Saturday, January 24, 2015


Dear PugKids:
I was given an assignment to write this week and I have been thinking  about what I was going to say.  Usually I have no problem coming up with words, but sometimes when the subject is very close to your soul the words struggle to come out.

Someone asked me the other day, when they watched the three of you carry on barking and jumping if I would do this all over again.  I assume they meant put up with your rotten behavior when people come to our house, but I know what they really meant was would I bring three pugs from two different puppy mills into our home.  Um?????  (Well you did put me on probation this week...I don't think a Golden Retriever would ever do that.)

All of my pugs have been like a never ending college assignment....I learn new things all the time.  I have always enjoyed going to school so that is GOOD for you ... but.....In hindsight I sure did not know what I was stepping off into to.  I thought all a dog needed was food, water, shelter, and love.  It worked with Zeus (our little minpin), so I believed it.......but then you all came along .

Poop-eating, food aggressive, anxious, fearful, severe eye problems, fighting among yourself---- pugs.  That was just the beginning, .......snoring, crying, ripping our pants when we walked across the floor, screaming when picked up.....oh my....oh my.....BUTT now  we have reached that place in our relationship where most of behaviors are gone, we manage the food aggression more easily, poop eating has disappeared,  we have a better relationship with the vet and that helps with the eye issues and understanding the medications we need, we know what might set off a squabble and we are better at handling it.

You three opened my eyes to the horrible living conditions that some dogs have to exist in and the long lasting effects from it.  From all the negative though, we have also seen the good----  such as what the local sanctuary can do with the survivors of the mills.  With each stumble and bumble we always came out on the other side, ...always.

You gave me blogville, where friends abound for us, through our funny times, and our sad times. A true gift.  You  did that for me.

I love each one of you. 

Stella Rose, oh sweetie you were our first, oh my the things we have experienced, and learned from you.  And I know you have learned many things from us also.  You trust us to take care of you in a kind and loving way, and you know momma will always be there for you. What a joyful heart you have for us.  I felt it only this morning when I awoke and your cheek was resting against mine.    Next month you will be 5 years old, I can't believe we have had you that long already. You are my heart Stella Rose Long, my love.

And Maggie Mae, I admit I wasn't ready when you came walking into my life.  I had to make a decision to let you go back to that terrible world or keep you, and of course you stayed.  You brought so much laughter and joy to us, and still each night I know it is going to be you, that will take off zooming in your pug way, waiting on Gussie and Stella to chase you.  You are the clown.  And then when all is quiet you climb up on the couch, content, and lay beside me.  You understand we are always going to be your home.  You are my heart Margaret Mae Simpson.

Then there is my Angus.  What a sight you were when we brought you home.  One tiny boy with messed up eyes.  Now you are growing up and yet each night when you are sitting with me, and you give me that special kiss you are still my little baby Gussie.  Always.  You are brave and sweet, and you love your sisters.  You are my boy and my heart Angus McConnell Long.

This story cannot end here though because without Sammy J. and Trudie your lives would have been much different.  Their empty space in our house made room for us to love two more (mags and gussie), they made sure they left that lesson behind for us to learn.  I still have troubles thinking a lot about them, and not because I did not love them that much, but because I loved them greatly.  So I think of them in small doses, the quiet.

So in our little house, your home is love....ours to you.....and yours to us.    Your Momma


  1. My tears were running as I imagined how cruelty this world can be to little dogs .... and I'm so happy you made the decision to keep Maggie. It's like that saying of the talmud: "He who saves a single life, saves the world entire."
    Easy Rider

  2. We agree with Easy...touching and so much kindness and love deserves only good things. Have a super Saturday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Our Eyes are LEAKING.... we need 87,000 Snot Rags...

    OH Stella, Maggie, and Gussie... what a beautiful letter... your mom did you proud... Astounding, isn't it?
    BUTT SERIOUSLY... You and your Peeps are a CIRCLE Strong and never ending. It is Lovely to read how much you mean to your mom... and to know that She means that much to YOU.

  4. You were meant to save these wonderful babies and in turn they save you too

  5. So much love and never enough words....Such a beautiful letter!

  6. That was beautiful! We always love reading what your mom has to say and we knew today would be no different! So glad your home is filled with love! BTW, we loved the "never ending college assignment" part!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    Pee Ess - We asked Oz to fix your link on the hop cuz it isn't working.

  7. We're so glad the pups made their way into your home and hearts. We wish all puppy mills could be closed. We can feel your love coming through in your letter.

  8. Oh what a beautiful letter of love and devotion and never ever giving up!! You 3 are lucky to have been found and loved by your mom.
    Mom is always telling me I should be thankful for 'those who came before me like your Sammy and Trudie. She says if it had not been for them I might not be here.
    Lovely words from your mom
    Hugs madi your bfff

  9. Gosh, Mum didn't know this story and now she's got leaky eyes and….a great big smile on her face, from the very happy ending. Thank you, what a lovely story and you ALL, have a place in our hearts as well, luffs you
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  10. Always enjoy seeing you puglets. I've been watching the Oklahoma rescue sites...some day....

  11. What a sweet letter to all of you. We can tell you are all loved just by reading your blog, but it must be nice for you three to have it in a letter. Does this mean your mom is off probation? :)

  12. What amazing things these little pugs teach us, most of all how to love unconditionally. We are so very happy that saved these precious babies that you are our friends, through thick and thin
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  13. Every one of you is so special for so many ways! And we are soo happy that you were all chosen to come live in your happy familys. Each of your storys is precious,, and if your momma did not have all of you,,, she would be bored. You make her happy..
    And were happy for all of you!
    This is a beautful story

  14. This is beautiful and made me teary. With the love and joy must come the grief and pain. Your 3 pups are lucky to have you.n

  15. This was a wonderful post. The night Sammy left you was almost the first night I start reading... you write so very well!

  16. Such heartfelt letters to each of your babies. Thank you for sharing your love for them with us.

  17. Oh Blimey. Mum needs the tissues again. That was so wonderful and we have always loved hearing about how you helped our little puggie mates and how they make you laugh, cry and everything in between. What a family. Full of love and even more love. Take care mates. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  18. Thank you for sharing your life, love and heart with us today! Thank you for sharing these three beautiful pups who bring joy to us as well.
    Our last dog, before Hunter, my sister rescued from a shelter and he was a puppy mill dog. He had a wonderful life with my sister until she passed and then had another life filled with so much love with us and my Sadie. One sad thing was that he never knew how to play with toys, even with Sadie. They would run and wrestle but toys were just something he couldn't grasp. So to all of you, to the readers too-thank you for taking pups into your homes and heart. To the three little pugs, may you have many years of love and joy in your forever home.

  19. Oh what a wonderful wonderful letter your Momma wrote to you all!!! It made our Momma's eyes leak. (It's OK Momma, they are all OK and happy remember?) We are so glad that you have your happy home and that you are our friends!
    Marty and the Gang

  20. You are a savior for your three pugs, bringing love, security, caring, and contentment into their lives. I can feel the love in your words. You are all so lucky to have each other.

  21. I always say the my angel Nicki and now Miss Scarlet have rescued me as much I rescued them. They have made my life feel complete and full of love.

    Meredith & Scarlet

  22. What a very sweet letter to some incredibly special pugs!