Taking the Lead

Wanted to share this article from The Daily Mail…I am sure these cuties will have no trouble at all finding a forever home. Very sweet.

Taking the lead: The guide dog that helps his blind best friend get around

This pair of pugs are firm friends with a very special relationship – one acting as the eyes of the other.

Franky acts as a guide dog to his fellow pug Elly, helping on walks or to find food and water because she isn’t able to find her own way.

The duo, both four years old, are inseparable, with white-coated Elly following Franky everywhere he leads. She sniffs the air to find her friend, the nuzzles into his side to trot along with him.

Special relationship: Elly (top), the blind pug, relies on her best friend Franky (bottom) to help her to find her way around on walks and to get food and waterSpecial relationship: Elly (top), the blind pug, relies on her best friend Franky (bottom) to help her to find her way around on walks and to get food and water

But their special relationship poses a challenge for RSPCA workers who are trying to find a home for them both together.

Vets nursed the duo back to health after they were found in poor conditions, and hope someone will come forward who is prepared to house them both together.

Elaine Buchan, manager of the RSPCA centre in Newport, South Wales, said: “This little duo obviously love each other very much.

Franky is extremely boisterous and playful and Elly is very affectionate and cuddly. He looks out for her and provides support while guiding her on walks or to food or water.

‘They both like to partake in doggy delights such as playing with toys and sniffing trees, but it is clear to centre they did not have that life before”.

Best friends: Elly sniffs the air to locate Franky, then nuzzles his side so he can lead the wayBest friends: Elly sniffs the air to locate Franky, then nuzzles his side so he can lead the way

Inseparable: RSPCA workers in Newport, south Wales, hope that someone will come forward who can offer Elly and Franky a home togetherInseparable: RSPCA workers in Newport, south Wales, hope that someone will come forward who can offer Elly and Franky a home together

Both Franky and Elly need operations before they can be rehomed, but their vets are confident that the dogs will be a delight to anyone willing to take them in.

Mrs Buchan added: ‘There’s absolutely no option of homing them separately as it would break their hearts and also be wholly impractical.

“They’re great little dogs and I’m already jealous of the lucky owner who will get to care for such a loving pair.”

Rescue Me

Found this article on Pugvillage.com and wanted to share it…

Get Involved in Pug Rescue

The popularity of Pugs has been on the rise since the late 1980’s. Long a well-kept secret, Pugs were seldom seen except perhaps in large urban areas where they have been ideal apartment dogs for decades. Today however, Pugs have proliferated and can now be spotted in most every town, from your average suburban community to rural areas clear across America.

The rise in the popularity of Pugs can be reasonably connected to many factors. Media appearances in movies such as Men in Black, Television shows such as Friends, in entertainment magazines portrayed as celebrity pets of Jenna Elfman and Alec Baldwin…and so on and on. The internet, and the broad global exposure generated has played a role too, as Pug enthusiasts and owners created web sites about their Pugs which could be easily viewed by anyone surfing the web. Of course, the single greatest reason for the popularity of Pugs is the plain and simple fact that Pugs are great dogs. They’re cute, fun, friendly and great with kids, to name just a few reasons why the Pug is a wonderful breed.

Unfortunately though, all this popularity is taking its toll on the Pug breed and consequently on Pug Rescue organizations as well. Stated quite simply, there are too many too many disreputable Pug breeders out there making too many Pugs which are being purchased by people who didn’t research the breed or breeders before buying a Pug. As a result, Pug Rescue organizations are fast becoming overwhelmed by the sheer number of Pugs being given up to Rescue organizations or simply abandoned.

We at PugVillage.com urge every Pug person to get involved in Pug Rescue and lend a hand to any of the many organizations currently working to provide suitable, loving homes to Pugs in need. There are a variety of ways you can become involved, and we’ve written this article to illustrate just a few of ways in which you can help:

Donations: Pug Rescue organizations always need money to help pay for the veterinary care, food and often transportation of the Pugs they rescue. The endeavor of Pug Rescue is one that generates no profit, and often leaves those involved with large out of pocket expenses. At this most basic level, PugVillage.com urges you to donate to your local Pug Rescue organization.

Spotters: Pug Rescue organizations, like all rescue groups often use “spotters” as a means to finding Pugs in need of rescue. These spotters periodically check local animal shelters in search of homeless Pugs, and will also attempt to find foster care for the Pugs they find. A successful spotter is a person who is good at networking, working to develop a positive relationship with local shelter employees and within the community.

Transporters:Rescued Pugs need to get from one place to the other and this is where transporters come in. Transporters may take a rescued Pug from the shelter to a foster home, from a foster home to a vet, or from a foster home to a new home.

Foster Homes: Providing a foster home for a Rescue Pug isn’t just giving a Pug food and shelter until it is adopted. There’s more to it than that, and being a foster home provider can be both demanding, rewarding and even heartbreaking. As a foster home provider, you could be assisting in the dogs recovery from injury or illness, involved in housetraining or behavioral training or even simply evaluating the dog to help match it to a suitable home.

Outreach: Pug Rescue organizations can always use someone to help establish relationships with others who work with dogs in some fashion. Outreach workers can solicit food donations from pet food suppliers or grocers, make arrangements with shelters to donate kennel space or enlist the help of veterinarians and dog trainers who may provide low cost, or even no-cost services for rescue groups.

Promotions: If there’s an inner-salesperson within you, then consider helping Pug Rescue organizations by helping to promote their cause. Raising money, enlisting the help of the media for promotion of the rescue group and just plain making the local community aware of the groups existence are some of the many ways a person can help.

So, what are you waiting for?

Hello World!

Well, Pugminded is officially rolling out our very first blog post! We thought this would be a great way to keep in touch with all our Pugminded fans, and create a forum to share news and just talk about those critters we all love…Pugs! We will be sending out an e-mail update in the future when we get things a bit more organized, but in the meantime, we invite all our friends to send us some ideas and topics for posting, poll ideas, pictures or perhaps an article you may have written and would like to share with the Pugminded community. You can send it to us at Pugminded@aol.com. If we don’t have your e mail, you can always sign up on our Facebook page. Just look for the little e mail signup tab on the left. As always, you can still follow us on Twitter @Pugminded, visit us on Facebook or check out Pugminded.com. We just thought this would be a fun new way to share stories, information and a serve as general spot for all things Pug. Happy Holidays everyone!