Jasmine, one of PROS’ retirement pugs, crossed the bridge in the end of 2013.
My husband Brian and I adopted our first and only… GUS, from Pug PROS August 1, 2005. Gena Austin thought he was the perfect match for us, and she was SO right! He is the love of our lives, our little boy… but sadly, he recently went to the Rainbow Bridge August 28, 2013.
Thank you, Pug PROS, for doing what you do… loving puggies, rescuing them and finding loving homes.
We hope that, perhaps in time, we will be back to adopt another wonderful pug from Pug PROS.
Until then, much gratitude.
Kelly and Brian Gerhardt
Otis T-Bone Baker
Otis T-Bone Baker, sweet companion, comedian extraordinaire, optimist, and lover of food, died peacefully today at his home.
Otis was a rescue and spent the last 10 years of his life with me.
He was a very funny cool dog who could connect with any human and most dogs and cats.
He was a lover, not a fighter.
I am deeply grateful to all of my and his friends who were so kind and loving in different ways over the years. Thank you.
He had a blessed long ride here on earth. I will miss Otis terribly but he left at the right time.
It is with a sad and heavy heart I wanted you to know that it was time to release my sweet little beautiful boy Spanky from his suffering. When I rescued him almost 3 years ago, he came with a slight cough. He had become progressively worse over time and we had exhausted all know remedies. A canine respiratory specialist preformed a scoping procedure and found out that he had a Genetic Severe Dynamic Distal Airway Collapse that was too low to stint. The team was so heartbroken that nothing could be done. For the last 3 months (hospice time) we attempted to manage his breathing with a plethora of drugs. Toward the end, his continuous coughing, gagging and gasping for breath (like a fish out of water) and not getting enough oxygen to his poor little body was becoming to difficult to bear. My oxygen tanks were not even helping with his panic of not being able to breath. He spent a lot of time in my arms as we both found comfort in the closeness.
We had a scared ceremony on Friday afternoon outside in Sonoma under a familiar shade tree with a view of the mountains. My spiritual teacher and friend said a blessing and a prayer, a beloved vet with two other friends that love him and with me holding him in my arms, we released him into the light as he crossed that rainbow bridge.
Even though he was with me only for a short time.. I am very grateful that we found each other. I so loved Spanky and caring for him. He was the sweetest pug and my constant companion. I will miss him so much.
I will need some time to grieve and heal. I can still perform house checks and when I am ready.. another sweet handsome older male pug will present himself and we will rescue each other.
Hi all, my name is Diana and I was a foster parent for Pug Pros in 2007. My contact with your charity was Gena Austin and I am sad to read that she has passed on. Gena always had time to talk and gave good sound advice. I will miss her.
The reason I’m writing is my little pug that I fostered and eventually adopted has died this morning from congested heart failure. She was a grand 15-16? years old. She was the love of my life and my grief for her is limitless. I want to thank you for the privilege of taking care and loving Petunia for these 6 years. She has given me so much love and pleasure that I could never adequately express it. Thank You.
Eleven short years ago we adopted our Pug mix Alli from PugPros. We quickly realized that she had a hard life prior to living with us. Her tongue was shredded on one side and she was extremely alpha aggressive on leash. We felt that we could easily adapt to her needs and brought her home. She quickly fit in to our family and was always the topic of affection and conversation. She was the happiest, snuggliest dog who loved her people so much. As each year slipped by, she began to lose her sight and was oblivious to other dogs. This made her very happy. Her life was always filled with joy and love. She got to experience living in 3 states (California, Texas and Arizona), snow, 17 story apartment dwelling and a year where her main guy was deployed to Iraq for a year. She changed all of our lives for the better and can truthfully and happily report that she did not have a day of feeling neglected, rejected or unwanted. She sadly passed away the morning of July 2nd in the arms of her loved ones and will be tremendously missed by all. She experienced no suffering and enjoyed her morning walk and breakfast with much gusto. When she woke from her morning nap it was clear that something was wrong and was whisked off to her doctor. They discovered a bladder that was no longer functioning and was amazed that she showed no issues prior. Everyone was called and came to cuddle and kiss her farewell. We could not have asked for any better life for our fur baby. Thank you for bringing Alli into our lives.
The Blank and Smiley families
Daphne was a hospice pug who will be missed by her PROS family. She passed away in June of 2013.
Gracie the beloved PROS foster pug passed away on April 18, 2013.
Just want to let you know that we had to have Diva put down today. We had an emergency incident with her in August where she was in the hospital for 3 days due to respiratory problems. Thankfully the doctor was able to buy us 8 more months with her by stabilizing her and prescribing the right meds. She had cardio hypertension and was doing fine until today when she was coughing and unable to take in enough oxygen. Because this time was worse than last and even last time the doctor wasn’t sure he could stabilize her, we had to say goodbye to her.
Needless to say our hearts are broken right now. How that little one will be missed but we feel so blessed and grateful to have had her all these years. She had the most amazing spirit and was such a little survivor having gone thru so much in her early years. She was such a joy and a very, very loved little pet.
Laura and Bill Kilcorse
On January 11, 2013 we lost our beloved Peanut. Adopted at 7 years old, he was one of our first foster pugs from PROS and one of the sweetest dogs ever. The day my husband picked him up I thought, this guy is soooo cute, but what a terrible name. He came as Tyke, but it just did not fit him. His body was shaped like a peanut so I named him Peanut. Little did we know that he was also going to be impossible to potty train. He loved to mark, everything, making his name that much more appropriate. So we got him a bright red belly band and we never looked back. Dr. Kress, our acupuncture vet, used to call it his Speedo. It made him look even more cute. As Peanut got older he retained all his energy. He was probably 13 before he stopped chasing the cats. Peanut was 14 ½ when we finally said goodbye. We never knew much about Peanut’s background before he came to us, I can only hope we made him happy for the 7 short years he was with us. He will be missed.