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Does anyone let their pug stay outside during the summer when they are at work all day? I live in the Portland area.
Short answer: NO.
1) Heat is an issue for small breeds and doubly so for breads with short to non-existent snouts. When temps get above 85 degrees it is hard on them for extended periods of time.
2) Predators. There are the four and two legged variety. We have racoons, coyotes, and the occasional large raptor (hawks, eagles and ospreys) that will harm or kill your small breed pet. Then there are the human predators (stupid neighborhood kids that are bored, folks looking for animals to sell for testing or training fighting dogs, or someone that want's a free pet).
3) Poison. There are all sorts of poisonous plants (foxglove, rhododendrons, various mushrooms, etc.) that a pug can get into. Unless you police your yard and have pug proofed it, don't let them out without supervision. This doesn't even address some sicko that decides to through poisoned food into your yard (my mom lost a Border Collie this way).
My wife and I never let our pugs out without one of us there to watch over them.
If you need your pug to be safe and outside a kennel, then I would suggest looking into doggie daycare (we used Lexi Dog) for your pet. It will help socialize him or her and get them much needed exercise.
I hope this helps,
Pug Dad of Boris & Natasha