Update: For those wondering about mom, not to worry! She is also safe and sound (and warm) with LDCRF. Her name is Mercedes, and she was emaciated, so is getting a lot of extra TLC from our staff. Once she is ready, she too will be looking for a home!
If the Poet Pups, 12 week old beagle/boxer blends, could talk, they would say that they had a home before coming to LDCRF last Sunday from Essex County, Virginia. This is what “home” meant to them: wooden shipping palettes nailed together and covered with a tarp, forming an enclosure that held no water or food. Their painfully thin momma was nearby – as she always was, since she couldn’t move far with her heavy 2 foot long chain – lying in a patch of snow against the fence, her water bowl frozen over. And all of this had been the only home they had known, since being born outside on October 19th.
Last Saturday, they did not know that dangerous cold weather would be arriving in just 3 days, so cold that their makeshift shelter would not protect them. They also did not know that their owner had called the Essex County Animal Shelter to have them picked up, and that animal control employees had been working tirelessly to find them a rescue. When animal control arrived that day and lifted the tarp, the pups tumbled out, breaking the thin ice that had formed on top of a nearby mud puddle, and then drinking the muddy water. Used to always being cold, they walked hunched over to the garden, where some started to eat the tilled dirt.
Having endured 2 ½ months of increasingly cold weather, they were finally on the road to warmth, food, and love – everything you find in a real home. Picked up by LDCRF on Sunday after their first safe and warm night in the shelter, they were immediately taken to Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates for care, and then moved into a foster home. Skinny but healthy, their personalities are starting to emerge – Maya Angelou is the sweet one, Edgar Allen Poe likes to cuddle, and Walt Whitman is a bit of a bully – and they are ready for the next step.
Want to be part of their journey home? Come meet the Poet Pups – Walt, Maya, Edgar, Alfred, Byron, Langston, Pablo, and Robert – at our Fair Lakes PetSmart (12971 Fair Lakes Center, Fairfax, VA) adoption event this Friday, January 10th, 6:30-8:30 PM, and see how much sweeter life can be with some puppy love. If any pups are still available after Friday, they will attend the Saturday Rockville, MD Petco adoption event (1:00-4:00 PM), and the Sunday Tysons Corner, VA PetSmart event (1:00-4:00 PM). Please check our website at lostdogrescue.org for maps and directions, as well as availability following the Friday Fair Lakes adoption event.