Pet Passions: He loves the basics: food, sleep, and affection. He’s an avid sailer (see photos below), loves long walks, car rides and networking at the Pug Meetups.
Pet Peeves: When the kitty bugs him while he’s trying to get some serious sack time. Doorbells make him crazy, as he is determined to protect his family even though he’s never quite sure which way to go.
Home Turf: Austin, Texas
Age (at time of photo session): 6 years
In Moses’s case, The wrinkles are the window to the soul.
Story: Moses loves everyone, period. He’s a very personable, social and incredibly handsome Chinese Pug. When he was two years old, he lost his eyes while playing with a larger dog. The dog didn’t mean to hurt Moses, but he sustained injuries that resulted in him having both eyes removed. Don’t feel sorry for him though, he’s had a great life and he’s a very happy boy. Directly after the accident, Moses fell into a deep depression as it was undoubtedly confusing for him to understand why he couldn’t see anymore, he might have even thought he was being punished. His family rallied around him and nursed him through his physical and spiritual healing process, and in no time his spirits lifted, and then soared. Today, Moses lives in the moment and doesn’t spend one minute of the day feeling sorry for himself or being upset that he has no eyes. He’s too busy making new friends, begging for treats and taking time to smell, and then tinkle on the roses. For the past four years he’s been lifting the spirits of everyone who comes in contact with him. Moses has a positive outlook on life that reminds us all to live in the moment. We love him!
EVEN MORE ABOUT MOSES…
I met Moses at my favorite neighborhood grocery, Thom’s Market. Moses is the official mascot and frequently hangs out behind the counter where he is the official greeter. When I first saw Moses and learned he had no eyes, it made me so sad, but as I got to know him better and heard his story I found it inspiring. Mose’s dad considers himself Mose’s service dog. He helps Moses and shows him the way when he needs assistance, which incidentally isn’t that often!Moses’s family lived on a sailboat for a year or so and they were kind enough to let me post some photos from their journey. Bill plans to publish a children’s book one day about Moses and his sailing adventures! Moses loved being on the water and would take long naps on deck while enjoying the fresh ocean air. They claim that Moses occasionally took the wheel, helped in the galley, assisted with navigation, and checked the lines.(see photos below).
My favorite photo is of Bill and Moses sitting on deck peacfully looking out over the water and keeping an eye on the ducks. One would never know that Moses can’t see a thing.
Photographing Moses was really quite fun. It was a bit strange trying to get Moses to look at the camera, when in fact there is no real “looking” going on in Moses’s life. I’m just glad I got to know him a little better, he’s a super sweet boy with great character. Below is a silly little video I threw together for those that won’t be able to visit Moses in person.
If you live in Austin, go by and see Moses at Thom’s Market, 418 Barton Springs Road, near Zilker Park. He’ll be sure to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face!