Liven Up Your Bank Checks with Your Favorite Pug

By Alan Plastin

Do you own a Pug? Do you think Pugs are the best dogs in the world? Are you looking for a way to make your bank checks more interesting? Why don't you consider purchasing Pug personal bank checks then?

With its wrinkly, short muzzled face, curled tail, and soft snorting sounds, the Pug is a small dog whose name might be a form of the Old English word "pugg" which means "playful little devil." What it lacks in size, it makes up for in personality.

Pugs have a long history of being pets. Pugs were bred to sit on the laps of the Chinese sovereigns during the Shang Dynasty. Even Tibetan monks kept them as pets. Frequently they are referred to as "Lion Dogs" due to the fact that they resemble the Chinese guard lions.

Later, the Pug became the official dog of the House of Orange because a Pug saved the Prince of Orange's life in 1572 when it barked at an approaching assassin. Pugs were painted by Goya in Spain and in Italy were dressed in matching pantaloons and jackets and rode by the coachmen of the rich and important. Sometimes, they were used as guard dogs and other times they were employed by the military to track animals.

When Josephine Bonaparte was confined at Les Carmes prison, she had her Pug carry hidden messages to her family. Painter William Hogarth was also loyal to his Pugs and his self-portrait, now making its home at the Tate Gallery, includes him and his Pug, Trump. Even Queen Victoria herself had Pugs as pets.

Pugs tend to have glossy coats in either black, silver, fawn, or apricot. Pugs are very sociable and friendly dogs, despite their stern exterior and large under-bites. They are also intelligent dogs and rank #57 in Stanley Coren's "The Intelligence of Dogs." They are very affectionate with their human counterparts and require quite a bit of attention from their owners.

There are several types of Pug checks available. One series, for example, shows a photograph of an apricot Pug standing in a field of purple flowers. You can purchase matching accessories to correspond with these checks.

In addition, for something lighthearted, you can buy Gary Patterson Pug checks. This series shows a cartoon image of a Pug asking to be fed. These checks also come with matching accessories like address labels, contact cards, and a matching checkbook cover. These are available at an extra cost to you, but they are very inexpensive, costing less than $15 each.

On the the Pug Savers website, you can purchase checks that will profit the Pug Savers foundation. If you click on a link on their site, you will be taken to a page where you can locate several different types of Pug checks. By purchasing these, some of the profits from your order will then go to the organization itself.

A similar deal is offered by Pug Pros. Here, however, you can actually use your own photographic image of you and your Pug and have it printed right onto your checks.

Acclaimed wildlife artist Linda Picken also has Pug checks. These are beautiful checks that show the love and devotion that Pugs and their owners share for one another.

If you choose to purchase Pug checks then keep in mind that you can save up to 50% off when you order online. - 31382

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