Pumba continues to be an absolute delight, who loves nothing more than a warm lap and a good sleep. He gets along well with any and all new dogs that he meets and hasn't shown any interest in cats to this point. Rodents, on the other hand, have him bewildered. He recently discovered that we have guinea pigs in the house (caged of course) and wasn't entirely sure what to make of them. However, we think that he's put them in the "snack" category (for the moment at least) so we're keeping an eye on that to see if Pumba's opinion changes.
Pumba's skin is doing so much better. The combination of the new diet and the venectyl seem to be working for him very well. The "elephant skin" on his belly has receeded about 50% and I expect that to be gone completely in another month. At his re-check, the vet was very happy with his progress and we are now waiting to see if a referral to a dermatologist is still needed. At this point though, he is looking great.
When Pumba initially arrived, we were so concerned about his physical condition that we failed to notice that the wee man is not housetrained. Fortunately, he is very food motivated so we are now working very diligently on convincing him to do his business outdoors, despite the cold and the snow. In true pug fashion, Pumba is not a fan of winter, but I suspect his love of food with prevail and he'll catch on quickly.
Now that Pumba is feeling better, his true personality is also starting to show. While he was initially quite quiet, he is now a force to be reckoned with in the house. Pumba loves to play with my Pugalug alum, Hermione and Kitty, as well as my human kids. He also loves to play with stuffies, but only in short spurts. His favourite thing to do is to steal stuffies from Hermione (her vision isn't great so it's not that difficult). Pumba also loves to watch television and provide a running commentary on tv programs -- so far black dogs seem to bother him (to which Kitty and Hermione should probably be paying attention) and for some reason insurance commercials offend him as well.
Once we are confident that Pumba's allergies are stable and well-managed, he will be ready for adoption. He will be a wonderful fit for a lively home, who enjoys a dog with some hilarious spunk. He also wouldn't mind if he has some friends to play with too - human or canine!
Welcome Pumba! He's a 6 year old fawn male who was surrendered to Pugalug about 3 weeks ago. He is the sweetest little pug in the world and incredibly easy-going. To expedite his intake into foster care, Pumba stayed at a temporary foster home for a couple of weeks while his permanent foster family was away on vacation. He settled in quite quickly to that initial foster home and has had no problem joining his permanent foster family now that they've returned. His favourite spots are either on the couch or in a bed - either his foster mom's or foster sister's will do! Pumba is perfect on leash and loves going for walks!
Healthwise, Pumba came into Pugalug with some pretty serious allergies, although the cause is still unknown. Upon entering foster care, he was gradually switched over to Rayne Kangaroo diet and has done well with that in a digestive sense. Recently, Pumba had his first vet visit and loved it! He figured everyone was there to love on him and wasn't bothered in the slightest by any poking or prodding. The vet recommended that we start off by trying two weeks of Clavamox and Venectyl P with regular baths using a new medicated shampoo. If there are no significant changes at the two week recheck appointment, then Pumba will be referred to a dermatologist for more specialized treatments. Blood work will be completed at the follow-up appointment as well.
Hopefully it won't take too long for Pumba to find some relief from his awful allergies. Thankfully, he takes it all in stride. He is an absolute love of a dog and a perfect little joy to have around!