DAISY

Age: 8
Adoption Fees: $500
Adoption Status:

March 23, 2023 – Daisy continues to receive treatments for her various health issues. She’s starting to get annoyed with us applying eye and ear drops multiple times a day, but we’re trying to make it as pleasant an experience as possible with lots of positive reinforcement. The regular vet has confirmed that Daisy will need very regular eye drops for the rest of her life, so it’s a priority for her drops to not become something she dreads and fights, so we’re trying our best. She has finished her current course of antibiotics and is still taking steroids for her allergies. She is receiving regular baths with medicated shampoo.
Daisy met with the ophtalmologist this morning who confirmed that she has Pigmentary Keratitis in her eyes. Pigmentary keratitis refers to brownish-black discoloration of the eye’s surface caused by the deposition of pigmented melanin granules. Pigmentary keratitis is caused by chronic irritation or inflammation of the eye. When this chronic inflammation occurs, melanin granules can be deposited within the deep layers of the cornea.
The ophtalmologist confirmed that Daisy likely only see shadows. The doctor is unsure if she will regain any sight, even with diligent application of drops.
Daisy is sweet and affectionate. She likes to be scratched.  She doesn’t have much interest in the resident pug. She walks very well on a leash. She seems fine with children and is not too barky. She is very sensitive to having the area around her spine touched.  This is where the doctor believes she may have had broken bones that were untreated.

March 20, 2023 – Daisy seems to already feel much better with the medication she started, she is going to the ophtalmologist this week to have her eyes checked.  She continues to be a doll when it comes to giving her medication.

March 15 2023 (later): Daisy went to the vet this afternoon. is being treated for severe eye, ear, and skin infections, and allergies. She has started a different eye and ear drops, steroids and broad spectrum antibiotics. Her eyesight is very poor and we don’t presently know if that will improve with treatment, but she seems to be able to hear. She is eating well and tolerating her treatments with a lovely temperament. The vet has advised that she remain separate from other dogs during the initial stages of her treatment until we know the extent of her infections. Daisy will require a spay surgery, once she is healthier, and undergo further health investigations, as needed.

March 15, 2023 – Daisy came in last night.  She will be 8 years old next month, she is born April 13, 2015.  She has dry eyes and sky problems.  She is going to the vet this afternoon for a complete check up.  Stay tuned for more on Daisy.

CASPER – HOSPICE PUG

Age: 8 1/2 years old
Adoption Fees: Hospice Pug
Adoption Status:

August 5, 2022 – Oh the wee Casper, he is so good and loveable and such a wonderful boy. He is so smart! I have a screened in porch and it was not long before he learned to much open the door to let himself back inside. Once that was accomplished he wanted to learn to pull the door open himself so I put a small handle at the bottom of the screen door for him. He barked at it for a day then after about the 3rd day he figured out how to pull the door open, self sufficient little man. While I am home the back door is always open as long as it is not 100 degrees outside so he can come and go as he pleases, he really enjoys that. He still has an accident during the night but not all the time maybe once every 2 weeks. He can’t stand when Jaxon wants something so he takes matters into his own hands and climbs up on my lap and chest and says all kinds of things to me, he has many languages. He does not see that well so he still chases the cats as he only sees quick movements and then feels that he has to chase the intruder. The cats are very good and have grown up with pugs so they have never lifted a claw to him even when I found Casper right on top of Harley. Cats are smart so they have learned that he does not see well and now know how to creep around him, we have a routine all worked out on how to avoid Casper, it works. He decided in this heat that it was time to blow his coat and boy did he ever. When I took a brush to him it was likes hearing a sheep there was so much hair, he is much slimmer now. he is amazing and wonderful and is a very happy boy

May 14, 2022 – Casper is doing do well I would have to say his dribbling has gone down about 80% in the last couple of weeks and he has not had an accident in the house for at least 2 weeks . He is no longer wearing his belly band and really know how to get my attention when he needs to go, he jumps once and climbs up right into my face so it is time for a walk. He loves his walks and is a beautiful joy to walk. He is a very smart boy and knows a lot of commands and tricks! He gives a paw, does aspen on his hind legs, knows to go down and give a paw like a king, haha. He does still leak in the night when he sleeps but maybe one out of every 10 nights he lets a bit more out he is coming along in leaps. I would imagine is taking a normal amount of time for his body to realize that it can hold liquid in his bladder again so given it has only been 7 weeks I would say he is really really recovering fast. he went to his chiro appointment today he is now down to every 3 weeks and it seems to be holding so much better his hump in his back has got down so significantly. He sleeps through the night without any issues and has adjusted so well to his routine. we get up, he goes out, he eats then goes back to sleep. He goes out again before I leave for work at 10am then I come home at 1pm and let him out and usually bring him back to work with me for the afternoon where he gets lots of love and sometimes treats from the delivery men. Then home from work for food and a Kong afterwards before falling asleep for a few hours before the nightly walk. He is an amazing boy and brings joy to all who meet him, tone of love to give and so very sweet.

