This generous foster home saved and found adoptive homes for not one, but eight Cocker Spaniels! Here's the tale:"While searching for my lost Bassett mix at the Shelter I met a Cocker Spanel. She was very skinny except for her big belly -- she was due to have puppies at any time. I offered to 'foster' her so that she could give birth in a warm and loving home.
"She bonded to me very quickly (I think I was the first person in her life to actually love her). She had tapeworms and we got pills from the vet. She slowly picked up weight. After two weeks I woke to find two pups. I was so excited! It was obvious that there were more to come so I called work to let them know I'd be late. After a long and tiring labor mama had 7 live babies, 2 girls and 5 boys (an 8th was stillborn).
"The pups were nursing well and Princess was a great mother. She was given special food because she was so undernourished, and when the pups went for a vet check we learned she had a calcium deficiency as well as buckshot in her ribs just under the skin, healed over.
"The Shelter had promised to take back Princess and the pups after six weeks, but I started hunting up homes for 'my' babies. I found a perfect home for Princess with an older lady that loves her very much.
"I found GOOD homes for every puppy except one, the one I decided to keep. I now have 3 inside dogs, 2 sugar gliders, 1 chinchilla, 1 outside cat, 1 beta, 1 hamster, and 2 lizards.
"I feel I was meant to be at the Shelter that day, to give Princess and her babies the chance they deserved!"
-- Shelly Hooper