On another note, I was not just vsiting family that week. I was also with their three pug dogs named Julia, Buster and Liza. This is Julia:
Even though Julia and Buster cannot walk so well anymore (besides their whole host of other problems), they still have a high quality of life. It was with joy and admiration that I watched my uncles carry these dogs outside so they could enjoy the sun, walk Buster with a special leash for back leg support and respond to their cries in the night. Uncle #1 even holds up Buster's hind legs so Buster can eat and drink more easily. I have no doubt that as Buster (14), Liza (12) and Julia (7) continue to age, they will be taken care of well.