Shelby - Pug (short coat) Dog For Adoption
Pug Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA


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Organization Name: Toy Breeds In Need Rescue
Location: Smithsburg, MD 21783
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Breed: Pug
Gender: Male Male


Age: Adult
Color/Markings: Fawn
Availability Date: 10/22/2016
Location: Smithsburg, MD 21705
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Tags: Pug Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA
Physical Attributes
Coat Length Short
Altered Yes
Behavioral Characteristics
OK with Dogs Yes
OK with Cats Yes
Additional Information
Was the Dog Found No

Posted Breed: Pug (short coat). For more information: AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION OR LONG-TERM FOSTER - MD, DC, Northern VA ONLY **Please read Shelby's bio carefully!** As his namesake suggests, Shelby is a as sweet as Southern Iced Tea! This 6 year old gentleman Pug is full of nothing but joy and happiness. He is truly one of the happiest Pugs we have ever encountered! He gleefully wags his tail when meeting new dogs and very much wants to play. He loves to play with stuffed toys and is a very gentle boy. Whenever his foster Mom bends down to rub his broad chest, he offers her a sweet kiss on the nose. Several months prior to being surrendered to TBIN, Shelby jumped off of a sofa and injured his back. Some anti-inflammatories were given and he recovered quickly but has a sway and swagger to his gait - we think it just makes him even more endearing. This does not slow him down as he walks and even runs (he cannot manage steps, though, and would need to be carried). He is in no pain and his condition is stable and does not require any medications. The injury did leave him with less control over his bowels and bladder - this is managed by a belly band and a good sense of humor. Shelby can urinate on his own but, his foster Mom expresses his bladder (this is VERY easy to do - we can show you how!) in order to ensure that he is completely empty which minimizes leaking and is better for his bladder health. Shelby does sometimes poop when he is sleeping, however, his foster Mom has also been able to help him with pooping outside so this happens much less frequently. Adopters should be prepared to deal with this (again, this is easy to manage but, it is not for everyone so, please be honest with yourself (and us!) prior to inquiring about him). Shelby eats a very high quality diet so he usually only poops once a day. This sweet boy is more than worth it. When Shelby was surrendered, he was dangerously obese. Thankfully, with diet and exercise, the weight has come off and Shelby is feeling like a brand new Pug! He's now at his ideal weight and weighs around 22 pounds. He was raised around children and we feel he would be okay with older, respectful kiddos (7 and up). Shelby likes hanging out in a bed with another Pug or two, but he would be fine as an 'only' dog, too. A fenced yard is preferred. He is a fabulous little Pug and we know that whomever is fortunate enough to share their life with him will be rewarded with tons of Pug kisses and love. Shelby is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, has been dewormed, has had a full senior profile (blood work and urinalysis), and is microchipped. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Shelby, please complete an Adoption Application:


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

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    • Milo - Maltese Dog For Adoption

      Date listed: 05/06/2017

      Maltese Dog For Adoption in Smithsburg, MD, USA



      Breed: Maltese
      Sex: Male Male
      Age: Young
      Location: USA
      Posted Breed: Maltese. MD - DC - Northern VA ONLY - Please read bio carefully - no kids, securely fenced yard, experienced guardian. More info at Meet Magnificent Milo! Milo is a 2 year old, 6 pound, healthy and handsome Maltese. His silky white hair is dotted by the most endearing dark eyes and a button nose. Milo is wickedly smart - he knows sit, twirl, down, come, wait, paw, etc. He is also completely house trained and pee pad trained. He relishes in a good game of fetch or “catch me” where he will encourage his foster Mom to run around after him (it looks like he is laughing when he does this!). One of his most endearing behaviors is wrapping his tiny white paws around his foster Mom's shoulder when she picks him up and gently giving her a kiss on the cheek. He loves tu cuddle on her lap when she is at the computer or lay next to her in the evening during TV time. Milo was surrendered to TBIN for behavioral problems, namely anxiety and aggression. He came from a home with two children who did not always understand Milo’s need for space. Milo also likely lacked proper socialization as a pup and, as a result, he has some phobias (riding in cars, seeing moving cars, strangers, etc.). He is a reactive dog who, when overstimulated, becomes vocal. It is important to note that Milo is NOT an aggressive dog. He is simply a dog who lived in a not-so-great situation and has some anxieties. Milo has bitten and will bite if he is stressed. He does not like commotion, loud noises, etc. He also tends to bond with just one person and if someone other than that person tries to handle him, he can react by snapping. We are working with Milo to help him feel more comfortable and confident. He has already made tremendous progress in his foster home, however, this is an ongoing process that will require time and compassion. We will be extremely judicious about Milo's placement and we will only consider experienced, dog-savvy guardians. He is not the dog for a first-time doggie guardian. Milo will only be placed in an adult-only home (no kids of any age - no exceptions!). Milo can be vocal so a single family home is needed (we feel apartments and condos may have too much foot traffic and too many neighbors who may complain if he does “sing the song of his people"). While Milo is leash trained, he is uncomfortable with moving cars, people on bikes, etc. so, a securely fenced yard is a must for pottying and exercising. Being a young dog, he will need ample opportunities to romp and play (this also helps with his nervousness). Milo loves to play fetch and ‘catch me if you can’! He also loves performing any of the tricks he knows for a tasty treat! He also really enjoys puzzle toys - which he figures out very quickly! Milo does not enjoy car rides (he becomes very nervous and shakes). He is fine with other dogs, so a laid back, similarly sized dog would be fine. He regularly choses to lay with the other dogs in his foster home. We also think he would be okay as an ‘only’ dog provided his guardian had plenty of time for him. Milo is in a foster home with three dog-savvy cats that he is fine with. He is crate trained but prefers an exercise pen (which is what his foster family uses on the rare occasion someone is not home). Mostly, Milo wants to be with his person. He is a champion snuggler! Milo will need lots of time, support, and compassion to acclimate to a new home, but he is more than worth it! Milo is neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, Heartworm negative, has been dewormed, and has had recent blood work. If you feel that you have room in your heart and home for Milo, please complete an Adoption Application:
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