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

Monday, September 22, 2008

Pia Peanut at Petco!

Saturday was our September Adoption Event at Petco in Altamonte Springs, and Pia had such fun hanging out with the other puglets. She danced around in her bright red scrunchie, which all adoptees wear, and she wasn't the least bit anxious. Her medicine has worked so well for her and it showed during this event which was, at times, pretty noisy and filled with lots of activity. Pia settled in quite well and gave lots of pug kisses to anyone who came near her. Nora accompanied Pia and kept an eye on her, which was so adorable. Whenever Pia got out of her sight, Nora would bark as if to say "Hey! Where you at?" Too, too cute!
I was able to gets lots of pictures of some of our newer rescue pugs. Gosh, these pugs are so incredibly sweet, and I'm convinced that it won't be long before they all have forever families.

Isis, our newest "winker," was on hand and sat quite sweetly for her photographs, which will be used to update her bio on the rescue site (http://www.centralfloridapugrescue.org/).
Willy, a former puppy mill breeder, enjoyed his first Petco event. Although Willy has spent his whole life in a cage in the backyard, he really adjusted well to being surrounded by so many dogs. We all agreed that he can't get neutered soon enough since he was "quite the lothario," to put it mildly. He's a bit underweight but, otherwise, he's a handsome boy. Nora tried on a "fabulous dress" made by Michelle, an amazing seamstress, who sews for the Rescue's clothing line. We are always so happy to have visits from former rescues, who sometimes come to hang out with us. Say hello to Bonnie, Julia and Patty!We had a great day at Petco and are all looking forward to this Saturday's Sock Hop, our annual fundraiser. More on that tomorrow!

Pug hugs,
Leslie and Pia Peanut

Friday, September 19, 2008

Rainey Update!

I spoke with Dr. Hart's office a little while ago and was told that Rainey is still being treated for her eye injury as well as for a cough that she has developed since she's been there. Gosh, it's been a long two weeks for this special girl but she seems to be doing well. Although I still haven't been able to take her home, I'm confident that Rainey's in the best possible hands at Dr. Hart's office. The vet techs and front office staff are very nice about my "stalking" and are always willing to answer my questions.

Here are some pictures that Mary, one of the Rescue's amazing volunteers, took of Rainey. These pictures were taken 6 days ago, so I imagine there's been some improvement since then. I will be visiting Rainey tomorrow and will get some updated pictures to show.



Isn't she a beauty? Check out her adorable face with all those wrinkles! And her color! Simply adorable, just as all pugs are!



If you're interested in being Rainey's forever family once she's "all better," let us know by clicking the box on the right sidebar. Orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, maybe you'd be interested in making a donation to help pay for Rainey's treatment? Contact the Rescue if you'd like to help.

Have a super duper, Pugerrific day!
Leslie and Rainey

Monday, September 15, 2008

Best Friends!

Nora and Pia Peanut have become such great friends. Nora, at almost 2 years old, really has grown into such a caring little girl. It's amazing to see how she watches out for Pia. When Matt walks them in the morning (what a nice guy, letting me sleep in!), Nora always waits for Pia and never rushes ahead. Sometimes, Pia will slip her collar (she has NO neck!) and, when that happens, Nora runs and "herds" her back to Matt. So cute.

When the two girls are snuggling on the couch, Nora's favorite spot is literally right on top of Pia. She'll rest her chin on Pia's head and sleep just like that, and Pia doesn't even seem to mind.
Pia is doing so well and has really settled in to her schedule of medications, which she takes like a trouper. Once she has her dental done (bad breath! PHEW!), she'll be ready for her forever family. If you or someone you know is able to give Pia that perfect home, please let us know. Pia gets along well with dogs, cats and people. To be honest, she'd probably do much better in a family that doesn't have small children because Pia really does best in a calm environment. She likes her very short walks in the morning and evening, with a few potty breaks during the day. Otherwise, she sleeps. If you have a fenced in yard and a doggie door, that would be heaven for Pia since one of her medications makes her very thirsty, and lots of water means more potty breaks!
Have a super day!
Pug Hugs,
Leslie, Nora and Pia

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rainey and Pia Update!

I spoke with the vet office and Rainey is making great progress! Her eye is really responding the the serum and she's free of fleas and smelling like a rose! She snuggles in her cage with the stuffed pug I bought her and seems to be comfortable. Apparently, though, another pug has moved into the cage next to her, and the two of them have been carrying on quite the loud "conversation." Hopefully, once she's in her foster home, her barking will not be a problem.

Pia continues to do so well. She is one of the happiest pugs I have ever met! She "talks" too, which is too adorable! She's be one of those pugs who could be taught to say "I love you!" She looks at you with a little piece of her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth and you just want to squeeze her until she squeaks.

Pia will be getting her dental done soon and then she'll be ready to go to a forever family. Please don't be intimidated by the fact that she's on medications. Once you get in a routine, it's an easy process. Pia takes her meds with ABSOLUTELY NO TROUBLE which totally blows my mind because every other pet that I've tried to give a pill to has always put up a fight. Not Pia, though. She's a trooper!

I'm hoping to get some new pics of Pia doing some of her cute stuff, like hiding under the bed covers and snuggling with Nora on the couch.

Pugs and Kisses,
Leslie, Nora, Pia, and Rainey

Monday, September 8, 2008

Great News!

I'm so happy to report some great news received yesterday from Dr. Hart's office:

Rainey was examined, and Dr. Schnarz believes that she will NOT lose her eye! Woo hoo! Are you dancin' or WHAT? They mixed up some of their super duper eye serum, and Rainey will spend the week in the office getting her eye better. I was sooooooooo excited to hear this news. Even though Rainey would've looked adorable as a "winker," having two functioning eyes is certainly a better outcome, wouldn't you agree?

She was also retested for HW, and it was discovered that she had a very slight positive, so (more good news) she won't need that nasty HW treatment after all. They'll treat her with a good dose of HW preventative and that will be that. Gosh! Now that REALLY made my day. Years ago, I had a shepherd with HW, and I still remember how difficult the recovery was for Skye. I'm so happy to know that Rainey won't have to go through that.

Of course, sweetie pie was covered in fleas and was treated for that. I imagine that, after a flea treatment and a bath, Rainey is probably looking pret-ty darn gorgeous. I can't wait to take a photo of her because the video really does not show the beauty of this special girl.

Have a pugarrific day!
Leslie, Nora, Pia and Rainey

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A New Rescue!

Rainey was rescued from Polk County Animal Services, where she was picked up a couple days ago as a stray. She is a beautiful young lady, about 4 yo according to the vet that saw her at the shelter. Unfortunately, there's a bit of a hard road ahead for this puglet because she was found to be heartworm positive. She also has a pretty nasty injury to her right eye.

Right now, she's resting comfortably at Dr. Hart's office. I'm very confident that Dr. Hart and his staff will take extra special care of this beauty.

Although I don't have any photos to share, I managed to snag this video of her outside Dr. Hart's office.

Please stop back as I will be updating Rainey's progress as it is known.

Oh yeah, Pia is doing fantastic! She's responded real well to her meds and is really making progress. More to come!