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Wollongong Pugs Pugoween 2018 | www.thepugdiary.com

Wollongong Pugs Pugoween 2018

Pugoween is hands down my favourite holiday of the year which is pretty funny as I don’t celebrate Halloween. I grew up where it wasn’t celebrated here in Australia and whilst it is gaining momentum each year, I live in a street where in the past 7 years, I think we have had one trick…
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#PugsTakePhilly 2018 in Review | www.thepugdiary.com

#PugsTakePhilly 2018 in Review

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, was the location for the most recent #PugsTake Event where hundreds of pugs and peeps from all over the country flocked to see old friends and make new ones all for a great cause. Just when we thought it couldn’t be better after taking Boston last May, Philly got…
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Floriade Dog’s Day Out 2018 | www.thepugdiary.com

Floriade Dog’s Day Out 2018

I have been wanting to head to Canberra for Floriade Dog’s Day Out since they started it but timing has never been right. That was until this year! Once I knew the date, I locked it in my calendar and made sure that no matter what, I was taking Ref & Serina to it. I…
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#PugsTake Over The World | www.thepugdiary.com

#PugsTake Over The World

#pugstake started in 2015 after a group of pug friends got together in Boston to hang out, party, and spread the word about pug rescue.  Since then, more pugs have joined in and we’ve taken over more cities. We’ve been to cities like Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Boston. This Fall,…
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How to Theme a Pug Party | www.thepugdiary.com

How to Theme a Pug Party

Throwing a pug party is so much fun. It can be so easy with a nice simple trip to the local dog park with your pug’s friends, a play and some treaties. But you can take a pug party next level by themeing it. So here is how to theme a pug party. Choose a…
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The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs | www.thepugdiary.com

The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs

I love a good charity event that involves pugs and their people coming together. The 2018 Annual Running of the Pugs was no different. There were loads of pugs, we’re talking a good 50 or more, and their humans all there to have some fun and raise some money for a local dog rescue. Forget…
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5 Enrichment Activities to Keep Your Pug’s Mind Healthy | www.thepugdiary.com

5 Enrichment Activities to Keep Your Pug’s Mind Healthy

Providing enrichment activities for your pug is super important to keeping their mind happy, active and healthy. Enrichment activities are often more rewarding and tiring for your pug then taking them for a walk making them the perfect activity to include in your pug’s life. Whilst you should be walking your pug every day, sometimes…
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5 Tips for House Renovating with Pugs | www.thepugdiary.com

5 Tips for House Renovating with Pugs

Sometimes a pug castle needs to be updated and modernized, or in our case, completely gutted and overhauled. As much as it would have been lovely to live in a completed home while renovating another, it wasn’t possible, so here are some things we have learnt to keep in mind while renovating with pugs in…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: I Have Demanding Pugs | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: I Have Demanding Pugs

The one thing that amazes me about pugs is that they are just like 2 year old toddlers their entire life. The biggest part that gets me is how demanding pugs are. Like seriously, they are just as demanding as my 2 year old niece who calls out Kristy louder and louder until I’m in…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Why My Pugs Sleep in My Bed | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Why My Pugs Sleep in My Bed

Where a pug sleeps is always a personal choice. Some people are adamant that they won’t have their pug sleep in their bed. Others are more than happy to. There’s no right or wrong. It’s what works for you and your family. For me, I have my reasons why my pugs sleep in my bed.…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Why I Chose to Get a Second Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

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…
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Pet Friendly Cafe | Maggie’s Dog Cafe, Coffs Harbour | www.thepugdiary.com

Pet Friendly Cafe | Maggie’s Dog Cafe, Coffs Harbour

If you are heading to or through the NSW North Coast, you must visit Maggie’s Dog Cafe in Moonee Beach! Maggie’s Dog Cafe is the first of its kind in Australia and a must go to for every pug and their human. Maggie’s Dog Cafe is the first cafe to have indoor & outdoor seating…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: My Pugs are My Saviour | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: My Pugs are My Saviour

I’d be totally lost without my pugs. My pugs are my best friends. My pugs are my loves. My pugs are my saviour. It may sound a bit dramatic but as I lie here in bed at 3am writing this instead of sleeping, it has more meaning than ever. I’m awake at 3am because my…
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Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: London, England | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: London, England

