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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wilma's Friends Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Hi everybody! It's almost Wednesday, and you know what that means? It's time for my friends' words of wisdom!

This week, our dear friend Payton of Pugnacious P has presented a wonderful guest post, full of wisdom. Thanks to Payton, for being so generous, and forthright in sharing her story here with us. There is quite a bit to learn from Payton, so don't stop here. If you haven't already, go on over and check out Payton's blog. Tell her Wilma sent you.

“If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

When talking to my friend, Gracie the Agility Pug, she reminded me of the classic expression, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” That got me thinking; I’ve been dealing with lemons since birth! It may just need to become my motto.

I don’t really remember much before my mom and dad, but they have no doubt I was from a puppy mill…talk about lemons! I’ve only told a handful of people this, but my parents saved me from a pet store. Mom and dad totally knew better. Despite only wanting to get a rope toy for my best friend Isabella the giant schnauzer, they shouldn’t have even gone in a store that sells dogs and cats instead of holding adoption fairs. But when they saw me, it was all over. They were already thinking about getting a pug, and they just couldn’t stand the thought of what may happen to me if they didn’t take me home. Mom and dad are somewhat ashamed as they know how it encouraged things they appall; however, on the other hand, especially knowing what we do now about my health, they are confident the right decision was made and it was totally meant to be. It is highly likely that I would not be here today if mom and dad didn’t rescue me. I was blessed with the perfect family, who could take care of me and my, um, issues. And I like to think that I add a certain amount of indescribable specialness to their lives too! My life had a very ill-fated beginning and certainly there are regrettable aspects of how I got a forever home, but the story has a very happy ending. And we drink that lemonade all the time.

The second major bag of lemons was dealt just over 5 years ago. Pug Dog Encephalitis. I’m not going to lie that there aren’t difficult times because of my disease. But Gracie reminded me that we certainly make the most out of every situation. Instead of dwelling on my illness, we use the quarterly check-ups with my neurologist as an opportunity to have fun vacations in a great city (Chicago)! Lucky for me, mom and dad have never put limitations on me (within reason) just because I’m sick, so we go on lots of adventures, even at home. And someone I love is always with me…24 hours a day! I’m not sure it get’s much better than that. Lastly, my mom and I probably wouldn’t have started my blog if I didn’t have this disease. And that means that I would not have had the privilege of meeting all of you, this wonderful blogging community of pugs, dogs, and peeps!

So take it from me, enjoy life to the fullest and make every day count even if you are dealt with some nasty lemons because you can always make some tasty lemonade!


Hi, it's Wilma again. I just wanted to add, that for the record, I am very proud that Payton shared with us, how she found her way to her family. Some folks might get upset that Payton came from a puppy mill originally. In my opinion, this was just how it had to be. Many times, we find our humans, they don't find us. Payton needed her parents. Who knows what would have happened to her if they did not feel that strong connection with her. If they did not go against what they believed in to save Payton. Because save her they did, and made it better that most people are capable of. I for one, am very grateful for that, and clearly, so is she!

Love you girlfriend!


  1. What a wonderful post. I don't know Payton, but will go and introduce myself now.

    Your pal, Pip

    P.S: My personal motto - When life gives you lemons, eat ice cream. He he!

  2. This is an incredible, honest, and beautiful words of wisdom post.
    I also know that it was all ment to be.
    Payton has the best home ever.
    Sometimes our instincts do lead us in the directions we need to go.
    And at a split second choices are made like a magnet pulling us.
    It was that way for when I came to be too.
    I am so happy that Payton came into the lives of her parents, and into our lives.
    She is a true friend, who is courageous, and lives life to the fullest.

  3. Great post today Payton. You sure are a special girl.

    Wilma, thank you for bringing Payton on as a guest.
    BTW, I have finally taken the plunge and joined the Sunflower Club.

  4. Beautiful Post Payton!!
    You and your Pawrents are so, sooooo Lucky you found each other!! It was meant to BE!!!
    And now we found you!!!
    THank you also for sharing!!!
    Spongy,Licky & La Patrick

  5. Okays so peoples always say adopt don't pet shop. But I tells you this.... on that day the planets aligned and God saids...... "I will lure these two into the store". "Why would I do this?".... because I am God and I can (kidding heres) "because.... this pug is destined to have many health issues and these two people are the best couple to take charge of this pug and her illness".

    So theres you have its. You see, sure they could have adopted buts the thing is they were meant to cross paths with Payton as she so desperately needed pawrents like the ones she gots now.


  6. Payton, we for 2 are very glad your parents found you in the pet store - thank goodness! A rescue is a rescue in our opinion and you needed to be saved. And you rescued them back!

    Wilma thanks for sharing more of Payton's story, you're both wonderful!

    Meredith & Scarlet

  7. Fate stepped in, and your parents listened. Your message of living with PDE is an inspiration and an education.

  8. Hi Wilma, I'm new to your blog and its nice to meet you, will follow you now! I loved the post today, Payton is an inspirational Pug, a small Pug with a huge heart and a big story! keep making lemonade my friend! Love, licks and pHUGS Frank x x x x x

  9. Wilma,
    First of all, thank so very much for the honor of "taking over" your blog today. Secondly, I am so deeply touched by your words of support (yes, mom is even a bit leaky in the eyes). You are a great friend and sister!
    And last, but not least thanks to Pip, Tweedles, Sabrina, Chicas, Winston, Scarlet, Gracie, and Frank for your comments! I feel so loved!

  10. What a great post. We can't help where we came from. But it's what we do with our lives that matter. And you, Payton, are the best ambassador for surviving PDE. It's your mission and you're doing a great job.
    We weren't rescued, either. We came from a breeder. Mom didn't know enough at the time to go to her house, check out the parents, etc. So for all we know, we could come from a backyard breeder. We'll never know. It's not where you come from, but where you're going.

  11. i went over and read your post and was amazed what a sport you are, also your parents are great how they are handleing this. But the saying is god dosent give you anything you can't handle.



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