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PDWRA at Discover Dogs, Excel 2018

Some of the PDWRA team at Discover Dogs yesterday –

and they’re back again today!

Huge thanks to all our volunteers and helpers (and their pugs) who have given up their weekend to promote our Charity.

We couldn’t do what we do, without you.

There are more than 280 pugs on the Rehoming Register already in 2018.

Thank you!

On behalf of all of us at PDWRA, an enormous thank you to everyone who took part in our very special 45th anniversary walks and events.  The response has been amazing.

This is a fantastic amount and will go towards helping many pugs in need!

Introducing Olive Nelson

Last week we were contacted by a veterinary surgery in Norfolk about a very young pug puppy, which had been discovered abandoned in a cardboard box outside a local police station, and taken from there to the vets.  We do not know how long the puppy had been left there before being found.  Fortunately the weather has not been too cold, particularly at night, otherwise the rest of this story might have been very different.

The tiny fawn pug had terrible demodex (mange) on all its legs, which had been chewed almost raw, but far worse than that was its left eye, which was actually hanging out.

The vets managed to put the eye back in, gave the puppy pain relief and medication, and then phoned us to see if we could help.  We were told that the puppy was a male, and in view of the likelihood of him losing the eye, we suggested the name of Nelson.

The following day we rang to check on Nelson and were told that Nelson was actually a female pug which they had named Olive!  So we agreed that Olive Nelson would be an appropriate name for a rather special little pug.

Olive Nelson, as she is now known to all of us at PDWRA, remained at the vets for a few more days while they continued to treat the eye and to build up her strength.

On Tuesday this week she began her journey from Norfolk to foster care in south Essex, via an overnight sleepover in Suffolk where she enjoyed a much needed bath and a very peaceful night.  The following day she continued her journey with one further stop in Colchester, from where she was collected by vet nurse Clare, who will be fostering her for the foreseeable future.

We are hopeful that Olive Nelson may be able to keep her left eye, although it has a very nasty ulcer and she is currently on hourly drops.  She has also had skin scrapes to check that the demodex is improving.  Despite this awful start to her life, she is a cheerful little soul and everyone who has been lucky enough to meet her has totally fallen in love with her.

We are not taking applications to adopt Olive Nelson quite yet. She is estimated to be only 8 weeks old.

Olive Nelson on Wednesday this week

Her teddy bear is bigger than she is

Snuggled up in foster care with Percy pug

PDWRA at Crufts 2018

PDWRA will be at Crufts this year!

Come and meet loads of our gorgeous rescue pugs and our volunteers on Saturday, 10 March at Crufts at the NEC.

Pug hugs are available all day in Hall 3A!

Find us on the rescue stand between the Kennel Club ring and The Good Citizen Dog Scheme.  You will be able to spot our pugs in their bright green bandanas and our volunteers sporting their green PDWRA t-shirts!

Come and say hello and show your support!

You can also find the PDWRA shop selling our merchandise in Hall 4 (back right corner) by the pug breed rings 21/22.  We have lots of exclusive new merchandise to sell on the day too!



45 years of rescuing pugs

 Our Sapphire Anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday, 8 July 2018

at Elite Venue, Dunkirk Close, Gravesend, Kent DA12 5ND


Grounds open at 10am, Show starts at 11am in all rings

Dog Show for all breeds in 2 rings

Special Pug Classes with beautiful Sapphire rosettes

Enter on the day, £2 per entry and all breeds welcome

 Pug Obstacle Course with prizes and rosettes

Children’s games – Lots of rosettes to be won!

Street food stands and licensed bar, stalls, super raffle, tombola and PDWRA merchandise 

Vintage catering van with Pop Up Pug Cafe 

Chairs!!  Please bring your own chairs.

BARK IN THE PARK on Sunday 8 July DA12 5ND from 10am

Email enquiries :


Remember to save your Christmas stamps for PDWRA

Please remember to save your Christmas stamps for PDWRA!  


At the end of every quarter, the buyer weighs up all the PDWRA stamp donations and sends us a cheque which goes straight into the Association’s coffers.  The buyer is now paying us £10 per kilo, which is a really valuable source of funds for PDWRA.  So please keep on sending the stamps to our buyer at the address above, and we thank you for your continuing support.

Winter Parties : snow forces cancellations

Thank you to the many members of the Pugs & Squishy Faced Breeds of Lowestoft group who braved the dreadful weather and came along to the Christmas Meet Up on Sunday 10 December.
A massive thank you to Claire Owen and her staff at The Waterways Tea Room, Great Yarmouth, for such a lovely welcome and yummy goodies.
The fantastic sum of £250 was raised for PDWRA!
squishy 2017
Sadly 2 Winter Parties this year had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.
The South Staffs Pug Club with PDWRA Christmas Pug Party at Slitting Mill and the North Herts Pugs first Pugmas Pawty at Biggleswade were both due to be held on Sunday 10 December, but the heavy snow and dangerous roads at both venues necessitated the cancellations.
Penny, Ellie and their teams are very disappointed but the safety of pugs and their people is paramount.
STOP PRESS – see North Herts Pugs FB page for details of their new party date in January 2018!


Another big thank you to Cheshire Pugs who raised a fantastic £780 for PDWRA at their Christmas Party on 2 December.

cheshire 1

cheshire 4

 It was a lovely party and good to meet some of the rescue pugs from Central Area.  Thank you everyone for coming and supporting PDWRA.

Photos by Kelly Rawlins



A massive thank you to Jakki, Dave and the Manchester Pug Thing – a newly formed meet up group of around 8 weeks – they had their Christmas Party on 3 December and raised a staggering £1687.10 for PDWRA!

Here are Jakki and Dave presenting Andrea Slater, PDWRA Trustee, with the cheque.




Fostering a pug for PDWRA

Please visit the Adoption & Fostering section here on our website, where an application form to foster a pug for PDWRA is now available for you to complete online.

We would ask you to please read through carefully the notes which accompany the online form, before you complete and send the form to us.

Sandbach party – report and photos

Sandbach 2017

PDWRA Chairman Alison Mount writes:

Last Sunday was the much looked forward to Sandbach Garden Party hosted by the West Pennine PDC at the home of Becky and Stephen Willis.  PDWRA is fortunate in being included in the invitation and we are extremely grateful to everyone on the committee who make us so welcome.  Once again, Judith Coulter and Dawn Bailey supervised the Agility, putting many pugs and ODs through their paces.  Both Peter and I were greatly relieved when Catherine Rutherford “volunteered” to see the games through, leaving us to man the merchandise stand.  The occasion was relaxing, happy and thoroughly enjoyable and there are some great photographs of both people and dogs – just click on the links below.  The fancy dress was fun and the well-attended welfare parade was frankly very moving.  Thank you WPPDC for letting us share your day.  I know exactly how much hard work goes into getting everything ready and dismantling afterwards.

Photographs by Kelly Rawlins can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery

Photographs by Paul Worpole can be viewed here
Sandbach 2017 Gallery 2