The kind of socks that make dreams come true are crammed into Leia’s drawer.
She transforms into Supergirl when she dons a pair.
Alternatively, Spider Girl. Or simply something pink and cheerful.
When she’s in her stockings, everything about this 14-year-old pug changes. Niki Geroni-Lajoie, her owner, says socks are like a switch…
… that suddenly flicks on.
“Just by putting on her socks, she went from being quite immobile and afraid to walk across the floor to trundling around with a lot of confidence,” Geroni-Lajoie explains. “She lends a hand in putting them on. She is aware that they assist her.”
While every pair of socks is a work of fiction, Leia’s need for them is anchored in fact. Her Toronto, Canada, home’s floors can be difficult for an elderly pug to grip.
“We ripped out our carpets in our condo last fall and replaced wood flooring, and we discovered she was slipping and sliding and not getting the hang of the floors at all,” explains Geroni-Lajoie. “I was scared she’d sprain something because she’s so old and shaky.”
“If the socks aren’t on, she’ll stand on the living room carpeting and bark for me or weep, trying to go about,” Geroni-Lajoie adds. “You can tell she’s incredibly joyful and waggy as she rushes around.”
If only Leia had been able to wear socks on every step of her journey through life.
She was a senior pug looking for any kind of traction in life two years ago. Leia and her brother needed a real home after being rescued from a shelter by Under My Wing Pug Rescue.
They were both adopted by Geroni-Lajoie. Since then, Leia’s brother has passed away. However, Leia has regained her groove thanks to the help of a couple more rescued siblings.
“Leia is old, so she sleeps a lot,” Geroni-Lajoie explains, “but when she’s awake, she’s quite opinionated.” “She’s feisty and playful, and she craves attention like no other dog I’ve ever met. She’d gladly trade her country for a pat on the head.”
Nothing, however, stands between Leia and her socks.
On Peachy Keen Pets’ Facebook page, you may learn more about Leia and her family.