Injured and in need of a forever home, Frankie the pug found his way into the life of Izabella St. James.
St. James runs The Pug Queen, a Facebook page about her life as a pug rescuer. She learned about Frankie the pug from a friend of hers and knew she needed to help!
“It was a couple weeks before I was supposed to move, and I had so many dogs and I was totally overwhelmed with the amount of rescues,” St. James told The Dodo. “But a friend reached out to me and said, ‘FYI, there is little boy pug who is completely injured.’ There was a post somewhere on Facebook that someone had got him, and he needed help and couldn’t walk, and they didn’t know how to help him. And she said, ‘Would you be willing to help him?’”
As St. James writes on her Facebook page “No pug left behind on my watch!”, it no surprise she steps in to help right away. She works to pick up Frankie as soon as possible.
When St. James saw Frankie for the first time, she felt such compassion for him. The poor little pug had suffered serious injuries at only 4 months old.
“I took him to my vet to do some scans and testing and X-rays, and [the vet] told me that not only was his pelvis broken, but his hips were broken, his femur was shattered and his knees were out of place,” St. James said. “He also had a break in his front leg and a major ulcer in his eye.”
Frankie had a peculiar burn on his back as well. “It looked like a hot water burn or something like that,” St. James said.
No one will ever know exactly what happened – Frankie’s injuries were mysteriously acquired. All St. James knew was what was stated on Facebook.
“The story was that he belonged to some backyard breeder,” St. James said. “They sold some puppies, and they gave [Frankie] to their cousin’s boyfriend. I don’t know if he was a pug person, but his intention was to keep him in the garage and breed him when he gets older. How you put a tiny little puppy into a garage and keep him there is beyond me.”
Not long after this, Frankie lost his ability to walk. His injuries grew worse, causing the man to return the pug to the breeder.
“My vet ventured a guess that it’s possible they ran him over in the car … and dragged him,” St. James said.
Regardless of what took place, Frankie needed medical attention and quick! He has already had one surgery, and will certainly need at least one more as well as physical therapy.
“I can’t even fathom the amount of pain and suffering this little baby has gone through,” St. James said.
St. James is looking to get Frankie a wheelchair once he has undergone his next surgery. For now, Frankie drags his lower body around.
“I got him a bunch of ‘drag bags,’” St. James said. “Literally, it’s a bag that you put the lower half of the body in, and you kind of fasten it around his legs. So when he drags his legs around … it protects the skin from not getting scraped.”
Frankie did not feel comfortable with the drag bags. “He doesn’t want to walk around in them,” St. James said. “Or the other pugs pull on it — they think it’s a toy.”
So, St. James moved to trying other things – including adorable pajamas and socks.
“We have different colors and different styles,” St. James said. “It’s all about protecting him.”
And of course, Frankie looks adorable.
“I can’t even when he sits there in his little sockies,” she said. “Sometimes he doesn’t want me to put them on — he’ll put his little pawsies up and it’s really funny. But once they’re on, I think he knows that it allows him more movement when he has them on.”
Frankie is a happy dog that will not let life get him down, no matter what he has been through.
“He just wants to be a normal pug,” St. James said. “He wants to get out and play with the others. He tries so hard to be part of the group.”
“He’s very feisty,” she added. “When the other pugs are playing, he rushes over and gets in the middle of everything. So my nickname for him is ‘The Supervisor.’ If there’s any action, Frankie is there.”
St. James does everything she can to give Frankie the most mobility he can have.
“My hope is that he will be very mobile and independent with the wheels,” she said. “And if he could stand and walk and go potty on his own, that would be amazing. Because he tries. When he’s eating his food, he tries to get up. Sometimes I hold his little tushy up. And I know when he goes potty, he tries to stand up.”
Frankie never gives up, no matter how difficult things become. He is made of pure love!
“He’s extremely loving,” St. James said. “Every time I take him out and pick him up, he instantly starts kissing me, and he will give me a million kisses.”
“He’s just such a great, resilient little boy,” she added. “There’s a lesson there for all of us to overcome and keep going. No matter what has been done to him, it hasn’t affected his spirit as well.”
Source: The Dodo