Sunday, 6 June 2010

Pug Meet-Up

Fitz is an old dog, it was a hot day, we had two pugs to look after - mixed results.

Fitz is an experienced meetup attendee, we have been going for years now. It is the highlight of his social calendar. Today was different: he had to be carried all the way to Blackheath Station, the train was far too hot, there was no number 9 bus in sight - ended up taking a taxi. He was quite motivated to walk through Green Park, knowing where we were headed. But once there he simply lay down on the lawn and stayed there for the next two hours, only occasionally getting up to drink, or tell other pugs off.

For Harley it was the first meeting - yet another first in a week of firsts (including the first time lifting his leg to pee - I might have made the wrong kind of encouraging sounds: he immediately put it down again and has not tried again since [correction: he successfully tried it just now])
He seemed to have enjoyed himself. He got a lot of attention on the train - we met a guy from the US who used to own and breed pugs; had no problems standing in line waiting for the bus and behaved well in the taxi.
At the meetup he immediately made friends with every pug he met (the only one barking at him was good old grumpy Fitz). He was so good and attentive that we decided to let him off the lead. Had a watchful eye on him all the time, he does not always come when called (he's a puppy) and had to run after him once or twice when he decided to follow other pugs leaving.
Whenever he lost sight of us - and actually noticed in between sniffing pug bottoms - he returned to his home base, i.e. our bags, sat down and waited for one of us to come and talk to him.

We stayed for a full 2 hours, then back via St James Park to Charing Cross Station with the usual stop over at Inn The Park. Fitz had to be carried all the way.
Not sure how we will play this is the future. I don't want to leave Fitz at home, he enjoys the meetings far too much and it would be unfair to take this away from him just because the new puppy is easier to handle. We will probably resort to using his pet stroller (well, push chair; well doggy pram, really) and just ignore half of London staring and making fun of us.

Photos can be found at the London Pugs Meetup Site

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