Hard to believe, but Peanut’s litter is quickly approaching 8 weeks of age! The progress these 4 pups have made in this short time is amazing. We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to foster Peanut and her babies. We took her in having no idea she was pregnant and within two weeks we became the foster parents to a litter of precious puppies. They have all changed so much in appearance and the personality of each pup is starting to show. We are having a ball!
Petey was the first born. It was quite shocking to see a baby so light in color pop out of a black dog! Petey’s nose recently turned dark, but was pink initially. He is now the smallest of the puppies. Jiggy, the runt, has somehow passed him up! Petey cries the loudest, but is the most timid. While the others hound the pen and attempt to climb it to reach us for attention Petey assumes the sit position and looks pathetically in foster mommy’s direction. He likes to be held and snuggled. I sure do have a soft spot for him.
Porky was the second born. He followed Petey within 20 minutes. He has changed tremendously; the most of all the pups. He was born with a coat like that of a German Shepherd (not exactly, but its the closest resemblance). Porky is now more of a fawn color and the grey stripe down his belly is hardy noticeable. He is the largest and literally is double the size of all the other dogs. He doesn’t look like he could even be from the same litter. He is very playful and vocal. He just loves to talk. He was a bit of a bully for awhile and here lately is more of a nurturer. One morning this week I found Porky snoozing with Petey in his arms and his head resting on his back. Priceless!
Penny was born third. She was the only pup Peanut was able to free from the placenta herself. Poor Peanut needed a hand, but we were there for her…from 1-5:30 am to be exact. We wouldn’t have traded a second of it! Penny is red and like all female redheads a little firecracker. Her nickname for the first week was Big Red. Penny is so playful and prances through the house. She loves toys from stuffed animals to chewy bones. She and Jiggy play together the most. Penny is also very affectionate. She just loves to give little puppy kisses.
Lastly was little Jiggy. She is the only puppy without a “P” name. She is actually named after the dog on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She was born so much smaller than the other puppies and they are tiny to begin with. We were concerned about her initially. She didn’t take to nursing right away, but with coaxing and some help we got her going. We kept a close eye for a few days to make sure she was able to squeeze in as the others were very aggressive about feeding. Jiggy is now bigger than Petey and such a happy girl. She has this cry that is all her own! It’s more a high pinched whimper. We can tell who is making what noises from a room away. Jiggy is red like Penny but has adorable little white paws. She has the most unique coloring of all the puppies.
The time is flying by and soon these lovable babies will be ready to find their forever homes. I can’t help but feel bonded to each one. This was my first experience with puppies and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. The messes and responsibilities aren’t always fun, but the love and pride you feel watching these little ones grow is worth it all!
Peanut: This is their mom, Peanut. Peanut came into our program heartworm positive. While we were waiting for her to put on some weight and to be healthy enough to undergo the treatment for heartworm, well, as you can see, she came to us pregnant too!
For all she has gone through, Peanut has been a trooper!
She has now been spayed, undergone the treatment to kill off the heartworms in her heart and is recouping. It will be about a month or so before she is ready to be adopted. Meanwhile, her foster mom and dad are making sure she stays at least somewhat quiet and working with her on that all important housetraining!
Medical: Prior to adoption they will be spayed or neutered, micro chipped, wormed, and up to date on shots.
Microchip: Included in the adoption is the registration of the AVID micro chip in the new owner’s name.
Adoption fee: $250
Leash and Collar or Harness: a Lupine brand harness or collar and leash are provided for each
canine. Lupine has a life time guarantee; if chewed, the company will replace it free of charge (thank goodness!).
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