Snuggling Supplies Needed

January 29, 2013

Courtesy of PrestonthePuggle.com

Courtesy of PrestonthePuggle.com

We try to make our dogs as comfy as possible at all times. When no one is home, in order to keep the pups out of mischief (and to keep the house in one piece), we put all the dogs in their own crates. The crates have thick bedding on the bottom and have a few toys in there to keep the dogs busy. We also give them something to chew on, like a bully stick, when we leave so that they’re entertained for a while.

Every now and then we have a dog that would rather chew on the bedding than the toys. We have this in Chance.

So, we’re running low on bedding at the moment. We use blankets, sheets, comforters, moving blankets, dog beds, cushions – you name it, we use it!

If YOU have any of these kinds of items laying around your place that you don’t use and don’t know what to do with, we’d love to take them off your hands and turn them into awesome dog beds.

Please contact us at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com and we’ll coordinate their pick-up with you.

Many thanks, and happy snuggling!

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Pearl is a true gem!

December 27, 2012

Another day, another plea for help.  This one just breaks our hearts. We’re looking for someone to foster this sweet girl.

PEARL

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Here’s the email we got about her, from a border collie rescuer who was at the shelter when Pearl was dropped off:

Dear Friends,

Even though this is not Border Collie related, please help me network this dog safely out of the shelter.

I was at the shelter Friday 12/21 to bail a dog. R_____ and I witnessed a scene in which we never wish to see again and it will haunt me for some time. This lady with her teenage daughter came in to relinquish their dog, named Pearl. I have never seen such tears and such morose people. They just completely broke down, and there was not a dry eye in the shelter watching them fill out the paperwork. Even shelter personnel had to get up and walk away for a few minutes to compose themselves. They love this dog so very much. At first she said she could not afford her. I offered all of the dog food I had in my van (which was substantial), but there is more to this story. The woman just got out of a bad relationship with her husband and credits Pearl for helping her through this crisis. She said she “wouldn’t be alive it if weren’t for Pearl. Pearl is here through no fault of her own.”  Now she is on her own with her kids and had to move in with her parents. I am suspecting her parents are making her get rid of Pearl.

On her car, she had a magnet that said “I Love My Pit Bull.” She is sterilized and you can tell that Pearl is a pampered pooch. The lady says she is good with small kids and she used to take her to the doggy parlor to have her groomed and have her nails polished. They had all of her vet records.

In the Spirit of Christmas and Goodwill, if you could please find it in your hearts to bail or to network her adoption, it would greatly be appreciated. I met Pearl and I can attest that she has a WONDERFUL temperament.”

Please, someone help us help Pearl. Don’t let her die because this woman saved herself and her kids. All too often, people in bad/abusive relationships STAY when their are pets involved because they don’t want to leave their pets behind and they can’t find anywhere to go that will allow the pets to come too.

Please, if you’re in Southern CA and can help, please contact us ASAP at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.  Time is of the essence.

Many thanks.

When it Rains it Pours…

December 17, 2012

…and right now it’s raining PUGGLES!!

Just this morning, we’ve received emails and phone calls from FIVE people who want to surrender their puggles to us!   We are full to the brim, so can’t take any more dogs in right now at all. Most people have said they can hold onto the dogs if we put them on the website and start screening people, which we’ve agreed to do. But this one in particular needs a foster home ASAP, so we need your help!

Here’s the email we received:

I have a puggle I would like to see placed in rescue. His name is Bailey and he is three years old. A neutered male that is house trained, walks on a leash and gets along with other dogs and cats. I took him from a friend about a year ago who could spend no time with him and he was always stuck in a crate. Since living with me I have worked on his social skills and house trained him. He prefers to be an indoor majority dog. He learned to love running the two acres and other dogs that I have. He has done nothing wrong other than I had to move and the number of dogs allowed had to be cut down, and no dogs are allowed in the residence. I wanted Bailey to have an exceptional fun loving life. I gave that to him in the beginning but do to circumstances I can no longer provide this for him. I too have to obtain employment and can not spend the time with him he is used to. He deserves better. I saw your site on the internet and decided to contact you. I hope you can help. I live in Hesperia, Ca and am willing to do whatever it takes to get him the best. Hope to hear from you.

This 3-yr old puggle boy is currently living OUTSIDE in Hesperia!! If you’re not familiar with Hesperia, it’s high desert, and it’s COLD!! I’ve been there a couple times myself, and it was a very rude awakening. We gotta get that boy inside!

Here are pics of Bailey that she sent:

We’ll provide a crate and food if needed. We cover all vet expenses and we pick him up from you and drop him back off with you for any home visits he would need. He just needs a warm place to lay his head at night and a gentle touch to scratch his head. Maybe a belly rub or two.

If you can foster this boy, who sounds like a dream, please contact us at pugglesnpitties@gmail.com.

Thank you!!

Adopting a Senior

December 14, 2012

Found this video via the magic of Facebook. It features a beautiful elderbull, so we had to share it with you!

Behind the scenes…

December 2, 2012

We here at Puggles & Pitties generally prefer to work behind the scenes to get stuff done. We’re not good about updating this blog or our Facebook page, because we’re really busy rescuing dogs, or finding a rescue to help a dog we’re not able to help ourselves.

Case in point:  Tyson the Elderbull.  We posted about him a little over a month ago and then again last week.  We really, really, REALLY wanted to help him. We like helping senior pitties, or elderbulls as we call them. They are usually pretty calm dogs, just looking for a place to rest their sweet little heads (OK, big blockheads, but sweet nonetheless).  Yes, they may have some medical issues, as any senior dog will, but generally they have little to no behavioral issues.  They are incredibly grateful to be rescued and will love you more than you can imagine. The love you find you feel for them will take your breath away.

Ever since we had to say good-bye to Rufus, we have been on the lookout for another senior who would be a good candidate for the rescue, and we were sure Tyson was it. So one way or the other, we had to save him.

Well, we are happy to announce that Tyson left the shelter yesterday!! Through a frantic series of texts and emails, his rescue was coordinated last week – finding a foster, arranging the shuffling around of some dogs so that foster could help, finding another foster, arranging the shelter pull, coordinating times for the pull and subsequent hand off…it takes a LOT of work and a LOT of help from wonderful volunteers to make a rescue happen!

But yesterday it all came together for Tyson.  Here he is during his ride from the shelter to his foster home:

Tyson

Free at last!!

His foster mama said his breath was HORRENDOUS and he needed to be seen ASAP. So today she took him to an anesthesia-free dentist who was able to pull one of the teeth that was under that tongue of his. It was so rotted, it just came right out. She also cleaned all his other teeth and said he needed to come back in about 3 months for a check up.  We also discovered that his tongue hangs out because his jaw is malformed. We can’t tell if it was a genetic problem or if it was broken at some point at not treated, but his lower jaw doesn’t align correctly to allow his tongue to stay in his mouth.  Because the salivary glands are located under the tongue, the teeth that are constantly under his tongue are exposed to more saliva than they normally would be, which will lead to excessive decay and tartar on those teeth.  So we need to keep an eye on them to make sure they stay in good shape.

But the BEST news, is that Tyson gets along with his foster brother and sister really well, and the foster mom wants to keep him!!  So in the process of finding a foster for Tyson, we ended up finding his forever home!!  HURRAY for TYSON!!

And that is what we call a happy ending!  Thank you to Sarah, Anna, Yvonne, Chela, Paula, and Cathy for making this happen!!

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