Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first and second weeks in foster!
My first week with this new CHS family went as I was told it would – nothing for me to do – we fell into a routine:
Wiggles came up to my bed in the morning when the alarm went off (except for 5 out of 7 mornings when she decided 4:30am was a good enough time) for a quick cuddle then outside to do her business and back in to eat breakfast. I would pick up and “cuddle” each baby up for a few moments and, before I left for work, spend some time with Wiggles in the backyard.
When I returned home from work I would let Wiggles out to relieve herself, then weighed each baby, changed their bedding (it was always clean), give Wiggles a cuddle and feed her. Later I would join the family in the whelping box to stroke each puppy – making sure I gently touched each foot and ear, their faces and tails – and rub their bellies if they rolled over (Kirsty, CHS Behaviour Counsellor, was my mentor in this). Wiggles spent most of her time with her babes but would always join me on the couch for an hour to watch TV and have a major cuddle before I headed to bed.
The first two nights after the pups were born she was agitated when I went upstairs to bed – she would join me and whine and go in circles on the bed then run down the stairs to join her puppies. I felt so bad the first night that I did get up and sleep on the couch behind the whelping box. Both Kirsty and Jenn (CHS Foster Parent Coordinator) told me to sleep in my own bed as I am not helping myself or Wiggles – I needed the sleep and Wiggles needed to settle in with her pups. Of course they were right and we both calmed down – settling into the routine above.
I was amazed at how fast these babes grew – every day they were a little longer and a lot chubbier – constantly gaining weight. Four little white polar bears (one with a kink in his tail) and one little brown\cream bear. They will grow up used to having their pictures taken constantly and being smooched on their little foreheads.
I was also amazed at how much Wiggles wanted to eat – this little gal packed it away. I was told to feed her as much as she wanted to eat because she was nurturing five lives BUT I also learned it was better to regulate the wet to dry food ratio or I was picking up some nasty messes in the backyard.
I have decided the babes are a Siberian Husky cross. I have also just noticed that Wiggle’s color is darkening a little bit – I have changed her breed to a White Siberian Husky \ German Shepherd cross. She has started to whine and put her front paws on my lap when I am at the computer so my Google time will be cut dramatically in future allowing her to have more cuddle time.
By the end of the first week I was left wondering… am I not supposed to be more important in the life of these puppies? I am just their personal housekeeper!
I also ended the first week having a major problem with the kisses Wiggles wants to bestow upon me – she just licked a puppy bum so no kisses right now!
Wiggles and her pups are currently not available for adoption as they spend the next several weeks growing, bonding and receiving lots of TLC in foster! Stay tuned for more blog posts on their progress in coming weeks! We will also be sure to post when Wiggles and her pups are available for adoption at Calgary Humane!
Interested in becoming a CHS foster parent and having foster adventures of your own? Learn more on our website today!