Hi all - haven't been on for awhile..been REALLY busy with my 5 puppies, and you just wont believe this story. About 4 weeks ago, a mile from my house I started seeing 4 little puppies running around. They were in the vacinity of a house, so I though they got loose and tried to catch them...to no avail. I kept seeing them, and it soon became apparent that someone had dumped a litter of puppies by this abandoned house. Called the shelter who told me to call animal control. Called animal control, who didn't return my call for 5 days and 10 messages to them. They told me by now, they were probably wild and all they could do was shoot them. So I had been leaving food out for them, cause they were so skinny and eating road kill. I set one of my crates up with a string tied to the door and captured 2 of them. Took them to the vet, they were FULL of worms and had mange. Vet thinks they are about 8 weeks old, which means they were 3 or 4 weeks old when dumped. Amazing they are still alive ! I have them quarenteened in a section of my yard now, and they are snappy...but just scared. If you hold them tight, they settle down a bit. SO...any suggestios on how to socialize them, or what to do when they are back to health ? Shelter wants to charge me to bring them in...I want to try to find homes for them if I can get them to come arround. Also going to try to get the other 2 later today. Do you think they would socialize better if they are separated from each other ? They are kinda all each other has, and are very close.
Sunny what type of puppies do they appear to be? Also try feeding them by hand. Sit down in the yard and hold the food in your hand. As they eat stroke them lightly and talk to them. They will soon learn they you are not going to hurt them. Also where in NC are you? I am also in NC.
i would feed them by hand, and sometimes separate them to be with you, but then have them back with their mates. this is just off the top of my head since i've never raised puppies. you could get them on all kinds of surfaces, play music and TV, take them in the car, get toys and balls out, just expose them to all kinds of noises and things.
My first 5 puppies are Japanese Chin...I am a small breeder. The puppies I found ...the vet thinks they are a Shepherd mix..I think they also have some lab in them. @ are golden colored, with brindle like a Shepherd...the other two are all black. I'm in Tabor City. Know where that is ?
Pearl...so far, they won't play because they are just too afraid of people. They just snap and bark when I go into their kennel. Right now, I have to be VERY careful because of the mange. I also have given them their first Parvo shots, but I'm really afraid of what else they may be carring. I put on latex gloves, and a jumpsuit when I go into the kennel, and bleach my shoes because I have 10 dogs of my own (5 puppies) to worry about spreading things to. I wont let my kids out there yet. They should be quarenteened for about a month I think, so I am they only one they will be seeing for awhile. I know the timing for this stinks...hard to socialize correctly...but don't know what else to do.
WOW! What a story! I feel sorry for these little ones. The only thing that comes to mind is spending one on one time with them. If they are separated from the group for atleast 15 mins. a day at first they may come around more quickly. I would add 5 mins. per day every weeks. (week1 15min, week2 20min, week 3 25, etc) Hopefully they will make it throught the quarantine okay and be able to learn some dog skills from your other dogs. If they were 4 wks when they were left they really have some catching up to do. I would start looking now for suitable homes for them. Definately, do not let them go to new homes until the quarantine is over. Don't give them out for free either. It may take awhile to find people who are willing for such a challenge...BEST OF LUCK!
wow, i'm not sure about only hand feeding, and what if they don't eat. i guess i would try that as long as i felt comfortable that the pups were not starving. maybe put some chicken broth on to make the food really smell good at first??
Minn- most all of the people I know have dogs, and don't want to take a risk right now. I wish I could find someone. I guess if it helped...we could get another large kennel and at least separate them in 2's. I'm at a loss for help. Only been in this state for 6 months or so...and don't know many people. Was appaled that I could not get help from authorities. Truly...there is a WAY different attitude about dogs here, and I have no idea if I even have a chance of finding homes for them, assuming they can be socialized. People really don't care about their dogs here. Not the ones I've seen anyway. Just got back from their kennel ... and am very discouraged. They hate to be touched, and wont make any eye contact. When I grab one of them to hold, they snarl and snap. They will sit in my lap and be petted if I hold them, but the minute I let go, they run into a little crate to get away from me. I hope it's not too late for these little guys. They are also not eating very much, but that could be because they are frightened, or sick from the panacur (de-wormer).
