Hi, I’m Hootie and I’m a pretty special 4 year old girl! Some people say it’s a miracle that I’m alive. Since I only weighed 4 lbs when I was 4 months old, the nice folks at Maricopa Co. Animal Care and Control contacted APARN to see if they could help me. Well of course APARN said yes!
APARN didn’t even care that I have a couple issues; Hemi-Vertebrae and Mega Esophagus. These conditions make it really hard to use my back legs and my Foster Mom (“FozMa” for short!) has to hand feed me since I cant breathe when I try to pick up kibble, even from an elevated feeder. The kibble also chokes me but FozMa sneaks some into my canned Rx food. Oh, yeah, I am on special canned Rx food and daily Probiotics to help my tummy and digestive system stay in good working order.
I loooovvve my Yitzees! These are soft egg shaped squeaker toys that I carry around. If I bug FozMa she will play toss with me and the Yitzees. My favorate color is orange, but I will play with others a bit too. I have heard people say I am spoiled. I don’t understand…..doesn’t every super smart special pug get carried out to potty?
The nice folks at APARN made me what is called a “Forever Foster” since I need my staff and she is already trained, hehe. Apparently I am pretty high maintenance. Anyway, I’m just so glad to be here. I greet every pug and person with kisses (when I can reach them)!
Here are some of the extra costs associated with my care:
I go through LOTS of pads for my “diapers.” FozMa says I use about 5 pads a day, which really adds up.
FozMa keeps me clean with gentle wipes everytime I eat and potty.
I eat Rx food that costs really a lot!
I also use probiotics every day.
I need my mani pedi done every 3 weeks (FozMa is working to do this since I freak out a bit when I go to the vet).
Sooo, FozMa cleans the floors often to keep it fresh for me since Im just a little pug at 9 lbs. I’m now 2 years old and wont grow any larger.
If you want to help us Super Special Pugs, please consider buying incontinence pads, Forte Flora (probiotic), Gentle wipes, or donate a case of Hootie food, send an amazon gift card, or better yet, Join the Gimme Five program and give any amount you want.
Another big help is to tell others about APARN, and how they take care of us Forever Fosters! Adopt don’t Shop for your next pet/buddy. Peace Pug Folks! Lots of Hootie Love to ya!
***We appreciate your interest in adopting a pug in need. Please respect our process and our time, as we are all volunteers with full time jobs. An application starts the process. We are not able to answer calls with questions about the foster pugs. ***
***We encourage you to come to our adoption events to meet the pugs in person if you are interested in adoption. Again, please do not call regarding the adoptable pugs. APARN is an all volunteer non-profit organization. We do not have a shelter. Our dogs are currently being fostered in private homes generally located throughout the greater Phoenix metro area.***