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, third, fourth and fifth weeks in foster!
The puppies were changing almost daily – their motor skills improved, their vocal range grew, their colors changed and some personality traits started to develop. They began to wrestle with each other and chew on some of their toys, each other’s faces and limbs. Wiggles got excited a few times and would join them to engage in what I believed was play: rolling them around and “nibbling” on them – sometimes they would squeak but mostly they would just start crawling over her.
Much to the apparent discomfort of their mother they also seemed to be developing teeth. She would still nurse but was not letting them drink too long so it was decided to start introducing the babes to a mixture of canned puppy food and with milk replacement – making a runny gruel. I was told but, being my own worst enemy, scoffed at the warnings of how messy things would get. The first couple of days I simply would dip my finger in the mixture and offer it to them. I did not realize how much suction these little mouths could maintain. After that I put a small amount into a shallow and they simply licked it up – I have got this down – what a professional. I then started feeding them a bit more. What kind of party they decided to have was just wrong. Why do we have to walk in it and knock each other over in it and jump on each other with gruel coated paws? When I allowed Wiggles to join them she gave me quite the look before she settled in and started the cleaning process.
I learned just how many teeth they had when I was standing in the whelping box rearranging their bedding – the one day I wore shorts. I felt a piercing clamp closing on the back of my ankle – I looked down to see a puppy attached to me in that area. Another one was attempting to put his mouth over the front of my ankle. I was standing in a shark tank – memo to self: wear loose pants.
I had to take Wiggles to CHS for a quick visit with her personal physician (my mom was over to babysit the kids). I felt like I was just the Chauffer to a Rock Star……hmmmm…….Chauffer, Maid, Nanny, Cook. We have very little contact with people due to the puppies having limited protection but her CHS Staff fan club was waiting and Wiggles soaked it up – it was sad to watch – this blog has gone to her head. Wiggles adores her doctor but this makes it difficult for Dr. B to even weigh her as Wiggles has to bestow a lot of kisses on her and well, just basically live up to her name.
Kirsty advised me to introduce newspaper and pee pads into their whelping box at this time. Their mom “catches” most of the puppy poo (I still have reservations receiving her kisses – maybe she is just cleaning her tongue on me) but she is missing the pee a lot of times. I could not believe the number of times they would leave the soft bedding to use their new bathroom area. I was very impressed.
On their 4th week birthday Dr. B came to the house to gift each puppy with a present: a checkup and their first vaccination shot. The girls were very good but the boys…….well……… they were boys.
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!