Is My Pug a Healthy Weight?

TIP of the WEEK
~ How’s My Pug’s Weight? ~

Our humans give us so much love and care. They make sure we have a loving home and a healthy lifestyle. They feed us a balanced and high quality diet to help us maintain a suitable weight for our frame.

We pugs love our food! So even with lots of careful planning from our humans we sometimes get a little heavier than maybe we should be. (We really kind of live for food- and belly rubs!)

Ha! This my silly brother, Riley, back in 2003. Looks like he’s trying to get the last morsels off of the dirty dishes before they got cleaned!!! A true pug, he is get every last bit of food he can. He does look very fit though, doesn’t he?!?


Since we love to eat, our mom is always watching our weight and making adjustments to our diet accordingly.

The first step in helping each of us be close to our ideal weight is accurately understanding where we are currently at.
On a recent trip to the vet, Mom saw a chart like this one that helped her think about our weight. (When looking at that link just scroll down to see the chart.) She found that viewing a dog from the top was most helpful. She then took a look at us from this view.

The pug breed standard calls for us to be compact and well muscled. (When looking at our physique in the pics below, please remember that Clara, Riley and I are senior dogs, so our muscle tone is age-appropriate.) It is the waist that we are looking for…

CLARA FRANCIS
(13 years old)


GRETTA ROSE
(That’s me!!! I’m 14 years old)

RILEY STEVEN
(12 years old)

OLIVER JAMES
(8 years old)

 Doesn’t looking from above help?
Riley looks pretty great and Ollie does too. Like some humans, Ollie’s weight is ‘just right’ by nature and he gets to eat more than me. Riley, Clara and I tend to gain weight if we are not careful and Cousin Jasper (may he rest in peace) often struggled to maintain his weight.
Clara is currently on a bit of a diet and so am I. We could both stand to slim down a bit.

How will we do that??? Well…
As it is, we eat broccoli or green beans as part of our meals and go for hour long walks (5 times a week). This winter was not so great for walking. We had so much ice and our feet felt frozen. (Perhaps this is how we gained a little weight.) Now spring is here and warmer weather will mean we can get back to our regular walks which will help us drop the winter weight.
In addition to our meals, we do get a few pieces of kibble as rewards throughout the day and we do get a biscuit before bed. The first thing Mom does to help us slim down is to cut our night time biscuit in half. Right now I am getting a quarter of a biscuit and Clara is getting a half. Riley and Ollie are both getting a whole  biscuit. (Lucky brothers!!!) The next thing Mom does to help us slim down is to make sure our kibble is measured properly. This means no heaping measurements…

Then she sticks with it, gives it some time to work and keeps her eye on us as always.

If you want a little more help in thinking about your fur-babes weight; here is another great chart, but it does not have the view from above that Mom found so helpful.

If a dog you know and love needs to lose a serious amount of weight, here are some more great tips to check out. Be sure to discuss the steps you may want to take with your trusted vet before you begin.

We hope this post finds you all happy and healthy and we hope these tips help us all to stay fit and to live the best pug-lives possible.
xoxo always~  Gretta Rose de Pug and the whole P+K fam

A Pugs and Kisses Video Parody!!! How Cute!

Check out this video made by our good friend Max! He’s spoofing our Pugs and Kisses youtube channel The Fabulous Pug Models. We are so flattered! Gosh, his impersonation of our mom makes us laugh!!!

Thank you, Max! We are so honored!
xoxo always~ Gretta Rose and the whole P+K fam

On Set with Pugs and Kisses Cutest Pugs

Happy almost-Easter friends!
We had a grand time shooting this Easter pic! Just check out our new behind the scenes video!

xoxo always ~ Gretta Rose de Pug and the whole family

PS What do you think of the boys’ pastel Easter bow ties? Don’t they coordinate so beautifully with their hats?!? A big thanks to Buddy Love’s Bow Ties! Buddy Love‘s mom does such an amazing job!!! Thank you, D!!!

Hello Cute Pugs!!! Let’s Meet Milo and Princess Marie on FCF!

~Today on Friends Club Friday~
Let’s Meet Milo and Princess Marie!

 Milo and Princess Marie are two cutie-pie pugs from Connecticut, USA. They were introduced to us by their devoted mom, Donna.  We are so happy to know them and know you will be too!
Milo is 7 and Princess Marie is 5 and they are very in love.

