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Rescue: Who Saves Who? From Trash to Treasure Growth Plate Injuries in Puppies June 1, 2018

Volume 1, Issue 2

letter from the editor With the first issue under my belt, it's time to move on to the next. Rescue is a subject near and dear to my heart. I've been involved in rescue, in some capacity, for 18 years. I've served as president, on the board, as a foster home, as transport, with fundraising, and as a foster failure. My first foster, a Pug mix, was a failure, and became my crazy agility pug, Puck. Over the next years, I was a hospice foster home, and adopted many seniors. I currently have three rescues in my house, all of them agility Pugs. Arnie and Gracie are retired, and Kimchi is working towards her agility titles. Kimchi's also turning out to be a great rally dog, and will show in that venue when we aren't running agility. I hope you enjoy these rescue stories, and are compelled to contribute to rescue. Laurie Kirkpatrick

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Don't Overlook Older Pugs

when looking to Rescue. By Cathleen Codling

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From Trash to Treasure The story of Olive.

By Sherry Vadheim

On a Mission To save Pugs.

By Danielle Jolin


Rescue: Who Saves Who?


Rescue to Champion


Growth Plate Injuries in Puppies

Pa's Incredible Journey. By Kasi Rishel

A rescue finds agility. By Laurie Kirkpatrick

The story of Louie. By Linda Coates


Rescue: Who Saves Who? Pa's Incredible Journey. By Kasi Rishel


Who are the rescues in this issue? 3

I saw a quote the other day: “The best things in life are old, loved, and rescued” – so true! Anyone who has adopted a senior pet will vouch for that! Older dogs have been through a lot, so they appreciate what they have. Often people want puppies, and they turn down wonderful middle-aged or senior pugs, not realizing that most pugs live into their teens, some even into their twenties, so a 7-yearold pug still has half a life to go! Last year at Pug Rescue of North Carolina (PRONC), a number of very senior pugs, even up to age 16, found great forever homes. I truly believe these pugs live longer knowing they are loved and cared for. Often older pugs come from loving homes where the owners’ life events – no fault of the pug – make re-homing necessary. Owners become too ill to care for the pug, or they go into nursing homes, or die. Others face crushing financial burdens and can’t afford the expenses of dog care anymore. The owners want the best for their pugs, and decide that the safest way to do that is to have PRONC find a carefully screened adoptive family for their beloved dog. The owners lovingly do what is best for the pug, despite their own grief from giving up the pug. Most adopted pugs adjust very well, but seniors seem to adapt the quickest; they already know what is expected. They come into a new home and fit right into the daily schedule. Most require little training (great for first-time owners!). Puppies need socialization, help in blending in with other pets in the family, and constant reinforcement and training. They chew on furniture because they don’t know better, and have more accidents than older dogs. Older pugs who grew up with children and other pets adjust well to new ones; and it’s easier for existing pets to adjust to a calm, older dog than to a busy, active puppy. So when you consider adding a dog to you home, please don’t overlook the middle aged and senior dogs. I truly believe that the best things in life are the older, loved and rescued pugs. Adopters of seniors agree! Thank you from everyone at PRONC for loving every pug that comes in. The dedication of our volunteers AND our extended adoptive families is wonderful. God bless you all.

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Cathleen Codling PRONC Pug Rescue of North Carolina Inc.

This is Chopper, who just passed away in foster care. He came in as a senior and spent 3 years in foster care, but due to extreme needs, never found a forever home. But he was loved by his foster family like one of their own.

From Trash

To Treasure

Olive lived in a cardboard box in her owner's yard for most of her life. Her human interaction was limited to a large bowl of kibble that was placed in her box daily, and a few times daily out of the box to go potty. Then one day in 2015, a good Samaritan went to the owner and said either Olive comes with me, or I am calling the police to report you for animal abuse. Olive was turned over to the Samaritan, who called Pug Rescue. When we got Olive (that is not her original name) we were worried about her; she was so overweight from all that kibble, that she could not lay down on her side! She also had a heart murmur, and of course, no idea what was happening in her life. We hoped she would live for at least a few months, long enough to know a loving home. That was 3 years ago, and Olive is thriving! She is in a wonderful home, she has lost a lot of weight, and she has her heart medicine daily. She loves to get dressed up, and she comes to all of our Pug Rescue events. She adores her foster family, and takes care of them, too. She gets up every morning to supervise her Dad, John, while he fixes his lunch for the day. Of course, she has to sample a bite! She also loves to get out and about in her stroller, and she consistently has a big smile on her face! We all love her, and hope she has a lot of time remaining with us, just enjoying life!

