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Pollyanna & Primrose’s Rescue Story

Pollyanna and Primrose – why adopt dependent pugs?
Written by their owner Dave.

 Primrose & Pollyanna picture above – ‘before’

I picked up Pollyanna and Primrose, two emotionally dependent sisters, from Ponsanooth in Cornwall on a cold and drizzly late Sunday afternoon in March. I understood they had been rescued from a puppy farm in South Wales where they were had both had several litters and, according to veterinary opinion, had been over-bred. Their living quarters was no warm, centrally heated house but a concrete outbuilding which they shared with a number of other females. They did have access to a concrete area outside. It seems fair to assume there was little in the way of play or contact with humans. It is most probable what they had experienced fell well short of the most basic level of life that dogs should be able to expect.

I’d just lost my own rescue Pug and although I didn’t want to take on another dog just yet, (let alone two), I had agreed to do some temporary fostering. Somewhat selfishly I hoped it might take my mind off my own loss. Homes had been found for the single dogs which had been rescued. I could understand prospective adopters being a bit apprehensive about taking on two rescued pugs.

The sisters were friendly enough but to be brutally honest, they were stinking. We drove back with the windows open in an attempt to negate the smell. On the way home they huddled close together in a cage we had brought for the purpose. I doubt they had ever been in a car before coming down from Cardiff to Cornwall earlier in the day and they probably didn’t have a clue what was happening to them. Now they were in a car again and would have had no idea what to expect. All they had at that time, and I suspect prior to that, was each other. Emotionally I am not sure what damage it might have done to separate them – especially at that stage.

When we got them home the first thing we did was bathed and fed them. Their bottoms were stained orange where they had sat in their own urine and faeces. It took a number of baths to get them back to something like their normal colour but they did smell much better after that first immersion. That Sunday night I deflea’d them and wormed them on the Monday. There was enough wildlife on them as it was and we had to get a special shampoo from the vets to kill off the mites both were infested with. Understandably neither was house trained. With Polly it came quickly but Primrose took longer. Fortunately Polly helped to train her sister.

That first day I wrote. Primrose is so small – you can’t imagine how she could have had puppies. Her ribs are plainly visible. She is very highly strung. Just paces in circles and marks continually. Polly is bigger but still undernourished and has a breathing issue of some sort. Her belly sags almost to the floor and her feet splay out sideways. She looks a sad and pathetic little creature. Good words to describe them both would be, “woeful and bedraggled”.

They look after each other although it’s really Polly who looks after Primrose. She cleans her and comforts her. Polly seems more like a mum than a sister from the same litter. Prim depends on her totally.

The first morning we had a little walk around the block. Then we went down to the beach then up to a field and off lead for a bit despite dire warnings not to. They loved it and they wouldn’t stray from my side or from each other. It was sensation overload all day long. They were learning and sensing new things all the time and it was strangely gratifying to see their delight and wonderment. Grass, sand, the warmth of the sun, cuddles and affection – all stuff most dogs would take for granted and they had probably never experienced. There was a LOT of low riding from both. Anyone could tell they were really happy. Primrose would run in circles while Polly just seemed to bounce and prance and had this gappy toothed grin on her face permanently. The first couple of days it became obvious that they had no idea how to play with toys or with each other. Several weeks on they are still not interested in toys but will play fight a lot.

They are both exceedingly happy and that in itself is really rewarding. The only small issue was that Prim continued to mark. Looking back I think she was just insecure and wanted to mark her territory to let others know that this was her home.

A couple of months in and things are good. The girls are unrecognisable from the woe begotten bundles of fluff that arrived in March. They are well behaved although Primrose in particular has become very adventurous of late. When I am on the computer they curl up on their bed and wait for me to finish. We walk a lot and they are thriving on it. The vet has commented on how good they both look. Primrose has put on a little bit of weight but is still slim although far more muscular than she was initially. She loves to run and run and run and is exceptionally fast for the breed. She is always chasing other dogs on the beach. God only knows how far she travels in a week. Polly is more muscular again and her tummy has shrunk and she looks good but she still has the splayed feet which if anything make her even more endearing. What is really striking is just how happy they are and that level of happiness seems to increase on a daily basis. They’ve changed from the timid and frightened little things we picked up a couple of months ago into bundles of fun and energy. It’s like they are living the childhood they probably never had.

