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Pets Corner

10 Dec 2015

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Southbank’s Paul Doyle says his two beloved pugs Jasper and Jewel are well renowned around town for their charm.

Paul informed Southbank Local News that the pair were of an extremely proud pedigree, with pugs having been originally been bred by the court of the Chinese emperor.

And while he admitted they were each guilty of the odd spot of flatulence, their charming qualities had turned him into a “pug man” for life.

“There’s a little bit of snorties and farties but otherwise they’re pretty charming,” he said. “I think once you’ve had pugs you can’t go back.”

“They’re a little ray of sunshine that brighten up the place. They’re bred to be charming and they always put a smile on everyone’s face.”

Paul said he and wife Jackie first adopted Jasper seven years ago after conducting some extensive research to find the perfect apartment pup.

It was an experiment that well and truly paid off, with Jasper’s sister Jewel joining the family only a few years later from the same breeder.

Paul said the pair was very well looked after, with their Southbank apartment having been repurposed to suit the needs of the pugs.

“We’ve put a pet door in our sliding door onto our balcony so they can come and go as they please,” he said.

“We also put a little thing called a pet loo on the balcony, which means they can go when they need to so they’re not hanging on until we get home to take them for a walk.”

Paul said the charismatic and sociable nature of the dogs had even helped to improve he and Jackie’s social networks, having recently joined a group called “Pugbourne,” which meets regularly at the off leash dog park on Park St.

He said he strongly recommended pugs for anyone living in an apartment.

“They’re fantastic. They really suit the city lifestyle, as they don’t need a lot of space to run around,” he said.

“It’s been a really good thing. It’s improved our social network and they give you something to look forward to when you get home.”

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