Everyone loves reading the Social Pug Profile interviews with pugs from the social media scene. Well now it is time to put the pug parents in the spotlight to answer some questions about what it is like to own a pug in the Pug Parent Profile. Get to know the humans behind the pugs you love and pick up a tip or two for life with your pug. This week we are getting to know the humans of Olly, Chris + Ricky!
Name: Chris & Ricky
Where do you live? Hawthorn, Melbourne.
How many pugs do you own? One
What are their names? Olly
Is your current pug/s your first? Yes, he is.
Do you think your pugs’ personality matches yours?
Definitely, although we think as he is getting older, he is becoming more mature than us. He frowns disapprovingly at us when we are acting silly.
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
We really didn’t have any expectation, other than being a dog that does dog things.
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
It’s amazing how “human” he has become. Olly has developed a huge personality, complete with sleeping in bed like a person (yes, on back with head on pillow!), tricking us into giving him treats (he gets a biscuit for peeing on his indoor toilet – but he lies!!) and preferring to hang with the dads at the park when there are other dogs to play with.
What would be your Number 1 tip for new pug parents?
Don’t worry about the biting, the hair, the peeing in the wrong places. That will sort itself out within the year. Concentrate on the long term – developing their personality. Always talk to your dog, and try to include them in everything possible. We take Olly on bike rides, to music festivals, and of course pubs for afternoon drinks. It all contributes to the development of their personality, and the more inclusive they are, the bigger the personality.
What do you hate most about having a pug?
Hate is such a big word…ha ha. There’s a big worry about heat. When the weather is hot, there’s a difficult balance to ensure they are kept cool, but also allowed out of the house to exercise. It’s tough on long stretches of heat, and it’s hard not to feel bad for keeping Olly inside.
What do you love most about having a pug?
The attraction we get from walking Olly down the street, or going out to places, prompts many to come up to us and say hello to him. While that sounds like we are gluttons for attention, that’s not the reason. Having Olly makes so many people happy. It lights up their day. The barriers that keep people from saying hello normally are totally broken down. All inhibitions are lost, and we have even made a few long term friends that we would never have met, had it not been for owning a pug.
What has been your biggest fear about owning a pug?
Well, the unspeakable, of course, that hopefully will not happen for many, many years to come. But apart from that, it would be his security. Pugs are at a high risk when it comes to pet stealing, and while we are very conscious of keeping him safe, you can’t help but think that anything can happen.
Have you experienced any of the typical pug health problems? If so, how have you overcome them? If not, what precautions have you taken to prevent health problems?
Olly has been mostly vet-free, except for his shots. He had an incident when he was younger with a stick poking him in the eye. Pugs have huge puppy dog eyes, so there is more area for things to poke them out. Lucky there was no lasting damage, and it seems Olly actually recognizes these stick things on trees are bad for his eyes, and is more careful around them. A dog’s still gotta pee, you know.
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pug/s?
It started as a casual hobby to keep our photos in one place, and because everyone is using Instagram. It was really Olly himself that prompted us to go full steam ahead into this world. His ability to sit for photos, and pose in often compromising positions, meant our imagination could run wild. And it continues to do so, even to this day. There’s seems to be no limit with what he is capable of doing.
Where can we follow your pugs adventures?
Olly has two Instagram accounts – @Ollydayz is his daily calendar of special days, charity events, wacky celebrations and holidays. His original account @Instaollygram has started to flourish recently, providing bloopers, behind the scenes, and “normal” aspects of his life. Both are posted through to the Ollydayz page on Facebook, as well.
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the humans of Olly and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.