After we lost Fiona we sort of shut down. We just went through the motions and did a lot of crying and moping. Well, I guess God had other plans because we were presented with the opportunity to help rescue a pit bull in North Little Rock. The poor little girl was found in a ditch eating paper by a good Samaritan. Betty was obviously malnourished/starving/near death and very obviously pregnant. But, the woman took her home and hid her because North Little Rock has a breed ban and if Betty went to the shelter, she would be killed. A few days after rescue Betty gave birth to 12 puppies... all healthy and beautiful. The woman contacted several rescue groups but no one locally had the space to help her. So, Cheryl of the Pit Bull Ambassador of Northwest Arkansas put out the word and we along with another lady, Ashley, volunteered to help. So, transport was arranged (again by another nice lady) and Betty and her puppies arrived last Wednesday.
So, my family is healing from the loss of Fiona by giving Betty a second chance and her 12 puppies their first shot at a great life. Right now Ashley and my family are taking shifts caring for Betty and her puppies. As you can imagine, the real fun begins as the puppies become more mobile. For now, we are networking, doing laundry, running back and forth, etc, etc. Once the puppies are weaned, we will decide on the best way to raise the puppies until they are old enough to go to their forever homes.
So far, Betty has proven to be the sweetest dog EVER! She trusts us unconditionally and lets us help her with her babies, she hasn't shown any food aggression (in fact she would gladly let you hand feed her every single bite,) and she takes good care of her babies. She does well on car rides and is doing well in her temporary home. She hasn't chewed up anything! She walks well on leash and enjoys belly rubs. She is an old soul in a young dog's body. Whomever adopts her is one lucky human... I feel lucky just being able to help care for her.
As you can see from the pictures, Betty is very thin and we have our work cut out for us. She weighed 61.5lbs and as of Dec. 4th, she had already put on 5lbs! Her puppies are healthy and doing well. They were born on November 21st and 22nd. I am refreshing my memory on puppy development and the care of momma dog after birth. I remember more than I thought, and that comes in handy.
We had some concerns about her health and we were able to take her into Wedington Animal Hospital Sunday, the 4th. The puppies were all checked out first. Each and every one is healthy and gaining weight nicely (we've weighed them twice so far and will do so every few days just to make sure they keep gaining weight.) Betty is doing well too. She has a small skin infection on her chin... similar to acne and is taking an antibiotic for that, she has hookworms and began treatment for that today. She received a hormone shot to help her uterus clean itself out, there was some worry that there could have been a puppy still inside of her. Luckily an x-ray proved that to not be the case. And the final thing... well, it's not good news but it could be so much worse - she has Heartworms. That was a little upsetting to me but I reminded myself that it is not a death sentence. So long as we can raise the funds to cover the treatment, we can get her cured. We need 600 people to donate $1 and then another $715 to get all 13 spayed/neutered and first round of shot. The goal is to have the surgery before sending them to their forever homes. A ChipIn account has been set up to assist with getting donations. If you have an extra $1, please consider helping.
If you cannot donate, please consider sharing her story... networking is 80% of the battle. Please go and like the Pit Bull Ambassador of Northwest Arkansas page on Facebook. Then please stop by Betty's profile page and send her a friend request! She will be posting about her adventures as well as posting pictures!! And of course, feel free to send me a friend request.
My family and I are in this for the long haul. Good thing we don't have family in the area, we have a lot of free time LOL. And we are blessed with the space to care for these precious little beings, plenty of generous people donating supplies and food, and of course, a positive attitude and the determination to get all 13 good homes! No, I mean, great homes!
There will be an adoption application, home check, and fee. Stay tuned!!