Lisa and Reggie’s story

Lisa and Reggie’s story

After losing her first pug a year and a half ago due to spinal issues, Lisa’s heart was broken.

A few months passed, and Lisa decided it was time for a new pug to enter her life. After doing some research Lisa discovered the PDWRA, not long after she saw ‘Reggie’s appeal and reached out to our volunteer Area-Coordinator, looking after his case, expressing her interest in adopting Reggie. Lisa’s application was a success and almost a year later it’s like Reggie, who is now 8, has been there since he was a puppy!

When Reggie first arrived, he didn’t even know how to play properly and would tear toys apart. He was cautious around other dogs, likely because he was attacked by a bigger dog in his previous home.

Reggie was also not used to being on furniture, having been kept in a cage overnight. So, with the help of Lisa’s love and patience, Reggie gradually learned to trust and enjoy his new life.

Now, Reggie is a gentle, happy soul who loves getting on the bed and sofa. He’s also become a local celebrity at Cafe Nero and around town. Lisa has done wonders to help Reggie feel safe, especially around other dogs, using treats from his daily food allowance, to reinforce positive behaviour in him.

 

Lisa feels incredibly supported by the charity and loves the sense of community among adopters and fosters. She says their lives have been so much nicer with Reggie in the house and wouldn’t change a thing. Lisa is grateful for the group and would definitely adopt another pug from the charity in the future.


Here’s to another celebration of “Happily Ever After!” with Lisa and Reggie finding each other in this way.


If you too would like to adopt a pug, please find out how to, at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/adopting-a-pug/

You can read other pug rescue stories here: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/category/rescue-stories/

Shirley’s Pet Portraits in Aid of PDWRA!

Shirley’s Pet Portraits in Aid of PDWRA!

Would YOU like to own a UNIQUE drawing of any of your furry friends with a generous donation towards PDWRA pugs in Need?

For the £15 charge for each drawing, which includes post & packaging, Shirley generously donates £10 to PDWRA! Such beautiful bargains!

Talented artist Shirley, who adopted from us late last year has kept herself busy since January taking orders from our supporters.

So far this year Shirley has donated over * £1,060 * from the proceeds of her skill-full pencil drawings. She’s still going strong every week with a running total of over £200 for the month of May.


Coming to the end of her Order list, Shirley would welcome as many as she can handle to keep her busy
after her early morning exercise each day with her pug Daphne!

So if YOU would like one, of any furry friend, any breed not just pugs, please join our Mega-Auction to contact Shirley directly there, & provide your photos for her to draw from!
 

(1) PDWRA Mega Auction For Pugs In Need | Facebook
 

 

 


We cannot thank Shirley enough!
👏  Recipients of drawings are so happy with their personal artwork of their beloved subjects, unsurprisingly!
 

 
To find out more about Shirley and her inspirational drawings, please read:

Calling Pug-lovers in Scotland & the North of England!

Calling Pug-lovers in Scotland & the North of England!

Calling all pug lovers in Scotland and the North of England!

 

We are always in need of more adoptive & foster homes across the country as we are receiving an increasing number of pugs being surrendered for rehoming.

However, as we receive more applications from some regions over others, we are currently short in Scotland & the North of England to meet the needs of pugs in our care, which naturally vary considerably.

Our amazing volunteer transport network will take them safely to wherever they need to be, though it becomes more difficult when the best matched home when needed, is too far away for a realistic and comfortable journey for the pugs.
Their welfare is always paramount! 😊

 

So, whether you’re able to offer a loving forever home, add a companion to your grumble or have room for a bonded-pair where others haven’t, or offer the time & care to those with medical or special-needs, short or long-term, we welcome all!

Please read further details on our webpages and apply online here:

https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/adopting-a-pug/

&

https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/fostering-a-pug/

Thank you!

 

 

 

7 year-old siblings Bruno & Pixie need a Home Together

7 year-old siblings Bruno & Pixie need a Home Together

Meet 7 year-old siblings, Bruno and Pixie.

They have come to us following changes at home regarding working hours, making it difficult for them to be looked after as well as they had been, and deserve to be.

Both are neutered and are fully housetrained.

Bruno (fawn) is the more reticent of the pair, and can take a while to trust new people.  He’s a sensitive soul, who likes attention once he becomes familiar with you.