Here they are looking darn cute and so cozy.

And here is Mr. Milo…

all bath-robed up after a day of spa treatments with his mom!
(Mani/pedi, oatmeal bath, a blow dry and nap with our bath robes.)
That sounds amazing except for the mani/ pedi :(

Donna adopted Milo from a private breeder and picked him up in Kennebunkport, ME. (Hey that’s our home state!)

Milo has had a few other siblings before Princess Marie…”We brought him home and introduced him to our (at that time) 9 year old Black female Sadie Marie. Sadie has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge and Milo became very depressed without a companion.”

Enter Adorable Princess Marie!!

Isn’t her coloring SO unique!?!
She is a special girl. Just listen to her mom tell her adoption story…
“So I started looking at rescues again and picked out a black female pug named Marjorie. The night before we went to pick her up we were told the foster family decided to keep her but they had this cute white one who they said did not photograph well.” (That seems like an oversight. Just look at her pics!)
“I was so desperate by this time for another pug and to finally complete this looking for a dog mission I said we’ll come and meet her. She was so emaciated and timid it was heartbreaking. She took 10 minutes to low crawl her way from one end of the couch to where I was sitting where she curled up in a ball and went to sleep. My husband looked at me and said, ‘she’s ours. Let’s go.”

“When we adopted Princess she had a tiny little ‘bite’ like spot on her flank like the size of a pencil eraser. I said ‘Ah I can take care of that in no time with a little Neosporin.’ Yeah, no. It became this oozing gross boil thing. We put her on 3 rounds of antibiotics and I bought dog t-shirts and sewed in extra layers of white cotton fabric inside the t-shirt over the wound spot to try and absorb the discharge and keep it off of our clothes and furniture all to no avail. Plus we were trying to bond with her and who wants to cuddle with a boil. Finally 2 months later I  agreed with our vet to do surgery to cut out the spot. That is when we found out about her enlarged heart and practically non existent hip sockets (picture a flat sugar spoon not melon baller) and bad knees.”
Oh my goodness, thank heavens this girl found such a loving and caring family to be a part of!!

“When our vet did the surgery she found an massive internal infection and a piece of hay or straw in the whole mess.”


“Princess came home with a 6″ incision with external purple Frankenstein stitches. We had to tranquilizer her because in spite of the incision SHE FELT GREAT and she kept building up with fluid from being too active. Two weeks later the stitches were removed and she started absorbing nutrients from her dog food. She started to put on weight (from a low of 11 pounds). Her coat started to get shinny and she got a sparkle in her eye. I kept the t-shirts on because it was winter and she was so thin… Moral to this story:
rescuing dogs is a marathon not a sprint.”
Well said, Donna! We are so thankful for your dedication to these two sweeties!

“This is Milo again. I LOVE his tail rudder. Milo hates the water but loves the snacks that go in the pool area.” (Sounds like our brothers…) “He will sit outside the pool gate panting so you have to catch him and put him in the water and he air swims before his feet touch the water. He is a splash-a-holic. After he gets wet he will hang out there all day.”

“We put the pugs in the pool for two reasons. 1. Since they are constantly having the butt sniffing contests right near the edge of the pool we felt it was important to make sure they could swim enough to stay afloat until we could jump in to retrieve them and this has happened. 2. To keep them cooled off when they are stalking the snacks. Our pool is tiny (13 x 19) and very warm (solar heating system mounted on the garage roof). My number is 86 degrees.
A couple of years ago we had our July 4th party and it was HOT. I asked everyone to please try to keep the pugs cooled off… I still have a memory of one of my daughters friends  standing in the deep end shady area with Milo sleeping in his arms and Milo’s head on his shoulder.”
HA! We just LOVE picturing this!!!

