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?
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.
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!