May 30, 2013

Major Aww Factor


Five years ago today, my Duke was born. Five years ago tomorrow, I brought him home.

Now I'm not the greatest with math, but if you're thinking what I'm thinking, that means I brought him home when he was one day old. And that's correct!

I used to be the Alabama representative for a miniature pinscher rescue group call Southern Star MinPin Rescue (SSMPR). I was fostering a nursing minpin with her one baby when another rescue group called and asked if I could take some day old puppies.

The owner had taken her female boxer to the vet to get spayed, but her boxer was pregnant. She wanted the puppies aborted, but they were full term. So the vet delivered them and called the rescue group since the owner did not want them.

*steps on soapbox*

You may think aborting puppies sounds horrible, but it happens all the time. This is due to so many pet owners being irresponsible with their pets and letting them breed and having unwanted litters. These unwanted animals then end up across America's shelters where thousands get euthanized on a daily basis, just because there are not enough homes for all of  them. This is actually a huge problem in the South.

So SPAY & NEUTER your pets! It will prevent unwanted litters and also decrease your pet's risks for  many types of cancers. To view all the benefits of spay & neuter, visit The Humane Society.

*steps off soapbox*

Since the nursing minpin only had one puppy (and would never let me play with the puppy. sad face), I figured she would be willing to nurse 2 more babies (and then let me play with a puppy. of course this is  all about me) This would also help out the lady who was bottle-feeding ALL SIX of the newborns.

Do you know how much work a mother dog does?! Everything she does stimulates the newborns, including bowel movements! (Meaning if you don't have a momma dog, you gotta do that shit yourself. Literally.)

So I brought home 2 boxer puppies, one boy & one girl, to the nursing minpin, Bella. They only weighed 11oz!! And Bella made them hers right away.

Bella & the puppies.  Notice she is a little bit of a toy hoarder
Duke - 1 day old
Duke - one week old
I supplemented their nursing by bottle feeding them formula with colostrum since Bella had been nursing for 3 weeks and was no longer producing it. Bottle feeding these little boogers was frustrating and rewarding. Most of the time they would get so excited they sucked so hard that milk shot out through their noses! But I literally could hold them in between my fingers and hear them grunt and move their little paws like they were nursing. It was so precious!

After bottle time!
Duke & Roxie with their eyes open

The boxers quickly caught up in size with their minpin sister that was 3 weeks older than them.  And around 6 weeks, were almost the size of "mom"!
three-way tug-of-war!
cuddle time

My then husband (now ex) had always wanted a larger dog and here we had these 2 beautiful boxer babies that we were getting to raise. So at six weeks old, Duke got his official dog tag that made him a part of the family (we needed a boy since Bama & Crimson were both girls) And it's pretty obvious by the last picture that I was already getting attached!

I'm official!
let me on the couch, pretty please!

His sister got adopted no problem. Only 1 of the remaining four that were only being bottle fed survived. That really drove home how important a mother was in their life, no matter what breed of dog the mom was.  So I guess I helped save the little stinkers lives. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are a couple of my favorite Duke puppy pictures!

Mama's boy!
trip to the beach, fell asleep in his food
same beach trip, will fall asleep anywhere! and look at those paws!!

Fast forward to today.  I love that damn dog.  He is 65 pounds of pure entertainment.  He loves to box and will try to bite your belt. He thinks "shake" means roll over (that's totally not my fault, I swear) He is terrified of trash bags and surrenders to all the dogs in the dog park, even the ankle biters.  And he thinks he can sneak onto the bed without anyone noticing.

Keep stalking me so you can catch the post when I upload the video of him chasing his tail and chasing a laser pointer!  What?  You thought only cats did that?  Nah, stupid dogs do too.


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