I just want to cry!

Good Morning all my friends here at pugspot!  I needed to talk to you guys and get your input on a situation at our house that started yesterday.  Most of you know we have two pugs, Stella and Sammy. They came from a kennel not in the best condition but are doing just great with us.  Since then I started to read up on kennel dogs etc. and it about broke my heart to see the conditions they have to live in.  I have debated with myself back and forth about getting another rescue pug and finally came to peace with myself that financially, emotionally, and physically 2 pugs, working full time, 7 grandchildren and BUTCH is about all I can handle.  Case closed!  My heart was sealed!

Last night I came home from work and Butch told me to go look in the bathroom.  There in the corner shivering and crying was this little fawn pug girl!  I looked at Butch and asked WTH?  His story is that he went to the locker to get some meat, he saw the woman out in her yard where we got our other puggies and stopped, she asked him if he wanted a fawn pug for FREE (LOOLOLOLOLOL..freellLOLOLOLOL) and of course he brought her home!  I called the woman back and she's laughing cos I am upset and she knows its breaking my heart, I ask her information about the puggie and she tells me she is five years old, always been a breeder pug, and never been out of her kennel.  She lost her last two litters so the guy that runs the place was going to get rid of her (and not by going to the vet!!) So she put her in the basement in a cage (like stella).  All the time I was talking to her, I was holding the puggie and she was shaking looking at me, with the most saddest face I had ever ever seen.  Stella and Sam were beside me, and I looked at them and I looked at her, and there was absolutely no comparsion in their faces.  OUr pugs looked happy and well cared for, she looked sad and sad and sad and miserable.  She said if we didn't want her we could bring her back!   WHAT!!!  How could I send her back to that fate, BUT I just wanted to kill Butch!!  I am so mad at him I can't even talk to him today! 

So she ended up sitting on my lap with Stellie most of the night.  at bedtime she went into the bathroom and slept all night.  She quit shaking and wagged her tail at me alot!  She was so thankful!  Butch called me this morning and said she was up running around with stella and sam.  He is taking her out to the vet this morning to get checked out!  I am so proud of stella, she was like the ambassador of our home, Sam barked most of the night at her!  I am just torn up about her , and I know there is no way I could send her back, and I already am falling in love with her, BUT i am still mad!  Am I a heartless witch!??  I know she will have some problems from her history what do i need to look for, and how do i handle these next few weeks....of course she is not potty trained...she smells terrible, and has horrible bad breath....and the list goes on and on......(I named her Trudy)

Deb

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RedRoss9 (almost 6 years ago)

You're not a heartless witch!  I promise.  I think it's perfectly fine to be angry at Butch for making this major decision without consulting you.  That being said...think about how much it says for Butch that he helped out a poor lost soul that has lived through hell and was about to be done in in an inhumane manner.  I don't know him, but he sounds like a wonderful guy.  Anyone who saves an abused and neglected animal has to have a bit of angel in them.  So go ahead and be angry for a bit, but not for long.  He can't help it that he's a softie at heart!  Just let him know that you feel overwhelmed and that he needs to take a lot of responsibility for the new Pug. 

As for Trudy...well, I have fostered Pugs who were in this situation prior to getting rescued.  I can imagine how she must smell, and how she's shaking, and unsure, and terrified that she is going to be in conditions like she lived most of her life in.  I'm imagining that she's probably got a UTI, rotten teeth, maybe skin infections...and none of those things smell pleasant.  A good anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bath, along with some antibiotics and a good diet will help greatly!

You'll want to look out for the UTI, of course, if she has one.  She'll need a dental, I am sure, with possible extractions.  She could have hernias, and of course she'll need to be spayed.  The hernias can be repaired at the same time as the spay.  If she's only 5, these are probably the only major health problems she has.  Probably.  One never knows. 

As far as behavior, she's going to be like a brand new puppy, but with some emotional hangups.  Treat her as such.  Lots of love, understanding, and discipline.  Sit on the floor with her and let her do her thing.  If she gets nervous, give her some love and/or treats.  That will help to gain her trust.  Just train her like you did Stella and Sam.  Give her plenty of love and positive reinforcement.  Going potty every hour is a must.  Make a big deal when she does go outside.  Invest in some Nature's Miracle to clean up after the times that she goes inside. 