Finding dog friendly places to visit is not always easy. There are hidden gems in every city that you and your pug will want to visit from pug meets to dog cafes, beaches to bars, events to shops and a whole lot more. Discover the top 10 dog friendly places to visit: London, England. London…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: I was so Naive about Pugs | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: I was so Naive about Pugs

When I got Ref over 7 years ago, I was so naive about pugs. I’d always wanted one but didn’t really know anything about them. Not a single thing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got a pug puppy. I was in my mid-20’s and knew I wanted a…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Allergy Test for Dogs | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Allergy Test for Dogs

Ref has always had itchy paws and ears. I have never been able to get on top of the itchiness for him. And in the past few months, the itchiness with his paws has increased. I just didn’t know what to do. Ear drops that the vet would prescribe don’t help. Then there was no…
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Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Melbourne, Australia | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Melbourne, Australia

Finding dog friendly places to visit is not always easy. There are hidden gems in every city that you and your pug will want to visit from pug meets to dog cafes, beaches to bars, events to shops and a whole lot more. Discover the top 10 dog friendly places to visit: Melbourne, Australia. Pugwood…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Fears of Owning a Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Fears of Owning a Pug

I’m a pessimist! I always have been. And with that, I have a lot of fears. The unknown is what scares me the most. But a lot of my fears were eased when I got a pug. The comfort Ref has always provided me and now Serina too has reduce so many of my fears.…
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Pop Up Pug Cafe London | www.thepugdiary.com

Pet Friendly Event | Pop Up Pug Cafe, London

Woof! This awesome pawsome puggy event, Pop Up Pug Cafe, was a great hit before booking had even started! The invitation to share sniffing, playing and curly tail wagging fun drew Pugs and their peeps from far and wide to London’s very own Pop Up Pug Cafe. Pugs are known to be the most sociable…
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An Open Letter to my Rescue Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

An Open Letter to my Rescue Pug

I adopted Serina on 16th September 2016. It is nearly her 1st Gotcha Day. So much has happened since she came into our lives. So much has changed too. I wrote an open letter to Ref nearly 3 years ago and I thought what better way to celebrate Serina’s 1st Gotcha Day than writing an…
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Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Perth, Australia | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Perth, Australia

Finding dog friendly places to visit is not always easy. There are hidden gems in every city that you and your pug will want to visit from dog parks to cafes, beaches to restaurants, dog cafes to parks and a whole lot more. Discover the top 10 dog friendly places to visit: Perth, Australia Bayswater…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: A Pug Party | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: A Pug Party

I love throwing pug parties! This year’s pug party was special. My little boy Ref turning 7 and my little girl Serina’s 1st Gotcha Day were the reasons for this year’s pug party. I must say it was fun but exhausting. What went into this years party? I had an idea of a high tea…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Dressing Pugs Up | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Dressing Pugs Up

Before I got a pug, one of the things I said I would never do is dress them up in clothes. I didn’t want to be one of those of people who did that. I thought it was completely ridiculous that people were dressing pugs up. Boy did that change…. I got Ref in the…
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5 Reasons Why Pugs Make Great Therapy Dogs | www.thepugdiary.com

5 Reasons Why Pugs Make Great Therapy Dogs

  While pugs are not traditionally thought of as service dogs, they do make great therapy ones! While they may not fit the requirements for a Seeing Eye dog, or a guide dog, they are great for emotional support. Pugs are warm, kind-hearted dogs and they usually establish a powerful connection with their owners in…
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Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Toronto, Canada | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Dog Friendly Places to Visit: Toronto, Canada

Finding dog friendly places to visit is not always easy. There are hidden gems in every city that you and your pug will want to visit from dog parks to cafes, beaches to restaurants, breweries to hotels and a whole lot more. Discover the top 10 dog friendly places to visit: Toronto, Canada Queen West…
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Confessions of a Pug Mum: Pug Parties | www.thepugdiary.com

Confessions of a Pug Mum: Pug Parties

Growing up and even to do this day, I haven’t been big on throwing parties. I don’t like to be the centre of attention. I’d rather hang out at home with the pugs. I do have to confess though, pug parties are totally different. I’m not the centre of attention but I get to enjoy…
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7 Rainy Day Activities for Your Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

