Nine Lives – Part VII

August 18, 2011  

A mama pit and her eight puppies were set to be euthanized in June – here, we bring you their story

By Lori Jolly

In Part I of this story, we chronicled Lori’s decision to save a mama dog and her eight puppies. You can read Part II, Part III , Part IV, Part V and Part VI here on StubbyDog. In Part VII, Lori shares the latest struggles and joys of fostering a family.

Scarlett and her babies have been with me for eight weeks; the puppies are 13 weeks old, and, yes, I can finally say it – they are HEALTHY! Yes, healthy! Such an amazing, wonderful, word. Watching my five bouncing babies, all of them bright eyed and bushy tailed, has been such a joy. After so much worry (and work), it’s easy to just sit and watch them being puppies, and these puppies love life!

One of their newest games is chasing Scarlett around our entire yard, barking, yipping, and nipping at her the whole way, and she just eats it up! She was such a great mom that sometimes I forget that, at just a little over a year old, she’s still a puppy herself – and seeing her let go and act like one is hilariously wonderful! She has this leggy, goofy, ears-laid-back (in a zoomie’s kind of way) scramble to get away from her kids that it makes me laugh every time I see it. She wants to play so bad, but she wishes they would keep their teeth to themselves. Scarlett has filled out in places she should, her tummy has slimmed down, and she no longer looks like a nursing mommy; heck, she no longer looks like the same dog! This gorgeous girl is going to make a family somewhere very happy. She is going to be a great pet.

Janie is back home (from her temporary foster home). She wasn’t quite sure what to think at first, but it didn’t take her long to remember; the first thing she tried to do was nurse on Scarlett, who was overjoyed to see her. She is beautiful, sweet and cuddly; her coloring so close to Hucky’s, and their body types are completely different. Her legs are short, and she’s such a chunky little monkey. Huck’s legs are getting so long, and he’s not a squishy puppy like she is! They all love to eat, but I think Huck enjoys it the most. Many times I’ve found him lying in/on the food dish while he chows down! I’m working on getting him to say “I love you,” and he’s pretty close. He still sleeps more than his siblings. I can tell he doesn’t have 100 percent of his strength back yet.

Boone, Annie, and especially Wyatt, are a bit crazier than Jane and Huck. Wyatt is all about go, go, go; I think he’s afraid if he stops, he’ll fall asleep and miss out on something! I call him the Energizer Bunny, and he can usually be found smack dab in the middle of anything and everything. Bossy little buddy!

Boonie still looks like a gorgeous little bear cub, who is almost always intent on eating my pant leg, or even better, my hair! If he can manage to keep his little puppy teeth behind his little puppy lips, he gives the best and softest kisses. He wants to be inside the house more than he did, and I can usually find him hiding under a bed somewhere.

Our little miss Annie is going to a foster home next week and will most likely be adopted by this same family. A 5-year-old little girl named Ella is going to be so happy that she can finally take her Annie home with her – she’s been waiting a long time for this. I’m going to miss her so much, but I know I’ll be seeing her very often, as it doesn’t take too long to get to Oceanside from San Diego.

Until they each leave for their own homes, and their new lives, I’m going to continue enjoying every second of their love!

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6 Responses to “Nine Lives – Part VII”
  1. Anne says:

    Thanks, Lori! You and the pups have been through so much. I’m relieved to hear that Scarlett and her remaining five pups are healthy at last!

  2. StubbyDog says:

    @Anne We are all thrilled about the pups and Scarlett too! And we thank Lori for all the wonderful work she is doing for them and for sharing this journey with us all.

  3. leslie42363 says:

    Huck’s ear slay me! They are all so adorable and mama so lovely – thank you so much for sharing their story with us.

  4. StubbyDog says:

    @leslie42363 We know, his ears are ridiculous and we are thrilled Lori is sharing her journey with us.

  5. julesmelfi says:

    Oh my gosh, they are all just adorable!! Thanks to Lori for saving these sweet little babies and their beautiful mommy! Beautiful photos of them all!

  6. StubbyDog says:

    @julesmelfi Lori is an angel and those beautiful photos were taken by Alicia Anthony.