Meet Big Hoss, Pug #23-13
Big Hoss is an 11 year old pug who was surrendered back to GMPR because his
family no longer had enough time for him. Big Hoss has limited vision, some arthritis, and weak hind
legs. In other words, he has many of the usual geriatric pug issues. He is overweight and we will work
on getting some pounds off of him which should help him get around much better. He is a sweet gentle
giant of a pug and loves nothing more than to sit with you and cuddle. Big Hoss is being fostered in
South Strafford, VT and his adoption fee is $150.
Big Hoss qualifies for our 70 for 70 program and we will also consider applications outside our standard placement area.
Emily is a 5 year old pug who was surrendered to GMPR as a result of Domestic Violence in her Family. She
required bladder surgery when we took her in because she was full of stones. During surgery, bladder cancer
was found. Emily's cancer is inoperable, but a fairly slow growing form. Emily will live out her life in
our hospice foster program where she will be loved and cared for until it is time for her to cross the
Rainbow Bridge. Emily so far is not exhibiting any signs of her cancer and is a happy spitfire of a pug.
Her foster home loves and adores her. Please consider sponsoring Emily to help with her monthly expenses.
Meet pug #75 Lucy - Lucy is a lovely, 9 year old pug who was surrendered in love. Lucy has some rear end
motor issues due to spinal problems. Lucy is incontinent and is gradually losing the use of her hind legs.
She will require a wheel chair in the near future. Lucy is being fostered by Kim Wilcox in our Hospice
Program. Lucy will be cared for and loved until there comes a time when she decides it is time to give up.
GMPR is committed to Lucy and will proved the best of care and all that she needs to live a happy, quality life.
Please consider becoming a Guardian Angel for Lucy to help sponsor her monthly expenses. She is an absolute sweetheart!
Meet pug #83 Panchito - Panchito is a 10 year neutered cuddly male that was originally rescued from a kill shelter in NYC.
He was adopted but did not get along with the other pug in the house. Panchito needs to be in a home
where he is the only dog and where he will receive lots of love. He wants to be with his owner all the
time and likes nothing better than to cuddle on the sofa in the evening. He rides well in the car,
loves to go for a walk and is just a very sweet boy. He does have a large scar on his head as he had
a tumor removed from the top of his head a couple of weeks ago. It is healing well and will be hardly
noticeable once the hair grows back. Panchito's adoption fee is $150 and he is fostered in Morrisville, VT
Please consider opening your heart and home to this sweet senior.
Meet pug # 134 year old Big Al has been surrendered in love. He is blind and deaf with weakening back legs that now
require the aid of a wheel chair. He is loving and seeks me out in the house. When he can't find me, he
sends out a puggy howl to come and find him. He is curious and has explored the house. He's learning how
to use his wheel chair and loving the mobility it gives him outside.
Big Al AKA Dozer was surrendered back to GMPR in September 2013 when his owner could not handle the senior issues that came
along with having a blind, deaf pug who had limited mobility. He was 13 years old with a heart of gold and lots of love and
spunk left in him. I became his foster momma and began to work with him right away.
First, I picked up a spare wheelchair from the Douglas Family since he needed some support for his back legs. His legs still
worked but he fell over easily so the added stability would help strength his weakened and atrophied back legs.
Next I trimmed his overgrown toenails. I also put down rubber backed scatter rugs along the linoleum to give him the ability
to steady himself and not have his feet fly out from underneath him.
And finally, Dozer was overweight so he went on a diet and began an exercise routine. Yep.. Big Al started doing water aerobics
two times a week and practiced in his wheel chair walking around the yard once a week and I gradually built him up to doing
daily walks around the yard or at PETCO etc once he built up strength. And where, oh where, did he do water aerobics? Right
in my bathtub! Fill up tub, put one pug in a dog life preserver... insert pug into water and give him time to tread water! It
was easy on his joints, didn't over exert him, helped him build up muscle tone!
So with those three steps, lots of loving and snuggles from myself and my children who attend my daycare. Big Al is the ball of
Puggy Fluff he is today. He happily seeks out the children for snuggles and pats, and enjoys his snoozes on his bed (or the beds
he steals from the pups who come for overnights), and enjoys waddling around the backyard now without the use of his wheel chair.
There are days he does need his wheelchair but for the most part he waddles free.
Big Al is a loving senior pug who makes me smile as he struts around rocking his puggy manpants! I use string and tie them to his
harness so he can't slide out of his belly band and waddle around the house commando! Outside he can be happy and carefree and
commando all he wants. It is a great tip for any senior pugs who scoot out of their belly bands.
Hugs and Love Always, Foster Momma Jleigh & Sister Pug, Jolie
Meet pug #84 Pugsley - a 12 yr old female saved from a kill shelter in NYC, she is super sweet,
loving and just needs a hope with lots of love to give her and TLC.
Update 9/9/12 - She's finished up her antibiotics and we tried taking her off Lasix but she
started coughing again and having less energy. Dr. Wyebrow thinks we may be dealing with a bit of a
heart problem so she's back on the Lasix but only 1/2 tablett each day. Her coughing is much less and
her energy seems to be coming back. Because she had such a rough time of it, Dr. Wyebrow wants her to
be cough free for a month before they put her under to do her dental. I've spoken with Sharon Griffin
and she's cool with it taking as long as it needs be. They are still extremely interested in adopting
her and it sounds like she would have a great home with them.
Update 12/2/12 - Pugsley had a bit of a set back when I started feeding the dogs a dehydrated food
with a chicken base. This really confirmed that she suffers from food allergies. Poor little girl started
rubbing her face on the rugs and scratching her ears like crazy. It's back to Taste of the Wild Wetlands
(duck) or High Prairie (Bison/venison) formulas for her. Those really agree with her system. Housetraining
was going really well until it got cold and we got some snow. Even with a fleece coat and booties she won't
stay outside and move around enough to do her business....she usually will stand on the deck looking pathetic
and will only move if you go outside and make her move. She still won't go potty tho. She'll wait until
she comes back in and finds a secluded place to do her business. I'm thinking that perhaps she was an apartment
dweller who didn't get taken outside in bad weather. :( She still has a cough that appears if she gets excited
or tries to overexert herself. The vet feels that this is something that will stay with her for the rest of
her life. All in all, she's a sweet girl who loves her human and her food but is a bit of a "hot house
flower" when it comes to Vermont winters. :)