Yep.  One year ago today we took in a special needs senior.  She came with her own wheelchair.  She mostly got around by pulling herself by her front legs, dragging her back legs behind her.  She was quiet, gentle, and kept to herself.

A lot has changed in twelve months…

Suji arrives in Toronto.

Arriving home to meet the rest of the gang.

Building up those leg muscles with hydrotherapy.

Looking cool at her laser therapy session.

Riding around in her chariot.

Working up those hind leg muscles.

She loves her walks so much that, if 10 a.m. rolls around and we haven’t taken her out, she’ll sit at your feet and bark until you put her tiny socks and booties on.

 

Surprisingly, she seems to enjoy the cold weather and loves snow.  While Lulu needs to be forced to go out, Suji needs to be forced to come back in.

Cantankerous!

Her wardrobe is more expansive than Akemi’s.

 

Motoring!

She’s settled in quite nicely.

Thanks to the Pacific Pug Rescue for sending her our way!

Follow Suji on instagram: @newoldpugsuji

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sylvia
sylvia

Wonderful story…She’s so cool just like her mommy and daddy
you and Akemi!

Danine Dolphin
Danine Dolphin

Sweetest pug. Great people you have there Suji!! You’re doing fabulous one year later! Keep up the photo shoot. I wonder if the cold helps her numb pains?

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

That’s absolutely amazing!
Happy new-life-Birthday, Suji!
So much has happened in that one year too!

Trev Friesen
Trev Friesen

You are a kind and amazing gentle soul. This is AMAZING some of your best and most fulfilling work I am guessing . You are a great puppy Daddy !!!

gforce

Happy Gotcha Day, Suji! It really seems her mobility has improved dramatically since that first day. Pretty amazing.

She looks so sad in that hydrotherapy session!

LJ
LJ

Well, you’re both just adorable! And the snow is back on the blog! Huzzah!

Rebecca
Rebecca

Beautiful and sweet 🐾💖

Sparrow_hawk

Suji has made such amazing progress! She has good puppy parents.
The laser therapy really helped my dog with her arthritis, too.

nantokanaru77

She rocks!

Ponytail
Ponytail

A very fortunate little girl. As is her new family.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

The BEST story! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Deb
Deb

Suji is adorable and irresistable. Thanks for recognizing that ladies with a little age still have a lot of love to give.

dasndanger
dasndanger

What a great way to end the day! Just a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing, Joe, and thank you for being such a good papa to Suji. smile

das

JeffW
JeffW

Go Suji! I can’t help but think that Suji being around other dogs (Lulu and for a time Bubba) gave her some incentive to be more active.

Our Alaskan Husky, Lucy, has arthritis and was having trouble going up the stairs at night (a number of times I had to carry her). She’s thirteen and so the arthritis is not unexpected. We’ve been giving her arthritis and joint supplements, which helped a little, but seemed to only slow the progression down a bit.

Then a year ago we adopted Lancer, a four year old Siberian Husky who was full of energy. After about a month I noticed that Lucy was more active than she used to be, and she wasn’t having any more problems mounting the stairs. She’s still slower than Lancer (and will likely always be), but just having Lancer around has given Lucy the incentive to be more active and stave off (and seemingly reverse) the arthritis a bit.

Maybe Suji has also regained some of her mobility due to being around your other pups. Either way, she has certainly prospered in your care, which is certainly a testimony to the loving home you have created.

Again, go Suji! And an early very Merry Christmas to you, Akemi, and all your brood.

Dorothy
Dorothy

Shows what love can do for you (people and dogs)!!

Rhiannon Frater

Aww…she’s precious. What a great story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Colin
Colin

This is such a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing and bringing us along on this journey.

RazaArrows
RazaArrows

Such an amazing change in little Suji’s mobility! What a trouper and totally down to Akemi’s and your love for her.
Suji and Lulu are very lucky pups indeed!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story 🐾

DALLAS MARSHALL (@MrsTigercat)

Wow! She’s walking so much better. Great work, Joe and Akemi! Happy Anniversary, Suji! <3 <3

MaggieL80
MaggieL80

Bubba wearing his jingle bells! Lulu being so ever nonchalant! And little Suji! My how she has thrived! Watching her walk now you’d not know the hours of therapy, the dedication of her adoptive parents to make her GO. Love this trip down memory lane, especially enjoying all her outfits…

Have a great weekend!

shinyhula
shinyhula

Suji’s legs are so strong now! Please give her hugs from me to celebrate her anniversary.

Peggy Woolfork
Peggy Woolfork

Such a wonderful story for both you and Suji. She is certainly a star and so much loved.