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A new focus…


I’ve really enjoyed the past few years of running Urban Pug. However, I think it’s time for a change of focus. You see, I’ve had a passion aside from pugs for some time now, and I think it’s about time to officially change the focus of this blog. Now, the blog will no longer be called “Urban Pug.” Rather, the new title is “Urban Spider.”

I just love spiders. I can’t get over how cute they are, once you get used to them. The picture here is of our new spider pet, Webster. He’s a new addition to the family, and I think over time, you’ll come to find him just as cute and lovable as you have found Gizmo, Gadget, and Oopsy.

As for Tricia and Martine, well, I’m working on getting them adjusted to Spiders.

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Gadget & Martine!


Sometimes, we take Martine in her stroller along with us when we walk the dogs, and sometimes, Gadget likes to ride back home in the back seat.

This is what it looks like when we get home. Gadget’s just poking his head out, as happy as can be, and Martine loves riding in the stroller, so she’s super happy too.

I can only imagine what people passing by in their cars think.


This next picture is of Gadget and Martine at (Martine’s) dinner time.

Martine and Gadget have sort of a “pact.” He lets her have her space in the house, so long as she provides him with extra treats. Here, he’s waiting for her to fulfill her end of the bargain and push some of her food off her highchair onto the floor.

Actually, the pugs are GREAT at cleanup. Any food she throws on the floor, and any food left over when she decides she’s finished eating, well, there’s a pug for that! It’s gotten so routine, that they just sit there and wait for the food to fall and for the tray to eventually be left on the floor for “cleaning.”

One of Gadget’s Favorite Chin Rests


I’m not sure why exactly he likes this place, but he certainly does. Gadget loves to put his chin in between the spokes of my rolling chair. I think it has something to do with the plastic floor cover – it’s a little bit cooler than just being on the carpet.

Oh, and sometimes, there will be two or three pugs, all fitting into the chair leg slots. How weird is that?

What places to your pugs like to go? Why do you think they like it so much?


Even though Gizmo does sometimes like to do the same thing that Gadget’s doing in the picture, he will usually try to be up high, on a chair or on the back of a sofa as opposed to being on the ground.

This is of him sitting on one of the chairs in the office.

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