Because you humans attach such significance to holidays, it seemed appropriate to address the age-old question of what to get the pug. First of all, I need to dispel the notion that we actually care about receiving a present as we watch you tear madly into your excessive haul. We do, however, enjoy the excitement it engenders, and we really love walking around in the aftermath of strewn papers and ribbons. That having been said, I feel obligated to share with you what we, of the pug breed, most love at this time of the year.
- Cuddling on the sofa, in front of a roaring fire, with one or both of our parents. If a nap ensues, then even better. If you’ve no fireplace, no worries…we are still happy for your undivided time and body.
- If you’re baking Christmas treats, let us stand with you in the kitchen and be your taste-tester. If a few crumbs fall our way, then we are also happy.
- Long, leisurely walks in newly fallen snow (or not), knowing that a nice dog cookie is our reward at home.
- A fresh marrowbone or oversized biscuit is always a welcome gift.
What we really don’t like at all, but you love giving as gifts:
- Hand knit sweaters, fleece jackets, hoodies, booties, and any item of apparel you find adorable on us.
- Christmas costumes of any sort, including reindeer antlers, Santa beard, hat, and coat, elf outfits, jingling bells, Christmas tree lights, and baby Jesus swaddling. We hate all of this and endure the indignity of wearing it because it pleases you enormously and you want that Christmas card photo so desperately.
- A new baby puppy. Enough said.
- Wrapped presents because you think it is great fun watching us struggle with unwrapping them.
We pugs were put on earth just for your pleasure and we are the consummate people pleasing dogs, and so, if you would like to please us this holiday, consider giving us what we really want.
Happy holidays from a wise old pug, and respectfully submitted,