I would recommend getting a pet insurance policy for her.  You never know what you could be looking at with her down the road.  It costs a few bucks a month, but if something goes wrong with her, you'll have the insurance as a safety net. 

The beautiful thing about all of my puppy mill rescued fosters is that after a few days, some good food, a bath or two, and a whole lot of love and patience...they all started acting like "normal" Pugs!  They threw off that old life so fast that I couldn't believe it.  It's amazing, how an animal that has never had love or basic comforts can be so trusting, loving, and happy.  I can remember the first night that I had all of them.  Not a one of them looked like a proper, happy, well loved Pug.  They didn't have that spark in their eyes, and when you looked at their little faces you could tell that they were expecting death or another miserable experience.  They'd given up.  The first days that they played with toys brought me to tears.  Their kisses and snuggles delighted me!  It is so very special to watch their transformations.  I'm tearing up a bit just thinking about Buffy, Buggy, Mr. Big Biscuit and the other Pugs I have rescued. 

I think you're doing a wonderful thing.  Trudy is going to be so happy with you!  BUT...if you can't keep her, contact a Pug rescue.  Even if you don't have one in your immediate area, some rescues can help with transporting the Pug to them.  So...let me know about Trudy's vet report.  I'm anxious to see how she is, physically.  And when you finally start talking to Butch again, tell him I think he's a very sweet person.    Pug hugs for you guys. 

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

I was so hoping yu would see my post red, since you and i have had a conversation like this before in a hypothicial way though..lol

I am anxious to go pick her up at the vet to see what he had to say...i will get her around noon, and report back after that.  Butch called me this morning and said it was so great to see her running around with sam and stella like she has always been there!  I was surprized she was up and going so fast.  Well she certainly is on my mind all morning and what the future holds for her!  I know though that she is sure a survivor!  Isn't it amazing how quickly they start to respond to a little love!

I'll be back on after lunch.   deb

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KatB (almost 6 years ago)

two cute, No one could have said it better than Red. And I totally agree with everything she told you. And I understand as well your feelings. If my husband did this?? I would have grabbed him and kissed and huged the shit out of him. You have a wonderful man that is for sure. God Bless him. I will add though, if you can't handle having another puggy in the house. Then try to locate a pug rescue and contact them. Being close to you, I may be able to help with that. I can contact my rescue cord. And see if she can help direct you. If you keep her? I think you already know what to do. You've already done it. Love her darlin. She is very lucky to have landed in your home with you and hubby. I think though it is time to contact your local animal warden, and start complaining about this breeder. It is sounding like many places I have seen and heard about through our own rescue. Red knows what I mean. It's  time to shut them down if you can help do that. Reporting them would be a big step. Sending prayers for you all, and that little puggy girl. God bless both of you for you helping her. And we all know pugs on here. The more the merrier. HA! Sounds like Stella and Sam have already welcomed her in the home. Teehee.   PS- I love her name. Trudy, that's perfect.

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mavalvenk (almost 6 years ago)

you are very lucky to b the proud mother of a brand new pug...some special in your home..Trudy is truly lucky.

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mavalvenk (almost 6 years ago)

i once drove down from new delhi to my home town varanasi about 18 hours just to take a street dog home, he was

about 3/4 weeks old, badly hurt and bruised and bitten he was sick. I picked him up from under a car and looked after him 4

sometime then we went home, I left him there with my caretakerswho were quite used to me bringing home all the stray dogs from the streets, as I had to leave urgently overseas, there was no choice. When i came back he was nice and healthy and well looked after. As I had 2 more dogs he did not miss much. Now both the doggies Chotu and Dingo a Roth

are dead as they lived 14 years with me. Only My little Peppy is there now and hes huge a good decision and well we love him, two months back I took Romeo back home, Varanasi, and both of them kept barking at each other. They have to make friends.

