Thursday, September 29, 2011

Shirley

The Mrs. checked  STAR's facebook  page one Friday & there was a plea for a girl named Shirley. It seemed that she was almost ready to have her babies & the wonderful people of STAR did not want her to have them at the pound. The pound is a scary enough place for any animal to be in, much less if they are going to have babies. As you know there can be many different illnesses passed around at shelters & it is no place for a newborn to be! The Mrs. knew that we could not house Jasmine & her babies plus Shirley; we only have a little house & that would be too much. So, she sent an email to let STAR know that if someone felt more comfortable with 5 week old pups & a mama than a soon to give birth mama, she would take Shirley & someone else could take Jas & babies.  Not that she wanted to see Jas & babies go so soon, but you can't always get what you want (I hear that A LOT!). Anyways things got worked out the next Monday(STAR placed Shirley in boarding at the vet's for the weekend) & arrangements were made to meet half way in between to make the exchange. The next thing you know, the Mrs. gets an email that they are too late; Shirley has already had her babies and there are 10!!!!! Wow 10 babies for me to love on ??!!! I know it is just wishful thinking... Here is what we know about Shirley's past: Shirley used to live in a trailer with 2 adult dogs and 7 puppies. We can only assume that the puppies were hers. One day their "owners" left and they NEVER came back. Yep, the people left 10 dogs in a trailer without making arrangements for the dogs to be cared for. This sounds like a nightmare!! I used to be scared that would happen to me when I first got out of the pound. I would spaz out anytime I was left without any people, but I soon learned that I was in a place with people who loved me and that they would never do that to me. We do not know who the third adult dog was, but we do know about the second one. Brandon was a handsome pittie with colorings just like Shirley's. I only saw one picture of him that was on Petfinder, and he looked really sad. Unfortunately, Brandon never made it out of the pound. I could go on all day about how upsetting this is and how wrong the system is, and how more foster homes are needed, but if you are here reading this, then you already know how I feel and you probably feel the same way. I wish that Brandon had gotten a second chance at a happy life, but I know that he is no longer hungry and no longer scared now. Okay I have rambled enough, but let me leave you with a happy thought. Shirley and her babies are safe and warm & their bellies are full! I will be peeking in on them every now and again & will let you know what I find out about them :) Thank you STAR for saving this family!!!


8 comments:

Jean said...

OMG it's deja vue - a year ago I was fostering a preggie foster dog who gave birth to ten pups. They looked just like that pile o'puppies you have there! Be forewarned - if mama gets as tired of motherhood as my foster did, you will have your hands full just keeping up with the feedings. Oh, wait, you'll have your hands full anyway! Ten active medium to large pups make one HECK of a lot of poops! Good luck.

Pauley, the Mr. or the Mrs. said...

Uh-oh we have not really thought that far ahead yet :)

Bren @ Four-Legged Mom said...

Those babes are absolutely adorable! i wish I owned a farm so I could have pit bulls galore!

Roberta @ Silverwalk said...

As a failed foster mom and now a hound sanctuary, I salute you for taking on these prego dogs; so many don't want mom only puppies :). Thank you for fostering - and Pauley James is a HOOT! Putting "him" on my bloglist :). gotta keep up with you and the babes.

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Wow, you are so lucky to have ten puppies to help take care of! They are so cute and we can't wait to read more about them. We are so sad to hear about Brandon. It kind of reminds us of a book our Mama read to us called A Dog's Purpose. In the first part, the puppy is living with a hoarder, gets confiscated and taken to the pound, and is put to sleep... but he gets reincarnated and his next three lives are much better! Maybe Brandon got reincarnated like that dog... or maybe he's just living a happy new life at the Rainbow Bridge!

Two Pitties in the City said...

We think it is fantastic how dedicated you are. What an awful beginning, but a great ending.

Maisie's Mom said...

those puppies are too too cute!!!

and I feel I must also say RIP, Brandon. like you, I'm sorry so sorry that he and so many other abandoned, neglected or abused dogs (especially pitties) never got a second chance. :(

chandra said...

Brandon is running free now but I bet he's taken a break to look down and be so glad that Shirley and her pups are safe in your loving care.

-Chandra at Daley's Dog Years