Sunday, July 4, 2010

As It Stands: The Pug Zone: An approach to politics and life


Dave Stancliff/For the Times-Standard

Posted: 07/04/2010 01:27:17 AM PDT

Wouldn't it be nice to see all our elected officials as loyal to us as pug dogs are to their owners? Pugs were bred to be cheerful and friendly companions. Pugs don't lie. They're great watchdogs and clowns.

The men and women we vote into office are supposed to be watchdogs we can trust to promote our interests. They're always supposed to tell us the truth. We like it when they're friendly and cheerful and sometimes that's enough to make us vote for them. However, we often end up with career politicians who are devoid of pug-like attributes, with one exception; being clowns.

Don't be alarmed if I'm not writing about one of the major disasters going on in our world. I know they're happening. You know where to go if you want to read, see, or hear about them. This week I've decided to defiantly write about all things pug.

You're now in the pug zone. Pull up a chair, sit back and relax while I tell you some interesting things about these wonderful canines.

Latin scholars thought a pug's head looked like a clenched fist, thus the word “pugnus,” and one possible origin of the name. The other is the marmoset “pug” monkeys kept as pets. The dogs looked somewhat like them. They're one of the oldest breeds of dogs, originating somewhere in Asia prior to 400 B.C.

My pug, Millie, can expect to live 12-15 years. She's 5 years old now and we take walks every day to help her keep her “girlish” figure. She's our second pug.

READ THE REST HEREPHOTO: Millie relaxing in my Laker room/Den.


Here’s a cool site called netvibes that picked up todays column. Look under Prince Google News on right.

From Colorado Springs we have this blog that picked up today’s piece on pugs (July 4th).

Another site called WoPular picked up the column Monday morning.

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