After losing our rescue Pug “Odie” last July, we weren’t sure if we would be ready for another Pug for quite a while. We had just lost our baby and best friend. No, this loss was going to take a long time to get over. This year, with spring and summer approaching, my wife Lori and I were yearning to hear the pitter patter of four little paws across the tiles, and thought maybe we are ready to open our hearts again. We had a lot of love to share.
We decided to contact Pug Rescue Austin to see what Pugs were available and needing a good home. We had thought we wanted to stick with an older dog because we thought a puppy would be better off with a family who had children. After searching for about a month, most of the pugs didn’t seem like a good fit as our backyard steps would be hard to navigate for any pup with mobility issues, therefore, we decided to wait.
Lori was contacted one day and asked if we would like to foster a two year old Pug named Odette who was from Odessa, Texas. Lori called me to discuss becoming temporary foster parents. Since our last Pug was named Odie, it seemed like a little put named Odette was destined to be a great fit and new addition to our family. The only thing we had been told about Odette was that she was found as a stray in Odessa and brought to Austin Pug Rescue. The first few weeks with her was quite a task to adjust to a dog with way more energy that we had encountered with our last male pugs. She didn’t like being held and all she wanted to do was run around barking. In fact we nicknamed her our Tasmanian Devil, for the way she turned in circles at break neck speed.
Those first few weeks were rough and we weren’t sure if we could handle all the exhausting energy she was displaying. Then one night, in one of her calmer moments, I looked into her eyes and knew we had to do whatever it took to gain her trust and love. Thank goodness we were patient, because now after being with us for two months, she has become the sweetest little baby we could have ever hoped for. I guess you can say we were a foster fail as we were soon on the road to adopting her. Thank you Pug Rescue Austin for helping us to find the perfect pug to fill the void and allow us to share our love with this little pug who was in definite need of some.
David and Lori Ray