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Monday, February 22, 2010

Gettin' a Pug out of the Shelter * UPDATE*

Thanks you guys for all the very nice comments. I really think most shelter people are so overworked, they want to do the right thing for the animals and sadly the right thing doesn't always happen. But lucky for "Trixie Dribble Butt" it did! She's incontinent, thus her new name. lol! I ordered her some snazy new panties to wear around the house at the sanctuary so her dribbling won't be such an issue.

Chris, her husband and I were very worried about TDB the first night. Her breathing was SO labored we thought a trip to the ER vet was going to happen. But we all wanted to give her a chance to just settle in and feel safe. By around 11 p.m., Chris said TDB's breathing finally slowed down and she relaxed enough to lay down and fall asleep. By morning she was breathing through her nose, eating like a typical Pug and was making herself right at home. When Chris said "We think she's perfect" it literally brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad TDB has a place to live out her senior years. She also has a bunch of other seniors to hang out with so she's not alone.  


Mom has what ya call a bleedin' heart.  She can't stand to see a smushy face (or any other animal for that matter) sittin' in jail or sufferin'.  So on Friday, when she saw that our local shelter had a 14 year old pugger, she knew she had to figure somethin' out for him. 
Come morning, mom called the person she knew at the shelter and asked about " number A164855". Her friend said he couldn't be released until Thursday, but mom could come down and put an adoption hold on 'em and visit 'em. Mom was at the shelter door right when they opened to see about the old dude.  Except, the dude turned out be an old broad. Mom said all ya had to do was see that she had a va jay jay.  Minor detail in the big scheme of things though.

This old broad was one very sick and stressed Puggie.  She was partially lame in her back legs and mom was really dismayed to read on her cage card that she had suffered a seizure while at the shelter.  Mom turned to the shelter supervisor and said there was NO WAY she was leaving this Pug here, regardless of when her official release date is.  All the stress of being in the shelter was only going to cause more seizures and that couldn't bode well for a 14 year old lady.

Well, ya gotta love it when humans bag the red tape bull pucky and do the right thing by us. The shelter director made mom an emergency foster for the old broad, and while mom filled out paperwork, they contacted a gal named Chris who runs a local rescue called Nick-e's. It's set up for seniors and special need animals.  The shelter director told them the situation and when she got off the phone, she told mom Chris was on her way to pick up the old Puggie gal. Wonderful!
Mom wrapped our gal in a nice warm snuggie and sat out in front of the shelter for an hour in the warm California sun waitin' for Chris.  Mom figured it was better for Puggie's stress level if she didn't have to listen to all the barking.

A few hours later, and with a new name, Trixie is at the senior sanctuary getting all the love and attention an elderly gal deserves. She's sleepin' in a nice warm home where it's quiet. She might need some extra vet attention, so mom hopes to do some fundraisin' for her and the other animals at the sanctuary.

Mom is pretty sad because she wishes it wouldn't have ended this way for Trixie. She shouldn't have been unceremoniously dumped and left to wander the streets because she got too old or too sick, and then found herself alone and scared in an over crowded shelter.  Sure we're cute as puppies and teenagers, but we get old and we need our families more than ever when we're elderly.

Mom wants us to remind everyone to always consider adoption before purchasing a dog or cat. Adult and elderly pets deserve a second chance and make great family members.

Stella, Gunther and Betty


BRUTUS said...

Wow - not only is you mom a swell lady to resuce the ol' puggie gal, but she obviously has connections too!! Let me be the first from the bloggie world to wish Trixie the happiest of endings! I'm sure there is someone out there to love her!!

Brutus the Frenchie

MorroBayChuck said...

Wow kids, your Mom is a pretty special lady. So happy that she was right there to make sure that beautiful Trixie finishes out her long life in a warm, caring environment. Three cheers for a great Mom! Three cheers for Trixie!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Not only does your mom have a big heart- but she also ROCKS!'
Now that is what I call "Doing the right thing"
Your mamas word are so right- about not dumping us out when we get old
3 cheers for your mom

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Your Mom is an angel - and we know Trixie things so too.

The Rocky Creek Gang

Mango said...

That is one determined human you have there. She did the right thing for sure. Now that little senior smush face is warm and happy.


P.S. One does wonder about a shelter that can't tell a boy from a girl, though.

Yoda & Brutus said...

Your mom rocks! We can't believe that someone would abandon their dog just because she is old - but I guess it would make sense, since alot of people do that with their parents when they get old too (mom used to work in a nursing home and was always sad when the residents didn't get visitors) :(

Yay for your mom and Trixie :)

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Salinger The Pug said...

We're going to start calling your mom St. Shannon!

WOW....what a story and what a sweet lady Trixie is!!!

Although if it helps...we'd like to think that she ran out on her old man (Thelma and Louise Style) to meet up with a hot young Puggie seeking some CougarPug action and just took a wrong turn somewhere and now ended up with a new comfy home.

