Pugs Complete Profile

Written by Dooziedog.com

Key Facts:

Size: Small Height: 25 - 27 cm (10 - 11 inches) Weight: 6.4 - 8.1 kg (14 - 18 lb) Life Span: 14 years Grooming: Undemanding Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Lively & cheerful Country of Origin: China AKC Group: Toy Other Names: Carlin, Mops

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Solid, square and compact. Colour: Fawn, black, silver or apricot with a black mask and a black trace alongrepparttar back. There are also black thumb-marks onrepparttar 147736 forehead and black moles onrepparttar 147737 cheeks. Coat: Smooth, short, glossy and fine. Tail: Set high and curled tightly overrepparttar 147738 hip. Ears: Set high, small and fine. 'Button' ears which fold forward are desirable but 'rose' shaped ears folding back are accepted. Body: The body is short, stocky and square with a broad brisket. The ribs are deep and rounded andrepparttar 147739 legs are moderately long and very strong.

Temperament: Cheerful, good-natured, affectionate and people-orientated. Pugs are very sociable and get along extremely well with children, strangers and other dogs. They do like to berepparttar 147740 centre of attention and can become jealous if their owners attention is directed elsewhere. They respond best to gentle-handed training and are sensitive torepparttar 147741 intonation in their handlers voice. Pugs have a good sense of humour despite their serious facial expressions. They make calm indoor dogs and are very pliable and straightforward to care for.

Pumpkin, The Halloween Cat

Written by Michael LaRocca

PUMPKIN, THE HALLOWEEN CAT Copyright 2005, Michael LaRocca

The neighbor's car pulled into my driveway. She got out holding a stranger in her arms.

"I found this cat in my yard. Is he yours?"


"Oh. I thought he was."

"Well, he's not."

"Well, can you hold him until I drive away so he doesn't follow me home?"

Oh yes, we all know how this story ends.

He was a beautiful little fuzzy ball of orange. Quite an affectionate, purring fellow too. And yes, I fed him. Knowing full well where that always leads.

I already had two cats. Witchie and Taz, both Siamese. It had taken quite a bit of time and effort for Witchie to accept Taz. Plus, Taz had beenrepparttar sole male cat for several years. Another male? Not possible. But, I thought, why not have an indoor male and an outdoor male?

Sincerepparttar 147735 new guy arrived in late October, and since he was orange, we dubbed him Pumpkin. He knewrepparttar 147736 indoors cats didn't like him, and he was fine with that. Their turf, not his. Besides, he loved it when my dogs, Daisy and Bebe, came outside to visit him, even when they chased him up a tree, which was always. They were just playing. My dogs love all cats, and they licked him when he came down.

One Saturday afternoon, I went outside to play with my chainsaw. Onrepparttar 147737 porch, I found eight dead mice, besiderepparttar 147738 front door in a very neat row. They were all on their backs, with their heads pointingrepparttar 147739 same way and their tails neatly aligned. This was obviously a gift from young Pumpkin, a show of his gratitude.

I worked with my chainsaw for a while, then went back torepparttar 147740 house for a drink. Now there were only five mice. No doubt my young son had decided that he'd done his part. He'd offered them to me first. If I didn't want them, well, it was a shame to let a good meal go to waste.

Still later, I returned torepparttar 147741 house to see only two mice remaining. Still later, half a mouse. Still later, no mice at all. No blood or fur, either. He cleaned up quite thoroughly.

It's obvious how Pumpkin survived before I began feeding him. It's also obvious why he didn't eat very much.

One night, I was typing onrepparttar 147742 computer when I heard a strange squeaking noise coming fromrepparttar 147743 porch. I finally went outside to see what it was. Pumpkin was standing there, looking every bitrepparttar 147744 wild-eyed feral hunter, with a live squeaking mouse in his mouth. I just muttered "Good boy" and went back inside. Eventually,repparttar 147745 noise stopped.

Whenrepparttar 147746 weather turned cold, I let Pumpkin come inside. Yes, it pissed offrepparttar 147747 Siamese coalition, but I decided I didn't care.

I paused to look at life throughrepparttar 147748 eyes of Witchie and Taz, and here is what I saw:

Every species has its own identifying colors. For example, all dogs are black with brown eyes. All horses are brown with dark brown manes. All people are white-skinned, with brownish hair and blue eyes. And all cats, quite naturally, are blue-eyed shorthaired sealpoint Siamese.

Now they see this longhaired, fuzzy, orange thing with yellow-green eyes. It smells likerepparttar 147749 woods and it's protected by dogs. Surely it's a tool ofrepparttar 147750 devil and an abomination inrepparttar 147751 eyes ofrepparttar 147752 cat gods, something that must be destroyed. I resigned myself torepparttar 147753 fact that they would always hate Pumpkin, hissing and threatening whenever they saw him. It didn't seem to bother Pumpkin, so it didn't bother me.

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