332 pugs rescued since October, 2005
Quincy - 9 Year Old Male

Quincy

Adopted by Foster Home

Quincy has decided he was already in his furever home and was adopted by his foster home. Congrats Quincy!

Foster Update, July 9, 2014

Quincy is absolutely marvelous! Now that he has fully recovered from the various surgeries and procedures related to his injuries, Quincy has really come into his own. He is a quiet, gentle soul who, above all else, loves the companionship of his 'people'. He's such a little love, he's earned the nickname 'Quinnie the Pooh'!

Although he may be functionally blind, don't let it fool you - Quincy has no difficulty getting around. Once he's familiar with his surroundings, he moves about with such ease that you have to remind yourself that he's blind! Now that he's familiar with our daily walk routes, he isn't afraid to walk ahead of his pug peeps, and forge his own way. However, when he's alone, it becomes quite apparent that he relies on the other dogs a fair amount, and listens to their movements for guidance.

Quincy has begun to play with toys, and enjoys a good chomp on a Nylabone or snuffling and licking at a plush toy, but these moments are few and far between. He isn't one for playing much, and seems somewhat confused by his foster siblings antics. However, he does have moments of playfulness during the day, when he yips and yaps, while dancing around in a rather ungainly manner - which is hysterical and only serves to make him all the more endearing!

Quincy is an absolute delight and a consummate charmer!

Foster Update, May 20, 2014

Quincy continues to blossom with each new day. He's officially been adopted by the resident pugs as a temporary member of their pack, and is enjoying all the perks that come with the position! He had the wire removed from his jaw last week, and I am happy to report that it has healed well. Quincy has moved on from the traumatic event that lead to his injuries, and doesn't appear to harbor any ill-will or show any signs of fear with other dogs. He is a forgiving little soul with a truly sweet temperament.

Quincy has quickly learned when snuggles are being handed out and happily gets in line to ensure that he isn't overlooked. He is happiest when there is a spare lap going free, and will make the most of the opportunity by snuggling in and falling asleep. It took Quincy a few weeks to appreciate the glory of a good pug pile, but now there is no turning back! He happily shares a bed, the couch or even a lap with his foster siblings. His foster sister is determined to take charge of his grooming, and give his ears a good once over, but Quincy is still unsure about it. He conveys this message by simply getting up and walking away!

I cannot say enough good things about this little chap. Quincy has a gentle spirit, and is a joy to be around. His wants and needs are very simple: to shadow his person, snuggle with them the moment the opportunity arises, and take as many hugs as he can along the way.

Quincy

Quincy

Quincy

Foster Update, April 23, 2014

With his eye surgeries finally in the past, Quincy is at long last comfortable and his delightful personality has begun to truly shine. He is a wonderfully sweet boy who loves everyone that he meets and in turn is loved by them.

When Quincy first arrived, he appeared very fearful when entering new rooms, and would only tentatively walk up stairs, but never down. I assumed this behavior was related to having recently been attacked by a dog and coping with arthritis while adapting to a new environment. However, over time it has become clear that this is not the case.

When Quincy was attacked by another dog, he suffered a proptosed eye (which means that his eyeball popped out of his eye socket). The injury was severe, resulting in his eye hanging from the socket, and almost dragging on the floor. (ouch!) Each eye is connected to the other via nerves, and the severity of Quincy's injury resulted in the nerves of his other eye being pulled. (Imagine the ties at the waist of sweatpants. The two ends hang from separate holes at the front of the pants, but they are bound together at some point in the waist band. If you pull on one string at the front of the pants, it effects the other.) Subsequently, this secondary injury has led to blindness is his remaining eye, meaning that Quincy is "functionally blind". He may have a small amount of vision when in bright light, but otherwise he sees nothing.

Although this is certainly not happy news, it has done little to slow this little monkey down! Now that he is familiar with his surroundings, he happily walks up and down the stairs unassisted and walks into rooms like he owns the place. The fearful timid pug who arrived 6 weeks ago has left the building, being replaced with a happy well-adjusted little soul.

Quincy really enjoys the presence of the resident pugs, and they in turn have taken him under their wings. They keep an eye on him during walks, and have encouraged his bravery when trying new things. Having the other pugs around helps him to feel more confident and secure while coping with his blindness, and subsequently he would do very well in a home with other dogs.

Quincy is a shining star, a love-bug and a joy to be around!

Introduction, March 20, 2014

Quincy is a 9 year old neutered male who was surrendered to Pugalug by his former owner. Unfortunately, Quincy was attacked by a neighbour's dog just prior to being surrendered, causing his right eye to pop out, breaking his jaw, and puncturing his sinus cavity. It was obvious that his eye could not be saved. The clinic performed surgery and told us Quincy is expected to make a full recovery.

Now that Quincy is in foster care, he is slowly settling in, but he's terribly frightened (for obvious reasons). When he becomes unsure of something, he just lies down and stays frozen in place. He walks slowly and cautiously into new rooms with his tail completely uncurled as if waiting for someone to leap out and attack him. Who can blame him though -- he was recently attacked!

Quincy is fortunate enough to be able to go to work with his foster mom; however, he does become very concerned and starts barking if he feels that she has left her office for too long - likely out of concern that she's left him there for good. His foster mom has been trying to make noise when she's out of the office so that Quincy knows that she's there and it seems to be helping. He's slowly figuring out that she's coming back. Due to the weather during his first day, it was pretty quiet at the office and that gave him the chance to relax. He even managed to sleep for a few hours!

Quincy wants to get to know his foster siblings better, but he's very leery. His foster siblings seem to be taking very different approaches when interacting with him. The one is desperate to play with him, but the other is determined to ignore him as a pug who is clearly beneath him. Consequently, there are now two camps in Quincy's foster mom's tiny office. Quincy is on the large inflatable dog mattress, and his foster siblings are on a fleece under her desk. His foster sister will visit Quincy's camp occasionally, and when free of the cone collar, Quincy will stick his head under the desk to see what the other two yahoos are doing. His foster mom is confident that everyone will come around in time once Quincy is a bit more comfortable and is no longer taking meds that make him loopy and drowsy.

Quincy does need to lose a bit of weight. He weighs in 26.8lbs. Of course, this is not the first priority at the moment as he needs to heal from his extensive injuries. The weight will likely come off relatively easily with controlled food portions and a different diet.

To add to his eye issues, Quincy's left eye is incredibly bulgy with a very shallow eye socket. He has had a history of corneal ulcers and PK, which isn't surprising. His eye is never really closed - poor chappy. He manages to walk up stairs, but going down them is a problem, with or without the collar. Rather than worry about the possibility of a fall, his foster mom has been getting her upper body workout by carrying him. She suspects that once he sheds a few pounds and (if necessary) takes a joint supplement, he'll be able to get the hang of the stairs again.

So far, everyone Quincy meets is greeted with a little tail wag. He's been kennelled at night as his foster mom was concerned that she may accidentally kick him in her sleep and, with a broken bone, he hardly needs that. The crate is in the bedroom, so he's by no means alone. Each morning she's been greeted with a delightful little tail wag when she opens his door. During snugs time last night, he was comfortable enough to do a little half roll and give his belly for scratching. He seems like a very sweet, shy, timid man, but that may change once he settles in!