After nearly two years of using the same Buddy Belt Dog Harness, I finally decided to get Porky a new color. We are thankful to the makers of this great product for saving Porky’s neck…and possibly, his life. He was choking so bad before that sometimes he puked, even without a harness on. Although we had always used harnesses, he was and still is a super puller on the lead. He just gets so excited about everything.
Hail down to the makers of this life saving dog harness…it is so comfortable that they don’t even feel it’s on them and easy to use. Both Pugs walk better on the lead but still pull but there is minimal to no choking which is a miracle. Porky has shown great improvement and reduction in direct choking (psycho pulling on the lead) and indirect choking (random choking even when he was not on his lead). Brownie started using this harness at a younger age so he shows no signs of choking but still, not sure if it is a Pug thing, pulls a great deal on the lead.
Anyhoo, back to the Porker. He deserves it…he brings a great deal of joy into our lives and makes this house our home. Our first dog and the “Marley” of the Pug world, his shenanigans and Houdini antics have hit every nerve we have but we love him so so much. Here he is in his new Belly Band Bone Print and Buddy Belt Mod Yellow Harness.
First off, we miss blogging and sharing stories and photos of our wonderful Puggies. It’s been a very busy year. We had some problems with the blog and finally got our web designer to help us upgrade to the newest WordPress. Now we are all ready to catch up. Porky & Brownie misses every doggy and is looking forward to getting caught up with everyone’s blogs. Pug kisses!
Back to the post. Porky and Brownie are both potty trained but sometimes there are still accidents. Especially when they go to work and their are a lot of dog smells everywhere. We got these wonderful Mr. Wags Belly Bands. This helps deter them from lifting…Porky is a liftaholic. The last time we had a doggy party at FunnyFur, Porky lifted and peed over 35+ times over the span of a few hours. He drank like two quarts of water, too. He’s crazy about water and marking. I got the Mr. Wags Belly Band Deep Cup since Porky is both well endowed in that department and has lots of pee. We put feminine panty liners and lined it but found since he has so much pee, there was less clean up when we used the Always with Wings extra long. We actually went to Costco to buy it in bulk for the dogs. It’s been great. We were in denial for the longest time but this just made life so much easier.
The beauty is this…since we used the belly bands for a few months, we were able to thoroughly clean our home of any remaining old smells and we have not had an accident in the last few months. This is a huge step forward. Since last month, we have stopped using the belly bands and the Puggies don’t try to pee in the house at all. Hurrah for belly bands!
When customers walk in to the store, Brownie is always by my side to greet them. When I work at my desk, he loves to stand, sit, or sleep under my desk. He is a big time Momma’s boy. Sometimes he likes to sit or sleep on his bed in the store window display. Customers enjoy playing with him. He works really hard…except lately, he has been sleeping on the job a lot.
Don’t get over anxious. We did not get a new puppy. Maya has left several comments on the chat in regards to some house breaking tips for her new Pug puppy. It’s been a while since my boys were puppies and thank goodness…I don’t miss the house training nightmares. I do miss their adorable Pug puppy faces…too adorable and cute. We use this indoor potty system by Wiz Dog which we got at www.funnyfur.com. The trick is to keep the towel paper you use to clean their pee and then place the soiled paper underneath the Wiz Dog…or if you are using potty pads or newspaper, get a few drops of their pee on it. They like to sniff and go potty in their territory. I would keep the puppy in the bathroom or laundry room and use a baby gate so they can still visibly see everything and everyone, so they don’t feel left out of any action. A young puppy is anxious and has a small bladder, they really don’t understand the concept of a bathroom and will want to go whereever. When you see them going in circles, sniffing the ground, or ready to lift/squat, pick them up and correct them by placing them at the place you have designated as their toilet. Then of course, praise them. Correcting and praising is best and most effective. If you do not have a lot of time to do this, try crate training.
Those are just a few things from the top of head. I totally suggest the “Pugs For Dummies” book which has everything on Pugs and has provided me great information when I got my first Pug puppy Porky. It’s like a bible for Pug owners. Good luck with you new Pug puppy Maya!
Porky’s recovering from the month long diarrhea attack and his appetite has come back with a big bang. Look at him…he pushed his bowl from the pantry door all the way underneath the piano bar. He licked it clean…literally!
Since Porky has been sick lately, Brownie has taken over his job of guarding the home. He sits at the stairway to get the best view of any potential instruders, look out the window by the front door to scope out the street traffic, and barks at any sign of movement from outside the house.
He loves to run in the dining room and look outside the transparent window shades and run, jump, and bark at the same time at cars that drive through the neighborhood.
Off we went to the groomers today. Porky & Brown love riding in the car…Porky mostly. He loves to stick his head out the window with the wind blowing at his face (very dangerous so we only let him do it when we drive around the house). Brownie does not behave as well as Porky. Porky does a very good sit so his reward is some breeze. Both boys are surprisingly well behaved in the car. They just sit or lay in the back seat. We only do this for short trips around the neighborhood. If we go for long drive or they are not well behaved, they are downgraded to the crate in the back of the SUV.
On a side note, I noticed Brown’s face is forever puppy looking…he is turning two years old this month and does not have a single gray/white mustache…Porky’s face turned gray after one year old and then whiten more each year. But his gray is so handsome and he has aged so well, that is why I call him the George Clooney of Pugs!
Odie and his Mom has been on Montel (if you search up talking Pug on uTube.com, there is a long list of videos showing him proclaiming his love to his Mom on major tv shows) and David Letterman. He is just too precious! Who said Pugs are not smart and can’t do tricks!