May 4, 2022 – Casper is doing really well. His incision from his exploratory bladder surgery (fortunately, the vet only found a benign mass and was able to completely remove it) has healed up beautifully with no issues at all. He left it alone the whole time never wanted to clean it so we never had to use the cone collar. So far so good on the new food and meds. For the first week while on the larger dose of meds, Casper was NUTS but the vet said it was probably nothing to do with the meds at all he was finally feeling really good for the first time in a long while. There is no way to tell how much his mass was actually bothering him but seeing how he is now after a month is quit the transformation. Casper really has a lot of energy and quit the personality, he could walk for hours. He knows what he wants and does not spare any amount of sound or energy to let you know, so funny. He really enjoys his food and walks, he never stops running. After dinner each night, he gets his Kong with a bit of peanut butter and he chews it for hours, literally. No surface in the house is out of bounds when he is feeling curious except the kitchen counter and island and, he is very very good at giving you the most innocent of looks. He still dribbles a bit especially while sleeping but in the past week, he is having some really long pees which is very encouraging.  He seems to be going through a phase that most of my rescues have gone through, the protect at all cost! He really does not take his eyes off me for one second and has to follow me everywhere and protect me on our walks. In my experience, this will pass; it seems to be one of the phases they go through in the first year of they’re new life. He really is a sweet boy and really looks forward to his visits to the store where he gets to meet all kinds of people and share in the excitement with Jaxon over the Purolator & UPS guys. These guys truly are wonderful with Jaxon and Casper they even leave a treat on any boxes delivered to my house just in case we happen to miss them, they are so spoiled!!

February 14, 2022 – Casper is doing very well. We started his new medication almost two weeks ago and no vomiting at all. He does not seem to have any discomfort from the medication and I feel it may be working. I say this because he fills his belly band way less than he was. I still change it about 4 times a day but it is a lot less full, seems we only have about one that gets really full and that is in the early evening. he is still sleeping without his belly band and I only find a little or no wet spot in the mornings. He is sleeping much much better, right through the night now which is wonderful for both of us haha. I took a stool sample in to be tested and they said it looked totally normal nothing out of the ordinary so that is also very good news. Casper will stay on the meds for the next 2-4 weeks before they do another ultrasound to see if anything has changed with the mass in his bladder. He sleeps in the bed by the front door while I am at work but of course with an extra pillow in the bed, he must have that! I come home at lunch to let him out for a pee and give him a wee meal as the vet suggested for now it may be better to give him 3-4 smaller meals through the day to help with his tummy as maybe he was eating too much too fast so we have spread them out, which he REALLY enjoys. He is a beautiful boy that has so much love to give.

January 5, 2022 – Well, our little boy Casper is sure coming into his own. He has decided that he must investigate his surroundings, all his surroundings so the only safe place in the house is the kitchen island, tall dresser and a tall cabinet by the front door. When he decides that he thinks there might be something interesting he climbs, jumps or bounces onto tables and desks. While this is clearly a curiosity thing, I do have to say he does listen quit well when told not to do something. He is peeing a lot less often but still cannot be left without his trusty belly band as he leaks a bit and sometimes has a big pee while sleeping, poor wee man. He really enjoys his cuddles and likes to be beside you draped over one of your legs almost all the time, he like his bed too but only for a short while when I am home then he must be beside me.

A urine sample had to be sent off to a US lab during one of the busiest time of year so we have not got them back yet, hopefully this week so we are all crossing our fingers that the results are positive in a way that something can be fixed. He really is a ball of energy when he is awake and talks a lot he has many different voices, it is very funny and cute. We have not been able to go on too many long walks lately because of the ice and then the large amounts of salt on the sidewalk but we manage and at least he has the yard when all else fails. He loves his food, bounces off the kitchen cabinets in circles barking with great excitement when it is time for breakfast or dinner but is VERY well behaved when it comes to treat time. I have discovered he can sit very sweetly before treats and is very gentle but he can also stand on his back legs and dance in a circle before getting his treat. I took him to dog chiropractor for a treatment which is where we discovered his trick ability as she always gives lots of yummy treats after the treatment. He is a handful in the car, he does not sit still at all and jumps from side to side back to front so this is what we are going to work on next.
All in all he is a delight and a very sweet loving little pug and very handsome.

