Monday, February 22, 2010


This is one of those times when I confess to doing something weird, ask you all if it's normal, and hope to find I'm not the only one.

So... does anyone else here have, uh, issues with animals on the TV? Like, you attack any non-human being that comes on the screen? It totally drives my human nuts, but I just can't help it.

It started with dogs. I didn't like them coming i
nto my living room so I tried to scare them away by throwing myself at the TV. It worked, so I moved on to other things. Birds. Hippos. Horses. That creepy talking lizard on the Geico commercial. The Nasonex bee (I reeeeally hate the bee).

I love humans so I don't bark at them (except for the time I accidentally attacked John Malkovich's head). But any non-human better stay off my TV if it knows what's good for it.

Brother Dutch thinks I'm a complete freak and my human doesn't understand how a cartoon bee, hippo and dog can have anything in common (or why any of them warrant an attack). Am I a freak? Or is this just another one of those weird pug things??


Sabrina said...

Hi Puglet,

I got Animal Planet in hopes that Beulah and Barney would watch/attack the TV, but to no avail. They don't care if anyone comes into our livingroom (so much for security!). Beulah does, however, alert me if there is a phone ringing/pager beeping/doorbell ringing in the TV. I think she thinks I don't have ears (my nose is certainly useless compared to her's!). So anyone/anything is safe to enter our house but beware if they bring in something that rings!

BTW, John Malkovich is scarier then the cartoon bee, hippo, or dog combined so I don't blame you at all for attacking his head. Also, tell your mom that she took a great photo--it looks doctored its so amazing!


THE PUGLET said...

We could have saved you the trouble and given you our Animal Planet. We can't watch it at my house anymore because of my, uh, issue.

That evil pug on the TV is actually from an Animal Planet show called Dogs 101. My human was trying really hard to learn something about pugs from it but I kept getting in the way.

Ringing things and beepers? So much for my human's theory about big puggy eyes being to blame...

Two Pugs in a Pod said...

My little girl will whine and bark at any animal she sees on TV--even cartoon ones! I want to know how a little puggy girl who's never been to the zoo even knows what an elephant (or a zebra...or a skunk...etc.) is! How does she recognize them as animals?? She barks at cartoon dogs the same way, even if they don't make any kind of noise resembling a dog in any way. My little boy only barks if he hears dogs barking on TV...then he's a real tough guy. As usual...must be a pug thing, I guess.

Jenn said...

Ruby will bark at any animal figure on television including cartoon characters. If we leave animal planet on, she goes nuts!

Taryn said...

Hi Puglet!

It's definitely not just a pug thing. My younger Cardigan Corgi LOVES to watch TV, live animals and cartoon animals. He bounces up and down, barks, hops up on the sofa to try to get closer, looks at us, looks at the TV, looks at us, as if to say "Do you see that?"
I even blogged about it a few days ago:

And, the funny thing is, my older Cardi doesn't even notice the TV, even if you pick him up and hold him in front of it......

Gracie the Agility Pug said...

I totally do that. Real animals, cartoon animals, and certain noises (the Progressive dinging sets me right off) make me attack the TV. I've gotten so good at recognizing commercials with animals in them, that I start barking the minute the commercial starts.

It drives mom NUTS. But I heard her talking about how she thinks it's a "learned" behavior, because she gives me attention (talks/yells/calls me) when I bark at the TV.

Arnie the agility pug

Crabbie Chris said...

Morning Puglet, I don't bark at them unless they bark at me...then it's on! How dare they think they can just come into my living room and give me their attitude? I'm my mommie's personal body guard and this house is mine to protect. I'm ok with other things on the TV, liek animals and such. The one thing I really get worked up the sirens. Mommy and daddy love to watch COPS, and because I like to chanel my inner German Shep., I too must show how I would take down the bad guy. I even take the time to polish my badge. The "bad boys" dont' stand a chance. Keep up the good work Puglet, your living room is yours to defend.

pugsmom said...

Kizzy and me, we bark at all the animals that come into our living room, but they hide. We jump down off the couch and run behind the TV to catch them, but by the time we get there they are gone, hiding. We run back to the front of the TV and there they are, so we run real fast behind again and they are gone. I guess we just have to get faster.
The ringing thing drives us both nuts too. The commercial about Dairy Queen with the big lips and the $3.99 that sprouts bells and whistles will bring us up out of a sound nap to bark and alert our human.
Before Harley and Burt went to sleep they didn't care one bit about the animals or the bells and whistles. Go figure.
Phoebe in Oregon

Archie and Melissa said...

hi puglet!
oh emmitt does that too!
one time, we were watching 101 dalmations and ll the puppies ran diagonally across the screen in the scene and emmitt barked and ran outside through his doggie dorr to find them!
oh my!
we laughed so hard we were crying!
m & e

Dutch the Pug said...

It is rather cute to see you hurling yourself at the tv to protect your humans and of course brother Dutch! I have to say I don't participate in tv jumping, but I do often bark at ghosts in the house!

THE PUGLET said...

