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.
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.
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
DEDICATED TO PEOPLE IN RESCUE
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
He had big black eyes
Just inches away
A joy? A pleasure? A thrill?
-- Sherry Pendleton
Merry Christmas From Ye Olde Puppy Shoppe
We love our puppy customers -
Oh sure, they've heard about puppymills -
All OUR pups came from "Local Breeders".
We don't put a price on honesty,
But back to our Christmas Greeting
We love you because you're lazy,
You so rarely do your homework.
Zoonotic's not a word you learned
Cryptorchids must be flowers from Hawaii you say?
You think that CERF-ing's what cool dudes do
But should we stumble upon someone
We love you cause you just don't care -
We love the things you DON'T ask!!!
You'll never see the breeding dogs
We'll keep you from our back room, too,
We hope you have a vet you like -
Who cares when you get that blue slip home
So come and see us, one and all -
We've got the carols playing
As you walk away with your new pup
-- Dr Cathy Priddle