The PDWRA 2024 Calendar will be available to order from Monday 4th December!
At Only £12, including 1st class postage, it’s a great way to support PDWRA too!
You will be able to order by email and details for payment will be provided on Monday.
For further information on Fundraising and why we rely on it, please see:
Fundraising & Events 2023 | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
PUGS are for life NOT just for Christmas!
As Pugs are for life, not just for Christmas, PDWRA will be closing as usual, to new Adoption Applications in the lead-up to Christmas, until the New Year.
This will be from Thurs 7th Dec 8pm to Tues 2nd Jan midday.
We would like to reassure anyone needing to surrender a pug during this period that our doors remain OPEN for taking pugs into our care.
Surrendering | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
Foster homes are always needed, especially for emergencies during this period so if you can offer a suitable temporary home to a pug, short or long-term, please see our Fostering section where you can also apply.
Fostering | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
Nothing brings us more happiness than seeing our adopted pugs in their new forever homes!
We love to hear and share stories from our adopters on why they chose to adopt from PDWRA. It’s these heart-warming forever-afters that make our work so rewarding.
Here’s Shirley’s story:
“In May, I lost my beloved little Poodle and I was then diagnosed with breast cancer, which made me uncertain about getting another dog. As I am disabled, I’ve always adopted older dogs, which can be challenging as they don’t live as long, but they are so loving and grateful. Despite the trauma they may have endured, they always find a way to show appreciation for everything.
After my surgery and treatment, I knew it was time to love again. While browsing Facebook, I stumbled upon the adorable face of Daphne, who, like me, would also be in a wheelchair one day. I felt an instant connection and was determined to do everything in my power to help her. The adoption process was made easy by the wonderful team of volunteers at PDWRA, they even arranged for Daphne to be brought to me.
After some video calls, I knew she was meant to be mine. Daphne is a wonderful little soul, and I didn’t even know I was missing her until she came into my life. She follows me everywhere, even leaving a trail of hair in her wake! She is everything to me, and I am everything to her. I’m committed to ensuring that she lives the rest of her life to the fullest.
I can’t thank the PDWRA enough for their incredible support. They helped me find Daphne and have made a positive impact on so many lovely pugs’ lives.
You are all amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Xxxxx”
Here’s the beginning of Daphne’s journey with PDWRA:
Daphne, adopted & completely at home!
With the arrival of the colder months, our pugs are also impacted by the change in temperature.
We’ll bundle up with coats, hats, and gloves, so don’t forget to consider these valuable tips to keep your beloved pugs safe and comfortable!
Check out other seasonal hazards & pug health info here:
Jayne is a supporter of PDWRA, who creates handmade cards and illustrations. She very kindly raised £150 this summer for PDWRA in a fundraiser to mark the 15th birthday of her gorgeous pug Henry, seen below.
Henry pug was her inspiration for her business Onelittlepug. Very sadly Henry has recently passed away, having lived life to the full, with a personality ten times his size.
He loved having his photo taken, so was often the model for so many card designs, so his legacy remains.
Jayne has created Christmas Cards with designs for both fawn and black pug varieties. Profits on these will be donated to PDWRA and are available from her Etsy shop, at: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/onelittlepug
They can be specifically found at: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1569417534/
We are so very grateful for Jayne’s kind support and raising awareness for PDWRA too.
Please support us both by purchasing and sending these unique and delightful cards this Christmas!!
For more information about fundraising, please see: Fundraising & Events 2023 | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
Buddy and Belle, arrived on the Isle of Man four years ago after a long journey from the mainland. Despite the trip, they remained calm and settled, sleeping in the cabin with their owners and family pug, Winston. Upon arriving home, they were met by our Labrador and eagerly explored the house and garden, adapting quickly to their new home.
As it turned out, Buddy and Belle were no strangers to seaside living. They enjoy exercising on the quiet beaches and nearby glens. Although Buddy wasn’t initially fond of paddling, he has since grown accustomed to it, while Belle can’t get enough of the water and loves rolling in it at any opportunity!