Cool. I feel better knowing I'm not the only one. My human made it seem like I'm some sort of puggy psychopath.

Personally, I don't care about dinging bells, sirens or noises in general. OH - except for that car commercial where humans use a squeaky toy to locate their dog (I freak out way before they find the dog).

I can't explain how so many different creatures (including cartoons and John Malkovich) can get me so worked up. Anyone have a theory??

3pugs2luv said...

As you can see you are not alone. I realize that the TV animals are of no consequence to us but try to explain that to Phoebe. She goes nuts when she sees any type of four legged animal, then she goes looking for them on the otherside of the TV. Yeah our human tried to put on animal planet, cartoons to keep us entertained but she found things in such disarray when she got back...that was not a good day; we (Yoda & I)tried to tell her that she was going to freak but she didn't listen. So now she puts on news TV, mostly cnn(less risk of an animal sneaking on) & we're entertained enough unless something with a doorbell sound then we go running for the front door & attempt to howl. I we all have our "things".
Luv, Zoey & Phoebe
Note from human: Avoid anything with Bill O'reilly-Ithink pugs hate him at least Phoebe does she goes into a rage. & to avoid any sounds to set my puggies off I sometime watch TV on mute with subtitles

Lola said...

I don't really bark- more like a throaty 'woo-woo', but I do it all the time. I woo-woo at the tv, the door, even the rottweiller that lives next door.
Woo-wooing is exhausting, though. I always have to take a nap afterwards.
You're looking very agile these days, Puglet!
Lafayette Lola
p.s.- we LOVE our flat-puglet... it came on Saturday. We'll have it off to the next destination on Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Zoe does this, too! I'm sure Peyton and Webster think their sister is nuts! Not only animals but she also goes crazy over those talking vegetable commericials ... she knows food doesn't talk! LOL

Can't wait to get out flat puglet. Hope we get to keep it for a while. The weather hasn't been the greatest here in Illinois ... don't want to take him (you) out and have it ruined by the weather!!!

pugsx4 said...

Out of the 5 pugs we have owned only 2 bark at the TV. Our first, Romeo, was the most vocal, we could never watch the Preakness with him around.
Love to you Puglet!

Sequoia & Petunia & Emma said...

Ahhh! I totally hate the nasonex bee too! Its on every morning and I attack every morning. How do I get rid of him! Down with the bee!


THE PUGLET said...

Talking vegetables?? Not sure how I feel about that. I might hate them too, but probably not as much as the stupid bee.

Sounds like most of us have The Issue. Even the corgis! I'm actually kinda glad it's not just a pug thing. Dutch keeps calling me pug-eyes because my big eyes see stuff he doesn't.

THE PUGLET said...

Lola ~

glad your FP made it there safely! My human is busy making another batch of them... this time WITHOUT the evil glue gun. Can't wait to see what your FP gets up to :)

THE PUGLET said...

To all FP hosts - don't worry about weather. FP is water (and pee) resistant.


SpencerBartholomew said...

I am usually a pretty calm guy but this past Saturday something strange happened ......a new pug came to the house and I have been barking ever since. The new pug is sitting on top of grandhuman's light table staring at me with these huge pug eyes...I overheard my mom call it a flat puglet and everyone has been oohing and aahing over him ever since. He looks like you Puglet...but you're not flat! Unless you lost your curl? Something is amiss...I will find out soon though because mom says we're taking this flat puglet on a destination. Can't wait to sniff his curl and find out who he is. I'll let you guys know!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo! Flat Puglet has arrived! I've never had mail before, I feel extrasuperspecial! :) FP is going to Kindergarten with my Mommy tomorrow! Pug Hugs, Las Vegas Lola

THE PUGLET said...

Hey Spencer B!

Sorry the flat me is making you bark. I barked at him in the beginning too, but then he kinda grew on me. He freaked Dutch out the whole time though, but maybe just because there were a whole bunch of them.

I promise he means no harm :)

THE PUGLET said...

Oooh, Lola ~

I've never been to kinder-whatever before. I'm soo glad the FP is getting to go so many cool places. I just know he's going to inspire lots of people to adopt recycled dogs.

Smushie Ranch said...

Hi Puglet,

This is Stella and Gunther's mom. They go completely INSANE when they see an animal on the T.V! And now they are teaching Betty their bad manners. Just what are you guys thinking, that the animals are going to come out of the t.v?


Buford T. Justice said...

WOW!!!!!! I thought my crazysisterpugs Bambi and Miss Lacy were the ONLY dogs to bark at the progressive insurance bell......Maybe they're not that crazy after all. As soon as that commercial starts the two of them RUN FULL BLAST at the TV and bark like CRAZY!!!!!! Momma is always trying to change the channel before they start but she never seems to make it.

(animal planet and funniest home videos are forbidden in our house do to pug malfunctions)

Buford T. Justice and the Pack O' Pugs

PS. Hey Arnie!!!!!! Bambi is an agility Pug too......she's running her first trial in March. Wish her luck.

Meeko Pug said...

Youre not weird Puglet. My sister Kiara barks every time she sees a horse on TV.