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My little wolf is making another guest appearance today! I had been saving this post, but after the whirlwind the past few days have been, I wanted to share it earlier. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my second round of foster puppies came to me this weekend! They settled right into the house, having no accidents and spending their first day snuggling with me or playing outside. Day two rolled around, and I met my mom (who is also fostering two pups from the same litter!) at my grandparents for a little play date. By the evening of the second day, Aubs had opened up and was playing with them!
*Something to note about Aubrey – malamutes can be EXTREMELY same sex aggressive and pack oriented. I have to be hyper-aware of both Aubrey’s signals and that of any dog she comes in contact with to make sure a fight doesn’t ensue. Any dog parent who has a pup that can become aggressive knows how scary it can be, but it’s crucial to be cautious and play close attention to your dog’s body language. Because of this, Aubrey isn’t as social as I’d like her to be, and I think this is why it took her so long to warm up to Twinkle (my prior foster). However, it’s a huge reason why I wanted to foster in the first place! Seeing Aubrey play with the two new pups by day two was extremely encouraging, and I was so proud of her!*
Unfortunately, when Aubs and I woke up Monday morning and checked on the puppies, their cage was not looking too hot. After cleaning things up, I was in contact with the owner of East Coast Canine Rescue, as she had asked if my puppies were showing any symptoms of illness. She was worried that the symptoms matched that of parvo, and I have to admit I spent much of the day crying on and off. It’s crazy how fast you become attached when fostering, but my pups had gone from playful to lethargic in less than 24 hours. Thankfully Aubrey was vaccinated against parvo as a pup, so although we bleached and steamed everything as a precaution, she should be okay! I left work as early as I could to drive the puppies up for their treatment. They seem to be doing a bit better but I am still so worried about them. Parvo is an extremely infectious and hard hitting illness in puppies; I would almost equate it to puppy plague. If not caught early enough, it can be fatal. The full litter consists of 11 puppies, all of which have symptoms of the virus varying in severity. There is a GoFundMe available here if anyone would like to donate, but keeping the pups in your thoughts and prayers is just as important! I’m hoping the pups will kick parvo’s a**, and will keep you guys as updated as I can on how they are doing. With luck, they all will be back with their adoptive and foster families within two weeks!
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