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

thank you for all your positive comments!  I couldn't wait to get her from the vet to see what he had to say.  I hated having to come back to work, cos I wanted to stay home all day with my furry kids!  Soooooo...this is what the vet said.  On a scale of 4 her gum disease is a 3.  she has several loose teeth and they are about to fall out.  Thus the bad breath.  She had ear mites, yeast infection and a bacterial infection in both ears.  Covered with fleas.  Has had several c-sections.  Weighs 13 lbs.  Just like stella!  Didn't give me anything for a UTI cos she hasn't went to the bathroom since I brought her home.  Told me to wait and see if it bothers her. (??)  He said we need to do a spaying first, then get her teeth done.  They said she never made a peep all the time she was there.   They gave her shots, and rabie shots, and a capstar tablet. When i picked her up to go home she just laid her little head on my shouldar.  Broke my heart!!!

So my purse is $210.00 lighter, after the vet and I still haven't gotten her to eat or drink.  I bought some soft food from them, hoping she will eat a little tonight.  I don't know if I did the right thing or not, but I put her in a little crate we had for the afternoon, with a blanket and pillow and stuffed frog.  Sam and Stella were looking at me, thinking why is she in this thing....with the blankets there isn't enuf room for her to go potty so i probably screwed that up for sure!  But I didn't want her walking around on bars....her pads on her paws are very rough and calused.....

Kat thank you and red and mavalvenk for all your kind words.  I wish my house was bigger, and my yard, and etc. etc. I am just so worried about all three of them handling the winter etc...but I know my heart is big, and I already care about Trudy and just want her to have a happy life.  I just can't get over how loving Stella was to her.  I am so proud of stella!  I think Sam will be okay in time, he just barks and barks at her.  He does not handle change very well.

Thank you for saying good things about Butch, I know I am lucky to have a man with such a loving heart, BUT I wish he would have talked to me ahead of time,,,,of course I would have said no, and then worried about her the rest of my life..lol

well i am going home at 4:30 and giving her another bath.  Got medicine to put in her ears, and gonna try to get her to eat and drink.  Any ideas on this?

Thank you dear friends!  Deb andKids

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Puglover0625 (almost 6 years ago)

Two cute- Both you and your husband are angels for helping this little girl! Trudy is very lucky! So are Sam and Stella

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docand (almost 6 years ago)

Butch sounds like me.  Big ol' Marine war vet with a big heart of mush.  I would have done the same  I would have brought her home and held and loved her so much.  Of course I would have to do that over at the neighbor's house cause the wife would have kicked me out. HA!   Good Luck on your new little sweet heart!  Keep us updated and we need pictures.

                                  Doc and his girls

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Kat_and_Rex (almost 6 years ago)

Can I just say something in Butch's defence....if my partner had come home and told me about the poor state of this little lady I would have thrown a fit that he didn't bring her straight home! Butch followed his compassionate, loving heart, knowing you would have done the same...would you have thought twice upon seeing her for the first time to consult with Butch? I know I wouldn't have! What a wonderful family you are; you for opening your purse not knowing the outcome for this little girl, Stella for being an instance understanding mother figure, you know she looked at her and saw herself before she had you to love her; Sam for freaky out at there being another girl in the house, but you know he already wouldn;t want to see her leave, and well, what can I say, Butch, the saviour! I know one thing, Trudy was meant to be loved by you; I write with such fondness and admiration for your family.

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vbpugmom (almost 6 years ago)

Best of luck with Trudy.. even if you decide not to keep her at least you will find her a good home.  Either way you two have saved her and I'm sure she's grateful

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elgor (almost 6 years ago)

Oh my ... I think I would have been shocked to come home and find another pug. But thank God Butch saved her! People always say things happen for a reason and something made Butch stop there when I'm sure he has drove past many times and never thought about stopping before! When you already have two pugs ... what's one more? LOL!!! Some days I KNOW I am crazy since I have four but most days I am grateful that I have four pugs to love and cherish. They drive me nuts when they all want to be on my lap and I'm trying to hold a laptop, too. Right now I have the two boys on each side and Zoe is on my lap with my laptop and she is licking my hands which drives me insane, but I love her so I let her do it! Liberty is laying in the toy box across the room just looking at me. She isn't happy because it's cold so I put pajamas on them. The two fawn don't mind wearing clothes but the two blacks want to know who they need to call to report me for mental cruelty and abuse! LOL!!! I agree with what everyone is saying ... if you can't keep her at least she got out of a horrible situation and hopefully will find a good home. But I'm sure you are already falling head over heels in love with her! And hopefully Stella and Sam will too! Keep us posted! Pug Hugs, Ellen

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Twirds (almost 6 years ago)

I have to say that you are a wonderful person and as hard as it will be for you, you did the right thing.  I will say a prayer for you!  Bless your heart!!!

