With deep sadness, our beloved Tula crossed the rainbow on December 26th.  She left peacefully when we were both with her and holding her paws.

Thank you Pug Rescue for allowing us to adopt Tula in 2009 and for all the joy and love she gave us.  She was a big part of our small family.

Ebru and Winnie


It is with a heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to our sweet Lucy.  We took in Lucy on behalf of PROS the day before her 14th birthday and immediately fell in love with her and adopted her shortly thereafter.  Her face as it lit up at dinner time always put smiles on our faces.  Lucy had terrible skin and allergy issues but was always a trooper.  We didn’t have Lucy for long but will always be grateful for the love we shared with her.  RIP our sweet girl!

Margaret and Alvin

» Lucy’s Page


Alumni Farrah a.k.a. Daisy crossed the rainbow bridge on Nov. 26, 2018.

» Farrah’s Story


14-year-old Pepper crossed the rainbow bridge on Nov. 26, 2018.  She will be greatly missed.


Hospice Chester passed away during his nap on Nov. 25, 2018.

» Chester’s Story


My darling 12 yr old Chelsea (AKA China) went to sleep this week after being adopted as a hospice dog 6 yrs ago due to liver shunt.  She had a wonderful life w her bff Spartacus (and an additional pug mix Polly) here in Ireland when I retired from nursing in San Fran 2013.  We moved home with my pugs from USA and added 3 cats and five ponies to our life in the country on two acres.  She went thru retirement marriage moving abroad and my widowhood as a constant loving companion…a perfect pug til the end when she collapsed in liver failure.  She will be cremated and buried with me along w late Duke and Duchess.

Thanks for giving her to me to spend her life with…the medical regimen PROS advised of lactolose and Hills Liver diet gave us years of lively enjoyment together.

Never enough tho.

Bridie Kelly O’Shaughnessy Adare, Co. Limerick Ireland

» Chelsea’s Story


We are heartbroken to announce the passing of one of our hospice pugs, Max.  4 years ago, we took Max and his sister, Polly, out of the Oakland shelter.  They were dropped there in their golden years, around 13 years old.  We found them a wonderful foster home.  After Polly passed on in December 2014 and Max had been in foster for over a year, he became a hospice pug.  We decided to stop looking for a forever home for him, because he had already found that home with his foster parents!  Godspeed, Max.  We miss you.

The Pug Rescue of Sacramento Family

» Max’s Story


McGuyver May 2004-May 2018.  Rest In Peace my precious boy.

McGuyver left us on May 25th.  His last three weeks were a gift because we knew he was failing and the vet gave us some medication to control what was going on inside.  The last few days of his life his strength left him and even his ferocious appetite was declining.  We didn’t want him to suffer so we had a veterinarian from Bridge Services come to our home and we sat on the floor on blankets and said goodbye to our sweet boy.  When we met McGuyver he was a spirited and insecure dog who went from foster home to foster home.  With us he found his forever home and in turn McGuyver taught us patience, he taught us to slow down on walks and appreciate everything around us.  He gave us unconditional love, taught us that naps are awesome and finding the right spot in the sun is the best, that doggie hound smell is very special, nothing tops a good belly rub and salmon and cheese are the finest treats.  We taught him the importance of good customer service at Craig’s shop, the value in good dental care (he had teeth issues), sitting for treats and trying not to lick the dishes in the dishwasher at the other people’s homes.  (I think we failed with this one).  Mac leaves behind his friends in the neighborhood, Bodhi, Zoe, Bella, Ozzie, Rocko, Julio, Gigi, Chico, Ru, Georgie and Elsa.  He’s now being welcomed by Kobe, Piper and Willie.

Safe journey Little Man.  We will miss your snoring and your gentle soul.

Jan Weiss

» McGuyver’s Story

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae came to us from a PROS foster home, where she lived for a whole year.  She was 12 when we adopted her.  She was a very happy girl who liked costumes, sleeping on the couch or in the sun, and snacks.  She was the sweetest dog.  She was completely deaf, and we had our very own signals for her.  She loved all dogs and cats.  She passed away at age 14.  She is missed by the Iwafuchi family and our three other PROS pugs.

The Iwafuchi Family

» Daisy Mae’s Story


We adopted Pugsy from PROS summer 2010.  She brought so much joy and spunk into our home.  She loved the beach, playing with toys – and soon loved playing with her adopted brother, another rescue pug named Tank.  She was a wonderful nanny to our two kids, was so gentle with them and loving.  As she grew older, she may have slowed down, but still had that sassy attitude we loved so much about her.  She passed away peacefully this weekend.  We will always think of you Pugsy, chasing birds and waves on the beach.  We love you.

Brianne Steele


Dearest Reggie left this world today and I will miss him terribly.  I was lucky enough to adopt him when he was 2 and have him in my life for almost 13 years.  He has been a great dog living with me in San Francisco, Berkeley and Anchorage.  He loved Stinson Beach and in his glory years would run ten miles for my five mile walk.  He had many road trips to Palm Springs and airplane trips to see Grandma and his cousin Charley.  It’s been a long time since he’s been able to run on the beach and it’s hard to remember him without the gray muzzle.  Only dog I knew that would purr.  He was the best companion, snuggler and giver of unconditional love.  I hope he’s running on a beach again and has met up with his predecessor, Toby the pug and his cousin Charley the pug.  I will always be grateful for the love, laughter and comfort he brought to my life.

