May 25, 2006


In the past years I have lost count how many people asked me”how can you do all this without getting anything for it”,”doesn’t it break your heart to see these Pugs in distress” and”don’t you just want to go and hurt the owners of these poorPugs?”

My answers have always been the same. Many of the Pugssurrendered to us are not neglected or abused, but loved dogswho’s owners desperately want to see them placed in good homes.No, I don’t want to harm anyone as I do not believe in harmingany living creature. Yes, my heart feels like breaking when Iget a badly neglected and abused Pug through the door, but Ican’t give in to the pain as I need all the strength in my bodyto help every Pug that needs a loving, helping hand.

And finally, after being asked why I go on without gettinganything for doing rescues all I can do is smile and shake myhead as I remember the enormous joy I and my family get asreward for the work we do.

I get showered with love so deep and true from a Pug that wasonce unable to walk out of fear of being kicked again, who nowtakes running leaps onto my lap, giving me kisses too many tocount.

There is no feeling like taking in a “Puppy Farm” Pug who fearsevery hand going towards it and later having to apologize tovisitors for the pushy Pug who just won’t take no for an answerwhen it sees an empty lap.

What about the Pug that runs the opposite direction to the onehe was called because he can now run and jump after 2 hipoperations which where too expensive for this previous owner.

But my biggest rewards are stories like the one of TIMOTHYTUGMUTTON. About 2 years ago I received a call from the localpound in regards to this skinny, ancient Pug with huge calluseson his behind. Would I come and check him out as even though hedidn’t seem scared, he didn’t react to people in a normal manner.

I begged to be given guardian ship of this lovely, cuddlygranddad and promised to be “kind” if he were to startsuffering. I called home and told my ever so patient husbandthat I was going to bring home another rescue and would he mindgetting a few things ready.

Upon arrival it was obvious he was a very old Pug; we laterfound he was 14 years old. It was only after I picked him upfrom the pound and had him examined at the vet that weestablished that he was deaf and blind also. We found out thathis owner had passed away, her family took the Pug in butcouldn’t deal with him as he didn’t seem to want to play withtheir toddlers….!?!? The local pound had assessed the oldgentleman and decided to put him to sleep.

Now after having signed a mountain of paperwork at the pound andgetting used to the idea that I will have a deaf/blind Pug forthe next few months in our house (as I could not see myselffinding a new home for him quickly), I got a call that verynight from a lady called Heather. She had heard about my oldfellows story and she was convinced that he was the dog sheneeded to adopt.

The next day, after having checked references and assessed herhouse, Heather and I spent hours talking about TIMOTHYTUGMUTTON, his needs and the sad fact that he might not be alivefor many more years. Heather was so in love with Timmy that shewas going to take the risk of only sharing a few months withhim. She ordered a carpenter in to make the necessarymodifications to her house so that Timmy couldn’t hurt himself.

Within a few weeks, Heather and Timmy became celebrities, everyschool day at 3 pm both would walk over to the primary schoolwere Timmy was greeted by his own fan club. He would mark histrees, stand next to the school bus until the bus driver wouldcome out and give him a little treat. Over Christmas he evencollected a fair few presents from his school kid buddies.

In the 2 yrs and 3 months that Heather had Timmy she never lefthim alone for more than half an hour. Heather and Timmy managedto work out a daily schedule that suited both him and Heather.She wouldn’t leave home to visit her own children orgrandchildren if she believed Timmy would suffer. Only once hadHeather asked me to Pug-sit Timmy because she had a fall andcouldn’t stay at home.

Dear old Timmy passed away a couple of months ago after havinghis breakfast and then lying down for a morning nap. Almosteverybody I met called me mad for giving Timmy a chance but Ifeel blessed that I was able to witness the love of Heather andher beautiful gentleman Timmy. I am humbled to have seen whatlove can do for two beings in search of meaning andcompanionship. PUGADISE PUGRESCUE NSW has been a big part of my family’s life. Therehave been numerous occasions where my teenage daughter steppedback and went without a new fashion item just so I could affordto pay for operations; she stayed home from parties while I hadto rush around the country side to rescue Pugs while she lookedafter the ones at home.

Unfortunately I never thought to trade mark the name PUGADISE orto register it as a business. I never thought that someone wouldhave any motivation to steal it and we make no money from it.How wrong could I have been? In June ’05 a person who had stolenfrom us previously, registered the name Pugadise and has sincepassed herself off as us. Our name, and other prominent names inthe animal welfare community, were used in an illegalfundraising campaign. I had hoped that I would never have toopenly discuss this unhappy event, but I fear that our effortsto help Pugs in need might be mistaken with the nefariousactivities of others.

My family and I would like to whole heartedly thank all oursupporters, the many reputable breeders who have trusted us withtheir bitches who needed placing, those who recommended ourorganisation to others, the volunteers who at any time of day ornight jumped into their cars and picked up a Pug in need. Also abig Pug hug to the many travellers who have taken rescue Pugs as’excess luggage’ to help cut our transport costs.

It’s business as usual; We will continue to care for all Pugs inneed. We take in Pugs of all ages and medical conditions.Surrenders will be taken from the legal owner of the Pug withoutany embarrassing questions. We ensure that no breeder will beidentifiable when we place their dog. We will not exploit themfor profit and will strive to find them loving homes where theycan put their paws up and live out the rest of their days inpeace.

About the author:

Phoebe Crane runs PUGADISEPUG RESCUE NSW a non profit service caring for the welfareof Pug dogs in NSW Australia. Phoebe is also a counselorspecialising in pet related loss and grief.

Phoebe Crane

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