Neither dog barked for the first two months they were with me. Now both will warn me of anyone approaching the house well before the door bell rings. I believe it is a sign of their growing confidence and increased sense of belonging.

The biggest surprise about having two dogs is that it seems so much easier to look after them than it did looking after one dog. They keep each other company. They play and sleep together which gives me a break and of course, they are best mates. I found it easier and less worrying to go out and leave them as they have each other for company and are less likely to suffer from any sort of separation anxiety. The longer they have been with me the easier and more fun it has become.

If anyone has concerns about taking on two dependent pugs please don’t worry. In many ways it is far easier than just having one dog. We would avoid separating two dependent humans if that was possible, a mum and child or siblings – it’s really no different with pugs. I can honestly say that I have never regretted for a moment taking on these two rescue pugs at the same time. In fact I often think how fortunate I am to have made that decision at the outset. It really is double the pleasure and a lot more besides. I would have no hesitation in doing exactly the same again and would give that advice to anyone considering a double option but being unsure as to what might lie ahead.

Several weeks ago I took these waifs in for temporary fostering. Now they are adopted and I wouldn’t swap them for the world.

Primrose & Pollyanna now

Important notice for our Friends of Welfare members!

Hello to all our Friends Of Welfare!

You will have received your Summer newsletter by now and noticed that we have asked you to complete a slip so that we comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations.

Please either post your slip back to me to:

PDWRA Secretary
21 Ullswater Close, Swindon, SN3 6LH.

Or you can scan and email it to me at
secretary@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk

Please not that if you have volunteered to help us, you may also be contacted by one of Area Coordinators who are:

Emma Coutts – Scotland
Jacqui Robinson – Northern Ireland
Jackie Ward & Jo Smith – North
Andrea Slater & Kelly Rawlins – Central
Dee Keanu – East Midlands
Faye Burke & Claire Butler – Eat Angelia
Yasmin Tompkins & Natalie Cerrone – South
Jo Rochfort & Deb Lunnon – South East
Jane Macallister & Maureen Lee – West & Wales

If anyone has any questions, please email me as above or call 01793 614143.

Many thanks

Lynne Kellow
PDWRA Secretary

PDWRA’s Mega Auction!

 PDWRA MEGA AUCTION NOW OPEN! 

 Head over to our PDWRA Mega Auction as we have so many amazing items being auctioned, raffled and prizes to be won! 

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/242845766241493/ 

You don’t want to miss out on the unique and wonderful ‘Pugamons’ and lots of fun and games all to raise money for PDWRA.

If you have something you’d like to auction or raffle yourself please do join the group and help our cause!

Wales Volunteer Area Co-Ordinator

 

 PDWRA are looking for a Volunteer Area Co-Ordinator to manage rehoming for WALES as a part of our south West rehoming team 

The suitable candidate would have the responsibility of coordinating rehoming across Wales, managing and liaising with local volunteers, developing volunteer networks, arranging for home visits to be carried out and pugs to be collected and transported into adoptive or foster homes. Ideally we are looking for someone living within Wales but welcome all applications.

All new VACs will be fully supported, guided and mentored by our National VAC coordinator & Trainer and will work alongside other volunteer county coordinators within their region. The time commitment for the position varies and flexibility is required.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position and finding out more information, please can you email secretary@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk and title your email as ‘Wales VAC’. You will be provided with an application form and you will also be required to submit a CV and references.

CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 1ST JUNE

Yorkshire Volunteer Area Co-Ordinator

 PDWRA are looking for a Volunteer Area Co-Ordinator to manage rehoming for YORKSHIRE as a part of our North rehoming team 

The suitable candidate would have the responsibility of coordinating rehoming across the county of Yorkshire, managing and liaising with local volunteers, arranging for home visits to be carried out and pugs to be collected and transported into adoptive or foster homes. Ideally we are looking for someone living within Yorkshire with some local knowledge but welcome all applications.

All new VACs will be fully supported, guided and mentored by our National VAC coordinator & Trainer and will work alongside other volunteer county coordinators within their region. The time commitment for the position varies and flexibility is required.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position and finding out more information, please can you email secretary@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk and title your email as ‘Yorkshire VAC’. You will be provided with an application form and you will also be required to submit a CV and references.

