Murphy has a fun post planned for today, but first let’s do breakfast!
I had a container of fresh raspberries that were beginning to get moldy, so instead of tossing them, I picked out the bad ones and threw the rest into a pot of oatmeal. The end result was sooooo yummy. I’m so glad that I didn’t give up on them! Plus, I forgot how much I like berries in my oats. Mal was also a fan of the addition. I don’t think he expected to see raspberries in his oatmeal this morning!
As always, I also drank a glass of iced coffee with soy milk.
Murphy’s Q & A
I receive a lot of questions about pugs– and, of course, I love answering them! In the last week or so, a plethora of questions have come my way, so I thought it would be helpful (and fun!) to address them in a blog post.
Please note that this post is written from one pug owner’s perspective based on one pug, who happens to be funny, sweet, and well-behaved. All pugs are different, but, hopefully, my experiences with Murphy with help prospective and current pug owners.
So, without further ado, here’s Murphy’s Q & A!
How do you adjust for the temperature sensitivities that Murphy may have? I live in a hot climate (San Antonio, TX).
Murphy does not do well in the heat, and he let’s us know loud and clear!
On Murphy’s afternoon walks, when it’s really hot outside (anything above 85*F), he sometimes refuses to walk and lays down in the cool grass. Occasionally, he “lawn surfs,” which is always entertaining to watch, but we never force him to walk when he’s hot and tired. In the summertime, we take much shorter walks and always bring water for him. The pace is also much slower since we frequently stop to let him cool off.
At home, Murphy does fine in the summer heat and hangs out in our apartment during the day. We only have air conditioning in our bedroom, so anytime we leave Murphy alone, we put him in the bedroom with the door closed and the AC on. And, of course, we always make sure that his water bowl is full. We put it in the bedroom with him when we leave him alone.
How often do you walk Murphy?
Murphy goes for 3 walks a day: two short walks (15-20 minutes) and one long walk (45 – 60+ minutes).
How often do you clean Murphy’s face for food particles?
Hardly ever. He’s a pretty clean eater. However, I clean eye boogers off his face every morning!
How often would you say that he needs to go out to potty?
Murphy goes potty three times a day: morning (7:00 AM), afternoon (2:00 PM), and evening (9:00 PM).
Did you have to convince Mal to get Murphy or did he want a pug as much as you did?
Well, I don’t think anyone wanted a pug more than me, but Mal was on board with getting one, too. The timing wasn’t ideal because our apartment complex didn’t allow pets, so it was a stressful time. But, as soon as Mal saw Murphy’s adorable pug face at the breeder’s home, he was hooked. M & m are pretty much in love now!
My husband and I both work away from home. We are gone for most of the day. Do you think that this would be a bad situation for a pug?
For my pug, it wouldn’t be an ideal situation. Murphy’s a very social pug– he loves people and other dogs– so I don’t think he would like being alone all day. He’d much rather be around people.
During the day, Murphy is always by my side. He sits on my lap while I work and follows me around the house. When I am cooking or cleaning, he sits right behind me and waits. When I fold laundry, he sits and leans on my legs. In the evenings, he watches us cook dinner and then cuddles with us on the couch. If Mal and I am home, Murphy is with us… unless he’s doing something he’s not supposed to!
I’m sure there are plenty of pug owners who are not home during the day and their pug does just fine. All pugs are different. Mine is just especially needy!
I heard that pugs can sometimes be difficult to potty train. Are they?
Murphy was actually pretty easy to potty train, but we really kept on him. He hardly had any accidents in the house as a puppy because we were so obsessed with taking him out and rewarding him when he “pottied” outside. I can’t even remember the last time he had an accident in the house. He got it pretty quick!
Does Murphy always wear his harness?
He only wears it when he’s outside. There’s a leash law in our town.
Murphy is so adorable, I am considering adopting one myself. I heard somewhere pugs can snore loud at times. Is this true?
Yes! Murphy snores like a chainsaw! He sleeps with us in bed, so I thought his snoring would drive me crazy, but I’m used to it now.
I’ve heard that pugs shed A LOT. How do you deal with the fur?
To be honest, not very well! Murphy sheds a ton! Every few weeks, we FURminate him and now he’s taking doggie multivitamins, which both seem to help with the fur issue. I’m also fanatical about cleaning the fur, so I don’t let it get too out of control. Now-a-days, I rarely wear black since the pug fur shows up on it so easily!
I’m thinking of getting a small dog, but I live in an apartment. Do you find it hard to live with a dog in an apartment?
Personally, when we lived in South Boston, I found it sort of difficult to have a dog. There wasn’t a lot of green space to let Murphy run around, and I was always worried about him getting off leash and running into the street. But, now that we are in the ‘burbs, Murphy has plenty of room to stretch his little pug legs.
Where did you get Murphy?
Murphy came from a breeder in Western Massachusetts. Mal and I did a lot of research before selecting the breeder. If you’re interested, email me, and I will send you the details.
Again, this is my personal experience with Murphy. If you’re a pug owner, I’d love for you to weigh in and provide your own experience in the comment section. It would be interesting to hear other people’s perspectives.