• Melody Chalaban

Our rescuer, Kim, rescued 1yo Buddy from the shelter in 2017.

“It was strange that nobody wanted to adopt him from the shelter. Maybe it was his photograph on the official stray site. He was very small, 11lbs. He had canine cold (cough, runny nose). People were afraid he had pneumonia or distemper. He was not seriously sick. He recovered! He was hospitalized for 2 weeks and, during that time, I would visit him to say hi.”

Buddy in Korea

Once healthy, we flew Buddy to Los Angleles on March 29, 2017. He then pugged on over to our friends at Pug Nation of LA, who took care of his adoption from there.

Here’s his mom, Tere Gonzalez:

Gotcha day date: April 13, 2017

Current age: 3 years old

Buddy in front, 2nd from the left, 2017

How did you happen upon Buddy?

First, I noticed him (see first pic) in Korea and thought he was cute. Then while watching Pug Nation’s Facebook Live video, I saw him again! They announced they would be at the Tailwaggers Adoption event the next day but that there was already a waiting list for him. So I didn’t get my hopes up, and I didn’t think they would take him to the adoption fair either. I had lost my pug Coco four months before and had intended to go to Tailwaggers just to play with the pugs.

What’s Buddy’s adoption story?

Gwenn from Pug Nation told me there was a list of 10 people ahead of me and she wasn’t sure how I ended up with him. I was shocked too, so it was meant to be!

How did you know Buddy was the “one?”

At Pug Nation, I didn’t notice him initially. But my boss, who was with me, spied him sitting under the volunteer’s chair. The volunteer asked if I wanted to take him for a walk, and I did! He was so cute, but I was told he already had someone coming to the Station to see him tomorrow. But they liked the fact that Buddy would be coming to work with me every day and, since he had a rough life, that would be good for him. They did the home check and landlord check all in one day, and when Gwenn called me the next day, she said, “I don’t know how you ended up with him, but that he’s all yours! Congratulations!”

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

Left work to pick him up at the Station, was a bit nervous but excited to have a dog back in my life (the first 2 pix above are Buddy's first day and night in his new home!).

What’s Buddy’s personality like?

He’s super sweet, loves everyone, including cats! He’s super crazy for food, twirling and spinning from the kitchen to his bowl. He loves to dress up and lets me take his picture, so funny! He loves his zoomies (all day long at the office) and his toys, but he HATES baths.

Buddy with Tere's boss

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

He fit right in, especially at work, which was so surprising. He doesn’t bark and he loves my boss (sometimes I think he loves him more than me, lol).

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


If your pug could talk, what would he say?

What’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner and where do you keep the treats.

If your pug had thumbs, what would they do?

Open the refrigerator.

I want to thank Kim, Renee, Melody & everyone involved with Pug Rescue of Korea. I know it’s not an easy job and y ’all are awesome & amazing!

Buddy as a Korean tourist lost in LA, Halloween 2019

Fun fact: Buddy recently won a Best Costume Award at Pug Nation’s Annual Pugtacular Spooktacular Event!

Follow Buddy on Instagram @lilmanbuddy

  • Melody Chalaban

Pug Rescue of Korea rescued Burton from a shelter on August 4, 2018. He was a stray found on the main street of Gangnam District (like the song, “Gangnam style”), which is a very busy shopping district (like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills), not residential. Imagine finding a stray pug strutting around on Rodeo!

We flew Burton to the US, and he went straight to our partner, Pug Nation of LA, who took care of his adoption from there.

Let’s hear more about this “gentle giant” from his mom, Jen DeBough:

Gotcha day date: 9/14/19

Current age: probably 4 (he was 3-4 when we adopted him). I can’t believe it’s been a year!

How did you happen upon Burton?

We lost our last senior pug Bubba at the age of 15 in July 2018. Our hearts and home were so empty, and we had more love to give. We reached out to Pug Nation LA and once approved, we virtually met two prospective young male pugs via Skype, Donny and Burton. Donny wouldn’t sit still so the meeting was brief, but you could see calm and quiet Burt in the foreground, waiting his turn for the camera. He instantly reminded us of each of our four senior pugs from the past. We loved their leisurely and subdued personalities (who doesn’t love a senior!?) so much and the moment we saw Burton, we knew he would be a wonderful addition to our family.

What’s his adoption story?

We believe it was clear to Pug Nation LA that we would care for Burton for the rest of his life, as we had for many pugs before him. I hope they knew that we feel adoption is forever and there are no lengths that we will not go to in order to ensure a happy, healthy and well cared for pug. We are incredibly grateful that Pug Nation maintains a great relationship with Pug Rescue of Korea and blessed us with Burt.

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

We drove from Las Vegas to Los Angeles the day before we were able to bring Burt home with us. We were so excited and anxious to meet Burton that we arrived at Pug Nation before they even opened! They were very kind to let us in before opening hours. The experience was bittersweet. To see so many babies waiting for their forever homes while the volunteers at Pug Nation cared for them as if they were their own. We spotted Burt instantly. While other pups were jumping and barking out of excitement, Burt sat still as if he knew we were there just for him.

What’s Burt’s personality like?

Burton is very calm and quiet. He doesn’t bark much except when the doorbell rings. He’s a fantastic listener and was a fast learner when it comes to tricks. He even dances, spinning around on his two back feet for treats. We jokingly say he was a performer in a Korean circus! He absolutely loves car rides. He sleeps most of the night under the covers (of course, he sleeps in the people bed!) without panting at all. He loves to go out to dog-friendly restaurants and doesn’t bark at other dogs. He is a very happy boy!

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

Burton fits in perfectly and completes our family. He stays with his grandparents and pug cousin when we travel and has a wonderful time. It almost makes us think he needs a brother!

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

Burt will literally eat ANYTHING! Asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, watermelon--the list is endless. We have not found a food that he won’t ingest immediately. We watch what we give him to keep his 19 lb frame sleek!

If Burton could talk, what would he say?

I love you mommy!

If your Burton had thumbs, what would he do?

Open the refrigerator!

A million thanks to Pug Rescue of Korea and Pug Nation of LA for ALL you do. Burton has brought such joy to our lives, and we couldn’t imagine life without him.

Follow Burton on Instagram @burton_therescuepug

  • Melody Chalaban

Frank (fka Big Poppa), adopted Oct 2018, @bigpoppa_pug

Other than the PRK Pug Pal program, here are more ways you can support us:


Buy your holiday cards and gifts from Minted.com and help the pugs! When you shop at Minted in November, you’ll get 15% off Minted orders, and 15% of the sales come back to Pug Rescue of Korea! You’ll also be supporting independent artists whose designs are on Minted.


Fun fact: Our own Renee Pulve is a designer on Minted. She has several beautiful designs that you all should check out! Search “Smudge Design.” (Smudge is in honor of her first pug who crossed the rainbow bridge.)

Giving Tuesday

December 3 is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving. As you consider your holiday and end-of-year giving, think about donating to Pug Rescue of Korea! Look out for more info from us.


Earn money for PRK just by shopping online! iGive is a store rebate program where iGive members donate the rebates from their purchases to their favorite non-profit organization. So far, together, our shopping has raised $245 for the pugs!

No added costs, obligations, or hidden feesYou can shop from the iGive.com, the app or the button on your browser.

AmazonSmile Charity Lists

Similar to iGive, support PRK by shopping on Amazon! Go to AmazonSmile Charity Lists in the drop-down menu under your account to find and select Pug Rescue of Korea.

Corporate matching gift programs

Some companies offer programs where they’ll financially match donations that their employees make to nonprofit organizations. Does your company offer this?

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