December 3, 2021 – Casper is doing well. No signs of blood in his urine and he is trying to pee a lot less in the house. He listens really well when I say no if he lifts his leg he stops and I walk him to the backdoor so he can go outside. Casper is eating well and has not vomited since I stopped the Metacam on Monday. He sleeps with us every night and sleeps quietly right through the night. He has started to try to mount Jaxon which caused a bit if a tiff in which he held his own and nobody got hurt it was just very loud. He has become my shadow, follows me everywhere and watches everything I do. The house is completely open to him and he has a bed right by the front door where he sleeps while I am away. Casper is a very sweet boy and gets very very excited at walk time so much so it is almost impossible to get his harness on as he barks and jumps in circles and grabs the leash in his mouth playing tug-a-war, so cute. He LOVES his walks and could walk forever it seems, he acts like he is still 2 years old, he is a very busy boy it is next to impossible to get a photo while on walks but I keep trying.

November 28, 2021 – Everything is going really really well with Casper. The resident puggle and him walk beautifully together so we have been doing some really nice walks. He is still peeing a lot but not drinking as much water and no signs of blood. Casper is eating well and last night I let him upstairs to sleep with the rest of us, no issues at all.  Casper is going back to the vet on December 9 for a recheck.

November 24, 2021 – Casper was surrendered to us yesterday.  He went to the vet clinic today; urine analysis showed elevated white & red blood cell count.
Xrays showed no stones in his bladder and no crystals in his urine.
There is 2 possibilities: Casper may have a bad infection or he may have a tumour.
His teeth are in terrible condition but we will deal with that once his condition has improved. Casper also has a cyst on his neck that will need to be surgically removed at some point to avoid any infection.
Casper will be spending the night at the vet and will be picked up by his new foster mom tomorrow afternoon.
He will be on Clavaseptin & Metacam for the next 14 days then we will bring him back to the vet for a urine analysis and blood work.
An ultrasound may be required at that time if his urine analysis is not normal.

POLO – HOSPICE PUG

Age: 11 1/2 years old
Adoption Fees: Hospice Pug
Adoption Status:

March 6, 2023 – Have you been hibernating like me this winter?

I don’t mind short walks, but I really prefer napping in my warm bed or snuggling my foster sister. I had the best time ever at the ‘Running of the Pugs’ event. I met so many nice people and pugs and I was uncharacteristically social. I was super tired afterwards. Even though I have been with the rescue for over a year now my foster family says they are still finding out new things about my personality. I have started to become quite playful, especially before dinner time and bedtime. I am looking forward to springtime and spending more time outside.
November 28, 2022 –  Hi it’s me Polo!  I have been enjoying the fall weather so much lately. I went to the country for Thanksgiving and had so much fun laying in the sunshine. I got dressed up for Halloween as Tigger and I have been enjoying nice walks in the warm sunshine with the cool breeze. My eye is healing nicely and I’m still doing moisturizing eye drops throughout the day. My foster parents upgraded my bowl to a fluff trough to make it easier for me to eat my food. I’m not as messy now and I don’t have to lean down as far to eat. My leg is doing very well, I continue to do short walks and my foster parents carry me up and down stairs like the king that I am.
September 7, 2022 – Polo has had a few recent setbacks. He has been struggling to mobilize and not wanting to walk as far. He recently fell and subsequently went to the vet and has either torn his ACL or has a pinched meniscus. Polo is not a candidate for surgery due to his advantage age and overall health. He has been placed on rest for three months and is on some additional pain medication to help. He also has significant arthritis to that limb. Polo thinks he won the lottery as he gets carried up and down stairs and gets picked up when he’s walked far enough. He has responded well to the rest and the medication and is able to do very small walks.
Additionally we have discovered a lump about the size of a golf ball in Polo’s front left armpit, it is new so we will be having that checked out at the veterinarian’s office. It doesn’t cause him discomfort, but it does affect his mobility and has grown fairly quickly.
Prior to these setbacks Polo did get to go camping again this summer. He enjoyed spending time with the two other dogs and children that joined us on this trip. This time the added fun was a comfy wagon for when Polo and his foster sister got tired and also great for naps by the fire. They were the talk of the campground enjoying their wagon rides.

