328 pugs rescued since October, 2005

Thomas: 2005 - November 11, 2006

Thomas was our little Pug cross that came to us from the Kitchener Waterloo area. He had been mistreated during his puppyhood until a neighbour intervened and contacted the Humane Society. When they came to pickup the dog in July, he was tied up outside in the heat. He was dehydrated and vomitted on the way to the shelter. However, Society staff had him back to normal after a couple of hours.

Pugalug Volunteer Hugh Radley, received the call for the Humane Society, arranged for pickup and transport. Along the drive to Toronto, the music of Elton John was playing on the car stero. The little pug seemed to relax to the sound of the music so Hugh named him Elton.

Foster Mom Kim discovered she had quite the little fireball in her house. He soon found his place in the pack 'o pugs at Kim's place - providing boundless energy layered with affection. Kim found the perfect home to provide the guidance and attention that Elton needed.

He was adopted September 1st and the family loved the little guy. They gave him a new name - Thomas - to start his new, happy life. Two weeks ago he started showing uncharacteristic behaviour - eliminating on the bed, agressiveness, snapping and everntually biting two of the family members.

Pugalug Pug Rescue was set to bring him back for further assessment but in the early hours of Saturday, Nov. 11, Thomas had a seizure. He was rushed to emergency vet where he had two more seizures while on valium. The decision was made to euthanize him but he died before the final administration. The vet reported that their was swelling of the brain. This condition (either brain damage or a tumour) explained the sudden change in behaviour.

We don't know all the details of Thomas' background. We do know there was a possiblity that he may have been kicked. this was from a letter that accompanied him into our rescue. However we do know that, for a few months in his short life, he was able to be a happy, playful dog.
Larry St. Aubin


Tito Introduction - July 12th

Little Tito is a ball of fun loving energy. This 11 month old Pug/terrier mix was in an abusive situation until a neighbour intervened. He had to be left outside until the rescuer came to get him. He was to be taken to the Humane Society but the heat got to Tito and he started vomiting. Instead he want to the vet. He was okay after some rest and cooling. The vet contacted our volunteer and he is now in our care. Thanks to Hugh for acting quickly and Shanen for helping to transport Tito to a safe haven.

Tito and transport volunteer Shanen