In Tribute

This tribute page is to all of you, may you find peace at Rainbow Bridge. May loving hands and lots of treats and toys await every one of you as you enter. Please send any entries to Amy Rothenberger, GMPR Website Manager at pugmama7@yahoo.com

On March 26, 2017, Henry, crossed the rainbow bridge when he lost his battle to cancer. He was 11 years old. He was adopted by Paul and Marsha Hoffman back in May 2011. He was very much loved by his forever family and will be greatly missed.

Fly free Henry!

On January 21, 2017, Guardian Angel Pug, Molly, Pug #018-16, passed away.

Molly came to GMPR from a shelter in NY. She was found as a stray and has been in the shelter since September 2015. The shelter rehabilitated her medically and tried to find a home for her. Molly was a senior gal, approximately 10-12 years old. Because of her age, she had been overlooked time and time again. She had developed a tumor on her foot that required surgery that they couldn't afford. GMPR paid for the removal of the tumor and had it tested for cancer. Molly was diagnosed with Mast Cell Cancer. She was moved into hospice care due to her diagnosis.

Molly was given 4 months to live but thanks to her foster, he was able to give her an additional 4 months on top of that. If you attended last year's pug social, you would have seen her there with her foster family.

Run free Molly. Thank you Steve Ritchie for all that you did for her.

On Sept. 13th 2008 we adopted our beautiful baby girl Isabella from GMPR. Everyday that we had with her was a wonderful and loving day. Isabella passed away on December 29 2016 and has left a big hole in our hearts.

- Henry & Marlene Pinto

I am writing with some very sad news that we lost our Monty on December 31, 2016. We adopted him from GMPR 5 years ago.

He really was the best and MOST SPECIAL dog ever. He taught us a lot about resilience and perseverance. When we got Monty he had significant issues with his back legs and rear end. As the degeneration process went on over the years we got him a cart and he did well with that. He became ill on Friday and uncomfortable yesterday. The vet explained that the degeneration was not allowing him to empty his bladder which was full and was pressing on his back discs. He fought until the end. He will be very sadly missed and our hearts are broken.

We appreciate you bringing him into our lives and all that you do for all the pugs at the rescue!

Take Care!
Bridgette and Chris Havens

It is with great sadness we share that Scrappy crossed over the rainbow bridge on October 25. The doctor called to say that he had an episode this morning and passed away . Scrappy came to us from the NYC ACC where he was dumped with untreated diabetes and had developed a respiratory illness. He was never able to shake the pneumonia completely and his blood work numbers were never completely restored to where they should be. He was good on some days and not so good on others. We pulled out all of the stops and invested over $2000 for Scrappy's care. He received a lot of TLC and was loved during his last days. RIP Scrappy.

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."

On July 5, 2016, one of our guardian angel pugs, Spunky (on the left), crossed the rainbow bridge. Spunky was surrendered along with Bubbalouie when their owner passed away. Spunky had limited vision but could navigate well and was a happy pug. Spunky loved going on walks with Bubbalouie and cuddle with his foster. Thank you Carol Ballou for seeing him through his golden year with his pug brother.

On June 11, 2016, one of our guardian angel pugs, Laydi, crossed the rainbow bridge while in her foster moms arms. Laydi was an 8 year old female pug who was diabetic and showing some neurological issues. Her owner was unable to provide the care that Laydi needed and decided to surrender her to GMPR. She also needed to have her bladder expressed several times a day. Through it all, Laydi was a sassy gal, and everything that a little lady "Diva" pug should have been! Thank you Valerie Ainsworth for seeing her through her golden years and making them happy!

On May 29, 2016, Mickey crossed the rainbow bridge. Mickey came to GMPR back in 2011 as part of a massive effort to save numerous pugs from a Missouri puppy mill. He was adopted by Jodie Lanning of West Chazy, NY in March 2011. He was very loved by Jodie and will be greatly missed.

In March 2009 I got an email asking if I could foster a female puppymill survivor. Never did I expect that within three months she would have wormed her way so deep into my heart that I couldn't bear to lose her and the adoption papers were signed,. It seemed very appropriate that her name was Heart.

Fast forward just one month and a rush trip to the closest emergency vet - 3 hours away in Massachusetts - and she was diagnosed with SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome) and became totally blind. That didn't slow her down a bit. She may have bumped into things a bit more than usual but it didn't seem to bother her. They use the term pugnacious for Pugs and it fit her. Didn't matter that she couldn't see... she was always ready to "rumble" if someone got pushy and she gave as good as she got. But time took its toll and over the years the poor breeding practices of the puppymill showed more and more.

Her non existant hip joints caused more and more pain necessitating being on painkillers but she found that she enjoyed sitting in my lap as much as she used to enjoy running around. Then my poor little girl developed breathing issues and liver disease as well and on April 7 we let her pass quietly over the Rainbow Bridge where she joined her adopted Pug, Peke and Terrier brothers and sisters. The house is empty and quiet but I know she's enjoying herself, running around in the sun and seeing the flowers that were kept from her for so many years. 7 Years wasn't anywhere near long enough to have her in our lives. Rest in Peace, dear Heart. - Carol Bushway

On May 3, 2016, Lady Bug crossed the rainbow bridge. She was found as a stray in upstate NY wandering around with another pug, Fergus. Both dogs dumped on a rural road. Fergus was blind and she was his guide. Both in terrible shape but tough cookies. When she first arrived at GMPR she had a baseball sized tumor. She was diagnosed with mast cell cancer and we had it removed. The vet gave her a clean bill of health. Heather Smith fostered her initially and fell in love with her sweet personality. She was originally adopted on December 16, 2015, and then returned because they didn't think she was a good fit. She was then fostered by Larisa Demos. On February 21, 2016, she found her forever family with Beth Corliss of Middlesex, VT.

