Archive for the ‘Teddy’ Category

Teddy reached the end of his journey

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009


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Four years ago, a sick pug came into pug rescue. I got to witness his journey through the medical procedures and his recovery via a fellow foster home. We were only supposed to be baby sitting him for a little while, but I had loved him from the first time that I laid eyes on him. We adopted Theodore from SEPRA and he immediately became our Teddy Bear. He was quiet honestly the worst pug ever-pee’d on everything, woke up at 3:30am to eat breakfast, hated all other pugs (especially other males), was a bundle of medical problems, and I could go on. But he was also the best pug that I have ever known-just one look from his big brown eyes and I would melt into his every command. I never understood what a heart dog was until I met him.

Sadly, over the past couple of months, he started having seizures. We had a rough go of it on Friday night and ended up at the emergency vet. He seemed to do a little better on Saturday and even on Sunday. Something changed on Monday though. When I got home from work and he did not have the motor skills to eat, I knew in my heart that it was time. I snuggled in the bed with him and cried. I had to continually give him Valium through out the night to fend off the tremors.

Today is was the end of his journey. We took him to the vet’s office and did the hardest thing; to let him go. I am deeply saddened by this loss, but relieved that his body is no longer torturing itself.

Once again, my pug friends and fellow rescuers have rallied at my side to offer condolences, hugs, prayers, and well wishes. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Jana, Andre’, with Lola & Baby Girl

Ultimate Belly Band

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

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.

Key Chain of Teddy

Monday, April 20th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

There is a site called where you send out short ‘tweets’ of what you are doing or thinking at that moment. People can select to follow your tweets and you can follow others. A couple of weeks ago, I started following @shopmollyd on twitter and she had some posts about some of her handmade crafts that were canine related. Mollyd is her Daschund. I had asked her to do some pug cup collars and she did; they turned out wonderfully. See previous post Pug Cup Collar. Since that time, Brooke had gotten signed up on Facebook (social networking site) and we ‘friended’ each other. She saw a picture of Teddy and offered to make me a keychain with Teddy’s picture on it. I mean how sweet is that for someone that you don’t even know to do for you?!

I checked the mail tonight and guess what I found? I package from Brooke and Mollyd with a keychain of my Teddy that she drew and the nicest note! You can find more crafts and information about Shopmollyd at her Etsy site (like Ebay, but more for handmade items):

Teddy to the Dogtor’s Office

Saturday, April 11th, 2009


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Starting on Tuesday April 7th Teddy was having problems standing on his front right leg, but I massaged it and stretched it out and he seemed better. He wasn’t completely standing on it and was kind of hobbling around when we got ready for bed. The following morning, he was just not walking right, but I could not put my finger on anything that was wrong. By Tuesday evening, I just felt that something was off so I made an appointment with the vet’s office. He would be standing up, but not all of his legs were connecting with the ground. He was also drinking and urinating excessively. Other than these things, he was acting normal.

Thursday April 9th I took Teddy to the vet’s office bright and early for blood work and other tests. I had discussed with my vet the possibility that he’d had another stroke or they mentioned geriatric vestibular syndrome. We’ll wait for the results to come back.

Saturday April 11th we went back to the vet’s office to get the lab results, which were elevated white cells that indicate an infection and he is loosing protein from his blood. We will start him on a round of antibiotics. They got a sterile urine sample and will do more blood tests to rule out some possibilities. He is still a little wobbly on his feet, which is probably not related to whatever is going on internally. His attitude is the same and he is acting normally. Well wait to see what these labs say. But after a morning of being poked and prodded, Teddy was just ready to get home and sleep!

Hoppy Easter

Sunday, April 5th, 2009


Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

Hoppy Easter to everyone!
Love Teddy, Lola, & Baby Girl

Teddy’s new orthopedic LL Bean bed

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Teddy with new bed

Originally uploaded by janahallpapa

The plus side of the recession is that I ordered a monogrammed bed for Teddy with a matching blanket on Monday and it arrived by Friday. The website says estimated delivery 2-3 weeks. Which in my mind is 14-21 days, but my order got here in only 5 days! I have been looking for Teddy a durable, washable, orthopedic bed for awhile and finally found one that fit the bill. The ironic thing is that I have the matching bag and did not even realize it. As soon as I put the bed down, all of the pug had to check it out and give if the comfort test. I believe it has passed. I think that I might even order another, bigger one for ALL the pugs to share.

Here is the link to the beds & blankets:

Here is the link to the breed totes:


Wednesday, January 28th, 2009


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First of all, I live no where near Milwaukee and can barely even spell it, but their contest benefits pug rescue so I had to enter. The contest was spotlighting Senior Pugs. The winning page will get a $250.00 donation to the pug rescue of their choice. Well, I probably spent more than 250 in supplies, time, and postage for the pages that I submitted. I went to about 6 different stores looking for a recordable greeting card. I had an idea to add music to Teddy’s page, and I had just about given up until I finally found a card where you can record your own message! I think that I did a pretty good job on my pages and hope that I (SEPRA) wins! You have to turn up the volume so you can hear Elvis’ “Teddy Bear”.

For more information on Milwaukee Pugfest and their efforts to raise money for pug rescue:


Sunday, October 12th, 2008


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We went to Paws in the Park on Sunday. It was a fundraiser for the Humane Educational Society (HES) which serves Hamilton County. This was our 3rd year to attend, but this is the first year it was held at the Baylor School campus. It was a wonderful event to raise money and awareness for the homeless dogs and cats in our area. They had a parade of adoptable pets and there was even a pug mix that strut his stuff for the audience. There was such a variety of people and pets that all came out for the common goal of helping the animals!

After announcements, there was a fun walk. Teddy and Lola got to ride in the stroller. Baby Girl was leading the Papa’s Pugs Pack and Louise was bringing up the rear! It was a wonderful weather to be out at such a scenic location and for such a great cause. The best part of the day was that the pugs were completely exhausted and slept like rocks through the night!