Pugs make mischievous pals
It’s lucky psychology student Emma Richardson’s two pugs are so cute, because they often create chaos
AS I arrived at psychology student, Emma Richardson’s house recently to take a photo of her in a green- waste bin for a news story for The Mercury, I was greeted by two pugs, Erica Fudge and Desi, both two years old. I was only wasting oxygen when I asked whether Emma would like to be in the BEST FRIENDS column.
Where did you get Erica Fudge and Desi from?
I always had my heart set on a pug and had already picked out the name, “Eric Fudge”, but Mum and Dad decided to get me a female pug pup so all I did was change her name to Erica. A couple of months ago my partner and I decided to get Desi to keep Erica company when we were at work. Desi was bred as a show dog but he wasn’t doing too well, the poor thing, so it was perfect for us because we wanted another pug but we didn’t want to raise a puppy.
How did Erica Fudge handle the introduction or intrusion of Desi’s arrival?
I think she was a bit put out at fi rst. Desi defi nitely made his presence felt right away but they’re the best of friends these days. Their daily routine together consists mainly of short bursts of manic fi ghting and then lying down to rest and then repeating the process. Erica is the smarter out of the two but she’s also the naughtiest, in almost every instance she is the instigator if they both behave badly and talks Desi into coming along for the ride.
Marty [ Emma’s partner] and I once took them down to Howrah Beach and generally they’re so well behaved there’s no problem letting them off their lead. However, I always have a pocketful of treats if I need to coerce them back. I had forgotten the treats that day and Erica decided to not come back and was heading onto the highway and Marty ran up to get her, and then Desi followed Marty and Erica. Luckily, Marty got them both and marched them back home.
What do you love about having Erica Fudge and Desi?
They’re more entertaining than television and a lot cuter.