Pugsville – Lord Byron and Lady Isabella


The Pack Is Whole Again!

There was a great deal of fanfare this morning; Byron is coming home! He’s well enough to leave the hospital but still not 100% as he will have to be nebulized and coupaged every few hours, with lots of pills to take for the next two weeks. We went out and bought a nebulizer (not as easy as you’d think in Manhattan) and watched several videos of how to coupage small dogs.

Coupaging is giving him firm, but not too firm, alternating pats on each side of his chest with a cupped hand. This would help to break up the remnants of pneumonia still in his lungs. Continue reading “The Pack Is Whole Again!”

Isabella Home and On The Mend

Isabella is home form the hospital and on the road to recovery. We bought the inflatable collar for her which seemed to work better than the cloth collar she had while in the hospital. We also needed to cover her back feet with something so that if she scratching her stitches in her underarm, there wouldn’t be any accidents. We tried socks for dogs but that was a wasted of money, they kept falling off. We bought a pair of Ultra Paws Durable dog boots (Izzy takes a petit size, and Byron takes an x small) and those did the trick. We got little dog tee shirts that she had to wear to keep the sutures covered as we had to be putting ointment on them. I found one that said ‘recovering from surgery be gentle’ on Continue reading “Isabella Home and On The Mend”

Isabella Gets To Go Home

Everyone in Pugsville took a big cautious sigh of relief today; Isabella was able to come home from the hospital.

She seemed so fragile, like a precious china doll someone dropped, broke, and put back together. A patchwork quilt of sutures criss-crossed her body. Our wonderful Doctor A cut little hearts and smiley faces to put on her bandage. It was just a little thing, but it spoke volumes. We knew she was in good loving hands. Continue reading “Isabella Gets To Go Home”

Isabella Getting Ready For Surgery

These are a few photos the doctor was kind enough to take of Isabella getting prepped for surgery. She looks like she is handling it with her normal grace and unflappable good nature.

We also can not begin to thank enough Dr. A (A as in Awesome) for her compitance and expertise in handling this situation. She also was very understanding and compassionate with us in our time of extreme stress. Most doctors are not like that. So we say thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for us and our Pugs. We are so glad that we found you. We would also like to thank all the wonderful staff at the hospital for their professional and understanding nature. It gave us much comfort to know the pugs were in good and knowledgeable hands.


Byron Has Pneumonia

The day before Isabella was to go in for her surgery, Byron started to cough a little. We looked at each other and thought “Now what.” Throughout the night it got worse with our little guy coughing every few hours. By morning, we knew we had another problem on our hands and called the vet. By this time I am confident that the vet had our number on speed dial as we had theirs.

We took Isabella in for her surgery that morning, and Byron was to follow a few hours later.

We showed the vet a video we took of Byron coughing, thinking that he might not cough while in the doctors office. And we wanted to make sure that she knew exactly what it sounded like. She listened to his chest and decided to take chest x rays, and more blood work. She immediately thought that it could be kennel cough. The Bordetella vaccine should be given in NYC every six months, because she said that NYC is near epidemic levels of the virus. Continue reading “Byron Has Pneumonia”

Lady Isabella’s Cancer Journey

Let’s begin with how this all started for Isabella. At the time we started ‘freaking out’ about Byron, Isabella was not eating very well. One day she would eat normally and the next day she showed no interest in food at all. It was when she started to throw up that we became very concerned and decided needs to see a vet about this.

We had taken her to the same vet as Byron the day before. He did not give the thorough exam that seems so obvious and did nothing more than think she ate something on the sidewalk. Now we are so careful when we walk these pugs. This is NYC. The sidewalks are beyond bad…but more on that later. Continue reading “Lady Isabella’s Cancer Journey”

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning With Lord Byron’s Blindness

Let me start off by saying that if these words will help maybe one dog get help or one person find comfort in the sheer fact that you are not alone, then this blog will have been worth it.

It all seemed to start a few months ago when we noticed that Byron just seemed sad. His tail was down, and with pugs, the tail is always their barometer for happy. There really isn’t a better word to describe how he was acting. We also started noticing at the same time a weight gain, but again it wasn’t anything that raised red flags. He always got the same measured amount of food so we just thought that he is getting older and maybe to cut back a little on the food. But that was it. Continue reading “Let’s Start At The Very Beginning With Lord Byron’s Blindness”

Lightning Can Strike Twice: Lord Byron and Lady Isabella Health Issues

One day, not too many weeks ago, Lady Isabella and Lord Byron enjoyed a fabulous day at the park. Isabella was in a great mood, bouncing around spreading happiness to all the other humans, like a magical social butterfly. Byron made a new friend and had a lot fun playing fetch with a tennis ball as they charged after the ball together, sometimes Byron got it, sometimes now. It was a wonderful day.

Then, just a few short days later, Byron is bloated and can’t see very well, and Isabella is throwing up and not eating.

Continue reading “Lightning Can Strike Twice: Lord Byron and Lady Isabella Health Issues”

Lord Byron is…

Lord Byron is an amazing complicated little creature. Byron is everything to everyone.

But Byron is also my whole world, Byron is my everything!

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Happy Fat Tuesday everyone, aka Paczki Day. How we do miss that Polish tradition of the heavenly donut that packs quite a calorie wallop. Lady Isabella and Lord Byron are also getting into the carnival spirit today with some colorful dress ensambles.
So from the staff at Pugsville headquarters, we say go and indulge yourself a little or a lot! Here is a link to what exactly is Paczki Day


Groundhog Day Thoughts…

Today is Groundhog Day. The day when the first thoughts of spring start to sprout in the minds of snow weery souls. Isabella has a different take on this day.

Here is a little Izzyism that she would like to share…Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine!

Let’s have spring thoughts today no matter what the Groundhog sees.

Ahhh Sunday

Sundays are a special day of doing what Puggies do best. Relaxing! Isabella has taken relaxing and made it an art form. Hence not a lot on the agenda gets done today.

Throwback Thursday

In the famous words of Monty Hall from Let’s Make A Deal, “What’s behind curtain number 1?”

And where is Carol Merrill?

Thanks Jonas!

What a difference a day makes. Thanks to Epic Blizzard Jonas. We are under a blizzard warning and a travel ban. So stay in because the snow looks much better when you are looking at it from the other side of the window. We hope that everyone stays safe. Remember to bring your pets in. Keep them warm and dry. And give ‘um a big hug for us.

Wait For It!

You can barely see the remnant of snow that we had here at Pugsville NYC the other day. But wait till tomorrow. Winter storm Jonas will be bearing down on the east coast this weekend. We hope that everyone stays safe out there. Please remember to bring your pets inside. They also need to stay dry and warm. Look at it this way, if you’re cold, so are they. Give ‘um some lovin’ for us!

Slap On Some Lipstick

Well it’s here. Blue Monday. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year.

Our Lady Isabella deals with it with grace and dignity by slapping on some lipstick and lounging in the sun.  If that doesn’t seem to do it for you, here is a link for some other suggestions to get you through your day.

Blue Monday survival suggestions

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