Hoarding pugs. HOARDING PUGS. If there is a dead pug in that home I will be WRATHFUL! I can not deal with a dead pug. Pugs deserve only the greatest of everything in life. I don't understand how there are rescue pugs. I was blown away at Pug Fest that there is even a need for a pug rescue. How do people not love pugs? How could you hurt a pug?!
Jan lives in Texas and her house is a disaster.
She has spent upwards of an hour picking things up.
She has a microwave and a toaster oven. She also has a walk out kitchen. She ran out of room so she just keeps her fridge outside.
Misty is Jan's daughter. Well she's the daughter that still speaks to her. She has other daughters. We aren't going to meet them.
Jan got to watching too much home shopping network. She loves when the UPS truck rolls up and she forgets what she orders so
Jan has 10 pugs. Which, dare I say, that would be fine if she wasn't in the hoard? Is that hoarder talk? It is. Well these are pugs we're talking about here. 10 is a reasonable number of pugs. Okay. I know 10 is too much, but it would be fun for awhile.
Chief Robert Johnson is a police officer in Jan's area. He seems kind of scared of being featured on A&E. He is telling us the fireman stopped by to check on her because it was a hot day. They thought someone was dead inside. They put together a report and reported her to Adult Protective Services. So that's why we're here today.
Jan's problems began decades ago. Jan was in a volatile relationship. Her husband was abusive. He would verbally and physically abusive. After her abusive husband left, her mother moved in and so she was supporting herself and 3 other people. It had a horrible effect on her kids and only Misty continues to talk to her.
Jan used to call her daughters bitches and sluts for the laughs. The kids didn't find it all that funny, but Jan thought that was a laugh riot. She was drinking at the time. You know, it doesn't sound like her husband was the only abusive household member.
Misty says Jan has a viper tongue, Jan says she's a former viper tongue. I guess we'll see.
That pug was walking with its tail uncurled. :(
Matt Paxton and pugs!! This is pretty magical as long as there are no dead pugs. Matt is going to have dinner with Jan. Of course he turns on his night vision because why wouldn't he turn on his night vision?
Jan is making him a giant steak in a toaster oven. She's got paper and matches sitting on top of her toaster oven which is safe. And there's dog poop, dog pee and baking soda for floor. It's just like a Sizzler.
Matt is sleeping with the pugs! They just love him. Their little tails are all curled up and wagging at him. This is adorable.
Can you even deal with that!? So cute.
I can not.
Just when you think there is no way Mad Pax could get better you see him with a pug.
Why are we seeing Matt Paxton pee? That seems gratuitous, A&E. Jan did offer to let him use the bathroom. He wasn't interested. If he was using the toilet would we see Matt pee or is it only appropriate to watch people pee outside?
Jan's daughter hasn't seen the home for 17 years. Mark is taking her in for a tour pre-cleanup.
Mark is comparing Jan to a dragon in a castle and the hoard is her moat. Can we get one of our artists hoarders to paint this picture?
The humane society came and took her pugs away. This is really sad. I mean, I want those pugs to not be in a hoard. I also know how sad it would be to say "good-bye" to your pugs.
"If you want to go around the world, I got it right here!" Jan forgot she ordered two globes and she is just absolutely thrilled to discuss the Congo with everyone. Discuss the Congo in one room, talk about some other place in the other room. It's a dream of hers.
Her little pug is just calmly standing by watching the clean-up. Trying to figure out how the hell he got himself into this mess.
Matt and Mark Pfeffer are teaching Jan's daughter to stand up for herself. They are life changers. Mark is so proud hearing her raise her voice.
Oh Jesus god no. What is the gruesome discovery. Always with the gruesome discovery. Dead, flat cats. Total count is 15 dead cats. I feel bad or being relieved it wasn't a pug. I'm a bad person.
Pfeffer is impressed by Jan's sophisticated denial system. If anger doesn't work, she walks away.
Jan and her daughter are getting make-overs. I know some people have problems with this, but I'm pretty fine with it. If you feel pretty you want things around you to be pretty too. I think it would be weird to be in a clean, redecorated house—still smelling and looking like your old self.
The house looks way pretty. Jan is crying. Her 2 globes are on display. (Not a euphemism)
She has a stove! Will she invite Matt over for another steak? She also has a dishwasher. All of the stuff in the house was donated by neighbors. So those nosy neighbors she was worried about turned out to be really nice.
Aftercare funds were used to make plumbing repairs and improvements to Jan's home. She's working with an organizer and will soon start seeing a therapist. She's got a pug staring lovingly at her so I'd say life is good. She's also getting along better with her daughter.
Matt Paxton One-Liner Hoard
We're gonna have a lot of this today. A lot of flat cats.
The floors in this house have this poop maché.
Bebe lives in Georgia and she's an artist.
She likes to collect all things. For example she's been into: teapots, china, photographs and pictures, certain kinds of postcards. She just collects almost everything in the world.
Peggye is Bebe's daughter and she calls her mom, Mama. When she was growing up they always had a maid. Peggy refers to them as "servants." That seems wrong.
Kamie is also Bebe's daughter. Their father worked hard, made good money but he couldn't keep up with Bebe. She calls her mother talented at getting people to do things for her. She is famous for "Bebe fits" to get what she wants. She kind of seems proud of this gift of fits.
Martha is Bebe's cousin and she calls her Queen Bebe because she always gets what she wants. She compares her to Scarlett O'Hara. Did Scarlett throw fits? I haven't seen Gone with the Wind.
Her husband was murdered inside their home with a 12 gauge shotgun in the front hall. It ruined her life. Understandable. That would ruin my life.
I love the look of her daughters, it's very Designing Women. Refined Southern women.
Dr. Robin Zasio is here and I think these fancy woman will really relate to her.
Bebe doesn't think she's a hoarder, she's just sentimental about everything.
I'll tell you something hoarders absolutely don't hoard, bras.
Turns out Bebe has been taking pills to keep calm during clean-up. That's why she's not throwing Bebe fits. She's on valium, opiates, percaset and percadan, quaaludes. I don't know every drug ever invented I guess she's on them.
The final day of clean-up and very little progress has been made.
Come to find out Bebe used to beat her children. She thought she was a good mother because people would say her kids were well behaved. They were well behaved because they were terrified and would wet their pants when she got close. Then she she beat them for wetting their pants. Their dad let her do it because he loved Bebe and didn't want her to leave him. That's a bummer.
Bebe has taken responsibility and asked for forgiveness. She gave her daughters full reign of what gets thrown away.
How are they getting the houses this clean?! They must get a hundred people in there.
She's still working with an aftercare therapist and is still working on clearing out her house with the help of her family and an organizer. She has had her daughters and grandchildren over to her house.
Dorothy killed it on clean-up. The place looks amazing. She even made the hallway that her husband was killed in all this new life. It's like a memorial. Way to go, Dorothy. Way to go, everybody.