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Hants’ Faces Friday — Samara Millin


LOCKHARTVILLE, N.S. — Samara Millin lives in Lockhartville, works in Halifax and volunteers in Hantsport with HMCC, but lately she’s been extra busy taking care of a litter, er, grumble, of pugs after her dog had puppies.

Millin, a self-described pug addict, says she loves the animals for their playful nature and because they bring joy to her life.

“For a living, I’m in logistics, basically air freight, sea freight, imports and exports, domestic Canada and international. I came over to Canada in 2007 on a work permit and I got my citizenship a few years ago. I’m originally from Devon in England, the Southwest part. Devon is very similar to Nova Scotia, but Nova Scotia is like how Devon was several years ago when I was growing up — lots of people leave their doors open and things like that. It’s just a really nice place. People have been really friendly. I came over by myself and I decided that I’m going to go out and make some friends, and it was brilliant. The friends I made in that first month here I’m still really good friends with. I call them my Nova Scotia family.”

“My family wanted a dog and I was not happy to take on the extra responsibility at the time, so I said no at first, but they broke me down a bit, so I said OK, but we have to all agree on the dog. We went through several breeds, and I think you need to research the breed that’s right for you. We ended up going to the Buskers down in Halifax and we came across a pug and all of us went down and pet him and it was like ‘oh my goodness,’ and it was the first dog we all sort of agreed on right away.”

“We got our first pug, Archie, from Amherst… Currently we have eight, four are ours. I think I have an addiction. They’re just so lovable. Even though they sleep so much throughout the day, we thought it would be a good idea to get a second pug so they could hang out. We got Penny from Ontario, because it’s hard to get pugs in Nova Scotia. Once we got Penny, Archie adored her and vice versa, they were really sweet. Then we knew a lot of people here wanted pugs and our vet said that Archie was such a good boy, so we decided to breed them. We don’t believe in over-breeding, so we did one litter with them and kept one of the pups, Alfie, and the others went to people we’re still friends with.”

“They do say that pug people are very unique, but the dog is very unique as well. All dogs have their own personalities, but there’s just something about them. They just grab a hold of you. This is the second litter we’ve had. It’s hard work. You have severe lack of sleep, you’re caring for them all the time. They turn five weeks old on Friday and are fully walking around and are escape artists. We have things over and around our baby gate, but even then they manage to get around it. I didn’t know many people around here until I got Archie and got involved with the dog park, so I think he introduced me to a lot of people. My mom said it the best way — she said Archie started an epidemic because she came over here and met him, went back, and got herself a pug named Hudson. Then when she went out to visit me again, my brother looked after her pug, and when she went back, he went out and got one. There’s just something about them, they really grab a hold of you.”

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