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Rocco, as he was called in the shelter, was found wandering the streets of Columbus, Ohio with much of his fur missing. After being in the local shelter for several days, Ohio Pug Rescue scooped his smooshy-face up and put him into a wonderful foster home. His foster mom thought he might be embarrassed of his skin condition, so she purchased an Ohio State University jersey for a self-esteem boost. As soon as his fur started to grow back, he learned how to remove the jersey.
In December 2008, Rocco’s life changed forever. He was driven to Mutts & Co. to pick out a new human. Rocco locked eyes with a young man and neither has been the same since. The next day his foster mom drove him to his new home in Toledo. There, he got a new name, Hamilton, and he spent the first night sleeping on top of his new dad. Four months later, they were in a U-haul headed to New York City.
The pug life was good.
On February 20, 2012, Hamilton suddenly got very ill. His belly was bruised and swollen, and he was bleeding internally. Batteries of tests suggested he had an autoimmune disease and was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the week. In high spirits, Ham just cared about his next serving of wet food, which is why even now, he runs to the vet. After months of recovery, lots of medication, and one frightening setback, Hamilton is as healthy and snuggly as ever and living life the fullest.