Odie The Optimist

Meet Odie, a lovable, special needs pug looking for his special someone.

Hi! My name is Odie, and I’m one of those glass-half-full types of dog. I find joy in the simple pleasures of life, like snuggling with my person and eating treats of any kind. Love and food... what more do you need?

I’m a six or seven-year-old pug, weigh a little over 20 pounds, and am almost totally blind, but that doesn’t stop me or dampen my spirits. I’m a healthy and resilient dog who is both confident and social, and I love to share affection. 

Mutts Matter rescued me on Thanksgiving eve, when a kind soul reached out to them for help. I’m a casualty of divorce, and then my dad no longer wanted me, so he wouldn’t let me in the house. I was living outside, tied up to porch and exposed to all the elements. This was a pretty scary situation for a sight impaired pup like me, but luckily my mom reached out to rescue for help, while some of my neighbors watched out for me, giving me food when I was hungry.

As you can imagine, I wasn’t in the best shape when I came into rescue. I had severely dry eyes from the wind and cold, skin and ear infections, my teeth were neglected, and I was in pain from eating something that cut the inside of my mouth. My dad would throw my food on the ground to feed me, and without being able to see, I must have accidentally chewed on something sharp and cut myself.

After some antibiotics, drops for my eyes, a little dental work, and some good old-fashioned TLC, I’m doing great now. My coat is back to being beautiful and, as you can see, I’m still quite handsome. Just check out my pics! 

Even though my home life was tough, I’ve always known there were better things in store for me, and I never lost faith in people. I hit the jackpot in my new foster home, and really love it here! I have an awesome foster mom named Barbara, who nursed me back to health; two pup siblings who keep me company during the day; and a dog walker who takes me out for my daily adventure.

I really love to go on walks and get very excited when it’s time to go out in the world. I don’t go very fast because of my limited sight, and I have a heightened sense of smell, so I like to make sure I sniff everything on the ground and explore. 

My foster home is a very safe and nurturing environment.  My foster mom uses a baby gate to block off access to the stairs and lets me wander around on the main level during the day.

I’m great with my routine and very predictably on schedule. My foster mom knows when I need to go out to potty, and I’ve had no accidents in the house. I’m a very neat and tidy pup, and during the day I just mull around or hang out on my favorite cushy blanket and wait for her to come home. As soon as she comes through that door and I hear her voice, I greet her with an excited sigh and stay right by her side. She affectionately calls me the Velcro dog, because I love to jump up on the couch and burrow in right next to her.

My favorite thing is to be near my people, and I’m making up for some lost time. Having an owner who works from home, or is home a good part of the day, would really be the best fit for me.

I’m not a hard dog, but I do need someone who will watch out for me and make sure there are no dangers or obstacles in my path, and continue my regular dental cleanings and eye drops to keep me in tip-top shape. A fenced yard would be a good idea, and I’m fine with older kids – just means more humans for me to love on.

If you have some love to share and a little extra space in your home for a special pup like me, I can be your most loyal, lovable companion.


To learn more about Odie, go to the Mutts Matter Adoption Page and fill out an application, or contact Suzanne at suzanne@muttsmatterrescue.com.

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Peggy Bsrg January 17, 2013 at 02:33 PM
How could you not want Odie? I have 4 pugs. From deformed, diabetic, allergies, to mentally challenged. I have so much joy & love from these sweet gifts from God! I live in SD & am not close enough to get Odie, I'm sure someone is close enough!? Is your heart as big as Odies?
Rosary Bovello January 17, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Has Odie found his forever home yet?.
Susan Larson (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Hi, Rosary. To learn more about Odie, go to the Mutts Matter Adoption Page and fill out an application, or contact Suzanne at suzanne@muttsmatterrescue.com
Mutts Matter Rescue January 17, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Hey Rosary. He has not yet found a forever home, please see email me if you have questions or as Susan suggested, there is a link to fill out an application in Odie's story. Thanks!
Nanci Sandel January 17, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I'm really interested in Odie. He would be perfect for me, I'm retired. Nanci. Pugsx4@aol.com
Mutts Matter Rescue January 17, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Hey Nanci. I just got your email and responded. We look forward to working with you and discussing sweet Odie.
Margaret January 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Suzanne, I am so moved by the story of Odie. I have a rescue pug, my second and two rescue, cockapoos as well as a rescue cat who is in charge of all. I am going to offer a karma class at my yoga studio, River's Edge Yoga in honor of Odie on Monday , January 21st we'll split the proceeds between your org , Mutts Matter and n=Mid Atlantci Pug Rescue. I'll keep you posted. Cheers, Margaret
Mutts Matter Rescue January 19, 2013 at 02:58 AM
That is so kind. Thank you Margaret!
Jamie kearns January 20, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Any news on Odie? I have been trying to plot how to make him mine since he was brought to my attention a few days ago. I know I'm not the ideal candidate for his new Mom, even besides the unending amount of love I have to give and the great care I have taken of my 8 yr old special needs pug. I live with my sister, her husband, 12yr old golden, 1.5yr old boy and she has another on the way. My nephew absolutely loves my Weezer, Wee Wee to him, and Weezer loves him. Between my sister and I the pups are alone during the day for 7-8hrs. We go for long walks when I get home and they also have a fenced in backyard. Odie can be easily protected from potentially harming himself during the day in the basement with my little guy sleeping in my room, on THEIR bed that I'm just allowed to sleep in. Please keep us in mind if Odie can't find a more ideal forever home. Abby


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