endearment applied to people but seldom to animals.

Some of the famous people who have owned pugs are Josephine Bonaparte (wife of the Emperor Napoleon) Marie Antoinette , Woody Harrelson, Ted Danson, Andy Warhol, Jenna Elfman, Tommy Hilfiger, Billy Joel, George Clooney, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Goran Visnjic, Valentino, and Jackie Kennedy.

Pugs are considered Companion Dogs; they are happy go lucky dogs with a clown like personality.

They are easily groomed once a week with a quick brushing, though their face wrinkles will need to be cleaned often.

They are good with children and other dogs, adapt well in apartments but do not do well if left alone too long. A leisurely walk around the block will suit the pug just fine.

Although considered a healthy breed pugs do have their fair share of issues. Because of their flat faced (brachycephalic) pugs are susceptible to heatstroke. They can never be left outside or in a car in warm humid weather. Orthopedic, eye and breathing problems are among the more common issues that affect pugs.

Whether it’s a pug, poodle or lab please do your research first before deciding to bring a dog into your life, remember they will be a part of your family and your responsibility for a long time.

To find a list of reputable pug breeders in your area go to www.Pugs.org.

Rescue is a great way to go, my pug Rupert came from the Green Mountain pug rescue.

To find a list of rescues in your area go to www.pugrescue.com.

There is not a day that goes by that one of my pugs does not make me smile.

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet” Edith Wharton

There is a wealth of information on this fun breed on the web.

Pugvillage - www.pugvillage.com

Pug Authority - www.pugauthority.com

Pug Dog Club of America - www.pugs.org

Green Mountain Pug Rescue - www.GMPR.org

Bestfriends Animals Society - www.bestfriends.org

ASPCA - www.aspca.org

Human Society - www.hsus.org

Stop Puppy Mills - www.stoppuppymills.org

Puppymill Rescue - www.puppymillrescue.com