|Destiny, prepped for surgery|
On March 5th, Destiny underwent emergency surgery to save her life. A few days prior to this picture, her owner, that was to be her protector, caregiver and family, hit her with his car. We do not know the circumstances with the accident. We do know that she was left suffering for days without veterinary care. On March 5th, she was dumped at the shelter to die alone. Quickly, the shelter team reached out to Where Hope Lives Humane Society. She was sent to a local vet for emergency surgery. The above picture is Destiny moments before she could fight no longer and lost her life. To the surgical teams surprise, they discovered that she was pregnant! The team quickly performed an emergency C-Section to find 6 premature orphaned pups, now, fighting for their lives.
Part Two: Against All Odds
Six Premature Orphaned Pups. With no mother, no milk, and little chance of survival, sadness and shock overwhelmed all of the people involved. They acted quickly. A temporary local foster was used to care for them for a few days until they found a rescue to take the pups. For a rescue, this is a VERY risky undertaking. Emotions, transporting infant pups, premature lungs and development, deadly infections, expensive medical care, socialization of pups without a mom.... so many things stacked against any rescue who takes them on. Well....
|Bottle feeding the pups on the drive North to VA.|
A few days after their birth, two volunteers from Dogs XL Rescue, Michelle Friedman and Anne Wuhrer, got up at the crack of dawn to do the round trip to get the puppies from SC. After a lot of caffeine, baby bottles, exposure to a Cracker Barrel, a reckless driving ticket later, 4 puppies (all 1 lb of them) were safely with them. Two pups were adopted locally despite our efforts to keep them together as a litter. Bottle feeding the entire way with the pups in a little crate, they made the trek (driving slower, of course) back home.
The first of the pups, earned her nickname on the way home. Beyonce, was given her honorary name with good reason as you can see here in this video. The radio was no longer needed.
Part Three: Getting Excited and Hopeful!
|Too much milk... burb!|
Part Four: Preparation for Loving, Forever Homes
Video from their Preemie/Infant Weeks.
Video from their Toddler Weeks!
- Destiny. What can we say... We are sorry. We are very sorry that we could not help you more. Please know that your puppies are well-cared for and we helped them fight their battle to survive. To see Destiny's original FB posting click here.
- Where Hope Lives Humane Society
- Pennye at Big BadWoof
- Stella and Chewy's
- Dr Petros (ER help)
- Dr Bonnie Lefbom (daily advice - even from across the world)
- Our Awesome Foster, Jennifer Fruhling
- The NC State Police (for not arresting us, I guess)
For Questions about these Delicious Puppies, please email Anne at Anne@dogsxlrescue.org