I've posted a few times about our new pug, Holly Belle. She is a 4 year old, fawn pug that we rescued from a local Humane Society. Pugs are my wife's dream dog and she's been wanting one for a good while. We moved to a different state, bought a house and got married last year and I told her we would consider finding a dog in the spring. The day before the first day of spring, Holly popped up on the Humane Society's facebook page and the rest is history.
My wife and I are completely new pet owners in our adult lives. Holly has been a little bit of a handful, but she's starting to acclimate and fit in. Crate training is getting a little better, she's not afraid of it, but she definitely knows that the crate is a place that means she's going to be alone. I know we need to work on breaking that association with her because she doesn't want to get in. She'll go in and out of the crate on her own and I've actually seen her laying in it at one point in time, but when she sees the telltale signs of morning routines that means we're leaving, she avoids it by laying on the couch. As far as I can tell, the crying as stopped while she's in the crate and she's usually sleeping or at least laying down when I come home at lunch and after work.
The first week we had her she was friendly with everyone and all dogs we happened across. For some reason this past week she's become fairly weary around new people, she'll sniff but she won't let anyone pet her (right away) and she likes to bark and growl. She's now doing the same with other animals she happens across on our walks. We've tried to take her to the local dog park and she wants nothing to do with the other dogs running and chasing a ball, she only wants to be near us. This is our 4th week of having her, so I'm sure her socialness will come back with time and I'm sure she's starting to secure her bond with us. We'll be starting obedience training soon to learn some basics because she won't listen to anything we say.
Our biggest hurdle now is getting Holly to be a little more independent. Leaving the house for short periods (10 minutes - an hour) without being crated. While she's in her crate, she seems to be okay. But as soon as she's alone in the house and thinks she's alone, she's howling and crying and it really pulls at my heart strings. To the point where I avoid going and doing some things I want to do like bike riding or going for a jog because I'm worried about her being alone again, especially after being in her crate for most of the day while I'm at work. My wife works 48 hours a week 35 minutes away and I work 4 minutes from the house 40 hours a week. Usually the crating and letting her out during the work week is up to me so it affects me a little more emotionally.
Sorry for the long post, but I wanted to update everyone and let you all know that Holly is adjusting and we're all starting to get used to our new arrangement! If anyone has any input on anything that I brought up, I'd greatly appreciate it! I'm going to try and put some pictures so everyone can see Holly!
Last edited by bfrazee85; 04-19-2016 at 11:48 AM.
She is very cute.
she's adorable! Thank you for giving her a home! I'd like to suggest a beginning obedience class. It will help her get more confident and used to being around other dogs, and it will help you bond with her.
Stephanie, pugmom to Louie Livewire, born 3/15/06
and my 4 angels waiting at the bridge....
the very special Junior, my pug angel who is doing agility at the rainbow bridge 11/22/91 - 3/13/06
the very special Danny, my first dog, a Dandie Dinmont Terrier 4/5/70 - 2/10/84
the very special Paddy, the pug who was loved around the world, who my family had the pleasure and honor of loving for the last 3 years and 5 months 5/1/98 - 8/6/14
the very special Frannie, the tiniest baby girl pug we ever knew - came into our lives 12/18/16 - 6/26/21
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.
I loved the pictures! Holly is adorable.
I'm glad she is adjusting well and that you plan to start a basic dog class soon. That's a great idea and will likely make a big difference.
Mom to Miss Jelly Bean "Beanie" Licorice Pug
Forever in our hearts: Miss Nilla Sassafras Pug August 17, 2002 to April 19, 2018
And my Heart-Dog... Wonka the Dancing Pug, CGC, W-FD, W-TFD.
Februrary 11, 2005 to May 10, 2020. Miss you, sweet boy!
I had a pug that I got when she was older and not used to being loose! I had to take a shower with the shower curtain open for a bit til she knew I'd be coming out! Etc!!!! If I left her loose in the house when I left, she freaked! I found that baby gating her in the kitchen with her bed, toys, water...giving cookies when I left. Telling her I loved her and that I'd be back soon worked GREAT!!!!
She's adorable!!! Enjoy a long life together!
Member of PDCA Rescue Committee
She is precious!
We never touch people so lightly that we don't leave a trace.
She (and you) is such a lucky ducky! And very adorable!
Ayleash ... Sponsor of the Pugs: Captain and Niko, and Pack leader of: Tigger (2005-2016), and ...My SECOND rescue Terrier... a girl for Tigger... Ohna... and now... DECKER!! (The Dog Formerly Known As (TDFKA) Batman!)
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Thanks for taking Holly into your family. The rewards will be great.
Chris, owned by Minni the diva, and "Sugar" Ray the ever hungry.
Ray has since crossed the bridge but stays forever in my heart. I love you, Boo Boo. Oscar Wilde Thang has joined the family.
DH to Ellen , DD to Lindsay and Carrie