How Pug Sunday Got Started
I first started getting interested in Pug dogs in 1992 when one of my sons told me he would like to have one someday. I really didn’t know much about the breed at that time other than I thought they were unique looking. I did start noticing them more and more and thought someday I too would like to own a pug.
In January of 1995, my husband, Kurt and I bought a new home and on December 28th of that same year, 3 days after Christmas I came home from work to find that our washing machine hose had broke and water had been running in our home for about 8 to 10 hours. Our home was flooded and the water had done quite a bit of damage. Kurt and I were devastated to say the least and 4 days later on New Years day I ended up in the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack only to find out my nerves were shot due to the flooding of our home. On January 15th about 8:00 in the evening our door bell rang and in walked my 4 grown children with a 6 week old female pug puppy which they had purchased for me in hopes that it would make me feel better. This was the beginning of my love for pugs.
I named her Jasmine and she entered into Pug Heaven at the age of 14.
She had a wonderful life as did we for those 14years.
In May of 1997 Kurt rescued a 6-month-old male pug from Palermo where he was working. We named him Percy and he required a lot of care and attention. Percy was totally my pug. At the age of 11 we discovered quite by accident that he had a heart problem. We tried everything we could to keep my precious Percy in our life but after several tests and specialist and thousands of dollars he left us on November 29, 2007.
In 2001 while working for Safeway I had heard about Pug Sunday In San Francisco which is held the first Sunday of the month at Alta Plaza Park in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco. I always seemed to be working on Sunday or something else would be going on. Then one of the guys that worked with me said his mom and dad had a Pug and went to Pug Sunday In San Francisco. I asked for her phone number we talked and decided to start our own Pug Sunday In Chico. Her name is LaRee Smith and her husband is Jeff Smith.
Pug Sunday in Chico held it’s first gathering on September 2, 2001 at Hooker Oak Park. We had 14 pugs with owners at our first gathering.
The following month we had 45 pugs in attendance and 75 humans several of them didn’t even own a dog.
The following year in December with the help of Attorney John D’Ewart and accountant Jeff Smith, Pug Sunday In Chico became Pug Sunday In Chico, Incorporated. This corporation is organized exclusively for the purpose for the prevention of cruelty to animals within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501 (c)(3) This corporation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes.
Our Pug Sunday Group has fundraisers such as yard sales and silent auctions, wine tasting and raffles. Our largest fundraiser for us has been our Pug Sunday in Chico Calendars which we have been doing for several years. We use this money for medical purposes for the pug rescues.
I currently own 3 rescue pugs or I should say they own me. Chloe, Vinny and Taz.
Life is good here in Pug Land.