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Wow...3 years old.

Sunday, 21 February 2010 05:40 by cindyr

I have sat down to write this entry several times now. February 14th was our 3 year mark. That's right, PugHearts is 3 years old. It does not seem possible that we have been doing this for 3 years already.

I can still plainly remember the day that Richard and I met, so that I could see Alfie. It was a beautiful January day. Alfie looked so happy and loved. I wanted that for all of the pugs that wander looking for love and care. I starting thinking and asking questions. My husband would tell you that is a dangerous time. PugHearts was born on that day. We officially started on Valentine's Day 2007 (What a better start date for PugHearts, right?) and off we went.

On the date of our birthday, we have rescued a total of 516 pugs (with a few imposters in the mix).

We currently have 96 pugs in our care looking for new homes. That is the hard part. The numbers keep going up and the medical issues of those we are helping are getting more severe and costly. One of the things we are most proud of is that we will take any pug, regardless of their condition. I do not want to change that, but there are times it is hard. The money has to come to pay the bills, the adoption have to happen to allow space for the next needy pug. This is where the public and our wonderful volunteer group becomes so critical. There is always a need for transports from shelters to the vet, foster homes so that the pugs can heal, learn and become ready for their new lives, people to promote us and talk to their friends and families about rescue and why it is so important and above all else...there is a need for people to adopt and love our fosters for the rest of their lives. This is the ultimate goal.


Lexi is a senior that is looking for someone to love her and play with her for her golden years. Lexi came to us with a ruptured kidney that had to be removed. She acts like a young dog now.

Allie is blind and needs someone to help show her the way. She is a lover and a cuddler that will totally trust you once you form that bond with her.

Addison came to us VERY pregnant and delivered within the week. She is a sweet girl that craves love and attention from her people. She is being a good Mom, but will be very happy when it is time to be a pet.

Yoda is a diabetic that takes 4 units of insulin twice a day. He is a great guy and takes his medicine well.

Eric is a young male that came to us skinny and full of parasites. He is learning to be a good boy and is preparing to make a family very happy.

Why do I show you these pugs? Because I want you to understand that we rescue all ages and all sorts of medical needs. We have youngsters, seniors and everything in the middle. If you are looking for a great match for you and your family...we probably have it.

So please...spread the word, donate your time and/or money, foster a pug in need, or provide a forever home to a pug that is looking.

We are successful only when we work as a team. You are a part of that team.

PugHearts and our fosters need you.

Thank you.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2010 16:23 by ChrissieP

Hello all pug-lovers! We hope that everyone is having a great start to the New Year.
One topic we would like to discuss is....PUPPIES!! Yes - irresistible, adorable, snuggly little puppies. However, as cute as they are, we all know they take a certain level of work and dedication. Since a higher number of puppies tend to be purchased around the holiday season, we would like to take this time to remind everyone of the many needs of a new puppy.
First of all, there are many immunizations a new puppy will need. Don't forget to get them into your vet so they can get their shots and be protected from the various diseases out there. Also, please please please get your puppy spayed or neutered! This is usually done when they are about 6 months old. We also highly recommend getting your puppy microchipped. Even the most responsible dog owners can't always avoid accidents such as your puppy slipping out of his/her collar during a walk. With a microchip, his/her chances of getting returned home are much higher.
Second, a puppy is going to take a lot of time and patience. In the beginning, there are going to be a lot of behavioral hurdles such as chewing, housebreaking, and general puppy energy. We encourage everyone to stay patient and focused on providing your puppy the necessary training and discipline. There are a lot of great training programs out there, but it is also possible to do it at home. Just make sure to do your research!
And last, and this goes with out saying, love your puppy! At times you may get frustrated, but enjoy their youthfulness while it lasts. Before you know it, you will have a well-behaved companion who will dedicate their entire life to making you happy.

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'Tis the Season!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009 16:41 by ChrissieP

First off, from everyone at PugHearts, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Now, as it is the holiday season and we are fast approaching Christmas week with lots of traveling involved, unfortunately, our four-legged puggy friends seem to be abandoned at an even higher rate than normal. And here we are, to take these babies in and provide them a home when they are no longer wanted (through no fault of their own).

However, we can not continue our intake without the help of all our wonderful volunteers. And right now, we need you more than ever. There are many different ways to help. We REALLY need fosters and we REALLY need funds. As always, the medical bills continue to accumulate. As we bring in new pugs, not only do we have the medical bills, we have boarding bills that will continue until they can be placed in foster homes. As you can see, both foster homes and monetary donations are the key to our continued success. The last thing we ever want to do is to have to discontinue intake, but we are not far from this if we do not get some extra help this holiday season.

Even if you can not become a permanent foster home, please consider this for the holiday season. What better way to spread the holiday cheer than to provide a warm, loving home for one of our babies. If you would like to help, please use the contact form provided on our website.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 12:17 by ChrissieP

Hello everyone!

I wanted to take a minute to talk about our Pugs at Blanco's fundraiser this past Sunday. We are happy to report that it was a great success! We raised a significant amount of funds which will put Pughearts much closer to paying off the vet bills. This means that we can continue to accept, treat, and place the needy pugs in the Houston area. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and graciously donated to our cause.

We had a great cooking team in place who worked around the clock to cook 100 briskets starting Friday evening until the event started on Sunday. A big thank you goes out to the cooks as well as the Holy Cow Cookers cooking team who let us borrow their competition-sized smoker for the weekend. We would also like to send an extra special thanks to our party sponsors JR and Yvonne Parks with Caliber Controls.  This would not have been possible without them.