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KatB (almost 6 years ago)

Deb, try putting some soften dry food with maybe some chicken broth to soften it. Make it just alittle soupy. Mit help. I wouldn't worry to much just yet about the not eating part. She is probably scared and stressed some. Those teeth could be really hurting. Give her some time. For the dry eyes? Get the Genteal eye drop or lub. You find it at Walmart near the eye care stuff like for contacts and such. It will make her eyes feels really good. It's for humans but safe for dogs. I used it on Sulynns budgy eyes. Really helped alot. When ever I foster, I was always so proud of my pack, as the pugs were always the first to greet the new dog. They always helped in a big way to make them feel at home. It will be ok Deb. Trudy senses your heart. She knows.

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Well last night was our first true night with Trudy and it wasn't to bad.  First she finally drank some water, but so far hasn't eaten anything...I even tried soft science food but she refused it.  I am going to try the chicken broth with dry food today.  Second she was so happy to see me when i got home from work.  at first she was scared but within a few min. her tail was wagging and waggin and she was jumpin on me, she was so excited.  I took her outside for the first time and her and stella ran around in the fence!  she didn't know what to think!  She loves being right by me, if i am sitting down she is there, when i laid down on the couch last night she laid right on me, bedtime was a little harder cos she whined and barked to get out of her crate, and come in there with the rest of the tribe but i didn't let her.  ( i felt mean) but i knew i couldn't start that, and she settled down and slept all night.  She is pretty quiet so far, but i am sure i will start to see more of her personality.  She doesn't know what a toy is, but i can tell she loves to be touched!

Butch came home from work last night and said guess what someone I work with wants her!  I said, WHAT!!!!!!!!  He explained all he remembered hearing was my chewing his butt for bringing her home, etc. etc.  I told him, I don't know if I can send her away now, so we would just give it some time...I think we will be just fine.

My biggest hurtle is my grown kids!  Isn't that funny!  They are like mom you don't need anymore dogs, sam and stella take all your time, WHAT!!!  I felt a role reversale going on here and i didn't like it!  GEEZ!   Anyway I am glad it is friday so i stay home with them this weekend and work on her eating.  When i called the past owner (loosest sense of the word) last night to see if she had been spayed (no) I asked her about her eating habits, and she just kinda chuckled and said she was in a pen with two other dogs and they wouldn't share food with her so she noticed she was scared to eat also!!!  I was just sick when i got off the phone!  Anyway she is doing better now, she is happy, and she is ours!   Thank you for all your faith in me and Butch being parents of 3 furry kids now!  I guess I am going to have to change two_cute to three_cute llololo   deb

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

So far Stella has been really good and understanding with her, she handles it well when trudy always wants on my lap and hasn't gotten jealous, she plays outside with her and really enjoys that...Sam is still feeling out the change.  He barks still and gets anxious but I think before long he will calm down.  I try to always pet him, and let him lay on my legs like he likes so he won't feel bad about her being there.  I am so very proud of stella though...I thought it would be her cos she is such a mommas baby, but she has risen to the occasion and showed her heart!  I think she is giving back!  

