Georgie Porgie pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry
This little boy likes giving you kisses…they may be stinky, but they are sweet!
Georgie Boy is a happy, go-lucky 10 year-old neutered boy who walks around without a care in the world. He’s your typical Velcro pug, so expect him to help you cook dinner, wash clothes, work on the computer…and use the bathroom. His foster siblings think he’s a hoot!
He’s very mobile, exploring the back yard and loves to go for walks. One of his back knees is bad, with a luxating patella (grade 1). He’s receiving some joint supplements and working on losing some weight, which may help with the condition not worsening. Maybe due to this, Georgie doesn’t try to get on the furniture. His foster mommy picks him up to sit with her, but he’d rather be on the floor. He has multiple beds and blankets throughout the house that he snuggles on.
One minor health issue is a right dry eye; currently getting OTC dry eye drops 4x a day. He is now getting use to the drops. His foster mommy holds him and tips him back just a bit, and the drop goes right in. When there is discharge around the eye, a baby wipe is used to cleanse the area.
We’ve got Georgie Boy on a complete new diet with some healthier, high-end dog foods, probiotic supplements, raw foods to make sure his body has the nutrients needed to keep him healthy. He’s a finicky eater, but one of our pet partners – Woof Gang Bakery – provided some samples, and we were able to find a food that he would eat.
Whenever Georgie Boy looks at you, he has a big, goofy smile on his face. At night, he likes to sleep on the floor next to his foster parent’s bed, and sleeps the whole night through. He has a stuffed bunny that he’s had since he was a puppy, which he sucks on every night. Over the years, his owners have had to re-stuff and sew it up. They’ve tried to substitute new or similar rabbits, but he only wants his bunny. He doesn’t seem interested in playing with any other toys.
Georgie Boy can chat up a pretty good conversation on the fly…only thing is, he can’t hear you talking back to him. Poor Georgie has had chronic ear infections for many years which have caused his ear canals to become blocked, and he can no longer hear. This causes him great discomfort and he’s constantly shaking his head, with discharge oozing from his ears all day long. But he still likes to talk, and some say he might even be able to read lips…
Unfortunately this ear blockage is a serious condition, and the reason his owners surrendered him to Pug Rescue of Florida; they could no longer afford to properly care for his condition. Over the next couple of months, Georgie Boy will be visiting several specialists to assess the damage and develop a treatment plan. One of the procedures that has been suggested for him is called TECA (Total Ear Canal Ablation) – a surgical procedure involving the removal of the middle ear. This form of surgery is a delicate procedure as the ears have a number of close facial nerves. This surgery is also expensive, and may cost up to $4,000.
Georgie Boy’s medical condition is complex. We are hoping for the best in finding a solution to avoid surgery, and the risks involved. In the meantime, his loving foster family is taking great care of him and getting him all of the medical attention he needs.
If you would like to donate to Georgie’s ongoing care, we would greatly appreciate it!
UPDATE 3/24/18: Georgie Boy returned to the specialist for his follow-up appointment and we’re happy to report that his ears look better! Not great, but better. All that hard work paid off…and he even lost a couple of pounds. The veterinarian was able to see into his ear canals, which they couldn’t do before. Some of the inflammation is down, but there is still much infection and other damage to the ears. We’re consulting with a surgeon to determine the best course of long-term care for Georgie…and looking for his forever family.
UPDATE 4/6/18: We have good news for Georgie Boy! His recent follow up appointment with Dr. Rubin at Newman Veterinary Center in Sanford showed a lot of progress.
His ear canals have opened up more, which means it is easier for cleaning solutions and medications to get in there to start working. But the canals are still full of polyps that need to be removed, and there is still an infection deep in the inner canal.
The treatment regimen that we’ve been doing for the past six weeks was successful, but Georgie Boy will still need to undergo a $1,300 surgical procedure, scheduled for April 13th, where the growths in both ears will be lasered off allowing for more air flow, do a complete flush, a deep cleaning of the inner canal to pull out the rest of the infection, and determine exactly what it is so that we can treat it with the appropriate medication.
He probably won’t get his hearing back, but his foster mom says he does fine without it. And when his foster siblings start barking, he somehow figures out how to bark right along with them! Going forward, Georgie will just need routine ear cleanings every week, just like every pug…and lots of love. He will be available for adoption in April.
Check out this fun video of Georgie Boy to learn even more about this sweetheart!