Diary Of A Rescued Dog-Ginger's Story

Posted by Sherry Melcher 11/22/2016 0 Comment(s)

Our diary of Ginger’s rescue begins like so many rescue stories.  A lost or dumped little soul found her way into our neighborhood, looking for somewhere safe, warm and hopefully inhabited by a kind human to rest.  A little lost heart trying to figure out what’s happened to her and needing help to find her way home.  We’re convinced that the word on the street is….our house is such a place.  And so begins Ginger’s story…..

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Ginger came to us with her heart wide open.  She was uninjured, clean and healthy.  Her personality is gentle, friendly and full of love.  Sadly, she was without a collar, tags, micro-chip or any information that could help us identify her.  After great effort to find her family, we were shocked to find no one was looking for this sweet girl.  Because we have four dogs of our own, we were hesitant about the “introduction” to the rest of our crew.  Our main concern was Harlan (our pit/bulldog mix).  Not because Harlan’s aggressive in any way, but because he’s ninety-five pounds of playful energy and we were afraid he might be a bit over whelming to Ginger.   Our concerns were unfounded; they became fast friends and bonded quickly.  The rest of our gang was thankfully just as welcoming.  That being the case, we decided to make this sweet girl part of our family.

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Once Ginger settled into her new home, we soon discovered she was in “heat”.  We weren’t too concerned, since all of our other dogs have been altered.  So we planned to wait until her cycle was over and take her in to be spayed.  However, it soon became apparent that she was pregnant!!   Wow….wasn’t expecting that!!  Since we believe every life matters and everything happens for a reason, we decided to let her story play out as destiny had planned.  Exactly 54 days later on October 31st, 2016 she presented us with eight, yes eight, beautiful little Dachshund Mix puppies (aka Ginger Snaps!).  Her labor started around 11pm on the 31st and the last puppy came into this world just after 6am on November 1st. I feel blessed to have been there to see each baby take it's first breath.  Offering help when I thought she needed it (a few came pretty close together), the experience was amazing!  Having the opportunity to witness the birth of any new life is a beautiful thing, never to be forgotten.  All the Snaps were born healthy and strong.  And after 22 days, all are still doing very well!

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Now to rewind a little, Ginger is a young girl, so we believe this to be her first litter and we have never experienced puppyhood.  So the roller coaster ride over the past few weeks has been terrifying, amazing, exciting and exhausting.    Personally, I can count on one hand the number of nights since the Snap’s arrival that I’ve slept in my own bed.  Most nights have been spent on the floor next to the whelping box, making sure everyone and everything’s “ok”.  The greatest concern in the beginning was making sure Ginger had enough milk for all her babies.  After all, she barely had enough equipment to supply their demands and they are like little piranha’s when the food truck arrives!  But after supplementing Ginger’s food with a quality milk replacement, the nourishment was flowing and the Snap’s continued to flourish.  For a time, we were worried that our nursing mommy might be in the beginning stages of mastitis.   But a trip to our veterinarian eased our minds.  His examination of both Ginger and the Snaps showed everyone was fine.  Ginger is tired and certain areas are a bit worn, but nothing beyond the normal wear and tear from eight robust puppies.  We make sure she has some “alone time” which includes a few spa treatments (a warm towel on her weathered belly or a soothing soak in the tub to relax). 

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The Snaps came into the world approximately the size if mini croissants and are to date the size of six-inch sub sandwiches!   Our next milestone with the Snaps will be introducing them to food, something other than the liquid delicacy coming from Ginger.  We’re doing our research to make sure they get exactly what their little bodies need to continue to grow bigger and stronger as the day’s progress. 

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To be continued……..

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