My story of Pluto begins with the passing of our 12 year old Pug, Nacho, in April 2017. He had developed a terrible tumor behind his left eye and into his sinus passage-way. Medication and treatment helped him for about six months but watching him trying to continue on as the condition deteriorated was heartbreaking so we had to put him to sleep. It was very traumatic for my us both as this was by far our favorite dog we have ever owned. I cannot express enough admiration for the breed, Nacho was personality plus and as loving and rewarding of a dog I could ever imagine. I have had dogs for nearly 45 years of my life now and he stacks up there as a clear #1. We had decided that when the time was right we wanted to get another pug but needed some time to heal.
We started looking at different websites of breeders both reputable and unknown and happened across the Pet Rescue of Austin web connection that eventually led us to you. Seeing so many beautiful pug and mostly pug-mixes looking for homes, we decided to try to help and go the adoption route for our new pug. My son rescued our middle dog, which is a chocolate lab/greyhound mix from a cardboard box left outside of a bar on New Year’s eve in Corpus Cristi, TX in 2015. As most of you understand, when your child (even at 19 years old) adopts a pet, WE adopt a pet. He is a college student at Texas State University and as much as he would like to, he could not provide the full time care and attention any new puppy needs. So this is a long way of explaining what led us to Pug Rescue of Austin.
After going through a very thorough screening process, we have been able to connect with the puppy that caught our eye that day on your website. Her name was Pluto, and she was (at the time) about an 8-9 week old Pug-Chihuahua mix with I believe to be a little something else mixed in based on her appearance today. Time will tell. While it can be frustrating to wait so long to be approved, you have to appreciate the time and care that the PRA puts into this to make sure that each pet is placed in a suitable home. We all don’t want to see a dog go back and forth from home to home, they all deserve that forever home.
Pluto, who is now our “Peanut”, has been with us for just over a week now. She shares our home with two other dogs, a 5 ½ year old female English Bulldog, and our 1 ½ year old Lab rescue. We were a little concerned about her fitting in at first due to the size and weight difference (Bulldog is 55 lbs, Lab mix is about 50 lbs), but we also remembered our little Nacho and had confidence that it wouldn’t take long for Peanut to take on the world. We were right. From that very first day she was more than happy to mix it up with her sisters. She lives in Jonestown, TX, which is about 35 miles northwest of Austin in the Hill Country. She has about ½ acre of play area fenced in outside and she has enjoyed exploring inside and out as she learns her new home. She is very playful and loving, has a ferocious appetite and is a great little sleeper, most often sleeping all through the night without interruption.
We look forward to many years of happiness with our new “chug” and want to thank all involved that donate their time unselfishly at the PRA for helping us bring our new family member home.
Steve and Danna