Thursday, March 6, 2008

Chilli and Sage

So it amazes me that there are still people out there that don't understand how hard it is to raise a litter of puppies, and to find suitable, responsible homes for them. There are people who just don't know that every year millions of dogs are euthanized, and that rescues are full of unwanted, or neglected dogs. I have a hard time being sympathetic though and have to remember that sometimes people just don't know.

On the weekend a friend noticed an ad in the paper- 3 puppies left out of 11- 3 months old. She saved it for me. I called on Monday and left a message. Today a very desperate woman called me back. Yes, she still had two puppies left, and yes, she'd love our help. So we took the puppies.

I of course wanted to make sure that this wasn't going to happen again and asked about the pups history, who the parents were etc. etc. Both the father and the mother belong to her, and yes she bred them on purpose (after all they were very nice dogs) and no, she didn't realise how much work the puppies were going to be. And no, she didn't screen the homes- but they were all great, family homes. Ugh. I am trying hard to reign in my annoyance but I am not doing a very good job. Anyway- the male dog has been neutered and the female has an appointment made already. Who knew puppies were so much work?

Now on to the two pups. It turns out the lady didn't live far from here so walked them down. Prior to that they'd never been outside. To say they are petrified is not enough. These pups are scared to death. They are still shaking. Despite their obvious lack of socialising I think they will be good little pups- they are very cute, will be a nice medium size, and ultimately will make good pets.

Sage is the shy, quiet type. She is super adorable with her floppy ears. She is quite submissive but already is starting to come around a little. She seems to enjoy being petted and I think will become quite a little "shadow."

Chilli is shy- there is no doubt about that- but I think once she is comfortable she is going to be an outgoing girl. She is not submissive at all. And actually I described her once already today as shy and angry! Right now she doesn't want to be with me, she most definitely doesn't want this stupid leash on, she just wants to curl up and disappear. But again, with a little bit of time I think she will come out of her shell.

It saddens me to think that these pups are so scared of life! I am sure that the woman had very good intentions with these pups but just didn't have the knowledge to socialise, expose them to new things, take them outside....all of those things would have made things quite different for these pups.