Adorable Photos of Pugs at The Toronto Pug Grumble

Susan and Kilo the Pug at the Novemeber 2016 Toronto Pug Grumble

Adorable Photos of Pugs Having Fun at The Toronto Pug Grumble

Sunday was pretty nice weather, so  Kilo the Pug headed off to Trinity Bellwoods Park “Dog Bowl” for the monthly Toronto Pug Grumble for the first time (we popped by the Halloween event but it was at a store nearby). The event is hosted by handsome Instagram Celebrity Pug @HelmutthePug and his Mom. We were lucky enough to see them twice this week as Helmut was a model at the Strutt With Your Mutt Event at Purina PawsWay.

Kilo is a rescue and was quite anxious and shy at first, as he always is outside the house – we believe a bigger dog must have attacked him in a dog park before we got him and he just was not socialized. However, the pugs were all his size and not threatening so he handled the occasional butt sniff well and hung out on the perimeter with my husband. He did not react at anyone or anything and remained happy enough to eat the occasional treat and have a few cuddles with me.

We only stayed for 15 minutes but it was so fun as pugs are just too cute and sociable.  I am hoping that these little safe outings will gradually give Kilo a more positive feeling and build his confidence. He loves attention and playing with me so I hope some day he finds some new dogs friends he can relax with.

We saw our pal Helmut the Pug and many more pugs at Novembers Toronto Pug Grumble, see more photos.

 

Check out our photos below and visit the Toronto Pug Grumble Facebook page for more.

We’ll see you at the December event! Details HERE.

 

9 Healthy Treats To Feed To Your Pug

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9 Healthy Snacks You Can Share With Your Pug

We love our pugs and can’t resist those big round eyes when our furry friends are hungry between mealtimes. But just like people, small dogs like pugs need to stick with healthy options to avoid gaining too much weight.

It is estimated that up to 50% of dogs are overweight. Pugs are at an extra risk for weight gain thanks to their short legs and snouts, making exercise tougher and less appealing. Too much extra fat can lead to a shortened lifespan and can even worsen your pug’s breathing troubles. It can also put stress on their little legs, backs and hearts.

TH Kilo bow tieThe best way to avoid weight gain in your pug is to go for regular walks and to avoid overfeeding. But if you have the following snacks on hand, you can train and treat your pets without risking their health.

9 Fruits & Vegetables For Your Pet To Snack On

(always check with your vet before trying as these lists are based on our experience)

  1. Carrots
  2. Apples
  3. Zucchini
  4. Green bell peppers
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Broccoli
  7. Berries
  8. Watermelon
  9. Peaches

Peanuts are also fine but watch for choking on all.

Some snacks like carrots are more appetizing when slightly softened/cooked and chopped or with the skin broken so dogs can digest better.

One thing to keep in mind is that not all fruits and veg are created equal! Several of the foods that are toxic to dogs are considered healthy to people.

Fruits and Vegetables You Should Not Feed Your Pug

  1. Avocado
  2. Citrus
  3. Grapes and raisins
  4. Onions, garlic, and chives
  5. Cherry pits (the flesh is fine) and peach cores
  6. Currants
  7. Apple seeds (the flesh is fine)

These foods are part of a long list of people food that dogs should avoid.

Of course, on special occasions you might want to give your pug something a little special. It’s fine to periodically give your friend treats like peanut butter and frozen yogurt, and even special baked goods that make snack time fun!

Does your pug have a favourite healthy snack? Share your special pug treats in the comments below!

How to keep your Pug happy and healthy indoors?

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Top 10 Fun Indoor Dog Games to Play with Your Pug

With the cooler weather and rain in Fall, Kilo the Pug and I tend to spend less time outside.  I’m always looking for new ways to keep him mentally and physically active. He sleeps and cuddles a lot but needs to play, train and zoom every 2 hours for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Plus I like him to work for kibble, so we play games throughout the day.

Here’s our list of fun games to play with your pug to keep them entertained indoors. Comment below to add your games to the list.

10 Dog Games To Play Indoors

Trick Training

Use your time inside to teach your pug a new trick or obedience and focus. Make sure to keep sessions short and fun with lots of positive reinforcement such as treats or cuddles.

Make trick training fun by incorporating it into a new game to play with you pug. Try:

  • Red Light Green Light – works on “stay” and “come” commands

Dancing

Dancing with your pug or Canine Freestyle can be a really cool way to bond and get fit with your dog. Kilo has some amazing spins and jumps.