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This is Olive, who loves to dress up.


On a


Danielle Jolin Pug Rescue of Sacramento

When Pug Rescue of Sacramento set their mission statement to take in surrendered, abandoned, and otherwise homeless Pugs and Pug-mixes without hesitation or regard to age and medical condition, they knew they would face many struggles, but it would be worth it. As a federal non-profit rescue serving all of Northern California, they help hundreds of pugs annually. In 2016, Pug Rescue of Sacramento rescued and re-homed 193 dogs. In 2017, their numbers grew as they took in a whopping 210 dogs, most of them senior and special needs. This year, they are on track to rescue more than ever before. Every Pug that comes into the rescue is examined by a vet. Many Pugs are relatively healthy, needing only minor treatment before receiving a clean bill of health. These Pugs are then matched with approved families and adopted out. However, not all cases go so smoothly. Sometimes a Pug comes into the rescue in such a sad state that the volunteers’ emotional fortitude is stretched to the limit; and the Pug’s, often urgent, medical treatment is so expensive that Pug Rescue of Sacramento finds themselves scrambling to raise funds. Here are a few stories.

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The day Lola was picked up from the shelter. She could only stand for a few seconds before collapsing.

In October 2015, Pug Rescue of Sacramento received a call from a shelter about a female Pug who had been dumped in deplorable shape. When volunteers of the rescue arrived at the shelter, the sight of her condition was so shocking that they cried. She was named Lola. Lola had been neglected for a long time before coming into the shelter, weighing only 5.9 lbs. She was likely used irresponsibly as a breeder, being dumped when she was too weak to serve that purpose anymore. When Pug Rescue of Sacramento took her in, she was so emaciated that she could barely stand or bark. Her condition made it hard for vets to estimate her age, but they thought her to be around 5 years old. On top of being extremely malnourished, Lola had severe dry eye, ulcers in both eyes, and diabetes. Due to the diabetes being untreated, she had developed cataracts which left her almost completely blind. Vets hoped that cataract surgery would restore some of her vision, but first Lola would have to become healthy enough. The first month in rescue was a hard one with frequent vet trips. However, Lola’s appetite was great and her personality resilient. Her foster family took great care of her and over 9 months she slowly gained weight, her diabetes became manageable, and her severe dry eye was treated with 3 different daily drops. She had become healthy enough for surgery. Her vet bills were already racking up and Pug Rescue of Sacramento had to fundraise for the surgery. Through many generous donations, the goal was reached and Lola underwent cataract surgery. She regained vision in her left eye! This was huge news for those who fought alongside Lola. Overall, Pug Rescue of Sacramento spent countless hours and more than $6,000 on Lola’s rehabilitation. Lola was adopted in June 2017 with a wagging tail and weighing a healthy 13lbs!

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Lola playing in grass at an adoption event shortly before being adopted.



Louie enjoying a walk after recovering from surgery.

