Did you read the title of the post? After telling you on Thursday that I wasn’t going to have much puppy news, I ended up only 24 hours later sitting back down at the computer and writing yet another blog post about puppies. Oh my.
The story of puppies coming from Amish farms continues. Do you remember Rusty? Well the people who released Rusty to us had puppies on their farm at the time Rusty was picked up. The HEART Animal Rescue volunteer asked if we could take the puppies too. She was told no.
Well here we are…three weeks later and HEART got a call. Not only were they wanting to release the puppies the volunteer had originally seen, but there were other moms with other puppies. Of course, we try to get them to release everything we can get…not that we “want” more puppies but it’s a way we can try to prevent so many puppies from being born in the first place.
It turns out this farm, not a true puppy mill, just had four moms with puppies. They were willing to release puppies from three of the moms. Each mom had three puppies…YEP. NINE puppies altogether. Offers were made that we would pay for the entire cost to have the moms spayed but that offer, to date, wasn’t accepted. He did say he would think about it. The fourth mom had younger pups and they were going to try to sell them. I’ll say what we’re all thinking. I wonder if HEART will get a call in a few weeks and will be back to pick them up.
YES, they are outside. YES, they are just wandering around in the cold. UGH. We are doing what we can. We can’t make him give us the puppies and we can’t pay for them or they would never give them to us again always breeding and expecting pay.
The volunteer ended up sending me a picture with the quote that said, “Look familiar?”
YES!! Look at the picture…Rusty has to be the father of these. Well, what’s a good mom to do? It was my foster Rusty’s offspring so it looks like I needed to volunteer to fix the mess my boy Rusty got himself into…so, more puppies were scheduled to be coming my way.
Oh, my word. Aren’t they the cutest little pups ever?? They will be toy Australian Shepherds.
I’m going to be in puppy world for sure. I don’t think it will last long though. Applications are already starting to come in for BeeBee and CeeCee so I feel good that they will get processed and that they will be moving toward their new homes.
The new pups are two boys and one girl. They are younger and too small to be neutered. So we just need shots, a vet check, and they will be ready to start the process of moving toward their new homes. It will be a crazy couple of weeks.
Beyond that, there was also another call that fosters were needed for two 15-week-old golden doodles. Oh boy. These were a surrender situation.
We are only a small rescue. We cannot handle 19 dogs in one single week. Seriously, I don’t think we even have 19 people who do foster care. Many people only want to foster a specific breed. Many only want small dogs. Everyone has their preference and they are totally allowed that. Any and all help is welcome.
Some of the other puppies that were BeeBee and CeeCee’s littermates went to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. We can’t thank them enough for helping.
It turns out we have great partners. Camp Companion in the Rochester, MN area is taking the two 15-week-old golden doodles…but, they have to get delivered there. So guess who volunteered to pick them up and deliver them? If you guessed me, you’re right. Oh my.
I really want to learn about all the aspects of fostering including working with partner rescues and dealing with picking up surrenders. These are the two golden doodles I picked up. This was a true rescue situation. These dogs were gross. The owners put them in the kennels so initially, I never touched them. They looked dirty but I didn’t realize how bad they were until I started driving. I ended up needing to roll down my window part of the time as they stunk so badly. Then the one on the left threw up. UGH.
When I met the rescue to the north of us, we had to touch them to get them out of the kennels. Oh, my word. They were sticky. The gal I met has done rescue for a long time. She said that was from urine…the stickiness was on their backs. Yep, sticky gross urine stuck on their backs.
Later in the day the rescue that I delivered the pups to sent me a picture with the pups all clean and pretty….and most of all…HAPPY!!
Oh, my word. I wanted to cry…okay. I did cry.
Friday morning I sat down and started writing this blog post. I got it this far had stopped and started getting my dogs here settled so I could go pick up those puppies. I was all set to go pick up them up when a fellow volunteer called and said don’t come. The puppies had not passed their fecal test. They were positive for hookworms, roundworms, and giardia. It’s serious but totally treatable. They just need to be wormed and on meds for a few days.
So I am scheduled to get them tomorrow… In the meantime, they were presented on Facebook through HEART. You can find their Facebook page HERE. Please check out their website to donate or fill out an application to adopt. It is highly recommended to put in an application before you even want to adopt so you have pre-approval. Then when a puppy is listed, you can ask that your application be applied to that particular dog. It gets you in the door more quickly. Some dogs get snapped up really quickly because they were already approved.
So here are the guys I am supposed to be picking up tomorrow…
This is Dusty…a male. These three are classified as toy Australian Shepherds.
This is Elton, another male.
This is Frieda a female.
I thought I would show you Rusty’s other pups…I don’t plan on taking these but who knows? I never say never or make any plans now that I’m fostering. Once I do, they often change.
These are terrier and Australian shepherd mixes. Rusty is their dad too. This is Bobby a male.
This is Bailey. She had an umbilical hernia that will be checked out at the vet tomorrow.
This is Billy a male.
They all look terrier in appearance…thank heavens. We have so many Australian Shepherd mixes.
The next three are not Rusty’s but were part of the nine puppies that came in. YEP. There was another male on the scene to breed the females.
This is Juno a female.
This is Kyra a female.
This is Dundee a male.
Remember the two pups I have had littermates? Here they are…
This is Ethel. They are a cross between a border collie and an Australian Shepherd but have more of a Border Collie look.
This is Lucy…
Here are my two…BeeBee
WHEW. What a load of puppies!! After Wednesday, with any luck, all of them will be available for adoption. As I said, feel free to put in an application for pre-approval. Again HERE is the HEART website.
There is also the mom Australian Shepherd with puppies. Those will be ready for adoption in two weeks. This is really a lot for our little rescue to have.
Fingers crossed that we don’t have any more puppy calls this week…or dog calls for that matter…and that is the latest news on the foster dog front.
HEY…curiously, if you were to adopt a puppy, which would you most likely adopt? Let me know in the comment secion.