Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pugs for a friend

My friend owns a pug (make pugs not war!). She really loves the creature: as a dog, not a person (OK, as a dog person). With all of it's peculiarities, dogginess. And a huge appetite. So huge that the owner suspects  the love for food might be above all other loves. But a pug is a pug. You must love it as a cat.
No one would think of a devoted cat. You must earn it's love. Or just accept it as it is-egoistic :-)

So, this post is for my friend pug lover. Friend-get well soon!

The following four images are taken in Victoria and Albert museum in London. After wrestling with the camera I've come to conclusion that the museum has some kind of camera proof glass. It was impossible to take a decent picture!
But I hope it's possible to recognize a distinctive snout of a pug.

The next image is a scan from a book "Fierce friends. Artists and animals, 1750-1900".

"According to the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, the word "pug" entered English literature at the end of the 16th century as a term of endearment applicable to a person. In the 17th century, it commonly described a courtesan, mistress, or harlot; a bargeman; or, in servants' jargon, a monkey or, seventy years later, a little, affectionate type of dog./.../"
The porcelain dogs (sweetmeat basket with pugs) in this picture are from c.1745. From Meissen Porcelain factory, designed by german designer Johann Joachim Kändler.

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