In January 2016, while Lola was rehabilitating in rescue, Pug Rescue of Sacramento took in a Pug in critical condition. His name was Louie and he was only 4 months old. Louie was given as a Christmas present to someone who wasn’t ready for a Pug, so he was surrendered into rescue. At the time his serious health condition had not been discovered; Louie had a liver shunt. The liver acts as a filter that removes blood borne toxins, synthesizes and distributes proteins for the body to use, and stores sugar for energy. A liver shunt is a blood vessel that causes blood to bypass the liver, therefore greatly reducing liver function. With the liver compromised, toxins were building up in Louie’s bloodstream and kidneys. He lacked protein and energy to grow strong or even live for much longer. Louie ultimately needed surgery to survive, but he was too tiny to do surgery right away. He was put on medication and a special diet in the hopes that this would give him enough time to grow. His foster family administered his medication without fail every 8 hours. Luckily Louie responded to the medication and diet. His foster family quickly saw improvements to his weight and energy level. In fact, it wasn’t long before Louie was enjoying an almost normal, hyperactive puppy life. In July 2016, Louie was finally big enough for surgery. Through fundraising, Pug Rescue of Sacramento again was able to make this surgery happen. The surgery was a success and Louie recovered well, although convincing the rambunctious guy to rest was challenging at times. Louie’s vet bills came to well over $5,000, but was worth it when Louie was adopted in October 2016! Nearly a year in rescue, Louie had grown so much and captured everyone’s heart. The signing of his adoption papers was a triumphant moment. This photo was taken a few months after Louie was surrendered into rescue. He was still tiny for his age.


Shortly after Louie joined his new family, Pug Rescue of Sacramento got another call from a shelter about a Pug that was abandoned with serious eye trauma, in desperate need of care. Rescue volunteers arrived to find a young, terrified Pug boy in a lot of pain. Both eyes were extremely swollen with infection. The right eye had burst and was oozing down his face. He was likely around 1 year old and completely blind. Named Smokey, he was taken to the vet right away. Unfortunately both eyes had to be removed. While the thought of that is very sad, this also meant that he would become pain-free. Smokey was amazing, recovering quickly. His young age and curiosity helped him learn and adapt quickly to being blind. His foster mom helped him learn the lay of the land. As his scars healed, his love of life became more and more apparent. Smokey’s vet bills came to just under $3,000 which was quickly raised primarily by close supporters who couldn’t stand to let Smokey suffer. Best of all, after only a couple months in rescue, Smokey was adopted by a wonderful family with the patience and willingness to help Smokey live a full life! It truly is amazing how fast this gruesome story turned into a happy ending.


Smokey with his foster mom after surgery.

Currently, Pug Rescue of Sacramento has many Pugs in their care, either rehabilitating or ready and waiting for adoption. They also have a hospice program in which special needs Pugs remain in loving foster care for the rest of their lives while Pug Rescue of Sacramento continues to financially support them. Pug Rescue of Sacramento is entirely volunteer based: the board members, the fosters, the people who transport Pugs, the people who work events and all the others who make this rescue possible are all volunteering their time and energy. The rescue cannot run without volunteers. The rescue also cannot run without the funds that are generously donated to help these Pugs. If you are interested in more information about the rescue, the Pugs in their care, or how you can get involved, please check out their website: You can also find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Who Saves Who? Kasi Rishel Colorado Pug Rescue

Best friends Munch & Eddie


Social Media can be a bad thing at times, but it can also be a wonderful thing by bringing lives together. A friend of mine, whom I have never met, as I live in Colorado and she in Vermont, had posted a photo of this little boy on my Facebook page. I instantly knew that I had to try to get him. He was in pretty rough shape; he had hair loss, goopy eyes, was very skinny, infested with fleas, and just looked so sad. I am a foster home for Colorado Pug Rescue and take in special needs Pugs and senior Pugs. My other half and I take on the “hard cases” and realize that any dog that comes into our home will most likely live out their lives with us. I contacted Colorado Pug Rescue (CPR) about this boy to see if we could take him into our care if I could get him here. However, this boy was in Wabash County Animal Shelter in Mt. Carmel, Illinois which is 1,194 miles away. What seemed to be an almost impossible mission soon turned into “Mission Possible”. I had posted a plea on my Facebook page, and other Pug Rescue pages, asking if anyone was close to that shelter. As luck would have it, I received a response from a wonderful Rescuer (TJ Adams) that just happened to live in that town AND her daughter was a Vet that visited that shelter and cared for the shelter animals.

Miles away sat a little old man Pug that I knew nothing about, but that was all about to change.