Next year, they will have even more space to play, as we are taking over some family fields. Once a pug-friendly canter strip is mown to keep the grass short, Buddy and Belle can enjoy running around and playing to their heart’s content.
Belle has taken a liking to Winston and likes to wash him frequently, while Buddy is more people-oriented. During a particularly hot holiday last year, they all enjoyed splashing around in the sea and racing over the sands, with Buddy’s favourite activity being chasing birds. They were soon joined by another rehomed pug and now all three curl up together at night near the kitchen range.
Buddy and Belle’s adopters, Sue and Alan say, “Buddy and Belle are real characters and dear, much-loved pugs, a great addition to our family.
Thank you to the PDWRA for making this possible”.
Sue and Alan
To see when Buddy and Belle first arrived, go to:
What if we told you that you could take advantage of Black Friday sales while supporting your favourite brands and PDWRA at the same time?
Here’s How – and it won’t cost you a penny!
With over 8,100 retailers – including Tesco, Pets at Home and Amazon – you can easily join the PDWRA supporters who have already helped us receive over £3,300 through Easyfundraising.
All you have to do is sign up for Easyfundraising, select The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association, create your profile and start shopping!
For other ways to help PDWRA via shopping or recycling, please see:
Donate while you Shop or Recycle!
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Zingaro 13/3/09 – 31/10/23.
I had Zingaro on 29/9/18 following his owner’s passing.
He has given us 5 years of happiness.
RIP our little boy”.
We will remember them.
Men, Women and Loyal Animals who sacrificed and served together.
Lest we forget …..
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Here’s Petey pug, having his first visit to the pumpkin patch in preparation for some Halloween fun!
You may be going to themed pug events or simply joining in the spirit of Halloween at home, so here are some tips to ensure everyone has a safe and fun time:
- Keep all sweet treats and chocolate out of paws reach
- There may be littered sweets or wrappers to look out for which are also a choking hazard
- Walk them early before children may be out and about in numbers and in fancy dress which may scare them
- Avoid dressing them in costumes that they’re uncomfortable with, or restricting
- Keep any Halloween decorations out of harm’s way
- Ensure any lit candles are well away from animals. Battery lit ones are hazardous too.
- Create a cosy, quiet space away from potentially frequent doorbell ringing causing them extra stress!
- You may wish to put a polite sign on your door for trick or treaters not to ring your doorbell if it frightens your dogs
For more detailed information, please see:
Halloween dangers to dogs | Dog health | Kennel Club (thekennelclub.org.uk)
Some gorgeous pugs posted on our Facebook page:
It’s that time of year again when we can anticipate and prepare for, fireworks during the winter months, not only on bonfire night. It may be the first time you’ll be experiencing how this affects a new pug in your home.
In advance, you may consider:
- Desensitising your pets to noise: Playing fireworks noises quietly using sound CDs, while rewarding calm behaviour, can help them become accustomed to the noise. Play them in the run up to firework season, to help them see they need not be afraid.
- Anxiety relief products: Anxiety relieving products containing pheromones are an effective way to help your pet stay calm, also comforting jackets are like a big hug! There are so many products around so do research them.
- Walk them before it’s dark.
- Watch out for spent fireworks when walking your dogs. Diwali celebrations start before bonfire night.
- Feed your dogs before fireworks are expected to begin, as they may be too stressed to eat.
- Make sure your house or garden is escape-proof, as they can bolt or go missing. (Check their microchip registration is up-to-date!)
- Keep windows and curtains closed, the lights on and turn the TV on to play music to help drown out the noise.
- Create a safe, cosy place for your dog to settle before it gets dark. Dogs enjoy cosy dens.
- Keep them entertained to take their mind off the noise.
- Comfort and reassure them.
