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Joel Schlessinger MD and family donate to Pug Partners of Nebraska

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Nancy, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Daniel, Claire and Emmy at a Pug Rescue event in 2004

Besides being a board-certified dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon and pediatrician, Dr. Joel Schlessinger is also a lover of pugs. The doctor and his family have been longtime supporters of pug rescues and pug-related events around the Midwest since they received their pug, Emmy.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his family recently donated to Pug Partners of Nebraska, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to rescuing and re-homing pugs. This organization puts on several events throughout the year, including meet and greets, sponsored walks and the popular costume event, Pug-O-Ween.

“We take great pleasure out of helping out other pugs and rescue societies,” the doctor said. “In fact, we went to Sioux Falls this summer to help out with a home pug adoption.”

Joel Schlessinger MD and family donate to Pug Partners of Nebraska

Emmy joined in for a LovelySkin.com barbecue this spring.

Joel Schlessinger MD and family are proud owners of a pug named Emmy.

“We have had Emmy for 10 years now,” said Joel Schlessinger MD. “She was the puppy of one of my patients. My daughter, Claire, and I were desperate to have a dog, but my son was set on a snake. My wife, Nancy, wanted to wait until the kids grew older.”

However, on Claire’s 11th birthday, the Schlessinger family picked up Emmy and she has been loved ever since.

“Daniel, my son, forgot about the snake, thankfully, and now Nancy dotes on Emmy.”

The Schlessinger family and Emmy enjoy participating in Pug-O-Ween.

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Claire, Daniel, Dr. Joel Schlessinger, Emmy and the doctor’s parents, Junie and Bernie, at Pug-O-Ween 2005.

Pug-O-Ween is a yearly event where pug owners dress up their beloved pets and show off their dashing duds. This year’s Pug-O-Ween event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the National Guard Armory. It costs $8.00 per ticket and all proceeds go to benefit Pug Partners of Nebraska.

“We have encouraged Pug-O-Ween for many years now as it is a great way to meet new friends of pugs and highlight the issues that surround ill or mistreated pugs,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

“We hope this year is a success!”

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