Yes, this dog's owner really has titled this video "Sweet Pug Sounds".
And when challenged has replied: "Many people who don't know pugs are either afraid of their noises or are worried something is wrong. I assure you he is fine... hot maybe, but fine."
Please feel free to hop over to YouTube and tell her what you think of that.
Messed up perception personified.
That just brings me to tears. NO animal should have to work that hard to breathe!!! The only two people who could think this "normal" are Stu Ped and Fanny Attic, the couple who bred these dogs to be like this. I am past angry.ReplyDelete
Words fail me.ReplyDelete
Fleur Britten wrote a piece in the Times supplement ‘Style’ this Sunday, entitled ‘Diamond Dogs - promoting the purchase of Bulldogs and Pugs as really ‘cool’ accessories. You know the type of article, pictures of a Bulldog puppy in a handbag etc.
Please feel free to let her know what you think of her too. It’s simply irresponsible journalism in a paper that is supposed to reach an educated readership
If she had a child who made noises like that when he breathed, though, I'll bet she'd take the child to the doctor. I find it interesting how much people's view of "normal" is impacted simply by what they have been told. I am sure she adores her dog and treats him well and wants nothing but the best for him. However, her ears are not sending the signal to her brain that they should be, which is "those are labored breathing sounds; the dog is in distress."ReplyDelete
The daft BBC radio presenter, Joanne Good, has a bulldog she uses as a fashion accessory. The dog had to have a serious op to have her palate fixed as well as her eyes. Google Barking Blondes - there are a few vids on Youtube of her fannying around with her bestie and her mini bull terrier. They did a Sky TV programme together as well - A different breed I think it was called.ReplyDelete
This is a terrible state for a dog to be in! If this was a human child they would be diagnosed as suffering a serious deformity - and if someone had done it to them deliberatly then they would be arrested and charged with child cruelty. I cannot belive that the Kennel Club support this sort of thing. I find it even more incredible that an owner and supposed dog lover could ever think that it's normal, and right, for their dog to be suffering in such an obvious way.ReplyDelete
I don't know pugs very well - but that doesn't stop me from knowing that the dog in the video has a very, very serious repiratory problem!
Have a look at some of this!
It's not so much that the pug is clearly in distress..ok, it is that for sure..but what really ticks one off is the cavalier mentality, one of endearment for damn sakes..ha, ha, too funny she implies:ReplyDelete
"lol to your comments ...many people who don't know pugs are either afraid of their noises or are worried something is wrong. I assure you he is fine ...hot maybe, but fine. "
Clearly an admission that one is an imbecile and hasn't the necessary, requisite compassion to have an dog.
What is even more disturbing is this is the new normal..dog lovers my ass
Yes, but the dog looks cute and he makes these cute sounds, so what does it matter that he can't breathe properly...?ReplyDelete
I think Pugs make wonderful dogs, they are very well behaved, quiet and lovable little dogs, however, I would never consider buying one. I live in a hot country and fear that even a pug climbing out of its basket in the morning could succumb to heatstroke and even death. I would fear for the health of my dog, fear for the vet bills, and no doubt fear that all too soon he or she would be prematurely taken from me as his or her body has been distorted out of proportion so severely that nature does just what it should, and ends the dog's life prematurely so that its genes cannot prosper.ReplyDelete
Poor creatures, my heart goes out everytime I hear that terrible gasping noise.
Well behaved? Dogs should be naturally curious, energetic and playful.Delete
that is so sad, the owner is totally oblivious to the dogs distress.ReplyDelete
Got 3 'likes' so far:ReplyDelete
purebredmythbreaker 7 hours ago
Deformity can be so gosh-darned cute! Who's smarter: you or the dog?
I happen to live near one of the greatest dog parks in the USA and the pugs were out in force during yesterday's unusually warm and sunny weather. I wasn't the only dog owner there visibly wincing as the pugs and bulldogs tottered past, snorting heavily and unable to keep up with the other dogs games.ReplyDelete
It's heartbreaking to see the especially young ones lose their motivation to play, too slow and tired to even keep up with yorkies and dachshunds.
The heavily-coated breeds are able to swim to cool off, but the pugs can't even do that. I saw a couple of owners carrying a pug and French bulldog back to the car, exhausted from the heat. The temperature yesterday? 16 degrees C (61 F)
Bebop, the pug above, is now 11 years old, incontinent and needs a wheelchair to get around.ReplyDelete
I think at that point, you can just stereotype her as a supremely dumb valley girl who lives in a bubble, where she literally cannot comprehend the implications of complex problems, especially in the long-term, or that transcend her own personal values. In a way I feel that to be sadly normal for most, to at least some degree. But here is a case that is particularly severe, relative to those more informed.Delete
It is obvious that she loves her dogs (she has a French bulldog too - and there's another video of her celebrating him snorting).Delete
The phenomenon is not confined to dumb valley girls, of course, as Rowena Packer at the RVC found recently:
I think love is something that is sometimes misunderstood and misdirected when it comes to dogs. I am not referring to all owners of course, but love requires a deep level of understanding and empathy. Simply projecting affection onto a creature who you think is unbelievably cute without fully understanding it's nature isn't love in my opinion.Delete
I'm sure she feeds it, cares for it and it gets lots of cuddles but she is demonstrating an indirect cruelty by failing to understand that the dog is in distress. Lack of education and knowledge.
And, funny how no brachycephalic breeders aren't bleating on here yet about how lovely their dogs are?
I missed this post before sending in my comment but I have to say I am amazed that he he has managed to live so long.Delete
Jemima, the incontinent and wheelchair thing might be DM (we know a pug with DM) which is a (probably) polygenic problem that occurs in ALL breeds, and mutts. It is not especially common in Pugs. It is similar to ALS in humans and as such is getting a fair amount of research.Delete
Of course it might be a mechanical problem such as IVDD, which can also occur in any dog but is certainly more common in dogs that are bred for dwarfism, or for long backs.
