• Melody Chalaban

Maggie was one of five pugs rescued off the street in Korea in 2018, emaciated and in poor shape. Before her adoption, she had undergone a double hernia surgery due to excessive puppy-bearing, multiple hormone injections to conceive, and plain old genetics. And at some point in the past, her bottom jaw was fractured. Once she healed, she hopped on the plane to meet her mom, Diana!

Current age: 5 or 6 Gotcha day date: July 27, 2018

How did you happen upon Maggie?

Our sweet old guy, McLovin’ the Love Pug, left us in June 2018. I couldn’t imagine life without a pug. We were looking at Pug Nation in L.A., and that led us to Pug Rescue of Korea. We saw her picture online, and I knew she was meant to be part of our family!

How did you know she was the “one?”

We saw her picture on Facebook, and I just knew she was our dog. I’d always wanted a black pug, and she was just so darling!

The picture that won over Diana

Describe the day and your feelings the moment you met your pug.

My husband had to work, so my dad and I drove from Sacramento to Long Beach the day before. Maggie was being fostered by the wonderful Jennifer Flores-Watson and Johnny Baker. They had been sending me daily pics and videos. We met them the next morning at a dog park. She was so tiny! My last pug was 24 pounds, but Maggie was this itty-bitty thing! She was actually pretty calm (this lasted approximately 8 hours and then she turned into the spaz we know and love). My dad held her for the 7-hour drive back while she snoozed. When we got home, she met her new dad and sister, Scout, our Formosa Mountain Dog rescue. They’ve been inseparable ever since!

Gotcha Day!

She HATES insurance commercials. Two seconds into one, and she’s off the couch barking at the TV.

What’s Maggie's personality like?

Maggie has many names: Maggie Moo, Lil’ Moose, Margaret or Moosifer when she’s naughty. Her theme song is Wrecking Ball as she is a bull in a china shop. She is incredibly sensitive to crying animals on TV-- I’m sure due to the fact she’d had so many puppies. She will watch TV all day if we’d let her. She HATES insurance commercials. Two seconds into one, and she’s off the couch barking at the TV. It’s actually her party trick for friends who can’t believe that she can tell insurance commercials from all others. She is the silliest, most playful, gregarious girl. She makes us laugh daily!

How has Maggie fit in with your family and in your home?

She’s a crazy banana so she fits right in! She loves her sister, and they’re often playing or snuggling.

Maggie with her sister, Scout, swimming and snuggling. Bottom right: first day home

What’s her favorite food, or is there anything your pug won’t eat?

Carrots. It’s her go-to treat as she’s watching her figure. We’ve yet to find something she won’t eat. Among her other faves are pumpkin, acorns, and live FROGS 🤢.

If your pug could talk, what would she say?

She does talk! She’s getting pretty good at saying “I love you.”

Maggie says, "I love you!"

If your pug had thumbs, what would she do?

Make herself a carrot, pumpkin, acorn, frog sandwich.

If your pug could drive, what kind of car would she drive?

Yellow Miata Convertible. Final answer.

How is she faring with the stay-at-home order?

She’s in heaven, lots of snuggling. She’s also a huge sunbather so she’s spending lots of time in the backyard.

Anything else you want to add?

Just want to give a huge thank you to Kim, Melody, Renee, Jennifer, Johnny and all the others who were involved in bringing her to our family We can’t imagine life without her!

Maggie's a Snapchat addict

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  • Melody Chalaban

Meet Sophie and Simba, two pugs living their best lives in the Bay Area! Let’s hear more about them from their mom, Audrey.

Ages: Sophie – 9yo, Simba – 4yo

Gotcha Day: Sophie – August 2010; Simba – August 2016 How did you happen upon these pugs?

With Sophie, I got bored watching the Sex and the City movie and started persuing the Internet when I saw her face on Petfinder. I put in the application that night and picked her up a week later when I got back from Ireland.

With Simba, my partner Rose fell in love with his face, and we decided to foster to test the waters. Of course, we failed as foster parents and kept him!

Both dogs captured our hearts immediately.

What’s their adoption story from your perspective?

Sophie was an owner surrender. Kim, the rescuer, said that she was treated badly. Rose and I have made sure to spoil her very day.

