Although it’s not yet summer. And I’m not on vacation.
Whether you love it or hate it, Facebook is out there. I’m kinda addicted myself. Anyway, I saw this photo
of a very pregnant chihuahua/jack russell kinda girl posted by the Friends of Scottsboro Animal Shelter. And I couldn’t unsee it. What I could see in my mind was that poor, 10 pound peanut in a cement run all by herself, in the middle of the night, struggling to give birth and care for her puppies with no loving hands to help. And that couldn’t be.
So – with Bob’s blessing, she came home with me, after a quick stop at my fabulous Doc’s office, who confirmed 6 puppies, as well as heartworms, hookworms, and anemia. Oy! Although the heartworms will have to be dealt with after the puppies are weaned, we now have meds to get rid of the hookworms and supplements to help with the anemia, and our job is to get as much good nutrition into this emaciated, parasite infested, little bit as we can before the puppies make their arrival.
A week and a half later, in the early hours of Memorial Day, ”Honey” easily, and in under 2 and a 1/2 hours, whelps her fat, perfect puppies, 3 girls and 3 boys, in a rainbow of colors and markings.
They are growing fast and Honey is a wonderful, attentive, protective mother. At two+ weeks, their eyes have opened, they’re trying to get up on their feet, and the beginning stages of the ”bitey face” game have started.
Honey and her puppies have had a rough start, and we don’t know what the future holds for them yet, but for next couple of months we’re just going to wallow in “puppy breath” and soak up the love.