This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Foster Mom for the Central Florida Pug Rescue. As a pug foster parent, my job involves caring for surrendered pugs until they are adopted by their forever family. If you are interested in adopting a pug, click the link to the right and visit the CFPR website.
Pugs and Kisses,
Leslie

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Yesterday, I met a really great woman who makes the cutest pet bandanas, as well as other really awesome pet stuff. Of course, I couldn't walk away without buying each of the puglets a present. Cathy Lalumiere of Happy Paws Bakery and Emporium was soooooooo wonderful, and she even gave me the "foster pet discount." Cathy is involved in ferret rescue, so we spent a little time talking about what we had in common.

Cathy sews her own line of bandanas, collars and leashes and, I have to say, the quality of her work is so great! We talked a bit about the possibility of her making me some special "Captain Pug vests" for my fosters and, hopefully, that'll come together. I'm always happy to support those who are involved in rescuing. You can reach Cathy at happypawsbaker1@aol.com if you'd like to know more about her product line.

In the meantime, here is a video of the girls with their bandanas. My friend, Mimi, was visiting from North Port, and she has this really neato Flip Video Camera. Mimi took a few videos of the girls and we laughed like crazy at their antics. You'll even get a chance to hear Pia's very special vocalizations. However, pretend I'm not there. I just hate watching myself on camera, and I'm sure that I look like I seriously need a diet. UGH!

video

A Day in the Life........

The girls love going outside, and they especially love to go on walks. They sit very patiently while I snap on their harnesses, and they walk very nicely on the leash although, most of the time, I just take them out without leashes since the neighborhood is so quiet and you hardly ever see a car. However, Pia has taken to walking away from me and proves just a wee bit stubborn about coming back. I guess I'll have to start leashing them for real. The end of our walk will usually find Pia in my arms with Zoey trotting right by my side. Zoey's good like that.

In fact, Zoey is quite the sweetheart. She loves me to pick her up and hold her in my arms with her on her back. She loves a good belly rub and will sit there quietly for as long as anyone will allow. While Pia gets "antsy" after a little bit, that is not the case with Zoey. She's a love.

Mimi and I were talking about whether or not I thought these two could be adopted separately. While the two girls play with each other occasionally, I don't see them necessarily needing to be together all the time. They don't nap together and, most of the time, they sleep in different parts of the room. When I'm at the computer (like now), they'll both lay under the chair, but it's not as if they HAVE to be together. Actually, Zoey pays more attention to Pia than Pia does to Zoey. However, I'm still getting to know their habits, so I don't want to make a hasty assessment. Stay tuned...............................

Have a super day!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday News

Matt took Nora with him to Sarasota, so it's just me and my two puglets until they return tomorrow evening. They don't seem to even know that Nora is gone! HMPH!

OK, first things first - Peanut is now being referred to as "Pia" on the CFPR site due to the fact that we have had lots of "Peanut Pugs" and it's getting confusing. I've been calling her "Pia Peanut" to get her used to her new name. For some reason, I've started calling Zoey "JoJo" and, frankly, I have no idea why. It makes Matt laugh, probably because my mom's name is JoAnn. No offense, Mom.................

Now that the girls are "settling in," so to speak, it's very interesting to see who's the boss. It's Zoey! She gets right in Pia's face and gangs up on her, which I'm putting a stop to RIGHT NOW. I never DID like bossy girls! I'm not sure what's up with that, but I'm watching the situation closely.

Another situation I'm noticing is that Pia is exhibiting what I can only describe as "marking" behavior. Now correct if I'm wrong, but I thought only males did that? Well, Pia walked up to the chair today, did her little dance, and then lifted her leg and marked. Then I caught her just in time to prevent her from doing it against the bedroom door. Now I have NO IDEA why she is doing that, and I hope the vet will help me out with an answer when we go for our checkups on Tuesday morning. I'm hoping that it's because Pia is in a new environment and that it'll fix itself, but I just don't know................strange.

Yesterday, the two of them figured out how to go out through the doggie door. Unfortunately, they haven't figured out how to get back in! They've taken to running to the back door to go outside which is making me very happy. They're eating better now and sleeping the day away like good little pugs. They're happy.

