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Happy Endings

Max - Foster Pug for April 2012 newsletter
Max” adopted 4/22/2012


“Max” was featured as a Foster Pug of the month in the last Newsletter, and when Regina S. saw his picture, she knew she was the Mom for Max!


Tebow Happy Ending
“Tebow”, adopted 4/21/2012

“Tebow” came to Pug Rescue after a good samaritan found him alongside the road in New Mexico.  He had been dumped out of a car, which he chased until he dropped from exhaustion.  Luckily, he didn’t sustain any injuries and is now happily munching a bone in his new forever home in Denver, Colorado




Casper Happy Ending
“Casper” adopted on 4/22/2012 – Snoozing on his back!

 Other Happy Endings:

“Lamar” – Adopted in April
“Emmett” – Adopted in March

Foster Pugs Of The Month

Hi! I’m Bo

Bowser and Tapanga for Foster of the Month
“Bowser” and “Tapanga”

wser, and this is my soul mate Tapanga. We have been together forever and are looking for a forever family to call our own. Tapanga and I are what you would call mellow happy pugs. We like to mosey around the yard, we LOVE to be petted, and we are just the friendliest pair ever. We can use the stairs and the doggie door, and we know to go potty outside. We love males, females, older kids, mellow dogs of all sizes, and cats. Don’t let our age fool you. We are quite spunky and love to go for walks. Our hearing has decided to fail us in our senior years, but we will never be far enough away from you for that to be a problem. The daily eye drops and joint supplement are inexpensive and easy to give. We don’t mind at all. We would love to be your forever pugs. Please put Tapanga and Bowser on your application if you are looking for a happy mellow loving pug couple.


Bailey and Sop

Bailey and Sophie
“Bailey” and “Sophie”

hie were rescued from a puppy mill and needed immediate medical attention.  Luckily, Colorado Pug Rescue was able to provide the love and care they needed to recover and now they’re ready for adoption.  These sweet pugs deserve the best – could you be their forever home?



Wilber, foster of the month

What a handsome guy!  Wilber is a 3 year old “Chug” (pug/chihuahua mix) and full of love and spunk. He didn’t come from the best environment but is hoping to find a forever home that will love him back, play with toys, and be patient as he gets accustomed to his new surroundings.  He’s a little shy around men but once he gets to know you, he warms up right away. Wilber loves other dogs, doesn’t chew or scratch and is in excellent health – if you’re looking for a gentle, loving companion, Wilber could be your perfect match!



Charlotte - Foster of the month

Hi! My name is Charlotte. I am also a Chug (pug/Chihuahua mix). My owners took me to a shelter because they were moving. I am very sweet and will follow my person around like a shadow. I give kisses and love to be in your lap. New people have to go slow with me, but I do warm up, and I bond really fast. I need an owner with a firm but fair hand. See, I can become very protective of my human and sometimes have an attitude with some of the other dogs in my foster mom’s house. I think cats are okay, but if they run from me, then the chase is on. A home without cats would be best, and I’m also really not fond of big dogs. 

If you have room in your life for a sweet loyal companion, please apply for me!


Click here for information on our adoption process for “Tapanga” & “Bowser”, “Sophie” & “Bailey”, “Charlotte”, “Wilber”, and all our other Foster Pugs. 

Hot Weather Alert!


Pugs are sensitive to heat and humidity, and because of this it is important to be aware of the conditions outside, and how long your Pug is outside. Temperatures above 80-85° can be hazardous to your Pugs health and have been known to cause heat stroke, which is potentially deadly.

In addition to something immediate such as heat stroke, it’s also possible that over- exposure to high temperatures can cause long term damage to your Pugs organs including the heart, kidney and liver. It’s not at all uncommon for Pug owners to find their Pugs enjoy laying outside, but please remember that your Pug really doesn’t know any better and it’s up to you to be careful.

A good rule to follow is to keep an eye on the temperature outside during the warm weather months and make sure that your Pug doesn’t stay outside for more than 10-15 minutes at a time. Now, your Pug may be outside for 15 minutes in temperatures around 80° and seem absolutely fine, and if this is the case, you may be tempted to leave him outside a little while longer…Don’t! Heatstroke can come on quickly, in a matter of seconds, and it could cost your Pug his life.

If your Pug does appear to be overheating, which can be indicated by a heavy and persistent panting, you should feed her cold water and cool her off with towels watered down with cool water, or a cold water bath. But the best treatment for a Pug’s vulnerability to hot weather related problems is preventative…Be aware of the temperature, be vigilant about keeping your Pug inside and air-conditioned and don’t take any chances.