He responds well to exercise, enjoying longer walks and gets very excited when allowed to run around on the beach or at the woods.

Bruno is particularly loving and also protective of his sibling Pixie.


Pixie (black)
is a very tiny bundle of joy. No amount of fuss and attention is too much for her, and she gives little regard to personal space!

She’s also a little less interested than Bruno in walks and is sometimes reluctant, though following BOAS surgery next week, this should improve.

Rehoming requirements:

We’re looking for their forever home together.

Bruno and Trixie have good tolerance for other dogs, and would probably prefer a home where they are the only dogs, although they should be ok to live with the right resident dog, a relaxed, sociable one.

They are compatible with cats.

They would suit a home with children of eight years and over.

The pair are used to sleeping together in a dog bed downstairs.


If you feel you have the right home for them, please reference ‘Bruno 24071 and Pixie 24072’ on your adoption application form.

This can be found at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/adopting-a-pug/

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

Keeping your pug cool & safe in hot weather!

Keeping your pug cool & safe in hot weather!

The weather is warming up (at last!), and it’s surprising how soon it can affect our pug’s daily lives, long before summer officially arrives! So it’s a good idea to be prepared for it, replacing cool mats, purchasing cool jackets, changing schedules to supervise them or shifting walking or exercise times.

As a brachycephalic breed, pugs are particularly prone to heat sensitivity as they can’t cool down effectively when they pant due to the reduced space in their noses (narrower airways and shorter muzzle).

It has been found that up to three-quarters of heat-related illness in dogs seen by vets is caused by exercise in high temperatures, so please don’t take risks!

Also, if they are overweight, try to get them trimmer before it gets even warmer as they will struggle more, and likely exacerbate any other health issues they have.
Please see advice & tips on this at: FIT not FAT! | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

So, here’s a reminder of our Top Tips to keeping our pugs cool in warm/hot weather enabling us to enjoy the good weather when we have it! 

  • Make sure your pug has constant access to fresh water – day and night.
    • replenish water bowls often so that it is cool, and ice cubes can be added to help.
    • frozen fruit is a good natural source too.
    • paddling pools will help to cool them down and are fun too!
  • Make sure your pug has consistent access to shade and cool surfaces.
    • Remember to move sources of shade as the sun moves around gardens.
    • Provide cooling jackets and shallow paddling pools to enable your pug to cool down, and remember that carpets do not help pugs cool down, so provide cooling mats to help your pug cool down indoors and swap them for a spare cool mat regularly to ensure they are cool.
    • DO NOT rely on fans alone to cool your pugs down as they are not as effective on pets as they are on us.
  • Plan your walks.
    • Walk your pug in the early morning or late in the evening if the temperatures are cool enough and try to stick to shaded areas.
    • If the mornings/evenings are still warm – DO NOT walk your pug!

Remember, no dog has ever died from missing a walk, but dogs die from being walked when it is too warm, particularly if overweight, elderly or very young.

  • The Seven Second Test
    • Tarmac can get very hot in the sun – hold your hand against the tarmac for 7 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand DO NOT walk your pug as they could burn their paws.
  • Avoid travelling with your dog in a car when it’s hot
    • If a journey is absolutely necessary, make sure they are in the shade, have air flowing around them and can access drinking water.
    • Cooling mats are useful also when travelling on warm days.
    • Make regular stops to check on them.

NEVER leave your pug in a car on a hot day – even if it’s just for a couple of minutes, or even if you have left the windows open. Pugs can die in hot cars in minutes if conditions are against them!!!

 

HEATSTROKE

This is an extremely dangerous condition that can develop if a dog gets too hot. Normal body temperature tends to be between 38-39°C (100.4-102.2°F), this can rise a bit if they are unwell with a fever.

If your dog’s body temperature goes above 40°C (104°F) they are at risk of heatstroke, which can cause seizures, organ damage, internal bleeding, coma and even death. Heatstroke is more dangerous the longer it lasts, so the quicker your dog is cooled down and treated by a vet, the better their chance of a full recovery.

It’s important to be aware of the SIGNS OF HEATSTROKE, which include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Drooling
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Bright red or very pale gums
  • Bloody Diarrhoea
  • Mild weakness/Lethargy
  • Stupor
  • Collapse & Seizures
  • Vomiting, bloody also
  • Drowsy and uncoordinated

If your pug experiences any of these symptoms, please seek the advice of your vet immediately.

