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 human of Batman!
Where do you live? We live in sunny Somerset, right near Glastonbury.
How many pugs do you own?
We’ve got one pug, little Batman. He has a big personality though!
What are their names? Batman (The Batpug)
Is your current pug your first? Yep, he’s my first pug
Do you think your pugs personality matches yours?
His personality is quite similar to mine. He’s quite cheeky and naughty, and will try to get away with anything he can. His favourite things are to nap and eat so we’re pretty on par there as well.
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
I decided I wanted to get a pug because of their personalities. I’ve worked with many dogs in the past and absolutely fell in love with the pug breed. And I’ve been super lucky that little Batman is just the most perfect best friend you could ever hope for. He’s my life and I love him to bits.
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
My expectations were met as soon as I got Batman… to be honest, he’s exceeded all expectations.
What would be your number 1 tip for new pug parents?
My number 1 tip for any new pug parents is to be patient and give a lot of love. Pugs love to test the limits and break the rules. If you’re patient with them, train them well and give them lots of love, they truly will become your best friend and love you forever. Also, make sure you give them a great diet, their little bellies (and fat rolls) will thank you for it.
What do you hate most about having a pug?
The thing I hate most about having a pug is all of the bad press they get about their health problems. Unfortunately, it is justified in most cases as well. The real issue stems from bad breeding and the growing number of evil puppy farms. Batman and I spend a lot of time educating people about responsible breeding and campaigning against puppy farms. We need to do more and stamp out these horrible places to make sure all breeds of dogs are bred responsibly and have the best opportunity to live a full and healthy life. In the words of another superhero, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’, and with Batman’s social media reach he does all he can to raise money and campaign for unfortunate pugs (and other dogs).
What do you love most about having a pug?
The thing I love most about having a pug is the love he gives every second of every day. It’s completely unconditional and no matter how bad my day has been he always makes me smile.
What has been your biggest fear about owning a pug?
I spent a huge amount of time researching pugs, speaking to the KC and meeting a lot of breeders. When I chose little Batman I was extremely confident in his breeding and bloodline. That being said, I still worried he might have some of the health issues that I know can come with pugs. However, he has never had any health problems and is the healthiest, strongest, happiest little dog you could ever meet. This shows how important responsible breeding is. I share this knowledge with his followers on a daily basis. I always recommend adopting first, if people are determined to get a thorough bread pug though, it is our responsibility to share our knowledge and make sure people are educated about sourcing their new best friend.
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?
I think my answer to the previous question mostly answers this one 🙂 The other big thing we focus on is his diet and getting lots of exercise.
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pug?
I have never been big on social media and when I got Batman I didn’t want to become that person that only starts posting pic and videos of their dog. I thought it was best I made him his own profile then my friends could chose to follow him or not.
Where can we follow your pugs adventures?
You can follow Batman’s adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. Here are his handles:
Instagram – @TheBatmanPug
Twitter – @TheBatmanPug
Snapchat – @TheBatmanPug
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheBatmanPug/
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the human of Batman and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.