Some of you eagle eyed readers noticed the absence of Ike from the Christmas picture. Ike has found a new home. Well, we found one for him. You see, Ike was a barker and a marker. He peed on everything. You literally could not put a thing down on the floor without him peeing on it. He peed on every piece of furniture over and over- ruining furniture and carpet alike. We tried everything and worked with our vet to overcome these problems for the 3 years he lived with us. Finally we figured it out- he wanted to be an only pug. Our house was going on the market and I knew we could never sell it with him living there (it got really old having to constantly take down the drapes to wash and press them to get rid of the pee stains). But we loved him and didn't want him to go to just any home. He needed to live with someone who understood how to be a good pug owner. So I contacted Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue and turned him over to them knowing they would find a good home through their thorough screening process. And they did. He lives with a middle aged gentleman who used to show pugs. He's the only dog in the home and he's thriving. You can click here and see how he's listed as a success story. I didn't blog about it when it happened (in June) because with my ablation surgery and putting the house on the market it was just too much stress and I just couldn't handle it if someone blasted me for being a bad pug mom. We've received updates through MAPR that he's very happy and that's all I ever wanted for him. And you know what? Kea is happier too. She now goes outside to potty without a fight. We knew Ike bugged her but didn't realize to what extent. We ended up having to pay $3000 for a carpet allowance when selling our house because of the damage he did, not to mention all the furniture he ruined. He was a lot of fun and had he come with a manual at birth that said "hey, I gotta be the only dog, yo." then things would have been different. We just had no way of knowing when we added to our puggy brood. It was a really tough decision and I cried that whole day, but we had to do what was best for the family. And now he's made someone else very happy so that's a great bonus too.
So, that's what happened to Ike. No, you didn't miss anything. I was just hesitant to talk about it cause it made me sad. But it was for the best. And hey, we've still got 2 sweet little puggy girls over here who never tire of attention and internet lovin!