Best Tricks: When asked, he'll roll over to show his belly.
Arrival Story: Braxton was being offered for $2,500 through a puppy mill in South Carolina, with the promise that he'd grow to be no more than 1.5lbs. The breeder determined he was a "water head" (as she called the condition) and ultimately agreed to ship him to me, at my own expense, of course. Along with Braxton, came a precious little Chihuahua we named Ashlee. She also had hydrocephalus. When we picked them up at the airport, and peeked inside the crate, we were stunned and heartbroken to discover both puppies were barely responsive. We rushed them straight to the emergency animal hospital where they were diagnosed with pneumonia, an array of intestinal parasites, skin infections, etc. Ashlee was placed in intensive care on pure oxygen. She never had the chance to experience the love and warmth of our home. Despite all efforts, she passed away at the emergency animal hospital after just 24 hours. Braxton was more fortunate. With many months of round the clock care and four surgeries, he grew big and strong, far beyond the 1.5lb "teacup" promised. We call him "teddy bear" sized. The moral of Braxton's story is, not only in there no such thing as a "teacup" puppy, there's also no such thing as a free puppy.
Jack's Pack: Jack's Pack is a companion animal welfare organization funded solely by the companion animal services it offers and donations from the public. Jack's Pack's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome homeless companion animals in the Austin, TX area. Jack's Pack also offers daycare, boarding, basic grooming, photography, etc. in the comfort of our home so that your companion animals can avoid the chaos of boarding kennels and grooming shops.
Tonight, Mom cooked us stew made with lean beef and fuji apples. It was the first time she's cooked for us since we lost Jack, so I was very eager. A little too eager. I snatched a bite before it had time too cool and swallowed it whole. It burned my tongue and broke Mom's heart.