Thursday, September 22, 2011

Big Boy, Brownie and Baby Need a Home

Big Boy, Brownie and Baby are now at Animal Care Services in San Antonio and will soon be available for adoption.  They are a black lab mix, and they are all great puppies. They are approximately 6 weeks old this week. See the sidebar for information on adopting them. Photos and descriptions of each of them appear below. (Read the background story.)

This is Baby.  She was the runt of the litter, although she has now overtaken Brownie in size and weight. Baby is the most active of the bunch.  She loves running and jumping and belly rubs. She now weighs  5 1/2 pounds.

This is Brownie. She has shorter legs than the other two, and a curly tail. She is the calmest of the bunch (although she is still very playful!)  She loves chewing on her rubber bones, head scratches and giving kisses. She weighs 5 pounds.

Brownie and Big Boy  - best buds

This is Big Boy.  He is the largest of the bunch - he looks the most like a black lab. He is the most affectionate.  He loves to be held and to sit on someone's lap. He also loves to run, jump and wrestle with his siblings.Big Boy now weighs 6 pounds.

More puppy pics . . .

Baby and Brownie playing

Sleeping Puppies

Baby after her bath

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Background Story

Out for my morning walk on August 22, I found three abandoned puppies lying in the street. Unable to just leave them in the street, I brought them home.

Baby, Brownie and Big Boy, about 2 weeks old

My initial thought was to bring them home, then drop them off at the Animal Defense League, where I am a volunteer.  When I got home, I realized that they didn't have their eyes open yet.  When I found them, I thought that was just because they were sleeping! Unfortunately, the Defense League won't take animals that young. I tried the other shelters in town, but none would take them.  The city-run shelter was the most helpful.  They asked if I would be willing to foster them until they are weaned.  They were eager to help us foster and provided us with food, a crate and veterinary care.

After spending the first two days figuring out how to take care of them, trying to find a shelter that would take them and trying to take care of their terrible flea and tick infestation, I was exhausted and frustrated. But I figured things out and accepted my role as caretaker, so I've got the routine down now.  Bottle feedings every four hours, daily sponge baths, periodic replacement of the paper in their box and frequent cuddles.

Baby (female - 1 pound, 5 ounces)

Big Boy (male, 2 pounds, 2 ounces)

Brownie (female, 1 pound, 8 ounces)