If you don’t agree, we can’t be friends.
But seriously. Last week I posted pictures of the kittens we are fostering for Rutherford County Human Society (all of whom are still up for adoption, by the way!). We still have those, and now we also have five puppies. They are five weeks old and could not be more adorable.
The puppies were born on October 14th, at another foster family’s home (their eleven year old daughter named them). We got them when they became too big for the other family’s small house. The first day we got them, we took the puppy and their mother to the vet, where we found out the Momma dog was very sick and had to be weaned from the puppies immediately. She went back to the original family’s house and we kept the babies. Normally they would have stayed together for another few weeks, but they’re doing just fine eating puppy food and milk replacement formula, and she is getting all the care available to help her get better.
This is Jasper. Jasper has already been adopted by a lovely woman in Nebraska. He’s the second biggest puppy and he loves people. He isn’t rowdy like some of the others, but more laid back and cuddly.
The mug is for size reference. It’s just a regular coffee mug. The Momma dog is a dachshund mix (most likely), but it seems pretty clear that these guys are mixed with something larger. We’re estimating that they’ll grow up to be medium sized dogs, larger than their seventeen-pound mother but not too big.
This is Hera. She’s the smallest puppy. Hera, like Jasper, is a little bit more reserved. She loves to be held and asks for attention frequently. She has a lovely, sweet personality. Hera has not yet been adopted.
This is Boomer. He’s right in the middle of the pack in terms of size. He’s also the wrinkliest puppy. He has a very cute way of coming to the front of the pen, sitting down, throwing his head back and barking once when he wants attention, which is a very houndish quirk. The wrinkles support the hound mix theory, although in the face he looks a bit like a spaniel. Boomer is very energetic and loves to play with toys and wrestle with his brothers and sisters, but he’s also sweet and very friendly to people. Boomer doesn’t have a home yet.
This is Luna. She’s the second littlest puppy, and has been adopted by a little boy in Brooklyn. Luna is very bold and adventurous. She’s very clever, already coming when called almost every time. She loves to play with people or other dogs. None of the puppies are very good runners yet, but when she is happy Luna hops up and down in the cutest way you can imagine.
These pictures are all very close because holding still is not Luna’s best skill.
This is Zeus. He’s the biggest puppy. He’s also one of the sweetest and most loving. Despite his size, he’s a lover, not a fighter. Zeus is the most likely to ask for a hug at any given moment, and whenever the puppies are out playing, he is always running over to climb on somebody’s lap. Zeus has not been adopted yet.
I had to move Zeus onto this chair for his pictures because he got nervous and almost fell off the table, then decided that the table was the root of all evil and refused to stay there any longer.
I’m seriously astounded by the amazing personalities all of our foster pets have. We knew when we signed up that it was likely to be a mixed bag of nice animals and damaged animals, but the puppies and kittens are all so social and friendly. I’m a huge animal person, and have never seen such a great group, especially one so large.
Anybody who’s interested in adopting any of these animals, please go to rutherfordcountyhumanesociety.org and fill out an application. The adoption fee is $150 for the puppies, $60 for kittens. This covers spay/neutering and shots.
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