Polo is still the happiest, sweetest boy who loves to snuggle and give kisses. He’s still very vocal, especially about his meals. We hope these setbacks will be minor and we can keep his health and mobility improving.


August 5, 2022
– Hi There! It’s me Polo, I haven’t checked in lately. I have been very busy enjoying this great summer weather. I went camping, or as my foster parents call it “glamping”. I went on boat rides, I rode in a golf cart, I sun bathed, I went swimming ( Well I got my legs wet), I took long naps in the air conditioned trailer. I made so many new friends too (dogs and human). My foster Mom says the whole campground fell in love with me. Even though they all laughed at me when I howled when my Foster Dad went fishing. My favorite part was in the evening falling asleep in someone’s arms by the fire. On my second camping trip I met up with two of my dog friends, they brought their humans camping too. I slept the whole way home snuggling my foster sister Lucy after our adventures. I can’t wait to go again!
PS: Thank you for all your support, I am having the most fun and relaxing retirement being a Under My Wing Hospice Pug.

May 14, 2022 – Polo has been enjoying the warm weather. He wants you to know that we should all slow down, stop and enjoy the flowers, and the sidewalk is a perfect place to stop and take a nap on a sunny warm day.

Polo has been eating well and only mildly protesting that we cut back on his food for the last month. He was weighed this week and he is 17.6lbs. He looks and feels much healthier at this weight. He is having regular bowel movements too. He continues on gabapentin capsules and they make his tummy much happier especially because it’s inside a pill pocket treat.
Polo has decided he runs his foster home (as he should). So he has changed wake up time to 6am… Sometimes his internal clock is off and he tries to ask for breakfast at 5am. He’s very cute though so we allow it. He also tries to adjust dinner time an hour earlier and dances and howls at us to get our attention.
Polo now sleeps on the floor with his foster sister Lucy. She is injured and he didn’t want to be apart from her. So they got a new bed to snuggle together on.
Polo loves baths, he had one last week and he was so happy afterwards.
Polo has made some new dog friends on our walks recently. He recently met a cat, he was very unsure what to make of this.
Polo continues his training for separation anxiety. He does pretty well most times for about two hours. Any longer than that and he starts to get anxious and bark. Luckily that’s about as long as we have ever needed to leave him. He has regressed a bit with his car behavior so we are working on that.
Polo hopes to go camping this summer. He’s not sure what it is but his foster sister Lucy tells him it’s the best time.
April 13, 2022 – Polo has become quite the little ham these days. He is obviously feeling better now that his UTI is cleared up. He has become quite playful and silly. Especially before meal times. We have to discourage the barking to keep consistency with our training, but his happy dance and circles are the cutest. Since changing Polo’s medication from a liquid to a pill form he is much happier. He no longer tries to avoid his food. He also isn’t pooping on every walk and his poops seem more substantial. I guess that means the liquid was irritating his digestion.

Since Polo’s infection has cleared up we have noticed he has put on some weight. He looks much healthier now. We also had to back off of his food now. We can no longer see all of his ribs and we are working on building muscle during our walks, including some hills for extra strength training.

Speaking of walks, Polo couldn’t be happier about Spring time! He is enjoying sniffing all the new smells on his walk. He has also developed what I would call “Pugitude”, it’s an attitude unique to pugs, especially when they become stubborn. This usually happens when they start to become comfortable in their surroundings. Polo lays down on walks when he doesn’t want the walk to end, especially if the sun is shining.

Polo continues to work on barking/ separation anxiety when we leave the home. He does really well some days, not barking for up to two hours. Other days he only lasts a few minutes. We stay consistent with him. He does best when he can snuggle his foster sister when we leave. We know that he may never be able to be fully trained out of this behaviour, but that’s okay.

Polo loves when people on the street stop and say hello, he does not understand why they wouldn’t want to stop and say hello.

March 8, 2022 – Polo completed his antibiotics today and had his urine rechecked and it is clear, no sign of crystals. He is very happy to not take the antibiotics anymore. Polo is very much looking forward to warmer weather (like all of us).
Polo is improving some of his socializing skills with other dogs. We are continuing our training regarding barking and separation anxiety antics. Overall it has improved, but he is very stubborn and has been through a lot so we do not expect perfection. We have found that he is more playful in the evening and it has been fun watching him come out of his shell a bit and show that side of him.