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im very proud of you for all you've done for this little girl, im know she appreciates it ... and by by the sounds of it shes growing on you! I'm sure butch had the best of intentions and coindisering everything he was probably thinking you would've done the same thing seeing her like that, poor girl. I have three pugs 2 2year olds and a 8 week old in less then 800 sq ft 1bed room apt, I love my girls to death and they cope amazingly with the space, I can honestly say h i was worried about when gettin our newest is that 3 pugs is the exact same as 2, the third grows into the schedule your other two allready have.. Honestly whats an extra cup of food/ day in saving a life?! I got critisized by everyone Im only 22 and have three little girls every one was saying what ar eyou going to do when you have real kids... these are my kids! And im sure trudy is in love with everything he new life has to offer. Our second was a badly beaten rescue and she has turned out to be amazing even more well trained then the other 2. Rescues are defiantly worth it. Our newest zooiieey was only 7 week when we got her and had never eaten hard food, we also tried the chicken stock and made her food into sortive a gravy . also try hand feeding her (bonds you and shows her shes alot to eat it, and no one will take it from her).Also I wwould suggest leaving her in her kennel with the door open so she can have the oppertunity to come out when she feels comfortable and safe enough to 

Good luck !

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JanandSass (almost 6 years ago)

How awful for the poor little baby!  She went through so much, and is so traumatized!  Good on you for doing so much for her.  Patience, love and care will do the very best things for her.  Yes, you must become Three Cute now! 

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puglover4 (almost 6 years ago)

Hi - Angel's mom here.  I see you read my post.  Just want to assure you that Angel took a few days before she would eat.  I was really worried so I understand where you are coming from.  Hang in there!

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

I have noticed to her feet are all splayed out and look really weird.  She gets pretty nervous walking on the different textures of our floors, concrete on the back porch, wood and carpet....

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ZuZu0609 (almost 6 years ago)

Oh my goodness....now you have made ME want to cry, lol. I don't know what to say because everyone has said it all. This little girl is so lucky to have found your family. Even if you don't end up keeping her, you're still the bridge from her old, unspeakable life, to hopefully finding her forever home where she'll get all the love she deserves.

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puglover4 (almost 6 years ago)

Walking on different textures ... yes, that sounds familiar.  Angel would not go up / down steps for some time.  We live in a 2 story house and also our back porch has 2 steps.  Gradually, she would go up the 2 step landing to our upstairs and just wait there for us to come back down.    I couldn't believe it the first time she went up the steps.  Then we had to carry her back down b/c she had no idea how to get back down!  For a long time, we also carried her outside to go potty before she would do the back porch 2 steps on her own.  It's heartbreaking.

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docand (almost 6 years ago)

We are soooo lucky on PugSpot to have people like you. (Butch also)  The poor little girl sounds like she needs so much love.  I'm sure, in a little time, she'll come around and bring so many smiles to your lives.  Good Luck!   Doc

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ilovesnug (almost 6 years ago)

I wish my hubby would make that decison I love pugs so much I would adopted as many as I could but where I am from we are only allow 3 and my hubby will not give into my saddness ( i wanna another pug) about how many people are just plain mean.  Where I live you are only allow three dogs thats in ...I mean come on pugs are small.   I also think that if you adopted a unhealthy pug you should get a discount on health care ok so I am dreamin.   but there should be some kinda assistance.   what do you think??????

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RedRoss9 (almost 6 years ago)

sorry i have been awol!  i managed to be the first poster, then i had to drag myself to baltimore for two days for a chromatography conference for work!  got back half an hour ago and am chilling in bed, making up to  molly and trying to unwind.  i am so glad to hear that trudy is in such good shape!  you may not believe me, but it could have been so much worse, dear.  tell litttle stella that i am proud of her, and tell that rascal sam to chill out and help his new sister!  and...give butch a hug for me.  he is a most excellent gentleman.  now, about feeding.  find some tempting and tasty morsels and offer them to her by hand.  one of my fosters wouldnt eat for the first three days we had him.  turns out he had never eaten out of a bowl and was freaked out.  food that was offered by hand or placed on the floor was gobbled up.  perhaps trudy would like, for a few days at least, to be fed on the floor, with only you and her in a room that she feels secure in.  it may still take a few hours to get her to unwind and eat.  but...she didnt stay alive this long without eating, so she will be ok eventually.  as long as she is drinking and peeing i wouldnt worry just yet.  her poor little paws are probably splayed and sore from years of standing on a wire crate.  they splaying is probably permanent by now, but the callouses will go away in time.  gonna wrap this up by saying that i love you guys for taking in this poor baby.  keep me updated on her progress, and post pictures.  take tons of them over the next few weeks and when she is a happy healthy girl, look back at the first few and see how far she has come!  ok...bedtime for jenny, and time to make up to molly for being gone.  big hugs from all of us here.

