Pugs’ Leeds party in the park is a howling good success

PUG UGLY?: The loveable minature dogs had a party thanks to Lesley Keeley. PIC: Tony Johnson
PUG UGLY?: The loveable minature dogs had a party thanks to Lesley Keeley. PIC: Tony Johnson
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A pack of pugs came together to celebrate a howling good pre-Halloween party.

They might have faces only the most doggie-devoted could love, but that didn’t stop around 100 of the wrinkly pooches turning up with their owners to Temple Newsam Park for the latest Leeds Pug Meet-Up.

Amongst the pugly highlights were dogs dressed as pumpkins, bumblebees, wizards and zombies. There was even a superhero pug in full Batman regalia.

The event was organised by pug-lover Lesley Keeley, 23, from Colton.

She organised the Halloween-themed pug party after her first meet-up earlier this year attracted more than 50 owners and 80 pugs from across the north of the country.

Lesley has three pugs of her own - three-year-old Lola, two-year-old Bruno and four-year-old Frazer who suffers from health problems and only has one eye.

Speaking of yesterday’s (Oct 21) event, Lesley said: “We had around 70 people, and about 100 pugs. Some of them were from Leeds, but others travelled from all over Yorkshire.”

“They are just so lovable,” she said of the dogs’ continuing allure to pet lovers. “A lot of people think they are lazy, but they are not. They have a whole lot of love to give. And they are like Velcro. They follow you everywhere.”

Pug dogs originated in China and were bred to be companion dogs. In ancient China, the wrinkly-faced pooches were known as lo-sze, and many believe they are the source breed for the English Bulldog, the modern Pekingese and King Charles spaniel.

Pugs were popularised in Western Europe as companions to ladies in Royal courts, especially by the House of Orange of the Netherlands and the House of Stuart of England, Ireland and Scotland.

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