WELCOME TO THE HUDSON VALLEY PUG MEETUP GROUP...We are primarily a social group that promotes the health, well being and of course, the love of our pugs. We welcome all owners of pugs and pug mixes and all you wanna be's out there. Although we try and get together about once a month in the "nice weather"...we are always here for questions, support or just plain pug fun through our message board and photo pages. If you have any questions or concerns, always feel free to post a message or contact me, Carol (organizer), or Jennifer (assistant organizer), via email. Love and fun is our main purpose but we also participate in many fundraising and awareness of Pug medical issues such as PDE and promote involvement in Rescue organizations. Check back often for updates, important news, scheduling events or just to say "hi".
Don't have a pug yet?...Well, you've come to the right place. Please feel free to come to our events or to post any questions on our message board. By visiting one of our meetups, you can see pugs of various shapes, colors, and ages to see if a pug is right for you. Pug people love to talk about our furkids so don't be afraid to ask us anything.
Where to find a pug?...Please, please, please don't buy your pug in a pet store or over the internet. We know it is hard to resist, but all of those poor dogs come from puppymills and unless you are going to a store that is sponsoring an "adoption day" from a rescue organization or SPCA...you are only insuring that the puppymillers stay in business. If your heart and stomach can take it, check out this site on puppymills...you will understand why we say this. Try and go to reputable breeders that will ask you as many questions as you will ask them. Most times you can see the parents of the puppy and see the conditions where the puppies were raised. If anything is wrong with your puppy or if you find the puppy is not for you, many breeders will let you bring the puppy back to them. They care about where their puppies go. Be careful of newpaper ads that when you inquire...they will meet you somewhere to drop off your pug. These are puppy brokers and are the middleman between the puppymill and you. They care nothing of the dog and usually sell you a puppy that is way too young to be taken from it's mother. Pups should be between 8-12 weeks old before being taken away from it's mother. One of the most rewarding places to find a pug is through a rescue organization. Pugs in rescue are not only those with health issues and former puppymill dogs but also are those that had to be surrendered due to unfortunate circumstances such as financial obstacles or death of an owner. Some people also give up their dogs simply because a baby is on the way. A rescue will rehabilitate a dog if needed, give them medical needs and get the dog ready for adoption. Many times they come to you already house broken and the foster parent can tell you everything about the dog's health and personality so you know exactly what you are getting into. Rescue pugs also have a way of giving you back the love you give to them, tenfold. Always consider Petfinder, Curly Tail Pug Rescue, Green Mountain Pug Rescue and other area Rescues before purchasing. If you need any suggestions, please contact us as we receive many emails from people with puppies and pugs needing homes. Also, don't forget to check local shelters. Good luck and let us know when you get your new family member...we'd love to meet them!
Our message boards...Besides giving you information on pug issues, here is the place where you can ask questions, fill us in on news or just keep in contact with all our members. We just ask that everyone is courtious and respectful of others when posting. We do not allow posting of puppies or dogs for sale. If you are a reputable breeder and have available puppies or have a pug that needs to be re-homed, please contact me, Carol (organizer) or Jennifer (assistant organizer) through this site and we can let those that are interested know. We DO allow posting of pugs that need homes through pug rescue organizations as we know that they do thorough checks on all potential adopting families. Also, POSTING MESSAGES FOR BREEDING MATES IS FORBIDDEN AND WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE BOARD. Please understand how we feel.
Why we charge a fee at events??...We charge a small fee per family at meetups to assist in the cost of maintaining this website. In addition, there are various costs for some of our meetups such as supplies, renting a pavilion, and other fees at times. This small fee helps us to keep our group going and growing strong.
"RULES AT MEETUPS AND IN THE PEN" (ok so pugs dont do so good sometimes at following the "rules" so we have to help them! )
*Only pugs and pug mixes are allowed in the pen. This is for the safety of our dogs. We have limited space in the pen and with all the dogs being in such close quarters, we feel that dogs of similar size and temperment will be more controllable. Of course, all you friendly canine brothers and sisters of varying breeds are welcome to our walks and fundraising multi breed gatherings such as Beacon Barks Day, Paws in the Park, Dog Walk for Cancer, Mickey's Mile and any others we will tell you about.
*Please do not leave your pug unattended in the pen. You are responsible for your pug. Although it is rare, some pugs might become aggressive or bothersome to other pugs, especially if males are not neutered. If this happens, you will be asked to give your pug a "time out" and be taken out of the pen for a bit. This is for the safety of your pug and others so please understand. The pen can be overwelming to some and you know your pug. They can return when you see they are more relaxed.
*Please dont feed pugs in the pug pen. We have no way of knowing if a pug has food aggression. Also, several pugs have food allergies and getting a well intended treat may result in an adverse effect. Treats are welcomed for the pugs, but please allow owners to use their own discretion in giving a treat outside of the pug pen.
* Please remember to clean up after your pug. We will always try and supply poop bags if you do not have any. We like to leave the area as we found it so we will always be welcome back.
*For your own pug's protection, please make sure they are up to date on all vaccinations. Especially for those little pug puppies out there. We suggest that pugs under the age of 4 months not be put in the pen as they usually have not had all their puppy shots. You are more than welcome to bring them to a meetup as we are sure there will be plenty of people ready and willing to give them love but we don't want them to get hurt or sick.
*Please do not put your female pug in the pen if she is in heat. No explaination is needed for this one.
*Please do not use meetups as a means of finding a breeding partner. This is a social group, not a dating service for pugs. Please do this on your own time, we hope you understand.
*Please do not pick up someone's pug without their permission. Some pugs love to be held, some don't. We would hate for a pug to squirm out of someone's arms and get hurt. You are more than welcome to sit on the ground or on a chair with them and have them come jumping on you for kisses.
*Well behaved children are welcomed in the pen. Make sure your children know the rules. Pugs and children go hand in hand and it is always heartwarming to see them together but make sure they know that chasing pugs is a no no...of course, pugs chasing kids is acceptable! Make sure your kids are careful not to poke the pugs eyes with toys and that they know the rule of not picking up the pugs.
*Most important...have a great time with the pugs, after all, that's why we are here!