Welcome to my blog, Pugnacious P...tales of Payton the Pug! My parents say I was a miracle and the toughest creature they’ve ever met. Despite being diagnosed with Pug Dog Encephalitis (PDE), I lived a wonderful life. Read more in the "My PDE Story" page in the green banner just below. I hope you enjoy reading about my adventurous life! Love, Angel Payton
♫♪♫ Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming, Just keep swimming swimming swimming, What do we do? We swim swim swim! ♫♪♫
Inspired by Tallulah at Southern Fried Pugs, I started taking swimming lessons. Mom and dad think it will help strengthen my gimpy left legs (that have been impaired because of my PDE). I was worried that they wouldn't be able to teach this old dog some new tricks.
Gammy and Gampy were so nice to let me use their back patio. Ours is not big enough for a pool. We started off taking baby steps in a kiddie pool. As you can see, I could touch the bottom with no problem.
Gampy, put your iPhone down and save me!
At first, I wouldn't budge. Then mom got out the treats, and I was movin'! Check out this video.
Mom wanted me to say that I did eventually get that nugget of goodness and more after we were all done in the water, but as you all might guess, I don't think I got nearly enough treats as I deserved! Anyway, not bad for my first try, huh? My favorite part was getting toweled dry by Gampy.
Gampy and wet pug
After another go in this kiddie pool the next day, mom and dad decided to take this adventure to the next level. They said I was ready for real swimming. And we took over Gampy and Gammy's patio even more! Stay tuned...