Oh man Sunny this is terrible and like you said th e timing sucks especially with the babies. How are they doing anyways? Is the one you thought was blind doing ok? Mine is, it turns out he is about a week and ahalf behind the rest in his development so he is doing great!! Man I don't know what to tell you other then maybe put a radio in there so they are getting use to peoples voices while you aren't there. Getting a little help would be a good idea so that the puppies are a little use to some other people to but when you don't know what's what with them it's a hard one. Do u have any idea where these puppies might have come from? Is there dogs in you community that could pass as their parents ? This is just awful and the expense to boot! but you are doing a good thing I would do the same if in your situation. Good luck and keep us posted
Lisa --- Hi !! Glad to hear your puppies are doing well. Did you say one of your pups IS blind ? One of mine is...but can see a little bit. Just don't really know how much. It is cataracts, and is aprox $2500. to repair. Can't afford it. We are going to keep her. She is developmently behind by about 2 weeks...but gets around pretty well. She is really a little sweetheart...I adore her. She will be a great pet. Mama is going to be spayed in May. Never had this problem before but I'm quite sure cataract passed in the genes. I don't know what to do with the poor little dumped guys. I will put out a radio for sure. I feel so bad for them and sure would like to find the #*##*! who dumped them off. I just hope it's not too late for them. There was a dog in the area that could of been a parent. Was always lying on the road near where pups were dumped. The dog dissappeared about the same time the pups were dumped. Talked to the people in the house, and of course, they don't know anything about them. Minn --- Pups tummies are really bulging. Vet said it was cause they were full of worms. First one I caught has had third...once a day dose of panacur today. Have not seen worms in stool...tummies are the same. Should I be worried about something else ?
Sunny, email me privately I would like to talk to you about helping you out with the pups. I may be able to foster one of them for you. Someone is home all day here so it would get alot of one on one attention. I don't have any puppies so I could keep the puppy in the house and try my best to socialize him/her. My email address is email@example.com
ONly way you're going to know for sure if the tummy bulging thing is something serious is by taking them to the vet, or taking some of their poop to the vet. I'm sure if one of them has something, all of them do.
Hi Sunny, Your story sounds really familiar to me... A few years ago (while living in Greece) I found a litter stray pups in the wild aswell... I left them there because I couldn't take them home. But I went to them everyday, at first they were really scared and would bark at me or run away but I just stayed so they would get to know me and found out I wasn't going to hurt them or so. I always sad down, just doing nothing... I could do that for hours, I simply loved it... So I kept going, taking food everytime and if they wouldn't take it from my hand I would just leave it there for them to eat it when I went home. While time past by they became less shy and one by one they would come and climb on me to fall asleep. At the end I would sit there with 5 pups on my lap ! One day, they followed me home and I kept them there (outside) because they weren't very healthy either... They had fleas and probably worms... But they seemed to do really well until 2 of them died :( . I was really sad but that was nature... The other 3 grew up (5 months), were healthy and for sure great dogs, playfull, very sweet... But then the Carre virus spread round in my environment and almost all strays died. I was to late to vaccinate them... I was really hearthbroken. They meant so much to me but luckily one of the pups survived. She is very cute and very loving, she makes a perfect pet right now, I have never seen a dog more loving and thankfull.... So, I would say it is definitaly not to late... Just have lots of patient and give them lots of love... If they survive they'll make great pets one day too ! This was my experience with them, I tried to keep it short but that didn't really work out :) !!! Good luck with them! I wish I was closer to help....
Ticyo --- that is such a sweet story. I'm sorry they died...but it does give me hope for these little guys. Minn...did take them to the vet, and they did do a fecal. They said they were just full of worms. But shouldn't they be pooping them out ? cschimizzi --- BLESS YOU
Oh ,sorry I ment to say mine is not blind but just slow with his development about a week and ahalf but we are still keeping a watch over him .He won't be going anywhere if there is the slightest chance that he is.So when they go next week for their needles I will get them to check him out for me and see what they have to say. I am so glad to hear you may be getting some help !! That's great!! I hope the little guy's do well. keep in touch,Lisa
sunny i think it is really great that you rescued these puppies. the puppies will need lots of time to raise since they haven't been socialized with people yet. seperating them would help speed things along. it does not surprise me that the animal control didnot help you. fortunately alot of rescue and shelters in my state will go down to north carolina and georgia because the pound down there are high kill . they seem not to keep anything past 7 days. they also use the gas chamber as their means of euthanasia. i hope you don't but if you decide to put them down please take them to your vet and have it done humanely. glad to hear your puppies are okay and sorry the one has cataracts.