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Puppy stash
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Cindi    Posted 05-23-2004 at 05:54:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sugar's pups are still stashed under the house. Last weekend I got a phone call from my daughter Jill while I was wandering around the grocery store.

"I found Sugar's puppies! There's only two left. The other three must have died."

"How do you know that?"

"Because I crawled under the house and checked. I brought the two that were left into the house and bathed them, they had fleas on them."

"Jill...when are you going to learn? You can't mess with baby pups or kittens, the mother could abandon them. You may have just sealed their fates by not only taking them away, but bathing them! Now they will smell different! Where are they?"

"In my lap." She admitted. I gritted my teeth and tried to keep my cool.

"Take them and put them back under the house right this second. And then leave them alone, okay?"


This has been bugging me all week, but I had to work everyday last week and had no time until yesterday to check on the situation. Yesterday, rather impulsively, I grabbed the spotlight and crawled halfway under the house, my heart thudding, terrified I was going to find two little carcasses of puppies who had had their mother's scent washed away from them with Johnson's Baby Shampoo.

I pointed the light this way and that, frantically trying to find any trace of those pups, wondering the whole time if they had their eyes open yet, how big they would be if I did find them intact. Finally I spotted a hump of honey-brown fur. Sugar. She was lying with her back to me. I spoke to her and her tail went to thumping, and she waddled around until she was sitting up, looking at me.

"Hey Shug! How's the little mama?"

Tail thumping harder than ever.

"Come here darlin'."

I had to get her to move to see if those pups were still there with her. Slowly she began to inch her way toward me. I could see nothing but the edge of the depression in the dirt where she had been lying. Then like a gift, up popped a little head, two tiny eyes blinking into the light. That's one! Then up popped another head, looking just the same, only with the fur a little lighter in color. Yay! They both survived the separation, and the bath! Their eyes WERE open and they were fat as ticks, so cute with their little pushed in puppy faces.

Just as I started to back out from under the house, up popped yet another head, and then another, and another. All five pups alive and accounted for!

It's stupid to get so worked up over a passle of silly puppies but that's exactly what I did. I swallowed around a lump in my throat and worked my way backwards out from under the house to find Fred standing at my feet.

"Well"? He asked.

"They're all under there... fat and sassy. All five."

"Good." He said, and grinned.

"Will she ever bring them out?" I asked chewing my lip.

"No. She will raise them under the house, Cindi. They will live their entire lives never seeing the light of day."

Shut up.

"Of course she will bring them out. When she gets good and ready." He said laughing, and walked away.

I can't wait. It's silly to get so worked up over a passle of silly pups, but that's exactly what I did... and will continue to do.

KellyGa    Posted 05-23-2004 at 09:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ian does that to me, those sarcastic answers. The other day, Ian was installing my parents new printer, and a cord that was needed was not in with the package. I said, "Well, don't we need that?" and he says, "NOOOO! It will work through osmosis!" What a smart@ss.

Larry 8N75381    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:36:17       [Reply]  [No Email]

Maternal instinct!!! even for another species. :-)
Such a wonderful thing!

DD    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:32:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Aww, I'm glad to hear they're all doing fine. If they're poppin those wee lil heads up and the eyes are open it won't be long before they start to wander and she won't be able to keep them under there. I know what ya mean though, I'd be wantin to see them too. Get you some Borax (mule team) soap powders and throw it all around under the house and your flea problem will soon be gone ; ) It works inside on carpet also, just sprinkle it all over the carpet, let it set overnite and then vacuum thoroughly. I also live in a mobile home and had them bad last year. I went all the way around the house outside and just threw handfuls under the whole house and now they're gone.

Cindi    Posted 05-23-2004 at 07:41:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh cool! I will have to try that. It won't hurt the pups?

I am just beside myself with anticipation. If I don't get my hands on those pups soon I think I'll die! Lol! They are definitely William Wallace's offspring. They have great square heads, short ears and long tails. Lord have mercy. I am pathetic. Lol!

DD    Posted 05-23-2004 at 08:08:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
It shouldn't hurt em Cindi, as long as ya don't throw it right on em. I threw it as far as I could under the trailer and all the way around. I think I used about 4 boxes. And I know whatcha mean about getting your hands on them babies ; ) I'm the same way too.

Aprille    Posted 05-24-2004 at 06:37:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Uhh..Cindi..I don't mean this to sound like a criticism on ANY level..just wanted to pass along some info..What Jill did was actually a great thing because what happens to puppies or kittens with fleas?? They become HIGHLY anemic..never mind the heart worm altho I am sure the fleas will return..your daughter made a great move on that and after the pups begin to gambole about like they do u might want to invest in one of those flea applications for mama AND babies..or if u are seeling or giving away the pups inform the new owner..congrats!!

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