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PEEL – adopted

Macedon Ranges, VIC
Pug • 9 Months • Male

A bit of a shy guy… that is until you *peel* back his layers of puglet charm!



PEEL pug is one big thicc loaf of energy on legs! Always on the move, always adventuring. Be it chasing butterflies, chewing on furniture (yes we are a brutally honest rescue over here) or doing mad crazy zoomies around the yard with his donut tail unfurled for more aerodynamic speed, this is one pug that ain’t no lap dog!
At about 7 weeks of age Peel and his brother Pulp arrived into care all the way from Adelaide SA. Both boys have full cleft palates, however much like the movie “Twins” there are definite attributes that make Peel the Schwarzenegger to Pulp’s Devito. Peel is double the size in comparison to his twin brother. Double the charm, double the sass and double the trouble (but is a fun puppy way).
If we had to be honest (and as mentioned, we always are) Peel is the picture of health visually and observationally. His cleft palate has been no issue to him in the slightest, he eats and drinks like any other pup his age. No problems with toileting, he even cocks his leg to piddle on your favourite armchair.
He isn’t much of a cuddle bunny, but he does love attention and the odd snuggle on your lap or on the sofa. And even though he is a bit of a blockhead, he doesn’t have a mean or aggressive bone in his body.
Peel is fantastic with kids of all ages, great with adults of all ages too. Great with teeny tiny puppies, big dogs, older dogs, blind dogs, differently abled dogs, baby fawns (deer), adult deer and even giant adult cows. We don’t know how he’d go with pocket pets or cats, however we feel he would probably be great.
As you may have surmised by now, Peel is in peak “imma chew what I want when I want” and “imma pee where I want when I want” stage of his training. But it is important to note that he is also extremely hard of hearing…. that is ONLY at times when you want him to come to you. A faint rustle of food packets and his hearing loss is obsolete!

BEFORE you read Peel’s adoption criteria it is extremely important that potential adopters give great thought and communicate in their adoption application as to what their home set up and routine plan is for the first few weeks/months if they are the successful adopter of this most precious pupper. Peel cannot be settled in over just a weekend and then left on a Monday home alone while you return to work… There needs to be a plan outlined so that his foster family can feel assured he is going to be set up for success in his new home.


Deal breakers:

– Peel will need ongoing training, he is a cheeky lil chap and often has very selective hearing. And while he is very much PUG, Peel is a good advocate for RESCUE dogs! So a family committed to lifelong training, a family who want to invest in good doggy manners is a must.

– Peel is a social lad and a daily stroll to catch up on the neighbourly gossip is an absolute.

– Peel is currently moving onto a balanced raw diet, we find this is works great for premium digestive health.

– Peel must have access inside the house at all times, the couch is king and he’s the prince.

– Peel is not suited to someone who is looking for a “lap dog” for their retired elderly parents or grandparents. He is a young, healthy pup and more obviously to all that meet him, a very active pup.

– The lucky adoptive family of Peel will need to be ready to keep in regular touch with his foster mama at Life of Pikelet throughout the duration of his life.

Non deal breakers:

– We would love to see Peel head off on adoption with another canine sibling, though it it’s not a deal breaker, homes with adult dogs already are appealing.

– It is not a strict rule, however we prefer to have adoptive applications come from already rescue minded people. We understand that some breeds of dogs are very sort after, applications that focus on breed over the individual dog are less likely to grab our full attention. If you are applying for this delicious thug-pug baby Peel, please list your previous experience with rescue, i.e what rescue’s you have supported, volunteered for, donated to or adopted from.



Peel has a full cleft palate, this is a midline birth anomaly which is visual. At this point in time we know that Peel also has a grade 2 heart murmur. This is something that may lesson over time or it may become more of an issue.

While both his hard and soft palate do have clefts, this has never once effected his overall health. Having been held back in rescue until the age of 9 months, we can confidently say that it is extremely unlikely Peel will ever need corrective surgery for his cleft.

Regardless it is our process that all adoptive cleft parents be connected with our T-Zone surgical specialist Vet Dr Arthur House. Dr House will assess Peel’s cleft and advise after some  time of observations.

Peel’s new adoptive parents will also be referred to Dr Richard Woolley, the leading cardiologist specialist in VIC.


**We do our best to review and reply to all applications within 14 days, please be patient.

Please click here for an adoption application.

Peel’s adoption fee is $1500 and includes:

– Microchipping

– Desexing after 6 months of age (adoption under desexing contract clause and desex age dependant on individual health needs of each animal)

– Up to date vaccinations, flea, tick & worming treatments. Peel has had all 3 puppy vaccinations.


MICROCHIP NUMBER 953010005816817


**Located in foster care in Victoria, Peel is available for interstate adoption however this comes with the firm understanding that if an interstate candidate is successful, Peel’s new family will need to come to HQ to complete adoption paperwork and travel home with him. Interstate candidates please see above in deal breakers/non-deal breakers.  Video footage of yard & home will also need to be provided along with the agreement to a possible home check by a local Life of Pikelet rescue volunteer.

***Life of Pikelet cannot provide transportation interstate, we reserve the voluntary transport be focused on our critical care needs of new intakes.