Pugalug History - 2001,
|Jan 18th Pugility
||2004 got off to a terrific start with our first annual Agiltiy Pugalug
at Scholars In Collars. Our hosts, Joan and Diane, had the pugs going down tunnels and
jumping hoops with the owners right alongside providing encouragment and cookies.
||The annual Valentine Pugalug was held at Umbrella Pets. Audra Brown
from City TV came to do a "love" story with the most lovable dog. It was standing room only as
pugs, dressed in red, romped around in the warmth and safety of this big room.
28th Trinity Bellwoods
||Over 100 pugs came out on this beautiful spring day. From 2 months to 11 years,
they frollicked in the sunshine. The City TV news cast, plus an article in the Globe and Mail resulted in our largest
turnout. New friends joined us from Kitchener and Niagara Falls. A photograph of Dewey was sent to
Associated Press and published by a few major American newspapers.
30th, Dufferin Grove
||April's pugalug was going to be at Sunnybrook Park. However the location was
changed because of a charity walk-a-thon that was happening on that day. However, it rained not only that weekend
but the next 2 weekends in April. So April's lug was cancelled. The May pugalug was held for the first time at Dufferin Grove park. The theme was
Flower Power and there certainly was Power. The highlight was a parade around the park with children cheering
from the playground, a circle of chanters providing the rhythm and the smell of pizza from the community back oven.
| June 27th, Eglinton
||Not too hot, not too cold - just right for a pugalug.
Pug friends from out of town (and out of the province) came and joined in the fun. Seniors passed on
the "code of the the pug" to the pups.
25th Pug Island
||It was a perfect day on Ward's Island. The ferry deckhand remembered the pugalug
from last year. We had a terrific turnout with new friends coming from Peterborough for the day. The new
spot was secluded, not too far from the docks and near enough to the beach for a pug stroll.
|Aug 8th, Pug Birthday Bash,
Scholars In Collars
We returned to the Scholars and Collars training facility for a pug birthday bash. The idea was to celebrate
all pugalug pug's birthday on this one day. The pugs got to run, romp, and eat birthday treats all in air-conditioned
22nd at Sunnyside Park
||Sunnyside was originally scheduled for April and that
may have been a good month for it. However August was too crowded with no close parking. But it was a wide open
space and we grabbed a nice shady spot. A large Mastiff (who thought he was a pug) came to play along with
a Pug/Boston mix.
5th, Dumfries Conservation Park
|A little bit of pugalug history was
made this day. Thanks largely to the efforts of Hugh Radley and pug Heidi, the first 519 pugalug was held in Cambridge,
ON. Obviously the pugs in the Cambridge, Hamilton, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph areas were demanding equal time
with their Toronto counterparts. It was here that Hugh first introduced the "Pug of War" competition. Thanks Hugh and
a big pug hug to Heidi.
19th, Echo Valley Park
||Once again we
returned to our old stompin' & snortin' grounds. In the passed we referred to this area as
West Deane Park but in actual fact it was Echo Valley. Hugh and Heidi brought the pug of war
to let the Toronto pugs have a "taste" of the event.
|October 17th's PUGOWEEN at Sherwood
||It was touch and go whether the weather
would work for us. Yet the big pugalug event of the year did happen and the pugs did not fail to make us laugh and bring
tears of joy. It was the last pugalug of 2004 but a dedicated group of pug owners would finish off the year by forming
the official Pugalug Club.