Monday, July 25, 2016

Open House at Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary!

As everyone knows, I am a lover of senior dogs, especially the special needs ones. I have been following Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary on Facebook for a long time, and have reblogged this more than once on Tumblr:
Imagine my surprise and delight when I saw them advertising a fundraiser open house, and seeing it was only 30 minutes from my house! I had never even thought to look up where they were located! I immediately bought tickets, and this past Sunday was the day! I'm so thankful for the Facebook Algorithm for making sure I saw this event. (If you love old dogs too, make sure to give them a follow. They post photos of the dogs all the time!)
As you can probably guess by the name, they take in senior dogs and give them a place to live out their lives in comfort. They have lots of dogs at the sanctuary (at least 50!) and more dogs at 150 foster homes in the area. They don't adopt most dogs out, they get them forever fosters and take care of their medical expenses. How wonderful is that?
Crystal came with me because Travis had some work to do at home. We got to go in small groups to see the dogs. They have the "Wilder Gang" and the "Calmer Gang". We saw the wild ones first! OMG, so many gray faces to pet!
If you follow the page, you recognize this guy. It's Leo! He seems to be the most popular Old Friend. We got to pet him! Ahhh!
Just imagine: a petting zoo that consists of tons of old dogs. My heaven! 
You can tell all these angels are well taken care of and loved. The volunteers who were there were so sweet and you could feel their affection for their charges.
The underbite!
I could have stood there all day. 
Toby! (Please notice Frankie the pug in the background.)
Here I am meeting Bugsy, a pug with both his eyes removed. He was so cute! I wish I had asked to see Jeff and Jake! They are a pair of eyeless pugs who are on the site a lot. Everyone at the sanctuary was so nice, asking if there were any favorites we would like to see. Not everyone was out since it was so hot outside, so they carried some of the more fragile residents out for just a few minutes.
Oh look! It's Captain Ron!
Frankie! I was hoping we'd get to see him! Look at that face!
I think this is Snoopy. I love beagles, especially old ones. 
Here you can see what the yard is like. They have a little pool! And a deck with chairs to sit on, and then they have the run of the house. Everything was so well maintained and clean.
The first dog we all requested to see was Mildred! She is running for president this year, and they have been selling really cute "Put a Pug in the White House" shirts. Look at her sweet face!
I was so in love. I told her we have our own Mildred at home who is just as cute. 
That smile!
Next we headed downstairs to meet the "calmer gang". 
They didn't quite live up to that name, LittleBit ran out of the gate first thing! Crystal ran after her and brought her back, she was wild! They have everything double gated of course so she didn't really get out.
I don't know why I was making this face, but it makes me laugh. LittleBit was so sweet! She got hit and dragged behind a car! Poor little thing. The other dog I am petting is Bo. He looked like a little teddy bear.
Look at him! That cocker in the back is Oreo I think. 
These guys had the run of the downstairs. There are beds everywhere! 
Paris! She was queen of the back of the couch. There was the cutest old lady pit bull on the couch,  I never got a good photo, but she was just beautiful.
We headed back up to "the lookout" where most of the dogs are who are looking for foster homes. This is Precious. She is a chihuahua, but so friendly! One of the volunteers told me she loved to be carried around. You don't have to tell me twice!
I don't remember this sweet baby's name. 

This furry guy is named Troop and is SO CUTE. He has a furry body and a puppy face! He lays on the floor all splayed out like a bear skin rug.
Ethel! She really has my heart. She has lots of health problems but seems to enjoy tottering around, getting loved on by everyone. That tongue!
This little guy is named Danger! If we could foster a dog right now, I would totally ask if we could bring him home. We've decided to put fostering on hold for a while since Priscilla has gotten so frail.
Two Old Friends, enjoying the sun. 
The open house was such a wonderful experience, I think that Old Friends is an amazing organization. They give so many senior dogs a chance, when so many end up in shelters when their families decide they are too old. Senior dogs make the best pets.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Welcome Millie!

