Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Why I Hate Pugs

Back to work today to start a new week! I generally work the afternoon shift, so there were already several animals in the treatment area by the time I got there: a pair of black Lionhead rabbits (drop-offs*), a cat with a leg injury, an extremely lethargic and sick cat, and a pug with probable kidney disease that had been with us through the weekend.

Which leads me to today's topic of discussion. We've been seeing a lot of pugs at the hospital lately, fortunately mostly for routine exams. For some reason, everyone seems to think that they are the most adorable little creatures to ever bless us with their presence—everyone, that is, except for me.

This is how everyone else apparently sees pugs.

 I am a tiny and adorable creature, please love me.

This is how I see pugs.

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Now before I get slammed by pug-lovers, which seem to number in the tens of billions, let me explain my rationale. All modern dog breeds are descended from gray wolves that were domesticated roughly 15,000 years ago. Since then, they have been selectively bred to exhibit an astounding variety of physical and temperamental traits.

The relationship of dogs and humans is one of mutual exchange and benefit. Dogs provide us with some form of specialized work or service that we are incapable of providing ourselves, and in return, we provide dogs with food and shelter, which, likewise, they are unable to provide themselves. The vast majority of modern dog breeds adhere to this time-honored symbiosis by protecting us, hunting with us, herding our sheep, getting rid of pests, or even fetching and carrying things for us.

And then there are the toy dogs. As their name implies, they are small. And, as their name also implies, they exist solely for our amusement. They have been refined and pruned over thousands of generations to look as un-wolfish and ridiculous as possible. The quest for their convenient lap-warming size has twisted their proportions, shrinking down their entire physical structure, except for their brains and, for some reason, their eyeballs.

Their poor, poor faces have been squashed beyond all recognition, collapsing their sinus cavity in on itself, and removing the natural buffer between what they stick their nose in (which is everything) and their already bulging eyes. I've seen pugs at our hospital with eyes that have become so dry that they thicken and scale up and become completely clouded over and useless. They're prone to life-threatening infections. One of our regular pugs had to have his eye completely removed because it was such a problem. And even if their eyes are healthy, they're always pointing in completely different directions and look utterly ridiculous.

Please sir, can I have a real face?

Because pugs are brachycephalic, they are prone to breathing difficulties. I don't think I've ever seen a pug that is not constantly making some kind of horrific snorting or sucking noise as it tries to breathe. Now, think back to the last time you laughed so hard you started snorting. Or if you've ever gotten any kind of liquid up your nose. It was kind of unpleasant, wasn't it? Pugs are cursed to doing that for their entire life. Every moment of every day they are struggling to breathe, even in their sleep. I've never met a  pug that wasn't constantly choking on its own epiglottis. And because their mouths are too small for their tongues, they're forced to wander around with their cracked and lifeless tongue hanging out forever.

Pugs also have terrible, terrible skin issues. The folds around their faces and their paws are prone to chronic bacterial and fungal infections. They tend to drag their feet, so any time they take a step on pavement, they're making direct contact with the ground without the protection of their paw pads. We're currently treating a pug who drags his back foot so badly that he's developed a huge, thick scab covering an infected wound that goes halfway up to his tarsus and his toenail is completely gone. The area is so degraded that it's beginning to impact the metatarsal bone, and eventual amputation of the digit and perhaps the entire limb is a very real possibility.

People say they like pugs for their personality. I have yet to meet a pug with any sort of personality. They just wiggle. Constantly. They get up in your face and snort on you and wiggle. Then they do a lap around the room and come right back and snort and wiggle some more. They seem like they're constantly in a panic. Maybe because they can't breathe.

I feel sorry for pugs. They didn't ask to be the way they are. But I can't help feeling a little bit of resentment for pug owners. By buying pugs, they're just contributing to the breeding of more miserable, gross little pugs who have to suffer through 10 years of health problems, and also 10 years of pug owners.

Dear god, why me?

But hey, at least they keep us in business, right?

* By "drop-offs" I mean that they were dropped off by their owner in the morning instead of coming in at an appointed time. We generally perform exams on the drop-offs sometime during the day, and give them baths, pedicures, or anything else they might need done, and then their owners pick them back up again in the evening. It's an important distinction, since the only other animals we keep in the treatment area are those that are "hospitalized," which usually means they're there prior to or after surgery, or are sick enough that they need constant care and monitoring.

