First off, let me say congratulations to IGNEOUSIDOL for winning a copy of THE ACCIDENTAL COUGAR! I’ll contact you via email for your address.

And now for a silly post, because it’s dark and dreary today in Southern California, and my head feels like it’s filled with cotton and mothballs. Today I’m celebrating the PUG, because there’s a pug in The Accidental Cougar named Pez. For those of you who don’t know what a pug looks like, or even what a pug is (No, it’s not something to keep the water from draining out of your sink), it’s a dog with a face only a mother (or father) could love.


Pez belongs to my heroine’s boss, Eric, or vice versa. Eric likes to dress Pez up in silly T-shirts with various sayings on them, like Talk to the paw and Shed Happens—brush it off!

Since Pez is brought to the office every day, his scrunched-up little pug face reminds everyone to keep a sense of humor.


Why did I choose a pug to be in my novel? They’ve always fascinated and terrified me. In my neighborhood growing up, there was a tiny corner market called Dom’s, owned by an old Puerto Rican man, ironically named Dom. Dom brought his dog to the store every day. It was the ugliest/freakishly cute dog I had ever seen. Do you see where I’m going with this?

Yes, it was a pug—a pug who hated kids. This pug barked at me every time I stepped in that store, and would not stop barking at me until I left the store. Then he’d chase me down the street, eyes bulging out of its head, tongue wagging.


What kid wouldn’t be terrified of this coming at her?

That dog stuck in my head for the next thirty years, so when I chose a dog to be in my book, I knew it had to be a pug. (It sure as hell wasn’t going to be a diva Chihuahua like the dog I’m stuck with now for the next 22 years.)

Think about coming home every evening from work and being greeted by this face:


“How was your day? I missed you. You are God to me.”

Sure, there are other dogs more dignified, or handsome—a Lab or a Husky, for example. But to me, a pug is like having a child with a cowlick that can’t be tamed, or a lisp, or a learning disability—imperfectly perfect.


What’s your favorite dog?

All photos courtesy of funpic.hu

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cie
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 12:40:25

    Golden Retriever – old-fashioned I know, but they’re so soulful and intelligent; a real best friend. Otherwise, I like mutts with some retriever or Lab in them. Different strains strengthen the dog genes. Truly though, like the children one has, I feel there is a kind of destiny to what dog one has.


    • Tiffany N. York
      Dec 03, 2012 @ 19:03:46

      So what you’re saying is my destiny is to be surrounded by hyperactive, high-maintenance, anxious, unable to be left alone, potty-mouth beings? And yes, I’m referring to my dog AND my son.


  2. Menopausalmother
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 20:51:59

    I just HAD to come here when the title of your new blog post popped up on my blog roll! I am the proud owner of a pug named Brewski, ( I think I told you this before) and he looks identical to the one 2nd from the bottom in your post. My baby cocks his head like that every time i talk to him. He is only 2 –a rescue dog we got from a pug foster group. I have owned many dogs throughout my life and I can honestly say, the pug is my favorite. He has so much character and spunk. Very smart little boy, too but stubborn. He is not and probably never will be potty (pee-pee) trained despite numerous efforts by many people. He wears a doggy diaper, so I call him my “tough guy in a diaper.” It was love at first sight for me when I saw him–we are looking for a companion for him now through the same foster group. See what happens when I get on the subject of pugs???? I can’t shut up! LOVE THEM!!!!


    • Tiffany N. York
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 08:24:10

      I knew you would love anything involving pugs! My diva Chihuahua still goes in the house, too! Your little guy, excuse me, your TOUGH guy doesn’t try to chew off a diaper? If I put a diaper on the diva all the other dogs will make fun of her! And then she’ll take it out on me with some other passive-agressive behavior! You need to post a pic of him in a diaper on your blog!


      • Menopausalmother
        Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:24:08

        That’s a great idea!!! The diaper I use is actually a giant Kotex pad stuck inside a big silk adhesive wrap–that’s why it’s so funny to see this tough guy wearing one! A few times he has been able to get to the Kotex pad and pull it out to eat it. Never fails–the next day he’s pooping tampons!

      • Tiffany N. York
        Dec 10, 2012 @ 21:11:38

        Oh nooooo, poor guy! But thank you for that visual picture.

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