Further information can be found at these useful sites:

Heatstroke in dogs – PDSA

Heatstroke in dogs | Dog health | The Kennel Club

Pug Health & Wellbeing | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

Pug Health & Wellbeing

Pug, Dot, proving that disability doesn’t define destiny!

Pug, Dot, proving that disability doesn’t define destiny!

Dot’s journey began with a unique challenge—she was fully blind. But to Tracey, this was not a barrier just an opportunity to make a difference in Dot’s life. Being the only person willing and able at the time, to take in Dot due to her condition, Tracey welcomed her into her home, not knowing the profound impact Dot would soon have on her family.

For Dot, life hadn’t been easy. Previously in a home with larger dogs, she had faced injuries and trauma to both her eyes causing her sight loss. Despite her challenges, Dot exuded resilience and a zest for life. Described as a “fantastic tough and a sassy bundle of fun,” Dot’s personality captured Tracey’s heart from the start.

Initially intended as a short-term foster, Dot’s presence in Tracey’s home soon became permanent. She settled in quickly, becoming the first long-term foster pug for Tracey. This means PDWRA will always be there for support whenever needed, especially for Dot’s healthcare costs.

 

Despite her blindness, Dot navigates the world with remarkable independence. She understands commands like “step up” and “step down” and stops on cue to avoid obstacles. Her ability to adapt and thrive in her environment is inspiring.

Dot’s impact extends beyond Tracey’s family. With all of Tracey’s children having autism, Dot has become more than just a pet—she’s a source of comfort and joy. Particularly for Tracey’s son who struggles with his emotions, Dot has been a calming presence helping him regulate his emotions. He is also first one up in the morning to make sure Dot is cared for. She has also helped Tracey’s other son overcome his fear of dogs.

She’s a spirited bundle of joy, independent, resilient and is partial to pulling the washing out of the washing machine when Tracey is trying to load it!

 

Dot’s resilience isn’t just limited to her physical challenges. Having lost 24 teeth, she fearlessly tackles life head-on, always picking up the biggest bones from the shop. So, from pulling out laundry from the washing machine to snuggling up on blankets, Dot’s playful antics bring laughter and warmth to her home.

With patience and understanding, Dot has flourished, proving that every dog deserves a chance at a happy, fulfilling life.

As Tracey aptly puts it, “fostering a dog like Dot requires time, patience, and love—but the rewards are immeasurable!”.

 

If you would like to offer a pug like Dot a loving home, by fostering short or long-term, please apply at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/fostering-a-pug/

 

 

Tilly’s Story.

Tilly’s Story.

Eight year old Tilly came into the PDWRA’S care a few months ago due to her owner’s illness. She was described as a nervous dog who would only allow her owner to touch her, without attempting to bite!

When Tilly came to us, it was immediately apparent she was severely visually impaired due to pigment covering her cornea in both eyes. This was a result of the (untreated) condition ‘dry eye’.

Tilly was very scared initially and difficult to handle, which we suspected was due to her near blindness and very little social exposure.

Tilly’s skin was also in poor condition due to allergies, and unfortunately she had four masses on her skin. We had them removed and they were found to be varying grades of mast cell tumours.

Our foster carer worked hard on Tilly’s nervousness and with treatment, her skin and eyes became more comfortable, but unfortunately Tilly developed two further mast cell tumours.

Thankfully, since then, Tilly has had no further reoccurrence of her tumours, and she is unrecognisable compared to how she was when she came into the Charity’s care. She is happy, well adjusted, sociable, and loving life.

A wonderful outcome for Tilly, and for her foster carers who love her dearly!

If you would like to foster pugs in need like Tilly please see: Fostering | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

To find out more about mast cell tumours, please read: Mast Cell Tumours – by PDWRA Vet Advisor, Helen. | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

 

Rupert & Algy are looking for their Forever-Home together!

Rupert & Algy are looking for their Forever-Home together!

Rupert (fawn) and Algy (black) are a bonded pair of brothers who are looking for their forever home.

They are 3 years old, neutered, healthy with no medical issues, fully house trained and tolerant of cats!

