Favorite Walk: Around my block -- everyone knows and loves me!
Best Tricks: Sit, down, stand, full back down, stay, spin, touch and leave it! Mommy things my best "trick," however is my recognizing the phrase "You're going to get a time-out!"
Arrival Story: For as long as my mommy can remember, she has always had a canine companion. As an infant and toddler, there was Max, an English Springer Spaniel. And then Teddy, a Cockapoo. Cactus, a Walker-Beagle. Fergus, a miniature long-haired Dachshund. And Nestor, a Carolina Dog.
As an only child, mommy had always had a large social circle outside her own family, but her true best friend -- the one to whom she told her every dream and fear -- had always been her dog. They were there with unconditional love and wagging tail support during all the good and bad times. Teddy's furry coat soaked up all her quiet tears when her parents divorced. Fergus and Nestor were her saving graces when her husband passed away unexpectedly.
Time heals all and life went on. But when it came time for mommy to move to Manhattan to be with her new boyfriend, she was heartbroken that Fergus and Nestor could not move with her. (Our building did not allow pets at that time.) However, everything happens for a reason. Mommy's grandparents and mother, who had also never been without canine companionship,
had been without for too long. So, Fergus moved to Ohio with mommy's grandparents; and Nestor to Michigan with her mother. And mommy set out determined to change her landlord's mind about pets in the building.
It took two years and the landlord's daughters (and dogs!) to move into our building to change the pet policy, but she/we did it! In July 2004, mommy was approved to bring a new dog into her life and home.
The approval was only the first step, however. Next, mommy had to find a suitable breeder. I can't tell you how many breeders she contacted. While they may have produced quality puppies, she didn't "click" with any of them. Most balked at the fact that she was planning so far in advance! She simply didn't understand this mentality. Her puppy was going to be part of her "family," not just a pet. She wouldn't decide to have a baby and not plan for it's arrival.
And then she spoke with Dana. She had the sweet voice and warm, bubbly personality of mommy's mother. She expressed a love for her pups mommy had only seen in those she considers pet "mothers" not pet "owners." Dana didn't laugh or poo-poo mommy when she told her she wanted a pup not immediately, but almost a year from then. Mommy knew immediately that Dana was the one. Other people tried to get mommy to look at other breeders -- closer to her area, but she refused. She knew in her heart that I was going to come from Dana's home.
And months later, a false pregnancy scare in the past, I, Leonard Pip Rothstein, came into the world on Friday, April 1, 2005. Mommy was in love with the "idea" of me before I was even born, but through photos and email describing my development, she fell completely in love with me!
Bio: I came from a wonderful, loving human couple in Burlington, CO, Dana and Landon Richards.
Here's the scoop on my Pug parents...
Jenny is a 4 year old fawn Pug. Both her height and topline are approximately 11.5" and she weighs approximately 19 lbs.
Popeye is a 4 year old black Pug. Both his height and topline are also approximately 11.5" and he weighs approximately 18 lbs.
I have 1 black sister, 2 fawn sisters and 2 fawn brothers. Born on Friday, April 1, this was my Pug mommy's third litter of pups. I was fully whelped by week 6 and had two sets of vaccinations by the time I made my BIG trip out east.
Animal Haven to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Annual Going Home Luncheon
The Florence Brenner Award to be Presented to
Award-Winning Actress Lynn Redgrave and FOX 5’s Anne Craig
New York, NY, October 3, 2007– Animal Haven Shelter announced today that the Florence Brenner Award will be presented to award-winning actress Lynn Redgrave, FOX 5’s Anne Craig and New York City’s own canine socialite and fundraiser, Lenny the Pug.
The awards will be presented at Animal Haven’s 40th Going Home Luncheon, which will celebrate the shelter’s 40th anniversary.
The honorees were chosen for their dedication to their own pets and the lives of those without homes:
* Lynn Redgrave, Award-winning actress and Animal Haven adopter
* Anne Craig, FOX 5 reporter
This year’s special canine honoree is Lenny the Pug, who, along with help from his guardian, Lin Randolph, organizes an annual canine birthday celebration that benefits Animal Haven Soho, the new adoption center and pet boutique.
The luncheon will also include a performance by Catherine Hickland (One Life to Live) and appearances by Jennifer Bassey (All My Children), Marj Dusay (Guiding Light), Dick DeBartolo (ABC and Mad Magazine), Spencer Ross (MSG Sportscaster) and Louise Sorel (Days of our Lives). The day’s activities will also feature a silent and live auction.
The Going Home Luncheon will be held Sunday, October 21 at noon at Dante Caterers located at 75-07 31st Avenue in East Elmhurst, NY. Tickets begin at $75. Tickets can be purchased at www.animalhavenshelter.org
Animal Haven places cats and dogs in loving homes, as well as give lifetime care for those who cannot be placed. The private, no-kill shelter fulfills its mission through adoption programs at the shelter in Queens, Soho Adoption Center and Boutique and the Pets to the People mobile adoption program. In addition, Animal Haven Acres, located in Delaware County, NY is where hard to place dogs and cats can live out their lives in a homelike setting.
