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 PixieBelle, CharlieRose and LulaBee.
Name: Susan Schumacher
Where do you live? Plano, Texas
How many pugs do you own? Three adorable pug girls!
What are their names?
PixieBelle 6 years old
CharlieRose 2 years old
LulaBee 2 years old on April 26th
Is your current pug/s your first?
No, the dog my husband and I first owned was a pug, Bailey. We adopted her from the dog shelter a few years before we were married. She was our baby for 10 years.
Do you think your pugs personality matches yours?
Absolutely. They can be really excited and happy, but love to lay around and cuddle in front of the television. And ofcourse I am an absolute foodie!
What did you expect a pug to be like before you got one?
I expected Bailey to be excitable and hyper!
What was different to your expectation once you got a pug?
Bailey liked to play a bit, but really preferred just to lay around and cuddle. She was, just like all of the pugs I have now, a total Velcro dog.
What would be your number 1 tip for new pug parents?
Pugs are extremely loving and adore being with their humans. They are sensitive to our feelings and moods. They know when you need space and know when you need snuggles. They are a time and financial commitment. Expect to spend loads of time with them by your side! Pugs tend to have allergy and sometimes gastrointestinal issues, be prepared to invest in their health. It’s very true that if you put good in, you get good back. Feed your pugs a well-balanced nutritionally healthy food made for their needs and they will pay you back with good health and happy lives!
What do you hate most about having a pug?
What do you love most about having a pug?
The happy expectant faces when I walk through the door and the lap companions whenever I sit. They make me feel so loved! Their faces are so expressive they keep me entertained continually. They bring the most joy of any pets I have had to my life.
What has been your biggest fear about owning a pug?
When LulaBee was young I was very worried about possible liver shunt issues. While she does have loads of allergies, her liver seems to be just fine.
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?
LulaBee and PixieBelle both suffer from seasonal allergies. While Pixie’s are typically just a bit of itching and ear infections, LulaBee’s are more intense and cause hair loss on her chest and belly. We have gone the traditional route using allergy meds or shots in the past, but include also feeding them a raw diet including salmon oil and mushroom powder designed for its immunity boosting properties. Recently we have begun professionally treating our yard for weeds and even looked at replacing the grass with a different variety. A trusted pet care professional has recommended acupuncture treatments for LulaBee and we are excited to get started. Paws crossed!
Why did you choose to start a social media account for your pug/s?
They are so full of personality and love posing for pictures! It’s a way for me to share them with the world and connect with other pug/pet owners.
I hope you enjoyed getting to meet the human of PixieBelle, CharlieRose and LulaBee and picked up a tip or two about owning a pug.