February 10, 2022 – Polo has been feeling better and has completed his antibiotic course. Will have his urine retested to ensure the infection is gone. He does seem to be more playful since receiving the antibiotics so we are glad to see he is feeling better. We had increased his gabapentin to see if it would impact his mobility/ improve his limp. However as the our Vet suspected it made him too drowsy and didn’t change his mobility, so we returned to the regular dosage. It may just be something he has live with. Polo has shown some improvement when it comes to barking when we leave the home. It isn’t consistent, but there is still improvement. Part of that success can be attributed to his foster sister Lucy who snuggles him when the humans leave. We continue to give Polo a lot of support and training to help him feel more secure to be on his own (even if just for short periods of time).

January 12, 2022 – We have had a lot of training success recently with Polo. Polo now has no problem with car rides. He no longer has to be in the same room as humans, and can do so without barking. We have now had a few successful outings where Polo was home and there was NO barking! It isn’t consistent yet but it is a huge deal. He is becoming a well adjusted pug and is nearly ready for adoption. We think a couple more weeks of consistent training and we will be ready for his forever home! He thrives on routine and is very treat driven so he’s doing very well with his training. He is no longer attached to the “foster dad” in the home, but is now becoming attached to the “foster mom”. So we are working on reversing that behaviour so that he is content with himself.

One thing we keep forgetting to mention is that he is the very BEST pug when it comes to cutting his nails. I know its hard to believe but he will basically let you hold him like a baby and he doesn’t squirm or make a fuss. Polo has not had any toileting accidents in a long time. We do limit/ time his water intake and that has helped a lot. He goes on 4 walks a day and he enjoys most of them. He hates the bedtime walk because he just wants to stay inside where its warm.

January 6, 2022 – Polo went to stay with some close pug friends for a weekend. It was a good test to see how he would do in a new environment with new people and dogs. His foster sister Lucy joined him. He did pretty well overall, a few toileting accidents and he definitely tried to demand more attention. He is pretty adaptable and has a real fondness for children and of course for snuggling.

Polo did show some signs of regression with his training upon returning home to his foster home. We are working diligently to correct this behaviour and it just shows we have some more work to do. We are staying consistent though and he is showing signs of improvement. Polo is doing very well riding in vehicles now.
Something new we have noticed as the cold weather is upon us, is that Polo wheezes and coughs in weather -10 degrees Celsius or more. He’s fine if the weather is warmer, and he doesn’t do it indoors at all. He wears a coat and booties in the cold and that has helped with his comfort outdoors, but ultimately we keep his walks shorter in the cold weather.
Polo was very excited for Santa to come, he had visions of treats and toys in his head. He actually started playing with a stuffed animal for the first time this week. Its fun to see more of his personality come out the more he becomes more comfortable and lets go of his anxiety.

December 16, 2021 – Polo has been working very hard on his training. We are seeing a lot of improvements. Polo is learning how to be home with no humans. Still some barking, but significantly less. He is able to be apart from us in the house and not bark for longer periods of time. Polo is definitely becoming more confident which is really great to see. It takes a lot of time and patience but we are staying consistent with his training and hope he will  He still occasionally has an accident in the house despite four regular walks a day. He’s had about one accident a week, but he also drinks quite a bit of water so that could be limited some as well. Like most pugs Polo is not a fan of winter or the cold. He does much better when wearing a coat and booties for his walks. Tonight Polo had a nice bath, he was a bit nervous at first but then he loved it. He is all ready for Christmas and his hoping Santa will find him a forever home in the New Year.

November 28, 2021 – Polo is doing extremely well with training since his 1st training session with the dog trainer. He is learning to feel safe and secure by himself. He is learning how to manage his separation anxiety. His biggest challenge is being left alone, he isn’t quite ready to be left alone yet, but his progress is showing great improvement and with consistency we are confident that he will get there. Polo is very smart and learns quickly. He is also doing much better with his anxiety in car rides. Each ride gets a little easier. Polo continues to enjoy his food and does a funny dance before each meal. He has had no accidents recently. Polo continues to enjoy his short walks, he goes on 4 short walks a day, he gets along with most dogs he meets but does not like high energy/puppy like dogs. He knows how to create distance for himself with these dogs. He walks very well on leash and is very responsive to whoever is handling him.  We are looking forward to seeing more and more great results from Polo’s training, so that he will be set up for success in his future forever home.

