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, fifth, sixth and seventh weeks in foster!
The tears fell……
Wiggles struggled more each day – she wanted her babies to be playmates and they just were not big enough so she was getting a little too rough. She wanted more attention and would insert herself between me and whatever puppy I was playing with or holding at the time. Even worse was how much they were actually hurting her when they nursed. She was weaning them slowly but when she had to feed them she would whimper while they suckled.
As the puppies were getting bigger and moving around so much they also needed more daily socialization than I could give them as a single person.
After much consideration by the CHS team, I was told to bring them to CHS where the staff and volunteer fan club could make sure the puppies met (and cuddled) a lot of people and experienced different situations. Wiggles also needed to recover as she was really much too young to have had puppies and it was now showing in many ways – she would stay with me.
The little pups still had to be spayed\neutered and then they would be ready for their forever families.
So I spent a lot of time cuddling each one.Trying to take pictures was almost impossible now as they were never still. It was tough saying goodbye (I cry every time I return a foster anyways). The next day I left work a little early to come home, load up my precious cargo, and head to CHS. Jenn (CHS Foster Parent Volunteer Coordinator) and the Admissions girls had them calmed and booked into their new suite of rooms.
Wiggles came with me to see them off, then she had a weight check and a quick manicure and pedicure. After I saw that the puppies were settled into their new condo, Wiggles and I returned home… it was pretty quiet. I set about dismantling the whelping box, cleaning, disinfecting and doing laundry. Then I sat down on the couch, had a glass of red wine and cried. After I smartened up and got over myself I thought I had better check and see how poor Wiggles was: Crying? Stressed out? Searching for her babies?
Wiggles was upstairs in my bed, on her back – feet in the air, snuggled in all the pillows. When she saw me she wanted her dinner then busied herself pulling some toys out of the laundry pile – maybe that was her way of dealing with the separation?
I now have a couple of weeks with a puppy that needs to gain weight before she can be spayed and then she can also find her forever home. She gets to go on walks again! This may also help her cut back on the barking episodes every time she sees another dog out the front window.
If I was ready to have another fur baby in my home I would keep her as she is a ‘diamond in the rough’ (housebroken level: expert) but I am not and I know there is someone out there who is meant to be her forever family.
This experience has made me realize how important it is to spay or neuter pets as soon as safely possible. While puppies\kittens are absolutely adorable, they should not be born to moms who are puppies\kittens themselves.
Wiggles’ recovery begins……