A dog is better than I am, because he has love and he does not judge.
— Abba Xanthias
(fourth-century Christian hermit),
Sayings of the Desert Fathers
My wife's first memory of seeing a pug was in 1991 in the Bois de Boulogne, a park outside of Paris. It was out on a mid-day walk with its person and she distinctly remembers its tail curled up like a corkscrew sitting atop its hips.
She says she knew instantly, that was the dog for her. And so, when we married, although she didn't have a dog yet, it became the dog for me, too.
Multum in Parvo
The pug is summed up well in its Latin motto: multum in parvo which means "a lot of dog in a small space." The pug breed standard describes the pug as a playful, loving companion dog that is "decidedly square and cobby." It is one of the oldest breeds of dogs with its Chinese origins dating to before 400 BC.
After we were married, we went to pug parties—often as the only attendees without a dog—and hung out at off-leash dog parks and played with other people's pugs to get to know the breed better. As soon as we had a house with a fenced yard, we went to Seattle Pug Rescue and filled out our first adoption application.
Looking for a Pug?
If you're interested in purchasing a puppy, please do your homework. Never buy puppies from a pet store. Be certain you are purchasing from a responsible breeder and not someone who is a front for a puppy mill.
For breeder recommendations, contact the Pug Dog Club of America.