Meet Sydney, Sydney was adopted by Richard Kost, who is a Senior Marketing Solutions Manager for MSLO. Richard and his partner adopted Sydney from Precious Pug Rescue & Adoption in New York City. This pug is two years old. We also heard he was 'Stud,' we would love to get to meet him . Another dog with a cute flat face. LOL
This is what Richard had to tell us about Sydney when we interviewed him:
My partner and I had decided that we wanted to adopt a pug instead of getting one from a breeder. My partner, Bernie, had two other pugs that have since past and we were both pug-lovers! We had found PPRA on the Web and we completed an application. Shortly afterwards, we were contacted as possible adopters of some pugs coming from Oklahoma. But this is Sydney's story...Sydney (AKA: Mr. Peaches) was a stud at a puppy mill in Oklahoma and was selected for termination, along with 6 other breeding pugs. His main purpose was to mate and make pug puppies. We are not certain of why, but we know that he was no longer wanted. The Green Mountain Pug Rescue in Wisconsin was contacted by a local Oklahoma Animal Rights chapter and was able to intercede and rescue the pugs. They contacted PPRA and PPRA agreed to foster and find homes for the pugs. They just had to get to New York!
Through the Pug Underground Railroad, (Yes, it is for real. It is a network of pug owners and lovers across the country connected by cell phone, email, text and Blackberry.), agreed to transport the pugs from Oklahoma to PPRA in New City, NY (about an hour north of NYC). The pugs left Oklahoma and traveled to various sites across the country. From rest stops to shopping mall parking lots, from car to van to truck until they got to a Vet clinic in Ohio, where they received their shots, physicals, medical attention and medications. After a short stay since some required operations to remove teeth and fix internal issues, the pugs then continued on their journey finding foster homes, adopters and caregivers along the way. Mr Peaches and two other of his mill-mates found their way to New City and PPRA headquarters. Roxy was a 6 year-old female pug who was bred 9 times! She was "bred-out" so they say. Scout was a 5 year-old male, who like Mr Peaches, was scheduled for termination. He had eye issues and did not like to be touched. We wanted all of them, but Mr Peaches needed the most love. He was a tiny, scrawny thing incapable of affection or play. He just sat quietly and watched the other pugs play. We were told that he was two and spent most of his life in a wire cage (not much play time for Mr P!). He has splayed paws from standing on the wire grid floor of his cage, and his teeth are pretty banged up from gnawing on the bars. But he was healthy, and there was a longing in his eyes. The other pugs were much more rambunctious and lively. Mr Peaches did not even respond to his name! So, we wrapped him in a my coat and I carried him in my arms on the car ride home. The first few nights were a challenge. He was not house broken and he had never been on a leash or had a collar. We named him Sydney (MP) Galvin-Kost, since it was Australia Day when we got him, and my partner is from Australia. I am happy to say that after the 6 short months of TLC, he has almost become a true pug --lovable, kind, playful, fearless and taking up most of the bed! I say "almost" because he has some baggage. He is afraid of stairs and is a little fearful of food, so eating is sometimes a challenge. And, what pug doesn't like to eat? Anyway, he has found a place in our hearts, as well as in our home. We are lucky to have him, and I think he feels pretty happy to have us, too.