5 Things I Never Thought My Rescue Pug Would Do

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When I adopted my rescue pug Serina, I didn’t have these massive expectations of how she would be. Considering she was 5 years old, I never expected her to have a similar personality or traits to Ref. I expected it to be very different owing a rescue pug compared to raising a pug from a puppy. She didn’t have a good start to life. She wasn’t going to be the same. And she wasn’t going to do the typical pug things I had come to know. But I have to say, there are 5 things I never thought my rescue pug would do.

To help you understand why there are 5 things I never thought my rescue pug would do, here is a little background that brought me to think about this. I don’t know the full history of Serina’s life before coming to me. I do know that she was use to produce puppies for money. She wasn’t looked after. She came to me with hip dysplasia because of the numerous amount of litters she had. She also was on 100mg of anxiety meds. She spent the first week hiding in my bedroom. She took off every time there was a loud noise or if I sneezed. She would bark during the night if she heard a sound she didn’t know. She was a very scared little girl.

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Have cuddles in bed

This is my absolute favourite of the 5 things I never thought my rescue pug would do. Serina never showed affection at first but with time she came out of her shell. I had definitely resided to the fact that she wasn’t anything like Ref and wouldn’t want cuddles in anyway. As the weather started to get cooler, Serina decided that she wanted to have cuddles in bed. Every night she goes to sleep on the pillow next to me. And then at some point during the night, she wakes up so she can climb under the blanket to have cuddles with me. And proper cuddles too. You know the type, snuggled into your chest with their head resting on your arm.

Use a doggy door

Now this I must admit that Serina isn’t quite there but she is getting the hang go walking through the doggy door when I hold it open. It has taken months to even get her to this point. With the way she gets freaked out at unexpected noises or movement that she is not ready for, getting her near the doggy door was going to be difficult. She would back off any time Ref would go through it. But now she is walking through it to come inside. The next step is to get her to go through it to walk outside. Then getting her to push on the doggy door. But I have a good feeling that one day she will use the doggy door. And it will be just another thing I never thought my rescue pug would do.

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Give and receive kisses

Once Serina started to become more affectionate toward me and allowing me to give her cuddles, she was then allowing me to give her kisses. And once the cuddles in bed started, her way of waking me up during the night for these cuddles is with kisses. But kisses don’t just come when she wants cuddles now, it can come at random times. And I totally love it. There is something about pug kisses. And I love being able to give her kisses on the head.

Become playful

So whilst Serina is not playful with other dogs, in the past month she has become playful with myself. She has started play biting my hand. It doesn’t seem like much but for a girl who was terrified and anxious when she came to me, this is huge. I guess this really is small but it does give me hope that one day she might become more curious with playing and either want to play with some toys or play with Ref. It may never happen but some playfulness is better than none at all and I never thought she would do it.


Become overly excited

For a girl who was scared and anxious, I never thought she would get overly excited for anything. But she did. It started with meal times. She does the typical puggy dance for her food. She gets super excited when a meal is prepared for my dad and goes racing in with Ref to watch him eat his food. She loops around my mum and lets off excited barks. I get home from work or being out and she gets so excited to see me that she barks when she hears me pull in the driveway. She sooks at the door until I get inside. Then she gets so excited to see me that it is nearly impossible to pat her. And she gets so excited to go out on an adventure, even if it is just to the groomers. And the excitement so gets for all of these things makes me so happy.

The more time that passes, the more I am sure Serina will do things I never thought my rescue pug would do. It is all progress and I love that I already have 5 things on my list that I never thought she would do. Do you have a rescue pug that does things you never thought they’d do? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Karen Kenney on June 13, 2017 at 1:38 am

    I used to take care of a sweet dog that was rescued from a puppy mill also. She was so scared she did not know what toys were, she did not know where to sleep or to piddle, she had
    never been on a walk. It was so sad, she was so scared. The first time she used the dog door by herself I actually cried with joy! She passed away a few years ago but she’ll always be a special girl in my heart.

  2. Avatar Anne Bennett on June 13, 2017 at 3:20 am

    I read about Serina with interest and some sadness about her history. So pleased that she has a loving home now. I have 2 rehomed pugs. A boy called Bailey aged 5 and a girl called Daisy who is 3 to 4. Daisy has had a difficult life but has settled in well with us and her new friend Bailey. She can’t believe her luck having cuddles all day and in bed.

  3. Avatar Keryn Riddington on January 23, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    I have a pug that I got through a rescue. She had been put in a backyard on her own. She wasn’t scared but didn’t know much about anything really. After two years I can let her off in the park and she sniffs about and then races to catch up with me. I never thought that I would be able to look at her little face smiling up at me as we walk around the park. She says hello to dogs and people but wants to walk with her mama xxx Melts my heart.

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on January 24, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      I love this story so much. Thank you for sharing it.

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