Lady Bug's cancer had returned recently and spread to her lungs. GMPR is saddened that Lady Bug didn't get a longer time to enjoy the good life with her family. She was very much loved by her GMPR Foster Moms and her adoptive family.

On April 18, 2016, Molly (fawn pug), crossed the rainbow bridge at the age of 16. Molly was adopted by Leslie and David Gibbs in 2009 along with her companion, Joey (black pug). Leslie and David became GMPR alumni when they adopted Eddie around 2003/2004 and they provided him a happy home to live out his golden years. When he passed away they adopted Molly and Joey.

Molly fought hard in the end and was able to say goodbye to her family including Joey before crossing the rainbow bridge. She is greatly missed by her family.

On April 14, 2016, Chris, crossed the rainbow bridge. Chris was one of our hospice pugs that was rescued with a combined effort of GMPR and Pug Rescue of New England when we saved him and several other elderly pugs from a breeder in Long Island, NY. Nancy Zajesky lovingly cared for him since his arrival to GMPR on November 5, 2014. He was in really rough shape when he arrived and he came along well with Nancy's TLC. Nancy fed him a hypo-allergenic cooked diet and treated him with holistic remedies in addition to western medicine. GMPR thanks Nancy for all she has done for Chris and giving him a happy, loving home to live out his golden years.

On April 3, 2016 Asia crossed the rainbow bridge to join all her animal friends. Asia was adopted along with Kimora back in December 2015 by Dennis Eldridge of Rutland, VT. Asia and Kimora were a bonded pair that found their retirement home with Dennis.

Asia fought a good fight and never lost her spirit. She provided her owner with many gifts of faith and perserverance. It was a grateful journey.

On March 10, 2016 Miss Pugsley crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. She fought the good fight, but what we thought was an upper respiratory infection, (she had developed a cough - sounded like whooping cough)didn't respond to the various medications prescribed. X-rays taken showed what could be a tumor on/near her lungs. She was having trouble breathing and you could see she was extremely uncomfortable. The vet felt she was heading for congestive heart failure. It was time and she went gently over the bridge, cuddled in my arms while I hummed a Strauss waltz (she loved to be held while I waltzed around the living room. She had great taste in music!) Hospice Foster Mom, Carol Bushway


On January 23, 2016, Bug, aka Baxter pug 125-12, earned his wings. Following is a tribute from his family.

My beautiful, courageous, funny and sometimes frustrating little man earned his wings today. It also marked three years and one month that we had the pleasure of him being part of our family. Bug taught me many things in those three years. Be in the moment- Life is not to be rushed and always take advantage of those "beams".

Persistence - Always keep trying. If you ever saw Bug eat you know that with no teeth and a floppy lower jaw, getting food in his mouth was no small undertaking. For that matter, just getting up a few flights of stairs required a concentrated effort.

Humility - Bug, as a puppy mill survivor, never quite mastered the art of asking to go do his business outside and I actually think, truth be told, that he didn't really care to go out at all. Wearing a diaper was a trademark for him and he carried it off well.

Trust strangers - Bug came to me through a wonderful lady Lorraine, his foster Mom after his first adoption did not work. First he trusted her and then me.

Embrace your uniqueness - Bug never knew he was different. He hung with the big dogs and when being a big dog didn't suit him, he did his own thing.

Humor people - Bug never minded providing a few laughs, even at his expense.

Show off your good side. Handsome is all on the inside.

Puppies are fun - And sleeping on them is really nice.

Dads are fun - And sleeping on them is really nice.

Never take family for granted - and last of all "Speak for those who have no voice."

We will miss our "Little Man" "Mugga Wugga"..... Sweet dreams and I wish for you your teeth back and lots of meaty bones to chew on over the bridge. We'll be together again. -- All the best to everyone at GMPR!!!! Amanda


Odie, pug 88-13, crossed the Rainbow bridge January 22, 2016. I adopted Odie from Green Mountain Pug Rescue in November 2013. My sons had adopted 2 previous pugs from GMPR and they had passed. We adore pugs, and as soon as I saw Odie on the site, I knew I needed to give him a forever home. I soon realized that Odie brought out the best in everyone who got to spend time with him. I work for an ambulance service. Odie did not like being home alone, so he soon became a daily part of our ambulance organization. He loved going to "work". He was the friendly face that kept us all happy through the stress of our days. Everyone enjoyed having him around, and would ask why he was "out" when he didn't come in. He came in costume on holidays and special occasions. Meetings were unpredictable, as we never knew when he would just "let one loose" and stink up the entire office. Since he was a senior pug, we joked with him about being a little old man. Odie was a great companion. I was told he had lost an eye in a car accident. He never seemed to let it slow him down. About 6 months ago he lost sight in the other eye. He got around at home and in our ambulance building by memory. If the Fed Ex delivery person left boxes in the wrong place, he would walk right into them, but recover quickly and find a different route. I am forever grateful for GMPR for choosing me to give him his forever home. The last 2 years with him were very fulfilling and joyful for me. The work you do for these amazing dogs is fantastic. My heart hurts tonight as I write this. When the time is right, and I feel like my heart is ready to grow again, I will look to GMPR to help me heal with a new opportunity to give a pug a new forever home. Thank you for all you do. Lisa Northup, Cornwall Vermont.

