RUBY - 6 MONTH OLD FEMALE
STATUS: IN FOSTER CARE.
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FOSTER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 29, 2024
It has been a busy week for Ms. Ruby! Yesterday she went to the vet and everyone was of course enamoured by her cuteness. The vet discovered that she has bilateral ear infections and is now on antibiotic ear drops twice a day. It appears that Ruby might go into heat soon, so it is best that she gets spayed ASAP and an appointment has been made for next week.
You might remember that Ruby came with a weeping eye which the vet feels might have been due to a corneal abrasion that seems to have healed. This is often due to the combination of litter mates stepping on each other and pugs having big eyes.
At the vet we discussed a possible sensitivity to chicken. In response we will be changing Ruby’s dog food to see if that makes a difference to her itchiness. Overall, the vet was very pleased with her health, energy level and friendly disposition.
Ruby has finally been enjoying her walks. She has yet to learn that she can pee on walks, but certainly enjoys the smells of the big world! She has met a few dogs now and seems to prefer the smaller ones, but tries to play with them all. We have learned that Ruby does not understand this crazy wind we’ve been having and thinks it is very scary. We have also learned that she enjoys snoozing on car rides.
Hoping all goes smoothly with Ruby’s surgery next week!
FOSTER UPDATE - FEBRUARY 19, 2024
Ruby has been doing amazing! She is 80% house trained and continues to sleep soundly through the night. She is very comfortable at home and cautious when exploring new places, which is to be expected. Going on walks is still quite scary for her, but she sure does love to cuddle. Ruby has the tiniest cutest little bark when she tries to get our dogs to play with her. Her eye seems to have cleared up and she has a vet appointment coming up at the end of the month.
We’ve learned that snow is not one of Ruby’s favourite things and she definitely prefers to be warm. We have also learned that she enjoys chewing on strings and taking the stuffing out of toys. We have also learned that we gave her the right name as Ruby is truly a gem!
INTRODUCTION - FEBRUARY 7, 2024
Meet precious Ruby who came into foster care yesterday at the age of about six months. She and her brother, being fostered at another rescue, came from a puppy mill this past weekend. She was taken to a vet on Monday to check out her weepy eyes and snorting. There was no fever or symptoms of a respiratory issue and she was deemed healthy enough for vaccinations. She was given eye drops and a probiotic for a few days.
Understandably, Ruby has been a bit cautious and reserved but she is very sweet and likes people. Foster mom reported that she slept through the night and has been playful since she woke up. That augurs well for the future.
She will be in foster care for a while until she has her second DHPP, her spay surgery and is house-trained. We look forward to seeing this beautiful girl's sparkle shine brighter and brighter as she becomes confident and happy in her new surroundings.
PS - UPDATE FROM HER FOSTER FAMILY!
Ruby is quickly adjusting to this fairly quiet home with two calm teen boys. She ate a few kibbles this morning and most of her probiotic. She loves to put two paws on you and lick your face all over. She lights up when other dogs and people pay attention to her and is learning new skills like going up two steps and exploring a few rooms on her own. She is curious and starting to play with toys but ultimately likes to be on my lap snuggling. She is sure to brighten up any home.
We’ve had a few pugs now and her breathing reminds me of our first pug who snored when sleeping and was snarfully. She seems to get a bit of extra mucus every so often and hacks it up. Most of the time Ruby’s breathing is pretty typical for a snorty pug. Her eyes seems pretty good to me, morning eye goop, and slightly pink but no puss or excess watering. That is just my initial thoughts of her two minor issues that we are monitoring her for.