A year with Lily & Lola

30.12.09

In December of last year a friend of mine used to regularly visit the Dogs Trust to see the dogs and to walk them, and on one visit he called me to say that they had 2 Pugs (because he knew how much I liked them). So the next day I went to the Dogs Trust to have a look.. I was like a small child on the way there - full of excitement and a bit anxious to see whether they were still there or not!

I filled out some forms at Reception which is where I spotted this sign:-


I headed off along the corridor and saw some of the others dogs waiting to be re-homed, some with really sad stories which was quite hard to see. Then I saw Lily and Lola in their kennel fast asleep and looking very chubby. I burst into tears! I thought how could anyone mistreat them and let them end up there. The story was that their owner had died and her daughter had brought in 3 Pugs and a couple of other small dogs as she was unable to care for them. Lily had a scar on one eye because an eye infection had been left untreated, and Lola had a dodgy leg which the vet was keeping an eye on. They hadn't been house trained and were left alone for 7 to 8 hours every day so they didn't have any social skills and they didn't know how to walk on a lead.

The next couple of days were a blur. First I asked if I could meet them and I had a little play with them. They were really playful and friendly and of course adorable! Next thing I know I had agreed to adopt them and I just knew I couldn't let someone else snap them up.

The Dogs Trust carried out their checks and I waited patiently to hear the adoption date. They said that after Christmas would be better because there tends to be a lot of people and lots of noise on Christmas Day so they set the date of 27 December.

My Mum came with me to the adoption talk where we got advice and tips, and a bag of dog food. The lady who held the talk said "good luck feeding the Pugs, they're very fussy". She had to be joking. They will eat anything you put down in front of them and anything they find on the floor! :)


Things haven't been plain sailing. Lily developed an ingrowing eyelash which had to be removed and it left her eye very sore and requiring lots of drops and visits to the vet. Their back legs aren't too strong so we have to make sure they don't get too heavy and they get enough exercise. I have to regularly clean the folds on their faces to avoid germs causing an infection. Also their nails grow like crazy and they shed hair like nothing you have seen before!

Pugs can be hard work at times but they're so loveable. They follow me round wherever I go and always want to be cuddled and stroked. Lily and Lola are really good with children and adults alike. People often ask how we tell them apart but it's so easy for me because they are totally different characters. Lily is very shy and needy; she is a Mummy's girl and always wants to sit with me. Lola is the protective sister and a lot more confident. She is very greedy and likes to bark at animals on the tv. Lola is slightly bigger than Lily and their tails both curl different ways :) Failing that the only other way to tell is by looking at their name tags!

I'd love to hear your story if you have adopted an animal. I hope you have enjoyed hearing my story.

33 comments:

  1. aww they are so cute!! i've always wanted a pug! i love how you've named your blog after them too!
    I got one of my cats from the RSPCA she had been rescued from someones shed where she had been locked away without food or water. when we got her she was like a wild cat and really vicious it was a total nightmare.. she just hid under the bed and hissed at anyone that walked past but after a year she turned into the most beautiful, friendly cat. I hate the thought of people mistreating animals its disgusting! I'd recommend getting rescued animals to anyone x

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  2. Awww they're so sweet! It's so nice that you rescued them too :) I've never rescued an animal before but i'd love a retired greyhound.
    xx

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  3. They are gorgeous. I'd love one but have to content myself with my Pugsley Beanie Baby :)

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  4. Aw I did enjoy reading your story. I hope that this helps some people to make that step to adopt an animal. More people should thnk about animals before they buy them- then they would be certain of the commitment it takes.

    Looks like you give Lily and Lola a wonderful home :) Emma x

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  5. They are gorgeous! We've rescued a few dogs and various guinea pigs and rabbits. With a bit of love and care it's lovely to see their personalities come out! xo

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  6. Thats such a sweet story hun. I love dogs they're just the best arent they, and the fact you named your blog after yours is so lovely!!

    We got our lurcher Simba from the RSPCA back in 2004 when she was 2, luckily they didnt think she had been mistreated though, apparently her owner had to "go away" - we thought maybe prison but we dont really have any idea. Shes so girly and is always helping me write my blog (hehe) shes sitting next to me as I write this!! xxx

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  7. Aww they are such cuties! I've never had a pet before but I'd love to have a dog one day in the future x

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  8. thats so sweet, they are really cute xx

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  9. What a lovely story, they are so cute Wee Geri is a delight too x

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  10. I love your dogs - they are so cute! They are very lucky to have you - on the other hand I know how much fun they give us too!
    Claire xx

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  11. They are so adorable I love the story. We weren't able to adopt a kitten from Battersea because we both work 9-5 (ish) so we bought Mr Benny from a local family who's cat had had so many kittens they couldn't cope, they kept most of them but just sold two to make it easier on them. Things haven't always been easy since Mr Benny has an addiction to eating food from the bin (we have had to get a massive brabantia which he can't open) I mean what a binraider! He likes to try and eat anything basically and even though he has been spayed he rather embarassingly likes to try and hump cardigans or dressing gowns if you leave them anywhere near him, very embarassing if anyone comes to visit and sees him giving their fleece the once over - have almost died of embarassment on several occasions and my mums pink mohair cardy will never be the same pmsl! Lily and Lola are so gorgeous hun, am so jealous! Would love dogs but our house isn't big enough really and we wouldn't have enough time to devote to them. Am hoping when we have kids we can have a little dog xx

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  12. wow a lot has changed in a year! your dogs are adorable, and you are such a good person to adopt dogs which have slight health problems as everyone always wants the perfect puppy. i hope 2010 will be good for lily and lola! x

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  13. What an amazing story and how amazing you are to care for them so much. People like you are the salt of the earth. They are lucky you came along as its obvious you will give them the best life.