Sweet Daisy, pug 43-10, passed away much too young from an aggressive cancer just before Christmas 2015. She came to GMPR as a perfect 2 year old and has loved life with her adoptive mother Jeanie Saari. This photo is of Daisy running to her mom at our Pug Social.

We had to say Goodbye to our sweet, loving Penny aka (Gurda) on 12/19/2015. Penny came to our family in 2010 as one of the Missouri 20 . She and our older pug (Petie) who passed last year , were best of friends from the start. Penny was a puppy mill dog that had at least 2 litters and has spent the majority of her early life in a crate in Missouri. When Penny came to us as a 2 1/2 year old she was not housebroken , could not maneuver stairs or had the slightest idea what a toy was. She learned quickly that being a pug meant you were to be loved and pampered. She loved when my 19 year old son would have friends over and always had to be in the middle of everything. They miss her as much as we do. We were lucky to have her in our life for 5 years. My wife often says Penny rescued us.

Teddy, one of our Hospice pugs, passed on Christmas Eve 2015.

Teddy, pug 82-14 was an elderly male pug who was rescued along with 9 other pugs released from a breeder in Long Island, NY.

GMPR worked closely with Pug Rescue of New England to rescue 10 senior pugs in desperate need of medical care.

Teddy was a very sweet boy who gave lots of kisses and wiggles in delight at just the wee bit of kindness. Teddy had 13 months of TLC with his loving foster mom, Valerie Ainsworth.

Dear Judy, we made the very difficult decision to say goodbye to our dear Princess. We had a terrible scare about a month ago in Lake Placid when Princess almost died from an allergic reaction in the middle of the night. She had many vet visits after that trip to the emergency vet and we discovered that the reaction was probably caused by a new mast cell tumor releasing histamines. During all of the testing that we did, we also discovered that she had COPD, an adrenal tumor, a distended trachea, and Cushing’s. We were hoping that we would be able to heal her so that we could discuss surgery for the mast cell tumor. However, her symptoms continued to get worse and it was clear that her old, little body couldn’t handle this any longer.

We took her out for a nice walk (in her stroller) today, went for a car ride, and made an omelette for her for lunch. Her vet came to our house this afternoon to put her to sleep. I’m relieved that she was able to go peacefully in her home with her family by her side. We had nearly 6 wonderful years with Princess. I remember we were looking to adopt a younger pug, but you convinced us to go and visit Lil and meet Princess. I want to thank you for bringing Princess into our lives. She was the sweetest pug we’ve ever known. She gave us so much joy and happiness over the years, and we’re pleased that we were able to provide her with a caring home. This was one of the most difficult things we have had to do, even knowing that this was best for her. Thank you again for our sweet little Princess. Kabel

GMPR is sad to report that one of their Guardian Angel pugs, Fiona, passed away in mid-2015 from bladder cancer. She was an adorable 10 year old pug that was surrended to GMPR due to her owner not being able to spend the time needed to take care of her. She was small and very lady-like. She had a bit of a diva attitude but she was very much loved by her foster family.

I’m deeply saddened to inform Green Mountain Pug rescue of the passing of our Maggie Mae which we adopted back on 11/22/2014. We are heartbroken, she was playing one minute & the next she was convulsing, foaming at the mouth and eventually went limp. My husband & I rushed her to the closest veterinarian hospital, they got her stabilized with a breathing tube and started to run test. We found out that she had an enlarged heart & collapsed trachea, we were given the advice of surgery to insert a tube into her trachea but they had to get her condition better before any surgery could be done & we were looking into Tuft Veterinary Hospital to have this procedure but after three days of seizures Maggie Mae was too weak & not responding to the medicine and oxygen anymore and the doctor said she would probably not make it another night so my husband & I made the hard decision to let her go. Maggie Mae was so full of life, always playing having fun, our cuddle bug that always had lots of kisses for us, and we know in our hearts that even though her time with us was short, she was LOVED (always will be) more than she probably had in her lifetime and will be missed terribly. 8-(
Regards
Susan & Brad Brooks

This little guy is Fez. He came in as part of a group of 5 very sick dogs from a breeder in New York. Fez was fostered and loved by Carol Ballou. It's possible the only time in his life he was loved and cared for was when he was in Carol's expert and gentle care. Thank you Carol for giving Fez a dignified end to his life. RIP Fez.