Part of what made the event so successful was our silent auction. With over 70 different items to bid on, we definitely owe a big thank you to the Sales/Auction Committee Chair, DD, for all of her hard work to get everything in place.

We also owe a huge thank you to our two Event Committee Chairs, Sarah and Brent. Working tirelessly to get every detail in place, the event went on without a hitch and we could not have done it without you guys.


Since this fundraiser was so successful, we are already working on booking Blanco’s for next fall. We are also working on ideas for a Spring fundraiser. Stay tuned! Any ideas and suggestions are welcome, just use the contact form at the top of this page.

Again, a huge thanks to everyone who attended!!!


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Tallulah Belle

Wednesday, 4 November 2009 13:43 by cindyr

Our fundraiser is coming up on Sunday. We are excited and hope to see all of you there.

I wanted to take a minute to introduce one of our newer fosters. She came to us in pretty bad shape. We gave her a fancy name to grow into.

Introducing Tallulah Belle


Tallulah was found in the middle of the road and taken to the local shelter. She was thin, scared and very itchy. Tallulah does not see very well.

She is now safe and sound at our vet. She currently has sarcoptic mange and is in isolation for now.

Tallulah is about 10. She will go to foster, when she is ready, and will be spoiled and treated as she deserves.

This is the reason we are here. The reason our vet bills are as high as they are. We DO NOT turn these types away. We want to make sure they are safe and well cared for. Tallulah will most likely live out her life with us as a permanent foster. The seniors are not adopted as often as the younger, often prettier, pugs. They do not want much. They just want to be loved and to love in return.

Please consider adopting a senior pug and making their final time as perfect as their lives should have been. If you are not ready to adopt, please consider donating.

See you all on Sunday.

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It's Coming

Friday, 30 October 2009 13:42 by cindyr

All of us at PugHearts are starting to get really excited. The big fundraiser is coming soon.

November the 8th PugHearts will be having a great party at Blanco's on West Alabama.
We will have delicious BBQ, a live band to keep things moving, silent auctions to satisfy your shopping needs and many, many pugs that need help and homes.

Please come out and join us as we eat, visit, have a lot of fun and raise some much needed funds for the pugs.


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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 12:16 by ChrissieP

We have been getting a lot of questions recently as to how our Fritz is doing. We are happy to report that he is recovering and doing wonderfully! If you aren't sure who I'm talking about, visit our home page and scroll down until you see his story. Here are some before and after pictures!

Fritz before:

Fritz after:

Doesn't that just put a smile on your face? This is the reason we do what we do. This is what all your generous donations go towards. Helping poor babies like Fritz have a second chance at a happy, healthy life. Thank you so much from everyone at PugHearts!


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Today my life was changed

Tuesday, 6 October 2009 00:49 by cindyr

Three years ago today, my heart was being ripped from my chest and I could barely breathe. Today is the 3 year anniversary that Alfie (then Charlie Brown) was adopted by Richard and Robbi. For those of you that know me well, you know this story. I want to tell the story for those of you that are new to PugHearts.

I have been thinking about Alfie so much lately. I miss him just as much today as I did the day we lost him. I was privledged to have been allowed to spend the last ferw months of his life with him. I almost missed it and that would have been a shame. He was perfect.

Charlie Brown came to me as a foster. He was about 10 and in very poor health. I was not sure he would survive to even be adopted out. He was very thin, scared, did not see well and had the worst breath ever. I thought he was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I was in love instantly. Charlie and I had the worst first night EVER. He screamed for 9 hours straight. It did not matter if I held hi or not...if he was crated or not...if he was on the bed or not...or even if he was with the other dogs or not. I sat with him and cried that he was so upset, scared and sad. I sat on the floor of the bathroom and cried with him. Charlie got his name because I kept telling him it was going to be a good life from here on out. Boy, I had no idea how right those words to him would be.

I recieved a call that he was to be adopted and the adoption coordinator was coming to pick him up. I told them NO. I wanted to know where he was going and to meet them. I was told no. We had many words regarding this and I refused to let them have Charlie. Finally, I was told that I could go meet the family and finalize the adoption, but I could not contact them again after that day. I agreed and told them they would have to be perfect fo me to leave him there. I am happy to say that they were perect for him. I walked out that door crying so hard that I could not see. All I could tell my husband was "just drive". I cried almost non-stop for a week. No one was allowed to say his name or ask about him. I just could not take it.

His family named him Alfie.

I am happy to say that Ricahard and Robbi had a webcam for the pugs. I became a cyber stalker of Alfie. I would log on and watch him laying there for hours. It really became a bit sick and twisted. I finally called them to ask how he was doing and see if I could just see him. I was not going to foster anymore, as it was too hard. Robbi was so generous and was happy to give me updates and offered to let me see him. I jumped at it. Richard met me in a park with Alfie. Alfie never toushed the ground that day. I was in heaven.



This meeting was in January of 2007. PugHearts was "born" on February 14, 2007 when we went live on the internet.

I was honored to have been allowed to spend the last few months of Alfie's life as a part of it. He was loved and adored by his family. They gave him everything that he needed. They made him whole, healthy and (most important) loved beyond words. Thank you both for loving him like he so deserved.


I am honored to be the director of PugHearts. I will always remember Alfie and hope he looks down on us and is pelased with his result.

PugHearts is his legacy. It was his love that grew to allow us to rescue 446 pugs to date.

Thanks Alfie. I love you, always!

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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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