    My mum, nan and I often go to the dogs trust near my house to take presents and donations and visit the dogs. We cant have a dog as my nan is very old and I also just got a hamster. We love visiting them though. They are all so beautiful and deserve nothing but love and good things.

    Bless you Victoria.

    xoxox

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  14. That's such a lovely story :) Lily & Lola are gorgeous. If I ever get another pet, I'd definitely go to a rescue home. I can't bear to think of people mistreating animals. Lily & Lola look very happy with you and I love that you named your blog after them :) xx

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  15. Aww what a sweet story, I welled up a little reading that! I'm so glad you rescued them. They're adorable! I can't abide animal cruelty or neglect :( Glad there's a happy ending and that Lily and Lola are doing well! xx

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  16. Aww thats such a nice story! :) They are adorable! XO

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  17. such a lovely story..what a sweetie you are!! you love ure dogs just as much as i love mine :) xx

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  18. Aww man, no wonder you cried!! :( Thats a really lovely story. Lily and Lola are lucky to have such attentive and caring owners as yourself and your bf, not all people would have the patience and time. Animal cruelty is a horrible thing and is upsetting to hear about. Its harder to rehome animals that havent had the best start to life, but seems like you have done a great job in making two wee girlies happy :) x

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  19. What a year- you're dogs are gorgeous & quite clearly very popular.

    I adore dogs - but i only have my newly bought baby hamster <3 lol



    laura jaye xox

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  20. what an aamzong story, i'm glad they are OK and happy now :)

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  21. What a sweet story, I think those two were meant to be yours :) They're so precious, I just love pugs!

    My neighbor downstairs has a pug named Petunia who is probably about 3 times the size of Lily or Lola, LOL! My husband wants a pug SO BAD. I show him pics of your dogs and he wants to go out and adopt one STAT :)

    Whenever I see my neighbor, she always updates me on what pugs are at the shelter or online because she wants us to get one so bad as well. I might be a pug owner too someday with the way things are going :)

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  22. I feel so teary reading this story! I've always wanted to adopt a dog - when I was growing up we rescued one from an old couple who could no longer cope with her and it just feels so amazing to give these loving creatures a new life.

    Hooray for Lily and Lola - I LOVE them!! :)

    Happy New Year!

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  23. this is so sweet! i want to rescue a dog so badly!

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  24. Ahh bless them both! Loved reading this :) x

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  25. aww i love your pugs:) there adorable!XX

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  26. Aww what a beautiful story! Lily and Lola as sooooo cute (and lucky to have a loving mummy like you)! I just wanna hug em!

    I adopted my family dog from a shelter and then 7 years later we adopted another mutt from a family who were moving into a smaller house and couldn't be bothered housing/feeding their dog any more :( He had been beaten and was severely malnourished. Every time we lifted our hands quickly around him he'd flinch and his tail would go between his legs because he thought he was going to get hit. It took months before we were able to put our arms around him to hug him. Once he realised we would never hurt him he became the biggest sooky baby in the world and loved hugs and cuddles. I'm so happy we saved him from a life of mistreatment and possibly being put down. Both our dogs lived long, happy lives full of love, hugs and walkies.

    A lot of people have some erroneous belief that animals from shelters don't make good pets. Thanks for your post, it is another demonstration that pets from shelters can make great family members. Hopefully it will inspire more people to adopt rather than buy.

    I hope one day all animals' lives are respected and no animal needs to be put in a shelter. But until then I'll be getting any pets from a shelter so I can give them a second chance at a great life :)

    xxx
    Miss Neesh

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  27. what a wonderful storey, you were so lucky to find them! I can't wait to get a pug one day :)

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  28. I stumbled across your blog and I'm just hooked! It's strange how many people you find who are just like you. Lily and Lola are just gorgeous. I have a Jack Russell called Max, who is around 6 or 7 years-old. We adopted him, almost a year ago now, from our local dogs' home. He was neglected and his owners just decided they didn't want him anymore. He hates shouting and hides whenever anyone makes a loud noise, but he has slowly come round and is the BIGGEST mummy's boy imaginable. I can never understand why people cast aside older or imperfect dogs. You should be really proud! I have a soft-spot for Puggles and your girlies are wonderful! Keep sharing your stories about them! :) xxx

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  29. Hi Victoria, I've been following your lovely blog for a while now and only just discovered this post! The post brought tears to my eyes as I didn't realise Lily and Lola were rescued. It's amazing that they have a loving home and can be happy pugs! :) Me and my boyfirned love pugs and I often show him pics you've posted! Keep up the logging :)

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  30. This story warms my heart. I adore Pugs and it was great that you re-homed Lily and Lola saving them from a potentially not very happy life.

    :o) I always love looking at your instagram pics of them!

    www.sweetiesal.com

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  31. A very heart warming story! :)

    I have a dog back home, in the Philippines, and I´m living in Madrid, Spain. I had to leave him with my parents when I left as I didn´t have the proper papers to bring him over and didn´t have time to get them together before I left... Long story.

    I adopted him from a friend whose dog gave birth to 6 puppies and they couldn´t keep all of them and so they opted for the next solution, find them loving homes. I adore my dog and when I come home for a visit I am going to look into taking him back to Madrid with me! I miss him so much!

    In the meantime, I know he is very happy with my parents :)

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  32. I've only just read this post eeek! Lily and Lola are just lovely! I think they would get on very well with my French Bulldog Sienna, what do you guys do with them when you go to work during the week?
    Were trying to find a dog walker for Sienna as I am currently travelling home at lunch time to see her.

    Love your blog!

    Harriet
    www.lovemoreandworryless.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. What an amazing story, it brought tears in my eyes. They both look lovely.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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