@Jemima I think you misunderstand my wording. I say "valley girl" the same way I say "boy" "man" "girl", or "alligator". It is merely a noun of what they are, and within this case, can be stereotyped to be, since she fits the image so well. It has nothing to do with her well-meaning love for dogs, or her intelligence. In fact, I have seen rather intelligent valley girl (high IQ, good grades), but her manner of speech, opinions, and interests made me want to slam my own face with a sledgehammer.Delete
Another example is the stereotype of what a British citizen is like, being "accented"(ironically) and talking sophisticated-like, when, as we all know there are quite a few dumb ones. The same logic can apply to an American or whatever else.
I am a little sad though that I have to spell this out whenever I use any stereotyped noun/personality/person, and people think it automatically offending, even here where breed standards are regularly questioned.
In a few decades I'll probably cry at night at how being called an American is on par with being called a "nigger", and the originator using that word is prosecuted for their manner of speech. Political correctness seems to be that hunter hunting like its open season, not just in the wilderness, but within cities or blogs or editorials.
That does make me a bit worried. But as you have said in a previous post, even the extreme can become the norm to those who fight against it, so I guess the same happens with words. I think that's why words like "love" seems to have lost its meaning a long time ago beyond shallow usage.
I have asthma since I was a kid, it never went away.ReplyDelete
When I was really small, visits to the hospital in the middle of the night were common... but when I was a teen, I didn't want to get my parents worried so I'd try to manage the distress and only talk to them in the morning (and pretend it was not a big deal). I've done the same things pugs and bulldogs do to unblock the airways. I have tried to sleep sitting up because my airways would block if I laid down. I couldn't control de noise and I couldn't stand up without feeling tired and a little fainty.
There is no other condition in the dogdom that makes me so angry as brachycephaly. It is obvious, it is easy to fix, but people keep breeding dogs that will live their WHOLE lives like I did when I had a asthma crisis.
This clip is almost 3 years old. I wonder how little Beebop has fared in the interim. Hopefully his owner took on board all the negative comments.ReplyDelete
I hold my hands up to the fact that I own a Pug. I have to swiftly follow that with the fact that I won't be owning another one. I love him to bits, he is a wonderful character and very, very loving, but my brain tells me it's wrong to have a dog that looks like him. Having said this....IF HE EVER WAS BREATHING like this dog I would be horrified!! I keep him quite lean for a Pug and he goes out for walks over the fields with my Whippets and Daxies most days. He does like to sunbathe more than my other dogs do. He'll deliberately go and lie in the sun for hours and he still doesn't breath like this dog!! I think a huge percentage of Pugs are too fat and not exercised properly. But also a huge amount are very poorly bred with no consideration for anything other than money or winning prizes in the show ring. My boy is 10yrs old in June and is slowing up a bit on the hills but otherwise seems fit. My sister has 3 French Bulldogs that she took on from a breeder who no longer wanted them and the male (ex stud dog) is in a terrible way healthwise. His movement is terrible, his eyes a complete mess and as for his breathing...shocking. He has trouble sleeping unless his head is elevated and has had some nights when he has mucus streaming from his nose. The thing is he was a stud dog, so how many babies has he passed all this on to?ReplyDelete
"I think a huge percentage of Pugs are too fat and not exercised properly. But also a huge amount are very poorly bred with no consideration for anything other than money or winning prizes in the show ring."Delete
I agree, a huge percentage of pugs (as well as all other breeds) are overweight and not proerly exercised. However I'd disagree that a huge percentage of pugs are bred for show - they're such a fashionable breed that most seem to be 'pet-bred' and very often unregistered.
Did you know about the Pugagility team? They're far more athletic than many people would believe possible.
I couldn't even watch the whole thing. I have asthma. I know what it's like to struggle for breath, and that video was making my lungs hurt.ReplyDelete
Anybody watch Alan Titchmarsh this afternoon, he had a piece on his show regarding the health and welfare issues of some pedigree dogs due to years if inbreeding and breeding for looks his guests were the pug, the cavalier and the sharpei!!! For those with their heads still up their backsides is he wrong as well spose he also requires a good bashing for trying to do the right thing for dogs.ReplyDelete
Oh watching that was "such fun." Now let's watch a paraplegic drag himself across the room. So cute!ReplyDelete
Hhhmmm there really are some numptys on here, a paraplegic isn't a paraplegic due to his parents and their parents and their parents (you get my drift) having incestuous matings now are they........ReplyDelete
I have only just watched this clip and I would be quite worried about this dog if it came into my clinic. The noise and respiratory effort are excessive even for a pug.ReplyDelete
Despite their facial confomation a pug should be able to run and breath with no effort and plenty do. Yes they make more snuffly noises than breeds with noses but this clip shows something much more serious than that. It's worrying that the owner thinks this is normal.
If any dog breathes like this TAKE IT TO A VET ASAP!
I`ve seen a couple agility pugs that didn't make such noise,with a lean built and longer legs. But I also seen plenty of pet ones that where pretty much just as bad as the one in the video above,most do not seem as well built as the agility ones.ReplyDelete
I`ve also seen a Australian Shepherd make similar noises when walking,something must of been wrong with it as well. It was the only Aussie I`ve seen like that,so it's not like its a problem in the breed.
Not only people are afraid of pugs noises... my puppy doesn't like to play with pugs and bulldogs, because after 10 seconds they start to snort and she doesn't understand what is this weird noise and becomes scared. yeah so normal and healthy.ReplyDelete