7 Rainy Day Activities for Your Pug

I love spending time with my pugs whether it’s having some play time in the backyard or heading out on an adventure. But it is difficult to entertain pugs indoors on a rainy day especially when they are rather active pugs. Coming up with fun and safe rainy day activities for your pug can be…
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5 Things I Never Thought I'd Do as a Pug Owner | www.thepugdiary.com

5 Things I Never Thought I’d Do as a Pug Owner

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…
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Top 5 Pug Safety Tips for the Holidays | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 5 Pug Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season is a fun and festive time for all of us including our pugs but there are many dangers to your pug during this time. And we don’t want any unexpected trips to the emergency vet during the holidays. Check out these top 5 pug safety tips for the holidays that will not…
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Pet Friendly Accommodation | Life of Riley & Darcey, Culburra Beach | www.thepugdiary.com

Pet Friendly Accommodation | Life of Riley & Darcey, Culburra Beach

What is better than a week long holiday? Well that’s easy, a week long holiday you can take your pugs on. And that is just what I got to do last week. Take the pugs on a week long holiday that was not only relaxing but fun and 100% dog friendly. I booked a holiday…
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5 Ways to Celebrate Your Pug During Pugtober

Did you know that October is actually known as Pugtober? Yep, Pugtober. So what does that mean? It means you get to celebrate your pug for the entire month of October. And by celebrate, I mean spoil your pug and show everyone how much you love your pug. So here are 5 ways to celebrate…
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5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday | www.thepugdiary.com

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday

It’s no secret that I love celebrating Ref’s birthday. And because our dogs don’t live as long as we’d like them to, I think everyone should celebrate their dog’s birthday. But what are the best ways to celebrate your dog’s birthday? That’s easy, with any or all of these great ways! Throw your Dog a…
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How Owning a Pug has Changed My Life | www.thepugdiary.com

How Owning a Pug has Changed My Life

It is coming up to Ref’s birthday and each year as he gets older, I stop and think about how owning a pug has changed my life. And this year is no different except that I am sharing with you just some of the ways owning a pug has changed my life. Improved aspects of…
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Pet Friendly Accommodation | Mercure Hotel Canberra | www.thepugdiary.com

Pet Friendly Accommodation | Mercure Hotel Canberra

I had my first experience with pet friendly accommodation when we travelled to Canberra 2 weeks ago for A Pooch Affair. And to be honest, I just wasn’t sure how it would go. It did go well otherwise I wouldn’t tell you all about this pet friendly accommodation in Canberra We stayed at the Mercure…
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A Pooch Affair 2016 in Review | www.thepugdiary.com

A Pooch Affair 2016 in Review

It is not every day that you get to enjoy a day out with your dog. So when you do, you just have to make the most of it. And choosing one that is not only enjoyable for your dog but also for yourself is a must. And A Pooch Affair ticks all of the…
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What to Pack for Your Dog When on Holiday | www.thepugdiary.com

What to Pack for Your Dog When on Holiday

You’ve done the research on where to go for your dog friendly holiday, what you and your dog will be doing whilst you’re there. But what do you take on your dog friendly holiday? Not just for you, but for your dog. Well I have the answers for you on what to pack for your…
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A Pooch Affair 2016 + Giveaway | www.thepugdiary.com

A Pooch Affair 2016 + Giveaway

One of my highlights of 2015 was taking Ref to Canberra for A Pooch Affair.  And it will be one of my highlights again this year cause A Pooch Affair is back and with more to offer this year. Now if you live within a 3 hour drive of Canberra, this is one dog friendly…
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How to Choose Pet Friendly Accommodation | www.thepugdiary.com

How to Choose Pet Friendly Accommodation

Copy by Kristy Beck Photography by @itsmoosethepug Are you the type of person who likes to travel? Want to take your pug along? It can be hard planning travel with your pug especially when it comes to accomodation. It’s all about knowing how to choose pet friendly accommodation. And that’s just what I am sharing…
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The Campaign to Keep Australia Pet Friendly | www.thepugdiary.com

