Ziggy initially came to us as an owner surrender.
I guess we should have known on the first night we had him, when he nosed his way under the blankets on the big bed and happily curled up behind my knees and stayed put all night, that we were going to foster fail. But we didn't. He was so busy and kind of anxious that we first thought he'd do better in a home more suited to his busy personality.
But Ziggy is the kind of dog who persistently wags his way into your heart. We didn't dare say it out loud at first, but one day when I watched him jump into my husband's arms and folded himself into a little ball and licked his hand lovingly, I knew that we had a dog that was in love with us, and vice versa.
Ziggy isn't a pug; he's not a dog either. He's a Ziggy. He is a singular little personality with a skunk tail that he chases, and a charming grin. He likes car rides, fighting with the vacuum cleaner, and all the snuggles he can get.
We are forever grateful to Pugalug for letting us fail with Ziggy. He now joins our other "failure" Victor, for whom Ziggy is a constant source of playfulness, whether he likes it or not!
Ziggy has been adopted by his foster parents! Stay tuned for a Happy Tails update.
First of all, it must be said that Ziggy is the most photogenic dog ever. Please stop and admire his ridiculous cuteness. He says it's mandatory.
Ziggy is doing very well! He settled in very nicely with us and is very enthused to be here, despite thinking we're Very Wrong by not giving him cheese. Ziggy's favourite hobbies include daily car rides to anywhere, thrashy toy fights with his foster brother (RIP all the stuffies), insisting on sleeping under the covers tucked behind my knees, and occasionally fighting with the vacuum cleaner (because he thinks it's hilarious).
Ziggy has a wonderful affectionate temperament and is cuddly and plays with our pug all day. He's cheerful and perky and comical. He does mark if he's left alone so thus far must be crated but he is ok with that. He was a relentless humper at first but this has mostly resolved. His only truly difficult behaviour is when he sees other dogs when walking, whereupon he begins screaming like an orangutan and will not move until the other dog is near. This seems to only be excitement rather than anxiety, because he's delightful when he actually meets the dog, but it's nearly impossible to stop. Picking him up helps some to distract him, but it's definitely not fear or aggression. He attended the Pee Party for the London Pugalug group and when he was done screeching he played very nicely with everybody. We just always seem to get the screamers.
Ziggy is quite healthy and active and will have a dental over the summer. He's a very funny dog. He's not puglike at all but he has a singular kind of charm all his own.
Meet our delightful new foster Ziggy! Ziggy is a 6-year-old 'bugton' male (beagle/pug/Boston terrier mix) who was surrendered after a change in family circumstances.
Ziggy is a sweet, funny, busy delight with a really cute smile. He came with a crate but announced his first night that of course he would much rather sleep in the big bed, insisted on burrowing under the covers next to me, and stayed put all night. When he woke up with the alarm, he rolled over for a morning scratch like he'd been there forever. He is making himself right at home!
With a typical terrier temperament, Ziggy gets hyper-focused on playing and relentlessly tries to wrestle our pug, who is enjoying it. His play is not aggressive and we are teaching him not to hump, which is improving. Ziggy goes berserk with excitement when he sees other dogs out on walks and makes crazy noises. He does love his walks.
Ziggy has a bit of doggy ADD in that he's so delighted by everything that he'll forget he's in the middle of eating dinner and run upstairs to hug me, and has to be reminded to finish eating. It's endearing. He loves a good game of tug, and he loves car rides where he's an angel. He is having some anxiety about being left alone but this is improving nicely too.
We will be taking Ziggy to get his teeth cleaned, but otherwise he seems otherwise quite healthy and agile. He'll have his first vetting in the next little while and we'll see if he needs anything else. He's a joy to have with us.