It's with a heavy heart that I'm emailing to tell you we had to take Hoss to SAVES late Saturday night to have him euthanized. I had already scheduled an appointment for tomorrow (Tuesday) to have it done at Country Animal Hospital but he had a severe downturn late Saturday afternoon. He stopped urinating completely and I was unable to express any except a few drops. I even put him in a tub of warm water and massaged him hoping that it would let the muscles relax. It was almost as if the signal from his brain to "let go" wasn't reaching his bladder. He got very fidgety and uncomfortable and his stomach was so hard, I just couldn't let him suffer. Once he was gone the muscles let go and he just flooded the exam room table. He must have been terribly uncomfortable. He is being cremated and I'll get his ashes back later this week.

He was such a big, beautiful, sweet, loving boy. It's amazing how big a hole he has left in my home. I keep expecting to see him on the dog bed when I walk into the living room. My black cat is wandering around wondering where her buddy is so she can rub against him. It's going to take some time to get used to him not being there.

On December 20, 2014, we said goodbye to our beloved sweet old boy, Spanky (aka SpankNoodle), who we adopted from GMPR on December 30, 2011.

He was truly the best little companion that a family could ask for and he showed us that being a senior dog that was blind and deaf, did not inhibit him from showing those around him how much love he had to give. He made us smile every day and even though our hearts are broken without him, the memories that we made with him will bring smiles to us once again. I was fearful at first that we wouldn’t be able to form a bond with him given his unfortunate disabilities but that fear quickly disappeared. He was such a perfect fit for our family and there is an emptiness in our home without him. Our children, including Spanky’s younger pug brother and sister, Lorenzo (who was also adopted from GMPR) and Bella, miss him terribly.

I wish we had many more years with Spanky but we were truly fortunate and blessed to have him for the time that we did, and my family and I are thankful for that every day. He gave and taught us, and everyone he encountered for that matter, more than he ever knew, and I am happy that we were able to let him go with grace and dignity. We were the luckiest family in the world because we were able to be his forever home.

Rest in peace, my sweet boy. You will always be in our hearts. I know Murray was waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge…

Tiffany Yuille

10/03/2014

We've had pudge since 7/2/11 and so loved our time together, but a few weeks ago he started having real bad back pain and when he walked he would wobble and often walk sideways and he'd arch his back. When we tried to pick him up he would scream with pain.

I brought him to thee vet and he was put on meds (Steroids and pain killers). Brought Pudge back in a week later because he wasn't improving and the vet gave him more meds, but every day was different. One day better and next day worse. Today he had another appointment but today Pudge couldn't stand and when we tried to pick him up he would scream with pain. I called the vet and they took us in earlier. Our decision was to euthanize our baby.

I miss and will always miss him soooo much. He was always my shadow and even during these bad times he would still hobble into the room I was in and when I left the room he would hobble after me. But to see him in so much pain today hurt so bad. Now my boy is no longer in pain.

He's now up in doggy heaven with Corkie and Peppie, the rest of the apple dumplin gang.

We lost Peppie, the chiwawa mix (20 years old) last February from a stroke and Corkie, the poodle (18 years old) passed away a month ago when he died in his sleep.

This week we lost our special pug, Effie (aka Miss Special Effects). She was an Arizona pug who was with us for 10 years and a very loving and sweet little girl. Born in a household of 17 show pugs, her first year was spent in training and she gave birth to one litter. Since that was difficult, she was available for us to adopt by her family. She missed all her playmates for awhile but we gave her lots of attention and love and she gave us the same in return.

We are very sad and our hearts are heavy. Had planned to come to the pug social with her in Sept. as we always summer in Vermont and she has attended many of the socials (and won the best dressed once) - but not certain our hearts can take attending with all the lovely pugs.

Thanks for all you do for our little pug people.

BARBARA and TOM WELLS
(Barre, VT and Surprise, Arizona)

Duke was adopted from GMPR in 2003...he was a rambunctious black, `3 year old male without any boundaries.

Re-named Roscoe, he recently died after more than 10 years of joy and companionship.

We moved to Boston in 2005 where he became one of the most loved dogs in the South End; a particularly dog-friendly neighborhood. Often referred to as “Mr. Mayor” , his years in Boston were treasured.

When he died I got the perfect card:

"He was smelly, stubborn, irascible and hid ‘gas’ could clear a room.
Roscoe was a bloody wonderful beast and will be missed by all!

Thanks to GMPR…..

--Barbara Peck

We are overwhelmingly sad to say that our 2 Year old Baby Boy Bronx was hit by a car two weeks ago. We are grieving in the tragic loss of our little man.

He was a huge spark of energy, enthusiasm and love in our lives from the moment we brought him home until he passed away in his daddy’s arms. We are putting in a tree at our home in memory of him and the beauty & love he brought to us in the short time we had him.

Mommy and daddy Love you Bronx!!!

You are forever missed!

Adopted August 29th 2012, as Willie

Died May 7th 2014, loved as Bronx Marlow

~Kandi and David Marlow

You only stayed with us for 2 years, but you gave us the love of 100 years. You proved that being blind and deaf and old does not mean you can't give love and happiness to all around you. All my family and friends who met you, loved you Billy. Thanks for coming to this home through GMPR.

Passed away 4-15-2014

-Lucy

4/22/2014

We adopted Chum Lee from GMPR on 2/4/12 and he was the most amazing pet that I have ever care for. He passed away peacefully yesterday and we will sorely miss his wonderful fortitude.