Happy day! I thought we would be waiting a while for a senior pug that would fit in well with Priscilla. Little did I know this little nugget was waiting for us.
Meet Millie!
Here is her bio from Mid-Atlantic Pug Rescue. Read this and tell me how perfect she sounds for our family. Sitting on the couch? Soft treats? Gentle petting? RIDING IN A SLING?
We put in an application Sunday, I talked to her foster mama on Thursday night, then Friday night Travis and I were on the road to pick her up in Wilmington! It was a 9.5 drive each way, totally worth it. I put Mildred on her tag because I have decided that is her formal name. She can't hear much, so she doesn't really know her name anyway.
If you are wondering who that black and white boy is, that is Kabuki! He is our friends Boston/Chihuahua mix who we are babysitting. He is so good in the car, so we took him with us to pick her up! Priscilla can't relax in the car, so we decided that was too long of a trip for her. She stayed at my aunt Mary Jane's house.
Here is the first picture I took of her. The first of many I'm sure! She is so small and so cute! She must have a drop of something else in her, because she has pointy ears and teeny tiny chihuahua back feet. She has one cloudy eye and the tiniest roll above her nose.
Proud Papa. 
After we picked her up, we drove 4.5 hours back towards home to break up the drive. We stayed the night in a hotel and ate pizza at midnight. Look at her little face peeking! She especially loves drinks! She REALLY wants to drink whatever you are having, and her foster mom told me if your cup doesn't have a lid she will just plunge her face in!
This is Millie's post, but I have to give a shout out to Kabuki. He and Travis have a deep bro love, and he was so good on our trip. When he rides in the car he just hangs out quietly in the back. I forgot he was back there several times! She was good with Millie too. Once she let him know she didn't want him sniffing her, he has given her space and respect. Such a darling boy.
She slept with us the first night, alternating who she was sleeping by. She just wants you to be near to her.
Today we had another 5.5 hours to drive home. I was over it, but both dogs were great. She spent most of the ride on a bed in my lab, but every once in a while she'd jump over to Travis' lap and give him a minute or so of her time.
We made it back home about 5:30 and took her to meet Priscilla. Look at them!
Neither one of them is super interested in other dogs, so I think they'll be a great pair. Right now they are sleeping on either side of me on the couch. Getting Millie has really highlighted how old and frail Priscilla is! I'm so used to my old ladies who need lots of help, it is weird to have a dog who can walk and jump and follow me around.

There is no replacing what we lost when Phyllis died last week. But finding her has really helped me. I was able to get my first good night's sleep in a week the night we found out she was ours. I'm happy we are able to be a safe, loving home for a pug in need. I'm so excited to get to know Millie, and I hope she will be with us for years and years to come.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Pugs

I took these photos about two weeks ago. We bought a little baby pool to see if Phyllis and Priscilla would like it. They didn't really care about the pool, but they were cute out in the sun. Travis picked up a Phyllis sized life jacket. The pool wasn't deep, but since neither of our girls are that steady on their feet, the life jacket was nice for when they inevitably fell down.
Also it is very cute. 
We gave them baths while they were in there as well. It was nice to do it outside on a beautiful day.
Steamy girl sun bathing. 
Oh my little girl, I miss you so much. It has been almost a week and I still can't sleep. I'm posting this at 5 am because I have been up all night. I'm not sure what to do about it.
Priscilla is doing ok. We have been keeping her in bed with us, and during the day she wants to be as close to me as she can. We have applied with a couple pug rescues and are hoping to have a companion for her soon. I hope that might help me sleep, but I don't know. I still feel really sad, and I think I'm afraid to sleep, because I'm afraid something will happen to Priscilla. It is irrational, I know.
I have a new waterproof camera that makes gifs. Here is one of the girls enjoying the pool. The perfect pair.

Monday, June 27, 2016

In Memoriam: My Phyllis

My tiny perfect Phyllis left this Earth on Saturday. It was sudden and I am completely heart broken. I wish I had eloquent words to represent what I am feeling, but I do not. It is like I keep forgetting, then it hits me again like a ton of bricks. She is gone. I am missing her.
Phyllis was a light in the darkness for me when we lost our pug Rose in a very violent way. She has been my constant companion for the past 5 and a half years. She had health problems this past year, but I would never have guessed she would be gone this soon. Too soon. It is always too soon.
I started to go through all of my photos then realized I have hundreds of her. Hundreds of happy memories that I am going to cling to, so I can hopefully forget the last, sad morning.
Here is just a small selection of some of my favorites.
The first photo I took of her. She didn't know yet that she was safe and loved. 
With her sister, Priscilla. 
I have been keeping Priscilla close. She is stressed without her friend.
I can't believe it. I am having a hard time right now, afraid to sleep because I am afraid I'll wake up and Priscilla will be gone. I know that it will get better, but now I am grieving for this little soul. This is our last photo together. I held her from the moment we found her until we left her at the vet. My sweet Phyllis. You are so so missed and so so loved. 
"My heart has joined the Thousand, for my friend has stopped running today."
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