Dog Days of Summer

Green Mountain Pug Rescue is participating in the Dog Days of Summer Challenge. We need your help to win this year. Here is how it works, go to

Simply pick a square with a paw print, make a donation of $10 or more and upload your absolute most awesome photo of your dog. It could be funny, cute, sweet or flat-out beautiful. Memes are great too! A summery theme might help, but it's definitely not required. You can also leave a message.

If you don't have a dog or just don't want to play, you can still help by making a donation.

Here is how the rest of the challenge works:

The Dog Days of Summer Challenge ends at midnight on August 11th.

Afterwards,we will pick our favorite of all the dog photos on this GivingGrid and send it on to All the other participating animal organizations will do the same. The folks at GivingGrid will pick their 10 favorites and send them off to 1-800-Pet-Meds, who will then pick the grand prize winner, runner-up and third place. All 10 finalists will win stuff! We'll send you an email if you're our pick!

Here's the fun part. The animal organizations that submitted the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning photos will win too! For us to qualify, we must have at least 25 squares taken and a minimum of $500 in total donations. Easy peasy right, but please help us make sure we get there! We want to win too!

Thank you for your support!

Cavalier Alliance

One of our previous GMPR board members, Lorraine, has been fostering this adorable cavalier for the Cavalier Alliance for quite some time and he is a sweet dog that will make someone very happy. If you know anyone interested in adopting this dog, please go to for more information on Tucker. If you are interested in adopting him, please go to to complete an adoption application. Please share this post. Thank you!

Rescued Pug Stories

On June 28 2016, our pug Dude turned 14 years old. We adopted him from GMPR in June 2010. He has brought so many smiles to my daughter and I. He was a great comfort to me when my daughter went away to college as the house seemed so empty. He is a true friend and companion. I have sent some pictures and although he has aged he continues to thrive. We love him to the moon and back!!! Thank you to the GMPR because without you my daughter and I would never have found this little man. - Heidi and Siobhan Sheehan

If you would like to send GMPR an update on a pug you adopted from us, please email GMPR's Website Manager, Amy Rothenberger at with your pictures and stories. We would love to hear from you.

Click here to view GMPRs Rescued Pugs that have also found forever homes.

In Loving Memory

Joseph (Joe) Napoleon Vezina passed away on July 19, 2016, at the University of Vermont Medical Center following a brief illness.

Joe leaves behind his loving wife of 34 years, Jackie Lambert-Vezina; three children - Cindy Vezina-Notaro, and her husband Steve; Lindsay Vezina, and his partner, Galandrial, and Rhona Vezina-Chase, and her husband Ken; his four stepchildren - Kelly Lambert; Tracy Simmons, and her husband Rich; Frank Lambert, and his wife Pam, and Jay Lambert and his wife Lori; his special sister, Barbara Plunkett; his grandchildren - Matt, Nick, Eric, Kevin, Ashley, Rebekkah, and Kayley; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews, and his beloved pug, Angel.

Joe was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Fitzgerald Vezina, as well as his brother and sisters, Henry, Pauline, Norma, and Norman.

Joe was born to a large family in Burlington, Vermont, on March 10, 1932, the son of Joseph N. Vezina, Sr., and Bertha Bessette Vezina. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, and a faithful member of the VFW for 66 years.

Joe loved to work and didn't retire until the age of 84. After leaving Bailey's Music Rooms (where he was known as "Mr. Church Street" and "Music Man"), he then worked at Tempo, Tools of the Trade, and he retired from IBM. He then worked part-time for Healthcare Direct.

Joe was an avid volunteer. He was a board member at Chittenden County Court Diversion for 33 years; Ronald McDonald House Charities for 32 years; Family Room at University of Vermont Medical Center for 15 years; COTS for many years with varied events; Green Mountain Pug Rescue for eight years, and Santa Night for 11 years.

Though he was a master griller and bartender, gourmet food to Joe was hot dogs and ice cream. During his final days, he was sustained by his favorite vegetable, Al's French Fries, with Creemees for dessert.

He was an avid collector of old meat grinders, brass candlesticks, and copper teakettles. He never saw a wristwatch he didn't love, and had a vast collection of shoes that still look brand new due to his great polishing skills.

He proudly drove around town in his white Mustang convertible, "The Pony," and had a Mustang tattooed on his arm. He was in his late 70's when he tried parasailing in the Caribbean, and 83 when he took his first zip line ride.

As a final act of generosity, Joe has donated his body to medical science.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Joe's life will be held on Saturday, July 23, at the Windjammer Inn and Conference Center in South Burlington in the Montreal Room at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following organizations: Ronald McDonald House Charities, COTS or Green Mountain Pug Rescue.

As Joe would say, "See you in the movies."


GMPR is currently looking for donations for a few of our pugs that have recently come to the rescue with patella issues that require surgery or positive for heartworm. Please consider donating to help these pugs. Thank you for your support.

If you make donations to GMPR via Paypal and would like a Charitable tax receipt for your records at the end of the year, please send an E-mail to Phil Douglas, Treasurer, with your name and mailing address and he will E-mail you a receipt for the sum of the donations made for the current fiscal year. Reminder : mark your donation in Paypal as a charitable gift.

Pug Social 2016

14th Annual Pug Social is going to be on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10am (Rain or Shine!) located at the Shelburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington, VT.

GMPR is currently looking for donations for our 14th Annual GMPR Pug Social on 09/17/2016.

Click here for more details

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Lost Dogs


Mary Reilly in West Topsham, VT notified GMPR that their fawn pug, Gordon, has gone missing when he escaped from the family's fenced in yard. He was last seen on Route 25 right off of 302. They believe someone may have picked him up. They have contacted all of the vet/rescue/animal control/town clerk offices in Washington and Orange counties. He is tan with a black "mask" and ears, with a little white on his front paws. His nose has a white "heart" on it! If you have any information, please contact us immediately.
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