Read Kevin’s Five Top Tricks to Teach your dog for Canine Freestyle

Hide and Seek or Go Find/Fetch

You can either hide yourself, a family member, a treat or your pug’s favourite toy.  This is a fun game for your pug that plays on their natural instinct to track, retrieve, herd and hunt -plus they love it when they find you. It’s like a treasure hunt for your pug.

Puzzles and Play Mat

Kilo loves his BUSTER ActivityMat By Kruuse  that comes with 3 levels of difficulty to keep your pug challenged.  It’s customizable to different sized dogs, portable and easy to take on the go since everything fits neatly in the handy bag provided. It comes with a handy guide for how to set up the various tasks to try. More complementary activities can also be bought. See The Full Review HERE.

The BUSTER ActivityMat starter set includes the mat, a storage bag and three different tasks. Examples of tasks include envelopes with Velcro closers and pockets that are connected in different ways via ties or wooden sticks, which must be removed in order for the dog to get to the enclosed treats. Pet owners should always be present with their pet when playing with the mat.
Kilo also loves his various food puzzles and I love challenging him so he does not eat too fast and exercises his brain while eating.

Treat Balls

Kilo and treat ball with Nutrience Subzero kibble

Treat balls are a great way to keep your pug entertained and mentally stimulated as they work for their treats.

Kongs are also great for stuffing.Kilo Subzero kibble and Kong

Agility and Obstacle Courses

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Attend agility classes at local dog facilities like PawsWay Toronto, or try setting up your very own agility course in your house for your pug. Just make sure it’s safe. Be creative and make a simple obstacle course inside your home with pillows, towels or old blankets. Make sure to clear enough space so your pug can run freely without hurting himself or damaging valuables.

Doga (+ unroll the mat)

Doga or doggy yoga or yoga with your dog could be a fun way for both you and your pug to relax and have fun bonding together. Kilo just jumps on me but we still have fun stretching.

I taught Kilo how to roll out his yoga mat by hiding kibble pieces rolled into it. He finds it a very rewarding game. Trouble is he now unrolls any mat he sees in search of snacks so my daughter has to remember to put hers away.

Tug

This dog game is favoured by many working and sporting dogs. But pugs love it too! For some, it is even more motivating than treats and can burn some good energy off quickly.

Kilo really loves playing Tug-of-war so we play a few times a day. Make sure you have a toy  that is soft and comfortable for your pug to hold in its mouth. Kilo does not like rope and has small teeth so we generally just use his plush toys. Playing tug with your pug can be a great way to work get in some basic training like the “Drop It” or “Give” commands. Kilo guards resources so we practice dropping and trading the toy with me for treats.

For some extra training on your pug’s self-control, try adding in throwing in a “Sit” and “Stay” before letting your dog have the toy to play with.

Soccer with plastic water bottles

Make recycling in your house super fun. Kilo the Pug loves to play with empty plastic water bottles or containers. I suggest using sofas at each end of the house or towels as goals and make it a soccer game.  Kilo has an absolute blast chasing and pushing and running with the bottle. He loves the noise it makes, biting on the crunchy plastic and the way it moves.

Indoor Swim For Pugs

If you have access to an indoor pool – playing Dog Games in a pool and swimming can also be fun for pugs. If you don’t, pugs can fit in most household bathtubs.  Just make sure the water is at a comfortable warm temperature and supervise carefully. Swimming can be a gentle and safe way for your pug to exercise since it has many health benefits for pugs.  It can also be a great option for older pugs as it’s .

Kilo the Pug is not a fan of getting wet, swimming or strangers, so this game is not a good fit for us. However, I took our senior dog Isabelle a few times in her last year and she LOVED it.

Check out a local Doggy Swim Class like Fit Dogs Training Centres in Toronto HERE!

What’s Your Favourite Dog Game To Play With Your Pug Indoors?

Photos from Pugoween – The Best Halloween Party For Pugs

Pugs in Halloween Costumes

Photos From Pugalug’s Annual Pugoween Pug Party At PawsWay, Toronto

It’s A PUG PARTY! 

Pugalug Pug Recuse‘s Annual Pugoween Halloween party at Purina Pawsway in Toronto was amazing! Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers, staff and attendees that made this year so great.  A Grumble of Party Pugs came dressed in their Halloween costumes to help support the Pug Rescue, socialize with friends and of course, show off their costumes. It was non-stop action with little pugs running everywhere.

Kilo as Darth Vader

My husband came and sat with Kilo in a quiet corner up on a bench. He was actually pretty happy watching the fun from a safe distance. He wore his Darth Vader costume for about five minutes but I didn’t want to stress him and he is happier naked in just a harness.

