Smug as a Pug in a Private Airplane
They shed. They snore. They’re nearly impossible to train. There’s nothing as smug as a Pug. So why are they the most spoiled dog breed on earth?
“Pugs are just so darn cute that they have to be spoiled,” says Jennifer Heintz, a physical therapist from Peachtree City, GA, owner of a four year old fawn Pug, Alice. “The Puggy face and head tilts almost like a human. Pugs are like little children that make you want to give them everything they want. Alice has more jackets and sweaters than I have. When she rides in the car, she has her own pink, extra soft dog bed that she sits in so that her paws don't get too hot on the leather seats. She has her own spot on the bed – the other human pillow – and she isn’t happy unless she’s there.”
The way most Pugs live gives a new meaning to “a dog’s life.” There’s something about the breed that inspires pampering. Perhaps it’s the big eyes, the vulnerable look on the delightfully smushed face, or the innocent airs (which can be deceiving!). Whatever the case, Pug owners agree that once you’ve been Pugged, you’re Pugged forever. It’s no wonder these dogs are spoiled – their servants . . . er, owners, are extremely dedicated.
Sara Bell, owner of a spoiled Pug puppy, Copilot, from Bakersfield, CA, said that a sixth of the hanging space in her walk-in closet is dedicated to Copilot’s clothing, including custom made and imported outfits.
“She has an outfit for tea, for a fancy party, a boat ride, a sunny picnic, you name the occasion, she’s got the perfect outfit, likely with a matching collar and lead,” says Bell. “She has a variety of jewelry, including a real pearl necklace, has several beds for her sleeping comfort, and gets at least a new toy every day. She really runs our household!”
Bell also cooks poached chicken for Copilot and hand-makes treats. When this treasured Pug isn’t dining in style, she’s jet-setting in her owners’ private plane, complete with her own headset for ear protection. Currently, the Bells are in the process of decorating the dog’s own room.
“It will be done in Pug art décor with a real bed, her snuggle ball bed, a potty area (just in case), her refreshment center, and I’m looking at armoires for her clothes,” says Bell.
Bell isn’t alone in her allegiance to this breed. Even those owners who don’t buy pearl necklaces for their Pugs still offer interior design and maid service.
“Everything that goes on in this house is for the Pugs,” says Sally Coffer, owner of three Pugs and a Pug mix in Rochester Hills, MI. “The dog beds are fur or velour, something soft because that’s what they like to snuggle in. They have a large laundry basket full of toys and bones, but we still buy them more. Their bedding gets washed once a week in baby laundry soap. If I would have had Pugs when I was younger I wouldn’t have had kids!”
If every dog has his day, then it’s Pug Day every day for these precious pooches. If you’ve read this far and you still don’t understand what the fuss is about, then you certainly don’t own a Pug. Perhaps, if you’re lucky, one will allow you to be his friend someday. Until then, there’s always Schnauzers.
by Nikki Moustaki
This article was originally published in Dog Fancy Magazine