66 comments:

  1. Thank you for having the guts to tell it like it is. You are not as alone as you think!
    A fellow pug hater

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    1. Hate is a strong word. Would not like you around anyone I love

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  2. A+ on summarizing why I have such a problem with the smashface dogs (and cats!). If you have the time, you should go to YouTube and search for the BBC documentary "Pedigree Dogs Exposed" (there's also a follow-documentary of "Pedigree Dogs Exposed: Three Years Later").

    In fact, after reading over the posts you've made so far, I've taken the reader leap of faith and added to your feed to my RSS reader so I can receive your updates as soon as they get published.

    Keep on keepin' on!

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    1. Actually not the truth, contradiction is more like it. First in her blog she mentions sick animals, the many Pugs coming in for routine exams
      How does that make Pugs health worse then other animals that come to the office. I would worry someone who states Hate, would perhaps be hurt an animal when no one is looking..just saying.

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    2. Pugs also cannot entertain themselves. They don't have the physical play instincts and curiosity of most other breeds. If you put a bunch of nice dogs in a big yard full of toys to play, they sort themselves out, meet each other, and embark on adventures. Except the pugs, who'd either clamor for human attention... Or angrily yip at the other dogs. There was some study done by someone that mind if proved good. The objective was to demonstrate that the furthest deviations from "wolves" had the fewest canine instincts, and they the breeds that maintained the most wolf like physical attributes retained the most natural instincts. The study was interesting and has caused me to notice dogs differently. Anyway the pug proved to be the stand out of the study, they were almost without canine instincts, which include self-entertainment (which was big point for her because she noticed bigger breeds didn't get lonely and weren't as needy - - like wolves), social skills, trsinability, focus, etc....

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  4. Sad. I have had the pleasure of sharing my existence with Pugs for 7 years.

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  5. I have a pug and I agree 110% with you. Especially on the issue of their personalities. My pug acts like a hyper psycho bitch, but lacks all personality.

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    1. Wow...I'must sad that you own this Pug you are talking so poorly about...poor thing 😐

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  6. Are there only comments which agree with your diatribe?

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    1. I would not want anyone taking care of my dogs (yes, I have 2 pugs) who felt this way. I think a real "kickass vet tech" would treat all animals well regardless of their breed.

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    2. She never said she didn't trea them well. She fixes all of their issues appropriately. I have 2 pugs. I didn't want them my boyfriend wanted one and we rescued another... I love them but never want more. They have so many issues and the mut i got from the pound has been to the vet.... Oh that's right only for ceck ups. You can treat a dog well and not be a fan of the breed. You can be a nurse/doctor and bring a child to health even if you don't like them. Get over yourself, not everyone has to get an erection over those puppy mill disasters.

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    3. Exactly, you all buthurt because your selfishness has been exposed. You are terrible people for allowing this breed to continue existing and thus encouraging puppymills inbreeding them FURTHER. They SUFFER!

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  7. I like pugs, but I cannot disagree with what you said, I also share the feeling with english bulldogs, I have one and now I belive that people shouldn't breed them anymore because of the way they live, but then I see her happy face and her little tail I feel kinda sand and happy at the same time

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    1. Think she's happy? Yeah? How do you know? She told you this?

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    2. You can tell when a dog is happy by how it acts, genius. Are you of those peta extremists?

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  9. Gosh, I thought I was the only one... I have a retriever and am a fan of almost every single dog breed, except for pugs. The personality aspect is what bothers me the most. They simply act hyper, constantly. They seem to have no awareness whatsoever about their surroundings either. They remind me of overgrown hamsters or something.

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  10. I love pugs, they are cute. But I have the same issues as you described when I think of owning one or other small, too inter-breed dogs. I can't understand the logic behind the need to breed dogs that will be sick and not wanting to get some other genes into the pool that yes, would make the breed less distinct, bigger but would also allow dogs for more comfortable life. So nice pics of pugs on the internet for me and some non-breed dog to be adopted in future.

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  11. I have always hated pugs with a passion. You are not alone. My gf has one and it is the bane of my existence. It is the most miserable, useless pile of spoiled shit that is a waste of fucking air. It even tried to kill my poor dog! He had a bite mark on his neck, but my boy fought back hard. In a nutshell, pugs are a breesd that should not exist. And I also hate how people say thier pugs "own them". That just drives me off the wall. They are just snorting, shitting and pissing on everything piles of shit that I wat to knock across the head. And im a dog lover!

