Confessions of a Pug Mum: Why I Chose to Get a Second Pug
When is the right time to add another pug to the family? I battled with that for some time before I chose to get a second pug. And then would I get a puppy or rescue a pug? Why I chose to get a second pug wasn’t an easy decision but one I felt I needed to make.
I had been wanting to get a second pug for ages. But when is the right time to get one? I had thought about it when Ref was around 2 or so and he was still quite full on and just didn’t think I could handle another one of him. And of course then I was working so having the time to put into raising a good puppy wasn’t going to happen. So I waited.
When Ref was about 4, he started calming down so I could handle another pug. But I didn’t have the money. I had no job and was studying full time. He got to 5 and I just wasn’t sure if he would cope having another pug around all of the time. He’d been an only pug for 5 years.
Then we found out about my dad having terminal cancer. The idea of getting another pug came into my mind again. Not knowing how long my dad would be around, I decided that it was time to start looking. All I could think about was when my dad was gone, I didn’t want Ref to be on his own. I worried that he wouldn’t cope since he was always with my dad. By then I was working full time so a puppy was out of the question. So rescue it was.
The process to adopt a pug isn’t always quick. You can be applying for pugs for a couple of years before the right one comes along for your family. Then of course I was quite specific in a pug that I wanted. I wanted one that had a similar age & temperament to Ref. They needed to be pretty chilled cause Ref isn’t an active pug. He doesn’t play with toys or anything. I wanted another black pug. And based on how Ref interacted with other dogs at pug meets, I wanted a female. With such specific desires, I figured it would take some time for the right pug to come along.
Adding a second pug to the mix can be daunting. How will they get along? What if the current one doesn’t like the new one and vice versa? How would Ref go having to share the attention? With Ref being an only pug for so long, would he cope having another pug in the house 24/7? Would he like her? The right pug in Serina came along. And much quicker than I expected. Serina fitted in well with our family. She isn’t a lap dog so Ref still occupies laps with no problems. Ref could tell Serina needed extra love and care to start with and he adjusted way better than I expected. They would check each other out occasionally but that was about it. They just did their own things. And even now after 18 months of Ref & Serina being together, I wouldn’t say they are best friends. Some days I think they tolerate each other and that’s it. Other days I can see that they like each other, though I’m pretty sure Serina likes Ref more than he likes her. But he has his moments. I have comfort in knowing that when no-one is home, they do sleep in the lounge room together. They may not be snuggled up to each other but they are usually still together. It makes that decision to get a second pug so worth it.
But my decision to get another pug when I did was the right one for our family, in more ways than I thought possible. I’m glad I chose to get a second cause now I feel at ease knowing that when my dad is gone, Ref won’t be alone.