Thursday, October 9, 2003

No slugs, no bugs, just a whole lot of pugs

By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

It started out as a gathering of friends.

Friendly mugs and pugs schmoozed at the first Pugfest in 1999. More than 30 snub-nosed dogs and their obedient owners met at Hyde Park Square.

Area pugs left off the guest list felt snubbed and vowed to shove their abbreviated snouts in at future Pugfests. They really meant it - an unofficial count at last year's event wagged up more than 300 pugs and their human companions.

This year, the fifth annual Pugfest returns to Hyde Park Square from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. The theme is "No Snouts Allowed."

Pet psychics will be on hand to read and reveal the inner pug, and vendors will offer pug haute couture.

And don't miss the special appearance by the Tristate's celebrity puggle (half pug-half beagle).

Pugfest V is free, but donations will go to Ohio Pug Rescue.

Information: 871-1500; Web site.


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