The short version of our adventure to Texas is that in spite of education I was unable to find a steady job that paid the bills. I didn’t know what to do so I decided that it might be best to pack up and leave Michigan. So Koda (my 11 year old baby) and I hit the road running. We landed in Austin January 2013 and it has been a whirlwind of an adventure!
Since we have gotten here there have been some trials and tribulations that we have had to wade through. Someone broke into my car and stole my purse & my identity, and then my car that has 43,000 miles had a major part break and the very worst thing to happen in the midst of everything, Koda got a severe eye infection.
I work in West Lake Hills kitty corner from West Lake Animal Hospital and found out that they specialize in pugs; I was thrilled to know that Koda would be in the best hands possible. I was even more thrilled when I met Signe; she made me feel at ease and confidant that Koda would be just fine.
A few weeks went by and just as predicted Koda was on the mend, but it got me thinking. As owners we want to believe that our pugs will live forever, and having Koda get sick really made me come to terms with his mortality. Even though he is a spry, healthy, 11 year old, one-day he will not be around and I know that if something happened to him it would break me into a million pieces.
I decided perhaps that getting Koda a dog might help keep him younger and around for a few extra years. Not only would it keep him happier and healthier, but it would also give another pugger a chance to live the charmed life that Koda has. My friend was very apprehensive about me getting another dog, his logic was that I already have this amazing pug that is well behaved, loving and cute as button, how could I ever find another dog that was like him? I retorted back with my logic that, yes I have an amazing dog and why would I not want to double that? Two awesome pugs! That seemed like I would be winning the pug lottery.
So after I filled out my application and went through the interview process, I was on my way to finding the newest member of our happy home. I was interested in Briggs, Hugo and Duncan. Briggs was not ready for adoption, Hugo was on a trial visit and Duncan had not been evaluated. I was so sad that all three of them were out of reach. Then I talked to one of the PRA volunteers, who did my interview and home visit, she told me that I would find the right pug for Koda and I, that the others might not have been meant to be. She was right. I asked her if there was one that she felt, after getting to know me, would fit well in our family. She told me about Pugloaf.
I went and looked at his bio, he was adorable. I was in love. I contacted her right away and she put me in touch with the foster coordinator and I scheduled my home trial for the next day. I was nervous and excited all at the same time, the unknowing of what is to come mixed with the happiness I know a pug brings into someone’s life.
So here we are a week later, 2 pugs and a chick, happy as can be. Earlier today I left a PRA adoption event and although I loved and snuggled all the pugs there I was so happy to get back home to snuggle my boys. I decided to take a nap and went and laid in my bed. Pugloaf followed me in, jumped in bed with me got right in front of me and settled into a world class snuggle. I laid there rubbing Pugloaf’s tummy thinking about all the people that were involved in getting me to this exact moment in my life. Signe, Ellen Rose, Dave, Michelle and Melanie, you all are sensational people. I want to thank everyone that is involved with Pug Rescue Austin, you are an extraordinary group of people that I feel blessed to know and to be a part of such a kind and caring organization.
As I am sitting here writing this tale of pug love, I have Pugloaf to my right and Koda to my left both snoring and being simply adorable. Six weeks ago I didn’t think that I had any more room in my heart to love another pug as much as I love my Koda but as I have discovered my heart and life are much more full with the addition of Pugloaf than I ever imagined possible.