Many years back we received a call from PROS asking could we foster a female pug.  She’d been found wandering around down in San Jose.  It was a cold, wet time..  She was living rough on the streets.  The photo we’d been sent of her at that time was extremely sad.  Her eyes and her face said it all.  The guess by us all was that she’d been “utilized” as a back yard breeder’s pug factory and as she aged and needed medical attention, she’d just been turned out to the streets.  We said yes and Trisha came into our home.  We had no idea how old she was, but she needed medical attention which PROS scheduled and we shepherded her through that time and adopted her.

The beautiful photo of her I attach for this writing is indicative of her transformation, after all her good care and as she blossomed into a lady of this house.  After her first year that she joined in the household her personality slowly came into its own, from the quiet shy girl, she decided at some point she was “in charge”, and she relished her role as being the household’s ruling force.  To paraphrase a line from Lucy in one of Charlie Brown’s cartoons “it’s not that she was bossy, it was just that her ideas were better”.  And she decided Tony was co-regent.  If Tony was home, she was always within a foot’s length away.  She made sure we all knew she loved us, but she was Tony’s shadow and they had a marvelous connection.

In November 2016, she was possibly 15ish or 16ish, and she had a normal day, and then on an evening just as normal, when Tony arrived home, she and the other pugsters ran out the front dog door to welcome him with barks as Tony headed up the front walkway.  Suddenly she collapsed and she was just gone.  She’d waited all day for them to see each other again.  Trisha Gump Woo… our brave independent ruler of the roost had won our hearts and our respect over all the years she was a family member in our home…  We thank PROS giving her and us the opportunity of all that love.  Cheers Miss Gump..  Thank you for loving us…  LOVE to you in Heaven and we’ll see you at the Rainbow Bridge and we’ll all have lots of treats again down the road.


Miss Pepa aka Pepsi

Miss Pepa aka Pepsi passed away on October 24, 2016.

» Pepsi’s Story


Dear Pros,

Bubbles passed away, peacefully as she slept, June 22, 2016.  We were all traveling back from a trip to Yellowstone and our cabin in Macks Inn.  She was laying next to me, as I drove truck, with Meatball and Carolyn on the other side of her traveling bed.  We believe she may have had a mild stroke and congestive heart failure as she labored to walk on her bad leg.

She was a trooper and always kept up with us as we traveled throughout the US and Canada.  She was up for anything new.  Her biggest adventure was going on a 48 day RV caravan to Alaska last year.  She was loved by all even when she expressed her wishes quite vocally at times, as she spoke up for herself.  (Mostly involving more food!)  She and Meatball were inseparable and together at the end.  He is getting extra love and attention as he deals with her loss.  Ollie, Carolyn’s Yorkie, is keeping a watchful eye on Meatball, also, so he is not fully alone.

Thank you for your rescue efforts and being a part of bringing Bubbles and Meatball into our lives.

Celia & Carolyn

» Bubbles’s Story (Bubbles & Meatball)


Alumni Rocko, we adopted in April of 2015 died yesterday, Jan. 15, 2016, due to breathing difficulties/heart failure.

Blair:  He was my perfect little buddy, I will miss him in the morning when I wake up to go to work, he would join me in the kitchen for a early morning snack, he loved to eat.  And at night time, when we would go to bed Rocko, Sarah and Charlie would all wait patiently for their nigh night cookies.  He would look at me with his one eye, then the ground to see if I put his on the floor, then back at me, until my hand went to the floor to give him his snacks.  Thank you PROS for giving us the opportunity give him his forever home.  He leaves a big hole in our hearts.

Barbara:  Rocko was a fantastic addition to our family.  I love the way he would bark at nothing at all.  Just wanted to be heard.  I will miss him keeping my feet warm at night, making mealtimes so exciting every single time, coming over to where I sit in hopes I would give him a tummy rub which he got each and every time.  He was such a wise old man and always gave me joy every time we were together.  I will miss him till my end and love him just as long.  Sarah and Charlie will miss their little buddy.  Thank you all for allowing us to have this little man as part of our family.  Rocketman, I love you.

Thanks again,

Blair, Barbara Brandylee, and fur babies Sarah and Charlie

» Rocko’s Story


Today we said goodbye forever to our beloved Sammie.  She spent the weekend in the emergency vet struggling to breathe due to cardiac hypertension.  Today we had to let her go.  It broke all of our hearts.  RIP Sammie and thank you for being a pet of her life.