Meet Bella and Zoey

Happy National Puppy Day, y’all!

I thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to my two pugs, Bella and Zoey. The one thing everyone who knows me in “real life” is that I am completely obsessed with my dogs. They are my life. So, I’m going to introduce you to each of them and tell you each of their stories.

The pug love in my family goes really deep. My aunt Michelle was the first in our family to get a pug. Her baby, Vula, made everyone fall in love with pugs. We were hooked. A few years later my family adopted our pug, Verna, who unfortunately passed this past April. She was my absolute world. One pug just simply wasn’t enough for me, I needed another. Which brings me to my first pups story:



A coworker at the time tagged me in a Facebook post that was advertising black pugs for sale, so I got in contact with the seller. Just in time because he only had one left.

When my mom and I went to pick her up she was unfortunately not in a well taken care of home. Even though some people may get upset when they learn I bought her and didn’t adopt her, I don’t regret it at all. Bella’s mom was overbred, and I just couldn’t imagine leaving her knowing that could be her future. Besides I honestly can’t imagine my life without her. I am a firm believer in all dogs deserve a good home.

January 27, 2015: I brought Bella home.

March 30, 2016: Bella made her first long road trip to live with her new dad in North Carolina. (Mike didn’t know it yet, but this was the beginning of his pug love).


Fun Fact: Bella likes to dig for ages only when she gets in bed at night.




One day my friend, Adalina, tagged me in a post about a dog that had been abandoned on a busy street where we live. Luckily, a member of a local rescue was able to get her away from the traffic.

Originally I didn’t know if we should take on another dog mainly because I didn’t think my husband would want another. Get this, he was the driving force behind adopting her! He immediately said yes. The guy who wasn’t sure if he even wanted a dog had officially been converted to a pug enthusiast.

Because of the law, we had to wait a holding period before we could adopt Zoey. In the meantime, Zoey’s foster mom brought her over to my house, so I could see how Bella and Zoey interacted with each other.

September 24, 2016: We brought Zoey home. Bella got a sister, and she wasn’t sure how she felt about it.

A crazy story about this day is literally minutes after we adopted her from the rescue we, unfortunately, got into an accident that totaled the first car I bought for myself. Thankfully we were all okay! My dog mom instincts had already kicked in, and I clung to her for dear life. That didn’t stop me from hysterically crying in a random parking lot that she was going to hate us forever.


Fun Fact: She was originally named Frankie by her foster family. Mike and I came up with the name Zoey because we didn’t think Frankie fit her. Because Frankie and Zoey have similar ending sounds we were able to teach her the new name easily.



There you have it! That is how I became a dog mom of two beautiful babies. Even when they are fighting for attention, they are BFF’s.

I hope learning about my dogs allowed you to get to know me a little better.

If you’ve made it this far I can only assume you’re a fellow dog mom/dog dad and you understand the dog love is real! Please leave me a comment with a pic of your sweet dogs, I genuinely would love nothing more than to look at your cute furry babes! What’s their story?


-The Galista

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