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Sugar Plum Fairy came and hit the streets, lookin' for soul food and a place to eat...
June 15, 2009


So I've taken to calling my foster pug "Sugar Plum" and singing her Lou Reed songs because she is cool like that..

Went to the Apollo you should have seen him go go go
They said hey Sugar, take a walk on the wild side
I said hey babe, take a walk on the wild side. All right, huh.

She loves the part where I sing:
And the colored girls go
Doo, doo doo, doo doo, doo doo doo...

She thinks I'm a little crazy but it's all part of my method training. Loosening her up to bring out some silly. The way a happy pug should be.

So far my favorite part of being a foster mom is watching the changes they go through as they learn to trust again.

The first few days Plum was here she was terrified, trembling, hiding in the corner and crates. Her tail was always down. She wouldn't let me touch any of her areas that require meds, like her poor little ears. I had to get really creative to get the medicine in. I'd have to tether her leash to my futon, put a cone around her neck, stand behind her body and slip her ears through the back of the cone so she couldn't see the medicine dropper going in.

I couldn't spray or touch her feet with itch stop or aloe vera lotion. She didn't know how to leash walk, go potty outside. She was too scared to trust me and too weak to walk up even 3 stairs. I was pretty sure she had never been given toys before because she had absolutely no interest in them and she wouldn't take any treats from me.

So I've kept her on strict outdoor bathroom rituals, 3 protein rich meals per day at the same time along with her antibiotics, antihistamines, and cortisone and I have been patient in letting her come to me when she is ready. I just go on singing my silly songs, telling her she's a good girl, and touching her everywhere in a non aggressive way so she gets used to my hands.

It's working. She lets me touch her ears without any problem and they are looking so much better already. She is learning to trust me a little more and lets me see another side of her personality. That's what I love most about this gig....she is slowly letting her guard down and each day she surprises me with something new.

She caved around day 5 when she finally trusted me enough to roll onto her back in a submissive move letting me rub her belly. Now she actually climbs on me, pins me down and DEMANDS belly rubs. I love that her little pug ways are starting to come out now that she feels a bit better.

She shocked me the other day when I was upstairs and heard her howling for me. She somehow busted through two baby gates and a big flight of stairs to see what I was doing without her. I didn't even know she could walk upstairs!

And tonight for the first time since I've had her, she actually played with a toy. She was shaking it her mouth violently growling at.
Personality and trust wise Plum is doing great. Of course we don't know the full extent of her illness yet. Only know that her surface and most immediate medical needs must be treated first. I am being pretty vigilant about that.

I just hope we can reverse the physical neglect because this little puglet has a lot of love and charm to give some lucky family.

For now I am just happy that she's getting the curl back in her tail.

Posted by Lori on June 15, 2009 11:45 PM permalink Comments (12)



stacy/brutus commented June 15, 2009 11:33 PM

She looks so great in that picture Lori. It's very rewarding to see their changes. You are making a huge difference in her life. Bless you.



jules commented June 16, 2009 8:39 AM

That is awesome Lori! you are doing such a great job.
I am proud of you and love that little Sugar Plum.
you are the best person to help these furry kids.
love you.



Kelly commented June 16, 2009 10:05 AM

That is AMAZING work! Only one week and she already looks like a new dog!
Way to go helping this little one :)



Lex commented June 16, 2009 11:50 AM

She is smiling in that last picture Lori, you are a good pug mommy.
I am glad she is starting to heal emotionally as well as her noticable problems the poor thing.
It still baffles me that people can do that to a animals.



Lori commented June 16, 2009 12:02 PM

She is smiling in that last picture

I'm not sure if it's a smile or a lip curl because she thought I was going to steal her toy.... hee hee! I suspect it was a little of both..



Casey commented June 16, 2009 3:46 PM

OMG you're making me cry.........Really makes you wonder what kind of horrible people owned this girl before :( Awwww Plum........I love the description of her "demanding" belly rubs! Oh and I think that froggie will have to follow her to her new home :)



Becky commented June 16, 2009 5:35 PM

I knew you would do a great job with Sugar Plum. She looks really good in the last photo and very content! What a darling face she has!



Lauren commented June 17, 2009 12:40 AM

Bless you Lori... You are truly her Angel... Such a blessing to see them come around... So glad to see her getting the curl back to her tail!!



Jessica commented June 17, 2009 12:27 PM

It's so great what you've done for Plum. She is so precious!!!!! I hope she finds a great forever home.



Melissa and Emmitt commented June 17, 2009 12:38 PM

hi lori and plum!
it is os nice to meet you! we are friends of stacy and brutus and wanted to say hello. plum is so lucky to have you!
melissa and emmitt



Roxy Dragon Pebbles commented June 18, 2009 12:34 PM

Hi Lori! That is so great about Plum. We are so happy she demands belly rubs. How cute. Keep up the great work.




Denise commented June 18, 2009 4:27 PM

Lori - good for you, looks like you've already made a tremendous difference. Miss ya - hope to see you soon!


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