The Campaign to Keep Australia Pet Friendly

You’d think Australia would be one of the most pet friendly countries in the world. But in fact it really isn’t. So much so that pet ownership in Australia is on the decline for the first time. In just 12 months, dog ownership has dropped by 100,000 and cat ownership by 200,000. This is incredible…
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3 Reasons Why Your Pug Should Wear a Harness | www.thepugdiary.com

3 Reasons Why Your Pug Should Wear a Harness

I know I’ve written about the importance of your pug wearing a collar and ID tag and it is important. But it is also important that it not be the only thing they wear. I believe it is just as important that your pug wears a harness as well as a collar and ID tag…
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Car Safety Tips for Travelling with Your Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

Car Safety Tips for Travelling with Your Pug

With so many amazing pet friendly places around these days, we all tend to travel in the car with our pugs way more than just trips to the vets. And one of the most important things when travelling in a car with your pug is their safety. Nobody wants to be in an accident where…
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10 Best Pug Videos on YouTube | www.thepugdiary.com

10 Best Pug Videos on YouTube

Sometimes you just need to take some time out of your day and sit and watch videos of pugs on YouTube. And boy are there loads of fun videos to watch. But to make this day even better, I have compiled the 10 best pug videos on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. First up is…
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A pug is not for you if.... | www.thepugdiary.com

A Pug is Not for You If…

Pugs are a special breed of dog. And really takes someone special to give them the best possible life they deserve. If you are considering getting a pug because you think they are just too adorable and don’t know much about the breed, then this post is for you. So a pug is not for…
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The A to Z of Pugs | www.thepugdiary.com

The A to Z of Pugs

What better way to get to know what pugs are like than to have a guide to them in one single place. To get you started with a quick guide, here is an A to Z of pugs. A is for Anal Glands It is common for pugs to need to have their anal glands…
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21 Awesome Dog Bucket List Ideas for Your Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

21 Awesome Dog Bucket List Ideas for Your Pug

A bucket list isn’t just for humans. Nor is it just for dogs who are dying. There are loads of things that your pug will love to do in their lifetime so why not kick off the new year by creating a dog bucket list for your pug. Here are 21 awesome dog bucket list…
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The Top 20 Pugs of Instagram 2015

Top 20 Pugs of Instagram 2015

Instagram is the best place to get your daily dose pugs, after The Pug Diary of course. There are so many amazing pug accounts going around on Instagram, there is just no escaping pugs but why would you want. Now I have the ultimate list of the top 20 pugs of Instagram for 2015. 1.Doug…
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How to Take a Pet Selfie of Your Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

How to Take a Pet Selfie of Your Pug

No one, and I mean no one, takes a pet selfie like Norm the Pug takes a selfie. But don’t get disheartened by that. You can still take awesome selfies. And that is what I am going to teach you…. how to take a pet selfie of your pug. All you need to learn how…
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10 Awesome Facts About Pugs

Who loves a bit of fact finding? I know I do and facts about pugs is just even better. So here are 10 awesome facts about pugs that you may or may not know. 1. The Pug originates from China and dates back to 400 BC making them one of the oldest breeds of dog.…
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3 Tips for Minimising Pug Hair Around the House | www.thepugdiary.com

3 Tips for Minimising Pug Hair Around the House

We all know that pugs shed like there is no tomorrow. Fawn pugs and some black pugs have a double coat and shed twice as much as single coat pugs do. And there really isn’t a way to stop the shedding. Not even shaving your pug will stop it, it merely makes the hairs shorter…
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How to Organise a Pug Birthday Party + Puguccino Recipe | www.thepugdiary.com

How to Organise a Pug Birthday Party + Puguccino Recipe

My boy Ref turned 5 this week (August 31st) and I thought what better way to celebrate his birthday than with a pug birthday party with a few of his friends. I spent about a month organising the party and in the end, the time spent organising it was well worth it. Ref had such…
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Where Pugs Sleep... There's No Right or Wrong | www.thepugdiary.com

Where Pugs Sleep… There’s No Right or Wrong

Where pugs sleep at night can be somewhat of a controversial topic. Many believe that a pug should be crate trained. Some say that you should never have your pug share your bed. Others say that keeping them close by in their own bed is best. And then others say that having them sleep in…
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A Pug's Day Out at A Pooch Affair Canberra | www.thepugdiary.com

