Please note: The dogs in ODH's Final Refuge care are not adoptable due to medical reasons and all are in permanent homes. Your sponsorship supports the veterinary expenses for these dogs - and we thank you!
Pugsley was left at a shelter and deemed unadoptable due to his health issues. He was taken in by Old Dog Haven and placed in a Final Refuge home as a hospice dog expected not to live long. He had a horrible constant cough and had trouble breathing. He was also morbidly obese, and when his foster mom took one look at him, she decided perhaps a diet would help his condition.
Within a few weeks of placement, he had lost 25% of his weight and no longer had the cough. His breathing improved and after completing his weight loss of 1/3 of his body weight, he’s going strong.
As his name suggests, Pugsley is a chihuahua/pug cross. He has the small stature and face of a chihuahua, but the body shape and fur is all pug – as is the personality. Pugs is fun-loving, easygoing and gets along with everyone. He bonded closely to his foster mom, and is her shadow. He welcomes all dogs into his home and even loves the cats. His best buddy, though, is fellow ODH foster Jerry, and the two boys can often be found curled up together napping.
One day Pugsley’s final refuge Mom came home and he could not walk. He was rushed to an emergency clinic and x-ray showed a couple of slipped discs in his neck. Things did not look hopeful. But thanks to the Maranda FundPugsley received an MRI to determine the damage and see what treatment, if any, could be provided.
The MRI results pointed towards medication, crate rest, then a reevaluation for possible surgery. After 4 weeks of crate rest the prognosis was still guarded. Pugsley was not a good candidate for surgery because of his chronic cough and collapsing trachea so crate rest and medication were continued.
Miraculously after a few months Pugsley is almost back to his old self. His foster Mom says “He continues to be my best friend and I am looking forward to spending more time with him. I am so grateful to Old Dog Haven’s Maranda Fund and to all the people who have supported the fund.”
Pugsley is truly a poster “boy”for how good vet care and love can have such amazing results.
Pugsley is sponsored by:
- Mary Paulsen of Tacoma, WA (02/28/2021)
- Reina Salt of Sumner, WA in memory of Midge (04/30/2021)
- Karen Malen-Hogle of Shoreline, WA in honor of Sid Hayes who loves animals (06/30/2021)
- Mikki Turk of Baldwin Park, CA in memory of Molly and Kaiser (02/28/2021)