Kristen Otte

Finding Love and Laughter through Story

Happy Birthday Zelda Pug



Zelda isn’t the biggest fan of birthday hats, but she loves her new collar, birthday treats, and walks!

One winter night in February of 2012, my husband Brian and I received an email from his mother about a pug named Tucker who needed a home. We were thinking about adopting a dog, but we hadn’t started looking for a canine companion yet. My husband and I were thinking of adopting a Boston Terrier, but we both had a soft spot for pugs. After a couple days of deliberation, we called the owners about Tucker. Unfortunately, Tucker already found a new home. They did have another pug named Princess who needed a new home. We found out she was about 2 years old. The family had four pugs and four children and not enough space for everyone.

We arranged a time to meet Princess and hopefully take her home. Princess was about three hours away so we hit the road. When we arrived at the address, the owner carried Princess outside and placed her in my arms. I fell in love instantly. She was small for a pug (only 11 pounds) and her head was tiny. I knew she was coming home with us. We talked with the owner for a few minutes and knew Princess needed a good home. It was clear the conditions in the home weren’t great. The owner handed us the papers and Princess came home that day.

Brian and I decided to rename Princess. We wanted to keep the princess theme, so we went through the list of Disney princesses and video game princesses until we settled on Zelda. Zelda was the perfect name for this pug.

Today we celebrate Zelda’s fourth birthday and just over two years since we rescued her! It’s been quite an adventure with Zelda, but we love that she is a part of our family. 

Happy Birthday Zelda!

If you want to learn more about Zelda or her adventures, you can read the first chapter of the Adventures of Zelda series here or visit my books page to purchase a copy.


6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Zelda Pug

  1. The nose-licking picture is awesome. Happy Birthday, Z-dog.

  2. Happy Birthday to my favorite pug! After working with you on her stories, I feel like I know her! Please give her a hug from me—she’s a star every day!

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