Jack passed away Friday December 23, 2011. we adopted him from PROS when he was a pup, around 9 months old. He was nearly 11 when he passed. Much too young. He was always full of life, even while his health was failing. He will always have a place of honor in this house.
Cliff & Debbie Geyer
I am writing this with many tears falling. Our sweet senior pug “Pebbles” crossed over rainbow bridge on December 1st. We adopted her when she was 12yrs. old and she was with us 5 years. She was a tough old gal and took command of the kitchen at feeding time.
Good Bye Pebbles. Give Gena a pug kiss when you see her.
Linda and Jeff Bodwin
Because we loved him so much, we had to let him go. Our little man Duke crossed the rainbow bridge today.
He was 14 years old, deaf, blind, losing his sense of smell and taste. He stopped eating except for a few bites of jerky treats, watermelon, kettlecorn and Thanksgiving yams. Our handsome lad was so precious to us and such a good boy. I, especially, will miss his warm body cuddling next to mine at nights and the sweet little kisses he gave me checking to make sure I am still there.
Duke, we will never forget you and will love you forever.
Sadly, Kathy Bok and Bob Pickel November 30, 2011
**Thank you to Debbie & Jeffery Rodkey for their donation in memory of Duke**
One month ago we lost Sunny, our fifth rescue pug at 8 years of age. She was only with us 2 years but it felt like we had her her whole life. She got sick with SARDS and went blind about a year ago, she never got used to it and it cut her life short. She was very sweet and much loved by us and her rescue brother, Trevor, and everyone who met her. She’ll be forever missed.
Dan, Gary, and Trevor
We have a very sad story to share with you; it is a short story of a little pug named Boston. Boston was a 2 – 3 year old, fawn male pug. He was surrendered to the shelter because he had some behaviour problems that his owner couldn’t deal with. We were asked to take him in and quickly made arrangements. His foster home was ready and we even had a neuter appointment scheduled for him at the vet. Unfortunately, no one at the shelter realized how poor Boston’s health was. Our volunteer was 10 minutes from the shelter when we were notified that Boston passed away. Lab results indicate he had Parvo. We regret that we did not have the opportunity to change Boston’s life sooner. He will always be a PROS pug in our books. RIP Boston.
It is with heavy heart that I wish to inform you that Coco, the male fawn that I adopted from your organization in Feb. of 1995, passed away last week. I guess he was around 12-13 yrs.old. He had slowed down a lot because of catarract on both eyes and the vet said that he was loosing sensation in his back leg. I took him to the vet that morning and after some tests and x-rays the vet told me that he had and infection and gave him a shot and some antibiotics to take at home. That night he died in his sleep.
I guess the stress wore him out. If you have a young male available for adoption, please let me know.
Robert De Ocampo
Mimi is the name I gave to hospice pug “Merry.” I miss her so much. She was my little buddy and her passing was a complete shock. I’m still looking for her on my bed and in the house, still thinking of her food bowl and where is my little wiggly sweetheart… Kris Kroner.
Merry came to PROS as a 7 yr. old tiny fawn female pug. She was found as a stray and taken to a shelter, where she was rescued by PROS. She was in horrible shape: it appears whoever had her used me as a breeding machine. She must have been kept in a cage, because she didn’t like being put once she had a tast of her new found freedom. She could use a doggy door and was house trained. Merry had a severe left eye injury when she was found and the vet tried but could not save her eye. Merry also had an ulceration on her right eye requiring medicine. Through generous donations, Merry was able to have dental work and palate surgery, which greatly increased her quality of life. Merry was also grateful to receive spay surgery. Merry was a PROS retirement pug since March 2009 and she was deeply loved by her foster family.
It is with a very heavy heart that I write this note. On June 4th of this year we helped out beloved Peg cross the rainbow bridge. Her health was far from good and we wanted to keep her from suffering. We LOVED her soooooo much and a piece of my heart is missing but we know she is up and running again with her fellow Pug friends.
