We received a call last week from a neighbor about a very skinny momma dog that was outside with her 7 puppies. It was bitter, bitter cold so this was an alarming call. We headed over and couldn’t believe what we saw in the backyard. This momma was more than just skinny-she was emaciated, literally skin and bones. The puppies were about 6 weeks old and they were in a cold, plastic dog house that had old cool whip containers and other junk in there. I could not believe that this poor starved momma had been able top keep her babies alive, fed and as warm as she could. It was killing her and she was not long for this world, I don’t believe. She was very sweet and we hugged her and told her that she did a good job keeping her babies alive and that her suffering was over. We loaded everyone up and brought them down to Chain of Hope. They spent a few days with us as we de-wormed momma, put her on some good puppy food for the calories and started supplementing the puppies. After about 2-3 days, the puppies became noticeably stronger. Whereas before they were just wanting to sleep in their puppy pile in the crate, after a couple of days they were coming out of their crate and starting to play, etc.
We named momma Grace. What a beautiful spirit she has and such a strong will to survive and keep her puppies alive.
We were able to transfer this little family over to Wayside Waifs, where they are doing very well back in Puppy Quarantine. They continue to eat well and to have more energy and spunk to them! Thank God this neighbor made the phone call. That neighbor saved this entire family’s lives, I have no doubt. Thanks for keeping Chain of Hope going so that we can help suffering animals such as this family.