Since our last update, Gus went for his first check up since joining Pugalug. His heart and lungs sound good, he has no musculoskeletal issues of note and his blood work was absolutely uneventful. In addition to needing a dental the professional diagnosis is Gus suffers from 'tuna-ism'. He has the aura of a waist, but still needs to lose 1-2lbs and is therefore still a tuna.
Gus had his dental cleaning yesterday and is sporting a pearly white smile with breath as fresh as a warm summer breeze. He had a total of 16 teeth removed due to various degrees of decay, root exposure and general pug-ism. His diet is restricted to soft foods for the next 10-14 days while his gums heal and his sutures dissolve. Gus has no complaints about the diet change -- he's enjoying his custom made soft food. There's nothing quite like a little pampering to make a pug feel special!
Now that Gus is feeling more settled, he's comfortable sharing some of his opinions more openly. For example, he's of the opinion that cats are clearly not to be trusted. You may bark or growl at them and most certainly chase them -- but never, ever trust them. Cats are shady. Gus would prefer a world without them, thank you very much.
Gus has little patience for political correctness and will brazenly share his beliefs -- and he believes the world would be a better place without other dog breeds. There -- he said it. It may not be a popular opinion, but it's Gussy's and he's not going to be quiet about it. His reasoning is complicated but it seems to have something to do with a lack of socialization in early life. This has lead to an embarrassing social faux pas or two! However, Gus has agreed (albeit reluctantly) to work on his 'issues'.
Gus is a lovely, affectionate little man who is happiest when he's with his people. He's playful and energetic but will gladly put that aside to lie in a lap. If the resident pug is in the way he simply uses his girth to body check her. If she's less than half his size and becomes airborne as a result, I'm sure it's just an oversight...
Gus (Gussy, Gustav or Goose) moved into his temporary residence 3 weeks ago and has spent his time getting to know the resident pug while settling into a new routine. Initially he expressed his opinions about sharing people, beds and food but those issues have been quickly and uneventfully resolved.
Gus is happy being busy or relaxing on the couch, whichever is on offer! He's a typical 'Shadow Pug' following his person wherever they go -- including the bathroom. He doesn't hesitate to let it be known that he wants to be fussed; he simply paws your hand until you get the message. If you stop before he's finished, he'll paw you again to remind you of the task at hand!
While comfortable spending time alone, like most pugs Gus is happiest when he's with his person. He's taken to crate training like a champ; a few well-timed treats go a long way! He does enjoy a good dive under the covers of the big bed; anyone hoping to share a bed with him should be prepared to have their legs licked at random intervals during the night.
He's expressed interest in the resident cats but sadly the interest isn't mutual. I think if given the chance to meet them, his interest would likely wane. He's met a multitude of different dog breeds but hands down pugs are by far his favourite. Call him breedist if you will, but Gussy knows what he likes!
At 24.4lbs Gus is a bit of a tuna; his ideal weight should be closer to 22lbs. With his new diet and no shortage of exercise the weight loss will undoubtedly happen soon enough. Gus is due to have his initial veterinary check-up in the coming week, which will include full blood work. Another update will be coming with news from that visit!