Sincerely,

Susan

Winnie 3/15/01-5/10/13

China 3/15/01-3/10/14

In September 2004, Winnie and China came into our lives to enrich our family bond. Our “girls” will be sorely missed by the Rhea family.

1/28/2014
Today our dear sweet Stewie went to the rainbow bridge. We adopted him from gmpr, he was a sweet happy boy, unfortunately his body was riddled with arthritis and we could no longer have him suffer. We will forever have him in our hearts, he will be missed dearly.

Alisa Belknap

12-04-2013 George died today. This picture was taken a few hours before we took him to the vet. 15 plus years was a good run. We really miss him. Thanks for helping him get into our lives.

Big Al

Ducky

RIP RAISIN

I regret to inform you that my sweet Raisin went to the Rainbow Bridge on 9/16/2013. I adopted Raisin 2 years ago. I want to explain exactly what having her meant to me. On January 9, 2011 my senior pug Nubbles lost his battle with cancer. I was devastated beyond belief and cried often. He was taken from me in 6 short months but he was such a huge part of my life. I spent a lot of time at his oncologist appts and caring for his on-going skin condition. When he passed, I had all this free time and was so lost.

Then my precious Raisin came along with her mellow personality and her signature MOPE face. There, was something about her personality she moved in as if she lived here her whole life. She was such a love bug and wanted to cuddle with my other pugs. Raisin was a senior pug as well there is just something about them. They just want to be loved and I guarantee they will give back so much more. She also had skin and ear issues so I spent a lot of time caring for her as well. I enjoyed every minute she always managed to put a smile on my face.

There was something about her that had a healing quality for my heartache over the loss of Nubbles. I truly believe we were meant to be together to get me through a very difficult time, in my life. Unfortunately, my precious Raisin became ill and I lost her within 5 days of seeking medical attention. The vet believes she had liver cancer and it was aggressive. I will always treasure her. Raisin was a GMPR alumni and it was my hope that she would attend the social this year but she passed unexpectedly the week of. Now my sweet Raisin and Nubbles are together because her work was done here. I will treasure the memories of Raisin. I will love her always, she was such a blessing. I want to thank GMPR for rescuing her and all the other pugs that need care. You are all such amazing people and I want to give you all pug hugs and say pfffffffft to cancer.

Respectfully,
Linda Hannibal

08/21/2013
With a broken heart I said goodbye to my sweet little baby girl Callie three nights ago.

She came to me in 2009 through GMPR, as pug #67, a two year old, sweet, shy little puppy mill survivor named Aurie. I still recall the 2 hour ride home. I held her tight the whole time, trying to comfort and reassure her, as she quivered with fear and uncertainty. She had no reason to trust me, with so little experience being loved, but in time allowed me to become her best friend, nurse, caretaker, confidant, partner-in-crime, and soul mate, and in turn, she became all those to me, and so much more.

She became my constant companion and my shadow. If I walked into another room, so did she. If I sat on the sofa, so did she, and the bathroom, yep, if I went to the bathroom, she came along too. She went to work with me, she visited me in the hospital, and she moped, howled, and paced -those times I had to leave her at home.

In short order, she stole my heart and became that once-in-a-lifetime dog for me. We shared everything and spent 24/7 together, becoming as devoted and loyal to one another as any two beings could. She was everything to me and I feel like a piece of my is gone. This pain of losing her is devastating but I wouldn't trade one single day I was blessed to have her in my life. I thank the Lord and GMPR for bringing us together to share the past four years. I know, when I am ready, I will adopt again, for there are far too many homeless dogs waiting for a loving forever home, but none will ever take the piece of my heart my sweet baby girl Callie holds. 'Til my dying breath, she'll hold that spot.......see you on the other side baby girl............

In 2006, we adopted Mitch and Maggie, a bonded brother and sister 7 years of age, from GMPR. From that November weekend until May of this year, they were an integral part of our family. So many memories of fun times and adventures. They were fantastic travelers and saw the Pacific Ocean, the Grand Canyon, Mile 0 at Key West, and so many other places. They went everywhere with us. The last two years were a challenge, with breathing issues, incontinence, dementia, and arthritis…but they were troopers and continued to wag their tails. Finally, however, it became clear that it was time. So on May 30th, Mitch and Maggie crossed the Rainbow Bridge together. They were never apart before birth and they are not apart now.
We miss them terribly.

My boy Odie cross over the Rainbow Bridge 4/18/2013
He was such a joy to have around even though it was for only 18 months I knew when He join Zoey ( pug adopted in 2009) and I he would be with us for a few yrs, due to health problems, but we traveled played and he would sleep on my head at night and I loved it. To see the joy in his eyes and the love he had was speechless. This puppy mill survivor was loved so much and he will be forever in my heart
So thankyou GMPR for bringing this angel into my life.
Zoey is now 11 and acts like a puppy and is my side kick

Love to all
Juliana von Recklinghausen

"Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you... I loved you so... 'twas heaven here with you."

