352 pugs rescued since October, 2005
Ripley - 4 Year Old Male


Happy Tails

Ripley joined our household on Good Friday 2011. He has settled beautifully! Maybelle our other rescue pug, LOVES him. I think we got him more for her enjoyment than for ours. The morning starts off with a breakfast and a wrestle between the two of them. They love their walks together to the dog park and sleeping on the couch together after playing. Ripley had a hard time finding his permanent home which I find very surprising, he has such a loving disposition . Any marking issues in the home were already resolved thanks to Trishs' expert foster care in finding out the medical cause. I can't thank the Pugalug organization for hooking up these wonderful dogs with loving homes.


Ripley is the happiest pug we have ever met, I thought my guys were jovial, but Ripley wins paws down. He came into foster care due to marking issues. However, we feel that much of his marking has been undiagnosed or improperly treated urinary crystals and lack of appropriate training. He has made huge improvements in this area. He has only had 4 accidents since he has been in our home. The best home for Ripley would be a single family dwelling, no apartments, as he needs easy access to outside, especially during the transition period. It would be best if there was someone home most of the day. Ripley's new family must be willing to work with him and have some tolerance for his transition. We have been crating him when unsupervised, and when left alone in the house. He loves his crate, so it's not an unpleasant place. He has a big bed, and a few chewies which are just for him. However, we don't want Ripley crated for hours and hours at a time other than for sleeping over night.

Ripley's first urinalysis showed that he had struvite crystals. A month later the next test showed they were gone. This means he will need to stay on a somewhat special diet, with LOTS of water. He has been on a raw diet while in foster care, but he should be able to eat canned, home cooked (using an appropriate recipe) or possibly grain free kibble that has been watered to the point of being mush. Obviously, we would prefer he remain on a raw diet, but recognize that may not be possible. He'll eat anything. Because of his history with urinary crystals, he needs to be able to get outside regularly to pee. This will help keep the crystals away. A long walk will allow Ripley to eliminate well, then he's good for a bit in the house.

Ripley loves other dogs, big and small. He would enjoy a "fur-sibling" to play with, but their house training habits should be rock solid. He has just followed the crowd here.

He loves to play and then crash on the couch to snuggle. Come 8pm he's quite content to hit the couch and watch T.V. He does bark at the commercials, especially ones with animals in them. He loves to chase the light from the flashlight we use at night to make sure everyone has done their business. He even chases the sunlight on the walls....what a clown.

Ripley is always with us in the house, so baby gates help a lot. All the dogs are in the family room with us in the evening watching t.v. or a movie. If I go upstairs to the office, Ripley comes with me and curls up on the couch while I work on the computer. If I have a shower I pop him in his crate, and then go for our walk.

This fun-loving little man would make a great addition to the right family, who has had pug experience. Ripley has been re-homed several times including a shelter stay. He needs and deserves a family who will never give up on him, and will be patient, and keep to his routine. It's worked for him here.



Ripley is on the far right

Foster Update, March 7, 2011

Ripley is an absolute dream of a pug - affectionate, fun-loving and easy-going with other dogs and people. The pottying accidents/marking he came with were due to medical reasons, which have now been resolved, and lack of training. Now he is clean in the house as long as he is given ample opportunity to go outside to potty and crated when unsupervised. A purchased or home-prepared raw diet with lots of water, together with frequently scheduled potty times, will help prevent a recurrence of the urinary crystals. A well-trained canine sibling would help reinforce appropriate pottying. Ripley needs a family who is dedicated to keeping up the routine that has been so successful in the foster home and who realizes that Ripley is more than worth his toileting and diet demands.

Introduction, January 9, 2011

Ripley (formerly Ripper) is a 4 year old owner surrender. He came into foster care due to inappropriate marking in the house. He's the friendliest 22.2 lbs of pug ever. He wags his tail/butt so much that there is a very good chance he might wiggle it right off. So far we have had no accidents in the house, but with that being said, he's on 100% supervision when out of his crate. He's getting to know his foster brothers and sisters, and enjoys playing in the snow with them. We have been to the vet for a check-up and a urine check; there wasn't any signs of infection, but another test is being run just to make sure. It was discovered that Ripley does have struvite crystals. We have changed his diet and are adding lots of water to his food. Cranberries are also being added. We tried them last night at supper time, and Ripley ate all the other food off them and, one at a time, spit them on the floor. As hilarious as it was to watch, we'll have to cut them up smaller and hide them .... he's one smart pug.