Thank you so much for what you do to help the needy Pugs. She was our first attempt at fostering and I know we failed miseriably (I think I called you the second day we had her to see about adopting her.) She brought so many smiles to our faces and I truly miss hearing her grunt her way down the hall to come lay by my side. One of her many beds still holds her place next to my desk as that was her place, at my side. She will forever be in our hearts and we will be forever grateful that you gave us the chance to be loved by her.
Laurie and Adam Cowhig Buford T. Justice, Bambi, Pearly, Miss Lacy Pug and Our Dearest Peg who has crossed the Rainbow
Bubbles crossed the bridge July 23rd, 2011 and was 16 or 17 years old. She had a long life while she was with PROS. She is missed by all of us, especially her foster family.
My sweet little Pola, friend and companion, crossed the Rainbow Bridge Friday, June 24, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. Pola was a teacher who arrived in the guise of a pug! This senior little girl was a wise and gentle soul who possessed a seemingly endless supply of spirit and spunk. She did so wonderfully well during these past 10 months of treatments to battle her chronic kidney disease, but her decline began to set in just a few weeks ago. Though I was blessed with Pola for just under two years, having adopted her on what I called lucky-7-11(09), I began to realize as the months rolled by that she was teaching me things I needed to learn — about the determination of spirit, the qualities of compassion and patience (when we took our little walks daily, we were on ‘Pola time’), learning to live the concept of being in the now, in the moment . . . Pola always stopped to smell the roses. This is my favorite photo of Pola — taken the day I picked her up at her foster home — that single moment illuminated the very essence of Pola’s spirit — a sweet little pug with the heart of a lion. Farewell, Little Friend! We will miss you . . . until we meet again . . .
Love Always, Mommy & Magick
My husband and I made the hard decision to send our second pug, Rocky, over the Rainbow Bridge today (June 11, 2011). She had arthritis and fused vertebra and had trouble moving around and getting up. Our hearts would break when she struggled to get to her feet, and we knew her time had come. It was a hard decision and she fought until the end. We were with her and held her until she left us. I will always remember how she would wait for me at the top of the steps or sit by the front door waiting for my return, how she would always nap by my feet, and how she had so much heart in that little body of hers. It’s like her body gave out before her heart did. My husband will remember how she would howl for me when I wasn’t around and how she was like a grizzly bear hiding inside of a pug’s body. Our beautiful Rocky just had so much character, and she will truly be missed. We feel better knowing that, just like our other pug, Buster Sue, Rocky left the world knowing that we loved her and that she will no longer be in any discomfort. Again, we would like to thank Pug PROS for rescuing her, and Molly at Pooches’ Playtime for fostering her before she came to her retirement home with us. We will always remember our pretty girl! We love you, Rocky!!
–Debbie and Cameron (and Bernie, her pug companion)
I wanted to let you know that we’ll be sending in a donation to PROS soon in memory of our oldest pug Chubby, whom we had to put to sleep recently. She was 13 1/2 and had a huge tumor that was bleeding internally. We didn’t even know she had it as there were no symptoms until she went into shock from massive blood loss. It has just broken my heart. She was our very first pug and my soul-mate. Thank goodness I have my other six to take care of or I would just be crying all day long. I know Chubby is flying around on angel wings over the Rainbow Bridge… probably looks like a happy little peanut zipping through the clouds!
I’m attaching a picture of Chubby taken on her last weekend. Next to her is Taffy, with our other girl Ame-chan behind her. Taffy is thriving… she’s turning into a real cuddler and getting ever more beautiful as she matures. She’ll be 3 this October.
Take care and lots of love from all of us, Rebecca, Doug, Fuzzy, Ame-chan, Taffy, Buddy, Dr. John and Dinky
My darling Frankie died in June 2011 after several days of respiratory difficulties. I’m grateful that he slipped away on his own and that I was with him. He was my third senior PROS adoption and I was crazy about him. He was a sweet, affectionate old boy who was always with me. His empty bed still gives me a pang.