Either way...it sounds like Trixie's story is shaping up to have a happy last few chapters.


Pee S. Ok....if they didn't even know that she had a Hoo-Ha...how the hell do they know she's 14???

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

this is sad and wonderful all at the same time. thank God for caring and compassionate people like you to make up for the assholes out there

Pearl said...

Miss Trixie! Bless your heart!

You deserve a warm home and a soft lap, honey. When my momma thinks about people dumping their pets for ANY reason, she starts to say bad words and turn red in the face.

Big hugs to you, Shannon! You're the best!!!!!!

Frankie Furter said...

Stella, Betty, & Gunther.... your mom gets the GOLD MEDAL for the day!! Good for her!!!

Hey Gunther... have you given any thought about where we should take Twinkie, Ruby, & Penny for our St. Patrick's day (night) Date??? I got Flowers for the girrrls.

Tobi said...

Your mom is a wonderful human and an inspiration. You are very lucky to have her.

Dutch the Pug said...

Thats such a sad, but happy ending story...Your mom did a great thing to help out that little old puggie...it breaks our heart to hear of any puggie left out in the cold with no home!

Twinkietinydog said...

I came over to taunt you, Gunther. Alas, today I finally got your attention and all I did was post a photo of a pug. BOL
But, this post is very significant. Hurray for the new Trixie! Way for your mom to put her foot down. Ours has been discouraged many times and turned away by pounds that insist to go by the rules. What rules? They had a sick elderly pup on their hands and they were going to hold on to her for what purpose? Great job, mom! We're all thankful. We too advocate not only adoption but adoption of the least fit and young.

Pugsley and Lola said...

YOUR MOM ROCK!!! That is great that she was able to help Trixie out. It sure is sad that Trixie's OLD owners cared so little for her, but we are sure she is better off in the long run.

We rescued Lola from a local shelter. We hate that her family dropped her there, but it sure was their loss!!! We are soooo happy to have her in our family.

Pugs & Kisses
Pugsley & Lola

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi friends,
What a great post about Trixie. You have a really wonderful mama!
We adopted my fat brother Chewy from a family that couldn't look after him anymore. We recently found out that they got a new puppy. :( I hate that some doggies have to have sad or terrible lives - I wish we could save them all!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh gunther, stella and betty ~

you have the best mom ever! she saved trixie! what a special puggy and she is so lucky your mom found her!

your story made us cry happy tears.

m & e

Hank said...

Shannon, thank you for doing what most people don't - seeing the beauty in a senior.

Hugs -

Sarah, Hank and Molly

Puglette said...

yay mom!! you guys are so lucky to have a wonderful mom. a soft heart and the initiative to get stuff done is a wonderful combination. Yay Mom!!!

agent99 said...

Go Mom!! It's good to hear that Trixie got busted outta the shelter to go to the old pugs home.

Gen & the Foo

PugMoon - with, Bandit, Paisley, & Smokey pugs and their Mom Paula - PAPugMom said...

I think them people at the shelter knew not to step in the way of a pug Mom on a mission. What a wonderful thing your Mom did for Trixie. She will live the rest of her days loved and cared for an not feeling tossed aside.

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Your Mom is the best! We hope little old lady Trixie finds a home she is so cute! Tuni says thanks for helping us old ladies out.

Stubby said...

Hi Stella, Gunther & Betty! I'm speechless. I want to kiss your mom for doing what needed to be done.

There are so many people who just throw their dogs out and it makes all of us sad. Trixie will now have a good life because your mom stood up for her.

Stubby xoxo

Ms. ~K said...

Hooray for your mom!!!
Our mom adopted Buddy and Zack when they were adult doggies...
Please keep us posted on Trixie!
Licks and sniffs,
Zack, Sassy and Buddy

Life With Dogs said...

You should be so proud. A great reminder that it can be so easy to make a huge difference to an animal...

Diane said...

You guys are so lucky to have your wonderful mom! I am always so touched by stories like this. Thank goodness your mom came into Trixie's life. I hope she is resting comfortably now, like she deserves.

Samantha said...

Trixie is one lucky girl!!!! That was definetley a good deed!!!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

What a wonderful thing for your mum to do, she is an angel!
So glad this lovely old girl gets to spend the rest of her days being loved. Older dogs have a beauty and sereneness all of their own.
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

Debbie said...

Wow - such admiration I have for your Mom. Prayers and thoughts for little Trixie xo

Pearl said...

TDB and her sassy new panties! I love it!

So happy that she will live out the rest of her days in a safe and nurturing environment! Don't we ALL deserve that?!?!

(((hugs))) Shannon!

MorroBayChuck said...

So glad that TDB has settled in her new home. So fortunate that she has found such wonderful sanctuary in her senior years.