Moe - A Pug on the Move 02/02/10
Moe is proud to be from Michigan - that's Detroit, Michigan to be exact. Otherwise known as "Moe - town." Moe was planning to spend all his days enjoying the Rock City, but his owners launched him into an adventure he could never have imagined when they left him in the hands of the Michigan Pug Rescue (aka "MPR"). After a few months with his foster family and pug foster brother, Chang, Moe was ready to be adopted. This is when my husband and I come into the picture: a couple Northwestern grad students ecstatically awaiting the arrival of the first dog either of us has ever owned. After months of planning and making sure we were ready for the responsibility, we found Moe online and immediately knew he was ours. Luckily the Michigan Pug Rescue also agreed that we would be the right home for Moe. As soon as we heard the news we jumped in the car and excitedly drove the 300 miles from Chicago to Detroit ... little did we know how our lives would change!
We walked in the door of Larry & Kathy's home (the great people who run MPR) and saw the room was packed with happy, playful pugs. We wondered to ourselves, "which one would be joining our family?" Then Larry said, "here's Moe," and, just like that, Moe became a part of our lives forever. Having never owned a dog before, we were definitely a little nervous about how we would stack up as dog parents. It certainly didn't help our jitters when Moe's foster parents informed us that he wasn't the best car rider. Poor little Moe cried all the way to Chicago, but after 5 hours he had successfully made the move to the Land of Lincoln.
It took a little time for Moe to teach us how to take care of him. As his note from his foster Mom said, "I like to be good, but sometimes I don't listen to you, just be patient, I do listen eventually!" The first week, Moe didn't listen too well. We didn't have a backyard and would spend hours getting Moe to go potty on the leash (tough to get used too if you are accustomed to your freedom in that department!). After multiple days of 2 hour potty sessions, in the middle of finals week no less, I was in tears thinking we might have to return Moe. Luckily someone was looking out for us because as soon as we returned home our rescue outreach person, Susan, gave me a call. She knew exactly what to say to assure me that Moe would be able to adjust and become a part of our family, it was just going to take some time. Thanks Susan to your inspirational phone call!
Our routines and Moe's routines eventually did get in sync and Moe became a fast favorite of our friends. Moe even provided advertising for MPR! Our friends Lindy and Duane were planning to get a dog, and considering a pug as an option. Moe must have sensed an opportunity because as soon as they came over, Moe climbed up on the couch behind Duane and strategically rested his chin right on Duane's shoulder. Needless to say, Moe closed the deal that night for a pug. Lindy and Duane also decided to adopt from MPR and brought home cutey-pie Hamilton. You have to hand it to Moe for securing himself a pug friend and playmate! (makes you wonder if pugs are smarter than we think) We all lived happily in our apartment until graduation. Moe even grew to love car rides (especially since they normally involved a visit to Hamilton's house). Then Moe bid farewell to the beaches of Lake Michigan and made the move with us to Seattle.
Now we're in Seattle for good and Moe seems happy to be settled here in the Emerald City. He likes a lot of things about living here: the eco-friendliness (he is a "recycled dog" after all), the great hiking (no hills, please), the dog-friendly companies (Amazon is dog heaven), and even the dog friendly bars (but not on a school night). He is not a fan of the rain, but Moe has seen enough cities to know that no place is perfect.
If you asked him, I think Moe would probably say that his favorite thing in the world is meeting new people. Moe can hang with anyone and hasn't met a dog, person, or even cat (!) that he doesn't like. Moe even enjoys going to the vet. It doesn't make a difference if they poke and prod him, he just loves the socializing. Moe definitely is not a perfect dog. He is stubborn, he cannot fetch and he has a yappy bark that he breaks out when he's trying to boss around big dogs. But, he is a great cuddler, a constant comedian and we could not imagine our lives without him.
My name is Sandee Rodriguez and my husband, Rob, and I are so happy to have adopted Olive from Michigan Pug Rescue. We already have two male pugs and wanted so bad to give them a sister. We have been supporters of the MPR for a couple of years now and see all the good they do; so they were the only place we wanted to deal with. We were lucky because when we were ready, they had one female. She was very popular with many people so we took the fast and proper steps to insure her to us. Since we already have two pugs, we knew what health risks they might have; we've already dealt with one of those issues. We sent for the paper work to fill out; 7 pages long and it was detailed. But when you stop and think of why, it feels good to know that the people at MPR want to assure a healthy and well-balanced home for any of their pugs to go to. The house visit was smooth and the adoption process went fast. We have had Olive for a few weeks now and we love her so much; as well as the rest of our families. "Who says we?" Fosse asked. Our oldest fawn Fosse is a little jealous of Olive, but he was when we brought Java home. "I like Olive, Mama," Java said, "she plays and bites like I do. She's fun to chew on." Even with some jealousy issues from both of our boys, they do like her. She adjusted into our home within the first day. Our cat, on the other hand, he's a different story with her. Just kidding, it's cute to watch him and Olive play. We are so glad we adopted and did what was needed to insure she has a long and healthy future with us.
Olive - I was brought to MPR after a good Samaritan took me in from her friend because there was a question about my medical status. Take a close look at my nose, yes I look like a clown. The color has changed to pink. The initial prognosis was an auto-immune issue. The anticipated cost of treatment is what started my moves from different homes. MPR was contacted and they said they would shoulder the expense of the testing and any treatment necessary. I am to undergo a procedure where a biopsy will be taken from my nose while I am under anesthetic. I am 8 months old, potty trained, spayed, up to date on Rabies, Distemper, Bordetella, Corona, heartworm and fecal testing, and microchipped. I have been trained to use a crate and like children and other dogs. I am a typical puppy who loves to run, jump and play and have much energy to be run off. 11/6/09 Update: After extensive testing of the biopsies submitted to MSU there were no signs of infection, auto-immune deficiency or any other maladies that will affect Olive's health or well being. The stitches have been removed from her nose, the swelling has reduced and some of the color has returned. No further medical treatment is recommended and is ready to go to her forever new home.