“Princess can’t really swim because she has practically non-existent hip sockets so she can’t get the kick going but she is a jumper. She knows if I am in the pool and she jumps I will catch her. Best not be holding your beverage. They bark and scratch the back door if I leave them in the house (with AC) and we are in the pool. We also have an pergola covered with wisteria with a slate floor that is easily 10 degrees cooler and sometimes they will go in there. I came up with an idea to made them a little covered lounging area. My husband Bill and I made the frame with white PVC pipe and I covered it with sunbrella fabric where the sides and front could be tied up and down and then I made a dog bed cover with some fluffy cotton towels. Yeah they hated it like pug prison. They prefer to lay down under one of the chaise lounges.”
Sounds about right. Gotta be with our people!!!
“We fostered a pug last summer Lilly (for about 2 months) who had (they said) severe anxiety. She did make a few noises the first night but the 2 lards just piled on top of her and that took care of that.”
It sounds like Milo and Princess had a natural therapy for Lilly Pad. We call it “covered in pugs” in our house. It works every time!!!
We love how these two give each other touch therapy all the time! Just check out how they sit with one another!!!
Thank you all for joining us this week! Hugs and thanks to Milo, Princess, Momma Donna (for telling their story) and to all you readers.
We love you all!
Always ~ GR and the whole fam

Feeding Vegetables to Our Pugs ~PUG TIP of the WEEK~

~PUG TIP of the WEEK~
Feeding Vegetables to Our Pugs

Ha Ha just kidding….
We really do love broccoli and we’ve recently added green beans to our diet too!

Veggies?!? YES! We love them. Truth is we love most food. We love to eat!
Sadly once we became mature dogs, we began to gain weight so easily that we were gaining even when we were eating barely enough kibble to make us feel full. That’s where broccoli came in and saved the day! We incorporate a little broccoli into our daily diet and it helps to keep our bellies full while helping us stay slim. Our vet was on board with our plan.

However, we recently come across some writing online which said that too much broccoli could be harmful to us. After reading this, Mom was very concerned and asked our vet again to be clear. Here is what he said:

“Not sure where the information came from on broccoli, but according to both a toxicologist and a nutritionist on VIN, ‘there is nothing wrong with feeding broccoli to dogs unless it is cooked in butter and smothered in cheese sauce’.  No treat should comprise more than 10% of a dog’s daily caloric intake.  The only other caveat that they put on it is that the dog should not have a history of calcium oxalate stones, and as far as I can remember, she does not.”

Mom has taken this advice and made some slight adjustments to our feeding schedule. We now have broccoli only in the morning and have added green beans for a little healthy filler to our afternoon meal.

We eat twice a day and this is our yummy and healthy everyday menu:

Morning:

  • 1/4 cup Wysong kibble (Oliver gets 1/3 cup because he’s a bit bigger and blessed with a faster metabolism.)
  • 1 tablesoon thawed chopped frozen broccoli (We eat our grocer’s brand. It is blanched before freezing so we know it is safe for us to eat.)
  • 1 tablespoon Wysong wet dog food
  • 1 teaspoon Virgin Coconut Oil*
  • 1 teaspoon watery chicken broth (homemade see recipe below**)
    -mix and serve- YUM!

Afternoon:

  • 1/4 cup Wysong kibble (Oliver gets 1/3 cup)
  • 1 tablesoon cooked greenbeans***
  • 1 tablespoon Wysong wet dog food
  • 1 teaspoon watery chicken broth
    -mix and serve- YUM again!

* Mom and Dad add 1 teaspoon of organic virgin coconut oil to our morning meal only. Please see our post on the possible benefits of virgin coconut oil and how our mom eased it into our meals.

**Homemade broth: Mom boils a whole chicken in a big pot of water. She then freezes the broth in small servings. This allows her to add flavor to our meal without all of the additives or unwanted ingredients (onion!) of many store-bought broths.

*** Green beans can be used in addition to kibble to fill bellies a bit more (which is how we use them). They can also be used in substitute of some kibble if you need to shed a pound or too.

If you have interest in trying any of these ideas, please check with your trusted vet and see what she thinks. Then, follow her recommendations as you proceed.

We look forward to hearing from you with any questions, comments and experiences you may have.

Happy Eating and Healthy Living to All!
xoxo always~ The whole Pugs and Kisses family

P.S. We are not gassy pugs. (How embarrassing, but it must be said!) The veggies agree with us. Our humans also think our high quality kibble helps a lot.

PPS We love all products mentioned in this post and we choose to use them because they are high quality. We have not received compensation to mention them.

PPPS We do take some additional supplements  that we have not mentioned, which are specific to our personal needs. If you are looking for supplements,  we recommend discussing it with a holistic vet you trust.