Alan A.K.A Big Al


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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.

One Response to “Alan A.K.A Big Al”

  1. Amber says:

    He is a doll!!! Thanks for sharing the pic!!

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