Marvin arrived at PugHearts on August 2, 2009 from the Montgomery County Humane Society. He was in pretty rough shape and it was thought that he was blind, he was also old. That combination usually equates to “permanent foster” because no one wants an old Pug that is almost blind.
However, Marvin wasn’t blind. He had seriously impaired vision but he could definitely see and see quite a lot. He didn’t have any issues with navigation and never even ran into the sliding glass door. His eyes were in pretty bad shape from the dry eye and we weren’t sure if he was going to be able to keep them or if they would just continue to deteriorate and eventually have to be removed. But the medicine he uses on a daily basis seems to keep the infections at bay and he blossomed. He has the best face and he is quite animated when he gets in his playful moods. Everyone that met Marvin fell totally under his spell.
Well, it’s now two years later (almost to the day) and Marvin is still a foster and the prospect that he will ever have his very own forever home with his own family to love him is almost nonexistent. He is now somewhere around 11 years old, he is almost totally blind now and his hearing has also declined. But he’s still one cool, old Dude! I can’t even begin to tell you how affectionate and loving he is.
And to be perfectly honest it makes me so sad that such a wonderful, sweet, loving soul like Marvin will never have the life that he deserves. I love him and I take care of him but I can’t give him, and all the fosters I have, the individual attention they need, none of the foster families can. That’s why we need forever families for every Pug that PugHearts takes in. We get cute, adorable Pugs in and everyone wants them and they’re gone almost as soon as their pictures hit the site but there are so many Senior Pugs that have so much love and affection to give someone, and no one wants them. These guys won’t live as long as the young ones and they will have end of life issues, but they are such awesome individuals.
And Marvin isn’t the only one that is old that has been with us for years. There are 15+ pugs on the website that have been in our care for more than two years. Each and every one of those mature adults needs a home and the love of their very own family! The benefits of an older pet are many, they are housetrained, they don’t chew your shoes, they don’t eat you out of house and home, they aren’t demanding, they love to just cuddle and be close to you, the list goes on and on.
Please take some time to search your heart and try to find a place for such a beautiful soul in your life. I can guarantee that if you are willing to share your life with one of our Senior Pugs you will never regret your decision. They give you so much more than you give them.
If you’re out at the Dog Show this weekend, stop by and meet Marvin and our other special Pugs and see what you’re missing.