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January 8, 2013 9:10 AM   Subscribe

Hop, hop, hop, hop goes the little dog.
posted by griphus (28 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
#swag
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:14 AM on January 8, 2013


Look at their little butts though. PUPPY BUTTS.

I have gifs somewhere but I'd have to scroll through a dozen pages of nekkid ladies to find them. Sigh.
posted by elizardbits at 9:17 AM on January 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


Man, Pokemon X and Y are really running out of ideas if these are the best new ones they can come up with.
posted by Greg Nog at 9:19 AM on January 8, 2013


I don't know if you can call that the pug bounce when the cutest practitioner is a french bulldog!

My old dog Tikko had a broken leg when we adopted him, and he came up with all sorts of creative ways to go up and down stairs with a cast on his leg. Unfortunately, this was before the days of cheap & easy digital video. Once the cast came off, he would zoom down the stairs mostly running on his front legs, with his back legs sort of flailing at random.
posted by moonmilk at 9:25 AM on January 8, 2013


I didn't think of it before, but "brachycephalic bounce" has a ring to it.
posted by griphus at 9:27 AM on January 8, 2013


I've heard a lot of bad things about pedigree dogs developing serious health problems because they're so inbred, and particularly because they're bred into such extreme shapes. I'm no pug expert, but I've gotta say, that stiff little bounce does make me wonder.
posted by Kit W at 9:44 AM on January 8, 2013


I have a small dog, but he's got long legs. He climbs with his feet and bounces with the back. Also usually he gets really excited and trips over himself because OMG STAIRS STAIRS ARE THE BEST YAY STAIRS.

If I remember, I'll take a video of him when I get home.
posted by phunniemee at 9:44 AM on January 8, 2013


That your dog? Cute!
posted by Kit W at 9:49 AM on January 8, 2013


Stairs are clearly the mortal enemy to pug evolution.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:50 AM on January 8, 2013


That your dog? Cute!
Yes! Thank you! His name is Truman and he is a border terrier and he is just the best thing ever. eeeeeeeee!

posted by phunniemee at 9:58 AM on January 8, 2013 [3 favorites]




I can barely jump on two legs so I'm pretty impressed by anyone who can do it with four.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:03 AM on January 8, 2013


griphus, I have never realized before how clearly pugs feel shame.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:06 AM on January 8, 2013




looks like they are about to pick the new puppy pope.
posted by 2bucksplus at 10:22 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


Stairs are clearly the mortal enemy to pug evolution.

Health problems

Pugs have large eyes and a wrinkled face with a long tongue. Improper care of the wrinkles may sometimes cause adverse health effects. ...

Since pugs lack longer snouts and prominent skeletal brow ridges, they are susceptible to eye injuries such as proptosis, scratched corneas, and painful entropion.

They also have compact breathing passageways, leaving many unable to breathe properly or efficiently regulate their temperature through evaporation from the tongue. A pug's normal body temperature is between 101 °F (38 °C) and 102 °F (39 °C). If the temperature rises to 105 °F (41 °C), oxygen demand is greatly increased and immediate cooling is required. Should the temperature reach 108 °F (42 °C), the internal organs begin to break down at a cellular level, which can lead to severe long term health issues or even death.

Pugs can suffer from necrotizing meningoencephalitis (NME), also known as pug dog encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain and meninges. ... There is no known cause or cure for NME, although it is believed to be an inherited disease ...

This breed, along with other brachycephalic dogs (e.g., boxers, bulldogs), are also prone to hemivertebrae [which] can be devastating, causing such severe paralysis that euthanasia is a serious recommendation.

Eye prolapse is a common problem among pugs and other brachycephalic breeds

Pugs, like other short-snouted breeds, have elongated palates. When excited, they are prone to "reverse sneezing". During this phenomenon, the dog will quickly (and seemingly laboriously) gasp and snort.

Pugs are one of several breeds that are more susceptible to Demodectic mange, also known as Demodex. This condition is caused by a weakened immune system, and it is a minor problem for many young pugs. This causes them to catch diseases much more easily than regular dogs.


I'd say stairs are the least of their problems, evolutionarily speaking.
posted by Grangousier at 10:23 AM on January 8, 2013 [4 favorites]


Pope Snausages VIII
posted by griphus at 10:24 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'd say stairs are the least of their problems, evolutionarily speaking.

Yeah, there was that massive pug recall in 2007.
posted by griphus at 10:24 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is why we need to stop outsourcing our pug labor overseas; with more governmental oversight in our USA-based pug factories, plus union representation for all workers, we can overcome these issues.
posted by elizardbits at 10:30 AM on January 8, 2013


Joking aside, I think it needs an international effort, because dog showing - which is a big influence on breed standards - is an international business. The biggest show of the year is Crufts, after all, which is held in the UK, and people come to that from all over.

Government oversight all round sounds like a good idea, in everyone's countries, but I think it also needs the shows and clubs to start judging for health as well as for appearance. If shows excluded any dog with a history of heritable health problems and clubs required genetic disorders to be registered so they could be bred out, this horrible mess would get a lot better in just a few generations. (Dog generations, not human.)

All of which is rather a downer for what was doubtless mostly a 'cheer up, world, here are some cute animals!' post, so sorry, griphus. The cute is appreciated. :-)
posted by Kit W at 10:53 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm on hold with Comcast and this is exactly what I need right now, thank you.
posted by dinty_moore at 10:55 AM on January 8, 2013


Funny that greyhounds have the opposite physiology - super long spindly legs (+ a life lived without typically having seen stairs before retiring from racing and being adopted) - but similar problems with stairs. My dude just kind of flings himself at them, up or down, taking 2, 3, 4 at a time. But never gracefully.

He knows he's not very good at stairs and tends to need to rev himself up for them, both mentally and physically. I made a little gif of a typical Blink Dog false start stairs attempt. It's on a loop but often he'll do that hop over and over again. If he still can't get it, he'll has to reset his brain by walking around in a circle and starting over.
posted by misskaz at 10:55 AM on January 8, 2013 [13 favorites]


Pugs can suffer from necrotizing meningoencephalitis (NME), also known as pug dog encephalitis (PDE), an inflammation of the brain and meninges.

I thought I knew the worst thing the acronym PDE can stand for, but I guess I was wrong.
posted by Nomyte at 11:02 AM on January 8, 2013


I made a little gif of a typical Blink Dog false start stairs attempt.

Oh dear god that's awesome.

For those unaware, Blink Dog is the winner of Nosevember over on Cute Overload.
posted by phunniemee at 11:04 AM on January 8, 2013 [2 favorites]


At least these pugs (and frenchie) understand going *up* stairs, my lab can only go up them if they are solid stairs. If they are floating stairs, he will try to ram his body through the gaps between the steps, which is hilarious until you have to carry a 80# dog up a flight or two.
posted by jamaro at 11:37 AM on January 8, 2013 [1 favorite]


I have gifs somewhere but I'd have to scroll through a dozen pages of nekkid ladies to find them.

What a drag :-(
posted by turgid dahlia 2 at 2:30 PM on January 8, 2013


Pug jumpin'!
posted by markkraft at 1:29 AM on January 9, 2013


YAY GIFS

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posted by elizardbits at 6:04 PM on January 11, 2013


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