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Here we have our collected articles, essays, and information for anyone interested in learning more about pugs. Browse through the info, and don't forget to check out the poems on this page.

The Articles

Responsible Dog Ownership
What does it mean to truly take responsibility for your pug? This article by PRNWA founder Cat Donnelly sheds some light.

Are your good intentions actually harming your pug? Cat offers a wealth of information on overvaccinating and the ill effects it may have on dogs.

'Show Dog Crud'
Often mistakenly diagnosed as parvovirus, this bacterial infection can be extremely harmful (and in many cases fatal) to dogs who contract it. Protect your pug by being informed.

Demodectic Mange (Demodex)
Crucial facts on demodex, both localized and generalized. Many dogs suffer with this, but few veterinarians are up to speed on the latest treatment protocol. Harsh dips may do more harm than good, so be sure to get the latest information on more homeopathic remedies here.

The Poems

A Puggy Lament

I had to go out of town one day
and at a hotel I intended to stay
but, it just wasn't like my home
where my little puggies roam....

no eyes imploring for my food
no snorts to help uplift my mood
no pugs in my drawers as I sit on the pot
no thunderbutts knocking over my tot

no fighting for the bedroom covers
no wrestling in bed to find my lover
no footwarmers laying at my feet
no snores to lull me to blissful sleep

so, you see Mr. Manager, I have to go
I really don't want to cause a row
Next time you think of replacing the rugs
why don't you go and invest in some pugs?

-- Cat Donnelly


I wasn't a pup when I came to your home,
I'd been dumped on the road, left to roam.
Don't remember the people except the pain.
They left me to die in the cold and the rain.
You were driving down the highway, it was late at night
When you saw the faintest glimmer of light.
You took a chance and turned around
Got out of the van and knelt to the ground.
My quivering body felt the gentlest of hands.
I knew I need not make any demands.
In your heart, and your home, there was always room
For those who would face certain doom.
You healed my body and you healed my heart.
You gave me what I needed, a fresh start.
When I cried at night, you were always there
With soft words, a kiss, a hug to share.
When I misbehaved and would cower with guilt
You only showed love...up to the hilt.
You loved and cared for me in sickness and health
Our love for each other was more precious than wealth.
Even when you were tired and had a bad day
You'd always come home to me and say,
"I missed you my baby. I'm glad to be back."
Then you'd give me a kiss, a hug and a pat.
We'd have a nice dinner then go out to play
There was so much love I wanted to stay.
But my eyes, they faded and my heart grew weak
As my time grew closer you could not speak.
You held me tight, tears flowed from your eyes
We both had to say our sad goodbyes.
The release from the pain we knew must end
No more time on this Earth would we spend
Running in the fields, playing ball
Sitting quietly together at the end of it all.
But our time together is not through
Because I'll be there waiting for you
At the end of the Rainbow Bridge I'll stand
Until I once again see those gentle hands.
I'll run to you with tail held high
We will never again have to say goodbye.
My love at death, it does not end
Because you are, indeed, a dog's best friend.

-- Jeanne Illsche
   June 21, 1998
   Permission to reprint given

Ode to Puppy Toes

At three days old, you didn't know,
that you have a nuisance little toe,
I made the decision it had to go,
so here is the tale of woe
Oh, puppy toes

You sat in the basket at the vet
the cutest little flat faced quintet
as I watched my eyes got a little wet
then I went up front and paid my debt
Oh, puppy toes

The vet, ass't and me in the room
It took all my might not to swoon
One by one your voices boomed
Each little dew claw was doomed
Oh, puppy toes

I can't get it out of my mind, that day
ten little black toes sit on the tray
ten little dew claws just thrown away
would they hurt you, I cannot say
Oh, puppy toes

-- Catherine Donnelly


I woke up this morning
and what did I see?
A wrinkled up Pug face
Just staring at me!

He had big black eyes
And a short little nose.
Soft velvet ears
folded up like a rose.

Just inches away
He gave a big wheeze,
Sucked in some air,
Let out a giant sneeze!

A joy? A pleasure? A thrill?
It IS not!
To be waked in the morning
By a spray of Pug snot!

-- Sherry Pendleton

Merry Christmas From Ye Olde Puppy Shoppe

We love our puppy customers -
They're our #1 bread and butter,
Especially right now at Christmas time
With their MasterCards all a-flutter.

Oh sure, they've heard about puppymills -
They don't live in a cave.
The tree-huggers dreamed THAT whole thing up.
They're really quite depraved!

All OUR pups came from "Local Breeders".
These signs around TELL you so;
We paint em up and hang em high
Cause we want you to know!

We don't put a price on honesty,
But this pup will cost eight hundred dollars.
You don't think that we make the big bucks
Selling fish food and martingale collars!

But back to our Christmas Greeting
And why we wish you all Good Cheer;
You see, you are $pecial folks to us
At this festive time of year.

We love you because you're lazy,
Though very well-connected.
You just won't take the time to find
A breeder who's respected.

You so rarely do your homework.
(Santa, send us MORE trusting fellas
With no time to learn about Legg Perthes
Or Luxating Patellas !)

Zoonotic's not a word you learned
Playing Scrabble or at school?
Color Mutant Alopecia ? Duh!
We LOVE it, man, you're COOL!!!

Cryptorchids must be flowers from Hawaii you say?
We will sure not tell you better.
And you don't need to know Brucellosis, my friend,
Unless, of course, you get er!!!

You think that CERF-ing's what cool dudes do
Somewhere out in California?
And OFA's just another old workplace law?
We're sure not going to warn you!

But should we stumble upon someone
Who IS savvy in any way,
We'll just start extolling the wonderful work
Of the grand ole USDA!!!

We love you cause you just don't care -
You buy it because you want it.
You can lay your cash on OUR counter, ma'am,
If you've got it, you OUGHT to flaunt it!!!

We love the things you DON'T ask!!!
It makes our job so easy.
If you saw the sights behind the scene
You'd probably get quite queasy.

You'll never see the breeding dogs
Who suffer on the wire,
Or pups die of hyper-thermia
When their truck gets a flat tire.

We'll keep you from our back room, too,
And put a padlock on the freezer.
Those tiny puppies stiff and cold
Would not be a crowd pleaser.

We hope you have a vet you like -
That pup's probably gonna need him.
Ivomec wears off in thirty days -
That's how long we've guaranteed him!!!

Who cares when you get that blue slip home
And find out that it wasn't true.
Your Local Breeder's way out in Kansas?
HO! HO! HO! That joke's on you !!!

So come and see us, one and all -
Join in our Christmas Cheer!
We've strung the tinsel all around.
If we could, we'd serve you beer!

We've got the carols playing
And a Santa, for good reason;
We're all scrubbed up and looking good
So you'll make our Christmas season.

As you walk away with your new pup
We'll shed a happy Christmas tear.
Don't change ONE THING about yourself -
Just DO come back next year!!!

(ching, ching)

-- Dr Cathy Priddle

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