I am a little later than normal with tonight’s post. I got sidetracked today and life caught up with me so I’m sitting down at the computer later in the day than normal.
Do you all remember Annie? She was the foster Aussiedoodle I had a couple of weeks ago. The people who gave her up decided to go out of the breeding business. They were only a smaller breeder but HEART Animal Rescue jumped in and got the dogs that were there before anyone decided to change their minds.
I was at the dentist this morning and got a message from the gal who coordinates things and she asked if I could come and help with intake. I said as soon as I was done at the dentist, I would come. I ended up getting to our meeting spot, Lulu and BB’s in Decorah, a few minutes before she did.
The Amish breeder turned over four adult females and four puppies.
There were two that looked a lot alike. One of them is Annie’s mom. Those pups were released about three weeks ago and these poor moms have not gained any weight back. They are so skinny.
I felt just terrible for them…but happy for them too as they are on the first step to having a better life.
When going through the paperwork we discovered that… these pretty girls are not yet two years old. They will be two in December. Oh, my word. That made me so frustrated. We suspect that Annie’s litter wasn’t her first litter either.
This pup was especially loving the attention.
There is quite a bit to do at intake. Dogs are checked for a microchip, They get a chip if they don’t have one. They are sent home with Heartgard and Nexgard along with a wormer. They all need a collar, harness, and leash. They also get food, treats, a toy, and often a dog bed. They also all get a folder so we can keep track of all of their paperwork. The dirtiest job of all is giving them a bath. Typically the first three minutes of bath time is about the worst you can imagine. By the time they are ready to get soaped up, they are finally accepting it.
Imagine all of that for four dogs.
There was a blue merle that was given to us.
She was very pretty…but so thin. She has a cut on her face that was fairly deep but nothing that won’t heal and hair will grow over.
She has four puppies.
They came with her.
These are the pups. Sorry, it’s not a better picture. The pups are only five weeks old so they are too little for baths and don’t have to go through the whole intake process. They will go with their mom to a foster who is stepping up to a big task…four puppies and a momma. This is really a long commitment as the puppies can’t be adopted out until they are 8 weeks old and momma needs more time than that. She will need a little break after the pups leave and then she’ll be spayed. She needs food and nutrition…that poor gal.
We didn’t take time to check if they are boys or girls. We were so busy with the momma dogs and there is plenty of time to work with them.
Everyone at Lulu’s and BB’s is so great. The employees are here helping with the dogs. It’s so appreciated.
This was the last gal to get an updo. She is a red merle. She is absolutely beautiful. She is bigger than the others. I would say the others classify as mini Aussies and she is probably standard.
She has been with a male so we suspect that she is pregnant. She will be with a foster for an extended period of time so this can all be confirmed or denied. As I was bathing her I noticed that she does have some swelling on her underside. I mentioned that to the gal that was there with me. She has done foster and rescue for a long time. She said that she could still be swollen from her last litter. That about broke my heart. How do people treat dogs like this?
This wasn’t how I planned to spend my day. I’m behind with my own stuff now but that really doesn’t make a difference to me. This was so much more important.
I didn’t bring any of these home with me. I still have Rusty and only want to have one dog, maybe two, at a time. I’d have helped it needed but I think they have it all figured out. I’m so glad we had fosters step up, especially with the holiday so close.
Sadly a male there was sold to a puppy mill and they weren’t able to rescue him. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. That was sad but we can’t let that overshadow the good that came from the day.
Four mommas are on their way to a better life and four little pups are going to find good homes.