I need a pug puppy! California

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  1. Nexus

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    Hey guys, I'm looking to get a pug puppy. I'm in northern California, but will travel on the weekend.


    My story: I had a baby pug. He was born 4/29 and I ended up getting him 5/17. My girlfriend and I had to watch him 24/7 and bottle feed him. We kept him inside, bought a puppy plan for his shots and on Saturday he would have got his third set of shots. Monday (7/10), while I was at work he started acting funny. I ended up having to make an emergency vet visit. They said it just looked like he hurt himself because he yelped when he moved his neck or touched it. The x-rays were fine and they sent him home with some medicine. Tuesday he showed signs of improvement by eating and going to the bathroom and wagging his tail, but was still lethargic. By noon on Wednesday he had labored breathing and was not responsive. Again, I rushed him to the vet. They said he had low blood sugar, a temperature, and despite being unconscious he would still yelp and whimper when someone touched his neck. While the vets began IV treatment and got me a price quote, another vet came in and told us that he was crashing--we rushed into the room and watched the vet and his assistants try to resuscitate him with no success. My girlfriend was bawling her eyes out, and I was just in shock. As reality set in, it had a double impact--my baby pug--this little energetic feisty ball of awesomeness was gone and it killed me to see my girlfriend so hurt. I'd do anything to relieve her pain. She hasn't been herself. I know it is super soon, but I feel like if I can get her another puppy it will help with the healing process. It will give her something to do--and more importantly something to love again. She seems okay with the idea.

    We are also fans of rescuing animals. Currently we have a somewhat crippled pug, and a fat blind one that were both rescued from the pound.

    The vet said it was likely meningitis, which was something completely out of our control. Or it could have been a genetic defect and he was just a ticking time bomb.

    Meanwhile we are getting our little Poop Fairy cremated and plan to do something special in honor of his memory. He was really a blessing, despite his short and unfair life. Below are a few pictures of him.
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  2. ollinger

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    Sorry for your loss, but it sounds like you had a dog that was separated from its mother while barely two weeks old. Was there a reason for that?
     
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  3. Dear Djordje

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    Yeah, typically you wait 8 weeks before separating from the mom.
     
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  4. JoelDali

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    As a pug owner my heart sank reading this. Find a reputable breeder. They are everywhere. Good luck.
     
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  5. TennisAddiction

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    I dislike pugs. Actually I feel awful for them. As an asthmatic I know what it's like to have trouble breathing puds are basically doomed respatory issues their entire lives. I feel like breeding them is boarderline abuse because of how they suffer their whole lives breathing.
     
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  6. scotus

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    OP, I don't know the circumstances, but as a couple of other posters have already pointed out, pups need to be with their mother for 8 weeks at least for the best possible health.

    Also, they are not supposed to take walks outside or go anywhere strange dogs defecate until they have completed their series of 3 puppy shots, or else you are risking infectious diseases big time.

    While I sympathize with your loss, you and your girlfriend already have 2 pugs. I don't see why a third one would help. After all, puppyhood lasts only a few months and the new pup will be just like your other 2 pugs.
     
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  7. Dedans Penthouse

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    Boarderline abuse? That's a pretty lousy thing to say imo. People (and animals) with worse "challenges" thrive in spite of whatever issues they face. Pugs even with their weezing are cool little bundles of big-time personality. I have friends who recently lost their first pug. My buddy would share some sips of beer with the pug from out of the same mug as his....from there, the pug "feeling his oats" would start dry-humping their female doberman (who would look on with disinterest). Well, they went out and got a new (all-black) pug puppy and this little guy is awesome as well with a great spirit just like his deceased predicessor.

    Abuse? hmmmm....
     
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  8. ollinger

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    ^^ I know nothing about the health issues of pugs but there was a fascinating article perhaps a year ago or more in NY Times Sunday Magazine section about how bulldogs have been bred into a virtual caricature of what they used to look like, and the health problems that have come with the change.
     
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  9. Nexus

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    We ended up getting Houdini (aka Poop Fairy) from craigslist and as soon as we met the owner we could tell he was very uneducated and we decided to take our chances with him, rather than leave him with the owner.

    That being said, our puppy had no issues breathing or anything of the sort. I spent a decent part of yesterday printing out photos of him and I surprised my girl with a photo album. I peeked in on her this morning before work and I found her sleeping with her arms wrapped around the photo album. it just kind of broke my heart. I'm going to keep looking, and hopefully find someone that I can trust.
     
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