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The Art of Rescuing

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<span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">A year ago my family rescued a Pug from

PugSOS, Mr Pickles. This was the family's first ever rescue dog and boy we

didn't know what we were in for!!

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<span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">We had been looking for a dog for

grandma and she didn't want a puppy..... Being the delightful model pug that I

am grandma fell in love with pugs so we started to look for a rescue.

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<span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">We found Mr Pickles, we did a meet and

greet and a home stay for a week where we all fell in love with him. Mr Pickles

was rescued from a shed out west, he had been tied up and left to starve,

you could see in his eyes that he was broken, but we knew that there was

nothing the love of our family couldn't fix….. or could it?

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<span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">I guess rescue dogs are like foster

children they all have past hurts and trust issues that you need to break down

with love and patience. Many people think rescuing a dog is a great moral thing

to do and some think it's they easy option rather than a puppy.... But where

you can train most puppies in under 12 months, with a rescue dog it can take

many years to build up the love and trust and sometimes they never fully

recover from their past.

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<span style="font-family: Helvetica;"><span style="font-size: 18px;">I had to break Mr Pickles in, I had to

show him the pug life... So I took the lead... Firstly he was too skinny for a

pug! I taught him about the treats and the good food and how to maximize every

opportunity for food…... he may have taken this a little too seriously and may

now be on the podgy side!!! Next was the

variety of toys available, sadly Mr Pickles isn't very good at playing, he like

to bite, he has bitten the hair off my legs…….. We are still working on this

one but he is getting better at playing and doesn't bite as much. Next was the

pool, he hated the pool and wouldn't go near it, now we do pug runs in and out

of the pool through grandma’s house! And most importantly I am teaching him how

to snuggle the humans, he use to bite at their faces but now he love them to

death.... We wouldn't trade Mr Pickles for anything in the world! But we do know that rescuing a dog is very hard work and you should ensure you have the

time, love and patients to teach a broken dog how to live and love again.

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