A Pug’s Day Out at A Pooch Affair Canberra

Last Saturday 18th July 2015 saw the Inaugural A Pooch Affair in Canberra. With so much on offer for a dog show, I was very keen to take Ref for a big day out and make the trek to Canberra from South West Sydney. And let me say, for a 13 hour day return trip,…
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7 Movies to Watch Starring Pugs | www.thepugdiary

7 Movies to Watch Starring Pugs

Just last week I was watching a movie that had pugs starring in it and it totally inspired this post. I wanted to share with you 7 movies you should watch that have pugs in them. Seriously, who can’t pass up a movie with a pug in it. So if you are looking for something…
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Importance of ID Tags & Collars | www.thepugdiary.com

The Importance of ID Tags & Collars for Pugs

When Ref was younger, I didn’t think it was all that important for him to wear a collar with an ID tag. To start with, he hated wearing a collar and would do nothing but scratch at it. And then of course there was the fact that he was an inside dog. At our old…
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7 Pugs You Must Like on Facebook | www.thepugdiary.com

7 Pugs You Must Like on Facebook

One thing Facebook is great for is the number of totally awesome pugs who share their amazing lives with the world. And there are so many to like it is not funny. But today, I am going to share with you 7 pugs you must like on Facebook. And I say must because I can…
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Sydney Royal Dog Show 2015 Part Two | www.thepugdiary.com

Sydney Royal Dog Show 2015 Part Two

Today is the second and final post on the Sydney Royal Dog Show 2015. If you missed the first post, be sure to check it out right here. In the first post, I shared some photos from the Dog Show Hall at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and a couple of other snaps before the…
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Sydney Royal Dog Show 2015 Part One | www.thepugdiary.com

Sydney Royal Dog Show 2015 Part One

Every year at the Sydney Royal Easter Show you will find the Sydney Royal Dog Show where numerous breeds compete for Best in Show, including the pug breed. This year, the pugs were on show Friday 3rd April. I decided to head along and check out the competition as I have yet to see a…
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How to Organise a Pug Meet Up Group in Your Local Area | www.thepugdiary.com

How to Organise a Pug Meet Up Group in Your Local Area

Pug people seek out pug people. It’s true. We are all alike in so many ways but the main thing that brings pug people together is our love for our pugs. And with this love, we want our pugs to have the most loving and fulfilling life we can possibly give them. This means that…
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Top 10 Things to Love about Pugs Part Two | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Things to Love about Pugs Part Two

Earlier in the week I shared with you my Top 10 things to Love about Pugs Part One. Today I am here to share with you the remaining 5 points in my Top 10 Things to Love about Pugs. 6. They are patient & gentle – Pugs are so patient and gentle, whether it be…
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Top 10 Things to Love about Pugs Part One | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 10 Things to Love about Pugs Part One

I recently wrote an article called Top 5 Pug Pet Peeves where I wrote about some of the things I don’t like about pugs. And whilst these things are a downside to owning a pug, I truly believe that you are meant to have a pug if these things are bearable because there are 10…
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Top 5 Pug Pet Peeves | www.thepugdiary.com

Top 5 Pug Pet Peeves

It is so easy to love a pug. But the truth of the matter is that there are downsides to owning a pug too. Today I am going to cover my pug pet peeves (and yes, that was pun intended).   1. Pug hair – The first thing I hate about owning a pug is…
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30 Pet Days to Put in Your Calendar This Year | www.thepugdiary.com

30 Pet Days to Put in Your Calendar This Year

I decided to scour the internet for a list of pet days and I came across quite a few I have never heard of. So here is my list of pet days you won’t want to miss out on in 2015. UPDATE: January 14th is Dress Up Your Pet Day, perfect for a bit of…
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What to Pack for the Perfect Pug Day Out | www.thepugdiary.com

What to Pack for the Perfect Pug Day Out

There are a number of items that I never leave the house without when it comes to taking Ref on an outing, whether it be to the local dog park, the beach or a dog day out or festival. Today I am going to share with you my 5 things to pack for the perfect…
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An Open Letter to My Pug | www.thepugdiary.com

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…
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