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April 8, 2005

I received a notice in the mail from Pusgley's Vet saying he is due in for a Comprehensive Senior Wellness Exam. I guess this is something their computers generate based on the animals birthdate in the hospital database. It's the first time I've received one of these and to be honest, it has me a little freaked out. I mean yes, I understand he will be 11 this year but I am in a bit of denial about it. I don't like this, I don't want Pugsley to be a senior.

It's not his gray mask or poor hearing, wobblier gait or even the rising cost of his vet care that bothers me. It's just that the older he gets the more I realize our time togther is fleeting. It's reality I know but I still don't have to like it. I want him to never leave me.

I Love Pugsley more now than I ever did even back when he was a lively adorable little puppy. His personality and "ways" have grown on me so much over the years. The way he demands things and tries to rule me. Okay not "tries to" but "succeeds at".

What kills me is the things I see and hear about working in Pug Rescue. There are so many senior pugs just discarded, neglected, abused. Pugs that people have owned as long as I have had Pugsley and then one day just wake up and decide they don't want them anymore. I just can't fathom it. In a perfect world, I would have my own Pug farm that would be a safe haven for all pugs in need, young and old but especially for the seniors to live out their final days with Love and Compassion. I wish I had the set-up for it right now, but I don't.

It's the old-timers that are the best, funniest little characters with the most love and affection to give and receive. I could go on but one of our volunteers sent me this clip which says it all: Tribute to Senior Pugs.

Sigh..............

Posted by Lori on April 8, 2005 7:31 AM permalink

 

 

Lauren commented April 8, 2005 5:02 PM

very sad but glad to hear that some success stories came out of it. Pugsley is so lucky to have you and he'll live a long and happy life because he's well loved :)

 

 

Ith commented April 8, 2005 6:11 PM

We had a dog -- and old english sheepdog -- we took pity on and adopted at 11 because her owner just decided one day she was "tired of her". Poor Maggie, she turned out to be what I called a "lemon dog" -- she was falling apart. We spent a huge amount on vet bills when we first got her due to health problems that had never been addressed. She was a wonderful dog the few years she had left on this earth.

 

 

sandy commented April 8, 2005 11:51 PM

I loved that tribute to senior pugs. I've got tears on my face now. I also love them so much. I wish I could win the lottery and open up my own pug rescue shelter home.

 

 

itsy commented April 9, 2005 8:59 PM

This entry made me tear up. Oscar just the past few weeks got a few gray hairs....I don't want him to get old. :(

 

 

itsy commented April 9, 2005 9:04 PM

Ok, edited to add:

I just watched that senior tribute...and I am BAWLING. Why would anyone ever give their doggy away?!?!? If you'll excuse me, I need Kleenex bad.

 

 

gwen commented April 11, 2005 1:33 AM

i can't imagine not keeping daisy because she is old. she loves me just as much as when i got her (ok more), and i don't know what i would do without her.

people who give away old dogs suck.

 

 

Nicholas commented April 18, 2005 10:27 AM

Dahhling, I know it's a sad thing. Even though Hunter is only 3, I still think of how fast time flies and how dogs are only given a short time here with us. As far as people abandoning dog, they disgust me. If you can't care for the dog anymore, that is another thing. But the dog should be found a new home that will care for it and not just get rid of the dog like a piece of trash you put out on the curb for the garbage man to pick up.

 

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