Dozens of roses for one Pearl of a black girl pug

Just about anyone who knows us knows that we are rather fond of pugs. In truth, we’re Crazy Pug People — and we’re just fine with that. 

Pugs are funny, smart, stubborn. Pugs snore. Pugs audibly fart. Pugs inhale their food.

Pugs are amazing Creatures of God who give us so much pleasure and comfort.

We two special needs pugs: Onslow came to us with only one eye; and Veronica Pearl has a degenerative spinal condition that has progessed to the point where she uses a cart whenever we take her out. 

Pearl has an unbreakable spirit. Even when she isn’t in her cart and she walks around the house with what we call her “wonky walk,” she acts as if nothing is wrong with her. 

About Veronica

I worked at The Birmingham News for 27 years; during my tenure, I was a feature writer, copy editor, and reporter covering beats from business to community news. Now, my husband, Joey, and I run Animal Advocates of Alabama (, a news and information website that covers animal-related issues throughout the state. We live on Birmingham's Southside with a grumble of pugs, a Calico cat, and a a few other dogs of varying sizes.
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