Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Pug Called Petunia

Turner passed away on April 9, 2010.  Petunia came home with us exactly ten days later.  

It was a very long ten days.  My husband, Meatball, and I were a pathetic bunch.  There was a lot of crying and moping around the house.  Our feeling of loss was substantial.  There was now a giant hole in our family.  We took the week off of work.  It was our time to mourn, our dark period.  We got a tremendous amount of support from our family and friends and ate a lot of takeout. 

Then one day I woke up, determined to find a rescue pug.  This time, I could scour the internet.  I attended a pug rescue event and loved the idea of being able to give a home to a shelter pup.

Soon, I found her.  She was being looked after up in the Lake Tahoe area, and had recently been saved by the non-profit Angels Rescuing Kritters.  I filled out an application, hoping that we would be considered  Then my phone rang. By some miracle, I had been the first applicant, like it was meant to be.

  The next day, my husband and I and drove the few hours north to meet her.  It was absolutely love at first sight.  Her name was Petunia, and she was coming home with me.  She sat on my lap on the ride home (husband was driving) and took everything in.  Then she curled up in a ball and went to sleep.  She seemed pretty comfortable with her new family already.

Petunia, a few hours after we brought her home
 I turned my back on a basket full of laundry for one minute
Can you feel the personality?
The first thing I noticed about her was her spunk.  She was a happy and peppy little dog, who at less than a year old, had already had a litter of puppies.  This dog also had a lot of confidence.  We introduced her to Meatball slowly.  We took them for a walk around the block together, and let them feel each other out.  I took the picture below shortly after.  She quickly made herself at home.

That night, my husband dragged her crate into our bedroom.  I was going to bed, and so was she.  However, Petunia had other plans.  She jumped onto our bed, crawled under the covers, curled up into a ball at my side, and passed out.  She remained there all night.  We put her crate back into the living room and she slept with us from that night on.  

Soon it soon became clear that Petunia was actually Meatball's dog.  He played so gently with her, and she loved to chew on his armpits.  They were best friends from day one, completely inseparable. She followed him everywhere.  I tried to capture every moment of it on film.

 In a way, Petunia healed all of us.  Dogs have a way of bringing out the best in people.  We were happy again.  We smiled.  We stopped ordering all of that takeout.  The sun started shining on all of us.  

Now, I don't have a favorite dog.  They are all special to me, and have different quirks which are completely endearing.  However, Petunia happens to be especially photogenic.  Maybe it is the tongue that is ALWAYS hanging out of her mouth?  I probably have the most pictures of her, but she is kind of a superstar.

Since I am usually the one taking the pictures, I am not in them much.  Husband took this one night, as we were getting ready for bed.  Our pack was a happy pack.

Then came Harriet.  We didn't know we needed a third dog, but we really did.  She had always been a missing piece, and we didn't even know it yet.   


Amy Fashion Blog said...

Aww I love how everything turned out. I also love how you recused your dogs. Priscilla my dog is a recused dog too. Someone abandon her outside of an apartment building. A mail lady find her and took her home. Thinking she would keep her but she didn't get along with the lady other dog. So one days as the lady was grocery shopping. We got to talking about dogs as I was checking her grocery out. She asked if I would like to have to have Priscilla. After talking it over with my hubby. We got her.

rooth said...

Just look at them together - they are soul mates for sure :) I love reading this story btw, thanks for sharing it with us

Stephanie said...

I love reading the story of how your family came to be. Petunia is such a cutie, how could she not put the sparkle back into your lives?

Mandy Crandell said...

Such a sweet story! So glad you found one another.

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