The Story of Pug Hollow

Pug Hollow is a hospice sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe, happy, loving end of life home to dogs with terminal health conditions, and dogs who are simply just old.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Donations Needed for Sir

We need donations for Sir if anyone can spare a few dollars. He is still not doing well, and we believe that one of the few floating bone chips in his jaw is trying to come through his gum. If we can get him comfortable today he will go to the vet tomorrow. If not, we will be making an emergency vet visit. We hope it won't be a final vet visit, but if it's time, then we will help him across the bridge with all the love in our hearts.
Because of the immediacy of the visit we are asking for PayPal donations to

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Recipe One - Kara's Bourbon Pecan Pie and Cream Cheese pastry

Cream Cheese Pie crust: Make 1 day in advance
  • 1 1/3 cups of all purpose flour (if you have Celiac substitute arrowroot flour)
  •  8 tbsp salted sweet cream butter, cubed and frozen
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 
  • 4 oz cream cheese cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
 Using a food processor blend the flour, and baking powder, for 10 seconds. Add the cream cheese and process until the flour looks mealy. Add the vanilla, cold water and vinegar. Process again to mix. Add the butter. Process until the butter has been rendered to pea size at largest.

Remove the mixture from the food processor and knead until becomes a homogeneous single ball and is slightly stretchy.  Form the ball into a disk and refrigerate overnight.

Lay the ball out onto a flat floured surface and use a rolling pin to roll the disk into a large enough circle to slightly more than cover the inside of your pie tin. Trim the crust to fit the pie pan, and flute the edges lightly.

Bourbon Pecan Pie
This recipe makes a very rich, custard style pecan pie with a slightly darker flavor than most. If you can get your hands on fresh pecans this recipe will complement them extremely well. 
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup molasses (1/2 cup dark Karo can be substituted if you don't like molasses)
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons good quality bourbon
Preheat the oven to 375°.

In a bowl, stir together the sugar and melted butter until well mixed. Add eggs, molasses, bourbon and pecans and mix until all pecans are well coated. Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell, and place on a heavy-duty cookie sheet. 

To prevent over browning of the pie crust, cover the edges with aluminum foil by following the instructions here: lay out a sheet of aluminum foil slightly larger than the diameter of the pie tin. Fold the aluminum foil into quarters and cut an arc out of the middle. Unfold the aluminum foil (the center will be missing in a circle) and place over the pie. Fold the foil over the edges.
Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil.

Lower the oven temperature to 350°, and continue to bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until pie is set.

Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack or trivet.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October State of the Dogs

Alright... starting something new. We're going to do a monthly update on our dogs who are under treatment or watch for various health conditions. It's a long list but here it is:

Sir - chihuahua - Still stumping along. He has good days and bad but the good still outnumber the bad. Organ function is good.

Trundle - yorkie - Still blind, but her personality is blossoming. Lots of playing and pissy hedgehog noises. She's got a couple of lumps that we're keeping an eye on, but they seem to be maintaining. Organ function is good.

Joe - chihuahua - His heart is doing ok for what it is. We've had to start him on 37.5 mg of Lasix per day due to fluid buildup in his abdomen. It's come down a lot but not as much as we'd like. He may have an enlarged liver. He's still proud that he managed to pinch Liz.

Julia Fang - chihuahua - Nothing wrong with her except her eyes and her age. She's still opinionated and stinky, and loving life.

Sneaser - chihuahua - Still doing well. He's maintaining on 25 mg of Lasix. He's going through his twice yearly cough as the seasons change, but we will set him right with cough syrup and allergy medication. Organ function is good.

Sophie -Frenchie x dachshund - Still doing great, and still under watch and wait for a lump on her side. No re-occurrence of the mammary cancer so that's great.

Hugh - pug - We just discovered a lump on his side that we need to get checked out. He had a growth on his scrotum but there's no regrowth there.

Cleo - pug - She's gaining weight, and doing well. Her bladder infections have subsided due to a combination of diet and medication. She doesn't appear to have any masses in her bladder. Still wobbly but that won't ever go away.

Hope - chug - the mass on her leg is regrowing. We are keeping an eye on it so that we can remove it when needed. No other masses have come up.

Lovepug - pug - We are still giving her tacrolimus for her eyes. It's expensive but the only thing that keeps her eyes lubricated. She's still got opinions and a lot of sass.

Newman - pug - We are still watching several masses on Newman, but they don't seem to be growing. He hasn't has a seizure in a while and his appetite is good.

Lopug - pug - We need to get Lopug started on enzymes. We did a run of metronidazole but it didn't clear his loose poop up, so the only thing it could be is a pancreatic insufficiency. Otherwise he's doing well.

Peaches -greyhound mix - We are still medicating Peaches for her severe anxiety and monitoring her for the lump on her chest. It's a fatty tumor and while it is growing slowly it isn't impeding anything so we aren't worried about it at this time.

Cubby - chihuahua - still hypoglycemic but his organs are working well, which is good.

Fiona - pug - Her heart hasn't enlarged any further and she's not having problems with her deviated trachea. If she'd stop snarling with Tank and Patience we'd be 100%.

