Monique Borrero had Princess, a Pug mix, for nine years when she decided to adopt Charlie, a Chihuahua mix. Charlie’s mother had been surrendered when she was pregnant, so Charlie had only known life in the shelter before his adoption, and he was happy in his new home, but Princess didn’t really appreciate a new dog in her house, particularly because he kept sniffing at her.
“I kept telling him to stop,” Monique says, but it didn’t dissuade him. Only later, when she took Princess to the veterinarian, did she discover that the dog had cancer and that Charlie was sniffing at the very place were the cancer was located.
“Charlie was so loving and caring that whenever Princess had a seizure he would know and would go and snuggle with her and stay until the seizure was over,” Monique says. “When she passed away, he started howling.”
Shortly after that, she adopted Lukas, a Miniature Schnauzer mix. His owner had surrendered him, and it wasn’t clear how he had been treated because when Monique picked him up he went stiff. After a few months though, he and Charlie became best friends and he relaxed. “He is very cuddly and likes to give lots of kisses,” Monique says.
Since the death of Princess, Monique had longed for another Pug, so she began looking on Petfinder to see if any were available in her area. Up popped Bella. “She was so beautiful, but I did hesitate a little bit only because Charlie and Lukas were such good friends and I didn’t know how the dynamic would be when I added a female Pug.”
She overcame her reservations, however, and went ahead with the adoption. She brought Bella home just as the dog had come out of knee surgery. “Charlie immediately started licking her wounds and taking care of her,” Monique says, “and ever since then, those three have been inseparable and are absolutely amazing together.” So much for “three’s a crowd.” This little crowd is good company.
All three of the dogs were adopted from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.