We have a pug named Pepe (pay-pay). Well since she is AKC, I had to pick two names for her, her full name is Pepe Alofa ( a-low-fa) . It means “baby love” in Samoan. At the time I gained approval for said pug, Josh was traveling a lot for work. I was living in Florida and he was based out of Texas. Being the female that I am, I used on him my evil powers. After not seeing each other for a month, I told him I needed “a cute pug to keep me company” while he was on the road. Pepe was approved of fairly easily. Ha ha gotcha, sucker.
When we moved to North Carolina a few months later, I found the perfect pug breeder up in Philippi, WV (yes, the covered bridge place). Mom and I drove over together. When we arrived at the breeder’s house, we were greeted by a pug. Well, not just any pug, the ugliest pug I had ever set eyes on. She had one eye, teeth missing, and what teeth she still had were hanging out of her mouth. Haggard doesn’t even begin to describe her looks. Plain and simple she was U-G-L-Y!! After looking at her, I began to get cold feet. What if this was my pug’s mom and this was her destiny? Soon the owner came to the door with the two cutest little baby pugs I had ever seen. The first one covered me with kisses and snuggled right into my arms. The second, assumed the most awkward pose as she was handed to me. There seemed to be something… ahem “special” about her. So which one did I choose? Of course I chose, the crazy, weird, “special”, who was also the runt of the litter. She weighed one pound at the time and had gigantic eyes. I just hoped that maybe she would grow into the bulging eyes.
We took her to Mom and Dad’s house. She immediately bonded with my parent’s dog and they have had a special friendship ever since. At first, everyone “ooooed” and “awwwwed” over my cute pup, but soon the honeymoon was over. We learned just how “special” she was through her bad habits. First, we learned how gassy a small dog can be. I mean she can stink herself out of a room. We call it the “toot and run”. I will elaborate on one extra gassy event a little later.
The worst habit she has, by far, is eating her own poo. Yes, we have tried everything to try to curb this habit. Every “remedy” just encouraged her to eat faster. Like I said she is special. I have been told this is “normal”. Let me tell you, it may be common, but it sure as hell ain’t normal! Let me take this grossness a step further. When she burps, we aren’t she what end it came out of. Ewwww gross, I know!!!!!
So back to the gas issue. During her first Christmas, she insisted on eating our fake Christmas tree. We tried a lot of suggestions. We even tried Tabasco sauce. This did not deter her. Apparently, it made a very tasty condiment and she happily licked every bit off. The next day my sister, Heather, and my future brother in law, Sam, offered to take her in their car on our caravan up to West Virginia for Christmas with Mom and Dad. Thankfully, we followed them or we would have missed the funniest moments ever. All the sudden, while driving full speed on the interstate, Heather and Sam start flailing around and all the windows were rolled down and a green gas came eeeking out of their car (well not really but you get the idea). Turns out the Tabasco and Pepe’s digestive system were duking it out. The Tabasco was winning. There were many more episodes which made for a very entertaining drive. Wish I had a video of it, because you all would have loved it.
As a full grown pup (12 years old), Pepe is still stinking us out and scooping her own poo. We gave up on trying to prevent the gas and poo eating. She has earned several nicknames. There is “Super Duper Pooper Scooper” or “Poo” for short. I know it’s not ok to make fun of overweight people, but we don’t feel that applies to Pepe so we also call her “Chunky-licous” and “Fat-apotomus”. The truth is we really do love her. Well, ok the real truth is: She loves Josh, Josh loves me, and I love Pepe.
At the time of purchase, I had to sign a “no breeding no showing” contract. I’m glad I did. Who wants the descendant of a crap eating dog? And I’m sure she would rip a big one in front of any judge without thinking twice.