As a kid, through my teen years and into adulthood, I always had a dog. For the past 15 years I have been without a dog. The main reason is because the larger dogs I owned just got too cumbersome to take care of. Been a cat man for many years (all my life, in fact). Love cats. However, cats just aren't loyal like dogs. Everything is on their own terms. They may love you, but it's not the unconditional kind of love that dogs offer. I kind of want a dog again. However, I have made up my mind it must be a small dog. If I am away for most of the day, I can easily put the animal in a very large cage with food and newspaper beneath it. I don't want a poodle. I don't want a little yapper. For some reason lately, I have had pug on my brain. Really, they look like the coolest little dogs anyone would want. They are ridiculously cute. They look like something that could easily be my best buddy in the whole wide world. Anyone here own (or have owned) a pug? I am currently looking at the local SPCA to see if they got any pugs in. I could go to a breeder and pay $1k for a dog, but I have been warned that sometimes these breeders are not a good thing and that dogs who have been interbred are sometimes healthier. That wisdom came from my Mother, so I am not so certain how reliable it is (as much as I love her). And you know what? I don't want to just hear from pug owners. I want to know, in general, what people think of pugs. Because so far a lot of people are saying, "Oh, I adore those dogs, but I wouldn't own one."