Missy, Mac and Buster
|Missy and Buster were dropped off at the Durham County Animal Shelter as 4
1/2 week old puppies. Their mom and two other very weak puppies dropped
off with them, the owners claimed they couldn't (or didn't want to) care for
them. The mother was rejecting them and killing pups. The mom was so
malnourished, weak, and full of parasites she was not physically able to produce
milk. All the puppies were so full of worms and fleas that they were also
malnourished and anemic. The other two pups and the mom couldn't be
saved. We didn't think Missy would make it either, but we tried. The
pups were washed with flea shampoo multiple times and combed carefully with a
flea comb. They were also treated for the worms (which they passed in
large masses.) Buster took puppy formula like a champ, but Missy wouldn't
eat. She was held and offered food all through the night and finally
started eating in the early morning hours. By the next afternoon she was
eating on her own and has been fine ever since.
Mac was dropped off four days later. We got the call from the shelter
and ran to get him. We're certain he's from the same litter, he had
the same problems and had to be treated. Though not as bad as Missy, he
still required careful attention all that first night, but by the next morning
he seemed well on his way to good health.
Videos of the puppies (each is apx 1.4 MB)
|All three are now happy, healthy, and are very affectionate. They have
even started some basic house training and will come when called
(usually). As of 11/17 they're about 10 weeks old and are ready for their
Update 12/6/2000: Buster, the big boy (now Chester) was adopted 11/27/2000. We always check on our previous fosters, and he's doing fine. He even went to school for "Live show and tell". We would like to make one thing very clear, our commitment to any animal we foster is for life. We will always check on our foster babies and make sure they're OK.
| We let all the
adopting families know we will be there if they need anything, or decide for any
reason they are unable to keep their new family member. We want to make it
clear we are not trying to intrude on the relationship between the family and
their new pet, but we do want to be sure the relationship is a happy one for all
As it turned out, live show and tell went so well that the teacher called to
ask about puppies. His family adopted Mac (now JACK) on 12/12/2000. Missy went
to her new home on 12/13/2000. Everyone seems to be doing well.
Missy came back on 12/27/2000. Apparently one of the kids in the house was allergic to her. The little girl was happy to see us. Jack goes to our same vet. He was in for a checkup and his rabies shot. The whole family came in with him. He is well loved and doing great.
Update 03/24/2001 - We heard from Chester's family recently. He's doing quite well and is a happy and healthy
boy. Sounds like he is doing quite well. Missy was adopted this week
(on 3/29/2001.) She sure was hard to part with, but she's in a happy home
with Butterfly, another foster of
ours. Butterfly was one of her surrogate moms and was very protective of
all the pups. Within a few minutes the two seemed to recognize each other
and were happily playing. We know Butterfly is very happy in her home, and
we're sure Missy will fit right in and everyone will be all the happier.
|Update 05/29/2001 - Jack's family called
was going out of town for a few days at the beginning of the month.
Unfortunately we were also going away that weekend and were unable to have
him come visit. We understand he's doing quite well, but were
definitely disappointed we were not able to have him come visit.
Missy and Butterfly's family was also going away one weekend, again we
were going away and unable to have them come visit. (We seldom
travel but this was a busy month.) Hopefully we'll be able to see
them all soon.
Update 09/01/2001 - Butterfly and Missy came for a visit a while
back. The two are doing quite well and are as happy as can be.
Shannon was especially happy to have Missy back for a while.
|Update 09/03/2001 - Chester's family brought
him by today. They are having a birthday celebration for him.
He's clearly very happy and healthy and in a warm and loving home.
We were sure happy to see him.
Update 06/29/2003 - Missy came back on 6/26/2003. She and Butterfly
were having their differences. We are working on a new home for her.
I sure wish we had space here, she is such a sweetie. She seemed to
remember me after a bit and was very happy to cuddle up in my lap. I
worry about my little darling girl.
Update 07/14/2003 - I understand Missy went to her new home this past weekend. Unfortunately I don't know anything about the home or where she's gone. She will always have a special place in my heart. I hope she does OK, I'll miss my little girl.