Congratulations Team Wilma!
May 02, 2016
BENEFITING: PUG RESCUE OF NEW ENGLAND
We got our first pug, Grateful Doug, in 1996. Having had large breed dogs all of our adult life, we decided after months of pleading from our children, to bring an 8 week old pug pup into our home. Our last Bernese Mtn. Dog, Zephyr, had recently died at age 13. We were left with Maida, age 11, a mixed breed. Doug brought so much fun and laughter into our home. Although blind and deaf the last 2 years of his life, he was happy until dying quietly in his sleep at age 15. Our 3 RESCUE PUGS have interesting back stories. WALLY (7 in May) was brought into a local veterinary clinic in 2009 with his litter mates (6 weeks old). He was diagnosed with a congenital defect which would require an expensive surgery to repair. His owner and breeder decided he should be euthanized. They were given the option of surrendering him to the vet clinic. Thankfully, they chose this option. For the next 4 weeks he was loved and cared for, being carried around almost constantly by one of the vet techs. During this time he was allowed to grow and get stronger in preparation for his big surgery. At age 10 weeks, on a Monday, he had his surgery. The following Friday, just 4 days post op, he came home to us and never looked back. I named him Wallace after William Wallace in the movie Braveheart. He was such a brave little pup. Never a complaint or whimper. A typical happy, active pug pup. ODIE, now 5, was adopted on July 23, 2011. He came from Little Rock, Arkansas. After being confiscated during a drug raid, where he was apparently being used as barter, authorities turned him over to a local rescue organization in Little Rock. He was only 5 months old, had a hernia and an eye infection. His medical issues were addressed and he was made available for adoption. We feel very fortunate to have been chosen for his Forever Home. It was a perfect time to bring a pup into our home. Doug had died a couple months earlier so Wally was left with only his kitty friends to snuggle and play with. Wally and Odie are only about 1-1/2 years apart in age.. They bonded from day one and have been joined at the hip since. We think Odie probably spent his early months in several different homes and as a result is so adaptable. Never anxious. He is very athletic and like most southern boys, he loves his mama! Last, but not least, is our baby boy NIGEL (formerly Yoda). Nigel is our PRONE pug. I was unfamiliar with PRONE until an aquaintance told me about it. I checked the site and decided to apply. I knew 'Yoda' was a perfect match for us and would do well in our home. He was described as uber energetic and a bit bossy. We had 2 energetic pugs and knew they would welcome a little brother. We have plenty of space, a large fenced in back yard for our dogs to safely run and play, and I'm retired so have more time to spend with them. On September 27, 2014 we brought him home. Again, we feel fortunate and grateful to have been chosen as his Forever Home. He too, adjusted immediately. He is adorable, so smart and eager to please. Affectionate, energetic and full of mischief. Absolutely loves my husband. He goes to work with him every Thursday. This gives me a day when I don't have to be around as much. Nigel likes to "get busy" i.e. mischief when his people aren't around. We, as do many, think that Nigel has the cutest pug face we have seen. Deceptive look of innocence! We travel several times a year to the mountains of Western North Carolina. Our dogs are always with us. They are great travelers, sleeping most of the 900 mile trip in their large crate. (They have also stayed overnight in hotels with us). They are a big hit at the Rest Areas when we stop about every 3 hours for a pee and exercise break. Surprising how many people have never seen a black pug or even know they "come in that color". People have asked permission to take their picture on many occasions. They are just too cute! Once a pug owner, always a pug owner. We encourage donations of any amount and to any team. The funds raised all go to the same great cause, giving surrendered & abandoned pugs a chance at a better, if not great, life.