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    1. Just what i wanted to say about my boyfriends damn pug. He and his mom talk to it like its a baby and when she comes over it flips out and whines and she wines back to it and allows it to act that way ..its nauseating! and I have to walk it because he works. One of the most annoying things is it tries to get up on the foot tray of my sons highchair and eat any scraps he drops and will just wait there and it super pisses me off and wont stay off the furniture in the living room.. god the thing is annoying

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  12. Thanks for your comment! I also say this and its true!

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  13. I've seen some nasty pugs, but I've also seen some really healthy pugs. I'm aware of their breathing problems, but I haven't seen any of those other issues, just the awkward eyes that look absolutely foul. This is really sad and I'm glad I didn't adopt a pug :(

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  14. I dislike pugs as well. To me they are repulsive little creatures that I am afraid to touch because of their constant munching on themselves and crusted cock eyes. Not to mention their foul smell. To be snorted on by a pug is the absolute worst feeling in the world.

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  15. Their noises gross me out. And I'd a dog needs to get it's nose cut open to breathe, it shouldn't be alive. (I know not all pugs need this). I love all other dog breeds (even though I am also against English bulldog breeding) but these poor little mistakes shouldn't be the way they are. They live their life in ignorant agony

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  16. My pug has the sweetest personality, maybe you have to own and keep them around a bit to see that come out. When I first got my pug it did take time to warm up to her because she did lack personality, but now its as if she is my child. I agree with most of what you have to say, but regardless of how much you or other hate them, they are still here. It's not their fault that humans have exploited them so, they don't deserve mistreatment just because they have medical issues. If people would look up information about pugs before getting one a lot of problems wouldn't exist because you would know that they are very expensive animals. Since getting my pug she has had a ear surgery due to years of infection, she has had a surgery on her nose and palate so she can breathe with ease. She takes maintenance, daily eye drops, medication to prevent skin infections and expensive food to prevent skin allergy's. I adopted her in July 2012 and I have spent over 5,000 on her surgery, monthly alone I am spending 50-100 dollars on food and meds. So yea there's a lot to be taken care of but its all worth it to me, I love my pug.. had I adopted any other dog I would love them the same as well.

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    1. NOBODY says they need to be mistreated. Simply DO NOT BUY THEM! If a breed isn't popular its number will go down and eventually disappear. Think about them and not your sick need to be entertained.

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    2. Seriously..I have read many of these worthless post. Obviously people text without true thought. As of a owner of different dogs in my past and now a pug owner. I see very little difference. All have different personalities and ailments. My pugs are not hyper or tempermental. They are getting old and have only had a few medical issues, nothing serious.
      Any dog truly taken care of will be a well rounded happy dog.

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    3. Seriously..I have read many of these worthless post. Obviously people text without true thought. As of a owner of different dogs in my past and now a pug owner. I see very little difference. All have different personalities and ailments. My pugs are not hyper or tempermental. They are getting old and have only had a few medical issues, nothing serious.
      Any dog truly taken care of will be a well rounded happy dog.

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  17. I've never been a pug lover until I got one. From my experience, they are one of the sweetest and most tolerant breeds. They aren't gross, but almost infant like with their needs and noises. They don't smell horrid at all unless you do not bathe your pug, smell isn't an issue. In fact I know a lab whom always smells like dirt and sweat no matter if she's clean or not. However, pugs do have many health problems; some can be prevented with responsible breeding, some detected earlier on with testing, and some must be dealt with once symptoms are exhibited. No matter, they are still a great and lovely breed just as I feel the same way about Old English Mastiffs and Jack Russell Terriers. There's only one breed I cannot stand and that's Chihuahuas as I've met too many whom are aggressive, bite, are mean, anti social, piss & poo everywhere, always yapping, and not very bright.

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    1. Really? Toy breeds are humans exacting dominance over nature. It's killing me! I love all animals but pugs kill me

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  19. Thank god I'm not the only one who thinks these things are disgusting, repulsive creatures. Absolutely pathetic. Why make them live through 10 years, struggling with pain, to breath, infection, bones and joint pain? For your own pleasure cause they're cute? Selfish owners, put the thing down for Christ's sake.

