Are We Killing Our Pugs with Kindness?

Are We Killing Our Pugs with Kindness? |

I feel like I’m being a bit dramatic with this, but are we killing our pugs with kindness? You’re probably thinking I’m crazy. How can we be killing our pugs with kindness? Am I talking literally?

I often associate the “killing them with kindness” phrase with people. You know, being overly nice instead of horrible and nasty because they aren’t nice to you. And obviously this isn’t what I’m talking about. What if we take it literally? What if we are slowly killing our pugs health because we love them so much? Because we want them to be happy? Because we think that’s what a happy pug looks like?

We all know my thoughts on fat pugs. I’ve rubbed people up the wrong way with them. And that’s ok, we are all entitled to our own opinions. But here’s some food for thought…

If we are constantly giving into that “I’m starving & haven’t eaten in 5 minutes” face that pugs often give us, are we really making them happy? If they are overeating, gaining weight, slowing down and finding it hard to breath just walking around the house, are we really making them happy? For me, I know the enjoyment I get from eating some of my favourite foods but if I’m eating them more than I should and gaining weight, I feel like shit. I’m not happy. I don’t feel healthy. Is it any different for our pugs?

Are We Killing Our Pugs with Kindness? |

I’m the first to admit, I’m lazy. I don’t exercise. I don’t go for leisurely walks. This means my pugs don’t get exercised. They don’t go on walks. They are as lazy as me. I love chilling on the lounge with them curled up with me. But what is this doing for their health? Am I making it worse for them by not keeping them active? I know my mind feels better when I exercise so wouldn’t it be the same for them? Won’t exercising them even for just 20 minutes a day have amazing health benefits for them?

Am I killing my pugs with kindness? Sure I make sure they are not overweight and have regular health checks but isn’t health more than just what you eat and how you look? I know it’s hard to be able to see if your pug is truly happy cause they can’t tell us, but research shows that keeping their mind and body active is just as important in their health as keeping them thin.

Are We Killing Our Pugs with Kindness? |

Think about this… are we really being kind to them by turning them into couch potatoes because that’s what we enjoy doing? Pugs crave companionship but does that mean sitting on the lounge watching Netflix all weekend? Can’t that companionship mean going for a walk every day? Can’t that companionship mean doing an agility class together? Can’t that companionship mean going on a hike together? Can’t that companionship mean going to dog training or spending time every day learning a new command?

So instead of killing our pugs with kindness, can we change that kindness to be something that makes our pug truly happy, healthy and extends their life? Can we introduce real fresh food that will help keep them trim so we can go on longer walks, hikes or spend time at the beach? Can we make meal time enriching for their minds instead of just filling their bellies? Can we do more training with them so their minds are exercised?

What change will you make to help extend your pugs life? Me… I’m going to find new ways to make them work for their food. Make meal time enriching. Get their minds more active. Keep them from being bored and just sleeping all day. Tell me yours in the comments!

Are We Killing Our Pugs with Kindness? |

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Kristy Beck

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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 Tiffany Taube on September 10, 2018 at 6:40 am

    AMEN!! Thank you for this! I have been saying for a long time, I need to move more & start eating healthier. Just recently I found something that works for me without counting calories or killing myself in the gym. I now eat whole foods & have cut out boxed, fast food & a few other things. The “table scraps” my girls now get are fresh veggies & bites of chicken or tuna instead of fries or chips or other crap we used to eat. I now have way more energy to move more & am incorporating walks with my pug. (I love your idea of stimulating their brain & working for their treats.)I have been a pug mom for about a year and a half now. I have always had dogs in my life, but never in a million years did I think I could love so much! She was a breeder surrender who we rescued at age 4. Reba has come a long ways since she joined our family. I now TOTALLY get the “pug obsession”!
    Tiffany T.

  2. Avatar Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict on September 10, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I’d like to walk mine. I NEED the walk too. My problem is I have 4 pugs. I with arthritis so bad he can barely walk. One that is blind and I’m kind of nervous about walking. One that has MAJOR anxiety and I can’t get out of the house let alone to walk on a leash. But I do have one that will walk with me. However I always feel like I’m leaving everyone out and enforcing Ernie’s determination that he is the big shot of the house. I’d like to do training so that I could maybe teach one to listen to me, but it is so hard to do training for one when you have all the other ones sticking their noses in for treats. I think it would be good to find some classes outside of the house and then try and enforce here.

  3. Avatar Lisa Maria Carrillo on September 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    I used to walk my girls twice a day before I lost my house and had to move. I suffer with MS and many other things. Here it is too hot, too windy, cold in the winter and rainy. It’s been very smoky this whole summer. I had to put my11 year old to sleep because she got jaundice. I haven’t been able to walk them in a couple of years. I was always sleeping and they slept too.
    I have a new vet for her sister and want her to live a long time. Littlebit was my shadow with me everywhere! Nanette (the one that’s still here) is the princess. Never outside with me…it’s very lonely without my cuddle bug. I feel like I KILLED HER their vet was horrible and did not follow up on my girls. By not getting a new vet and not walking her she died. GOD IT HURTS. Why did the one that followed me everywhere and had such a personality and loved me have to go? I live alone and have no kids so I have to take good care of Netty and love her. Maybe her being so mellow is what I need because of my health. No more ice cream, and no more treats for every little thing. She’s lost weight already and I’m hoping she gets more active soon.

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