When Bob the Wonder Pug was put out by his owners at dinnertime, he nearly became dinner for a wolf waiting in his Prince Rupert yard.rn
rnSeconds after owner Courtney Scott put her "furry son" out the door, her neighbours Norm and Colleen Hebert saw a large grey wolf carrying the pug into the front yard, settling in to kill it.rn
rn"Norm grabbed his hockey stick and ran through the screen door — he forgot to open the screen — he was swinging at the wolf and hit the wolf with the hockey stick, but he wouldn't drop the dog," Scott told The Vancouver Sun. "[The wolf] took off down the embankment between our houses and it's steep."rn
rnNorm came straight over to Scott's home shouting that Bob had been taken by the wolf.rn
rn"This is just 20 seconds after I put the dog out," said Scott.rn
rnScott, who had given birth to her newest son Marcus just six days earlier, ran to the top of the embankment and could see the wolf gnawing on Bob. "He was trying to kill it again, trying to break his neck."rnrn]]>184@http://pugnews.comnews2010-04-02T13:15:46-04:00Posted by pugnewsOwner Dies But Pug Revived
A house fire Thursday on Pimlico Parkway in Lexington KY killed Lillian Lewis, 62.
Lewis was found in the den, according to the Fayette County coroner's office. She was last seen sitting on a recliner in that room, which is where the fire started.
Lewis lived in the home with her husband, who was not home when the fire started and was not injured, Lexington Division of Fire battalion chief Marshall Griggs said.
Capt. Mike Henderson and firefighter Chris Spears treated a dog suffering from smoke inhalation at the scene of a house fire on Pimlico Parkway in Lexington. The fire department carries a special animal rescue kit. A coroner also was called to the scene Thursday morning.
Lewis was a known smoker, and oxygen tanks were in use inside the house, according to a report by the coroner's office. The fire's cause was still under investigation Thursday evening.
Firefighters were able to revive a pug dog named Noah that had suffered smoke inhalation in the home and stopped breathing, Griggs said. Paramedics used a pet respirator donated by the Lexington Kennel Club (shown in photo as Noah is worked on at the scene).
The dog was given to Lexington Animal Control and is being rehabilitated by the Humane Society's Second Chances program. Madison Carey, director for the Humane Society, said the dog, whose name is Noah, would be returned to the family Friday.
The fire was spotted at about 9:45 a.m. by a sheriff's deputy who saw smoke while driving by. Sgt. Robert Stephens and off-duty firefighter Ken Ridge, who was remodeling a friend's house across the street, forced open the house's front door before fire trucks arrived, Ridge said.
Ridge said flames were visible out a front window, and heavy black smoke filled the home's interior from ceiling to floor. "No entry was possible without protective gear," he said.
When firefighters arrived about four minutes after the fire was reported, they entered the house and found Lewis, Fire Chief Bob Hendricks said.
The fire was confined to one room, Griggs said. He said fighting the fire was "tricky" because of medical oxygen tanks in the home.
Smoke detectors were being used in the home, but Griggs said investigators could not determine if they had been working because of fire damage.
Police detectives and Fayette County coroner officials stayed on the scene after the fire was extinguished, which is common after a fatal fire, Hendricks said.
"Any time we have a fire victim, we just want to be sure that all evidence is preserved in the best manner possible," Hendricks said. Police will aid in the investigation, he said.
]]>183@http://pugnews.comnews2010-03-16T18:39:29-04:00Posted by pugnewsSaved By The Pug
With a small sweater wrapped around his neck, Bandit the pug breathes heavily while he sleeps in the corner of a small couch.
The pug and his family have had a very trying week.
Bandit belongs to Tabitha and Vance Russell. The Niles couple, their daughter Precious, 9, and friends Kasey Neidlinger and John Matarazzo were awakened Christmas morning by the dog’s incessant barking – something he only does when someone is outside, Vance said.
When he went out into the living room and kitchen area of the home to find out what had caught Bandit’s attention, Russell said he saw flames outside the window.
“I heard something hit the house,” he said, banging his fist against a coffee table to illustrate.
Immediately Vance called out to his family, Matarazzo and Neidlinger who have been living with them for some time and told them to get out of the house.
“I said, ‘What? A fire?’” Tabitha recalled.
“We got up and went out the front door,” Neidlinger said. “And there was fire outside the front door.”
The family had to escape the house through the back door.]]>182@http://pugnews.comnews2009-12-30T11:41:29-04:00Posted by pugnewsHaute Dog Howl'oween Coming Soon
Olive and Mochi are pugs with a passion for fashion. No wonder Halloween is their favorite time of year.
They've been dressed up as geisha girls, surfer girls and even pieces of sushi over the years. They may not understand the tradition, but "pugs understand positive energy," explains dog owner, partner and costume designer Lisa Woodruff of Huntington Beach.
Ten years ago, it was hard to find a Halloween costume for a cat, dog or duck. Today they are everywhere, from the dollar stores to Beverly Hills boutiques. Online or off, there are costumes galore.
A little bling or properly draped scrap of fabric can transform your pet into almost any animal, character or celebrity, says Steve Major of All the Same Wild and Tame, an animal sanctuary that sells pet accessories in Sherman Oaks.
