Yesterday was the day! Akemi and I went down to Toronto’s Union Station to meet the newest member of the family – Suji (aka Sujiko), who comes to us all the way from Portland, Oregon via The Pacific Pug Rescue. Akemi saw little Suji (formerly Suzie) on their website a few weeks back and instantly fell in love. She’d had a rough past few years, living in a barn with her brother (who was apparently also adopted by someone in the entertainment industry), and was suffering from a few issues, the chiefest being some mobility issues that cause her to drag her hind legs a little – but don’t keep her from getting around. She’ll need a family with a lot of patience and love – and, fortunately for her, we have oodles of both.
We picked her up in Jelly’s old stroller, bundled her up for the Canadian winter, and then we were off.
On the way back to our place, she stopped to show off her getting-around skills.
Akemi is, of course, super excited to finally have her here. Suji, for her part, was downright exhausted from the flight.
She settled in with her face toy and spent much of the day sitting around, getting attention.
Then, when I got back from set, I helped Akemi give her a bath.
Last night, she slept on the bed with us (natch) but, unlike Bubba and Lulu, proved herself a little burrower, tunneling under the blankets and snuggling up beside Akemi for most of the night.
Akemi wasted no time indoctrinating her in our family way = Christmas sweater and antlers.
Then, it was a stroll through the park.
She has a little trouble getting around and is downright wobbly on those back legs, but with a little support, she can walk with the best of them. In fact, she was positively motoring around at one point and I had to trot to keep up.
Suji LOVES Jodelle (Ferland, Dark Matter’s FIVE) who came over today just to say hi and welcome her to Toronto.
She was an interesting way of sitting – like she’s poised at the top of a slide.
As the younger sister, looks like she’ll be getting a lot of Bubba’s hand-me-downs.
We took her for a general check-up today. Aside from the rear legs, some arthritis, and a small eye issue that should clear up within the week, she is good to go. She’s a little underweight at 12.6 pounds, but I’m confident that will change as she’s really taken to the raw food we got her. She also enjoys liver treats and being hand fed. Reminds me A LOT of Jelly.
The happy family.
Special thanks to Ann and Josh who flew her in all the way from Portland. And thanks to the Pacific Pug Rescue for facilitating the trip.
Suji will be enjoying her golden years in fine, loving style.