it’s taken me a week to even get the courage to post about lola. I debated writing anything in the first place, but felt that I should with massive outpouring of online & social media support we’ve received since her passing…
we knew after her pde diagnosis that one day, we would have to make a difficult decision. last tuesday things took a turn for our sweet pug, and it became quite clear that the time had come to put our heartbreaking plan in place. we were always realistic with her – that everyday was truly a gift and at any point may be her last.
she lived seven months past her diagnosis – a shocking fact for both us and our vets. my husband and I will also both admit that some of our best moments and memories with her was during that seven months. we’re thankful to have been given so much extra time with her (really, almost a lifetime for pugs diagnosed with this horrific and terminal disease).
I believe that things happen for a reason – and while lola was a challenge at times and required a lot of care, she was meant to be in our lives and we were meant to be her puppy parents. I often think that had she not ended up with us she may not have been able to get the care, attention, and love that we had to offer. I understand that more than ever having been working at a pug rescue. she was the best first dog, first pug, and first fur baby we could have ever asked for – and we wouldn’t have asked or done anything differently.
our home and hearts feel empty right now. it’s been a difficult transition, and I assume will continue to be one as we attempt to move forward. we miss absolutely everything about her, but know she’s in a much better place (loaded with dog treats, greek yogurt, ‘doody’ bones, and polka ‘poufs’). a huge shout out to everyone who has reached out to us – friends, family, internet/blog friends, and strangers. your support is truly appreciated, and we feel grateful to have it.
when we’re ready, I know there will come a time when we will be pug parents again (or maybe even foster parents). until then, I’ll continue to keep one of lola’s ‘doody’ bones in my purse…
+ for more on lola’s backstory and pde go here
+ + if you’re a pug owner dealing with PDE and looking for some support or more information, I would love to hear from you // firstname.lastname@example.org