CLOSING DATE: FRIDAY 1ST JUNE

Reminder for PDWRA Adopters/Fosterers

Reminder For PDWRA Adopters/Fosterers

Please send any prescriptions that PDWRA normally cover to me either email secretary@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk or post to Lynne Kellow, PDWRA Secretary, 21 Ullswater Close, Swindon. SN3 6LH.

Please allow plenty of time for your order to be placed and delivered.

many thanks

Lynne Kellow
PDWRA Secretary

Raising money for PDWRA with Rhian White Photography

Rhian White one of our loyal supporters and a PDWRA rescue pug owner is kindly offering to donate 10% of the costs of her photo shoots to PDWRA! Info below:

Rhian is a specialist outdoor dog photographer covering the South East of the UK and if you book a shoot or buy a gift voucher with her she will donate 10% of the shoot fee to PDWRA. Watch this video for examples of her Pug pictures.

Visit her website www.rhianwhitephotography.co.uk and use this code ‘PDWRADONATE10’ and she will donate 10% of any order to PDWRA. Follow her on facebook and Instagram Rhian White Photography for the latest Puggie pictures…

Thank you Rhian for your support!

Easy Fundraising – Help PDWRA while you shop!

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association?

There are over 3,300 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s, ready to give a free donation to The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association every time you shop online through easyfundraising.

It’s really simple, and doesn’t cost you anything!

All you have to do is:
Go to: https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pdwra/

Join the cause and choose from over 3,300 retailers as you do your online shopping as normal and our cause will receive a free donation at no extra cost to you for every purchase you make.

We are recruiting a new volunteer to join the PDWRA team!

 

❗ PDWRA are looking for a Volunteer Area Coordinator to manage rehoming for our East Anglia region (Area 4 – covering Cambs, Essex, Suffolk & Norfolk) 

The suitable candidate would have the responsibility of coordinating rehoming across the East Anglia region, managing and liaising with local volunteers, arranging for home visits to be carried out and pugs to be collected and transported into adoptive or foster homes.

All new VACs will be fully supported and guided by the rehoming trustees and will work alongside other volunteer county coordinators within their region. The time commitment for the position is flexible and varies but can be considered similar to that of a part time position. We welcome applicants from all over the UK as the position can be fulfilled remotely from home.

If you are interested in volunteering for this position and finding out more information, please can you email  secretary@nullpugwelfare-rescue.org.uk  You will be provided with an application form, voluntary role description and you will also be required to submit a CV and references.

 CLOSING DATE: Friday 13th April  

Changes to the PDWRA team!

 

Following our AGM on Sunday we have some changes to the PDWRA team to announce!
Our Chairman Alison Mount has stepped down as chair and remains a PDWRA trustee. Alison will continue to manage the PDWRA newsletter, shop and represent PDWRA on the health committee. We all thank Alison for her years of dedication and hard work and we are delighted that she remains very much a valued member of the PDWRA team. We welcome Robin Coulter our treasurer as our new chairman for PDWRA and we know he will do a fantastic job!

Our Secretary Janet Thomson is also taking her well earnt retirement and has now been appointed as a Vice President. Our most grateful thanks to Janet who has done a wonderful job and has worked very hard over the years to keep up with an increasingly demanding position as our charity has grown. We welcome Lynne Kellow our fundraiser as our new secretary and we know she will do a fantastic job too!

We have also appointed three new trustees; Lynne Kellow our new secretary, Jane McAllister who coordinates rehoming for the South West and Wales and Charlotte Hill who is a welcomed addition to our board as an acting solicitor.

We will also be saying goodbye to Debbie Symes who has done a fabulous job coordinating rehoming for the East region and our most grateful thanks to Debbie for all of the hard work she has put in – which has included fostering many PDWRA rescue pugs over the years now happily adopted with her help.

All PDWRA team members give their time generously and freely usually alongside their own jobs, families, pugs and other commitments. We certainly could not do what we do without all of the hard work of our team members past and present and all of our supporters and volunteers. So sincere thanks to everyone involved and here’s to another year of rescuing and rehoming pugs!