There have been dogs in my family for as long as I can remember. I loved each of those dogs. And I helped care for them, especially our last family dog. It’s different with my pugs though. There’s more love but that’s probably cause they are mine. And there is certainly more care, also because they are mine. It is totally rewarding. But I can tell you now, there are things I never thought I’d do as a pug owner. Here are some of them.
Share My Bed with Pugs
When I got Ref, I knew he would always be an inside dog cause well that’s what pugs are, inside dogs. But I swore that no matter what, he would not share my bed. And I stuck to it…. for about 6 weeks. He started sleeping in my bed when I could no longer handle him crying every single night cause he wasn’t with me. Of course, I probably should have put him in his own bed next to mine but I felt so bad that he was crying that I had to comfort him. And since it was the middle of the night, I needed sleep so naturally he ended up in my bed. He stopped crying. I got sleep. But I never thought I would let it happen. It’s worth it though. I love having that snoring little pug snuggled up to me every night.
Regularly Check Their Poos
At first, I didn’t regularly check Ref’s poo. But once I switched him to a raw diet, it became so important that I regularly checked his poo. And Serina’s too when she switched to raw food. I never thought I’d do that. You know, dog poo is dog poo. But the state of your pug’s poo can tell you so much. It can tell you if they are sick, if they are healthy, if they ate something they shouldn’t have, need a change to their diet and so much more. So I regularly check their poos to make sure they are consistent. I make mental notes if there is a change in their poo so I know if I need to adjust their raw diet to ensure it is balanced for them. Or take them to the vet for a check up. It’s gross but it’s something that needs to be done. And certainly not one of the things I thought I’d do as a pug owner.
Analyse Their Diet
I never thought I’d analyse the pugs diet so much. And not just because I’m a raw feeder. Even when Ref was younger and being fed kibble, I would analyse his food to choose the right kibble that would help to loose weight. I wouldn’t just feed the recommended amount of food for his weight range. I had to look much more closely at his weight and adjust his food accordingly. And now, I’m even more meticulous in analysing what they eat. With the raw feeding, I’ve tried different meats, organs & bones and had to work out which foods were best for both Ref and Serina. I had to work out how much to feed them, if they reacted differently to types of meat or if they needed something extra in their diet to improve their health. I’ve become one of those people who creates a spreadsheet to work out their dogs diet needs. I never thought I’d do that as a pug owner.
Plan My Weekends Around Them
The saying “it’s just a dog” springs to mind here. You know, your life goes on as it did before you got a pug. You planned your weekend social life and not worry about your pug cause “it’s just a dog”. Pugs aren’t just dogs though. They are furry little toddlers that need more attention than I probably ever realised. And cause I love my pugs so much, I plan not just my weekends around them but most of my life. And by that I don’t mean “if my pug can’t go, then I’m not going” occurs at every social gathering. My life still goes on. I still go to work, concerts, dinners, shopping, sporting events and special occasions with family & friends. But what I do though is I plan all of that so my pugs won’t be neglected. I ensure that if I’m not home for dinner that either someone else can feed Ref & Serina or I feed them before I go whilst still being a reasonable dinner time feed. I make sure that Serina has been to the toilet before I leave the house cause I know she can’t take herself outside like Ref can. And of course, I plan many outings that are especially for them like pug meets, play dates, dog events and more. I certainly didn’t think a good part of my social life would revolve around the pugs and giving them a social life.
Worry About Their Health More Than Mine
I never thought I’d be worrying about the pugs health more than mine. But I do. I have a diary that I record what they eat, any changes in health, appointments and anything else about their health that is important. I read about how I can improve their health, their diet and make changes. I scrutinise what they eat to ensure they have a long healthy life. And it’s all worth it. But if I looked after myself the way I looked after them, my health would be in a much better state. I never thought I’d look after and worry about my pugs health more than my own. But I do!
That’s just 5 of the things I never thought I’d do as a pug owner and yet I do. But there is one other thing I never thought I do but I’m so grateful that I do and that is blog about pugs. When I got Ref, it’s not something that ever crossed my mind but my love for pugs grows every day and I learn so much about them that I want to share that knowledge I gain. And so I blog. I love it.
So what things do you do that you never thought you’d do as a pug owner? Tell me in the comments!