In previous years, on Bonfire night, 5th November, there have been special sessions on Classic FM for example, playing soothing classical music for all pets and animals who might feel anxious and scared with the loud noises outside. Keep an eye out if they are broadcasting again, this year!
Further Advice & tips can be found at:
My involvement with PDWRA started in 2017 as a first-time adopter. We were willing to take on a pair of pugs, who turned out to be the beautiful, 7 ½ year-old litter sisters, Millie & Tasmin (Taz).
With the name of Tasmin, she must have been meant for me!?
Having taken a serious break from my career managing international recruitment for a global tech company, made it possible to devote the time needed for them, and due to this, along with the following volunteering developments, I never returned to it!
The following year, I was approached by the trustees and asked if I would join the core team as a Voluntary Area Coordinator (VAC) for the busy, South region. It was full-on, learning on the go, in practical, policy and process terms, as well as accelerating my understanding about this most special breed. Before I knew it, I had matched and rehomed 50 gorgeous pugs and another volunteer was brought onboard to help.
I oversaw every step of the often emotional and difficult journey for those handing over their pugs, managing the enthusiastic waiting list of adopters until pugs were successfully matched to them, also providing advice and support to foster carers across the 10 counties particularly over pug health matters. Organising volunteer transport generally at short-notice, I soon became an expert about motorway service station locations and using the AA route planner!
It is even more satisfying seeing how the pugs get on in their forever homes, with parents I have known since being names on an application form!
We sadly lost Taz to aggressive Mast Cell Tumours after going through surgeries and chemo with her, as she deserved to live longer than that terrible disease had originally planned for her. We decided to adopt another beautiful soul, Dottie, well in advance of that, so that Millie would still have a familiar companion and sister as she’s always had one. It was a difficult time nursing her and making many vital decisions with her specialists at Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology, where I felt I was living for a while.
I have also fostered short-term, as Millie doesn’t generally welcome new pugs to our home! However, we ‘failed’ in that twice, by adopting 2 pairs of boys, Percy and Benny in 2020 then Bob and Frank after we lost Percy to lymphoma.
We’ve experienced dentals for all, numerous eye-ulcers, 2 types of cancer, seizures, a heart-murmur, arthritis, pug myelopathy and a little biter who looks like butter-wouldn’t-melt, and is 95% transformed!!
Whether adoptees or foster pugs, they were all overweight when they arrived, 2 of the boys were obese, so weight-loss management became a familiar experience too. We learn so much from what this exceptional breed throws at us!
After a break when I knew I couldn’t continue what was a near full-time commitment as a VAC, I was asked if I’d consider returning to help a few others with PDWRA’s Social Media. I’ve managed it since mostly on my own, for 4 years, 7 days/week, gathering and producing content relating to the charity’s work and achievements, as well as covering only a sample of the many heart-warming pug rescue and adoption stories that our followers and supporters enjoy so much.
Our Facebook following has increased considerably, to 36,000 and queries and comments from the public need to be responded to whenever they arise, so it’s been really useful having gained the knowledge I have from my various roles in the charity. Managing the website publishing side too, I’m able to draw on our invaluable technical expert Steve, whenever needed and also work closely with PDWRA’s digital marketing agency’s owner, Robin, a pug owner and supporter who volunteers their services to produce our bi-monthly newsletters.
I have also served as a Trustee (2021 – 2022), on top of these daily operational roles, having to step back later to re-balance my volunteering workload and my home-life with our expanded and ageing grumble.
My husband, Ian, also volunteers whenever needed, as a regular transporter at the weekends, so meets many other wonderful volunteers and adopters across the country. Often I do too when our home is a handover point, so I get to meet the newer pugs too!
It’s been long hours, juggling plates and learning new skills, but so worthwhile, for all the pugs that desperately need us!
I dedicate this article to our beloved Taz & Percy, both with us for only 2 years, respectively!
