Cody got a pugtastic birthday surprise
Jill pulled off a paw-some surprise for her son’s birthday…
Walking past a pair of kids squealing on a set of swings, my youngest stopped dead in his tracks.
Spotting a little dog out for its walkies, Cody, eight, made a beeline for it.
‘It’s a pug!’ he beamed, hugging its squashy face and floppy ears.
It was August this year, and seeing his favourite canine had made my lad’s day. Cody had been obsessed with pugs ever since he’d watched a Youtube video of them when he was five.
Diagnosed with autism around the same time, Cody disliked anyone touching him, and he was uncomfortable in crowds.
He loved routine and found it difficult to cope with change. So much so, his condition had led to him being hospitalised with severe anxiety earlier this year.
His beloved pugs seemed to be the only thing that cheered him up.
Now, his bedroom was covered with pug posters, pug bedding and cuddly pugs. I even made him a picture book full of pug cut-outs to take to school.
It helped him calm down whenever his anxiety took hold of him.
Sadly, our landlord didn’t allow pets, so he had to make do with just snaps.
Now, with Cody’s ninth birthday approaching, I wanted to surprise him with a pug-themed party. But I’d been in and out of hospital suffering with ketoacidosis, a lifethreatening complication from my diabetes, and hadn’t been able to organise one in time.
So, I posted a message on the Pug Cafe Facebook page, an online community for pug-lovers. I wondered if you could all take a few moments out
of your day to send Cody birthday pugs and kisses, I typed.
It really would make it pug-tastic going through them all on his birthday!
A few hours later, I logged back on to Facebook.
‘Oh, my!’ I gasped, opening up a stream of notifications from well-wishers across the country.
With all the pug pics I was receiving, it looked like there wouldn’t be any space left in Cody’s book for them all!
I’d only expected a handful to respond! Then, people began sending pug-themed gifts in the post – duvet sets, piggy banks, teddies and calendars.
‘He’s going to be so chuffed with this,’ I grinned, wrapping them up.
On the morning of his birthday, as we scrolled through the pictures and well wishes on Facebook, my boy was so emotional.
Even better, I’ve managed to persuade our landlord to let us have a dog, but I’m keeping that a surprise from Cody for now...
I can’t wait to see the look on his face when I make his dreams come true. He’ll be made up – all snug with his pug on the rug!
‘CODY IS GOING TO BE CHUFFED’
Cody walking Bella, whose owner Devida runs social events for pug owners
Cody hugs a pug any chance he gets