Friday is probably the most popular day of the week, but Tuesday always makes me smile. Tuesday the Pug that is.
I had been following Tuesday the Pug on Instagram for a while before I realized that she lived near me. I called my sister, Alice G Patterson, and told her all about Tuesday and her momager, Kristen. One day Alice recognized Tuesday and Kristen at the park and introduced herself. After a few years of mutual admiration, Kristen won a bid on a photo session with Alice through Buffalo Pug & Small Breed Rescue. If you don’t already love Tuesday, you’re about to! Tuesday’s sidekick, Louie, joined in for a few photos before Alice, Kristen, and Tuesday headed to Tuesday’s favorite park.
From Kristen: “When I rescued Tuesday I was a college student, and I was struggling to fit in with my peers. I have always been older than my years and the thought of hitting up bars, drinking to oblivion, and dancing the night away had zero appeal to me. Often I was left feeling very isolated and lonely after my classes ended for the day. I had no intention of getting a dog while I was in college, and hindsight, it was probably the worst time to get one. But fate doesn’t play by the rules.
I remember I was home for the weekend, as I was most weekends, and was browsing craigslist for something to do. I stumbled upon a post from a family that was trying to find a forever home for their daughter’s pug. There wasn’t a photo attached to the listing, just a plea for help. I can’t pinpoint anything specific about the post; I just knew that this was meant for me. So I reached out to this elderly couple to inquire about Tuesday, or Peanut Butter as she was known then. After a few short emails back and forth we agreed to meet. I distinctly remember after arriving, they opened the back hatch of their 4-door, and inside was a small little pug, sitting and staring at me from inside a crate. She was just quietly blinking her eyes at me. The elderly couple opened the half years, kissed her on the head, and placed her in my waiting arms. It was complete and utter love at first pug snuggle.
Standing there in that parking lot with Tuesday in my arms, they began to tell me the sad story of Tuesday’s life thus far. The couple’s eldest daughter had bought Tuesday from some sort of pet store, despite not having the time or means to care for her. She kept Tuesday hidden away in the basement of her apartment building, where pets were not allowed, day and night, sitting in a
small 2’x2′ crate.
She would visit briefly between her parties, work, and school schedule… for four years. Upon realizing the extent of neglect Tuesday was enduring, this kind couple went to their daughter’s apartment and removed Tuesday. They cared for Tuesday deeply and were sad to give her away, but they already had four dogs and also had custody of their young granddaughter. They knew they did not have the time to devote to Tuesday.
I made a promise to them that day that I would always love her, provide for her in every way I could, and never lock her away in a crate. Six and a half years later I still keep in touch with them, and I think I’ve made good on that promise.
We take Tuesday on all our vacations which are more often than not, pug-related. She has been to Canada, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Boston, and most recently, Philadelphia.
When I lived in Oswego, Tuesday loved to climb all the rocks along Ontario lake; we would go there a lot. She also loves any Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru. She has a 6th sense about them and always knows when we are near. We bring her to Onondaga Lake Park a lot, where she enjoys rides in her stroller.”
In addition to being an Instagram star, Tuesday has a line of bow ties: Tuesday’s Ties.
I’m eyeing a buffalo plaid one for Theo. You can also see Tuesday’s Ties on Instagram.
If you’re looking to adopt a pet, check out our list of Rescue Organizations or Petfinder.com. If you need to rehome a pet, please choose a no-kill rescue organization.
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About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, Alice is available for travel. She specializes in dog portraits as well as photography for creative women entrepreneurs.