Arrival Story: At about 6:30 pm on December 26, I got a call from the shelter. My fingers were crossed that they were calling to say that someone was interested in Benny, my other current foster, but instead they asked if I could take a Beagle and the puppies that she had given birth to the night before. "You do so well with the puppies," they said (I think I'm also the only steady foster home that the shelter has, apart from staff members!) How could I say no? They were at my house less than 2 hours later.
Bio: Holiday was picked up as a stray by an Animal Control Officer on December 19th. She was very pregnant. The shelter tried to find a foster home for her immediately, but none could be found, hence why they called me as an emergency foster when her situation became more desperate after she had given birth to her puppies in a cold kennel on Christmas night. There are 6 puppies in all: 5 boys, 1 little brown girl.
Lizzie was the first to be adopted (surprise surprise) on February 26. The phone call came for her on Monday by someone who lived over an hour away and was really excited to adopt her.
Tanner, Disco, Belvin, and Noble were all adopted on February 27th, leaving Momma and Conner. One family apparently brought their video camera in order to document the first meeting with their new puppy. Belvin was actually adopted by my mom's coworker, and it's been very fun to hear all sorts of updates.
Conner went back to the shelter on February 28th to hang out in the front, but no one came for him or called!
On March first, there was a mad dash for the last puppy and a couple was waiting to adopt Conner when we arrived with him and Holiday. 2 other families came in shortly after and each was hoping to adopt him, but he was already spoken for. During all the hubbub, we loaded Holiday onto the mobile adoption trailer so that she could go to an adoption event at Petsmart. Shortly after Holiday left, a phone call came and some people, who live 3 hours away on lots of acreage, were halfway to the shelter and were going to adopt Holiday. They met her at Petsmart and took her home, so Holiday was the last to be adopted. Holiday has other dogs to play with, will be an inside dog but will get to explore the country next to two young boys. The whole family was very dog-savvy.
So that's that! Now for about a 5-week break from fostering. Yay! Jasmine is already bored out of her mind with no playmate to run in the yard with.
So, you may have already read that I gave birth to my puppies in a cold kennel at the shelter on Christmas night. Less than 24 hours later, two people at the shelter started putting my puppies into a carrier and they put a leash on me. I wouldn't have gone with them had they not taken my puppies. I walked with them out to the lobby with my nose glued to the carrier, and I met a couple more people. These people tried to convince me to go into a carrier of my own, but I didn't quite fit. I pottied on the lobby floor because I had been dying to go for a long time and I finally was about to burst. Then I was loaded up into a van, with my puppies, and soon we were walking into a house. We walked down some steps and the people showed me where my pup's new nest was. It was sooo much warmer in that room. They took my puppies out one by one and laid them on soft, clean blankets and I crawled in there to.
The next day I felt a lot better and was much perkier. I got to sniff a few other dogs briefly and go outside to relieve myself. To date, I've never had an accident in the house. I act a little timid but I really love to snuggle and cuddle. Luckily I don't have to spend all of my time in the pen that has my puppies' nest in it. I can lay on a people-bed if I want to, but I mostly like to spend my time laying in front of the door and hoping that someone will open it and spend time with me.
I get lots of good food here and my water bowl is always full. One day, my "foster mom" brought me a plate of chicken. I was laying in the nest, nursing all of my puppies, when the scent hit me. I jumped up and started dancing around. CHICKEN!!!!! FM said she never saw a dog inhale food so fast.
My boys are doing well, but my little girl (Vixen) is not gaining weight and she hardly ever nurses. While all her brothers are nursing vigorously, she is sleeping in "the pile". If she gets a hold of a teat to start nursing, she is doesn't stick to it for long and sometimes she gets knocked off of it by one of her bigger brothers. When they are all competing for teats, she's the last one to get one, and she usually gives up very quickly.
My foster mom said she is also dehydrated. She started giving her a supplement formula today. It took some convincing, but little Vixen finally started drinking from the bottle. After only drinking about .5 fl oz of the supplement, she was finished. FM said she'd warm up more in an hour and give it to her again. We hope that she makes it!