A key reason for their surrender was friction between Rupert predominantly and the remaining male dog in the household.  There was a lot of marking and humping, which has not been a problem whilst in our foster carer’s home suggesting that a no-dog household, or one with a female would be better-suited.

The other reason for their surrender was an increase in working hours in the home. Rupert & Algy respond best to a routine and are fairly calm and relaxed pugs apart from when the harnesses appear for their walks – then they go mad! Once out of the door they calm down and get on happily with their walk.

Being boisterous when excited, they need to be fed separately, so also a home with children over 5 years old would be recommended.

Rupert

Rupert is the more confident of the two, outgoing and inquisitive, also the more sociable around dogs, while Algy tends to stand back and let Rupert take the lead. Rupert likes to kick a ball around the garden and loves walks away from the roadside.

 

Algy

Algy is definitely the more laid back, but where Rupert leads, Algy will often follow.

Any resident dog would preferably need to be female as Rupert is likely to show dominance tendencies as described, when confronted with another male in the household, other than his brother Algy.

So, if you could take this contrasting & compatible pair into your hearts & home, please apply! Go to: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/adopting-a-pug/

Reference: Rupert 24037 & Algy 24038

If you are already registered to adopt with us, please speak to your local PDWRA Area Coordinator directly.

Thank You!

 

It’s ALLERGY Awareness Week!

It’s ALLERGY Awareness Week!

It’s Allergy Awareness Week, and we want to shed light on a common struggle for our pugs – Atopic Dermatitis. 

This condition causes intense itching due to allergic reactions to substances like pollen and household dust. Understanding its signs and treatments can make a huge difference! Keep an eye out for:

– excessive scratching and head-shaking,

– red, sore or flaky skin, around the eyes, ears, in between the paws and on their tummies,

– irritated ears

– rubbing their ears or muzzle

These could all be signs of Atopic Dermatitis.

Left untreated, it can lead to more severe symptoms like hair loss and ear infections. Before jumping to conclusions, it’s essential to rule out parasites like fleas or mites. Once confirmed, treatment involves managing secondary infections and providing relief from itching. Medicated shampoos and ear treatments play a crucial role in this process.

 

Food allergies can also contribute to Atopic Dermatitis. Exclusive hypoallergenic diets can help pinpoint food-related triggers. Though pricey, it’s an investment in your pup’s health.

Medications prescribed by your vet may offer relief with fewer side effects to traditional steroids, but if symptoms persist you may need a referral to a specialist.

This summary only touches the surface of Atopic Dermatitis, but we hope it provides insight into this common canine condition.

For more details, please read the full article by PDWRA’s volunteer vet advisor, Helen, at: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/?s=allergy

 

We URGENTLY need more Foster Homes in WALES!

We URGENTLY need more Foster Homes in WALES!

:feet: Calling all pug lovers in Wales! :feet:

We are always in need of more foster homes all over the country. Currently we are particularly short of new fosterers in Wales.

Whether it be simply offering room for a bonded-pair of pugs or for those with medical and special-needs, short or long-term, is welcome.

We have an ever-increasing number of pugs being surrendered to PDWRA and need to find their care, often at short-notice, and at a reasonable distance to organise volunteer transport.

Could YOU provide that invaluable dedication & care to pugs desperately in need of it?

If you think you could, find out more here, as well how to apply: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/fostering-a-pug/

 

Eddie – Pets as Therapy Pug!

Eddie – Pets as Therapy Pug!

Eddie’s Story 

Lynda is a seasoned dog trainer with a passion for providing animals with purposeful lives. Her journey into dog training began over seven years ago when she acquired qualifications in the field and established her own business. Lynda’s dedication extends beyond her professional life as she shares her home with a diverse pack of seven dogs, including pugs, a rescue bulldog, a Spanish Podenco and a Dogue De Bordeaux. Her love for dogs and her belief in their robustness and longevity are evident, with her eldest pug being 16 years old. Furthermore, Lynda’s involvement in rescuing animals has seen her foster and adopt numerous pets, totalling 36 rescues, ranging from dogs and cats to chickens and birds. Today, she operates from her own home with her own 4-acre field, offering training classes and private hire services.

