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 Finnegan!
Name: Zane and Samantha
Where do you live? San Francisco, CA USA
How many pugs do you own? We currently have 1 pug together.
What are their names?
His name is Finnegan McDuff. He is 9 years old and will be 10 this September!
Is your current pug/s your first?
Zane: My first pug, but not my first dog. My childhood dog was a lab mix named Billy.
Samantha: Finnegan is our first pug together. Zane surprised me for our first anniversary with Finnegan and it has and will continue to be the best gift I’ve ever received. I’ve had pugs before in my childhood as well. My family shares a love for pugs and as a child, we had 2 fawn pugs.
Do you think your pugs personality matches yours?
Zane: Finnegan: plucky, gritty, affectionate—I hope others describe me this way.
Samantha: Zane and I joke around that Finnegan is basically me in pug form—my spirit animal. I can definitely see similar traits that we share. Finnegan and I both get irritated and grumpy when we’re hungry, can be awkward in social situations, and will sometimes give attitude back. 😉
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
Zane: I was used to big dogs, so my perception was that all little dogs were yappy and skittish.
Samantha: I expected a pug to be a goofy and loving dog. I was not proven wrong!
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
Zane: Pugs possess a self-assuredness that belies their humble stature.
Samantha: I expected a pug to be a tiny, delicate dog and discovered just how big a pug’s personality can be. Pugs are loving, loyal, and very in tune to their owner’s emotions. A pug’s face can be very expressive and I’ve never had a dog with such a unique personality.
What would be your number 1 tip for new pug parents?
Zane: Use special extra tasty treats while teaching your pug proper leash etiquette and for encouraging your pug to return to you when you take him/her off-leash.
Samantha: Potential pug parents should do proper research in what it takes to maintain a healthy pug—establishing good grooming habits by cleaning wrinkles/folds often, diet and exercise, using a harness for walks, and providing mental stimulation. Pugs are smart but can be very stubborn and push the limits of what he/she can get away with. I would suggest being gentle but firm, consistent, and most importantly–be in charge. The end goal is to have a happy and confident pug. In turn, a confident owner is also needed to keep these boundaries and expectations clear.
What do you hate most about having a pug?
Zane: I love having a pug except when it rains. Getting a pug to evacuate in bad weather can sometimes be like getting blood from a stone.
Samantha: I don’t really hate anything about owning a pug. It’s hard to hate such a cute, innocent face. However, I could care less for the amount of fur that pugs are shedding though. I feel like I am constantly pulling off fur from my clothes and furniture. Sometimes, I’ll find a piece of fur in the most random of places in our apartment.
What do you love most about having a pug?
Zane: Our daily walks and snuggle sessions on the couch.
Samantha: It is so comforting and reassuring when your pug loves you unconditionally. I can come home after a long day at work or not be having the best day, but having a pug’s snorts and kisses greet you can be a mood changer.
What has been your biggest fear about owning a pug?
Zane: Hot weather! As one of the brachycephalic breeds, pugs can get overheated very easily and suffer serious health consequences.
Samantha: My biggest fear would be an unforeseen health problem. I can’t even imagine how much heart break I would feel.
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
Zane: We try and brush his teeth at least once or twice a week to prevent tooth decay.
Samantha: Years ago, Finnegan was starting to gain weight suddenly despite no change in the amount of food he was given and starting having seizures sometimes during walks. We changed his food to a grain-free diet, fed fresh vegetables as treats, gave him daily vitamins, and now he is a healthy weight and no longer suffers from occasional seizures. I cannot stress how important diet and exercise is for pugs. I highly recommend a raw diet if you are able to do so.
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pug/s?
Zane: That’s all Samantha!
Samantha: I felt like I was posting too many photos of Finnegan on my personal account and wanted a space to showcase Finnegan’s personality and ability to pose for the camera properly. The dog community and friends we’ve made on Instagram has been the best and so supportive.
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the humans of Finnegan and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.