PetGuide’s Exclusive Interview with Igor PugDog
Model, actor, philanthropist, heartthrob, and Pug! Igor PugDog does it all, and we got the chance to ask him some probing questions about his A-List life.
Igor Pugdog is a celeb-pooch with a heart of gold. Starring in film, TV, volunteering, and modelling for various designers, Igor is stealing hearts everywhere. We had the privilege of asking him a few questions about love, life, fame, and family.
Igor, we hear you’re a therapy dog with well over 1500 hours of experience, what other charitable and philanthropic interests do you have? Do you have any causes or organisations near and dear to your heart?
How did you get your start in the industry?
My parents lost their first pug Fester at the young age of two, after much searching I came along! Right away they knew I was special. With “star attitude” from the get go, they soon realized my potential. I always had a camera in my face. In 2010 I became the #1 obedience pug in Canada.
Can you tell us about your life so far?
I am a child/read tested St. John Ambulance therapy dog with well over 600 visits to my credit. I have visited Parkwood hospital for the last 8 yrs and have recently become the first official therapy dog at both University Hospital and Victoria hospital. I also do regular visits at Vanier Children’s Services and hospice.
As an actor and model, what have we seen you in?
I beat out 17 other pugs to win the role of playing Gordon Pinsent’s pug ” King Henry” in the soon-to-be award-winning short film Life Doesn’t Frighten Me.
This led to appearances at TIFF, Tribecca, the Stephen & Chris show and more. The short went on to win the CBC Short Film Faceoff which allowed Stephen Dunn to complete his feature film “Closet Monster.” This film is now rated one of the top ten films in Canada. I play Mary Walsh’s pug! Also the short film “Static,” which is screening right now at film festivals. In this film I play Eric Peterson’s dog. Static also stars Yannick Bisson which in turn led to my appearance on Murdoch Mysteries.
What has been your favorite role to date? Any funny stories from on set?
Do you have any upcoming projects you’re allowed to share with us, like your CBC short airing this fall?
What kind of pampering do you enjoy to prepare for a day of modelling?
As a model for Dressed by Finn, I always try to look my best. I’m a slim pug at 17 pounds, but sometimes I get treated to Tim Hortons! My favourite food is Timbits, my fans know this and continually mail me my own Tim Hortons cards.
How Canadian of you! Do you enjoy your modelling gigs?
I love dressing up, I have 67 dog collars and 20 bow ties (but that is Mom’s “problem”).
Are you a family pug?
I love my humans and tolerate my half sister Stella…she’s alright I guess. We are a family.
What kind of company do you keep?
I always have BIG dogs as best friends!
What is your favorite part about being a celebrity pug?
I will be 9 in September and my number one role is being a pet to my loving humans!
Even though I’m a “star”… I am also a pug who loves everyday life as long as it includes Timbits and riding on the Harley, it has been an incredible journey of fame, love and laughter.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us Igor, we can’t wait to keep updated on your wonderful career and life adventures!
You can watch Igor’s latest release, “Closet Monster”, which is in theaters now!