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B.A. Blackwood is the author of the Siren Song trilogy, a trial lawyer, a marathon runner, and indentured servant to her two couch potato pugs, Waldo and Jonesy.

The Sure Way to Prevent Your Pug from Catching A Cold

Pugs in RaincoatsYeah, that’s me in the blue and white polka-dotted raincoat, right before I was shooed out the door into the rain to “do my business”.  After a couple of days of soggy weather, I caught the sniffles. I might have even had a slight cough. I’m positive I sneezed a couple of times.

Humans have had indoor plumbing of some sort for hundreds of years. Cats have litter boxes. Maybe that’s why they have nine lives – they can stay inside when it’s nasty outside.

Why is it we pugs are stuck in some Deliverance-style backwoods plumbing time warp?

I’m not saying we want to go to the bathroom indoors all the time. We like going outside when it’s  nice and not too cold. But have you ever tried to go to the restroom when it’s freezing cold and raindrops are beating dents into your head?

Just this morning I had to go out in the snow. When I lifted my leg to pee against a bush I felt like I was sticking my you-know-what into a bowl of ice. It’s pretty hard to get anything going, if you know what I mean.

I’d assumed that no one had invented indoor plumbing for dogs, and that peeing al fresco in horrid weather was just a fact of pug life. Just to make sure, I sneaked some time on my mom’s laptop.

Boy, was I wrong.

There’s the Wizdog Indoor Dog Potty , the Pup-Head Portable Indoor/Outdoor Potty,the Ugodog Indoor Dog Litter Box, a self-rinsing potty (really!) called the Porch Potty, and dozens more.

But the thing that really put me into a pug snit was when I found out that Bo, President Obama’s dog, has an official White House Dog Potty.


Bo is a Portuguese WATER dog! If even a water dog won’t go out in bad weather, then why are you guys dragging us sink-to-the-bottom-of-the-pool pugs out into monsoon conditions?

So, have a heart. Stop the pug cold epidemic. Buy a pug an indoor potty. Please.


  1. hi where can i purchase these brilliant raincoats for my 2 pugs kindest regards sue

    • B.A. Blackwood says:

      I purchased them in a novelty store in North Carolina; however, I found some online here:

      Hope your pugs like them! Beth Ann

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