In My Head with the Voices

The howler monkeys are here, too.

Suki smothered another puppy last night. I was devastated. She was my little runt I found under the ottoman. She was a fighter. And my dog smothered her.

I've been over-thinking this, as I've had no sleep, and I've got a theory with Pugs and puppies.

Pugs are very puppy-like dogs. That's what makes them such a cool family dog. Most dogs are bred for a working purpose -- hunting, retrieving, guarding -- where Pugs were bred for nothing more than amusement. They're clowns. They're babies. I challenge anyone to train their Pug NOT to jump on furniture or sit on your lap. They love their people.

So, this is my theory. Pugs have a "child-like" mentality and lack the maturity to raise puppies. Right now Suki is sitting in her box, glaring at Moto because he's on the couch.

Last night, while I was dozing on the couch, in the middle of the night, Suki jumped on the couch with a pup in her mouth. She dropped it on my legs and nudged it toward Moto. It was kind of like a dare or an offering. It was like she was saying, "Go ahead, Moto. Take it." The puppy was covered in saliva, so it had been in Suki's mouth for a long time. I should add that it was NOT the runt. It was one of the fatter males.

Then, this morning, I wake up to find the runt smothered to death.

Hubby and I are now sleeping in shifts. If that doesn't work we're going to completely separate the puppies from Suki.

Wish me luck. I'm so tired I can barely type.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 9:24 PM poor puppy mama.  and by that i mean you, not murderous suki.  i think you're right, pugs were bred to be alterna-children.  my friend's parents have three and they are all big babies.  sort of like my kids' bio mom.  not meant to be mothers.  :)  have you tried keeping the puppies in a separate box from suki?  is this normal pug behavior?  i hope you don't have to end up bottle-feeding; i did that with a litter of kittens and it was no fun.

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Feb. 1, 2008 at 9:28 PM Pugs are adorable.  Not in this case though, lol.  I'm sorry you're having to deal with this.  Have you asked the vet why they are doing this?  Is this normal behavior?

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Feb. 2, 2008 at 3:12 PM

I'm sorry you have to go through this...I say why delay the inevitiable and just seperate them now.  That way you and hubby get some sleep and Suki won't smother any more, costing you any more money.  With the way she's going, it'll be all that work for nothing since they'll be all gone.


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