The house was quiet without Harry. I’d gotten used to hearing him yipping at Wendy or Little in the kitchen, begging for their attention and now and then stepping in to give them a break from his exuberance. And since I no longer had to take him out for bathroom breaks repeatedly or clean up messes when I hadn’t taken him out soon enough, I suddenly had more spare time. It didn’t take me long to adjust. The beautiful weather allowed me to do one of my favorite things, work in the yard. I thinned all our azaleas, rhododendrons and boxwoods in the front, cut back our hydrangeas and got rid of the old leaves around the Lenten roses (Hellebores) to reveal their flowers. Then I started tackling the backyard too.
Monday afternoon, Tracey emailed me about a pregnant beagle needing a foster but by the time I replied with some questions someone else had volunteered. I was actually relieved. The third week of April, I’m leaving for a two week cycling trip to Holland. When time came for me to leave, the puppies probably would have been to young to be adopted.
Then Thursday, Jenn emailed asking if I was open to a momma dog and nine, three day old puppies and included these pictures:
Here’s what one of the shelter workers had to say about her:
This dog escaped from her foster’s home months ago. She was staying there while she was beginning HW treatment:( she escaped and we never found her:( then, she shows back up at the shelter after all this time. The ACO (Animal Control Officer) trapped her he said. She has 9 pups now…she is a shy dog but sweet natured. We haven’t retested her but are almost 100-% sure it’s her. Would you guys be able to help her and her pups even though she is HW +? She media in size…lab mix…around 2 years old.
Let me know what you think.
I pulled up a calendar, counted forward from Monday, the day they were born, and discovered the puppies would be eight weeks old the day before I was scheduled to leave on my trip.
I emailed Jenn back and explained about the timing of the trip. It should just work if we aim to get the puppies placed by the date they turned eight weeks – which is usually our goal anyway. The mom and any unadopted puppies will have to go to another foster before I leave.
So while Jenn got busy making all the travel arrangements, I set up the dog area for the new momma and pups, who were due to arrive Saturday.