Hi, I’m Kasey: we don’t often introduce ourselves before a post, but many that know PugLove well, can often tell whom is writing what as Jane and I have different strengths and a different tone of voice. This past month while Jane welcomed her new baby girl into the world, I helped with the pug adoptions of three mature age pugs and two little female puppies who will join their forever homes in January.
The way we have worked in the past is I assist with marketing and product development, and Jane exclusively manages the pugs, the puppies, their health, their breeding schedule and their adoptions. I couldn’t work for PugLove unless I was a huge #puglover (I have five pugs, four rescues and a little PugLove girl so I know and understand the breed well).
I have worked with Jane to develop the adoption process, if you haven’t experienced it yet, the PugLove process is quite rigorous as PugLove pugs are raised to suit a certain lifestyle and home environment.
Getting the adoption selection wrong is like buying a pair of shoes in the wrong size, no matter how much you love and adore them, they just don’t fit!
If you are reading this, you may be considering adopting a PugLove pug. If you are wanting to adopt one of these adorable little pugs, you need to ask yourself some difficult questions first:
- Pugs are not presents: they should not be a surprise, and neither can they be arranged to be born or exactly eight weeks old by Christmas, a birthday or other special event. I know this may seem a little obvious to most, but I was surprised at the number of requests along these lines.
- Pugs can be expensive: not just the adoption fee, but for the duration of their life. If you can’t afford the adoption fee right now, you may not be able to afford and provide the nutrition and future medical care required.
- Pugs need your time and attention: if your lifestyle is one that is dedicated to work and socialising and your pug can not join you in this activities, the pug breed may not be for you. If you can’t see yourself spending most of your free time with your pug, and delight in having them wait for you while you shower and sit next to you (or on you) wherever you are, again the pug breed may not be for you.
- Pugs need training: our PugLove pugs are raised in a home environment, they are kissed and cuddled, exposed to children, car rides, other pugs of various ages (our own pugs only) and are mainly house trained by eight weeks when they join their forever homes, However the next eight weeks (8-16 weeks of age) is critical for imprinting the behaviour a pug will adopt for most of their life, and that training is up to you. You need to organise attending a puppy pre-school, organise specific socialisation activities, dedicate time every day to developing your bond and training your puppy.
If you and your home is suitable for a PugLove pug, you are not in this alone, Jane provides advice and support for life, a vet nurse by trade with over 15 years experience, she is a wealth of knowledge and support in all aspects of pug health, but also behavioural milestones.
If you are considering adopting, ask yourself some challenging questions, it may not be the right time just now, or it might be like the shoe analogy, no matter how much you love and adore them, they just don’t and won’t fit no matter how much you try.