I love Petey! He is one of the most unusual pugs I've ever known.

I began fostering Petey for APARN over 1 1/2 years ago. He's 7 years old. He was owned by a former vet tech who made the mistake of leaving Petey on the floor with her 9 month old and toys. Petey is toy possessive so he bit the baby. Petey had many difficult issues so I volunteered to take him on.

Petey is a registered pug (surprise!!!) who was born deaf and missing part of his brain, the cerrebellum. This greatly affects his motor skills. His owner loved him and cared well for him. Petey has a spastic look to his movements. The further away from his brain the less control his body has. He is urinary continent but has difficulty telling when he has to poop so he's somewhat fecally incontinent.

His brain disorder is what it is. Otherwise he's pretty healthy. He's starting to get some arthritis due to the funny way he puts pressure on his joints.

He wasn't real good with other dogs and for a long time he wasn't real happy here. As time went on I finally figured him out and how to give him the kind of attention he needs. Now he is more settled and better about everything. I think he's pretty happy.

He loves to play ball. He'd play until his feet would fall off. We have a multitude of tennis balls in our yard. He always picks one specific tennis ball and that's the only one he'll play with for that session. If another dog goes after the ball he gets really upset. My dogs leave him alone for his ball time, but newbies love to tease him. He'll run and fall over his own feet, tuck and roll and get up and continue. It's pretty comical sometimes. If he loses sight of the ball he'll run in various sized circles until he finds it. He has to put the ball down for you to throw. You can't take it out of his mouth. If you don't pick it up after a moment, he picks it up again and moves it around in front of you.

He also loves to chase airplanes and cars that go by the fence. He'll see the cars coming down the street and wait until they are close and then take off running. This game is even better at dusk when the cars have their lights on.

He chases birds all the time. They are very exciting. He thinks he's sneaking up when in reality he's shuffling and moving pebbles and making a bit of noise. Then the birds land behind him and follow him. Since he can't hear he doesn't know they are there.

Indoor he chases the ceiling fan when he gets excited. He's also started watching TV some and gets excited and chases around the room.
He loves his cuddle time in the evening. I have one old girl pug he hates for some reason. She's blind and bumps into him, but now she seeks him out on purpose. He gets up with me on the couch, but it's also her time on the couch. So I have to use my hand as a blinder so that Petey can't see Georgia. It's very effective to help keep the peace.

Petey is my room guard at night. Most of the dogs sleep in bed and the others sleep on the floor or cots. Petey patrols outside my bedroom door and barks at shadows during the night. At some time in the wee hours he comes in the room and cuddles up with another old girl, Cookie, on her cot. There he sleeps the rest of the night away.

My co-worker made a Video of Petey that he posted on youtube. I've added it to my site. I think it's very funny. It captures the essense of Petey. I hope he does find his forever family with fewer dogs. But until then I savor the time I spend with my crazy, spastic boy. He's such a pleasure!

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Comment by julie foutch on May 29, 2009 at 4:43am
This is a wonderful story it teaches us that no matter the disability,it can be managed with love and compassion.You are a wonderful person and that little angel is lucky to have you,as i know about pugs with disabilities and their no different at least not to me,they are all angels who need love and a place to call their forever home.You have my very best,take care.
Comment by Pam & Pugs :0) on May 28, 2009 at 7:25pm
What a treat to read about Petey. You really should be writing professionally, you have a gift. Thanks for sharing this with us! :0)

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