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,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rainey, the Christmas Pug!

I sat Rainey on a small table in front of the tree the other night and shot some pictures and I have to tell you that I still laugh when I look at them. Rainey looks so severe in these shots which is not an adjective I would use to describe her at all. Rainey is so full of life and so lovable. She CRAVES attention and, even though it gets her in trouble sometimes, I can't help but be in love with that side of her.

She's trying so hard to sit still in this photo when all she really wanted to do was lick my face.

You KNOW you want her in your family!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rainey's Ready for her new Home!

It's official: Rainey is ready to be adopted! I took her to the eye specialist last week and his diagnosis is that Rainey has approximately 30% vision in her remaining eye, due to the fact that the pigment in her eye has moved to cover most of her cornea. The inner eye itself is in great condition – it’s just that silly cornea! He has prescribed two treatments – a simple over the counter gel drop which will help keep her eye lubricated and a more expensive prescription drop which he believes may help to pull back some of the pigment and open up her cornea. The over the counter drops are about $12 (Publix) and I have started using them on her. She gives me no trouble with putting drops in which is a good thing.

These treatments are life long so any family wishing to adopt this beauty will have to be aware of that. The Dr. was FANTASTIC and did a great check up. His equipment was able to record what he saw and play it back for me so I could actually “see” what he was talking about when explaining about her pigment. He says that, when she had the ulcer or injury, what happened was that, as the veins moved in to heal her injury, the pigment “followed” which caused the cornea to be covered. He says it’s kind of like Rainey has a “dirty windshield” where she may see light but not much else, except out of that little crescent on the outside edge.

He went on to say that the over the counter drops would help to keep her eye lubricated because she also has that “pug thing” where the folds on the bottom of the eye fold in and rub against the eye (can’t remember what it’s called) and that also moves the pigment up.

He says that, if she ends up being on the second eye drop, she will have to be seen each year because the drop is a prescription. He says a 45 day supply (one drop a day) is roughly $50. And this is for the rest of her life.

I felt really good after seeing the Dr. because he really helped me to understand Rainey’s condition. As it stands now, she is a VERY spunky little girl with lots and lots of love to give. She will probably do best in a home with maybe one other dog and probably no cats, since she terrorizes them. My poor Siamese twins have been in the other bedroom since Rainey arrived, which makes me sad, She’s pretty dominant but not in a bad way. She wants to play all the time and, if there are two dogs playing together, she will get very upset if she’s not included and will raise a ruckus.

She loves to go for her walks and if you could see my husband walking all three dogs (Rainey, my puglet, Nora and Betty the min pin) you would laugh but, at the same time, be very impressed. He’s really got it going with them. Way cute!

Rainey eats like a horse but is very polite and doesn’t growl when others come near her food. When you give her a treat, she’s very gentle and doesn’t take your finger off. It’s cute to watch because she’ll tilt her little head so she can see what you have and then she’ll open her mouth for it. So so adorable!

Rainey is a beautiful animal with fur so soft that I just want to snuggle with her all day. Snuggle? Oh yes, Rainey is definitely a snuggler. The moment the lights go out in the living room at night, Rainey is the first one to pop up off the couch and run to the bedroom. She likes to be the first one on the bed to get the best spot, right in Mommy’s arms. She’s not a “noisy” sleeper, which is lovely. In fact, she’s not too noisy at all. She’s kind of snuffly and will make a bit of noise when excited but that’s about it.

We bring her in the shower to get washed and, although she’s not fond of it, she’ll be fine once she gets in. She is trained to go outside using the doggy door so I consider her housebroken.

I really really do not recommend having Rainey go to anyone who has an in ground pool. She literally does not see what’s in front of her many times and she will walk right in a pool without even realizing it. And she’s not a swimmer. When we were in Orlando, she fell in 3 times the first day and it was not something I care to have repeated, although I have to say that it was probably harder on me than on Rainey. She’s such a trooper!

So, is there any other adjectives I can add to this post to describe this wonderful girl? If so, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, let’s cross our fingers that the perfect forever family will open their hearts to “Rainey Boo Boo.”

Have a super puggerrific day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Will YOU be Rainey's Forever Family?

Rainey was picked up as a stray in September and was transferred immediately to our amazing vet due to a severe eye infection. Dr. Hart treated her there for five weeks but, unfortunately, was unable to save Rainey's right eye. She was released to me in late October, and it's been an amazing ride for both Rainey and my family.

Rainey is thought to be about four years old and is a gorgeous fawn color. When you touch her fur, it feels like she's just been doused in conditioner. She's so soft! Her face is such a dark black color that it's sometimes hard to see her features. However, don't let that fool you. Rainey will be "in your face" pretty quickly. She loves to be loved!
I would say that Rainey is a pretty dominant pug, but I don't say that in a bad way. Yes, Rainey is bossy but she's very willing to let you be in charge as long as you show her in a loving way. She's a very good eater, too, so you'll never have to worry that she's not getting enough food.
Ooooooh, she's a snuggler! She loves to cuddle and will let you cradle her in your arms like a baby. She'll burrow into your shoulder and let you carry her around as long as you feel like it. She'll sit in your arms and fall asleep in an instant. She loves to be loved and never gets tired of your attention. When you call her name, her head immediately snaps around to find you and her tail starts going a mile a minute.

Rainey sometimes has trouble with depth perception and will bump into things that she doesn't see. Her forever family will have to be careful that there are no sharp, pointy objects at her eye level that she can be hurt by. She runs pretty fast and, if there's something in her way, she may not see it and will smack right into it. We've been very sensitive to that in our home and have taken care not to move the furniture around alot. Rainey very quickly learned the floor plan of our home and can get around with amazing speed.

This special pug is also housebroken and will benefit from a home that has a doggie door and a fenced in backyard. However, this pug will not do well where there is a pool that she can fall into. This is important: She will not see the pool. She will not know that there is deep water. She WILL fall in and she does not swim. In order to insure Rainey's safety, it will be hard to convince me to let her be adopted by a family with an in ground pool. Sorry.

Rainey is gorgeous. Rainey is very polite. Rainey is a sweetheart of the highest order. Don't let her "winker status" deter you from bringing her into your home. Rainey craves love and will get along well with children and other animals. Yes, she can be dominant with other dogs but, with time and patience, that can be worked through. We have two cats here and I have to admit that Rainey enjoys chasing them but it's only because she wants to play. She loooooooooooves to play and loves her toys. She also loves to go on walks and is in very good physical condition so she doesn't tire easily. Her weight is perfect!
As far as her health, she's great! She has been spayed and is up to date on all her shots. She has been microchipped and is on a heartworm and flea preventative. When she came to us, she was tested and registered a slight heartworm positive but her monthly heartworm preventative takes care of that so that is not an issue.

Her left eye shows a slight bulge due to the infection she had when she was found. We was on an eye serum for two months and will be seen tomorrow by a local veterinary ophthalmologist here in Sarasota. I will post an update on the outcome of that appointment as soon as I can.

Once we know the status on her eye, Rainey will be available for adoption. However, applications are being taken if you think Rainey is the pug for you.

Please consider this adorable puglet. She will change your life. She's THAT special.

Pugs and kisses,
Leslie and Rainey