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    2. put the thing down? You're an insufferable human being and I hope someone takes that attitude towards you in your old age.

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    3. uggggggggg calm down people pug lovers are not evil they know thst pugs have health problems but usually any good owner will take them to the vet and so what if you think they are ugly everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I do agree that pugs do need to be just crossed bred! like all dogs should be who cares what the dog looks like!? its the personality that matters!plus pugs do have a personality it just takes time for them to show!

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    4. Hmmm...stupid people are simply annoying!!

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    5. Hmmm...stupid people are simply annoying!!

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  20. I feel the exact same way. I'm against torture breeding and I'm surrounded by pug lovers who think the intentional inhumane deformities are oh so adorable

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  21. I feel the exact same way. I'm against torture breeding and I'm surrounded by pug lovers who think the intentional inhumane deformities are oh so adorable

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  22. I feel the exact same way. I'm against torture breeding and I'm surrounded by pug lovers who think the intentional inhumane deformities are oh so adorable

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  23. i just came across this post.. and you are completly correct. The 2008 pug was bred with an extremely squished face. They can't breath! but every pedigree has genetic faults. From the big breeds with hip problems, boxers with heart conditions, and the worst I have yet to see the sherpai..so many problems. The fact of the matter is that all breeds have issues i see them everyday too but i have to stand up for the pug. I personally know a breeder that only breeds pugs with longer snouts and is keeping that line of pugs going.

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  24. i just came across this post.. and you are completly correct. The 2008 pug was bred with an extremely squished face. They can't breath! but every pedigree has genetic faults. From the big breeds with hip problems, boxers with heart conditions, and the worst I have yet to see the sherpai..so many problems. The fact of the matter is that all breeds have issues i see them everyday too but i have to stand up for the pug. I personally know a breeder that only breeds pugs with longer snouts and is keeping that line of pugs going.

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  25. Thank you for writing this. I totally agree. If you have not already seen it, you should see the article in the Onion because it is a hilarious take on your points above. Just google "the onion pug recall"

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    1. i googled it but nothing was funny about it would you want to send your dog away!?

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  26. *Note to self* dont see this judgemental vet! ...you went from toy dogs to pugs in paragraph 3 feel like you should have defined the two.& i understand you see a lot more pugs than the general public but why would you risk your professional name to write such a useless article? Maybe next time keep your biased negative opinions to yourself... My mama raised me with: " if you dont have anything nice to say don't say anything at all"

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  27. *Note to self* dont see this judgemental vet! ...you went from toy dogs to pugs in paragraph 3 feel like you should have defined the two.& i understand you see a lot more pugs than the general public but why would you risk your professional name to write such a useless article? Maybe next time keep your biased negative opinions to yourself... My mama raised me with: " if you dont have anything nice to say don't say anything at all"

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    1. You do realize this was written by a veterinary technician, right? Not a veterinarian. If you don't like what she has to say, don't read it. Or maybe follow you own mothers advice, sweet pea. You have no idea what it's like to treat small dogs. As a technician, we see a whole other side to these animals. The owners get to play and pamper these things, while we 'work' on them, because it's our job to help them feel better. It makes us sad when we are constantly shown the stupidity of humans by what they choose to breed for in a "dog" or any other animal for that matter. The animals suffer. And we hate seeing suffering animals.

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    2. I usually don't say this Robin, but quit your day job. please.

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  28. http://pugspot.com/articles/why-people-love-pugs People have different opinions. Don't assume because you don't like a bred they aren't dearly beloved by others, or shouldn't exist. Please be reasonable. I would never own any other dog and have a very healthy 7 yr old pure bred rescued pug.

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  29. Never had a problem with my pug. He is cute, friendly, has tons of personality and he is clean because we bathe him often it only takes 10 minutes and he likes it. Perhaps these owners just don't treat their pugs very well. Mine is the perfect lap dog. I've seen just as many large dogs and other small dogs that snore what a laughable statement. Would you like me to go find some incredibly ugly examples of other dog breeds? LOL. Do you despise rottweilers and pit bulls? Because they maim and kill people. I think we need to exterminate those breeds.

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    1. yes i agree with you on the pugs and rottweilers but pitt bulls are really good dogs but they have been trained to kill its the owner not the dog

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  30. Yes, mock the animals for being genetically produced that way. You will mock Pugs for "wiggling around and having no personality" without regard this is how tons of breeds act. No wonder your a vet tech and not a vetinarian.