I then contacted a good friend of mine, Tom Beard, who (at the time) was an over-the-road truck driver and asked him if he ever went near Mt Carmel on his trips from Colorado to the east coast. He told me that he did, and that he could transport this boy back to us, although he would have to pick him up on his way out to New Jersey, and then bring him back to Colorado. The next day TJ and her daughter went and picked the Pug up and took him home to foster for us, until Tom could pick him up. We didn’t know his true age since he was a stray, but they estimated him to be in his mid teens. During his stay with TJ and her husband, they would send me photos of him. He was in rough shape. But he was safe. A few days later his journey to the east coast and then to Colorado with Tom began. Tom would send photos of him, including sharing Tom’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They quickly became buddies and kept each other company on the long journey. Soon this little boy had a name, Eddie. Tom chose to give him this name after his father. I wasn’t really sold on the name, but I would soon learn that it was the best and most fitting name for him. As the days passed, I grew increasingly anxious to meet Eddie for the first time. He just couldn’t get here fast enough, but I was comforted knowing he was in good hands. The day finally arrived! A good Rescue friend of mine picked Eddie up from Tom and kept him overnight as he waited for a transporter to bring him over the mountain from Denver.

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My anxiety was through the roof. My mind would wander, wondering if he would like me, if he would like his canine brothers and sisters, if we could get him healthy again. On a beautiful fall day in October 2013, a tiny package of a Pug arrived. He was a pathetic little thing with the cutest little face. He rocked the “upside down frown”. He had no hair on his ears, tail, and most of his underbelly. He had the most unsteady of gaits (hence why one of his future nicknames became “Unsteady Eddie”). I found his wobbly gait quite adorable, as well as everything else about him. The first step was to get him to the Vet. Thankfully the Vet in Illinois had treated him for fleas, so that was no longer an area of concern. After a thorough check-up, in spite of the rough shape he was on the outside, he was in good shape on the inside. One of the most stressful things for me in fostering is always introducing the new one to my pack. I worry if the newbie will be accepted, and if he will accept them. I was thrilled that all went well (as it usually does). At the time I had 5 other senior Pugs, a senior Chihuahua, and two big dogs. Eddie fit right in as if he had lived with us forever. As the months passed we got to know his personality better, Eddie earned another nickname – Eddie Pa’Sghettis (Pa’s for short). He was truly one of the silliest dogs that I have ever had the honor of knowing. With his cute, comical black eyebrows, his pointy little head, and his clumsy walk, he always brought a smile to my face and laughter to my voice. Eddie also got to come to work with me. I work for Colorado’s Wildlife Law Enforcement Agency so when Pa’s was “on duty” he became known as Officer Pa’s. One day while we were at work, I glanced down to see what appeared to be Pa’s having a seizure. I had Officer Pa's on the job dealt with dogs in the past that had seizures, but I rushed him to my Vet to see just what exactly might be going on. It turned out that it wasn’t a seizure at all, but rather Vestibular Disease (VD). Vestibular Disease can be quite common in older dogs and often misdiagnosed by Vets. VD is most commonly caused by a deep inner ear infection, but can have other causes as well. After many tests, my Vet suggested that he have an MRI done. All I was thinking is “can our Rescue afford that?”. As luck would have it, one of Eddie’s “Aunts” got together with a group of her friends and donated $1000 towards the MRI. I was amazed by such kindness and so grateful that Eddie would be able to get the care that he needed. Finally it was MRI day. We had a long drive ahead of us and I was a nervous wreck the entire way. Thankfully the MRI didn’t take long and we got the results right away. It was indeed a bad, deep inner ear infection and a possible polyp in his ear. He was started on a low dose of Prednisone for a few weeks as well as antibiotics. Time passed and Pa’s didn’t have any more episodes until a couple of months later. It was decided to put him back on a low dose of Prednisone to see if that would help. It did help, but Vets as well as myself don’t like keep-


