“I met Diego because he belonged to my sister-in-law in Rochester. We were visiting the family and they had just gotten Diego as an addition to their two other dogs, 2 black pugs.
He was called Diego because somebody sold him to her as a rare hairless Mexican dog breed. He had very little hair at the time. They said that a Hairless Mexican Dog’s tummy would act like a natural hot water bottle. I had him on my lap, trying to feel his warmth and was sort of buying into the story.
We know the story isn’t true because his hair grew back.
He’s actually a Shih Tzu mix.
When my husband’s sister became very ill I thought about Diego. Our last dog had just died. I thought about rescuing Diego because no-one was around to take care of him.
A rescue lady claimed the pugs, so we decided to bring Diego home to NYC.”