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Pug Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA

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Ad ID: ADN-27926
Times Ad Viewed: 504 times
Date Listed: 10/01/2016
Date Expires: 12 days from now

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rescue
Breed: Pug
Gender: Female Female
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Gabby

Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Fawn
Size at Maturity: Small
Availability Date: 10/01/2016
Location: Smithsburg, MD 21705
USA
USA
Tags: Pug Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA

Pug Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA

Physical Attributes
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
OK with Cats Yes
Other
  • Housetrained
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No
Other

Posted Breed: Pug. For more information: www.toybreedsinneed.org Available for Adoption or long-term foster placement - MD, DC, Northern VA ONLY Gabby is an extremely sweet 10 year old female Pug. Gabby is the kind of gal who is happy to spend her days laying quietly at your feet on next to you on the couch. She asks for so little. Some yummy food, a kiss on the forehead, and a belly rub here and there. Her house manners are excellent and she gets along fabulously with dogs of all ages and sizes. Gabby is a bigger Pug who weighs around 25 pounds. Her soft brown eyes cary a beautiful, soulful expression and her quiet personality is nothing short of soothing. She is a precious gift wrapped up in a beautiful package of creamy fawn fur. TBIN was asked to help this little girl when her current guardian could not offer her the care she so desperately needed. When we learned that Gabby had been diagnosed with Diabetes a few weeks prior to them contacting us and had not been receiving any insulin, we knew she needed immediate veterinary attention. Untreated Diabetes is fatal and we knew that Gabby would need a great deal of TLC. Sadly, because Gabby had hyperglycemia (her blood glucose was in the 600-750+ range) she developed ketoacidosis which is a very serious complication of Diabetes. Thankfully, we caught it in time and after spending a day at the vet hospital, being started on insulin, and receiving tons of love and care, Gabby is now right as rain! Gabby will need insulin injections twice daily for the rest of her life, however, this is not difficult to do and she does not mind the injections at all (the needle is tiny). As is the case with 75% of all dogs diagnosed with Diabetes, Gabby has gone mostly blind due to cataracts. She compensates and does extremely well. Gabby has bonded to her foster Mom and shows some signs of separation anxiety so a home where she is not left for long periods is a must. She would do well with another dog but, if someone is home and able to give her lots of attention, we think she would be fine as an 'only child', as well. Gabby is extremely gentle but given her size, we feel a home without young kids would be probably be best (10 and up). A fenced yard is a must. Please familiarize yourself with the breed. Pugs snort, snore, cannot tolerate the heat, and long to be with their people. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Gabby, please complete an : http://www.toybreedsinneed.org/adopt-1.html

Pug

A.K.A. : Chinese pug, Dutch bulldog, Dutch mastiff, Mini mastiff, Mops, Carlin
Overview: The Pug is one of the oldest breeds of dogs and has flourished since before 400 BC. China is the earliest known source for Pugs, where they were pets of the Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. The Pug is a family favorite. Full of confidence and always eager to please, this dog makes a great playmate for children and a loyal addition to the family.
Breed Group: Toy
Weight (lbs): 14-18
Height (in): 13-14
Colors: Silver, apricot-fawn, or black, with black muzzle or mask, ears, cheek moles, and trace down back.
Coat: The coat of the Pug breed is short and often double-layered, with a smooth, velvety layer of longer hair on top and a shorter, fluffier layer underneath. This type of coat gives the Pug a reputation as a prolific shedder. Often, faithful Pug owners c
Character: Pugs are social and very easy-going. Known for their intelligence, these dogs are generally calm and reserved.
Temperament: This breed gets along well with children, other dogs, and most household pets. They may become jealous if their owner diverts attention to another animal or child.
Care: The Pug requires occasional grooming with a rubber brush to remove loose hairs. Special lotion can be used on the facial creases to clean and nourish the skin.
Training: Since Pugs are stubborn, independent and smart enough to get bored quickly with repetitive exercises, they are not always easy to train. With their silly, distracting antics added to the mix, training a Pug may seem downright impossible at times. Thankfully, Pugs are exceptionally eager to please their owners, and owners who are consistent and patient can usually train their Pugs to exhibit the desired response to his or her prompts. Heaping praise upon them can also help tremendously, since they thrive on attention from their owners. It is also very important that owners do not inadvertently praise behaviors that, while cute, are not the point of the training exercise. This breed is very fond of food and treats, so using treats as rewards may provide some additional motivation for dogs that are especially strong-willed. Working with Pugs during the first six months of their lives is crucial where training is concerned, as it is much more difficult to change dogs’ behaviors after this point. Some owners express concern about how long it takes to house-train Pugs, but puppies of this breed do not develop the muscle strength to control their bowels and bladder completely until they are around 6 months old. As with other commands and skills, Pugs learn to house-train with plenty of positive reinforcement in the form of treats and praise. This breed requires gentle training, as they are very sensitive to the tone of the trainer's voice.
Activity: Pugs love to romp and play outdoors on a regular basis. Due to their small size and rather lazy nature, Pugs do not require a lot of physical activity to stay healthy and in-shape. A daily walk around the neighborhood or a romp in the backyard should easily meet these dogs’ exercise requirements; in fact, too much exercise can exacerbate Pugs’ tendency to wheeze. While Pugs do love to play, especially with children, it is important to prevent them from jumping off high surfaces like sofas or other furniture, since doing so can cause joint damage. Since they do not require much exercise, Pugs make great companions for those who live in apartments or homes without large backyards, including the elderly.
Country of Origin: China
Health Issue: This breed tends to catch colds easily and is stressed by weather extremes. They may be prone to allergies, breathing problems, and skin problems.
Life Expectancy: 12-15

More About Pug Breed
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