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Empty nest: a gratuitious puppy post

Thursday 11 March 2010 - Filed under General

3 months after we took in a foster dog from a rescue at the beach during that cold snap in winter, we are back to normal around here, just the 6 of us again (2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 humans). Puppies got spayed and back to the shelter last week where they were both promptly adopted.

Cupcake, the mom dog took a few days to recover from her spay, and just returned to the shelter last night. She was much happier to hang out on my couch, and was not at all excited to be carried off to her temporary spot in the shelter, but I hope she’ll adjust quickly and find her special someone so she can be back to curling up on a couch in no time. We’ll see if she finds the confidence to do well at the shelter, sometimes the shy dogs do better if you adopt them from a home, since the shelter environment can overwhelm them and they don’t show well to potential adopters. For now though, we’re giving the shelter adoption a shot. Sometimes these dogs surprise me with their resilience, and since she started out her life with 100+ dogs living outdoors in dirt tunnels and buckets, and quickly turned into a great indoor dog, I think she’s tougher than she looks.

Cupcake and babies
I haven’t mentioned the pups much since they were born, I was too filled with worry that something would go wrong. They were so impossibly tiny and seemed so fragile, I found it hard to believe it was actually going to work. But everything went according to plan, puppies dutifully developed just like the books said they would.

howling 3 week old puppy
Should you need to know what a 3 week old puppy looks like when it’s howling, this is your shot. Good luck to mom and babies in their new homes – I hope they have long happy lives in their new families.


2010-03-11  »  megan

Talkback x 9

  1. Jane/MulchMaid
    11 March 2010 @ 8:38 am

    What a sweet post, Megan. I can see just why you do your foster/rescue work. The puppies look great and that Cupcake has the BEST ears! If it were a few months in the future, I’d be sorely temped by that dear little mother.

    Because it’s been a long time since dogs have been in my everyday life, I find myself wondering how you manage having them (especially puppies) when you’re away at work all day. Don’t they need attention, and to go outside, etc.?

  2. megan
    11 March 2010 @ 8:48 am

    Jane – you’re right, it is difficult to juggle work/dogs and puppies, something I struggle with, and for that reason, am looking forward to someday having a job where I can work from home. For now, I work close to home, dash home at lunch time to attend to the pups, and while I had little ones, I negotiated to work from home in the afternoons. Not the easiest way to do it, but it works for limited time periods. Even without babies, I hate being away from the dogs all day.

  3. Loree/danger garden
    11 March 2010 @ 9:17 am

    That first picture with the pups camped out on what looks like a heat vent (?) is so cute! Some pup calendar maker needs to find that and offer you big bucks for it.

    Congrats on your successful foster mothering, Cupcake and her babies got lucky when they came home with you.

  4. tina
    11 March 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I so hope they do well too. Such a shame so many dogs needing homes and not enough to care for them. It’s great you did such a good job and let us know if she has to come back to you. She’ll be forever happy.

  5. Karen
    11 March 2010 @ 4:29 pm

    This one made me a little verklempt… you do good things for worthy creatures, Megan. You changed some lives for the better, and I wish everyone the best! Love the howling baby “live animal” shot!

    Oh, I mentioned your PL project (not by name) to a horticultural librarian today and she seemed excited. She asked me to forward her the link when it’s up!

  6. Grace
    11 March 2010 @ 10:13 pm

    Megan, Your puppy/mommy photos are absolutely adorable. Your affection and attentiveness are commendable. I wish them well too.

  7. Patricia C, Portland, OR
    12 March 2010 @ 7:43 am

    I guess the good/bad news is there will always be more puppies to love–but these were particularly sweet. Can’t wait till you have the perfect working-from-home situation so you can do it whenever you want. Good job.

  8. ricki - sprig to twig
    14 March 2010 @ 4:43 pm

    you went right from ‘wooly & spiky’ to cuddly and adorable. thanks for taking us along.

  9. Saralyn E
    10 April 2010 @ 7:49 pm

    Any update on Miss Cake? Has she been adopted yet? I hate to think about her sitting in a shelter, especially after all she’s been through. The lady deserves a little r & r.