I got tagged by Le Pug to do a Meme. Don't worry - it didn't hurt when I got tagged. It was a cybertag. I'm going to let Woman do this Meme though since I'm busy "working." Here goes!
Rules: Obey the Pug, answer the following, and pass on!
1) How did you first learn about Pugs?
I had been a "cat person" up until New Year's Eve, 2000, when I met my first Pug. Her name was Maggie, and she belonged to Ian's college professor, Wanda. I instantly fell in love with her sweet little smashed face and curly tail. (Maggie's face and tail, not Wanda's, although Wanda is a cute little thing herself - LOL!) Maggie was a teeny little angel of a doggy, and when I bent down to pet her, she did a happy dance and spun around in joyful circles. I talk about her in the past tense only because we haven't seen Wanda and Maggie for over 5 years. I'm sure Maggie is doing just fine.
2) What made you get a Pug?
After the "New Year's Eve" incident, I began to hound Ian like CRAZY for a Pug of my own. My birthday came and went in April, and I was severely disappointed that no Pug arrived with it. Ian wanted to make sure I really wanted a dog and that it wasn't just a passing fad. I'm sure he was hoping it was just a fad! Finally, Ian caved in on our anniversary in June, and we began looking for a Pug baby.
3) Most memorable moment with your Pug (s).
Oh jeez, there are so many. I guess the one that I cherish most is when Norman was a puppy and would fall asleep on my chest. It was so precious. He doesn't sleep on my chest any more since he weighs too much, but he still curls up against my belly and purrs his little puggy purr every night on the couch.
4) What is the most important thing Pugs (or dogs) have taught you?
Before getting Norman, the mere THOUGHT of poop or vomit would make me dry heave. Chris can verify this, as he got a big kick out of making it happen. Norman's constant "accidents" in the house cured me pretty quickly!
5) Best Thing You Ever Did For Your Pugs….aside from loving them, keeping them healthy & happy, and giving them a great life.
Apparently my original answer was offensive to people who have no choice but to board their animals at times, so I wanted to add a little commentary here in an attempt to keep people from spamming me with hate mail. First, not everyone thinks it is bad to board your pet. That's FINE! It's a personal choice. I don't want you to change your mindset just because of a personal choice I have made. For example, I don't think it's bad to feed Norman some table scraps. Other people are die-hard fanatics about no table food. It doesn't bother me one bit if those people state on their blog that table scraps are bad for dogs. It's all about choices.
I have been fortunate to have other options regarding boarding. I understand that no one *wants* to board their animal, but sometimes we have to, and I don't think that makes anyone a bad animal owner. Some day I might have to board Norman too, and I will hate that, but I have until now gone out of my way to find someone to housesit or someone for Norman to stay with. I have also canceled trips due to no available dogsitter. Trying to abide by this mindset has been a huge sacrifice and challenge for me, so it honestly is the best thing I think I have done for Norman. If you board your animals, it's FINE. I know everyone who reads this blog loves their pug just as much as I love Norman, and if you board your animals, I don't care.
6) Post your answers on why you “Adore Le Pug” on your blog and link to the blog who tagged you (or their blog post).
I was tagged by Adore Le Pug.
7) Tag 5 or more other bloggers.I tag Punchy, Tami, Doozy, Lisa and Winston (and the stray).