The most popular ready-made pet costumes this year are Superdog, bee, jockey rider, hot dog, pirate, devil, prisoner, Yoda, cowboy rider, Batman and groom, according to public relations manager Lori Samsoucie of Wisconsin-based buyseasons.com, the largest online costume retailer in the country.
But the most unusual, most creative costumes -- the ones that will win contests -- are designed in the imaginations of pet owners, Woodruff says.
Olive and Mochi, stepsisters who are both 5, already have their outfits for the ninth annual Haute Dog Howl'oween Parade and Costume Contest on Oct. 31. The Long Beach event is the largest pet costume contest in the country, according to organizer Justin Rudd.]]>181@http://pugnews.comevents2009-10-19T16:09:04-04:00Posted by PugNewsHangin' 20: Dogs Surf For Charity
Nearly four thousand fans turned out Sunday to watch the surf dogs of San Diego hit the beach for 'the world's largest dog surfing event'.
The shore was packed with a couple hundred dogs and a couple thousand people, said an event organizer from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a local animal shelter. The dogs and their owners began surfing shortly after 9 a.m. at the 4th annual Surf Dog Surf-a-Thon. The surfers rode waves at North Beach, aka Dog Beach, in Del Mar.
It wasn't all about the waves, though. Some pets picked up "pointers from the pros on a beachside agility course," as organizers put it, while still other canines were dressed up for a costume contest.
Surfer, judge and animal centre board Chairman Bryce Rhodes said that while all the dogs have a great time, about 20 per cent fall into the upper echelon of athletes that the dog surfing community calls 'pros'.
Mr Rhodes, who is also the grandson of the late Helen Woodward, said the center's founder would have been delighted to see the Surf-A-Thon.
'Our long-term goal is to put ourselves out of business - to see an end to the euthanisation of animals,' he said.
]]>180@http://pugnews.comevents2009-09-18T00:28:01-04:00Posted by pugnewsAfter 4 years missing, Pearl the pug returns home
SANTA ANA, CA – Pearl the pug rolled and wiggled on the summer grass, her tongue hanging from her mouth like a giant wad of stretched-out bubble gum. Her owner, Richard Rodriguez, patted her stomach and cooed, "Buddha belly, Buddha belly," just like he used to.
He has no idea where Pearl has been for the past four years. All he knows is that she vanished from his yard about a month after he brought her home, in 2005. And that the phone call he received this week from a Riverside animal shelter was so surprising he couldn't even make sense of it at first.
"We found your pug."
Rodriguez, 56, is a long-haul driver for UPS who's been known to rescue stray kittens from the road and bring them home. But he has a soft spot for little dogs with flat faces: "A lot of people find them ugly," he says, "but they've got that kind of ugly-cute."]]>179@http://pugnews.comnews2009-08-17T16:21:49-04:00Posted by pugnews Deprecated: Function ereg() is deprecated in /home/pugnews/domains/pugnews.com/public_html/includes/classes/class.nbbcode.php on line 29 Pug Pushing Stroller Video a Hit
rnJenny, a pug from Portland, is be seen standing on her hind legs pushing a stroller past city landmarks in Portland. Mark and Ellen Zessin, Jenny's owners, made the video for their son who's studying in Florida. It has ended up on the Internet and become a huge hit.rn
rn"People started saying, you know, this is a viral video, it's just gone viral. We weren't quite sure what that meant. Is that a bad thing?" said Ellen Zessin.rn
rn"Jenny is very rambunctious and I thought we needed to channel that energy,” she added. “[Jenny will] push [the stroller] anywhere. She loves to do it."rn
rn"We had a good time just watching some of the reactions of people,” said Mark Zessin.rn
rn"We've had people from all over the world that have sent us just absolutely wonderful messages," Ellen Zessin said.rn
rnAs with most recent Internet fads, a talent scout has called the Zessins in hopes of finding a TV role for Jenny.rn
rn]]>178@http://pugnews.comevents2009-07-31T15:10:00-04:00Posted by pugnewsCouple Spends $40,000 in “Dog Fight”
A formerly-engaged couple has spent $20,000 each in their custody battle over a pug dog. The court case may change N.J. law. This separation is no longer about homes, cars or cash. Instead, Eric Dare and Doreen Houseman want a judge to decide who gets Dexter, the beloved pug.
Doreen Houseman and Eric Dare raised their dog Dexter together. Breaking off their engagement three years ago and going their separate ways, Dexter remains in a tug-of-war resembling a child custody battle.
The two sides returned Wednesday for a trial before Superior Court Judge John Tomasello, who has determined that the pet is joint property and a suitable arrangement must now be determined. The judge has yet to make a decision on the matter. Various reports state that Houseman and Dare have collectively spent $40,000 in legal fees for a dog that cost $1,500.
Dare and Houseman, who spent 13 years together but never married, split up in 2006.
In the beginning, Houseman had sole custody of the pooch. After a few months, however, the two decided to share their time with Dexter. But when Houseman began dating one of Dare’s friends in February 2007, Dare, who purchased the dog with his own money, decided in March 2007 to end that agreement and has since had total custody of the pet.
]]>177@http://pugnews.comnews2009-07-31T10:30:08-04:00Posted by pugnewsPug Health Survey
If you are a pug owner and want to participate, visit PugCentral and add your information to the survey.
While you are there, look around the site and see all the new information that's been posted.]]>176@http://pugnews.comhealth2009-05-19T11:30:00-04:00Posted by pugnews