I’ve been fostering Oprah since March 22 , following the sudden death of my pug, Miss Dolly and my recovery from a serious bout of pneumonia. Oprah has been a wonderful companion and we both enjoy a couch potato life style.
Initially, when I took her outside, she would lunge and growl and bark like a demon possessed, at people, pets and cars and also acted like this riding in the car.
I persisted and took her on daily outings and into a few local stores and with the aid of a water bottle spray and a loud “No!”, she quickly changed her manic ways and is now frequently complimented on her calm and well behaved demeanor.
This miraculous change occurred in just a couple of weeks! Oprah is 10 years old. Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Oprah will even restrain herself around the neighborhood cats (the ultimate test). I believed she would backslide if she was put in a new environment and so I was reluctant to take her to adoption events but finally acknowledged that the real reason was that I had become very attached to her and vice versa (she is somewhat of a stalker).
Oprah enjoys outings in her stroller (she has difficulty walking distances) and sits like a little princess. I’m moving back to New Mexico and Oprah will be accompanying me on the road trip. It will be a new chapter in both our lives. I feel blessed to have been part of Austin Pug Rescue, the wonderful people involved and the opportunity to share my life and love with my furry girl.
Thanks to everyone!