We came across beautiful Millie in the hood and she was VERY pregnant. Although she was pregnant, we could see that aside from her huge belly, she was skin and bones. She was very, very thin, dehydrated and living on a chain.
We got her down to Chain of Hope and got her settled in. The next morning we took her over to the Humane Society of Greater KC for an evaluation for a spay. Although they have to terminate sometimes full-term pregnancies (the overpopulation tragedy is so very sad), they did not feel that they could spay Millie. She was in such poor shape that they didn’t think she’d wake up from the surgery. They also said that she could die in labor as well. We brought her back to Chain of Hope. We left about 6 p.m. and when I went back about 11 p.m., there was one dead puppy in the floor of her room. It was still in it’s sac-she hadn’t broken it open and gotten all of that stuff off of the puppy. It was so sad.
After I’d been there awhile, she walked around her room, dropped another one and walked away. She wasn’t getting the sac off of them and they could not breathe. I quickly grabbed the puppy and tore the sac off of it, tried to clear out it’s mucus and rubbed and rubbed it and very soon, it started crying-a blessed sound in this case!
She had two more puppies like that where she just dropped them and then didn’t tend to them. I had to tear the sacs off, get them breathing and cut the umbilical cords.
By the 4th puppy, she started doing her job and taking care of all of the puppies. It was a long, long night and she had 10 puppies! Unfortunately, 3 of them died. With the obvious poor nutrition that momma had had, I’m not surprised-she was in such bad shape herself. She even has a toe gone on her back foot. This poor girl had had a difficult life. Someone did turn a one day old puppy into the Humane Society and they knew we had Millie who had just given birth, so I picked up that little one and put it on Millie and she has accepted it just fine. So…..Millie has 8 puppies on her and they are all doing very well. They are in a foster home (thanks, Eleanor and family!).
Thanks to all of you supporters of Chain of Hope, Millie and her 8 babies will all have wonderful lives.