The plan was to wait until January before adopting a new dog but when Akemi caught sight of this little blind boy on the Pug Nation of L.A.’s website –

We knew we couldn’t wait.  So we booked our flight and, following our whirlwind visit to NYC, we made a whirlwind visit to L.A. where we picked up our little guy.  A video rundown of our first day: meeting him at the rescue, traveling from the rescue, short rib lunch, and relaxing in the hotel room…


I was, admittedly, a little worried before picking him up.  What was his true demeanor?  Was he housebroken and if not how long would he take to train?  How would he travel?  Would we love him?  Would he love us?

Well, for starters, he is an absolutely sweet soul.  Incredibly gentle and very affectionate.  And he IS housebroken, perfectly behaved in the condo, waiting until he is outside to do his business.  As for traveling – he was great.  Didn’t love being in the carrier at first but we gave him a half a Benadryl (as per vet’s instructions) and he slept through the flight, waking up shortly after landing….

He spent much of his first day mapping the place, walking around, bumping into things.

He is very gentle taking treats from your hand and is surprisingly amenable to having his nails clipped and his teeth brushed….

He sleeps on the bed with us of course.  We were a little worried about him wandering in the middle of the night and falling off, but he sleeps through the night and only wakes up when we do.

As for his backstory, Sharky was picked up as a stray this summer – which is somewhat baffling given his happy and trusting nature.  HIs attitude, and the fact that he’d had at least two surgeries suggest he once belonged to someone who took care of him.  He’s had several teeth removed (He has fewer teeth than Suji had in her old age!) and had an eye removed.  When he arrived at the rescue, his other eye was so badly infected that it had to be removed as well.  So, Sharky – who they estimate to be around 7 or 8 – has been fully blind until at least August.  But he doesn’t let lack of sight hinder him as he is a very confident walker.  He gets along well with other dogs and, while hasn’t interacted with any children, he perks up at the sound of kids – which also leads me to believe he may have been raised in a family environment.

Was he abandoned?  Lost?  Did he run away?  How did this adorable boy end up on the streets?  No microchip so I guess we’ll never know.

But no point in dwelling on the past.  Sharky can look forward to happy future with us.  He is a true momma’s boy, sitting in the kitchen with Akemi when she prepares lunch, crying for her when she’s in the shower, snuggling up in her lap when he gets into bed.  He loves massages – ears and belly.  And we absolutely love him.

16 thoughts on “October 22, 2023: Sharky Sunday!

  1. Loving the new Sharky Sunday posts. What an incredibly lucky dog to have you as his new family.

  2. I’m so glad Sharky now has a forever home. He looks like a sweetheart. Hugs to all for such a wonderful pugfull family union.

  3. I’m crying again, but this time it’s tears of joy. Congratulations on your adopting such an adorable boy! Despite his vision loss and missing teeth, he looks very healthy. May you enjoy many years of happy companionship with Sharky.

  4. And so it begins. Living the good life in the lap of luxury.

    Hey Sharky, you better get use to it – all the babying and pampering. Hope you like to wear clothes. 🙂

    He is a doll!! So cute. Great videos. Tell the Pug Rescue people to lose your number. I don’t want any previous owner to come looking for him…

  5. He is such a cutie and so happy he has found such wonderful, caring parents for his forever home

  6. well, gee …
    someone wasted no time dressing him up in a hat, eh?!
    😀 😀 😀

    As affectionate and friendly as he is
    he’ll likely have a grand time
    dressing up for Halloween
    and trick or treating in the park.

  7. Absolutely love him, and what a sweetheart! He was lucky to have you find him – and vice versa! Can’t wait to hear how he continues to grow to be part of the family.

  8. That’s lovely Sharky’s settling in so fast. Is the Japanese trip still happening? I know you have a great pet sitter but it will be hard leaving the little guy.
    Love the Shark costume!

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of Fernando.

  9. I just found the pictures of Sharkey! What a doll! It makes me happy to know he is so loved and well taken care of now and for the rest of his life! Go Sharkey! 🐾❤️🐾

  10. Sounds like A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!!

    I agree with everything everyone has said above. It is perplexing about what may have happened to him though. I know what I say will be controversial but there are some people (from what I hear from the rescue group I help) that the shelters are full and rescues groups are full because of the abandonment of animals after those people who took in a dog or cat during COVID (but this is mostly about the dogs) discovered that now that they had to go back to a work environment not at home anymore realized they would have to hire someone like me to take care of their pet while they were at work. And they realized they didn’t have the money to do that. Or they had the pet and they got evicted and wherever they were going they could not take that pet with them. Some thought it was okay to just drop them off at a park or some other place because at least they had a chance of someone taking them vs being killed at shelters (even those that are designated no-kill shelters like ours is). It’s very sad.

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