Simba broke my heart. He was a stray that came from a high kill shelter. He had been a street dog and was malnourished, which is why he’s so small. Not too long after I started fostering, one of my friends was murdered by her husband, and Simba became my emotional support. He still is.

How did you know they were the “one?”

The minute we saw their faces!

Simba is my rock...my emotional support

Describe the day and your feelings the moment you met your pug.

It was an OMG moment when we met both! Rose and I drove in a snowstorm to pick up Sophie. The minute Rose saw her, she scooped her away. I picked Simba up at SFO and brought him home. I couldn’t get enough of him. He’s my rock.

Above: Simba in Korea

What’s your pug’s personality like?

Sophie is the biggest lover in the world. We call her “hot lips” and “make out queen,” because she’s always ready to lean in for an open-mouthed kiss. Occasionally, she gets lucky and gets her tongue in someone’s mouth. She’s even tried a few times with the cat, which doesn’t go over well. Simba on the other hand is a lover and a fighter. Because his face is so smashed, he can’t reach his hind quarters, so he constantly begs for a butt scratch. When he doesn’t get one, he throws a tantrum by spinning in a circle and growling. Rose has become our resident butt-scratcher so she gets the brunt of his tantrums. How has your pug fit in with your family and in your home?

Both pugs moved in without any issues. Everyone immediately fell in love with Sophie and Simba fits right in with the craziness of his brother Nick and sisters, Frida and Sophie.

Sophie and Simba are the best thing that ever happened to my family.

What’s their favorite food, or rather--let’s make this pug-appropriate-- is there anything your pug won’t eat?

Bones. Simba loves raw soup bones. He gets so happy with his bones that he carries them around for days after. Sophie likes food. All food. All the time. She is the first one at the table when anyone eats.

If your pug could talk, what would they say?

Simba: "Scratch my ass."

Sophie: "Can’t we just lay in bed all day and snuggle while you feed me delicious treats?"

If your pug had thumbs, what would they do?

Sophie would open the refrigerator.

If your pug could drive, what kind of car would they have?

Both would drive Audis, like their parents, of course. Anything else you want to add?

These two are the best thing that ever happened to my family. I can’t begin to tell Kim and Renee how happy I am. My neighbor’s daughter wants to grow up to be just like me: a crazy lady who owns 2 juggles and 2 pugs!

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A huge thanks to Tatyana, Joy, and Tiffany for donating their sewing services to make these pug themed face masks for Pug Rescue of Korea.

Batch #1: April 22, 2020 by Tatyana Surenyan-Krech Tatyana is a full time English professor at Pasadena City College. She teaches face-to-face and online classes that include courses in freshman composition and advanced composition. She is a published author of poetry, short stories, and textbooks. Aside from her passion for literature and writing, Tatyana enjoys a daily yoga practice, crocheting, quilting, and playing with her adopted dogs Luke & Lucy. She plans to incorporate her writing skills in future projects that includes all her interests as well as YouTube videos.

Batch #2: May 4, 2020 by Joy Middo

Hi PRK supporters- I am happy to sew these masks for PRK! I work for LA Wilshire Periodontics as a registered dental hygienist and have been doing this for the past 32 years. I love bringing oral health back to my patients. When I am not working, I help out as a Girl Scout Leader mentoring girls on their Gold Award projects. I have 3 grown children and a husband who adore pugs and all animals! I was first introduced to PRK when we decided to adopt a pug. We got Boba in 2012, formerly Balloon, who was fostered by Stacy Rolison in San Diego. Since then, we've fostered 3 pugs and became a foster failure with Chibi, formerly Cherybell. I love the unselfish work Kim does for the pugs in Korea and the group who supports her here in Cali. Stay safe everyone!

Batch #3: May 25, 2020 by Tiffany Thong

I'm a physical therapist aide working at the hospital in Fresno, CA. I'm also a board member/volunteer for Hope of Sanger homeless shelter. We have been fostering for Animal Compassion team of Fresno for over 2 years. We adopted Pirate (formerly Carlos) from Pug Rescue of Korea in 2016. My husband Michael and I are proud parents of 2 human kids and 4 rescued four - legged kids. Lucky and Bear are GS, Pirate the pug and KeKoa the Saint Bernard. I enjoy going on a cruise, red wine and cooking.

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