Eddie, a 5-year-old pug with a remarkable story of resilience and the waggiest of tails, entered Lynda’s life last May under challenging circumstances. Facing the threat of being put to sleep due to being deemed unpredictable and erratic, (though it was more likely fear or nervousness due to his blindness), Eddie was surrendered to the PDWRA and connected with Lynda as an emergency foster. Lynda drove halfway to meet another volunteer who had collected Eddie and then their journey home began. Despite his challenges, including having only one eye, Lynda immediately saw potential in Eddie’s calm demeanour, a trait she says is uncommon in pugs. Within a few days, Lynda decided his forever home would be with her. Overcoming his limited vision and separation anxiety, Eddie began to thrive under Lynda’s care. Deciding to put him to the test, Lynda enrolled him in one of her kennel club puppy foundation classes, where he quickly excelled alongside a young handler.

Eddie’s training progress was remarkable, showcasing obedience skills uncommon in pugs, such as “sitting without the need for treats,” according to Lynda. Too old for the puppy Kennel Club classes, Lynda looked into the possibility of him becoming a Pets as Therapy dog, and so his journey to becoming one began. In order to qualify, Eddie needed to be calm when groomed, petted, fed, and walk nicely on a lead, a job Lynda was sure “Ready Eddie Go” could take on.  The assessment took place at the local veterinary clinic and was a challenging experience for Lynda, accustomed to assessing other people’s dogs, not the other way around!

As a newly qualified Pets as Therapy dog, Eddie’s job will entail visiting schools, adult learning disability centres, and even prisons to provide comfort and emotional support to those in need. Despite his unique circumstances, Eddie’s presence is expected to inspire and uplift individuals. “People will be able to see that even though he only has one eye, he is still able to live his life to the fullest,” says Lynda. “Children might not want to read to an adult but will read to a dog as dogs aren’t judgemental and won’t tell them off, it helps them to get their emotions out and ultimately learn”.

Lynda’s typical day with Eddie as a Pets as Therapy dog involves putting on his uniform, consisting of a bandana, little jacket, and a label on his lead, complete with a registration key fob with his picture on his collar (how cute!). With treats in hand, such as raspberries, blueberries, and carrot stick, provided by Lynda herself, they set off for their scheduled appointments. Lynda emphasises the importance of using low value treats for Eddie whilst he is working as she does not want him becoming obsessed with the treats and wants him to take them gently from visitors’ hands. It is also good for his waistline!

Upon arrival, individuals they are visiting are asked who would like to interact with Eddie. Some may be initially apprehensive about meeting a therapy dog, but through gentle interaction and observation of others engaging with Eddie, those who were initially hesitant might want to become involved. The duration of their visits is at Lynda’s discretion, typically starting with shorter sessions of around 30 minutes and gradually extending as Eddie becomes more familiar with the role. Thanks to his status as a therapy dog, Eddie is welcomed in various settings, including shops.

Lynda’s experience with Eddie has been transformative for her, offering her new training opportunities and unexpected personal growth. His calm demeanour, has not only brought joy to her life but also serves as a source of comfort and inspiration to those he encounters. Eddie’s habit of throwing himself onto his back for tummy rubs adds to his charm for everyone who has the pleasure of meeting him.

For those considering adopting a dog and training them as a therapy dog, Lynda advises thorough research, a commitment to routine and training as well as force-free training methods. She emphasises the unconditional love and rewarding companionship that dogs like Eddie offer in return for dedicated care and effort.

Yesterday saw his first visit to a local adults with learning disabilities centre in his role as a Pets as Therapy dog. The visit was a tremendous success with lots of happy smiley students and lots of treats and cuddles for Eddie. It was also his 1 year Gotcha day so lots for Eddie to celebrate.

 

Eddie’s journey from almost being put to sleep to becoming a valued member of society is a testament to Lynda and the work done by the PDWRA. Thanks to the intervention of the PDWRA, Eddie was given a second chance at life. Under Lynda’s guidance and training, Eddie has found his purpose as a Pets as Therapy dog. His story is a reminder of the importance of volunteers such as Lynda and charities like the PDWRA and the vital role they play in rescuing and rehabilitating pugs like Eddie. Without the continued support of donations to the PDWRA, Eddie’s journey might have taken a very different turn.

 

Ready Eddie Go!

Q1 Round-up of Rehoming Achievements!

Q1 Round-up of Rehoming Achievements!