No pictures today. I have a friend coming for an overnight visit today so, hopefully, I can share some pictures of Mimi and the girls. Mimi was so nice and spotlighted this blog on HER blog, which gets lots of traffic. Thanks, Mimi! Mimi is also an amazing card designer and she's gonna help me with some cards for fundraising. I can't wait! Mimi also sews. Actually, Mimi does EVERYTHING! She's a great friend and we're gonna have lots of fun over the next two days with paper, fabric and puglets! See you tomorrow!

Pugfully Yours,
Leslie, Pia and Zoey

Friday, June 27, 2008

What's in a Name Anyway?

So, yesterday it was all about Zoey. Today, it's all about Peanut who, right now, is conked out on the couch, making all kinds of noise. Matt, my husband, says that she could star in her very own sci-fi movie because she sounds just like an alien! I think Peanut could give Stitch a run for his money in the noise department! There may be a name change in the works for Miss Peanut due to the fact that the Rescue has quite a few Peanuts, and it could get confusing. I have suggested "Pia," which kind of sounds a bit like Peanut and may not be so confusing to the puglet. This little lady, I am finding, definitely has ideas of her own, so changing her name to something entirely different sounding may not sit well with her. I'll keep you posted but, until then, she's still Peanut.

Peanuts are small, huh? Well, this sweetie is small as in she's a small pug but, at 18 lbs., she's a bit of a pug sausage. We've been taking walks a few times a day, and Peanut loves strutting her stuff in her new hot pink harness. Actually, she'll walk with me without a leash because, frankly, she can't run too fast! As she becomes more comfortable with me, she gets a bit more courageous and has taken to moving off the sidewalk path and into the grassy areas of my neighborhood. I'm blessed to be renting a home in a neighborhood that consists of mainly vacation rental homes, so there aren't too many people around these days. Because of that, there aren't many cars driving around either, so it makes our daily walks very quiet and peaceful. Peanut is very focused on what she's doing, so she doesn't get too distracted. She likes to roll around and "get her smell" into the grass. Of course, then she promptly pees on it! I still haven't figured out this whole "dog marking thing," but it sure is interesting to see three pugs all rolling around and "marking" the same spot, one after another. Riotous!
I'm having trouble getting Peanut and Zoey to eat the food that I feed Nora. Nora has been eating Bil Jac for awhile and really loves it. These two snub their adorable little noses up at it. Therefore, I've kind of been bribing them by adding some wet food into their bowl. When that happens, look out because they come flying and it truly is a sight to behold! OH-MY-GOSH! This is where the "alien sounds" of Miss Peanut get really loud. It's almost a kind of scream, and Matt thinks there's something wrong with her because "those sounds can't be good!" Frankly, I don't have an answer for that but, since we have an appointment with Dr. Hart on Tuesday for a checkup, I'm sure we'll have an answer either way. Until then, I wish I had a video of Peanut doing her "Stitch thing" because it's hysterical. For instance, we were watching "We Are Marshall" on a DVD the other night. Of course, all the pugs were with us on the couch and Peanut was on my lap. I have to tell you, and I'm not lying, that I had to put the volume up on the tv almost ALL THE WAY because I couldn't hear anything except the sounds of this pug. Matt and I just busted out laughing at the hilarity of it all.

Oh, so about the food: One of the CFPR volunteers gave me some good ideas about the food issue and I'm gonna try them out. Stay tuned........................

Peanut is so sweet. She looks at you with a little bit of her tongue caught between her teeth and you just want to scoop her up and squeeze her. She loves to give kisses, and she'll hang out on your lap whenever she gets the chance. She sleeps alot but, at 7 years old, that's kind of the drill. She gives me no trouble at all when she has to go in her kennel at night or when I have to go out. Other than her vocalizing, she hasn't barked at all. It'll be interesting to hear what THAT sounds like when it happens.
She snuffles around and sounds just like a little baby elephant, and that is my most favorite sound of all. It's kind of a chugging sound and way too cute. She hasn't expressed much interest in toys and really likes to lay on a fleece blanket when she's snoozing on the couch. When she's not there, you'll find her either sprawled out on the kitchen floor or underneath the chair I'm currently sitting on. I try to walk around quietly because, otherwise, she'll pop up and follow me, even if it's just to the refrigerator and back.Can you tell I'm having fun? Of course, nothing is getting done around her again today. I'm just puggin' it with my girls, and Matt doesn't mind fishing his clean socks out of the laundry basket.

