• Melody Chalaban

Sora's Pug Life Now

Updated: Feb 7


Sora is a 9yo fawn pug, who Kelly Nass adopted on February 19, 2012. (Hey, her Gotcha Day is coming!)


In rescuer Kim's words:

"Sora was found as a stray around 2011. She was young, under 1 yr, and healthy but nobody came to adopt her, so I took her in.


"At that time I lived with my parents. My house was crowded with other fostering pugs so she stayed at the vet clinic. I visited the vet everyday to walk her. She loved it a lot. When I walked her, I dropped by Starbucks to get iced latte. She wanted to share so I had with her.


"She got ultrasound to check whether she spayed or not, and she was spayed. She was already spayed but stray as young puppy...Sad. After staying at the vet she flew to the States on Feb 2012."


Fun Fact First!

Check out Sora in Pug Nation LA's 2020 calendar. She's Miss February!


Follow Sora on Instagram @sorasmom


First picture Kelly saw of Sora

How did you happen upon Sora?

I found her cute little nugget face on petfinder.com.

Gotcha Day

How did you know Sora was the “one?”

I'd been thinking about adopting a pug for almost a year and a half but wasn't sure I was ready for the commitment. I researched the breed and browsed available pugs on petfinder.com often. I was originally looking for a black pug—we’d had black dogs growing up—but as soon as I saw her wonky eye and wearing that pink polka dotted coat, I knew she was the one!


When I put in my application, there were 3 people ahead of me. They said they’d call if none of them worked out, and I was so upset thinking I had no chance. Then I got the call a few weeks later that she was still available. Apparently, she wanted nothing to do with the previous applicants—even ran and hid behind the couch from one. I was in Kentucky taking care of my dad when I got the call (he’d just had a heart attack). I asked if they could wait a week before I was back in California, and thankfully they said yes.


I couldn't wait to meet her—I drove straight from LAX to her foster home. I sat on the floor to say hello, and she crawled into my lap and fell asleep immediately. Her foster mom said, "It looks like she chose you to be her Mom." My heart was instantly full. She's been my baby girl ever since!



What’s Sora’s personality like?

She's a bossy little queen! She's stubborn, demanding, lets me know when she thinks it's time to eat (even though she just ate), and basically rules the house. She gets really upset if people don't want to pet her—especially in the elevator. She also likes to lean against cute boys in the elevator—total flirt!! She absolutely hates escalators and will claw me to death any time we're on one (mostly at the airport). She's also startled by her own farts and looks at me like I did it! She gives great side-eye and has total attitude if she's not getting what she wants. But she's also the best snuggler and her puggy sighs are my favorite sound in the whole world.



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

She's a mama's girl and doesn't like me to be out of her sight. Her favorite place is next to me or in my lap or using my neck as a pillow when we sleep. We're a mother-daughter team, although she loves my boyfriend, too. They take great naps together! She travels with me often and makes friends everywhere she goes. Kids and adults alike love her and constantly say she's the cutest pug they've ever seen.



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

She loves blueberries and the foam off my latte (thanks to her rescuer, Kim, who took her to Starbucks after springing her from the shelter in Korea! Lol) She thinks every time we’re in the drive-thru, she should get a cheeseburger. And she demands a Dunkin' munchkin' every day when I walk her to get my morning coffee. She has the DD workers wrapped around her paw. When she starts barking, they apologize for not getting her munchkin fast enough!! She hates carrots and lettuce. Pretty much anything else is fair game.


If your pug could talk, what would she say?
“Bitch, where's my dinner?” lol

If your pug had thumbs, what would she do?

She would text me, "When are you coming home? Where's my dinner?"



Adopting Sora was the single best decision of my life. I proudly wear the crazy pug lady label, and contrary to my friends’ beliefs, I found a guy who loves her (almost) as much as I do.


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