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City Howl-O-Ween sees pugs dress up for a good cause; Money raised helps pay for rescuing dogs Ilana Belfer Ottawa Citizen 571 words 29 October 2012 Ottawa Citizen OTCT Final B6 English Copyright © 2012 Ottawa Citizen From bumblebees to ballerinas, hundreds gathered at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre on Sunday to celebrate Halloween. But when it came to fur, paws and snouts galore, it was no costume party. "Howl-O-Ween" Pug Stock, now in its eighth year, is an annual event presented by Under My Wing, a charity dedicated to rescuing dogs. In particular, it only rescues pugs.

TD Volunteer Jennifer Gorman said Pug Stock is the organization's main fundraiser. The event included a bake sale, silent auction, raffle and exhibitors, who donated a portion of their profits back to the organization. "Pug owners cannot resist putting costumes on their animals," she said. "A lot of people say once you go to pug, that's it. It's a lot of dog in a small package." Under My Wing has no shelter or operating hours. All pugs go immediately into foster homes, of which there are currently 15, Gorman said. Six pugs, on display at the event, were available for adoption, including Milo, dressed as a pumpkin, and Ziggy, who was a devil for the day. Geneviève Boucher, Under My Wing president and founder, said more and more people are coming to Pug Stock each year, which is important because there are also more dogs in need of homes. "People are not responsible enough. When you get a dog, it's not like getting a suitcase. You can't get rid of it. But as soon as they realize the dog needs to be walked and be fed, they do," she said. Boucher works with other dog rescues to find the pugs, which come from puppy mills, families who give them up or as strays. Some shelters, such as the Humane Society, call her if they get a pug that requires extensive surgery or medical care. Under My Wing pays the necessary expenses, as well as for dental work, spaying and neutering, she said. Despite the medical treatment covered by Under My Wing, some dogs require lifelong care. Eleven-year-old Pep-er, which translates from French to English as "Grandpa," is blind and deaf. He also gets panic attacks. Page 1 of 2 © 2014 Factiva, Inc. All rights reserved.

"He probably had some bad experiences," said owner Natasha Dupuis. She said when she got him he had lost half his hair. "But look how good he looks now," said Dupuis' wife, Christine Duchesne. They originally intended to foster Peper, but Dupuis said she just couldn't let him go. Under My Wing is one of the few rescue organizations that allows foster families to adopt their dogs. Chris Pezoulas attended the event with wife Kelly, mother-in-law Susan and seven-year-old daughter Grace, whose face was painted like a joker to match their dog Button's jester outfit. Kelly said flat-faced dogs have been in their family since her mother's childhood and that people love them because their faces elicit a "maternal instinct." Whatever it is, Pezoulas summed it up best: "It's a cult. It's a culture," he said. Since 2006, Under My Wing has rescued 239 pugs. Gorman said more than $6,000 was raised at this year's "Howl-O-Ween" Pug Stock event. ART RE PUB AN Pat McGrath, Ottawa Citizen / Jennifer Gorman shows off pug Milo, who is available for adoption, at Pug Stock on Sunday.; caon : Ontario | cana : Canada | namz : North America Ottawa Citizen Document OTCT000020121029e8at0001m

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