An Open Letter to My Pug

Leading up to the festive season and a new year, I know I like to think about the previous year and how things have gone for me. This year has been an interesting year but the one constant in my life has been my own pug, Ref. So here I am reflecting on how this amazing little boy has been the light of my life for yet another year. And if I was to write a letter to him, this is what it would say…


Dear Ref,

As we come to the end of another year together, I wanted to sit down and write you a letter telling you how much you have improved my life and just how much I love you.

Every morning I stir when you wake up some time around 6am. I don’t open my eyes but I smile as I hear you stretch, scratch, yawn and shake as you fully wake up. You then jump off the bed to let me know to get up and so our day begins.

I love our morning routine. You head out the doggy door to go to the loo and come racing back inside with so much excitement for your pending breakfast. I make up your morning feast and now that you are on a full raw diet, I love watching you eat your chicken neck with your tail wagging.


I love that you always greet mum and dad or just dad if it’s a work day once you’ve had your feed. And then you come back to bed with me and all within 15 minutes of waking up. I love that on a weekend you will more than likely spend a couple of hours in bed with mum.

I love that these days you will stay in bed whilst I get up and have breakfast, unless of course it is the weekend and you sit at the table with us. And on the weekend, I love that you will just sit at the table whilst we eat and not even make an attempt at our food. I love that you know the rules.

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I love that you enjoy just lounging around all day as long as you are with me. I hate when I have to leave you at home. I wish you could go everywhere with me. And why? Because you make me smile. You make me happy. You wipe my worries away. You light up my life.

I love that you have a nightly routine too. You start to hassle me anywhere from 5pm cause you want your dinner. You don’t stop until you either end up in timeout or we start cooking dinner. And then you just sit in the kitchen, usually in the way, whilst we cook dinner. You love your dinner as much as your breakfast. Which part you like best, who knows. It could be your fresh food, your carrot or your dental chew. But you expect them all in that order.


I love that you are sound asleep, usually on mum’s lap, within the hour of having dinner. I love the way you snuggle into mum and then steal her chair once she moves. I love that without a doubt, every single night, I have to carry you to the doggy door, make you walk outside, lock the doggy door and tell you to go to the toilet before bed. And 99% of the time you do. I love that you love to snuggle into my chest, under the blanket in winter or on the pillow next to me. And our routine will start again.


But most of all, I love that you let me photograph you. You let me dress you up. You let me create the images I have in my head. You let me combine my passion of photography and love of you to create these amazing memories I will never forget.

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I love that you melt my heart every single day. I love that you have improved my sleeping pattern. I love that you are always so excited to see me when I get home. I love that you let me give you hugs and kisses. I love that you’ll give me kisses when I ask. I love everything about you. I just love you!

Love from your mummy


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UPDATE: Friday 20th February 2015 is ‘International Love Your Pet Day’. This is a perfect day to re-share my open letter to Ref to show how much I love the boy. And I want to see how much you love your pug this ‘Love Your Pet Day’ by sharing your stories in the comments, on Facebook and Instagram. If you are sharing a photo of your pug on Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #tpdlovemypug so we can see them and share them all weekend long.

Whilst you are here, why not head to these wonderful blogs and read their open letters to their dogs. They are such heartwarming posts that I know you will all love.

  • Kerry from Puppy Tales writes a lovely letter to her fur-kids, Keiko & Summer aswell as her fur-sibling, Rosie.
  • Jen of Dog Adventures has some loving promises to her gorgeous Kelpie, Kate.
  • Jo from Creature Clinics leaves many kind words for her two border collies, Anika & Billy.
  • This wonderful letter was written to Tux, the fur-kid of Karen from Barx Active.
  • And Bohdi was the lucky recipient of a wonderful letter from his mum, Mel of 1st World Dog.
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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Amy on December 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Awwwwwwww I have the fuzzies now! That’s so gorgeous.

    Have you heard the quote “Everyone thinks they have the best dog, and none of them are wrong.”

    This highlights it more than ever. Of course I think mine are the best in the world but as I read your words I understand that you to have the best dog too! 😀

    • kristybeck kristybeck on December 5, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to read this piece Amy! I really appreciate it, especially since it is such a personal post.

      I love that quote and it is absolutely so true. And I am in no doubt that you also have the best dogs in the world.

  2. Avatar Roman on December 5, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Very nice and beautifully written!

    thanks for sharing this letter with us and also sharing the beautiful pics of ref! keep up the good work and we can’t wait to see many many more of ref 😉

    • kristybeck kristybeck on December 6, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Roman! I really appreciate it. And I promise this won’t be the last you see of Ref.

  3. Avatar claudia on December 14, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Beautiful tribute to your special pug Ref!!! I enjoy him so much on IG!!!! Someone said – dogs are not our whole life, but they make our life whole!!!!
    That’s pretty much what your letter is all about!!! Enjoy your pug!
    Pugs and Kisses!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on December 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Aw thank you so much Claudia! Dogs definitely make our lives whole and Ref has certainly done that for me.

  4. Avatar Dr Belinda on February 20, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Awwww, what a lucky Pug Ref is! He is obviously one very loved little guy. Jack can relate to most of those pictures, in fact Jack has the same bow tie! LOL

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on February 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      I think I am the lucky one to have him in my life.

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