For latest vacancy information for specific volunteer roles, please go to:
Vacancies | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
If you would like to volunteer locally to you, please see details of the 3 options; transporting, home-checking or fundraising, and to apply at:
Volunteering for PDWRA | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
If you’re considering fostering, please see more details and apply at:
Fostering | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
It’s International Pug Day (Pugtober 15th)! Created to help pugs in need and encourage people to help take them out of shelters and into loving homes.
This is exactly what PDWRA do, throughout the UK. So, on this day of celebrating this wonderful and adorable breed, apart from spoiling them in your usual way, you can help us do what we do, in various ways. Please see the website links, below:
Here’s a lovely selection of our Facebook followers’ pugs that were shared with us for National Pug Day, all gorgeous and gratefully received!
You can see more on our page – https://www.facebook.com/PDWRA/
We rely solely on the help of volunteers and kind donations from people like you. Thank You!
#pwdwa #pugcharity #pugwelfare #pugadoption #pug #pugs #pugsofinstagram #internationalpugday
By Helen McKee. (MRCVS)
PDWRA Vet Advisor.
I have been asked to write about pet insurance as it can be quite a minefield out there, as with any insurance.
We ask that all people who adopt a PDWRA pug take out insurance on their pug. The reason for this, as no doubt you have picked up from the previous articles, is that pugs are prone to a large number of health conditions, most of which can be very expensive to investigate and treat.
It can cost at least £3,000 for corneal graft surgery, an MRI, or a work up for a metabolic problem, not to mention BOAS surgery, hence the need for insurance.
For example, our daughter noticed that her (white) PDWRA pug had suddenly slowed down having always been fit despite being 10 years of age. Blood tests by local vet revealed some significant abnormalities and we asked that he was immediately referred.
He was seen by the referral practice the next day, and through investigations, including a CT scan and needle guided biopsy, was found to have abdominal tumours that had spread to his lungs (metastases).The total cost of both the primary and referral vet fees was £3,500.
Whilst our daughter is devastated, she was able to find out quickly, (and with little expense as he was covered by Petplan), exactly what was wrong with Prince and whether he could be treated (he had palliative care).
This is the value of good insurance.
And there’s the rub!
What is good insurance? As with any insurance, it’s important to read the small print. I have recently heard of someone being caught out; there was a cap on the amount per condition (£500- useless for a pug) rather than a total that can be claimed annually not based on a condition, which left the person with a very large bill to pay!
The type of insurance that best suits pugs and the conditions they are prone to (that may need ongoing life treatment) is cover for life (rather than 12 month).
Watch out for insurance companies that dictate where a dog is referred (normally cheaper practices that may not be the best option for your pug), one of which is ‘Animal Friends’ insurance, and remember cheaper might not be the best option.
Our previous insurance company of choice was Petplan; they have good lifelong cover with a range per annum (we chose the mid range cover of £7000) with no cap per condition and they pay out promptly. However, recent experience has shown that they are not always the best choice for rescue dogs with a history of medical issues (good for puppies with no previous medical records); they now put blanket exclusions on any condition mentioned.
One adopter mentioned that their adoptive dog had previously been overweight and Petplan excluded all respiratory and cardiovascular conditions! And Petplan can make it really difficult to lift these exclusions; it normally needs your veterinary practice to write to the Underwriters (which takes forever!) who finally make a decision. They don’t automatically lift exclusions; you have to be pro-active and contact them after the length of time they decide the exclusion can be lifted.
As a result we have insured our most recent PDWRA pug with ‘Many Pets’. They have had good write ups recently, and with their top cover of £12,000 per annum, all pre-existing conditions are covered. Their other life cover policies automatically lift any exclusions after 2 years as long the medical records show no veterinary treatment for that condition during that period.
Another pet insurance that has been recommended to me is ‘More Than’ though I have had no personal experience using this company.
- Take out a ‘Life Cover’ policy.
- Use a company that doesn’t have a limit on amount per condition, but has an annual cap.
