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Just another heart in need of rescue
October 11, 2011


Moxie has Pugsleys chicken legs in the back and Plummy's out turned elbows in the front, and her feet are webbed like Plummy's too.

Her antics remind of the Sausage in his younger days and she has an old soul quality about her like Pugsley did too.

Yet.... she has distinctly "girl pug" mannerisms at the same time.

And her pink puppy belly reminds me so much of baby Norman's.

She seems to possess the best qualities of all my beloveds who have come before her.

Of course she has a unique little personality all of her own, and I am enjoying the process of watching it unfold everyday as she starts to feel more comfortable and let her true self show through.

Mox has been with me just over 1 month now and here is what I know about my sweet girl thus far.

She's got that wild puppy brain and energy. And then add the crazy black pug gene to the mix and what you have is like a breed within the breed.

Because she's a rescue though and has been through trying times, she also has a real sweet and laid back side.

Rescue dogs always seem to share this trait. You can see it in their eyes - the way they knowingly look at you when you're sad, rush to your face to lick away falling tears, and bark to protect you when something sounds amiss.

Every time you take them for a ride in the car there's that apprehensive look with ears laid back which seem to say, "Are you going to take me somewhere else and leave me now?"

It breaks my heart to think of her being scared and insecure. To think of how much she's been moved around already and had to overcome in her young life.

I just want her to feel happy and safe with me always.

Each day she gets more used to our routine. She's stopped bumping into the walls and she's started claiming her little places in the house.

Her new thing is whenever I'm cooking and busy prepping food or doing dishes, she likes to hang out under the kitchen Island. Like everything else she does, it's incredibly cute and endearing!

On a daily basis she empties her toy box which consists of no less than 20 stuffed animals that used to belong to the Sausage, and are now getting more play than they have seen in the last 6 years.

She is truly a toy-playing and bone-chewing machine. I find myself tripping over toys and sliding across the hardwood floors on nylabones as a regular occurrence.

When she wakes in the morning she doesn't bark to go outside or run to her food bowl to eat - she runs first to her toys and will happily amuse herself with them until I'm ready to get out of bed.

When I come home from work after a long day and she's been a good girl, holding it in all day - the first thing she does is greet me like she hasn't seen me in a year and then immediately starts playing with toys.

It's to the point where I have to hide her toys when I open the door to let her out because she will try dragging them all outside and play some more before she even has to empty her full bladder.

When toys become boring she reaches for my hands. I've tried to be consistent in breaking her of her mouthing but sometimes I give in and just let her have my hand because I know she's teething and I want her to have her way. She doesn't bite down or hurt; she just wants to have my hand in her mouth, for comfort I think.

Lately she has become obsessed with my belly button. When I'm getting dressed in the morning and my clothes are laid out on the bed and I'm leaning up against the side - she puts her two paws up on my hips and she sniffs my stomach and licks my belly button a time or two. Don't ask me why.

She is still too much of a squirming, writhing ADD puppy to enjoy a nice calm belly rub. When she's on her back and I try giving her belly scritches she tries to grab my fingers...when that fails she will put her hind feet in her mouth and start chewing those instead!

Recently she has begun getting into a little bit of mischief, I think she was waiting on her best behavior to make sure and now she senses that she has me wrapped around her curly tail, so she thinks it's ok...

In the past few days alone she has stolen my socks, pony tail holders, and hair clips. Jumped onto the kitchen table and bay window knocking over pictures frames.....peed on my yoga mat while I was mid elliptical machine session, tried stealing precious things off my meditation table ..and her new thing is she tries eating rocks and wild mushrooms every time I take her outside.

When she is feeling especially playful with pent up energy, she does pugtona laps around the bed, couch, and house at 50mph. stopping to spin and dig wildly at the ground before taking off for more laps, which always makes me laugh.

I could eat her up I love her so.

Posted by Lori on October 11, 2011 6:06 AM permalink Comments (7)



Greg commented October 11, 2011 11:13 AM

I remember telling you that I always thought the dogs from my past were inside my present dog. I think you know what I mean now. My Brutus is 9 years old now and he still greets me when I come home from work with one of his toys in his mouth. Ready to play. Hard to ignore a 100lb German Shepard with a toy Frog in his mouth. He is the best.



Noodles commented October 11, 2011 12:11 PM

I think Moxie has it all figured out. It helps that she is uber cute, too. And I gotta admit TOYS are a major thing for me. I love my toys to pieces - and I mean literally to pieces.
Love Noodles



Kim commented October 11, 2011 4:23 PM

Oh yes, she is a PUG



emily the biker pug commented October 11, 2011 9:44 PM

Lori great post we love reading about Moxie.
This is weird, at work today a thought crossed my mind, too bad I couldn't get down to starfest saturday and how nice it would be to see Drea and you
then I was thinking how great it is to see you enjoying yourself finally with your own sweet pug.
Then I get home and read this post about all the fun you are having with Moxie, it really put a smile on my face and made my day.



Michael Masishin commented October 11, 2011 11:22 PM

Enjoy reading your comments....one thing I always wish I had done as Maddie grew was to keep a journal, not every single day.... but just a firm recollection for perpetuity...recalling her life after she crossed was not always easy...just sayin.. watch those rocks and mushrooms!!



2wildpugs commented October 12, 2011 8:48 AM

It is always sad and gratifying at the same time to watch a rescue pug come out of their shell. For years after he came to live with me, Molson would hide behind my legs whenever someone approached. He has only recently lost the fear of being picked up and taken away again.



Marlene's mom commented October 13, 2011 5:37 PM

I love that your little Moxie hangs out on the ledge below your island!


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