"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." - Roger Caras
Adoption Success Story
Clue, Aida & Boston
I had grown up always having dogs, but my wife hadn't. I never felt our home was complete, but my wife had some unfortunate interactions with dogs as a child, and was unsure about having them in our home. Having had Pugs before, I knew that their disposition would be perfect for someone who had reservations. Seattle Pug Rescue suggested that we start as a foster home to see how things worked out. I credit my wife for having the courage and trust to begin our journey. Although our home is now full, we still foster from time to time when the need arises.
Clue came to us barely weighing 14 pounds. He had a permanent spinal condition that prevented him from being able to articulate his hind legs. He adapted to his disability and was able to get around in the house, but going out for walks was only possible with his wheelchair. It was obvious that he was not only starved of food, but also of attention. Considering all the things that were stacked against him, he still had the warmest disposition when he arrived and was eager to just snuggle and watch TV. He was the comedian of the group, always tilting his head, or lifting his ears. He sang for his supper and was the champion at tug-of-war with the other Pugs. My wife commented one day that it was unfortunate that he was handicapped, to which I replied that apparently no one had told him that he had any limitations. It was truly something to watch him as he hobbled around the house keeping up with the others and playing hard. I never knew a dog that was so inspiring. Sadly, Clue passed away in December 2016.
Aida showed up without any history, as she was found abandoned. It was evident that she had been previously mistreated. She did not like to be held, nor would she come when called. Even petting her was difficult as she was very head shy at first. She did bond with Clue, which helped him immensely with his separation anxiety. It took a few months, but Aida finally began to trust us, and now she wants to cuddle and nap all the time. She never lets me out of her sight, and will get up from her nap if I leave the room just to follow me around. She loves to be held now, even by strangers. She attended this year's Pug Gala, and was anxious to greet everyone there. Aida has taken the role of leader of our grumble and does a good job of keeping the boys in line.
Boston was a stray that was taken in by another rescue and then transferred to Seattle Pug Rescue. It was apparent that he had been well cared for previously. He knew lots of commands, was house broken, and excellent in the car or on a leash. How he lost his previous home will always be a mystery. Soon after he came to us as a foster, he developed a serious medical condition that nearly claimed his life. Seattle Pug Rescue was able to provide him the necessary medical care that he needed, including major surgery. The veterinarians credited us with saving his life by identifying his illness and seeking help quickly. His condition would have been fatal in a few hours without proper care. Boston has recovered fully, and is a healthy Pug now. He has become our little Sergeant at Arms. He sounds revelry every morning by banging the bed to wake us up. He supervises meal time, and inspects everyone's bowls to make sure no food was left behind. He is the first to sound the alarm when someone is at the door, or when one of his people come home.
It would be fair to say that none of our Pugs were ideal when they first came to us. Each had their own problems to overcome. I never imagined us with a "grumble" of Pugs, it just happened that way, and my wife and I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed. For anyone considering adoption, my advice would be to have patience with your new Pug. All of ours turned out to be loving, but it took several weeks, and in some cases a few months for their true personalities to show, and for them to build trust of people again. Give them some time and a chance, and you will be rewarded tenfold.
Seattle Pug Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused pugs, giving each a second chance in a loving and caring forever home. SPR accepts pugs regardless of their age, temperament or medical condition. Pugs surrendered to SPR receive necessary medical and dental care; are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to placement; receive routine vaccinations; and receive behavioral care, if needed.
NOTE: Seattle Pug Rescue is not affiliated with WA State Pug Rescue.