The phone rang for two weeks about Fern. She was running stray in a small town near the shelter. She was very pregnant and was hungry and afraid. Nobody could catch her. When we went to look we could not find her. Finally, a little more than a week before she gave birth we were able to rescue Fern. From the moment she arrived at the shelter she was happy, relieved and very grateful for our help. We made a big nesting place for her and fed her as much as possible knowing she had a tough job ahead of her. She was kept near the office so that we could keep a close eye on her. She ran up and down the hall greeting visitors and checking to make sure we were still there. She was so happy that she found humans to take care of her and wanted to make sure we wouldn’t leave her. Finally on October 10th Fern gave birth to 7 beautiful puppies. They are all doing well. One little one became ill the week before Thanksgiving but responded quickly to antibiotics at the vet office and was able to come back the same day. All are happy, healthy, fat little bundles of love.
Shortly after Fern arrived a little Dachshund was found in the country, thrown out by a breeder. Willow was terrified at first, but took comfort in Fern’s company. She stands guard outside of Fern and the pups’ area, wanting badly to help Fern in her motherly duties. We oblige Willow and let her help Fern, and she thoroughly enjoys it. Willow is now coming out of her shell and following Fern’s lead in the happy-go-lucky attitude department. Willow started accepting kisses from us last week and Fern adores being petted and loved as well. When they aren’t tending to the pups these two gal pals can be found on a soft rug in front of the main entrance door at HUA looking out for the next visitors and ready to greet incoming dogs. They wag their tails with with joy all day and just can’t believe their good fortune. These two girls and the pups send many thanks to you, friends of HUA, for giving them a warm, loving place to stay when they needed it so badly.
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