Friday, August 22, 2014

Remembering Char Shu

We can't believe 
it has been five years since we said goodbye

Char Shu
6/12/1992 - 8/12/2009

Char Shu was the son of our own MaoYen
After a C-section 
we were told one of the pups had fluid in his lungs 
and might not make it

Mom sat up all night and helped him nurse
by morning he was doing well

and Mom had already decided

 that he would stay with them forever

When Char Shu was young,  
mom took him to some obedience trials
Never got a qualifying score back then
but he entertained the crowd with
his slow crawl toward mom 
when he was supposed to be on a down stay

Two more pugs joined the family

The original PugRanch Kids
McKenzie, Mao Yen, Pugsley and Char Shu

After taking some years off
Mom and Char Shu returned to the Obedience Ring

At the age of 10 
he earned his Companion Dog Title 
in three shows 

The following year at 11 yrs old

He was the High Scoring Dog at a Fun Match!

He retired from shows 

after winning second place in a Veterans Class
 at the age of 12

But his most favorite thing 
was to be close to those he loved

He loved Dad but in his last few years
it was Mom he came to depend on as
his eyesight and hearing left him
Once Mom went out of town for a few days
and Dad got very little sleep
 as Char Shu barked and cried for Mom

He was so gentle, 
the grandkids loved him

he had gone totally white in the face but was still spry 
celebrating his 16th birthday with friends
(that's Hazel with her back to you)

The little pug puppy 
who was not supposed to make it
lived 2 months past his 17th birthday

Our sweet, sweet boy
We miss you everyday

We are The PugRanch Kids
Bailey, Hazel & Greta


Frank The Tank said...

Awwww what a wonderful story and a beautiful dedication to Char Shu, he looked like a real loving character and that he had a long life filled with happiness, love and fun! I am sure that he is looking down on you all from the rainbow bridge and although its sad to say goodbye you will meet him again in time! Such a wonderful tribute, I wish that I had know the original Pug Ranch Kid crew but I sure am happy to know you three now! Love and licks, hugs and tummy rubs from your furiend Frank xxxxxxxx

Zoe said...

Whut a wunnerful 'membrance fur a great pup.

Oz theTerrier said...

Char Shu sounds like a miracle Pug...and in more ways than one! I love how he was chosen to stay on the Ranch and be one of the original Pug Kids. And he is the epitome of "you CAN teach an old dog a new trick!" This is a great tribute to a great dog.
*Cairn cuddles*

Molly The Wally said...

Lovely tribute to your sweet boy and it made us have leaky eyes as we so thought of Ancient Pip. What a lovely long life he had and we know you were all there for him be he young or be he old. Bless. Sweet memories.
Best wishes Molly

Casey said...

Thanks for sharing this story about your brother. The ones who fight so hard as pups deserve to have a long, happy, fulfilling life!

stellaroselong said...

we wanted to just pop in before Court and tell you how much we enjoyed his story. it brought tears to my momma's eyes, he was your little miracle pug wasn't he. Bless his little heart, and bless yours for loving him so much.
Stella Rose's Momma

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a good story. These little ones are forever in our hearts
Lily & Edward

easyweimaraner said...

What a wonderful post, I cried while I laughed as I saw the picture of Char Shu with your dad. The Idaho Pug Ranch is a wonderful place for pugs that's for sure.

Amber DaWeenie said...

We definitely understand the meaning of a "Miracle" dog having had a couple of them with us over the years too. And Char Shu was certainly a "miracle" dog who gave you so many years of joy.

Sketching with Dogs said...

What a wonderful boy Char Shu was. He had a fantastic life with you, you must miss him lots.
Hugs, Dip Elliot and Lynne x

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

That's a wonderful story. You made us smile this morning.

Julie said...

Thank you for sharing this lovely story
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Murphy said...

He had a long, happy life and will continue to live in your hearts!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley
Mayorz For All Paws

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

What a very lucky boy Char was to have found such a loving and caring family for his whole life. That is an amazing age. We are hoping our Phantom is able to celebrate his 16th after we never thought he was going to make it past his 10th.

Happy weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Susie and Sidebite said...

It's amazing what a little love will do to help one through some tough times. Glad you help him have a wonderful life!

The Mad Scots

Whitley Westie said...

Wow, Char Shu looks like he lived a long happy life.

Sully said...

Thanks for sharing Cha Shu's story it sounds like he live a long and happy life.

Aroo to you,

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We feel so honored that you decided to post this beautiful love story about Char Shu, with us. He was an amazing boy- loved by an amazing family...
Yes his little paw tracks are all over your heart- and now we feel that they are also on our hearts.
Thank you for letting us into your heart to learn a little more about the love you have shared with all your babys.

Payton's mom said...

What an amazing boy! And so handsome. :-) How blessed to have had him in your life!

Chef Sasha said...

What a beautiful tribute, thank you for showing me that. He was very handsome and pretty pawsome!

Loveys Sasha

Wyatt said...

What a wonderful and full life he lived. Thanks for sharing with us.

Wyatt and Stanzie

The Vegetarian Mermaid. said...

What a sweet heart. My akita mix named Oso lived for a wonderful 17 years too. Hope they've befriended each other through the rainbow bridge.<3

gyeong said...

A lovely tribute to a very full life. Never too young to get your titles and awards.

Madi and Mom said...

Char Shu was a most handsome and distinguished Pug....just think he is the Pug who paved your road to your peeps heart with pug love....That is what mom tells me about the pets who came before me.
Hugs madi your bfff

FinleytheWestie said...

Whut a wunnerful rememberance... he was a lucky pup to have y'all as his family...

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Scout and Axel said...

that is such a sweet story about your boy, he must have been very special, thanks for sharing.

Ruby said...

Oh, that is such a sweet, sweet postie!!! What a FABulous story, and what a great pal!
I loved hearin' abouts his prowess in the ring when he was older!! Like Oz said, who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks!
Ruby ♥

tubby3pug said...

Ive been on blog break so I didn't see this until now but what a beautiful boy! Im so sorry for you r loss but how wonderful that he was with you for 17 years. Tubby is now 13 and a half and I worry and Norbert is 12 and I worry all the time that their time is almost up, I love hearing about old dogs. Thanks for sharing

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