The start to 2024 has been a bit of a whirlwind so far…


 
Already in the first 3 months, you can see, 54 pugs have been adopted. We have 60 pugs in long-term foster requiring that extra-special care with our financial healthcare support, and 43 pugs in short-term foster getting ready for their perfectly-matched forever homes!
 
Taking in so many pugs, many with special-needs, keeps our volunteers extremely busy and puts a strain on our finances. As ever, we are forever grateful to everyone for their contributions and support so far.
 
If you feel you could help with a donation towards our ever-increasing vet costs, please go to:
Donating to Pug Dog Welfare | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
 
To read more about the rescue & rehoming stories contributing towards this, please go to:
Rescue Stories | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

Clemmie’s Story

Clemmie’s Story

Clemmie’s Story by Helen PDWRA Vet Advisor.

Last October, six-year-old Clemmie found herself under the care of PDWRA and was placed in foster care with the intent of adoption. Upon her arrival, it became evident that Clemmie’s ears were in a dire state, causing her significant discomfort. She incessantly scratched at them, and her hearing was compromised due to the severity of the irritation.

Despite attempts by specialists to address Clemmie’s ear issues without resorting to surgery, her condition continued to worsen. Eventually, the only viable option was a specialised procedure known as a Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA), which involves the complete removal of the ear canal. This operation is both challenging and intricate.


Clemmie underwent emergency surgery after it was discovered that she had an abscess in her middle ear during a CT scan. The procedure, which also included a TECA operation on her other ear, lasted four hours, The surgery alone cost over £2,500, excluding the expense of the CT scan.

Thanks to the financial support provided by PDWRA, Clemmie was able to receive the necessary treatments to prevent the infection from spreading to her brain, which would have ultimately resulted in her having to be put to sleep.

Fortunately, Clemmie is now on the path to recovery, and her owners are very grateful for the invaluable support from the PDWRA.

Without ongoing donations from our supporters, Clemmie might not have been able to receive this vital treatment. Now in recovery, Clemmie’s owners are deeply thankful for the PDWRA’s support.

If you would like to donate towards our substantial vet costs that ensure pugs like Clemmie get the treatment they need, when they need it, please go to this webpage:
Donating to Pug Dog Welfare | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

For other interesting articles about pug health, please go to:
Pug Health & Wellbeing | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

Maureen’s Amazing Life-story with Pugs!

Maureen’s Amazing Life-story with Pugs!

Maureen Lee is one of our long-serving Voluntary Area Coordinators (VACs), for the South-West of England where she lives. She was also one of the original founders of the Wales and West Pug Rescue. This is Maureen’s life’s story with Pugs!

“It all started as a child. Pugs have always been in the family, where my late Uncle bred pugs and bulldogs and was well-known for it, as well as in the Show world in the 1950’s.

But the family’s history goes way back to my late Grandfather who was a veterinary practitioner before the days even of the formation of Royal college of veterinary surgeons! Sadly, I never knew him but he left us all with various inherited animal interests in life!

I owned my first pug some 56 years ago! Lucy, was born on Easter Sunday 1968, known as ‘Demelza’s Easter Nimbell’, pictured here. She was actually sired by Nimrod, the first pug to ever win the Toy Group at Crufts (1967)!

I have been lucky to be able to breed a bit, ten generations over the years. I’ve shown them with good success, and I am also a Championship show judge for the pug breed. ​ ​

I have shown and achieved a 1st prize at Crufts plus several other placings with various pugs over the years. Also, a friend of mine has achieved the title of International Champion with one of mine’s litter sister! We used a Champion Sire from Norway.

Back in 1987, a small group of us got together to form the Wales & West of England Pug Dog Club. In 1988 we also formed our rescue group of which I served for 30yrs.

By 2018 sadly our volunteers were ageing, and we were also very short of numbers. It ended up with just me and one other really elderly lady trying to run the whole of Wales with a relative doing a lot of driving for us. It wasn’t sustainable.

We weren’t a registered charity, so we couldn’t inherit large donations so I got in touch with the PDWRA and suggested that we merged. We transferred all our funds over, though we weren’t rich and I was the only one then that stayed on to join PDWRA.

I live with my (five) pugs, three fawn pugs of my own breeding, I also have a black pug that I rescued, about ten years ago now. She came through Wales and the West while I was part of that, and is 13 years-old now. Ruby, another rescue arrived six years ago. Unfortunately, I lost one about six weeks ago. She was 12. They’re all getting to an age now.

