Curly Flyers are here!

>> Monday, March 30, 2009

Help spread the word about Curly Tail by handing out some of our new flyer's at your local veterinarian's office, animal shelter, grocery store, corporate bulletin boards, etc.

The more people who learn about us, the more pugs we can help!

Click the image to print 8 1/2 x 11 flyer:

Thanks for your support!


Sophia's Blog moves to Curly Tail Pug Rescue!

~ a message from Curly co-founder Drea ~

I have run into so many people that recognize me from my work with sophia, the spina bifida pug puppy. So many people are incredibly supportive and follow our experiences blogging about Sophia. Lots of people have written asking for information and updates.

Since sophia has come into our lives, I have launched a pug rescue with my partner, Kristin Balch. Our rescue is called Curly Tail Pug Rescue. I run the NYC branch and Kristin runs the Boston branch....we work together as great partners and friends. With our 2 main branches so spread out, we are able to effectively cover several states (NY, NJ, CT, MA and parts of RI / NH). Sophia was definitely a huge source of inspiration to us and has become a Curly Mascot if you will. She is an important symbol of our work and attitude towards rescue.

Developing & running the rescue, fostering lots of ill & special needs dogs, building the website AND posting on her blog is a bit much to say the least!

I created a page on our website expressly for her called Curly's Saving Sophia. We want to keep people posted on her progress, using her cart and upcoming surgery (happening this summer). We also do not want to detract from the many other dogs who come into Curly care that truly need lots of medical attention as well. There are so many that need so much. Moving her blog to a page on the website seemed to be the best solution.

Please continue to follow her story and the story of many others at

Thank you for supporting us, Sophia and all of the needy pugs out there!
drea, kristin & the gang at curly tail


Puppy Mill Awareness

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friday March 27 at 11:PM, ABC's Nightline will be investigating puppy mills!

Dear Friends,

We at Curly Tail Pug Rescue hold a very strong philosophy that we maintain the short term goals of saving the pug(s) and the long term goal of terminating all forms of irresponsible breeding, specifically, Puppy Mills. We strive everyday to work against the function of Puppy Mills and have a truly attainable goal of making such horrifying places history.

Being committed to this goal makes Education a huge component to Curly Tail Pug Rescue's mission.

It has been almost a year since the Puppy Mill story first aired on the Oprah Winfrey show and it received the highest viewer response of any Oprah Show in years.

Now we need to spread the word about this very special Nightline. Only by educating as many people as we can, will we be able to help these animals. And after you watch the program, please do not hesitate to contact ABC and Nightline to thank them for casting such a strong light on the plight of our nation's puppy mill dogs.

We need everyone to help to spread the word about Puppy Mills and the absolutely deplorable conditions that these dogs live in. The more people spreading the word, the more of a fighting chance we can give to these undeserving animals, not just Pugs, but all dogs who are being bred this way. Any grand movement in history has been made by education so please do your part and forward this on, cross post on your blogs, and continue to raise awareness.

Kristin and Drea

This Friday night 11:00pm, March 27, ABC's Nightline will be investigating puppy mills!
ABC Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and investigators from Nightline travel the byways and back roads of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - visiting numerous puppy mills and filming Main Line Animal Rescue's volunteers as they rescue breeding dogs and puppies from Lancaster County's notorious Amish commercial breeding facilities.

This promises to be a very special program. If you are involved in rescue, advocate on behalf of the millions of puppy mill dogs interned in our nation's commercial dog breeding facilities, or if you just simply love animals, you will not want to miss this.

Sharyn Alfonsi interviewed, on camera, an Amish breeder while touring his facility - a first for network television. With approximately 500 dogs housed on his property, this commercial breeder speaks openly about an cloaked in secrecy and suspicion - the cruel factory farming of man's best friend.

Additionally, you can learn how to take more action in the stand against Puppy Mills here:


Pixie and Sophia Update!

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

We wanted to show you the great progress Pixie is making. As you can see in the video she is already putting on weight and flourishing in her foster home!

Little Miss Sophia is also doing well and loving life in her new wheels.

Please visit our Curly Tail Pug Rescue website for more updates on all the pugs in our care.

Thank you so much for your support, we would not be able to do it without you!


Success Story: Rocky

>> Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Our adorable little black pug Rocky, now named Fudge by his new family is really loving life in his new forever home. And especially enjoying all the attention from his new Bulldog brother!

They take naps together

Eat together

Beg for human attention together

And most importantly.....snuggle together!

These two are already BFF's! Another happy Curly ending!


Meet Butter

>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

Butter's eye is ulcerated and has progressed dangerously close to rupturing and will need to have a Corneal Transplant.

Butter has been receiving round the clock care, medication, and above all love & attention. We will be transporting Butter back to the AMC (Animal Medical Center) first thing tomorrow morning. We will need to wait until the Dr. examines him again to see if we have a chance at saving his eye or vision. We will then proceed with whatever course of action they deem necessary, as we are able. We are currently waiting on tomorrow's estimate and medical plan.

For a full update on Butter’s story, please visit the Curly Tail Website.

We have also set up a chip in site to help with Butter’s care.

Please consider posting Butter's Donation widget to your blogs, myspace, and face book to help spread the word!

As always we appreciate your care and support!


People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

>> Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chocolate, Macadamia nuts, avocados…these foods may sound delicious to you, but are actually quite dangerous to our animal companions. ASPCA nutrition experts have come up with a list of top 10 people foods that you should not feed your pet. If ingestion of any of these items should occur, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately.

Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.

Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are commonly used in many cookies and candies. However, they can cause problems for your canine companion. These nuts have caused weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Grapes & Raisins
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets who already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.

Yeast Dough
Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture. Because the risk diminishes after the dough is cooked and the yeast has fully risen, pets can have small bits of bread as treats. However, these treats should not constitute more than 5 percent to 10 percent of your pet’s daily caloric intake.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural and healthy option that might occur if your pet lived in the wild. However, this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones, or sustain a grave injury should the bone splinter and become lodged in or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.


Xylitol is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbancy and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.

Onions, Garlic, Chives
These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed. Toxicity is normally diagnosed through history, clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies. An occasional low dose, such as what might be found in pet foods or treats, likely will not cause a problem, but we recommend that you do NOT give your pets large quantities of these foods.

Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk), milk and other milk-based products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

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Pounds for Pixie Campaign!

>> Monday, March 2, 2009

Thanks to so many who have already responded to our story about Pixie and who have contributed monetarily.

We need all the help we can get to rehabilitate this sweet pug and get her back on track. To aid in this effort we have set up the Pounds for Pixie Campaign!

How can you help?

Donations are always the most effective way but you could also consider promoting the Pounds for Pixie widget on your Myspace, blog, or website and help spread the word!

The code will be provided at the link above and the widget is available in many sizes and colors.

As always thank you for your support in our mission to help pugs!


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