Archive for May, 2009

Alan A.K.A Big Al

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009


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This is Alan, the pug, and he is our house guest for the weekend. Within just hours of being at our house, we began calling him Big Al. He is a lot taller than our pugs, so the name just seemed to fit!

Big Al’s story: Alan was found as a stray and taken in by the Humane Education Society of Chattanooga (HES). I was contacted by some of the volunteers who go to the shelter to help bathe dogs on the weekends-could pug rescue help this little black pug out? Yes, Southeast Pug Rescue & Adoption (SEPRA) had an open foster home in Illinois that could take Alan into their home. So after a lot of emails and phone calls among HES, SEPRA, and me; I picked Alan up on Saturday. This type of partnership between shelters and purebred rescues is a win-win for everyone. It gets the dog, pug in this instance, into a foster home so their personalities can be assessed and they can be waiting for a new home. It also makes room for another homeless dog at the local shelter. Just another fine example of organizations working together for the common good of the animals!

After picking Alan up from HES, we took a brief trip to Standifer Gap Pet Hospital to see Dr. Katie. Alan had recently been neutered while at HES, but seemed to either have some flea allergies or some skin issues. In just a matter of days, he had chewed on his back side and created some bald spots in his fur. Poor Alan. We got him some medications and a prescription for some hugs & kisses! We also found out that Big Al is only 9-12 months old-so that’s where all of that energy was coming from! I must say that for him being so young, unknown background, just being neutered, and in a new place he was a great house guest. He immediately found the big bucket of pug toys, picked out a bed to call his own, and got a new harness & leash!

On Monday, Alan will make his way to Illinois where his foster home is anxiously waiting for his arrival! To find out more about Alan and other pugs for adoption you can visit SEPRA or find a rescue in your area.

Ultimate Belly Band

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


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No, really, it is the ‘Ultimate Belly Band!’ For those of you who do not have male dogs or have male dogs that are potty trained, then you many not be familiar with belly bands. The rest of us could not survive a day with out them! It was time to order Teddy some more belly bands and I decided to splurge and get his name monogrammed on it. It arrived in the mail today!!! Look how cute he looks sporting his new look! Bev provides a great product with the design, construction, and style! You won’t be disappointed!

If you are interested in the ‘Ultimate Belly Band’ you can find them on ebay at

Or you can contact Bev at for a selection of fabrics, pricing, etc. She is wonderful to work with and you will be very happy.

I love you, I love you, I love you

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


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I love you Baby Girl! Each day you bring joy & laughter to our home. You are so completely spoiled that your demands for being fed on your schedule, belly rubs, and crawling into our lap just can’t be denied! Just one look into your deep brown eyes and my heart melts. I am not sure how, but I love you more and more each day. Baby Girl, you are the quintessential spoiled pug that you so deserved to be!

It has been one year since Baby Girl received an Infiniti Titanium stent at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Small Animal Clinic for a Collapsed Trachea. It was terrifying, nerve wracking, and stressful for me to have left Baby Girl at UT for the procedure, but I knew that she was in good hands. I was able to pick her up a few days later and although the recovery period was difficult, she made it through. Once again, I want to thank all of the UT Vets, UT Vet students, and UT Vet staff for their expertise and compassion while Baby Girl was in their care. Thank you to Yorkie Angel Patrol & support group for all of the information, encouraging words, and prayers. Thank you to SEPRA for bringing Baby Girl into my life. I know that Baby Girl and I could not have made it this far without all of you!

Professional Photography by Grannis Photograhy, Nashville, TN

Pugnic Volume 3

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

These are my pug people’s pugs who braved the weather to come out for Pugic!

Ugh, I can’t believe I didn’t get more pictures of Baby Girl! Baby Girl is a SEPRA hospice pug.

Franklin, who would not sit still long enough to get a good picture.

Chloe who was probably the best behaved pug of the entire day. Hugs to Chloe.

Pippa being her usual spoiled self.

Black Jack says R-E-L-A-X!

Tater Tot who is the fluffiest, snuggliest pug!

Rex (red harness) and Max (blue harness) who are brothers, adopted from SEPRA.

Pugnic Volume 2

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Some of Pugnic’s activities include a Costume Contest. Here are a few pictures that I snapped…

Emma and Brewster. Royalty.

So another picture of Brewster! He was the most handsome pug there! He got my favorite pug of the day award!

Awwwwww, too cute!

Lola is a rescue. Her mom is making sure she is living the good life that all pugs should live! Hugs to Lola in her pretty dress.

I wish that I’d gotten a better picture. This is Bubba in his Samurai outfit.

Abby in a matching kimono as a Geisha!

Okay, this was a great idea to dress up too!

The Gene Simmons KISS pug in full costume!

Without the mask. Is he not just a lump of love?

Pretty Princess Pug. She was so happy to be pushed around in her chariot.

Not sure if this was really a costume, but I loved the harness!

Visit Music City Pug Rescue for other pictures from the day. Remember to support your local pug rescue. Adopt, adopt, adopt!!

Pugnic Volume 1

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Vendors and open area for pugs to socialize

This was our set up; you know you are diehard pug fans when you come with your own tents!

Pugnic is Music City Pug Rescue’s annual fundraiser. It is an event for pugs and their people with pug friendly vendors, silent auction, pug rescue parade, pug costume contest, pug races, and much more! MCPR puts in so much time, effort, and work into making this event a success. Why? For the pugs! They rescue pugs in Nashville, TN and the surrounding areas to rehabilitate them and re-home them! Rescue pugs come from many places: shelters, owner surrenders, puppy-mill surrenders, and sometimes from the sides of the road. MCPR has foster homes for the pugs to live in while they are being evaluated on their personality, treated for any medical conditions, and while waiting on the right home to come along. The money from Pugnic goes to offset the rising cost of rescuing these pugs!

While this event is rain or shine, some scattered showers and wet ground did not keep away the true pug enthusiast! We came prepared with our tents, tarps, coolers, x-pens, and a good attitude. It is always so great to see the variety of pugs that come to show off their curly tails, crooked smiles, and fun personalities! And their owns who come to support rescue!

If you would like to find out more about Music City Pug Rescue, Pugnic, or to make a donation, please go to

Kimbo, rescue from MCPR
Kimbo is a MCPR pug, he is now living the good life with his mom who is a foster home and volunteer for MCPR! (I just love his gray face and expressive eyes)