Susie and Kilo

Pugalug’s Blanche Axton’s Bee and Bee Keeper partner costume with her pug was very creative!

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Costume Contest Winner (again)

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Each year this creative family always comes up with great new ideas for the Halloween costume contest. This year their adorable pug was a pirate complete with a ship and of course treasure.

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Second place went to Waldo and Pumpkin for their elf costumes.

Don’t know what to dress your pug up as? See our 99 Halloween Costume Ideas HERE 

About Pugalug Pug Rescue

Pugalug Pug Rescue is a registered charity that helps to bridge the gap between a pug’s past life and future.  A team of dedicated volunteers work hard helping rescued pugs by providing them medical care, love, comfort, food, and companionship while they look for a forever home.

I have supported them for years and think they are a great rescue that does amazing work. If you are looking to get a pug, I urge you to do your research about the breed then consider adopting a rescue.

Read Our 10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Adopting A Pug Post Here.

Support Pugalug Pug Rescue and purchase our pal, Igor Pugdog‘s adorable calendars. Order yours for only $15 by emailing: igorpugdog@gmail.com.

Share your Photos of Your Pug or from the Event.

 

Enjoy Photos of Pugs in Halloween Costumes!

What should your Pug be for Halloween?

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Cool Costumes for Pugs for Halloween

Do you like to celebrate holidays and occasions with your Pug like I do? What should your Pug be for Halloween this year? We are off to the Pugoween Fundraiser for PugALug Pug Rescue at PawsWay on Sunday with Kilo the Rescue Pug so we definitely needed some inspiration.

See photos from the Pugalug Pugoween Party HERE.

I am sure political costumes will be popular this year, especially in the US, and who could forget Fishstick the Pug on the red carpet as Donald Trump with his lovely bride Lottie at Woofstock filming Backseat Barkers.

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Movie characters like Star Wars, Minions, Ghost Busters, Batman, and Disney Princesses are always popular. Kilo doesn’t mind his Super Pug, Bat Pug or Minion Costumes too much. Which do you think he should wear?

Kilo as Darth Vader (costume bought at PetSmart)

“Give yourself to the Dark Side”. Kilo

 

Kilo the Pug dressed as Darth Vader for Halloween
Kilo as Darth Vader

Kilo the Pug as Batman and Superman

Superpug versus Batpug

Kilo the Pug as an Adorable MinionTongue out tuesday kilo dressed as minion

What should your Pug be for Halloween? Check out more comfortable Halloween Costumes For Kilo the Pug including DIY

Kilo Bond

Shaken not stirred.

Kilo the Pug Black Tie formal wear like James Bond

Pumpkin

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Ash Ketchum from Pokemon

kilo in his pokemon gear

Pirate

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Devil

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Canadian Mountie

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Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Kilo Pug ready to rock

Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy on Halloween

Halloween is actually very stressful for Kilo the Pug.

Kilo hates strangers coming to the door so he is crated in the basement with Kongs and chews or sits on my knee on a leash. I would never take him trick or treating as he would be terrified.

  • Always choose pet clothing that is safe and comfortable for your dog to wear. Make sure your dog can easily stand, sit, lie down, walk, and use the bathroom at any time while in costume. Always double check f there are things sewn onto the outfit, your pet may try to eat them and can get really sick. If your pet doesn’t like getting dressed up, don’t force him or her. Kilo the pug is not a fan of putting his paws through tight sleeves or wearing much so he often just has loose soft things or a simple bandana or collar or harness or vest instead.

Stay safe this Halloween by making sure your dog doesn’t escape or ingest anything dangerous like chocolate or candy, decorations, or costume pieces. Always contact a vet or the ASPCA Hotline immediately if they do. Halloween is the second most common time for dogs to get lost after July 4th and a common time for poisoning to occur.

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  • Don’t leave your pet unsupervised or in a high traffic area.
  • I bet we see a few Blue Jays costumes in Toronto as well. Just be careful with the Halloween treats and chips LOLDo not leave snacks within reach. Kilo will steal chips and chocolates, wrapper and all.
  • Make sure your dog can’t get out the front door while handing out candy.  Think about crating them or relaxing with them somewhere quiet.
  • Make sure tags are up-to-date, detailed and on.
  • Keep them on a leash during Halloween!

What Do You Think Kilo The Pug Should Go As? What’s your Pug going to be this year?

Here is a video we did of 99 Cute Halloween Pet Costumes on Talent Hounds featuring lots of pugs of course.

Share your photos and costume ideas with us in the comments below, by e-mail and on Kilo’s Facebook Page so we can add your dog in the Talent Hounds gallery which we will be updating daily.