Julie Rose our radiant and magnificent pug who enjoyed life to the fullest, one of those blessed and good girls, who were full of dignity and grace, how fortunate we were to share such an extraordinary bond with this GMPR girl … these brief words cannot begin to express the sadness we feel since Julie passed … Little Julie Rose – our pumpkin, my monkey, our sweet comfort – sweetness defined, love unbounded and unconditional, flourishing each day. Julie learned to love and be loved in return, we connected with her. Slowly, on her own terms, she came out of her self-protective shell (puppy mill survivor) and allowed herself to be vulnerable to our love and trust. Julie loved and idolized her GMPR sister Leona who in turn idolized her – they were never apart. Julie cried for mom when she was left down stairs, she always wanted to be touching, cuddling in our arms or lying with Leona – she exuded more love, tenderness and trust than any pug could and she received the same. As Julie learned to love and trust she pursued it with a force like magnets being pulled together, it was all mutual and unspoken defined by whimpers, glances, sighs, touching and literally sleeping on top of us, with us, near us – Julie especially enjoyed cuddling with her dad’s tucked into his neck or in his arms, peering into his eyes as if he were the only being in the world as dad felt her breath of life on his skin. There was excitement for mom’s home comings, putting on her harness, riding in her stroller, getting her treats, sneaking out of sleepy time to cuddle, sweet tender moments when the world was defined by loving souls looking into each other’s eyes while sharing a moment of heavenly comfort and bliss. Julie lavished relaxing in front of the wood stove, lounging on the sofa with mom, needing to be held, falling asleep on the screen porch, positioning in the blue chair with Leona, her little head just visible over the arm rest, gazing adoringly at anyone. Her self-imposed trials to find the absolute perfect place to “piddle” despite the weather. Through her undying love we learned that life is about reaching out with little kindnesses not asked for, not demanded, and not expected, of giving unconditionally in the moment out of pure unspoiled love. Love and devotion defined our Julie, there was no greater gift than being able to relish each tender moment with her sharing these last precious four years with her, we watched and encouraged her to flourish – she exceeded beyond all expectations thriving on our love, and the security and comfort we provided. Julie was taken from us much too soon. May she rest in peace amid flowers and the warm comfort of the sun, where endless treats abound, and unending hugs and kisses are given and received. Julie faced the end with a quiet dignity and strength while in our arms - she lives on in our minds and memories, a dazzling star who shall live eternally in our hearts.

In honor of Julie Rose, my NH license plate reads:

I wanted to let GMPR know of the passing of our beloved Pug Hank on April 11, 2013. Hank was 15 years old. We adopted Hank from GMPR just over two years ago. He enriched our lives so much. We were Foster failures. We fell in love with Hank the minute we agreed to foster him. He became attached to my husband quickly. Since he was a senior and the simple fact that people are not inclined to adopt a senior as quickly, we decided we would keep him. He fit right in with our other dogs and our family. Hank was very spoiled. He will be forever loved and much missed. For anyone thinking of adopting a senior Pug, do it. He brought so much love into our lives and even for a short time it was well worth it and we are so grateful.

Here he is pictured with his adopted sister Pepper (also from GMPR). Pepper is very sad that her brother is gone, but she knows that he will no longer be in pain and now has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. J

Gloria Lamorey

Graniteville, VT

Tribute to my precious baby Eb ( Ebony)

We adopted Ebony when she was approx 4-6 yrs old from a rescue in NY. She had already had 7 families before we adopted her. She had a prolapsed uterus and was always incontinent from then on. We did not care! She also suffered from crystals in her urine. When we adopted her, she had stones and we set out to fix that problem and had her on meds, changed diet and added supplements to help her.

Through it all she was a champ, she did not care about what food she got, just that she was fed:) A typical pug who loved food of any kind! She was a pig when it came to foods of any kind!

Eb was the absolute BEST pug, took her to MANY events and places. She loved getting some of my ice cream whenever we travelled together too! She would tolerate any and all fosters that came through our doors during her time with us. She had been a mom we knew at least a few times, so she even tolerated puppies chewing on her cheeks and hanging from her tail etc. She could sense with the puppymill pugs that they needed more love and would groom them and lay with them to give them all comfort. During the occasional pug fights here she would just stay back and look at me as if to say " why can't we all just get along Mom?"

She loved fleece blankets and was truly my shadow. She had this obsession of licking my legs/feet if exposed lol. She would always be right under my feet or beside me. She was the most devoted of the pugs I have had in my life. Whenever I sat on the couch, she wanted to be picked up and lay touching me or on my lap. I miss her barking at me whenever I got home, as if to say Mom's HOME, Mom's HOME! In nicer weather she would romp around outside and talk to me to let me know how happy she was it was so beautiful out! She would lay on the driveway in the sunshine, yeah not the brightest idea but she loved being hot:)

When she could no longer walk, we carried her everywhere. Upstairs etc. But we always tried to entice to her to walk with treats to keep her circulation going. But when she could no longer hold her bodily functions in, and she knew it and was so depressed looking at me- I knew it was time. While we would have gone on carrying her around and cleaning up us and anything else, she knew it was not right and let us know.

Our last few days with her were special, she was given so many things she was not allowed to have - and her last day was full of lots of wonderful meals, chicken and porterhouse steaks etc.

She is in a special urn we had made and will remain with us forever, until one of us die and then the pugs and their urns will be buried with me. Baby Eb as I called her, was just that. My baby girl and it feels so empty without her. Yes we have other pugs, but each one has their own personality and they just don't have her spunk or spark around here. RIP baby girl, until I see you again!