Anne Ryan

Miss Bella

Bella stepped into our lives at a Pug Rescue of Sacramento adoption event in Roseville.  She stepped over to me, put her paw on my leg, looked up at me, and told me she needed petting.

Like a good obedient human, I petted her and scratched her head and ears, and she captured my heart … and that was that.

We had driven from the south Bay Area in a little miata.  When we left, my wife drove and I had Bella and Jack (who we also fell in love with) on my lap.

We have been inseparable since.

We have walked morning and night since day one.

Dogs and people know us to pet and rub ears and noses on the downtown streets of Los Altos every night.

Family dinners, every Sunday, aren’t complete without somebody getting a lot of attention.

In my little car, Bella’s place is in the convertible boot beside and behind my head.

Jack is co pilot in the shotgun seat.

I don’t go anywhere without my four legged people.

Bella’s smile made her friends – far and near.

Los Altos was her town.

Only, now Bella is with us without her body.

After we walked our usual mile or so Thursday night, and just after dinner, she had a hard time breathing.

Thursday night she had trouble breathing; in the middle of the night we went to emergency. Her body died peacefully in her sleep, with me talking to and petting her; she and I left to go home together. – she without her body.

She is with us —- just no smiley face and paw in the physical universe saying “pet me.” but my loyal and faithful friend is here and the love is eternal.

Edward Berwick

» Bella’s Story


We adopted Hobo (we renamed him Wally) in 6/2005 from you.  He was 2 years old.  Wally had a great life with our dog Lexi.  We adopted her in 2004.

Wally had a toe bed cancer and his toe was amputated a few weeks ago.  Since then, his physical health was deteriorating.  He limped.  For the last week of his life, we carried him everywhere.

Last Sunday he woke up and cried persistently.  We brought him to an emergency vet and we tried a pain killer to see if it would relieve the pain.  We brought him home.  At 6pm, unexpectedly, Lexi collapsed.  She’s always been healthy and it was a shock.  We brought her to the same emergency vet.  We learned she had a heart murmur and fluid was in her lungs.  They put her in an oxygen cage and checked to see if her kidneys could handle a diuretic.  Thankfully, she could!!  They said they would call us the next morning.

Later that night at 2am, Wally’s cries couldn’t be stopped.  We knew it was time.  My husband carried him to the car to take him in.  As he started the car, the vet called.  Lexi would not be making it through the night.  Both dogs were put to sleep in his arms.  After 13 years together, they chose the same moment to go together.

While our hearts are broken and our home is empty, I wanted to thank you and all your volunteers for what you do for these animals.  Wally filled our lives with love, laughter, and snoring for the past 13 years.  We were honored to be his forever home.


The Beck family


I’m sad to let you know we had to say goodbye to Bill (aka Billy aka Billy Idol aka Mr. Bill), adopted through PROS in January 2007.  Severe end stage liver and kidney disease.  😭  He was a part of our family for 11 years, but probably between 15 and 17 years old.  He was an amazing fit for our family and we are forever grateful to PROS for him.  We are heartbroken and incomplete without him.

Jessica Frantzich (Springgay) and family

» Billy’s Story


Beauty crossed the rainbow bridge (02.23.2018). 🌈  We will miss our sweet baby girl and are lucky we had her for 5 1/2 years.  She brought so much joy to our lives.  We will be teary eyed without her in our lives.  Sweet Dreams Baby Girl.

Parents Margaret & Alvin

» Baby & Beauty’s Story

Stella Sue

From the moment I first saw her face, I fell in love hard with Stella Sue.  She brought so much joy to my every day.  Her smile, her snore, her little bark, her wiggle tail, her precious kisses, oh how I miss this.  The way her tongue would stick out.  I loved to kiss that little tongue.  I will miss all the daily routine together.  I already do.  I miss your warm body next to me at night.  I know Sarah and Charlie are missing you too.  Us all cuddling on the couch.  The house is very quiet without you.  Till we meet again, my Stella Sue.  You are forever in my heart.

She was just shy of her 12th birthday and we were sure she would be with us much longer.  Stella has become such a special part of our lives.  I will miss when she would roll over on her side when we would say come on, let’s go outside.  She really liked the nightly ritual of nigh night cookies.  She always greeted me at the door when I would come home from work.  She is greatly missed.  Thanks again for letting us take her into our home.

Blair, Barbara, Brandy Lee, Sarah and Charlie.

» Stella Sue’s Story

Honey Bear

Honey Bear crossed the rainbow bridge at 4:30am on 01.13.2018.

From Foster Mommy, Lynne North
Mr. Honey Bear came to me in November 2014 as a foster through Pug Rescue of Sacramento.  He was around 12 years old and diabetic.  He rapidly developed cataracts and became blind, and not long after lost his hearing.  Despite it all, he was a sweet, and I thought temporary, addition to my pack.  But with his age and all his medical issues, Honey Bear was repeatedly passed over, so I was happy to love and care for him over the last three years.  He was an amazing little guy!  This morning, Honey Bear unexpectedly left his earthly ills behind and danced his way over the Rainbow Bridge. 🌈  There’s a brand new star shining brightly in the sky tonight. 🌟  I will miss you, Honey Bear!

» Honey Bear’s Story