ing dogs on Prednisone for extended periods of time. But with Pa’s, every time we would try to take him off of it, he would start having episodes, some lasting for hours. It was determined that due to quality of life concerns, we would just leave him on as low of a dose as we could get away with. Of course, not everybody gets this. Fall in love with a dog and among non-dog people, you will see eyebrows rise and expressions grow wary. You’ll reach into your wallet or pull out your phone and start showing off photos and the friend will say “Oh no – not pictures!” You’ll say something that implies profound affection and commitment, and you’ll hear the phrase, unthinkable words to a dog lover, “it’s just a dog.” Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way. Life without Pa’s and his siblings? Unimaginable to contemplate how quiet and still my home would be, how much less laughter and fewer smiles there would be, and how unanchored I would feel without their presence, the simple constancy of it. Dogs can help us heal past wounds as well as present ones. They can comfort us when we are down or are sick. In May of 2016, after many tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was devastating news to take in. My dogs were there with their unconditional love as always. Even though I was in a dark place I could lie with them and just breathe. They kept me going, because these dogs needed to be attended to. I had to get up and keep moving, for not only my sake, but for theirs. For me, being with my dogs helped ease my feelings of fear, despair, loneliness, and isolation. Eddie, in particular, helped me through the recognition of this disease. He and I were both battling our own fights. If he could show so much courage and strength, then so could I. As with all Pet owners, we all know that day will come - the day that we most likely will have to make one of the most difficult decisions of our lives. That day for Eddie and I came on July 17th, 2017. He fought for so long with the illness and with an aging body; he was my little warrior. That day I had the honor of feeling his last breath on my face as I held him. I whispered to him – “Pa’s, you have been my cherished friend for three years and although I would love to have made you mine sooner, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. You taught me so very much in those years together, but most of all you taught me to never give up.” Most stories have a beginning and an end, his has no end - his love and his story lives on.

“If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I will stay there forever.” ~Winnie the Pooh Eddie and Kasi


Spinning, leaping, barking, biting, running; those are all words that describe Gracie. Twelve pounds of constant motion, she oozes confidence and enthusiasm. But it wasn’t always that way. She was turned into rescue at age two because of behavior issues. She was fearful, unsocialized and suffered from separation anxiety. But with time, training and perseverance, she overcame those issues to become an agility champion. I volunteered for Pug Rescue of Sacramento when I lived in California, and got called to pick up a Pug being turned in by her owner. The family’s job situation had changed drastically, and they were forced to leave Gracie alone for many hours a day. They tried leaving her at doggie daycare, or getting a sitter, but behavior issues and anxiety increased, to the point that Gracie and her owners were miserable, and called rescue. I arrived to pick her up with my husband, and it was quickly apparent that Gracie had issues. She took one look at him, retreated to a corner, and continued to bark and snap at him. According to the owner, she was like that with everyone except family. So we packed up Gracie, her toys and bed, and headed home to start training. She spent the next few weeks being exposed to many different sizes and types of dogs and people. Luckily, like most Pugs, Gracie would do anything for food. We used that to our advantage to create positive associations with strange dogs and people. She quickly learned to tolerate both, so we moved on to basic training. Again, her willingness to do anything for a treat made her a dream to train. She quickly learned basic commands, then more complex commands, and eventually started training for agility. I hadn’t planned on getting another Pug for agility. I had just adopted Arnie two years prior, and was getting ready to show him. But Gracie was proving to be a natural in agility, so I made the decision to adopt her, and trained her alongside Arnie. Right after her debut, we moved to Texas, and the move proved to be a bit stressful for Gracie. It became apparent that she was very uncomfortable in new environments, and we were in a new environment every time we showed. Fortunately, her default behavior when stressed was to focus on me MORE, which proved to be a blessing in the ring. Distractions weren’t an issue, as she ignored all the scary things around us, and just focused on the task at hand. She also LOVED the game, and became more confident as time went on. That’s not to say she was perfect. While she ignored distractions, she was also prone to freelancing - she was so impatient to get where she was going, she just RAN. Anywhere. At top speed. Often in a completely different direction from where we were supposed to be going. I could never predict when she’d do random things in the ring, in her quest for speed. I’d never been tripped by any of my dogs before, but she almost killed me twice by cutting directly in front of me, for no apparent reason, while we were running ahead in a straight line.