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Had to run up to the office this morning to work for awhile and wanted to add a quick post before I go home.  I am very worried about trudy eating....have tried soft food, broth etc. and now today we are going to cook her some deer hamburger and brownrice (per vet) and try it.  I will put it on the floor to see if that helps.  She is drinking water off and on,....I sure hope she starts to eat.  This will be the fourth day.

One weird thing that she does is whenshe is excited she can hardly breathe.  It sounds absolutely horrible.  she opens her mouth and all this weird" trying hard to breath sounds and panting comes out."  I had to put her in her little bed last night just to have her calm down cos I was afraid she would have a stroke or something.  She also turns circles over and over on my lap, like you think she is going to lay down but she just can't get calmed down enuf.  There was ONE time last night she did relax on my lap though so maybe it will happen more and more.  She sure likes to be right by me.  Its like she is trying to emerge her body with mine.  Her nails are cut now but they were so long they curled under the cage wires....so her nails are pretty sharp when she jumps on me.  I am trying to teach her not to jump but I don't know if i should let all training go for awhile or jump right in.  I do have to carry her up and down the steps to go outside, she has no idea how to do steps.  Stella still has to be carried down them to but will go up.

Sam is starting to come around.  Mostly he ignores her, but at least he doesn't bark all the time.  Stella is good with her, just last night tho i could tell she was ready for trudy to go to bed so she could lay beside me in the quiet.  Last night I did feel a little overwhelmed when she was panting and trying to breath and circleing and clawing my lap but I told myself, THIS TO WILL PASS....lol    Send some prayers and good thoughts our way...I know it could be much worse...thanks a bunch...deb and kids

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RedRoss9 (almost 6 years ago)

the breathing sounds like an elongated soft pallette, or a collapsing trachea.  the elongated pallette can be surgically corrected very easily.  the trachea can be managed with medicine.  she will settle into your lap eventually.  they all do!  its just going to take time for her to figure out thats its a good thing.  she will relax more and more as she starts to feel secure.  keep up with weekly nail trimmings to get those suckers down to a managable length!   jump straight in with training.  she will feel more secure knowing the rules from day one, and you want have to undo any bad hibits learned before you started training.  she WILL eat eventually.  i promise you that if she never ate she wouldnt be here now.  she just needs to feel safe and reassured first.  you may have to just sit with her for hours, hand feeding her and loving on her.  she has had a hard life, but it is going to be so much better now!  you and i know that but she doesnt just yet.  if your vet isnt freaked out yet, then i wouldnt worry a whole lot.  a little, yes.  but dont panic just yet.  you just have to find what works for her.  and once again...pictures, pictures, pictures!  bless you and your family for helping her.  you will feel so rewarded when she finally gets to where she needs to be.  hugs to all of you.

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Shea (almost 6 years ago)

I am so proud of both you and your husband for helping this little girl.  Patience is going to be the key with her. If she lived in a cage all her life doing nothing but having babies then she will have to learn how to live outside the cage. The circling in your lap may just be a habit she has due to living in a cage. A lot of dogs that are caged for long periods of time do this, especially if the cage is too small for the dog. I agree with Red, she will eat when she gets hungry enough. She has had a lot of major changes and it has to be scary for her, dogs can lose their appetite when stressed, when she feels safe enough she will eat. Thank you for giving this baby a much deserved home where she is loved and cared for.

