Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pug Rescue Bake Sale at Pet Rock

Thanks to all of you who supported our bake sale at Pet Rock last Sunday. We sold out of nearly everything we brought and will be making more of the pug cupcakes for the 2010 Pug Social.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Little Pug Lost: Find Fuji

Hi all, Fuji was separated from his mom and doggie brother in July and has not been found. Please help us keep an eye out for the little guy...details below:

Breed: Pug
Color: Silver & Black
Sex: Male
Age: 3
Last Seen: Old Mail Trail & Menunketesuck Rd near the Assoc beach. Westbrook, CT 06498
Details: Fuji is about 15 lbs. Cute little pug that has stolen our hearts. Wandered off in Grove Beach Point Assoc in Westbrook, CT on Monday, June 7 around 8 pm. Please help us make the family whole once again. Please call 203-887-7172 or contact Pug Rescue of New England if you have any information.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Help PRoNE Help Ricco

Hi, my name is Ricco and I'm a sweet, sweet boy who was severely neglected by my owners--I was hit by a car and they let me suffer with a badly broken leg for two weeks before surrendering me. It really hurt!

Pug Rescue of New England (PRoNE) took me in and got me emergency care and surgery for my leg. I'm so glad the doctor said I'm going to be ok! I feel so much better and now, instead of shivering in pain, I can let my gentle personality shine through.

My surgery and after care will cost about $1,500. If you could help PRoNE by donating to cover some of my costs it would be really great! Then they can help other puppies like me!

I'm just a puppy, 1 1/2 years old, and I live to be cuddled and loved. Don't you have room in your heart and home for a sweetie like me?

I have a ChipIn account in case you'd like to help me: http://bogartthepug.chipin.com/help-ricco-the-puggle-please

If interested in adopting from us, we encourage you to fill out an adoption application on our website (www.pugrescueofnewengland.org). Our adoptive homes require reference checks, an interview and a home visit before they are approved.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Bogie Update 1

Bogart is doing ok but he is having a rough night so he is sleeping in my lap as I type this little update. He is such a little darling. All of you will be happy to know that Bogie's hip is healing nicely (actually, the healing process is amazing!). He can actually put his little tip toe down now when he goes outside to do his business. He looks at all the other pugs like he would really like to play with them but that is still a little bit into the future. For now we will just keep cuddling him and waiting for next week when the sutures can come out and physical therapy can begin.

Can you help us help Bogart?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Can’t Keep a Good Pug Down – Bogart is beating the odds

Like Alabama’s chart topping hit “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”, Bogart the pug is beating the odds and soaring to the top of our hearts. This little 4 year old pug has faced challenges and pain no living creature should have to endure.

When PRoNE initially got the call about Bogart we were unprepared for what we would find. Bogart had a horrific eye injury called a “corneal melt” and a broken hip. Both of these conditions would require surgery and despite the thousands of dollars of expenses PRoNE would incur to save Bogart, we just knew this little guy was going to be a survivor. And despite the incredible pain he was in, Bogart was as sweet as could be, seeking love and comfort from volunteers, vet techs and anyone he met.

Unfortunately, PRoNE’s ophthalmologist advised us that Bogart’s eye could not be saved due to the advanced stage of the corneal melt. Sadly, had he been brought to us just 24 hours earlier, his eye might have been saved. Now our only choice was to have Bogart’s eye removed. While under anesthesia our ophthalmologist took a look at Bogart’s other eye and discovered a small tumor under the eyelid. She removed it and because it looked suspicious, she sent it to the lab for analysis. We are awaiting the results and hoping it was a benign tumor.

Bogart’s hip fracture was severe and complicated. It required that surgeons insert a metal plate to support his hip. Bogart will be on “bed rest” for a minimum of ten weeks and after his sutures are removed he will need physical therapy 3-4 times daily in his foster home.

A few days post surgery, Bogart is now resting comfortably – he is on several pain medications and antibiotics to prevent infection at the suture sites. We are hoping for a full recovery. The good news is that Bogart’s spirit remains strong. He is a brave and affectionate pug but he needs constant reassurance that he is ok and that he is loved.

Bogart’s veterinary expenses have topped $4,000 and there will be additional expenses during his recovery period. Won’t you please help us with Bogart’s care? We are a 501c3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Please stay tuned for updates on Bogart as he begins his road to recovery. You can’t keep a good pug down…

Monday, April 19, 2010

Thank you Petco Foundation!

Today PRoNE received a very nice check from the Petco Foundation to help further our work with surrendered and abandoned pugs.

In these tough economic times where surrenders are up and donations are not as robust as they used be, we just wanted to say thank you to Petco for working with rescues like ours and putting adoption first. And thank you as well to all those wonderful Petco customers who contributed to the Tree of Hope.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Diabetic Dogs: Don't Be Afraid to Care for Them

Diabetes is not uncommon in our furry friends as they age. Whether related to diet, genetics or just fate, it is not a death sentence for your pet and is relatively easy to treat.

After initial diagnosis your vet will likely want to do a glucose curve--keeping your pet for a minimum of 5 hours and checking its blood sugar periodically to determine the initial levels of insulin required and is repeated from time to time as needed when activity levels or diet change.

Generally, depending on the type of insulin used, it will need to be administered every 12 hours. This may seem daunting to a busy family, but just think: You're generally home at, say, 6am and 6pm, right? And a shot takes only a moment to administer.

I remember practicing on an orange before giving my dog his very first shot: I was so afraid it would hurt him, but I gave him the shot by pinching the skin between his shoulder blades while he was eating and he didn't even notice. (You know how pugs are with their food!)

So, as you can see, it really doesn't require so much to deal with your dog's diabetes. Your loving companion and friend has been there every time you needed him--would you abandon him in his time of need (and especially for something so simple to treat)?

Note: I am NOT a vet, but I did care for a diabetic dog.