Pugs and Kisses,
Leslie and her aliens

PS: When you were young, did you ever know anyone who could touch their nose with their tongue? I know somebody!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Zoey Girl

Zoey was the first to wake up this morning. When I went to her crate, she was waiting there as sweet as can be, and that sums ups this little girl in a nutshell.

Zoey is a sweetheart! Weighing in at 18 pounds, Zoey looks like a little black meatball and could probably stand to lose a little weight. However, when she looks at you and gives you that trademark smile, everything else pales. She's dreamy..........
Last night, she came over to the couch and put her paws on my leg as if to say "Up! Up!" I scooped her up and she tucked herself right into my side and snuggled with me, as quiet and as happy as a little pug could get. She's just so darn happy, and I love it!

She loves going outside and, at 6 this morning (ok, so I barely had my eyes open), we went out in the backyard to let her "do her thing." Even though Zoe had a tiny accident in the house later on, I honestly think it was because I haven't quite learned her "signals" yet. When I stopped her and took her outside, she continued with what she started and ran right back to the door. She really IS a good girl!

Did I tell you that Zoey LOVES to be held? The moment you hold her in your arms, she quiets down and snuggles in. It's just so cute! Matt took a "pug pause" this morning while having his coffee, and Zoey seemed to love the way he scratched her back.Nora is introducing Zoey to some of the sites around our neighborhood. This was the first time I heard Zoey bark, and the sound she makes is adorable! She was fascinated by this......
Right now, all is quiet. Zoey is sound asleep on the cool kitchen floor, and the other girls are lounging nearby. I'm not sure how much I'm going to get done today. I have a pretty long "to do" list but I have a feeling much of it will have to wait until tomorrow. After all, I've got babies to take care of!

Pugs and Kisses,
Leslie and the Crew


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Welcome Home, Peanut and Zoey!

OH – MY – GOSH! What a riot! I am happy to report that Zoey and Peanut are settling in just puggerrifically! OK, so they’re snorting like crazy, and Nora just isn’t quite sure what to make of these two newcomers who gobble up food like it was the last supper! Zoey is an adorable black beauty with, I think, the most adorable ears that stick up in the cutest way I have ever seen. Her smile will melt your heart, and I will guarantee she will be scooped up real quick when it's time for her to be adopted.
That’s not to say that Peanut is any slouch! She makes all kinds of noise which I’m sure is due, in part, to the fact that she’s kinda chubby. However, I did console her with the fact that NO, her butt does NOT look big in her new harness! The surrender was sad, as expected, but Sherri was happy with her decision to surrender to CFPR. I can tell that she loves these girls because they are so sweet and not the least bit cranky AT ALL. They have very nice manners and didn’t mind Nora getting right in their face when they first walked in the door.

I stopped at Pet Supermarket on the way home to get each of the girls a brand new harness and a tag with my phone number on it “just in case.” They weren’t too upset in the car so the ride home was uneventful.

Right now, all three of them are sitting under my chair and Nora is trying so hard to get Peanut to play with her. She’s squeaking at Peanut and it’s so adorable. Peanut is just standing there, making noise. Good Lord! Where are my earplugs! Nora keeps “scooching up” to Peanut and is just about as close as she can get and, yet, nothing! Peanut is ignoring her. Of course, Nora doesn’t understand because she’s never had that problem before. They’ve figured out the doggie door and have inspected the pool area. They were poking around the little plastic kiddie pool I have which means I guess I’ll have to put some water in it tomorrow to let them splash around. They basically ignored the pool which I was happy about. However, I’ll be watching them like a hawk.

These girls are a dream! As soon as they settle in more, I’ll try to capture a video for the blog. Please stop by again to see how much fun we’re having without you.

Pugs and Kisses,
Leslie, Nora, Peanut and Zoey