November 22, 2021 – Polo has shown significant improvement with riding in cars, which has been very encouraging that the work we are doing with him is improving. He doesn’t even seem to mind the vacuum anymore at all. We are still having great difficulty with leaving Polo alone, even for a couple minutes. Because of this we are going to be working with a local dog trainer to get some tips and tools to help support him feeling more comfortable with being left alone. Polo did have one accident this week with toileting, but it was very close to walk time. Overall Polo does seem very happy, especially before meal time. He now does a circle dance and happy bark right before meals and its very entertaining. Polo really enjoys the company of his foster sister, he really would do well in a home with an existing calm dog, preferably a pug. He’s so happy these days, its hard to get a photo of him while awake and still as he’s learning to play. Stay tuned for further updates on Polo’s training and progress.

October 26, 2021
– Polo is making some positive improvement with his anxiety/ behaviour. This week, Polo learned not to be scared of the vacuum. He allowed us to vacuum and we gave him positive feedback and reinforcement throughout this. He also had no accidents during this time. As he gets more comfortable, he is also getting more stubborn. He is not quite ready to trust approaching or sitting in a vehicle yet. But we are working on slowly leaving him alone. We are up to about a minute or two before he shows signs of stress. This requires a lot of patience and time for both us and Polo. We are doing small sessions each day so he doesn’t get too overwhelmed. From everything we have learned about separation anxiety, it takes a lot of time to overcome but we think we are on the right track.
Polo is taking Gabapentin as well to help with his anxiety and to help with a small limp he has, likely related to a previous Lyme infection and/or perhaps some arthritis. It mostly doesn’t bother him too much, unless he has been laying down for an extended period of time.
Polo is enjoying his meals and walks. He’s starting to walk a little further and isn’t sitting/lying down as often on the walks. He goes to the bathroom regularly on our scheduled walks and hasn’t had any accidents this week.
Polo is a snuggle machine, he loves sleeping near his foster family or curled up with his foster sister Lucy.
October 12, 2021 – It has been a big week for Mr. Polo. We are making some small positive steps with his separation anxiety. He is slowly showing signs of confidence. He is not ready to be alone for any amount of time yet, but he is learning to trust and starting to show signs of relaxing. We plan to work with him on positive reinforcement with respect to him staying alone. Eventually working on exposure training with riding in vehicles & vacuums. It will take some time for him to be ready.
Polo is eating his diet well, he loves breakfast time and does many spins before his meal. He’s adjusting well with his meal times. Polo is going to the bathroom outside regularly. His only accidents have been related to his separation anxiety. Currently he is not being left alone at any time.
Polo enjoys his walks, but tires easily and will have a sit to tell us he’s done.
Polo loves to sleep. He has discovered a very comfy dog bed in our living room that occupies much of his day, and at night he sleeps with his foster family in the big bed. Polo loves his foster sister Lucy and showers her in kisses every chance he gets. He also gets along really well with dogs he meets on his walks, both big and small dogs. He’s very sweet and gentle with kids and adults alike.
October 4, 2021 – Polo is happy to have 2 meals a day instead of only one in the morning. He enjoys his 4 walks a day, but it doesn’t appear as if he is used to walking all that much. He is very hesitant when he is picked up off the floor and pit on the bed, it doesn’t appear as though he was picked up often. It appears as though Polo has separation anxiety and will require a lot of reassurance to make it over the hurdle. He had a nice walk and went back to sleep and seems to have a little more pep in his step this morning. Routine and constant assurance is required.
Overall he is a super sweet boy and we are happy to have him around.

October 2, 2021 – Polo came to us today.  He was surrendered by his owner due to medical reasons (owner had a stroke).  Polo is 11 years old and he is neutered.  He will be going to the vet tomorrow for a complete check up + blood work.  Polo gets along very well with other dogs and he is a sweetheart to have around.  He does seem to have separation anxiety but a lot happened in his life lately.  Stay tuned for more on this sweet boy soon.

BUTTERS – HOSPICE PUG

Age: 12
Adoption Fees: Hospice Pug
Adoption Status:

March 6, 2023 – Butters has had a difficult winter and at times we’ve questioned if it was closer to his time to cross the rainbow bridge. We noticed he was more anxious and panting again, as well as drinking and peeing a lot. His thyroid levels had increased again, so his medications were adjusted. That adjustment did help normalize his levels and improved his symptoms.  The other issue has been worsening myelopathy. His back end function has deteriorated and he does require assistance outside and at times around the house. He has had increased stool and urinary incontinence that goes along with this progression.  Despite these things, he loves playing with his puppy pal who he lives with, enjoys his food, and loves lying at my feet. I still feel he has quality of life when I watch him, but I keep a close eye to make sure he isn’t uncomfortable. It is always a difficult decision to make, but we have been lucky to have Butters with us for almost two years, and feel we will know and he will tell us when it is time.