Harry - chihuahua - Still treating him for his allergies. His hair is growing back as the grass dies.

Artie -chihuahua mix - still treating him for his irritable bowel.

Rotten, Mattias, Remy, Mika - chihuahua - still doing well. Matty and Remy have made huge strides in conquering their anxiety as poster dogs.

Faith - chug - doing well. Her eye hasn't seems very steady and not inclined to fall out recently.

Ivan - Pom x pug - healthy and happy

Fizgig - pug - Being treated for allergies. Otherwise healthy.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

It's been a while since I've posted an update. Life around the Hollow got busy of the summer with adoption events and other such things that tend to happen more during the summertime.  And things quieted down on the medical front for a bit.

As usually happens though things have swung back the other way and now we have a run of medical bills to cover.

This month was Sneaser's 6 month blood work. He has to have regular checks of his renal function to ensure that his heart medication isn't hurting his kidneys.

At the same time Byron developed an aural hematoma. An aural hematoma is when the ear gets bruised and the blood causes it to puff up, pulling the skin away from the cartilage.  His ear looked like a sopapilla.  This requires minor surgery to drain the ear and re-attach the skin to the cartilage with small stitches.
Just after that, Lopug injured his eyes. He scratched one cornea, causing a traumatic ulceration, and developed non-ulcerative keratitis (an inflammation of the cornea) in the other.  So off to the vet he went to have his ulcerated eye sewn shut. 

Within the next week we will have to have Cleo the pug in to the vet for blood work and diagnostics to determine why she has started not thriving. She doesn't feel well and she's failing to gain needed weight back.

All totaled we are looking at at least $500 in vet bills for this round, so once again we are reaching out to our awesome supporters for help with the sudden rush of vet bills. If the dogs would spread them out over a couple of months it would work much better, but they like to do things in groups!

You can donate via mail, or paypal via the address and links on our website.
You can also donate via Gofundme.

Be aware that our paypal link and our Gofundme account take a percentage of the donation in fees. If you want to be sure that 100% of your donation reaches us, you can donate via paypal to and choose "send money to friends and family".

Any donations above our current need for vet bills will go into the Hospice fund for future vet visits.  You know we'll have plenty more of those!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

 Aaaannnd here's Vinnie!  This little man is a cup of sugar with a tablespoon of spice. A package of sweet cuddly lap warmer wrapped up in playful, spunky Chihuahua attitude.

And the best part?  After consulting with our vet, we've determined that Vinnie is adoptable!

He's had a spinal cord injury that has impacted the use of one of his right front leg, but it doesn't slow him down, and it isn't getting any worse.  He may need a sock or boot to help keep him from rubbing his foot raw, as he does occasionally knuckle under on his bad foot.

Because of the injury and his size we'd prefer he go to a home without children or larger dogs. However a home with another friendly Chi or Chi-sized dog would be possible.

Vin is neutered, heartworm negative and up to date on shots.  He picked up a little bit of a cough from the vet's office, so it will be a week before he's ready to place out, but after that he's ready to go. His adoption fee is $45

If you're interested in adopting Vinnie, email us at!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Random science lesson of the day... One of the things that you learn when you're involved in plant science is the "disease triangle".

After a while you also realize it applies to pets and humans as well. Whether it's West Nile, Parvo, fleas, ticks, heartworms.... There are three factors that contribute to an outbreak of disease or pests/parasites. You have to have the pathogen or pest, the host (and a vector if the disease is transmitted by something other than the host) and a favorable environment. They all have to be present in the right amount or you don't have the problem. Outside of that magical combination you never reach critical mass, and you don't have the disease or the pest never becomes an issue. So the key to controlling an outbreak or infestation is to alter the contributing factors to break the triangle.
This year our magical combo has been perfect for fleas. We can't get rid of the hosts and our control over the environment is limited so we have to focus our integrated pest management strategies on the pest itself, and what little environmental control we do have via lots of lawn mowing, flea treatments for the house and dogs, frequent bedding washes, and diatomaceous earth where we can use it. It requires a holistic plan of attack with coordinated application of the various control methods to get ahead and stay ahead of the problem.
Something to think about the next time you have a disease or pest problem in your home or garden....

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Pawcircle for Sir

Pawcircle for Sir please. Thursday he developed a little bit of an eye irritation. Friday morning we started him on gentamicin drops.

Today he's at the vet for an emergency visit, as his eye has worsened sharply in the last 24 hours. The vet will sedate him, evaluate the eye, and proceed from there. From what I could see with him fighting me this morning, my guess is that we will likely end up removing the eye. Not a big thing as he's blind already.

The rapid worsening of what started out as a minor eye irritation isn't unusual for an old dog with a depressed immune system (he was on antibiotics for a respiratory infection too) but it isn't what we hope for. 

If he makes it through everything alright we're considering changing his name to "Sir Lucky of Pug Hollow"... What else do you call a one eyed, jawless, ancient Chihuahua?

If you'd like to contribute to Sir's surgery (which will be probably around $150-$175) you can donate via