She left us being estimated 15-16 yrs old and lived that last part of her life surrounded by all the love and devotion any pug could have.

I will love you forever Ebony. Karen Powers & Darin Martell

Graniteville, VT

I wanted to let you know of the passing of our Sweet Gentleman Oswald “Ozzy” Cobblepots Petrikas on January 22, 2013 who now joins his brothers- Peter, Homer, Zeus and sister- Olivia at the Rainbow Bridge. The house has once again gone quiet—Ozzy was my talker……he would greet me at the door barking over and over what sounded like “I Love You “ and he wouldn’t stop until I got down on the floor and nuzzled with him. He greeted everyone the same way from strangers to family!

Ozzy was always independent—he wanted to do it himself. When I adopted Ozzy he had an injury to his back legs (torn ACL’s and blown Patella’s) there was no repairing them, so we did acupuncture and water therapy but as time and age began to effect his mobility even further, he finally conceded to my assistance. When I would pick him up from the yard to carry him into the house, he would lick my face and coo like a dove. I will forever miss the walks around the back yard with my little man!

“So this is where we part, My Friend,
And you'll run on, around the bend.
Gone from sight, but not from mind,
new pleasures there you'll surely find.

I will go on; I'll find the strength,
Life measures quality, not its length.
One long embrace before you leave,
Share one last look, before I grieve.

There are others, that much is true,
But they be they, and they aren't you.
And I, fair, impartial, or so I thought,
Will remember well all you've taught.

Your place I'll hold, you will be missed,
The fur I stroked, the nose I kissed.
And as you journey to your final rest,
Take with you this...I loved you best.”

~Jim Wilson-2002


Until we meet again my Beloved Oswald……….Forever Loving and Missing you!!!!

Sad news to share about our sweet Ivy Rose... Ivy went into the emergency hospital late Friday night, with unexplained throat and tongue swelling (out of the blue); they discovered she was severely anemic and that an autoimmune disorder was causing her body to destroy her own blood platelets, causing clotting & pooling in different parts of her body :(

She was in the hospital ICU all weekend, had emergency surgery last night, received two transfusions, steroids, etc. & was on a ventilator... The little fighter made it through the night, was removed from the ventilator after 3 hours and was holding her own breathing, and this morning she barked & walked around for the first time since Friday! The vet called me at 9:30 a.m., elated-saying Ivy was still not out of the woods but her progress was wonderful so far... she even drank some water and ate a little wetfood/water they mixed for her. They wanted to keep her until tomorrow morning to make sure she was stable before sending her home...

Not even 3 hours later, we got an emergency call that Ivy's heart had stopped - they re-intubated her and were working very hard to resuscitate her, doing CPR/chest compressions, injecting epinephrine, etc. We got over there in 10 minutes, they had continued chest compressions & let us be with her while they worked on her, but they could not save her... :(( The vet thought with all the recent blood issues, a blood clot traveled to her heart or lungs suddenly, and took her life :(( We held her and loved on her... we are sick and sad and devastated to lose our Ivy Rose :(

These photos were taken in the last few weeks, and this is how she looked right up until she went to the emergency vet on Friday night :(
She will always be our feisty, beautiful girl who took the lemons life gave her and made them into lemonade, every time. She was funny, smart, sweet, demanding, adorable, independent, and such a strong girl, dealing with life in a puppy mill til she came to us at 5 years old; then nasal surgery; eye surgery; dental surgery; and eye conditions which took mostof her eyesight, requiring her unending patience with eye medications/drops being given throughout every single day... She did it all without complaining, taking each new curveball life threw her & seamlessly incorporating it into her life, always moving forward with her sassy, confident Ivy style :)

Ivy made it clear to all that despite any of her physical disadvantages, she was "The PUG", "The Princess", and was not to be ignored. Woe to anyone who failed to provide her with adequate attention, or her meals when she was ready for them! She would bestow a series of sharp barks, giving voice to her displeasure with such enthusiasm that her two front paws would jump off the floor in punctuation :) She was also very snuggly, always wanting to feel the presence of her family by sitting with her butt up against one of her siblings or on a reassuring human foot; or cuddling up behind her dad's knees when sleeping. Ivy also loved to go for long walks, but *only* with her mom :) And oh, how she loved to nap in the square, striped bed you see above! We love & miss her desperately, and her siblings do too :(

Thanks to everyone who knew Ivy, loved her, and sent blessings and prayers for her. Please say one more prayer for her now, at Rainbow Bridge...

Sheri, Glen, Vaughn, Angelina & Sawyer Stuart & Maggie Jane

hay karen. im writing to you to let you know that abby has passed on. 10-3-2012 we will miss our beloved dog . she died of a genetic disorder of the spine. she suffered alot but never let on . she was the best friend we could of ever came to know.i think that abby was an angel sent to us direct from god. she was always happy , always hungry, and always willing to do. what ever we were doing. i am so glad i called you that day. thank you for helping not only for abby, but helping me too. my dog helped me through tough times in my life just by being herself and loving me back in her own way. there will always be hole in our hearts for her and someday we will see each other again.rest peace fully abby girl. love to all of you and the folks who saved on of the best friends i ever had.
cynthia and james fields