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Good Monday Morning...just wanted to update everyone on Trudy.  We actually had a very nice weekend.  I talked to kat on Saturday and she echoed with all of you also have about her poor eating.  I noticed yesterday she would run over to the food bowl and lick up a couple of bites and then go on....so she is eating a few bites....she also is going to the bathroom when I put her outside in the fence to play with stella and sam.  YAY!!  Saturday I just stayed home with her, and mostly sat on the couch trying to get her to calm the heck down!  Finally I figured out if i hold her, or touch her all the time she does stop the heavy breathing and lay down beside me and start to relax.  Saturday night butch came home from work and i was laying on the couch with sam asleep on the arm of the couch, stella asleep in the crook of my knee and trudy beside my arm!  She learned how to howl and bawl when i put her to bed at night now, and last night it lasted for about 15 min. Finally she quit and went to sleep.  I made her bed very comfy with a pillow from the bed and a couple of blankets and a little pillow.  She likes it.   Sunday I took her with me to go see her grandma and grandpa.  at first in the car is was a little nervous and started the heavy breathing but I just told myself i needed to stop feeding her anxiety and treat her normal so i told her it was okay and to lay down and basically ignored her and it worked!  She was very very good at my parents.  She laid beside me on the couch and a couple of times when i got up she drank some water, and she went outside with me.  She stayed right beside me when i walked around.  I noticed she is very intimadated by men, and when my dad would talk to her she would turnher little head away from him.

When butch came home later from work she was right beside me of course and he said, " trudy i am the one that saved you come sit with me!"  I finally told him to just take her and hold her when I left the room, but as soon as I came back she came back over to me.  If she could she would glue herself to me, and never leave my side.  I have never had a furry kid that has done this to this great of a extent!  Stella and Sam are tolerating her pretty good.  I think sometimes stella wishes she would get down but I always try to hold them also.  Trudy will get down and run around with them outside, and she was following stella around when i was getting ready for work today.

I need to call the vet though cos for some reason he didn't do a heartworm test on her when she was there on thursday.  Isn't that weird!!  You would have thought that was the first thing he would have done.   Well Butch will be home with her the next two days so hopefully that will help them bond a little better.  Thanks for reading!!  Deb and kids

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KatB (almost 6 years ago)

Deb, Love the profile name change. HAHA! Please tell Butch not to be hurt if Trudy doesn't take to him right away. She will. Him having a few days with her will be just what the doctor ordered. Tell him to come down to her level on the floor and talk to her and offer her a little bit to eat from his hand. Tell him to not look at her, just hold out the hand. Say gently come talk it. He should take her for a walk just the two of them. It will all come round. Right now you have been the one seeing to most of her needs. And she senses your worry for her, and she is drawn to you. Be patient with the food. One thing I also thought of after talking to you on the phone was, the food bowl. Some times mill dogs are afraid of the steel pans. The noise. Try hand feeding or just putting dry kibble on the floor, just to see what she does. Some of the ones I fostered ate their food this way off the floor. Some mill owner just throw the food on the ground for them. Just a thought. Try to feed her though by herself away from stella and sam. It could make her nervous and think she will be attacked due to the fact you said the other two dogs at the mill did this to her. She is low on the totum pole rank. So to speak.

I also had the same problem with my sons for a while when I had four dogs, and fostered a bit. There was plenty of food for all, and room. And moms arms were still wide open and full of hugs and kisses when needed. But I am 54 and they are grown, It's my time to do things that I want. So get over it. I have spent most of my life takin care of them. Backing their dreams and adventures. Hobbies etc. My dogs are mine. So I tell them to deal with it. My dogs make me happy, don't complain much, and give me love. They were there when the boys all went to college and I was left with nothing. They got me through many ups and downs when no one else could.

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elgor (almost 6 years ago)

I SEE THAT ... three_cute! LOL!!! Congratulations ... sounds like Trudy is settling in and Stella and Sam are adjusting to the changes! You know what's gonna happen next ... you just aren't going to feel "complete" until you get that little fawn boy!   Pug Hugs ~ Ellen, Zoe, Peyton, Webster and Liberty

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Oh my gosh ellen I am going to wash your mouth out...four pugs...i am just shaking my head, I believe i am having an anxiety attack as i type the words!   Bless your heart tho for having 4 little puggies.....Deb, Stella, Sam and Trudy!

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elgor (almost 6 years ago)

LOL!!!  I'm sorry ... I guess it is too soon to think about a 4th one! We had to wait  about 16 months between pug number three and pug number four. Of course ... pug number 3 (Webster) is the biggest baby and I had to wait for him to grow up. He is still my biggest baby but I love him!