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Laurie Kirkpatrick

Rescue to


Her impatience to GET GOING was its worst at the start line and on the table. “Not going” made her angry. Very angry. When we first started trialling, I would put her on the ground and slip her leash off of her head. She became so worked up that she started lunging at her leash in frustration. I eventually switched to starting with her in my arms, taking the leash off, then dropping her to the ground and just running. She would still get frustrated with the leash, and our startline “routine” came to include the command “don’t bite me”. That frustration was also in play on the table. You have to stop for a count of five, in the middle of the course. In Gracie’s world, there is no stopping in agility. She would spin and bark the entire time, once spinning herself right off of the table. I had set my sights on getting her agility championship, and after dropping her one jump height to Preferred, that would mean getting her PACH. To accomplish that, you have to get 750 points and 20 Double Q’s. Points are accumulated from the number of seconds under the set course time your dog runs. Double Q’s are accomplished by qualifying in both Standard (all of the equipment, such as the a-frame, dogwalk, etc.) and Jumpers with Weaves (just jumps and weave poles) in the same day. We were able to accumulate points pretty quickly, because Gracie is fast. Our problem was the darned Double Q’s. She would do great in one run, then make a mistake in another that same day. It took a few years to slowly creep up towards 20, and then we hit 17. And stayed there. For a very long time.


She would run past a jump (for no reason), go into the wrong end of a tunnel (because she couldn’t control herself), run past the dogwalk (because she was more worried about how slow I was running to watch where she was going). It was always something random and nutty. She was now almost 10 years old, and I had resigned myself to the fact that she may never get her championship. She was willing, but as an older dog, she was one injury away from potential retirement. Eventually, the dry spell was broken, and she got her last three Double Q’s quickly, earning her PACH two months short of her 10th birthday. I continued to show her for the next year, but slowly cut back to once a month, then once a weekend, then just occasionally. There’s a fine line between keeping in condition and putting too much stress and strain on an older body, so she was finally retired. I still run her in the yard, with the bars on the ground. And if a venue that has 4 inch jumps holds a show locally, I’ll run her there. Including Gracie, I now have three rescued agility Pugs in my family, because my personal preference is to adopt older Pugs for agility (when I say older, I mean between 1 and 3 years old). I love puppies, but they just don’t fit in my lifestyle at the moment. I also like the fact that I can evaluate the adult structure of a Pug, as well as determine what sort of personality and drive they have. And depending on the Pug, I can start training agility right away. Puppies shouldn’t jump or attempt weave poles until they are mature, but an adult Pug can start doing those obstacles right away. I personally don’t find adults any more difficult to train than a puppy. They might have more baggage, but they don’t have the juvenile period, when their brains go to mush. Each Pug is different anyway,

so I always tailor the training to the Pug. This is no different. I teach them to learn first, then move on to simple behaviors, then complex. The only difference in my approach to a rescued adult versus a puppy is that I put more effort into building a relationship with a rescue. For the most part, a puppy comes pre-wired to bond with you. Some rescues need time to learn to trust you. That time might be minutes, or it could be a year. It all depends on the Pug. And while I’m not opposed to getting an older Pug from a breeder, I figure if I’m going the adult route, I want help a rescue dog find a new life. Gracie is twelve now, and spends her days lounging on the couch, sitting and staring us down for treats, sniffing around the yard, and the occasional spin through some agility equipment. She’s earned her retirement, and while she gets a little upset when I take the newest Pug to class or a trial, a few treats from dad make everything all OK again. She’s come a long way from being that frightened, anxious Pug. She’s a Champion.


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Louie was just like any Pug puppy, full of energy and always run-

ning full steam ahead with everything he did. He was 16 weeks old when he went to his new home, a home that already had 2 Pugs, a home we felt confident would be perfect for him. Not even a week later I got the phone call that it wasn’t working out, the other dogs didn’t like him, wouldn’t play with him. So I drove 3 hrs and brought him “home”. In hindsight I never wanted to let him go, but having other dogs to work with, I thought this was best for him. About a week after he came home we noticed his front foot was turning out, he never limped and really paid no attention to it. I took him to my vet for a “look” only to find out that the growth plate was fractured and the radius had already started to bow. Seems that somewhere along the way he jumped off of something, or over something, (we will never know) and broke this. Our first surgery involved cutting a piece of the ulna out so that the radius wouldn’t bow anymore and hopefully the turn in the foot wouldn’t get any worse. It was unsuccessful and the foot got worse. After the first surgery we were very fortunate to find a great surgeon here in Louisville, Dr Applewhite who ended up helping us. We waited what seemed like a lifetime for the growth plate to close, he was around 9 months old when he decided to do the surgery.

