Q: Dear Critter Corner,
My dog Snort, a pug, always seems to be snorting and wheezing. Is it true that pugs have breathing problems because of their short snouts?
—Chester, age 9
A: Chester, while it is true that scientists used to believe the respiratory problems of pugs were a result of generations of selective breeding that led to abnormally short snouts, we now know pugs have trouble breathing because God doesn’t want them to live.