In memory of Tai.
6/6/97-8/31/12

September 2005, my first pug social. What a wonderful gathering of pugs and their people! I had been in touch with Karen about adopting my first pug and she said she had found the perfect one for me. Tai was an owner surrender and 8 years old. At first I questioned gettingan "older" dog but I went to the Social to meet him and immediately fell in love. That "love affair" went on for almost 7 years. He was the perfect First Pug....happy, charming, a boy who could look like he was descended from ancient Chinese emperors one minute and related to Goofy the next. Over the years we walked, rode, knitted and read together. His two favorite places in our early years were sprawled beside me in bed or wedged between my legs on the footstool. In later years, as his eyesight waned, he preferred to be on his cushy dog bed right beside my chair or the one by the bed. He was a trooper who loved anything in the food line...even if that "food" was his medication. He looked forward to a syringe of liquid just as much as he did his pill pockets. He filled the house with his love and energy and it's amazing now much emptier the house feels now. He was "Tai", "Tai Tai" and "Momma's Boy" and now he's romping with some of his old friends, lounging in the sun, rolling in the green grass and thoroughly enjoying himself without aches and pains.
R.I.P Tai Tai. We think about you every day.

I am very sad to say that Yoda passed away on 3/16/12 and to this day its very hard for me to even write this. Our family has not been the same since that day. He was very special to us and a great big brother to Isabella. We will never forget him.

Thanks
Henry Pinto

It is with heavy heart that I have to inform you that Mojo passed last night - 2 months short of 16 years old. He was the best dog a family could ever ask for. He was our boys' first dog and a loving companion to them through the years. Although age had affected him in his later years, we could remember all the good times when he ruled the roost. Thank you for allowing us to have Mojo in our lives as he made us happy and proud to be our family member.

We will always love and remember you, Mojo!
~Dave, Beth, Connor, Ethan, and Spencer.

R.I.P. Mojo (9/4/1996 - 6/29/2012)

My most loved Lilly passed this morning...gratefully in her favorite place, my arms and at home at 10:10 am. We had the help of Ann Craig, DVM. She let me know that it was time for her to go to Moe after taking a definitive turn yesterday. It was a long night...we both made the best of the time we had left. Everyone knows what Lilly has meant to me...the love and connection we had defies description.

Thank you to all who are with us in thought and care. Pray for her safe passage straight to Moe's outstretched arms.

Love,
Mary, "Patty", "Bea" and "Grover"

In loving memory of my Olivia Louise, our time together mere weeks but the magnitude of your presence and devotion will remain with me for the rest of my life. I fell in love with you the moment I saw you and have cherished every moment of our short time together- You brought Sunshine, Smiles, Laughter, Peace, Companionship, Love and Hope back to my life……

“I may have lived most of my life with another, but you outshine them with a love so much stronger. And I promise to return all the love I can give, to you, my dear person, as long as I live. I may be with you for a week, or for years, we will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears. And when the time comes that God deems I must leave, I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve. And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new, my thoughts and my heart will still be with you. And I will brag to all who will hear, of the person who made my last days so dear”

Until we meet again, I will be Missing and Loving you my sweet little “Olli Oop”

It is with great sorrow and a broken heart that I tell you of the passing on my Sweet-Pete Petrikas. On November 16th we could no longer fight the effects of time and his aging body. I made the painful decision to let my beloved companion leave this world with his dignity intact. The process was peaceful and within moments he took his last breath, wrapped in a blanket in my arms…..On my way back home I asked God for a sign that my Peter was safe and when I got home the sky was blue and the sun was shining.

Throughout the past month, I have struggled with the human condition of letting go and being selfless and on the ride to the vets it hit me and I was transported back to that day in June of 2006—It was love at first site when I met my Peter, a bond so strong, as if two old friends had met again after years of separation. The following weeks and months would find me being taught life lessons-after all Peter had been through (11 years in a puppy mill), he was not mean, he harbored no ill will….he approached each new day as an adventure, appreciated the little things in life! I watched in amazement most days as he discovered the smell of grass and peonies, the taste of vanilla ice cream on a hot summer day, the joy of snuggling in bed at night…….My Peter gave me so many gifts!

People always tell me how lucky Peter was to have me but truth be told I was the lucky one ……my ever constant companion either at my feet or next to me in bed he never left my side and always followed me from room to room. After my Dad passed away, it was Peter who comforted me, gentle licking away the tears and snuggling with me and through-out nursing school he would place his head on my nursing books through the late hours of studying just to let me know he was supporting me. I could not have asked for a more devoted, loving and loyal companion.

Since June of 2006, I have not been separated from my Peter…..it was a promise I made that we would always be together. Last night was the first night in five and a half years that I slept alone…..the landscape of my life forever changed. My Peter did not go alone for he took a part of my heart with him and I know one day we will be together again…..

“I thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday and days before that too.

I think of you in silence. I often speak your name.

Now all I have is memories, and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is my keepsake, with which I’ll never part.

God has you in his keeping.

I have you in my heart.

Thank you to Karen and all the people at GMPR for bringing this sweet soul into my life, for the gift of my Peter……..and to the people who question the adoption of an elderly pug the rewards far outweigh the loss-adopt an elderly pug and keep Peter’s Legacy alive. I will forever Love you my Sweet Peter Petrikas until we meet again my ever faithful companion……………..

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