Heidi, is my long-term PDWRA foster who I’ve just celebrated 1 year with. She is 14 years-old now and was deaf and blind and unfortunately quite neglected when she came into my care. Plus, I have one Pekinese. I’ve always had that sort of number at home.

Being quite a lot older now, I don’t go dashing off all over the country, but I do help where I can with home-checking new applicants and giving general advice. I give lots of advice for people over the phone. I keep in touch with people who have adopted elderly pugs because they get worried when anything goes wrong. I’m always here to give anyone advice on their pugs.

I have also always been involved with fundraising events locally or fostering pugs. Lots of friendships have been made over the years with my involvement with Pug Rescue and I have found it so rewarding.”

To read more about Maureen’s long-term foster pug, Heidi, please see:

Long-term foster, Heidi.


If you would like to volunteer for PDWRA, please see the opportunities to, at:

Volunteering for PDWRA | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
or
Volunteer Vacancies at PDWRA! | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

Reggie & the Beavers!

Reggie & the Beavers!

Fostering for PDWRA isn’t only for the adults!

The younger generation of up and coming fosterers are getting involved too. Here, Ronnie, aged 6, and who’s Mum is a regular fosterer for PDWRA, stood up bravely in front of the crowd to give a talk on fostering for PDWRA to his fellow Beavers for his Animal Care Badge.

He was ably assisted by Reggie, on long term foster with Ronnie and his family, who you can just about see on the right.

Ronnie’s talk was well received by the audience, who lined up afterwards for the opportunity to be introduced to Reggie, where he was stroked and cuddled.

Ronnie not only achieved his badge, but sparked an interest in caring for animals in general from everybody.

The lovely Reggie is on long-term-foster due to mobility problems where he’s going to find it increasingly difficult to walk. In fact he’s just got some assistance in the form of a buggy to help him along when he needs it.

If you would like to foster a pug like Reggie, please see details about fostering here: https://pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk/fostering-a-pug/

First-time Pug Adopter Laura, with Melvin

First-time Pug Adopter Laura, with Melvin

Laura’s Journey with Melvin – 1 year on!  

In the world of pet adoption, there are countless stories of love, hope, and companionship.

Laura’s journey with her beloved pug, Melvin, is one such heart-warming tale that embodies the transformative power of adopting a furry friend. In an exclusive interview with Laura, we delved into her experience as a first-time dog owner and how Melvin, whom she adopted from the PDWRA, has become an integral part of her life.

Laura’s desire to adopt a pug had been brewing for over 20 years. However, various circumstances, such as living arrangements and work commitments, prevented her from realizing this dream. It wasn’t until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and a friend’s adoption of a PDWRA pug named Ozzie that Laura felt the stars aligning. Inspired by her friend’s experience and encouraged by the newfound flexibility of remote work, Laura embarked on her quest to find her perfect pug companion.

After connecting with the PDWRA and undergoing the adoption process, Laura’s heart melted when she first laid eyes on Melvin during a video call. His adorable face and sweet demeanour captured her heart instantly, confirming that he was the one. With the support of the foster family, Melvin made his journey to Laura’s home, marking the beginning of their special bond.

Like any new pet owner, Laura encountered challenges along the way, especially his willingness to guard the window using the much-loved sound of a pug bark…

Looking back on their time together, Laura highlighted how much Melvin has meant to her. His presence brings her happiness in both good and tough times, providing comfort when she feels lonely and even helping with her mental health.

As Melvin continues to thrive in Laura’s care, their bond grows stronger. Their connection serves as a testament to the transformative power of pet adoption. For Laura, Melvin isn’t just a pet; he’s a cherished companion who has brought immeasurable happiness into her life and offers unconditional love the moment she walks through door, even if she has only popped out to the shop for 5 minutes!

Laura’s story serves as reminder that the journey of pet adoption is a rewarding one filled with endless love and a testament to the extraordinary bond between humans and their furry friends.

See more about their recent celebrations here:

Happy 1st Gotcha Day Laura & Melvin!


If you would like to consider further, adopting a pug please see these website pages:

Adoption | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)
&
So You Want A Pug? | The Pug Dog Welfare & Rescue Association (pugwelfare-rescue.org.uk)

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