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Nothing like a good scratch

Steven was giving Shelby a good scratch in her bed when I snapped this photo. She really loves a good scratch. It's times like these that it gets really hard to think of her as an animal, and not some kind of reincarnated Muppet.

March 18, 2005 | Permalink

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We got our pug, Otis, last June, and he will be a year old in April. We have enjoyed your adventures of raising Shelby right along with ours raising Otis. Otis is a bigger pug, too, about 21 pounds, but our vet doesn't think he's fat. We have him in obedience class now to learn to walk better on the leash and not pull. Also, to come when we call. He was potty trained in about 2 weeks to paper and totally going outside about 5 months. Less than 5 total accidents on our carpet from day 1. The only downside to our pug is the SHEDDING. We will keep watching Shelby.

Posted by: Faye | Mar 18, 2005 1:56:30 PM

Shelby looks like she is saying "Oh yeah! this is the life! A little bit more, please!! -- Question: What makes a dog strain at the leash? Is that why harnesses are better for dogs? Does the delicate throat area of pugs cause them to choke? Sorry for these bothersome questions, but I hope to own a pug some day. Love your puggy site. Thank You.

Posted by: Jade | Mar 19, 2005 9:51:10 AM

I'm not sure what makes a dog pull. I suppose they just want things to move a little faster or slower. Sometimes they are trying to get to the next great smell, or meet another dog.

Good question about the collar. I had to look it up to figure out what all the fuss was about. I've read on some Web sites that say stress from pulling on the collar can lead to a collapsing trachea. There was no mention if this was a long term consequence, or if it could be sudden. These sites mentioned that collapsing tracheas tend to be more common with toy breeds.

I find that dog trainers use collars which (hopefully) leads to a better behaved dog that doesn't pull, and therefore there isn't constant stress on the collar and neck.

But I'm no vet or dog trainer. So if you do get a pug, it probably best to ask an expert. I'll be writing more about this next week. Stay tuned.

Posted by: Winnie | Mar 19, 2005 2:39:30 PM

OK THINK ABOUT IT NOW, PULLING AT THE LEASH IS A DOMINANCE THING AGAIN! THEY THINK THEY ARE TAKING US FOR A WALK, NOT JUST GOING ALONG WITH US. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO TRAIN THEM TO WALK ALONG SIDE OF US, AS AN EQUAL.
DAISEY IS TERRIBLE AT PULLING. I HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING HER TO STAY AT MY SIDE.
SHELBY LOOKS LIKE SUCH A LITTLE PERSON, DON'T YOU THINK OF HER AS "THE BABY?" WE SURE DO ABOUT DAISEY MAY!!! THEY HAVE SUCH PERSONALITIES. AND SUCH FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, HOW CAN WE NOT THINK OF THEM AS OUR BABIES!!

Posted by: Lisa | Mar 20, 2005 8:49:40 AM

This has got to be one of the best pics I've ever seen of a pug! Priceless!

Posted by: Shannon | Mar 22, 2005 1:56:51 AM

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