352 pugs rescued since October, 2005
Bonnie - 5 Year Old Female

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Happy Tails, January 15, 2013

Bonnie (now known as Zoe) is doing very well; all settled into her new home and routine.

The description of Zoe being delightful, affectionate and gentle was very much on the mark. Zoe loves being around people and in the center of the action and shows patience with even my youngest niece, who is only 2 years old. The average day for Zoe is a mix of sleeping, playing (or destroying) her toys and walking outside, getting to know her new neighborhood. I would say that mix is heavy on the sleeping part :)

Thank you so much for providing the connection between Zoe and myself; I think we were truly meant to be in each others lives.


Bonnie lived in a stressful environment full of conflict with other resident dogs, not initiated by Bonnie. She would do best as a single dog or with a male. It will take some time for Bonnie to feel safe in her new home, but once she does she will blossom into a truly wonderful pet.

At five and a half Bonnie is an adult, so is past all the manic puppy energy, constant need to chew and housetraining accidents. Even so she still likes to play and enjoys chewing on toys. Her health is very good, and a past heart murmured is now undetectable - it was likely gestational as Bonnie has had three litters.

Uncharacteristically disinterested in food, Bonnie has to be hand fed her grain-free kibble to get her to start eating. This probably started due to her extreme passiveness as she let all the other dogs in her former home eat before her. Bonnie does enjoy her treats, and this would definitely be part of future training.

She approaches new people hesitantly. A home with a fenced yard would be great for Bonnie as she loves to putter around and smell everything, but an apartment would also be fine. She has had the run of the gated kitchen/family room when left alone during the day, but loudly protests if denied the opportunity to sleep in a bed with people.

Bonnie likes to be close to her people, but doesn't need to be in your face, licking you. Gentle and with very soft fur, Bonnie looks at people with her face full of expression. She has an interesting range of vocals, with a selection of whimpers and yelps to let you know she needs something.

On walks Bonnie is wary of other people and dogs until she can be reassured others mean her no harm. This is understandable given her turbulent history with other dogs.

This remarkably calm girl would like a household to match her placid personality.

After years in a difficult canine environment, Bonnie is learning that she does deserve attention, toys and treats without fear of conflict. While she still patiently waits in front of whatever it is she wants -- whether the back door to ask to go out, the toy bin for a tuggy, or the bed wanting to come up -- Bonnie is starting to realize that she doesn't have to whimper and do her funny little air bark to get what she wants. One or two verbal or physical signals to the humans and she is effectively communicating her needs. She enjoys vigorous play with toys, walks and looking earnestly into your eyes to let you know how appreciative she is that you are petting her. As long as there is a dollop of wet food on her kibble she eats it in a ladylike manner. She still doesn't engage in play with the resident dog, and signals her concern of other dogs outside, but who can blame her when you consider the evidence of a frayed ear tip and scar on her neck. Although towards people she has regained her confidence. Attention, reassurance, and a safe home will work wonders in releasing Bonnie's joie de vivre. Can you provide that home?


Introduction, November 25, 2012

Soft, gentle, calm ... Bonnie is a five-year-old fawn pug who is 1/10th Beagle. Bonnie was surrendered due to a conflict with other dogs in the home that was not initiated by Bonnie. Faint scars on her face, neck and legs attest to numerous confrontations.

Extremely submissive, she took some time to feel comfortable with her foster brother licking her and cuddling next to her, but she is beginning to open up to positive interactions with canines. After an initial cautiousness, Bonnie warms up to people, but isn't a typical velcro pug. Although comfortable being on her own, Bonnie requires sleeping on her people's bed to feel secure. Luckily she settles quickly and is motionless for 7 hours.

She has had several litters, but is now spayed and at an appropriate weight. Her few Beagle genes may be partly responsible for no worries regarding her ears, eyes, nose and knees.

Bonnie enjoys walks and is first to sit at the door whenever anyone travels near it, in hopes that a walk is in her future. Easy on her leash, Bonnie barks at approaching people and other animals and requires reassurance that she will be safe. Amusingly Bonnie cocks her leg and squats a dozen times each walk like a male.

A bright and expressive face, Bonnie has a series of whines, yips, moans and barks to communicate what she needs. Not a voracious eater, Bonnie takes her time and rarely finishes, in fact after being hand fed kibble her first meal to promote a relationship, she now prefers the special attention. Bonnie is clearly ready to be pampered by a special family.