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, second and third weeks in foster!
While the new babies continued on in their boring daily routine (eat, sleep, grow) a ‘new’ puppy was emerging: Wiggles was suddenly embracing her true puppy self. She started spending a little more time cuddling in bed with me morning and night and was always by my side if I was doing something “interesting”. She will run to her babes if they squeak but she is starting to have more “mom” time and enjoying all the toys here for her.
We are working on ignoring the ‘other’ dogs that live in my home: the one behind the glass of the fireplace, the one she sees in the oven, there are more she can see at the back of the curio cabinets, television stand and the full length mirror in my bedroom.
Wiggles has decided the house makes a perfect agility course – it is a small home but 3 levels are open to her and she is using every square inch and every piece of furniture – this little gal can move! With her new found energy and ability to jump, weave and bounce, it would be nice to think of her in an agility class. However we are having chats on why the chaise should not be used as a launching pad onto the raised eating area of the kitchen counter. This may look cute the first time but – yah, no – not acceptable.
I don’t know how this little mom produced these little bears – their combined mass is almost the same as their mom’s. What a good mom Wiggles turned out to be – she keeps them fed and cleaned – especially now that I have noticed their poops have turned into a projectile mustard like substance. The smell? I guess it is just like human babies… how can something so small smell so bad?
Wiggles and I returned from a short play session outside – she likes to play fetch but has to tease you with the toy before she will relinquish it to you to throw again. We entered the whelping box to spend time with the puppies – apparently we were outside too long. Wiggles went to work on one’s hind end while another pooped on its sibling’s head while yet another pooped on my leg which I am sure caused the one I was holding to poop on the front of me. Wiggles went into a panic trying to get everyone, including me, cleaned up – puppies were squeaking and I was squeaking so it was pandemonium. I quickly grabbed a wet wash cloth and assisted Wiggles in getting the whole family cleaned up. Lesson learned.
We had our first visitors (Kirsty, CHS Behaviour Counsellor and Jenn, CHS Foster Parent Coordinator). That involved a photo shoot, general environment check and cuddle time. Wiggles thought this was fantastic – these were HER people from CHS, HER visitors. She actually dozed off with her head resting on Jenn’s lap while nursing her babies – too cute.
I returned home after work one day to see their eyelids were apart and a glisten from their eyes could be seen. I want to see the colour but some surprises are worth the wait – pale blue, deep blue, brown???
As a final present to me to celebrate their 4 week birthday, the little boy with the kinked tail gave me kisses on my neck as I held him. Yes, I know he was probably trying to nurse off my double chin, but let me have my illusion: I was getting birthday kisses!
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!