August 5, 2022 – Butters has been enjoying the summer so far. Relaxing at home in the yard, going for short strolls, and having spa vacations at Casa Donnie.  His thyroid has been stable with medications. His back end has been giving him more trouble at times especially when more active. He needs help getting up the two deck steps in the yard now.  He continues to have a good appetite. His food was recently switched and we have found he is pooping inside less often now. Overall he remains his happy self with his teddy bear face and perfect tail curl

June 13, 2022 – Bring on the sunshine! Butters is loving lounging in the backyard now that milder temps are here. Sometimes he will bark at little critters passing by while he watches from inside the patio doors.  He is moulting these days. There are tufts of hair everywhere, but such is the pug life! He sailed through his dental surgery and has been feeling pretty well overall. His appetite is good and he is still hopeful that the toddler might drop scraps.

Butters continues to have good and bad days with his hind end. He remains on Metacam for comfort. He still has bowel movements in his bed overnight, but we try to keep on top of things during the day.  This sweet guy is just enjoying life day by day currently. I will be sure to take some photos outside on the next sunny day

 

May 4, 2022 – Bring on the sunshine! Butters is loving lounging in the backyard now that milder temps are here. Sometimes, he will bark at little critters passing by while he watches from inside the patio doors.  Butters sailed through his dental surgery and has been feeling pretty well overall. His appetite is good and he is still hopeful that the toddler might drop scraps.  Butters continues to have good and bad days with his hind end. He remains on Metacam for comfort. He still has bowel movements in his bed overnight, but we try to keep on top of things during the day.  This sweet guy is just enjoying life day by day currently. I will be sure to take some photos outside on the next sunny day

February 14, 2022 – Butters has been holding his own for the most part, but we have needed to adjust his thyroid medications to keep his levels in control. He is booked for dental surgery on February 23. Otherwise he keeps a fairly quiet lifestyle – relaxing most of the day. He enjoys napping, getting pets and occasionally barking at things passing by in the backyard.

Butters still loves to eat! He hasn’t been so keen on the cold weather and I think he looks forward to warmer days in the backyard. For now he prefers the dog bed or curling up at my feet.
His ears can get bothersome, so we clean them regularly. He is mainly incontinent of stool, so daily clean ups are required. He urinates outside if let out frequently with a rare accident in the house here and there.
He continues to be very sweet with occasional glimpses of his pug spunk
January 6, 2022 – Butters enjoyed Christmas with us. He got a new toy, as we have found that he does enjoy a good play every now and then. He did find going to another house during the holiday a bit stressful. As long as he had company, he was okay. He wouldn’t have liked being left alone or crated during the visit though.
His thyroid levels have come down with adjustments to his medication. We are aiming to get it down a bit further in hopes that he might be able to get his teeth cleaned. His breath could peel paint on the walls!
Butters has a good appetite and enjoys his day to day activities. He is endlessly patient with our kids and he really is a gem.
December 6, 2021 – We are a little less active outside with the colder weather these days. Butters finds the footing a bit more challenging, but has mostly been okay going in and out to the backyard. We still have daily pickups of poop in the house, but I can tell he wants to be able to get outdoors.
He is a very food motivated boy. We wishes he could eat people food and other treats, but has done very well on his weight maintenance food.
He has calmed down significantly with his thyroid levels in better control and feeling secure here. We haven’t seen the same anxiety as when he arrived and he does better in the car (but shorter trips are still best).
For now we are in status quo and keep a simple routine. He still get his blood checked every 3-4 weeks to monitor his thyroid and otherwise he is enjoying a quiet lifestyle (aside from noisey kids!).

October 12, 2021 – Butters has been enjoying our day to day routine and feels at home here. He enjoys short walks around the neighborhood and romps in the backyard. He is very gentle with everyone and my infant daughter adores him. She is even trying to say Butters.  He gets a bit anxious if his routine is thrown off, but this has improved overall thanks to his medications. We have been increasing his dose of thyroid medications and have started seeing some improvement in the numbers.