Remember, it is up to you to protect your Pug from overexposure to hot weather…they can’t protect themselves!


We’d like to thank Arizona Pug Rescue for this timely and important article!



Animal Welfare Legislation Update


USDA Proposes to Close Loophole on Retail Pet Sales to Ensure Health and Humane Treatment

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is proposing to revise its definition of “retail pet store” to close a loophole that has threatened the health and humane treatment of pets sold sight unseen over the Internet and via phone- and mail-based businesses. Under the current definition of “retail pet store,” which was developed over 40 years ago and predates the Internet, some breeders selling pets are taking advantage of a loophole that improperly exempts them from the basic requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).


Colorado Pug Rescue supports the parts of the proposed legislation that attempts to close the loophole on retail pet sales. However, other parts of the proposed rule would inhibit our ability to place foster pugs should the adopter be out of state and unable to physically come to the foster home in Colorado. We would prefer that the USDA amend the proposed rule to exclude rescues and shelters and not lump them in with retail pet stores and breeders who sell their animals over the internet. Please use this language if you submit a comment to the USDA – thank you. 


Please visit 

Proposed Rule Details and FAQs

and  submit your comments passing before July 9. After that date, APHIS will review all received comments and determine whether to make the rule legislation.








June/July 2012
In This Issue
Happy Endings
Foster Pugs of the Month
Hot Weather Alert!
Animal Welfare Legislation Update


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All the puggies from Colorado Pug Rescue would like to invite you to
  “Pugs in the Park 2012”
Sept. 30
11:00 – 4:00
“The Meadows” at City Park (just west of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
Save the date for this celebration of all things PUG!
2011 PIP contest winner
“Polo” – 2011 Pugs in the Park Costume Contest Winner


Pugs in the Park is the biggest fundraiser for Colorado Pug Rescue and features fun events such as the Plop-Drop, Costume Contest, Bake Sale, Silent Auction, and more.   
Come visit our foster dogs (and maybe fall in love with one) and reconnect with pugs from years past.  And, we’ll have lots of vendors and pug merchandise for sale to benefit the Rescue.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help plan and run this wonderful event.  If you’re interested, or just want more information, please contact  
We will also need items for our silent auction and raffle.
More information will be coming soon, and thanks for all you do to help the pugs!



Woofs-n-Hoofs Adoption Day

Saturday, June 16

11:00 – 3:00

12482 W. Ken Caryl Ave, Unit C1B

Littleton, CO  80127




Saturday, June 16

2:00 – 4:00

 Petco in Boulder

2480 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO  80302


Petco Adopta Pawlooza

Saturday, June 16

10:00 – 4:00

 Petco in Aurora

I-70 and Tower Rd. by Walmart

3511 N. Salida Ct.  #40

Aurora, CO   80011


Hero’s Pets Adoption Event

Saturday, June 23

11:00 – 3:00

 8086 Bowles Ave.

Littleton, CO  80123

Hero’s Pets


2nd Annual Yappy Hour!

Saturday, June 23

5:00 – 8:00

 Jim Strouse and Kat Burns’ house

2290 Mead Drive

Boulder, CO  80301

For more Information, click here

Yappy Hour Details



Petco Adoption Event

Saturday, June 30

10:00 – 2:00

 Petco at Southglenn

7460 S. University Blvd.

Littleton, CO   80122


We need volunteers to help with event set-up, tear-down, and working the booth, along with transporting Foster pugs to and fron the events.  We get many of our adoption applications  after an event so we need to get as many Foster pugs as possible to attend to give them this visibility with potential adopters.  We need your help – please contact Janine for details

How can you help Colorado Pug Rescue?

  • Consider being a Foster Home
  • Volunteer your time with events and fundraising
  • Tell others about Colorado Pug Rescue
  • Adopt a Foster Pug!
every dollar helps!

Please visit our website for more details on how you can help Colorado Pug Rescue in 2012.


Training Resources


Tony Polisi is an experienced dog trainer and Foster parent for Colorado Pug Rescue. He is willing to work with new adopters or other Fosters. Please contact Tony Polisi via e-mail or call him directly at (303) 277-1799.


The Misha May Foundation and Ted Terroux Dog Training encourage pet adoptions and offer significant discounts on their dog-training classes. Please contact them directly for more information:

Offers a 6-week “Understanding Dogs” behavioral and training class for only $50 (regular price $150) for new Rescue Pug adopters.  


Ted Terroux Dog Training 

Offers a 10% discount on

Basic Training course, including 340 page training book

Colorado Pug Rescue I 303.659.9689 I