Poor Ringo!

Poor Ringo.   He unwittingly tried to make friends with a bee in the flower beds of his garden! He didn’t squeak or yelp as he’s always stoic with pain, just took himself away looking sorry for himself.  The swelling on Ringo’s face became apparent in minutes, which then started to ooze, so he was taken straight to the Vet.

Ringo is on medication for other health issues, so he definitely needed his Vet’s assessment for the correct treatment. Although mild reactions to stings can often be managed at home, others can be far more serious and even life-threatening if left untreated.

Ringo is thankfully comfortable and recovering well at home. Mum says his swelling is reducing and he’s back to being a lounge lizard, looking at them pleading “Help me, I can’t walk!” but when he’s out and sees a female dog, he’s alert, wooing them with his “Well helloooo young lady!” body language!

For more information about how dangerous stings can be, and what to do, please see:


Betty’s Story – Part 1

This not-so-little lady, Betty, was purchased by a retired couple who saw her advertised on ‘Gumtree’. They thought taking her for walks would help their own failing health, as well as with her weight – but sadly this wasn’t the case.

6 months on, Betty had gained about 3kgs (probably the equivalent of us gaining about 3 stones). The couple knew they had made a mistake and weren’t helping her – they hadn’t researched the breed. They were feeding her human food along with her own, and they lived in a flat so there was no garden to explore or exercise in.  A family member contacted us to see if we could help – and of course we could.

Betty was only 3 years old, but moved like a pug 3 times her age. She was panting heavily and struggling to breathe but was keen to kiss me all over whilst I talked to her owners when I collected her. They were genuinely fond of Betty, who was bursting with personality, and I told them all about the bootcamp she would soon be starting.

This was Betty after a half-hour drive to her foster carers house. Her amazing foster carers soon started to whip her into shape with a steady, nutritious diet and regular walks, along with another pug to play with, which always helps, of course!

Betty has been adopted by a loving family, who will tell us in Part 2 of her story, how she’s getting on.

Hot weather advice for your pug – a reminder

With temperatures soaring, please may we remind you of our top tips for keeping your pugs cool, comfortable and safe.

And here is a little advice to all greedy pugs, borrowed from the wonderful Inkpug!

If in doubt, don’t.

Adoption applications are temporarily suspended


There has been unprecedented interest in adopting pugs recently, but sadly we are unable to process the volume of applications due to the Covid-19 restrictions still in place.

We are therefore temporarily closed to new adoption applications, but NOT to Foster applications:
Volunteer applications:

Thank you for your understanding. We will advise when the situation changes.

Sid’s story – update

This was written by Liz, who adopted Sid recently:

Our family have had the great pleasure to be the parents of a rescue pug again. We cannot express the enrichment this has had to a family, learning how to accept this beautiful pug in different ways. As a family it has made us all work as a team to make the pug feel loved and wanted, in return the pug gives you unconditional love, making the whole family calm and complete.

For me personally I am not complete without a pug. I have owned one, or more, for fifty-four years and I would not have it any other way. Our family’s new addition this year, Sid, has made me unbelievably happy and complete. He is exciting, loving, clever and trains me every day to what he wants and what is acceptable.  I cannot tell you how much love there is between me and my pug but it is amazing!

I am thankful every day to the Pug Welfare & Rescue for always being there to fill the gaps for over twenty-five years. Rescue pugs have more love to give than anything I have ever witnessed. Thank you again PDWRA!

Read the first part of Sid’s story below:

This is Sid, adopted by a wonderful couple, Liz and David, 15 years after adopting their first pug.  They then went on to adopt a pair of pugs from us 5 years later.

Sid had been lovingly cared for in foster during lockdown, and instantly made himself right at home with Liz and David.  He has been learning how to get treats from Mum and Dad who really adore him, unsurprisingly.

Liz also supports PDWRA by making craft items to fundraise for pugs in need, via our auction group.  We are delighted to have them all as part of our PDWRA family, and Sid couldn’t have found himself a more perfect home.