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Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Monday, 28 September 2009 04:29 by ChrissieP

One of the great things about adopting through a rescue organization is the wide variety of pets you see come through. The options are endless which means we will almost always be able to find the perfect fit for your home. I’d like to show some examples of the different varieties of pugs we currently have up for adoption. Old, young, fawn, black, shy, energetic, loving, and even some pug imposters. We have it all!

First up is our newest rescue, Gucci. At the tender age of one, he is young, cute, and full of life! How can you resist this facejQuery15204793264433615507_1309813524848



Here is Yoda. A sweet 9 year old gentleman who is diabetic. He takes s4 units of insulin twice a day but is easy to give the shots to. He is dealing with cataracts due to the diabetes but is seeing the veterinary opthomologist and is doing well. Please consider adopting this sweet boy. I can say from personal experience that they only get better with age!



On a fairly regular basis we also bring in bonded pairs who we will only adopt together. For example, we currently have Joey & Suki. Joey is about 7 and Suki is about 8-9. We really think Suki is Joey's Mom. Joey is a Bug and thinks that the world revolves around fetch. Their love for each other is very evident in the way Joey looks after Suki. Speaking once again on personal experience, adopting a pair is extremely rewarding knowing that the two get a second chance at a good home together. The thought of bringing in two new dogs to your home may sound like twice the work, but it really is not. Whether you have one, or more than one, they still have to be fed, walked, and loved just the same. Added bonus - they keep each other company while you are gone!





We also have pugs come in with special needs. Take Izzy for example. This poor sweetheart suffers from hydrocephalus, which means water on the brain. Since coming to Pughearts, Izzy’s condition has stabilized and all she requires now is special monitoring. She can move around the house and find her person with no difficulty. Otherwise, Izzy is a young, adorable pup with much love to give! She loves to be touched and spoken to.



There are also our many senior puggies. We often find that people are reluctant to bring in a senior dog. One of the common misconceptions is that the dog will not love you as much as if you had had them from a younger age. However, I find it is actually the opposite. They seem to know that you are providing them a new pampered life and they will continue to reward you with love and gratitude. There are many other benefits to adopting a senior dog. They are almost always housetrained and generally well-behaved at this point in their life. Also, since they have mellowed out in their older age, they tend to be easier to train and also tend to settle into their new surroundings more quickly. Being more mellow also makes them the best couch potatoes and cuddlers! Here are some of our current senior cuties.







Last but not least are our current pug imposters! While we are a rescue organization dedicated to the pug breed, we occasionally come across a dog of another breed who we can not turn away. For example, take Gherkin and Vinny.




As we are a rescue organization, and our dogs come in after being surrendered by their owner or found on the street, we generally don’t see many puppies. In my opinion, and I’m sure most of our adopters would agree, adopting an adult dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Just look at all the choices!

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Friday, 25 September 2009 09:46 by cindyr

UPDATE (09/28/09):   Lexi is going home to her foster home today. Her white cell count is down and she is feeling great.

I wanted to take a minute and introduce you all to Lexi. Lexi is a 10 year old female that came to us last week.

Lexi was obviously not feeling well. We were told that she had been having accidents in the house. We had Dr Hendrix do an exam and we found that Lexi had bladder stones. These stones are caused by a high pH in the urine that crystallizes byproducts of the food. Lexi had a large stone. While Lexi was under anesthesia, Dr Hendrix decided to do the spay also. That is a really good thing. The decision saved Lexi's life.

Lexi had a VERY infected kidney. The kidney had become so infected that it was adhered to the abdominal wall and the uterus. Dr Hendrix spent a lot of time and showed his skills. He managed to remove the kidney and complete the spay. We were not sure if Lexi would make it through the night.

This photo is of Lexi a few hours after surgery. You can imagine that she was very sore.

I am happy to report that Lexi was standing in her crate and wagging her tail when the staff come in the next morning.

We are all very hopeful that she will do well.

Today Lexi has a very elevate white blood cell count. This is not unexpected, as the kidney was so infected.

She is on antibiotics and receiving excellent care at Sugarland Pet Hospital. She is a real lover and a happy girl.

We are all rooting for her complete recovery.


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New Blogger

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15:19 by ChrissieP

Hello pug enthusiasts!

My name is Chrissie and I am going to be a new blogger on this site. Since I'm new to this, ideas and suggestions are very much encouraged! Just use the contact form provided on this blog.

I'd like to start off by giving a little bit of my background in the pug world. It all started about 12 years ago. I'd been begging my parents for, oh, 5 years to get a dog. Long story short, we came home with a pug from the SPCA who we named Holly, since we adopted her in December. We had no background with the breed and weren't sure what we had gotten ourselves into with all the snorting! But we all quickly fell in love with her. This is her in one of her favorite lazy-pug positions.



Fast forward ten years and I found myself dogless again. And I knew the only breed for me was pug pug pug. I'm a working woman without the time (or patience) for a puppy, so I knew I wanted to adopt an adult dog. A quick internet search brought me to Pughearts and my application was probably submitted within the hour :) And this led me to Lou and Andy. Two very sweet gentlemen that I fell in love with immediately. They are the best cuddlers and I just knew how appreciative they were to be in their Forever Home. Aren't they the cutest??

Lou (left) and Andy


For my birthday this past year, my husband and I decided to give fostering a try. This is when we brought home our first foster, Rex! One crazy little dude who I can't imagine anyone wanting to give up! Young, healthy, and full of love. He came to our home on a Thursday, my parents came to visit the next day, and by Sunday they wanted to adopt him. That really had been my plan all along, but don't tell them :)

Rex (now my puggy sibling)


The same day my parents took Rex home, we brought in our next foster, Flip. This guy came into Pughearts having been hit by a car (thus his name, he he) but was completely healed by the time he came into our lives. I wasn't sure about him at first. He didn't have the typical pug quality of being completely attached to humans, seeming to care more about food and getting into mischief. Unfortunately, a couple weeks later, our poor Lou Lou passed away. A very hard loss. Within the next week, the decision was made to adopt Flip as he and Andy were already bonding and he had already made a smooth transition into our home. It didn't take long for Flip to show his affectionate side and he is now attached to my hip at all times. He makes the funniest noises when he plays and loves to give you an arm or leg bath as you watch TV, if you let him.

Our Flip-Flop


After giving myself a couple months to grieve over losing Lou, we decided to take in a new foster. Next up was Cooper! Mr. Super-Duper-Cooper-Trooper. He didn't last long. We took him to the Reliant Dog Show the week we brought him in, and someone fell in love with him right there. He went to his new home a couple days later. I hear he is doing wonderful and is very loved!

Cooper at the Reliant Dog Show


After that came Samantha! What a sweet girl with a cute little under bite! We are still fostering her and she is currently going through heartworm treatment. Here she is!



I think it goes without saying that I am completely in love with and devoted to this breed. I am also very happy to have become involved with such a great organization. Pughearts is run by truly devoted pug lovers and Dr. Hendrix, who works with all the rescues, is absolutely wonderful!

Going forward with this blog, I would love to post other adoption and foster stories, so please contact me if you have any, using the contact form provided on this blog.

Also, our next big fundraiser is happening on Sunday, November 8th at Blanco's. There will be a live band, barbeque, raffles, a silent auction, and of course PUGS!!!! Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the event.

Until next time,

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