Today, two years ago I rushed as fast as my car would go to go get my best friend…. BAXTER!

No clue what his birthday is or even really how old he actually is.  One of the downsides of rescues.  Never really know the whole story. Since we don’t know the birthday, we celebrate Baxter’s Gotcha Day!

He quickly hopped in my car December 26, 2009 & just smiled the whole way to his new home

What I do know is that some how he ended up out fending for himself before animal control got him & escorted him to the pound.  Someone else picked him up there & after figuring out her other dog wasn’t so great with him, he ended up with me.  He needed a place & I needed comfort after Badyn had started staying with my parents & I had gone through the attack a few weeks before. Win – win for us both.  Course I had no idea at the time how beautiful a prize I had brought home.

Never knew much about pugs, or even that they were anything other than the fawn ones with the dark face (think Frankie in Men in Black). But I knew he was good with birds, seemed to be enamored with me & the cuddly face I needed… & still do.

Right place at the right time.

Now I know a bit more about pugs

Pugs are an ancient Asian breed that once lived as pets in Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and were considered royalty themselves; they are, in fact, one of the oldest breeds dating back to 400 B.C.

In the 16th century, Pugs were the traditional pet of European royalty and can be seen in many old world paintings.

The wrinkly skin that Pugs are recognized by can actually be a health problem as dirt can get trapped under the wrinkles which can harbor bacteria that can cause an infection. Therefore, you should clean out the wrinkles on your Pug periodically.

Course I also learned that he WILL need to sleep as close as possible as often as possible.. unless you are recovering from surgery, in which case being in a place where he can see my face works.  His snorts can be misinterpreted by the other dogs as growls.  Most dogs are ok with this, but one rather large lady at my parents in particular isn’t so game with his funny noises.   Flips side is that his snoring at night is like a mini sound machine. When I don’t hear it, I miss it dearly.  My sister seemed both facinated & disgusted by another lil told pug fact – that when he “barks” (well tries to) his bumhole pokes out!  See won’t see that one on other websites! But its true.  This didn’t bug me as much as being warned that a traditional collar ran the risk of jerking hard on his neck if he tried to dash off.  Which could lead to losing an eye.  !??!?! Evidently they are prone to having their eyes pop out.  THANKFULLY he has deep set eyes for a pug & his risk isn’t so high, but I wouldn’t want him to get smacked in the back of the head with anything just to be on the safe side.

Pug companionship isn’t for everyone, but I can’t imagine life without him by my side right now.

So thankful that Baxter is in my life!

CHEERS! Here’s to many, many more years together.  Even on those days where we do nothing at all.

Now off to snuggle a bit & hopefully have a great night sleeping in our nice big bed, instead of on a couch… where yes, he HAD to sleep right on my legs & stay by my side til I woke each day.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that will love you more than you love yourself.” ~ Josh Billings”

Such truth in these words.  Grateful for the loves on those days & everyday!


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