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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.

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We picked her up in Jelly’s old stroller, bundled her up for the Canadian winter, and then we were off.

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On the way back to our place, she stopped to show off her getting-around skills.

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Akemi is, of course, super excited to finally have her here.  Suji, for her part, was downright exhausted from the flight.

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She settled in with her face toy and spent much of the day sitting around, getting attention.

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Then, when I got back from set, I helped Akemi give her a bath.

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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.

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Akemi wasted no time indoctrinating her in our family way = Christmas sweater and antlers.

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Then, it was a stroll through the park.

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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.

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Toy overload!

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Suji LOVES Jodelle (Ferland, Dark Matter’s FIVE) who came over today just to say hi and welcome her to Toronto.

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She was an interesting way of sitting – like she’s poised at the top of a slide.

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As the younger sister, looks like she’ll be getting a lot of Bubba’s hand-me-downs.

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 Super cute.

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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.

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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.

Akemi’s account…

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LILY
LILY

Welcome Suji you adorable pup!! smile

LJ
LJ

Oh my gosh, how cute are you guys!?! ❤️ Sujie looks like she’ll fit right in. Once again, you prove me wrong when I think I can’t fangirl you more!

2cats

OMG… OMG!
Akemi your Suji video was wonderful, sweet and so full of love. Thanks for sharing her photos with us both of you. As I see it Lulu and Bubba gave Suji a sniff, probably picked up some latent Jelly scent from the stroller and boom! All friends 😀
The family portrait on the couch is adorable.

Thanks Anna and Josh for helping transport her. Thank you Pacific Pug Rescue for Suji!
May God bless all involved, especially Joe & Akemi 🐕

gforce

Yay, Suji! She doesn’t look too much the worse for wear after her long trip. I was wondering how Bubba and Lulu were going to react but they all seem to be getting along fine in Akemi’s video (aside from what sounds like Bubba protesting Suji getting a treat.) And of course, Suji will like Akemi – who wouldn’t? smile I’m very happy to see the octopus toy still making the rounds! It’s even in the family picture! I hope Lulu’s sharing her toys though. LOL

Speaking of the picture, it’s a great portrait. What a wonderful family!

Spent kind of a quiet day here. I put up my Christmas tree and have most of it decorated. Tomorrow it’s dress rehearsal for our “Christmas Gala” chorale concert that the choir I belong to hosts, and then the concert’s Monday evening.

Marsha_R
Marsha_R

Welcome Suji! ::scritches::

Rima Veltkamp

She is going to be so happy

Peggy
Peggy

OH MY GOSH, SHE IS SOOO CUTE!!!! I love that face. So expressive.

Welcome Suji. And I just love her coat color.

She is going to have such a good life with you and Akemi.

What a lucky little girl. Congratulations!

Joyce Williams
Joyce Williams

Hi Suji, she is too adorable, look at that cutie pie. So happy you and Akemi were able to add her to your family!

Maggie L80
Maggie L80

I agree with @2cats: Akemi, what an adorable video! Love the pics. Thanks so much for sharing! Suji is so lucky to be adopted into such a loving home. Hope you get to spend lots of bonding time this weekend!!

nantokanaru77

Wonder if THREE will add this “new name” to perhaps … his “new toy” on DM3?

JeffW
JeffW

Congrats Joe and Akemi! Suji looks (and acts) adorable! I think she’ll fit right in with you all.

And Akemi, as I watched the sweater/jacket segment, I realised that you’re dressing them in A-2 Flight Jackets…Aviator Pugs! I like it! Now I want to get one for Lucy, our Husky, not that she needs one mind you. In fact, now that it is colder, she is spending more time outside and she has to be coaxed back in. It would still look great on her though. Hmm…Aviator Pug. Maybe you should market that.

And Joe, you don’t like stinky-fish? I grew up on sardines in mustard as a snack. Maybe I should bring some the next time I’m in Toronto (for both Akemi and the pups?)

Ponytail
Ponytail

Oh my goodness!! Suji is a DOLL!! She seemed to be taking it all in. She is going to love you and mama Akemi. She is so beautiful. And so tiny! Look at that cute widdle face as she sleeps! Thanks for sharing all the pictures of her first day. I look forward to hearing every cute thing she does. Akemi’s video was adorable!! The family picture on the couch is beautiful. Suji fits right in. All I can say is, look at all that room on that couch… lol Congratulations!!!

JeffW
JeffW

Opps. I should have said MA-1 Flight Jacket. I had leather jackets on the mind…

Sharlene
Sharlene

Love the family picture. What a wonderful welcome for Suji. She doesn’t even begin to know what a wonderful fairy tale life adventure she is beginning. Congratulations.

Drea

Thanks so much for sharing Suji’s first day with us.

Oh wow! I can see why Akemi instantly fell in love with her. She is simply irresistible! <3 Apparently very affectionate too. xo
Akemi must have been in heaven that Suji spent her first night cuddled up with her in bed. And yeah that is kinda funny the way she sits.
So is her rear legs problem similar to Lulu's condition
or is it just from arthritis?
And how is Lulu doing?
I noticed her running in Akemi's video
without much trouble.
Is she doing any better on surfaces outdoors?

Drea

Yay! I get to go help coordinate and wrap toys and other gifts
for our local Secret Santa group tomorrow!

Playing Secret Santa is my second most favorite thing at the holidays.
(seeing all the lights and decorations on the houses is my 1st most fav thing)

It really is a lot of fun!
We sit in a vehicle drinking hot chocolate
staking out the recipient’s house
waiting for them to come home.
Then go up to their front door
with the bag of gifts,
Ring their doorbell
and run like hell to get as far away as possible
before they open the door.
The look on their faces, every single time,
when they find the extra large bag of gifts just sitting their,
never gets old! <3

One year was kinda tricky though.
We decided to get this one woman's son
his first 10 speed bicycle
as part of the secret santa give away.
Unfortunately sneaking it up 6 steps
to reach her front porch, without getting busted,
was not going to be easy.

Thus, one of the ladies volunteered
to go stalk the house and peak through the window
until the recipient was away in another room.

I'm sure you can you guess how that one back fired eh?! LOL! grin

Ah! But, ultimately having the cops show up just ended up
adding to the fun and gave us the perfect playful
story to tell new comers to our secret santa group.

Drea

Well kids, its late here and the you – you in same sentence stutter and typing ‘their’ instead of “there” was definitely my brains way of telling me its time to shut off the computer and close my eyes for the night.

XO ~Pleasant Dreams All~ XO

<3

Jo
Jo

That is such a great photo of you all. Welcome Suji.

kabra
kabra

OH EM GEEE!!! awww what a sweet family. Suji is sooooo lucky to have you guys. I bet after a few month of walking around and regular walks in the park you’ll start to see some improvement in her hind legs. Awww Merry Christmas!!!!

sylvia
sylvia

Awwwww Suji is adorable. the fact that she was able to put her head down with the super melty look and seemed to actually fall asleep is a testament to you and Akemi giving her the comfort zone she needs.

This is all so sweet and as they say in the movies…I cry for happy!

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Wow, thanks for such a positive post. That made my day!

Margaret Clayton

What a wonderful day.

Randomness
Randomness

Probably weird that the word Suji reminds me of Mahjong.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

Aw… Best blog entry of the year!
Thank you Joe and Akemi for sharing a very special time 😊

astrumporta
astrumporta

Awesome photos and the greatest video! I think Suji hit the lottery getting to live with you guys. I know parents of humans who don’t put that much thought into their outfits! Enjoy your new arrival!