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  31. As a pug owner I find these comments appalling . They are with me for companionship..not for my entertainment . They are not ugly...I find them very cute . In my opinion greyhounds are ugly dogs but I don't go around bashing them. Personally my lab had more skin infections then any of my pugs. If you take good care of them, like any should SMART dog owner do they are really great dogs. There are many ways that you can avoid getting their eyes poked ..just take the time to be RESPONSIBLE. And before I get blasted * don't read if you don't like it * , it doesn't matter if it's only a vet tech writing . It's very unprofessional and shows the ignorance of some people . You guys call yourself dog lovers . A dog lover loves all breeds of dogs ...not just ones they pick and choose. If she posted this I'm pretty sure she doesn't treat pugs as much as other dogs .

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  32. So True! They are the most hideous creatures walking among us! Not their fault they were created, though. I am soooo happy someone said it out loud! Thank you, so refreshing!

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  33. Pugs are smarter than most would think. As a owner of 2 who know more than any teenage punk these days would make them a good pet. Anyone who knows anything about the breed and who knows they are not hard to take car of just common sense so keep your bs remarks to yourself

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  34. Pugs are smarter than most would think. As a owner of 2 who know more than any teenage punk these days would make them a good pet. Anyone who knows anything about the breed and who knows they are not hard to take car of just common sense so keep your bs remarks to yourself

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  35. I have to own up to having a pug! I wasn't ignorant of the breed when I chose her, but I'd never known anyone who had one. I chose a pug because my then 5yo son was a possible problem to a dog, being hyper and besotted with any animal, I wanted to get a small dog that was almost guaranteed to be a great family dog, and she is! BUT, knowing what I know now, I'd never own another, nor would I ever advise anyone to own one. She is disabled, a disabled dog. Can't breathe very well so can't tolerate any heat, can't walk in the sunshine because she overheats - and she loves a walk. Drags her front feet after a time and they bleed. Is so terribly loud all of the time especially when she lays down, I can't sleep with her anywhere near me. A bit deaf. Prone to ear infections.
    I shower her frequently which she loves, and keep her folds clean regularly so no bad smells, but she sheds! OMG does she shed, constantly, everywhere. She also won't go outside on her own, not to go to the toilet, so I have to go with her, even in the rain and watch. She took about 3 years to fully house train and even now poos in the house if I don't watch her closely
    Sweet loving dog though and my son adores her ( she's 6 now)

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  36. My pug is two years old and the most gentle dog I have ever met. Pugs are not all overweight and prone to breathing issues. A lot has to do with lifestyle, my puggie has a longer snout and it is a benefit to him. I personally would never own a different breed and yes I have vast experience of owning other types as my parents bred dachshunds for many years.
    I think before you start verbally badmouthing pug owners who comitt to their dogs 100%, you might take issue with unscrupulous breeders who profit from the upsurge in dog ownership across all breeds. Personally I think this type of post is a disgrace to the profession, maybe you could do a series of all the vulnerabilities particular breeds have, that would be informative, this post is not..

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  37. I hope you get thrown out of your job for discriminating against pugs, they are one of the oldest breeds of dogs there is and highly intelligent. They don't lap up like other dogs and do as they please, that's their unique personality. I have 3 pugs and they are the best thing that could have happened in my life. they bring such joy to everyone they encounter.

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  38. Pugs are disgusting. They were always the ones to have projectile diarrhea and who would lay and walk in it at the animal hospital I worked at. They would poop on you, get their nasty eye crap on you, and always act entitled. NO MORE PUGS!!!

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  39. I believe this vet tech should find another job! How dare you put all pugs in the sqme catagory. All dogs have different personalities just as other dogs. I have owned variety of dogs throughout my life, mainly labs and German shepard. Also beagals and hound dogs. Also have had the opportunity to dog seat for others. As of right now I own two Pugs. All my dogs have had one issue or another. All dogs like humans do get sick or have genetic health issues. Actually of all my dogs, my pugs are the healthiest. Really do not trust anyone that states Hate. All I can say to this vet tech is...wAtchison out for Karma...because it is ear marked for you.

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  40. When I saw my first pug as a child, it made me want to be a veterinarian. But then I found out there was more to the job than just putting puppies to sleep.

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