Before surgery What I want you to understand that Louie is the most active Pug I have had! He takes everything on full steam and was learning obedience quickly and loved running tunnels and working on handling in agility. I NEEDED to see if we couldn’t help him be able to do the things he loved.

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Linda Coates

Story of Louie

juries in Puppies

The surgery involved breaking the radius and rotating it so the foot was straight, a plate and 8 pins held it in place. He had a cast and was crated for 8 weeks. (the longest 8 of my life!) We did this so his elbow wouldn’t be compromised by the turning foot. When the cast came off it was unbelievable how straight the leg was. I was told to let him do whatever he wants, that he could eventually return to agility and obedience. Fast forward 6 months from surgery‌a sore came up on the inside of his leg and wouldn’t go away.

Before surgery

After surgery


Surgery #3 was to remove the hardware as inflammation was causing the pocket of fluid, the bone has healed and he really doesn’t need the plate. Now 4 more weeks of crate rest.

The hardware taken out of his leg

I am told that he will be able to do whatever he wants, Dr Applewhite says he thinks he has great things ahead of him and that this shouldn’t slow him down and I am so thankful we found him to help us. I am sharing this story so that others can understand how quickly a growth plate can be damaged, how expensive this journey is and how unfair it is to these sweet dogs to have to go thru so much. I could have left the leg the way it was, he would have eventually had elbow problems and arthritis even if he was just someones pet.

So please, share this to help others understand what can happen when a puppy damages a growth plate. They have an entire lifetime to learn to jump and do things like that , don’t start too early, I have been fortunate and I “believe” this will all work out and I will have a wonderful performance dog, hopefully for a very long time.

After second surgery

Louie today








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Ad Specifications for Camera Ready Ads Ads must be 300 dpi*, or more for best quality. (300 or 600 dpi is preferable). Full Page: 8.5” x 11” Half Page: Vertical: 4.25” x 10” Horizontal: 7.5” x 5” Quarter Page: Vertical: 4.25” x 5” Horizontal: 7.5” x 2.5” Brag Page (New Titles Only): Vertical: 4.25” x 5” Includes:

1 color shot, Cropped to dog only. Emailed photo MUST be 300dpi New title Registered Name Call Name Date of title Sire, Dam, Breeder(s), Owner(s)* 400 Phone number, and/or email address*

Email: with questions

Advertising Policies All advertising is subject to the approval of Pugs365 Magazine. We reserve the right to revise, reject or cancel (in whole or in part) any advertisement at any time for any or no reason, at the discretion of Pugs365 Magazine. No advertising is deemed accepted by Pugs365 Magazine until the time such advertising is actually published. The receipt and payment of an order or agreement is construed as an acceptance of all rates and conditions which advertising space is, at the time, sold by Pugs365 Magazine. Pugs365 Magazine assumes no financial responsibility for non-publication, or for typographical errors in advertisements, but will fix that part of an advertisement in which the error occurs. Advertisers must notify Pugs365 Magazine within 24 hours of any error. Pugs365 Magazine shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser only and excludes consequential damages of any kind. Pugs365 Magazine will not be responsible for errors or offer any form of credit on advertising submitted and accepted after the published deadline. If a request is made for specific page placement for an ad, every effort will be made to accommodate reasonable position requests. However, failure to meet these requests will not constitute cause for refund or rerun. Advertisements published by Pugs365 Magazine using copy or illustrations created in whole or in part by Pugs365 Magazine, together with the copyrights thereof, shall be the exclusive property of Pugs365 Magazine and shall not be reproduced or copied without its written consent. Advertisers will receive an issue of the magazine in which their ad appears.

*not required

Business Card Size: 2” x 3.5” (Vertical or Horizontal) Can send camera ready ad or a scan of an existing card


June2018 pugs365 magazine  
June2018 pugs365 magazine