I had always wanted a pug. I don’t know why. I don’t remember a lot from when I was a kid but I knew I wanted a pug.
It began with our family dog, Oz. A German Shepard cross Malamute. The very dog that l named after a Buffy the Vampire Slayer character. The very dog that I taught to play with a soccer ball. The very dog that captured my heart as a teenager and young adult.
… then it happened
Mum and I were standing in the middle of Rome when I got a text message from my sister telling us that Oz had passed away. It was raining and we were crying in the shadow of the Colosseum.
When we got home from our overseas trip, mum said she didn’t want another dog but I knew that I did. Eventually mum agreed we could get another dog but it would be completely my responsibility. So the search began.
I looked at so many different breeds, but I didn’t know which one would be right for me. My Aunty told me that I should get the breed that I had always wanted otherwise I’ll never be truly happy.
I wanted a pug
We found a breeder not too far from home that had just had their first litter of pug puppies. The thought of getting a pug for my birthday was unbelievable.
The day we went to the breeder, I had in my mind that I wanted a male fawn puppy and would call him Bundy. I walked into the breeder and there were 5 adorable pug puppies. 3 fawn and 2 black. I looked at these tiny 2 week old pugs and picked up this little black one. And right there, that was the moment my life changed. With a little black pug I called Ref.
Fast forward 3 years
I felt like shit cause every single time I took Ref to the vet, they said he needed to lose weight. I didn’t know what else I could do. He was on half the recommended amount of kibble and some home cooked meat and veggies. How much more could I reduce his food? It was time to find some other way to get the weight off. I came across some websites about raw feeding. I wanted to try it but I didn’t know where to start. With so many resources, I got an easy recipe by a pet nutritionist to follow and switched Ref to raw. Six weeks after removing kibble and feeding real fresh food, I noticed a massive change in him. He became calmer. So much calmer. And for the first time, he was losing some weight.
From then on, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to have a healthier pug. I wanted to do everything I could to make sure Ref was going to live a long life. It wasn’t just the diet either, but I wanted to understand everything about pug health. I wanted to know what it takes to have a healthy pug, not the normal fat pug.
Fat pugs are not normal!
Since then I have learnt that a fat pug is not a healthy pug. A fat pug is not a happy pug. A fat pug is not a loved pug! Pugs are prone to being overweight which massively shortens their life and it is our job as pug parents to learn how to give them the best possible life & wellbeing.
The good news is, I can help!
MEET THE CREW
KRISTY BECK | Founder & Editor
Kristy is a self proclaimed pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina who puts her pugs healthy & wellbeing before her own. She enjoys meal prepping raw food meals, discovering new foods for her pugs and keeping them looking trim. She also loves football, the round ball kind, which is how Ref got his name as well as photography, collecting Lego and exploring life with her pugs.
Kristy loves taking photos of her 2 pugs, Ref + Serina. They are her pride + joy and are the inspiration for the posts she writes about. When she isn’t writing about pugs, she is spoiling Ref + Serina with the best care possible and taking them on adventures throughout our home city Sydney, Australia. She also runs a pug meet group in Wollongong and has successfully held multiple fundraising events for pug rescue + charities.
REF | Chief Pug Officer
Ref, also known as The Little Dude, Reffy + Bubba; is the resident model staring in 99% of all photos on The Pug Diary. He is also the Chief Pug Officer meaning he is the first to test out all goods that come through the doors at The Pug Diary. He has never met a treat he doesn’t love more than the next one.
SERINA | Assistant Pug Officer
Serina, also known as Baby Girl, Missy + The Little Lady; is the newest family member. She is a rescue pug and has adjusted to a life of luxury and pampering. She is becoming quite the model and will feature more and more on The Pug Diary. She is the assistant to Chief Pug Officer Ref and will help him taste test every treat.
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