Saturday, December 13, 2008

How many puppies?

My son's friend recently rescued this female dog who looks an awful lot like a Pitbull, who he found half starved, wandering the streets. He took her in, hoping to find her a new home, and within a few weeks she had noticeably fattened. He came home one day last month to find she had delivered 4 pups, and more were still being born. He stayed at her side, opening birth sacks, helping to deliver what turned out to be 13- YES- Thirteen, puppies. They are every color and pattern imaginable!





This man and his wife have one small baby and another one on the way, and the last thing they really needed was 14 dogs in their tiny apartment. But they did what they had to do and continue doing it to this day. They are having to supplement feeding as there are just too many for the mom to handle. They make sure they all get fed, and even the runt of the litter seems to be doing well. Hopefully as the puppies get older they will find good homes for them all.
I had to share this next picture of two of my furry friends. I found it when looking for pictures of the puppies. My son must have set up the scene and taken the picture- these two don't normally snuggle together! Thats Lucy Roo with eyes open and just a touch wary, on the left and Amber, half asleep on the right.

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11 comments:

Kate said...

This is a remarkable family...both human and canine!

NoBS said...

Your friends are incredible to have taken on this responsibility! I hope they're able to find good homes for al of the pups!

Right now, as a storm is threatening, I want to snuggle up between your dogs in that blanket!

People with Cameras said...

These are adorable photos!

13!! I never knew a dog could have 13 puppies! Wowser! And the proud momma looks happy - but I bet she's exhausted!

Your friends are amazing people! It's a huge responsibility to take in a stray - especially when you get 14 all at once!

I love the photos where the pups are all on top of each other, toes & bellies .. omg, too cute.

And that last photo is priceless!

tina said...

Your friend must be an incredible human being. The dog is just beautiful and such a shame she was treated like she must have been! Good luck finding them all homes. I hope they go to safe and loving ones forever.

babooshka said...

Way too cute

Deborah Godin said...

Your friends are angels, that's for sure! One other option for when the puppies get a bit older is to see if there are any non-euthanizing shelters in the area. This may be tougher due to the current economic conditions, but my experience with these type of shelters is that they place animals in foster homes to be properly socialized, house trained if necessary, and then they make sure each animal is spayed/neutered before adoption. It's a good way to help reduce the population explosion of unwanted pets. Love your guys in the blanket - too cute!

Indrani said...

Your friends are doing a lot for them. I hope they soon find good homes for the pups. Nice shots too. :)

Gretchen said...

What a wonderful story! To take in a stray like that shows a lot of compassion. Have a wonderful Sunday! :)

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my gosh - they are SO adorable!!! I want one (or four). hehehe

I LOVE that last photo - that is priceless!

ramblingwoods said...

Lovely of the people to help the poor Mother dog..I hope all the puppies can be placed in good homes...

Nicole said...

Those puppies are too cute, pity I am in a different country or else I'd take a couple!The mom looks like a good pet and watchdog.