King Dino Bambino is a truly excellent little dog with a tidy, efficient personality.
Dino is senior in years (10) but not in behaviour at all. He's really very agile and playful, and despite mostly being deaf misses NOTHING that is going on and is extremely attentive. He can hear certain loud/low or high pitched sounds and it does not affect his daily activities in the slightest. He misses nothing.
He had some fatty lipomas removed as from his chest but they were benign, so not an issue. Dino also had 13 teeth removed because of dental decay and needs oral care routinely with dental solution.
You would think he was several years younger if you didn't know it. Dino is affectionate, cuddly and sweet. He will bring you toys and sit right next to you at all times. It is a must that he sleeps with his people and he settled into doing so really quickly with us.
Dino barks, but is not a barker-the distinction is important. Other than the occasional Angry Squirrel Tirade through the window, and a cheerful woof or two for a cookie or when his leash is picked up to go out, he's very quiet in the home. He does also bark when his food is being scooped out but that's about it.
Outside is a different matter, Dino barks at most things that move, including squirrels, cats, birds, dogs, skunks, wind chimes, other people, cars, and inflatable lawn ornaments (which are The Worst in his opinion). Dino will also chase squirrels if he's given a chance so a tight grip on the leash is essential as he's quite strong. He is NOT a hostile or aggressive dog in any way, it's more like he's an army sergeant keeping his environment in order because it's his job. It is actually a little funny even though we try and keep a lid on it. He's so earnest about it. We had a lot of skunks around in the late summer, which was a few weeks after he came to us, and he would walk outside in the morning and start barking until you saw them all run across the street. THEN, King Dino would deign to go on his morning walk.
Dino loves the car to an incredible degree and behaves beautifully. We take him for a short ride just about every day to my bus stop, because it makes him really happy. Dino also loves food, and if he finds something tasty on the ground he might try to eat it, but mostly doesn't go after food that isn't given to him. He thinks carrots and clementines are the best thing that could possibly be eaten and gets a little taste.
Dino has gotten along well with other pugs inside our house. He's not much for playing with other dogs although will a little bit if egged on enough. We think he would do best without children, or at least kids that were older, and with owner(s) that had a lot of time to spend with him. We are not sure he'd like a cat, but a patient quiet cat inside the home might be okay. He would do best in a home versus an apartment/condo setting. He is fine on stairs.
Dino has a beautiful funny personality and is an absolute treasure of a dog.
Dino continues to be his merry self. He has recovered perfectly from dental surgery. He's like having a very tiny stage manager in that he doesn't boss you around, but ensures that you understand it would be best if you did things his way, like take him for a car ride.
Dino is an easy little guy, and we have no health or behaviour concerns at all. He still barks at everything that moves outside and doesn't really get why I object to this, but it seems like he thinks it's his job to keep the world on the straight and narrow and doesn't know why I'm being unreasonable about it. I still would not call him a barker, and he's not hyper at all; he's just purposeful. It's the same as his amazingly speedy eating habits-he's not greedy, he's just efficient. All things Dino does are aspects of his excellent, tidy little personality.
Dino needs an eye exam under sedation in the future as the vet thought perhaps one eye had sightly higher pressure than the other, and Dino does not want some dogtor looking at his eyes, thank you very much, so it'll have to be sedated.
I find it hard to put into words what a great little dog Dino is, so I'll leave you with a picture of his majesty, owning all he sees.
King Dino, AKA the champion snugglebomber, had dental surgery as well as removal of a couple of fatty lumps from his chest. He lost a lot of teeth as they were pretty foul, but this hasn't slowed him down one iota, and he is exactly the same as before, just with better breath.
We've finally realized that he's almost completely deaf, which he masks very well as he's super attentive to all that's happening and doesn't miss anything. There is no hiding anything from Dino, he's right there for everything.
Dino is really a lovely little dog. He likes to give you morning face hugs, he believes he should go on all the car rides, where he is an absolute angel, and he ensures that no squirrels shall interrupt our walks ever. He is also wonderful to cuddle and gentle, if a little cheerfully bossy. He has a lot of opinions, and one of them is that if you're chopping carrots you must give him a piece.
Dino needs an eye check in the future under sedation as he thinks the vet is Trying To Murder Him, and that will be arranged in the near future.
Dino had his first vet visit, which he felt was an affront to his dignity! Dino will need some dental work as his teeth are pretty bad but otherwise he is fine. The vet gave him a bandage that said "Diva" to soothe him.
Dino has a hilarious personality. I would not call him a barker, but he certainly is vocal in his opinions. No squirrels, no cats, and no skunks are allowed outside. Dino will stomp outside first thing in the morning and bark until we see the skunks retreating across the street. All hail the mighty skunk-tamer!
Dino is kind of bossy, but much more in an insistent way than dominant way. He will try to convince you to go to bed when he's ready by standing with a toy and looking at you pleadingly. He really insists on going for a car ride to drop Food Lady off at her bus stop. He eats faster than any dog we've ever met; I timed it and he clocks in at 42 seconds. He's very well behaved and is no trouble at all.
Dino is active and likes walks and playing and belly rubs and snuggling, and he's an absolute joy to have with us. He's truly a special pug.
Meet Dino the Bambino! Dino is a 9-year-old boy who is simply a delight.
We were given the impression that Dino was a shy boy who would take time to warm up to us. All I can say is that isn't the case at all. Dino is a cheerful riot of a dog who made himself completely at home within an hour. He's happy, cuddly, licky and playful and totally at ease with us, and is his foster mama's little shadow, devotedly keeping her company during a recent illness. He's even kind of bossy, in that he lets all the cats he sees in the neighbourhood know that they are Not Allowed on His Property by barking at them. As you can imagine, the cats aren't terribly intimidated.
Also, Dino eats faster than any dog we've ever met before. If you leave him to it, he seems to just unhinge his jaw like a snake and inhale all his food at a gulp. We are discouraging this, but honestly can't help but be a little impressed, haha. He's quite fit, he's just kind of a frat boy!
Dino will soon have his first vet visit and we'll let you know how he's doing.