Behind the Scenes with Fishstick the Pug Star
A Pug’s Heartwarming Story From Rescue Dog to Much Loved Celebrity Actor
Talent Hounds Rescues Rock TV Episode
You may recognize the handsome pug Fishstick from Talent Hound’s Rescues Rock TV episode. That is where he got his first big break in showbusiness.
Backseat Barkers Role
Now he’s back starring in the new comedy series Backseat Barkers.
A Lucky Pup’s Twist of Fate
Tim, Fishstick’s dad and trainer, told us his story.
Fishstick’s Rescue Story
Like many Rescue Dogs, Fishstick’s past is a bit of a mystery to us. When his original family turned him over to Pugalug, The Toronto Pug Rescue, all they were told was that they wanted him to go to a new family who could give him the attention they felt he needed.
That’s when he came to our attention. We had never owned a dog before but we started looking for a rescue pug in particular due to the influence of a wonderful pug named ‘Marvin’ who lives right across the street from us. We spent more and more time with Marvin and his wonderful owner and it got to the point where we would be ‘borrowing’ him for walks and play dates. That’s when we realized we wanted a pug of our own.
The Rescue’s policy is that only when a pug is ready to adopt could we submit an application. Between us we checked the website about every ten minutes for about two weeks until the fateful day that he was ready to adopt.
We got a call from his Foster mom later that week asking if she and the dog could come and visit.
We arranged a Saturday get together and upon their arrival, the little fellow came into our home and immediately jumped up into my partner’s arms melting her heart and mine instantly.
The visit lasted for about an hour and then they were on their way. Marvin from across the street made an ‘unannounced’ visit while the home visit was underway to try and help seal the deal. (To this day Fishstick and Marvin are the best of friends!)
PugALug Pug Rescue
I have admired PugALug Pug Rescue for years now and really love to support them in their efforts. The group of volunteers is committed to helping rescued pugs by providing medical care, love, fostering, comfort, food and companionship. The dog rescue organization helps bridge the gap between a pug’s past life and its future forever home.
It’s their love and dedication that allows so many pugs not only find a forever home but adjust to a new life seamlessly. The group is at many dog events around Ontario and are always happy to share stories and tips for owning a pug. PugALug is able to fund the fostering, medical needs and rehoming of pugs and pug mixes solely through donations provided by generous supporters in the community. Susan and I plan that some revenue from the Backseat Barkers project will go to PugALug if successful and we will also work to build awareness.
They are an amazing group who work hard fighting for pugs in need. They also happen to throw fun parties to help raise money and awareness, and to celebrate the pug dog breed.
Check out our photos from past PugALug Events:
If you would like to make a donation to help PugALug visit their website. You can make a secure donation by clicking the links at the top of this page for PayPal or CanadaHelps. Tax receipts will be provided. If you would like to make a donation in another manner, email email@example.com.
Adopt A Pug
A pet is a life commitment that should bring you joy, love and lots of fun. Pugs make wonderful pets but do require lots of work. Talk to breeders, rescues and other owners who can share their experiences with you too. We have included anecdotes and tips from community members about their dogs in our handy BREED LIBRARY. We also have a fun BREED QUIZ you can try to see if your match with the “party pug” like me.
Always consider rescuing and adopting first, there are plenty of Pugs just like Fishstick who are waiting for loving families. #ADOPTDONTSHOP #Rescues Rock
I fostered then adopted my pug Kilo through Homeward Bound Rescue. Fostering a dog can be just as rewarding and helpful for rescue groups who are looking for homes to place newly rescued dogs in while they find forever homes.
You can follow Fishstick the Pug on Instagram and Twitter @Fishstick the Pug
You can also follow Kilo the Pug on Instagram and Facebook.
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