Cody got a pug­tas­tic birth­day sur­prise

Jill pulled off a paw-some sur­prise for her son’s birth­day…

Real People - - NEWS - Jill Lacey, 47, Staines, Mid­dle­sex

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

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