Sunday, October 28, 2007, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Animal Haven Soho
251 Centre Street, 2nd Floor (between Broome & Grand)
New York , NY 10013
Our annual Halloween Costume Contest Party & Potluck!
Its time to get creative folks! Last year's winners were a pair of Sumo wrestlers, a mobile adoption unit and an overstuffed pumpkin!
This is a POTLUCK so EVERYONE should bring something tasty to share with all other human attendees (please bring all serving utensils).
R.S.V.P. PROCEDURE FOR THIS EVENT ONLY: DO NOT R.S.V.P. for any guests! Simply note the NUMBER OF PUGS + NUMBER OF HUMANS + (YOUR POTLUCK ITEM) in the comments section. This is VERY important! Please do not force us to send the pug police after you :)
ALL GROUP party photo will be taken at 12:45 p.m. directly before costume judging!
This year there will be MANY different contest categories (15 total!) with lots of fun prizes! It will cost you a minimum of $5.00 to enter the contest (additional donations accepted!), but every penny goes to Animal Haven!
*Judges' Favorites (7)
*Most Creative (1)
*Most Over-the-Top (1)
*Best Pug Duo/Trio/Quartet/etc. (1)
*Best Pug-Human Costume Coordination - Yes, humans are encouraged to dress up too! (1)
*BEST IN SHOW! (1)
Judges (& Prize Donators):
*Alison Pace, author of "Pug Hill" and the newly released "Through Thick and Thin," and her rescued Westie, Carlie
*Andrea Arden, dog trainer, author, television personality and talent scout among a myriad of other fabulous "titles"
*Anthony Giudice, our friend from Nutro Products puts on his bravest face and returns to join us (don't be too hard on him everyone!)
*Moxie Bashert and his human, Andi Jompole, not only help raise money for other abandoned animals via Moxie's website, but Andi owns the fabulous special event marketing merchandise company, The Perfect Present
*Sheryl Matthys, Alpha Dog of Leashes and Lovers aka The DogSexpert
*Brad Kramer, co-owner of Street Treats Inc. - the first vending machine company for pets
*Christie Shaver, owner of The Healthy Pet Gourmet
Be sure to set aside some time in our commemorative photo area (complete with clean, solid color "studio" backdrop) for a mini photo shoot by PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER, Shaina Fishman! All images will be uploaded onto our website's photo albums in low resolution (unsuitable for printing). High res images and prints may be purchased from Shaina. For every image purchased, Shaina will make a donation to Animal Haven!
Absolutely NO ONE is obligated to purchase a print! There will be no transactions at the party. Orders will be taken after the images have been posted online.
ALSO! The first 100 pugs to arrive will receive a gift bag including a handpainted ceramic Lady Jayne Halloween picture frame compliments of Lenny the Pug's Luxuries, toy pack from Trixie & Peanut & Merrick sample pack!
Private, indoor, temperature controlled, off-leash pug play! While we will have a few chairs (to help keep personal belongings off the floor), we encourage everyone to sit on the floor and interact with the pugs.
REMINDER: Accidents WILL happen, but YOU are responsible for cleaning up after your own pug! So, remember to keep an eye on him/her.
VERY IMPORTANT: ONLY pugs are allowed at our indoor events UNLESS approved by the organizer. IF your pug(s) happen to have aggression issues of any kind, please be mindful of this and excuse yourself from the event early (if you attend) rather than risk being asked to leave.
DIRECTIONS TO ANIMAL HAVEN SOHO MAY BE FOUND PINNED TO THE TOP OF OUR MESSAGE BOARD
Contest entry fee:
Minimum donation of $5.00 per pug
To join our group & RSVP....http://pug.meetup.com/40/calendar/6091166/
While all our online shop proceeds are used to fund Lenny's Annual Benefit for Animal Haven, Lenny has made the execu-pug decision to donate the profits from two special items to PDE Research (http://www.cvm.tamu.edu/greerlab/projects.htm)...
Haute Diggity Dog's Limited Edition Puparazzi Pups are available for pre-purchase through September 15 only! They cost you only $12.99 each and Lenny will donate $5.00* from each toy sold. As a bonus, Haute Diggity Dog will be donating 50-cents from each toy sold to various dog rescues (NYC Humane Society included).
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"The Ugly Pugling" is the latest in author Nancy Levine's series of Wilson the Pug books. As a huge supporter of the efforts we make to better the pug breed and our canine community, Nancy and Wilson will be providing us with "paw-tographed" bookplates which we will be attaching to every copy of "The Ugly Pugling" sold! This very special book is available for pre-purchase through October 31 only! It costs you only $19.95 and Lenny will donate $5.00* from each book sold.
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