Today we said goodbye to our beloved, Gus, who was diagnosed with untreatable cancer that had spread. He was one month shy of 14. He had stopped eating, and told us it was time to let him go. He was our first of 4 rescue pugs from PugPROS and we had been his “forever home” for 9 years. We have been blessed to have had him in our family and will miss him sorely.
Today, May 31, 2011, a beloved member of our family, Velvet, crossed over the rainbow bridge. She was 14 years old and was a member of our family for 7 years. She was a wonderful loving companion and gave kisses freely to her mom and dad. She was the leader of our pug pack and kept her sisters and brothers in line. She was the hall monitor. It was tearful goodbye as she showed her love to the very last minutes of her life. She is now in God’s home and free from pain and with her sisters and brothers who preceded her. Velvet, we will love you forever.
Mom (Jan) and Dad (John)
My husband and I decided that it was time for our pug, Buster Sue, to go over the rainbow bridge today (May 28, 2011). We affectionately called her Bear Bear or Baroness. Bear Bear really began to struggle with her collapsed trachea and her spreading tumors, and we knew it was time; she just looked tired. Though it was extremely emotional for us, we were with her right up until the end. We wanted her to know that we loved her and cared about her. I will always remember how she was my yoga buddy, how she loved her stroller rides, and how she would just look up at me with those big pug eyes and welcome me home. She had a very independent personality which was amazing, but at times tested my patience. My husband will remember how she always took her time to find just the right spot to go the bathroom even if it meant staying outside with her for an extra few minutes… even in the rain, and how she was very timid and apprehensive at first and didn’t want him to rub her belly. She grew to love being held like a baby and given belly rubs. We both are so happy to have given Bear Bear a relaxing and fun retirement home.
We would like to thank Pug PROS for rescuing her, and Molly at Pooches’ Playtime for fostering her before she came to her forever home with us. She will always be loved and missed. We love you Bear!!
–Debbie and Cameron (and Rocky and Bernie, her pug companions)
PROS took Hailey in on 4/25 from a lady who was moving and didn’t want her. This little 7 month old little girl had recovered from Parvo in Feb but was very ill. We took her in but found out she was anemic and in kidney failure. The vet said it was a genetic condition. Hailey crossed the bridge today 4/26 as there was nothing that could be done for her. Bless you little angel.
Sweet hospice pug Lola crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 4/2/11. She was loved by her foster family and all of PROS.
Frannie crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 3/10/11. She is greatly missed by her foster family and all those with PROS.
It is with much sadness that Moogie crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 3/5/11. Moogie’s multiple health issues were just too much for her little body. She will be missed by her foster family and all of PROS. Thank you to Monique von Sivers for her donation towards Moogie’s care and comfort.
Loving and Letting Go Of Our Senior Rescues
I have a whole house of pugs but the seniors are my favorites. I usually foster the older pugs; I ask for the ones that are 10 years old and up. Kazzie was surrendered to PROS after her owner became to ill to care for her. I picked her up from Gena on Thanksgiving weekend after a dog show. She struck me as being a delicate little girl. She adjusted to life easily at my house with the other pugs. She was as quiet as a mouse unless she felt lost and then she would let out the most amazing howl. She was never a bother and never complained. She was very picky about her food. She would turn her nose up to kibble and canned food but would beg for whatever I was eating. I gave in and would add ham and other goodies to her food. I had the feeling that something was wrong when she would only eat straight chicken for me. I then noticed the telltale sign of a sick dog. I see enough dying dogs to have the intuition to when the end is near. Sure enough my suspicions were confirmed when I preformed her blood-work. Over the next 48 hours I saw the life leave her sweet face. I knew that she was suffering and the kindest thing was to let her go peacefully. It is never easy to euthanize a dog and it is especially hard when it is your own dog. I feel honored to have known and cared for Kazzie in the short amount of time that I did. I will always be willing to open my home to another senior pug.
Vickie Swarowski DVM