Pugly: A Pug’s Life
From the makers of Catwalk: Tales from a Cat Show Circuit comes Pugly: A Pug’s Life. The ‘doggumentary’ tells the story of Gunner, a two-year-old pug in the care of Pugalug Pug Rescue, a Toronto network led by self-professed “crazy dog lady” Blanche Axton. As Axton prepares Gunner for adoption, we also meet a growing community of squishy-faced dog devotees with big personalities, following their stories of triumph, humour and heartbreak.
We’re introduced to magazine cover girl Miss Pickles the Pug; Helmut, star of Toronto’s monthly big-city Pug Grumble park meetup; Titus, a physically disabled and half-blind dog who will not give up chasing and barking at speeding trains; and Tawnie, the sassy bitch with the big vet bills.
Pugly investigates why, despite the head to tail health issues common in flat-nosed breeds, pugs are more popular than ever. And they’re full of surprises. Although they were bred to be loyal, loving lap dogs, not all are lazy couch potatoes. We encounter pugs acting in movies, riding motorcycles, running up the number of followers on their Instagram accounts and raising funds to help rescue more pugs.
Pugly: A Pug’s Life premieres on January 11, 2019 at 9pm on CBC.
Markham Street Films