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

WEll Trudy had another good day at our house...i noticed when she does stop and eat it is only 1-2 pieces of dog food at a time, and she licks them up instead of chowing down like the other dogs...she may only eat between 4-5 pieces a day so far.  I am just trying to be patient with it cos I don't really know what else to do.  I bought her a furry flat dog bed that you put in a crate and put it on the couch beside me so she can lay on that when she is laying beside me, cos she sheds ALOT!  Sam and stella immediately thought it was a giant furry toy for them and tried to get it off the couch and play tug of war with it!  They all like laying in it...!  Later when Butch came home, he had also bought her a bed after work...lol...so we put that in her crate for bedtime....he bought each of the pugs a little outfit and of course sam hates his and refuses to keep it on, but stella and trudy look really cute in theirs...we will put pictures on this week.   Trudy is to go for her heartworm test tomorrow.  I told the vet i wasn't paying for another office call cos they should have done that when i took her last week.  I sure hope everything is okay!

Sam is regressing though and I am worried.  He has been house trained for awhile and occasionally will use his puppy pad if he gets up in the middle of the night, but the last few days he has wet on the carpet, wet on a throw rug, and wet on a chair on the porch last night!  I think its cos trudy is here now, I don't know if he is stressed, mad or both and I don't know what I need to do about it except be patient.  Any ideas?    Trudy howled and cried again last night at bedtime, but I stayed firm and about 20 min. later she settled down and slept all night.  I have just fallen in love with her!   I told Butch to be patient and try to spend time with her these next couple of days and hopefully that will help!

well better go...work is calling my name....deb and kids

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Trudy is now doing pugtona around the yard with stella and playing a little with toys.....oh the miracle of a loving family!!!

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docand (almost 6 years ago)

It sounds just GREAT [/i]Trudty is doing so good....You'll be ready in a couple of months for the fourth.HA!  Give her pug hugs from all us.   Doc and his girls

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Kat_and_Rex (almost 6 years ago)

Three_cute awesome, it does sound way better than two_cute lol

Trudy sounds to be doing great, you realise you are mom of the year around here don't you!

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three_cute (almost 6 years ago)

Ah thanks everyone for all your great input.  Well little trudy has been at our house over a week, and I have only taken one picture cos my camera quit for some crappy reason on friday!   So....seems like all weekend I kept seeing good pictures also!   Trudy is doing just great....took her on friday for all her bloodwork and everything came back just fine!  The only thing that was flagged was her glucose was on the high side, but they weren't worried about it, said it was something we would have to watch.  She is scheduled for her spaying on thursday and will stay till friday when i get off work.  I am pretty worried cos of her breathing and so was the vet, but he explained how he would do it etc.  He is not going to do anything with her teeth this time tho...I guess the way he explained it they just want to do it as quickly as possible!  I was hoping they would at least take the bad teeth out!  Her ears are still not well yet, so we are gonna have to do another round of antibotics but otherwise she is doing good.  She will occasionally take 1 piece of food from the bowl, but does much better if I let her eat out of my hand...so that is what I do.  Oh my gosh, she went for a walk with me, with her harness on the other day!  We walked OUT of my yard and around the block!!!!  It was wonderful!!  There really are pugs out there that will go on little walks!

I took her over to my daughters house, friday evening and she just laid beside me and was really good while we visited.  She is a very big momma's baby!  Her and Stella are pretty good buddies, but Sam pretends she isn't at our house.  He has completely regressed and has forgetten he was ever potty trained.  Do you guys have any suggestions??  Winter is coming and I cringe at the idea of 3 in the house, having accidents all over the place!!  HELP!!

Thank you all again for being so positive about bringing Trudy home, and keeping her!   Sending you all our good thoughts and hugs....Trudy, Stella and Sammer!

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sharonliz (almost 6 years ago)

You are a wonderful couple and God will bless you for saving this little girl.  People like you are very few in this world. You will be greatly rewarded for this. 

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Zuji (24 days ago)

~ What a moving story of a rescue Pug named Trudy.

After reading this, it feels good to hear of loving persons caring for maltreated Pugs.