Butters remains on a weight management diet and has a good appetite. His weight has stabilized now. He continues to drink more water, but this has decreased from when he first came. He is not incontinent of urine and is good about asking to go outside.  He remains incontinent of stool, but tries his best to get to the door when he can.
We continue to see the vet regularly to check his thyroid levels and otherwise ensure he is comfortable. We use a daily dose of Metacam for this, as he does have difficulties with his back end especially if he has had more active day.

June 29, 2021 – Butters is currently finishing up a second antibiotic for an ear infection, and his ears look good on recheck.  Unfortunately his thyroid levels are still very high with his most recent blood work.  He enjoys bring active, but is limited by his weak hind end. He is able to zip around the yard and go on short walks, but is unable to go up stairs (more than 1 or 2). We have done a trial of Metacam to ensure he is comfortable.  He has a good appetite and is eager to eat at mealtimes.  He is doing well on his W/D kibbles. He drinks more than average and requires more frequent trips outside. He still struggles with bowel incontinence, but we just clean up and carry on. He is less fond of going outside in the rain – typical pug in that way!  He is a sweet pug with a kind heart, and he is a pleasure to have in our home.

June 9, 2021 – Butters has really settled well into our routine here. He loves being around people and relaxing at their feet. He still remains quite attached to me in particular.  He has a funny and cute habit of gathering my shoes in his bed to cuddle with. He does not damage the shoes at all. Currently I count 4 of my shoes in the dog bed (no one else’s shoes – just mine).  Butters has done well with his transition to a weight management diet. He does not feel his bowel movements until they are happening. During the day, I can often tell the signs and whisk him outside, but he will frequently be incontinent overnight. There will be a trail starting at his bed and going to the door, as he does not have warning.  Butters still has some anxiety with traveling, but has done much better with his last few trips. He is good in the car, but his breathing does become quite laboured. If we blast the a/c and keep him close to us, he does fine in the car.  I feel he has lost weight as I did tighten his harness. He went to the vet to have his blood work repeated today and we will know the results in a few days.

May 31, 2021 – It took this wee boy a few days to recover after the vet, but Butters is back to his baseline. He is eating well again and is not stressed when at home and in a regular routine. He will sometimes get a bit anxious when I am in another part of the house as he likes to be close to me.  He settles and just sleeps if I go out for longer periods though. We have noticed he has a raspy bark when he does try to call for us or when excited. At times he can have a little of trouble settling down. He paces a bit and pants.
Butters gets along well with the resident dog and children. He is hopeful they will drop food at the table, but we are keeping a close eye to make sure he isn’t getting anything.
May 24, 2021 – Butters went to the vet, he weights 24.5lbs.  His thyroid level are a bit high so we will be monitoring that and Butters has a recheck at the vet on June 8.  Butters had bilateral ear infection that is actually being treated with antibiotics.  He seems to have elongated soft palate and narrow nostrils.  We will see how he will be once he drops a few kg.
May 17, 2021 – Butters just came in yesterday.  He was surrendered as his owners didn’t have time for him anymore.  Butters looks like a big teddy bear and seems very sweet. He was quite anxious on arrival and was panting quite a bit. He was exhausted and did settle after a time when set up with a soft bed and some water.
He seems much more comfortable with us now. He is my little shadow and looks hopeful about coming up on the couch.  He spends most of his time at my feet. He definitely loves his pets.
Butters didn’t eat last night, but took breakfast today. He ate fairly slowly – I think he may have some difficulty chewing related to his teeth.
He drinks quite a lot of water and is having issues with urinary incontinence/dribbling. I
have been taking him out frequently and I think he is housetrained, but we are using belly bands.
He dribbles intermittently and was soaked through in the morning. He is unable to lift his legs to urinate, so will stand or walk and pee.
We have noticed he has weak hind end.  He can walk around, but struggles with sudden direction changes or if objects are in the way. He has difficulty getting up from sitting/lying at times. His legs will splay in front on him and he kind of spins around when seated. He will drag one leg at times when walking. He has managed 1-2 steps outside, but do not feel comfortable trying a flight of stairs at present. I think the combination of excess weight are making things more difficult for him. He will be seeing the vet this Friday for a complete check up and blood work.
Now that he is more comfortable, I notice that he barks at sights and sounds outside. We will see if this improves as he adjusts to his new surroundings. I think he would try to hump the resident dog if he was physically able to do so.
Butters seems sweet with some underlying spunk, so I’m sure more of his personality will begin to emerge as he settles in.