- Make a considered decision on how much cover you would like per annum (we chose £7,000 per annum; our first pug used the whole premium for 2 years running up to the age of two which Petplan paid without any issues).
- And finally, read the small print!
This article is dedicated to the very special and beautiful boy Prince, 23-3-13 to 29-8-23.
For other pug health information and articles please see:
Pug Health & Wellbeing | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
By Volunteer, Jackie:
I’ve been asked to write something about a day in the life of a foster mum. I don’t have any magic formula for fostering, and don’t deviate from a tried and trusted method, if you can call it that, and which must be well known to all our fosterers out there – routine!
I’m retired and don’t have many family calls on my time, so can arrange the day very much to suit the pugs and myself (which I do).
Each day feels more or less the same as all the other days, perhaps the only difference between myself and many of our fosterers is that I would foster on an industrial scale. That is, if I could get away with it, so my “mentor” keeps a close eye on me!
(It’s quite a sizable grumble here, but always room for one (or two), more). How true I’ve found the 3/3/3 rule is, when introducing a newcomer, you can more or less guarantee it with the routine in place.
That’s 3 days to start to trust you, 3 weeks to relax, 3 months to make themselves fully at home and take over!
Whilst acknowledging that all pugs are different in character, they seem to respond positively to the repetition of the day, same time for meals, walks, treats and naps. This in turn generates order, so a newly introduced foster pug will soon pick up on what is going to happen and when. It not only sooths them, but makes my day more manageable.
The only exception to this is meal times, which as you all know, is of paramount importance to a pug. Although there’s a strict order in which bowls are placed, (and they all have their own designated feeding space), it can look, and often is chaotic!
I’m a big fan of getting the pugs out for a walk, if they’re capable and want to. Some go out in the buggy (twice a day), others for a walk (three times a day), across the many safe open spaces I’m lucky enough to live near. This breaks the day up for them, keeps them healthy, and provides an opportunity to socialise with other dogs.
So many fosters come in with mobility issues, and as a consequence, have endured very restricted lives, so it’s wonderful to see them enjoying unexpected freedom. Even the “wonky” ones get an opportunity to run about, as much as they are able to, with the confidence of walking in the safety of the pack.
So, with pug walks and meals to provide, working in the garden with the pugs around me, and doing a bit of PDWRA business in between, my days drift uneventfully by …..
We wouldn’t describe it quite as modestly as Jackie does. We couldn’t do what we do without such experienced and willing volunteers like her!
If you would like to foster please see more details and apply at:
Fostering | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
We appealed for a home for Daphne last month. A typical vibrant, fun-loving and playful 5 year-old pug who had originally lived happily with another female pug. She was surrendered to us, now showing the early signs of constrictive pug myelopathy affecting the mobility in her hind legs.
This condition is not unusual in pugs, due to their anatomy and development of their delicate spines.
It wasn’t long before Daphne’s adopter came forward and within weeks was transported to her wonderful new home by her devoted fosterer, where she is settling in so well!
New Mum, Shirley, confirms how happy Daphne is and describes herself as her slave. Daphne is enjoying getting anything she wants including whenever she demands a walk. Though she really enjoys her breakfast she always wants Mummy’s too!
Shirley says “Daphne is so very special. She makes me smile every day. I can’t tell you how much I love her already. My little wobbly girl will be having the high life here!”
Daphne’s characteristic wobbly back legs are even looking a little stronger too from her daily walks.
Adoring Mum, is also somewhat of an artist. She draws dog portraits donating a portion to charity. Here’s her loving portrait of Daphne!
Daphne couldn’t have found a better home. There’s no looking back for this lovely girl!
You can see videos of Daphne enjoying the beach and playing with her toys here: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/could-you-adopt-young-daphne/
To find out more about Daphne’s condition, our veterinary adviser Malcolm McKee has written an excellent article that can be found at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/spinal-conditions-in-pugs/
If you would like to adopt a pug like Daphne, or any of those we have in our care, please apply at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/adopting-a-pug/