Roo Ben

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Roo Ben
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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 4:31pm

Picked up my new foster this morning.  Meet Roo Ben.  Nine years old.  32.4 enormous pounds.  Owner surrender due to health of owner.

 Good picture of Roo Ben!

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In reply to: glebou
Thu, 02-07-2013 - 4:56pm

What a cutie-pie! Is everyone getting along?

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In reply to: glebou
Thu, 02-07-2013 - 10:23pm

No growlng.  No snarling.  No showing of teeth.  Everyone smelled everyone' butts, and I have both boys in belly  bands to head off a marking contest.  No food aggression at dinner.  No food aggression at treat time.

Anya was more accepting than Jabaar was, to my surprise.   I could tell Jabaar didn't want any competition for Mommy's attention.

Pugs are easy to foster because they usually all like each other.

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In reply to: glebou
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 3:43am

He's adorable, aren't they all? It just must be so difficult to have to surrender one's pup. Difficult for the pup and also for the owner.  (()) to them both.

I got a bit confused,,, do you  have Huntington also? 

I'm glad all the pugs get along,  that really helps you a lot (and them too).

  Have a nice fun time with Roo Ben  (is that pronounced like Ruben?) Very different name.  

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In reply to: glebou
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 8:39am
Awww what a cute face! I'm assuming you're putting him on a diet? It seems like most of the pugs your group gets are seniors. That's sad.
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In reply to: glebou
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 9:33am

Huntington was adopted Sunday afternoon.  I had him 24 hours.

Most of the dogs we get in rescue are adults, but I choose to foster senior males.  My own two are 9 and 10, and Anya won't let me foster a female.

I'm putting Roo Ben on a diet, yes, but he is not so much obese as he is LARGE.  Tall and long and big boned.  ^Roly Poly^ and ^Butterfly^ were truly obese, even though they were only a couple pounds heavier than Roo Ben.

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In reply to: glebou
Sun, 02-10-2013 - 8:35pm
What is the normal weight for a male Pug?
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In reply to: twig04
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 7:43am

Well that is wonderful news for Huntington.   I know over here it is pretty difficult to place senior dogs (cats) in nice homes as generally speaking there are health concerns and people like puppies or younger pets....  SOOOOO I'm happy to hear when someone with a big heart takes on an older furbabe. 

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In reply to: glebou
Tue, 02-12-2013 - 5:40pm

The "breed standard" for pugs is 14-18 pounds.  In reality, I find very few at the low end of that scale.  Most of the pugs I see are in the 19-20 pound range.

Anya is roughly 19 pounds.  Moe was 20.  Jabaar is about 22.  Huntington and my daughter's pug are the little ones, each weighing in at 17 pounds.  ^Roly Poly^ and his mate ^Butterfly^ were obese when pulled from the shelter at 36 and 34 pounds.  I dieted and exercised Roly, but then he lost a bunch of weight when he got sick.

Roo Ben is 32.4 pounds.  But unlike Roly and Butterfly, he is big boned, long and tall.  I don't think Roo Ben would be healthy at less than 26-28 pounds.

Roo Ben has separation anxiety.  He is bigger than my largest crate, and I had been confining him to my entrance hall at night.  The night before last, he turned into Cujo at 1 AM, beating down the baby gate and howling and screaming like he was being murdered.  I know while fostering him I am supposed to be training him to be the perfect citizen in a new home, and ideally he should  be crate trained.  But there is a limit to the number of days I can function when sleep deprived.  Last night I caved and put a dog  bed on the floor in my bedroom where he could see me.  He curled up, soon fell asleep, and all I heard was snoring.  He slept there happily all night.

Roo Ben is not perfectly potty trained.  I had a belly band on  both of the boys for the first two days, but they did not have a leg lifting contest in the house, so I put the bands away.  Since everyone gets along and Roo Ben hates being confined, I have just left them all in the house when I go out.  Anya has always screamed when I leave - even when I go into the garage to empty the trash.  Roo Ben demonstrates his separation anxiety by leaving me poop!  (TMI - I know it is his because of its size.)  It didn't help that it was raining this morning and pugs notoriously hate the rain.

 

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In reply to: glebou
Sun, 02-17-2013 - 8:57pm

Roo Ben had a meet and greet with a potential adopter this afternoon.  A young woman with her first place of her own who has wanted a pug since she was a little kid.  She is considering an older dog because she lives in an apartment and wants a calmer, quieter dog.

Roo Ben sat and let her pet him, but he didn't run to her, get in her lap, give kisses.  Didn't do a very good job of selling himself.  :(

Frances is meeting with at least one other senior pug before she makes a decision.  We will see...

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In reply to: glebou
Sun, 02-17-2013 - 9:04pm

 Pug, Dog; Grapevine, TX

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