What Happened to Mom?

The puppies waiting to be rescued

The puppies waiting to be rescued

When we posted our story of the rescue of the Poet Pups, we got some great feedback and the same question from several readers: “What happened to the mother dog?” We want to thank everyone who asked, because that is an important question! The mom to the Poet Pups, Mercedes, is doing just fine at our kennel facility, The Lost Dog Ranch. She was very thin when she was rescued and needed to be separated from the pups and treated to her own TLC. She is gaining weight rapidly and looking brighter and healthier every day. She will soon be looking for a home to call her own, just like her puppies.

We’re so happy that many people share concern not just about the puppies, but also the mother dogs. Too often, we see mother dogs that have been discarded at a shelter, and it’s heartbreaking. At LDCRF we have a policy to never leave Momma Dogs or Momma cats behind. If we bring the puppies or kittens into rescue, Momma is always part of the deal. Occasionally, we have even been able to rescue Mom and Dad!

Stories like these are one of the many reasons that our foster homes are so important – had we not had a foster home for the puppies, we wouldn’t have been able to help them or their sweet Mom. Whether you’re fostering a dog, a litter of puppies or kittens or fostering a cat, you’re making these rescues possible. You can learn more about fostering and join us in our mission to find more dogs and cats a place to call home in 2014 here.

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Mercedes waiting at the shelter for LDCRF to pick her up!

Mercedes at LDCRF, warm and cozy in her jacket and starting to fill out.

Mercedes at LDCRF, warm and cozy in her jacket and starting to fill out.


The Poet Pups: From Freezing to Foster!

poetpups1Update: 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.


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A Rotta Love: Meet Reddick and Lola

Reddick and Lola are a loving and friendly canine couple who have been together most of their lives. They’re friendly with children and dogs, and turn heads wherever they go. Lola is a svelte 90 pounds, and Reddick is a little over 100 pounds.  Both are Rottweilers, and show off the best of the breed with their sweet nature and loyalty.  They lived a great home, but unfortunately their owners moved into a place that wouldn’t allow them to come, so through no fault of their own, they are now looking for a nice home to spend their golden years in. Want to meet this fab couple? We’ll introduce you.



Meet Reddick:
Reddick is a show-stopper and a crowd pleaser with his big blockhead and his lumbering gait. It’s impossible not to give him a second glance and when you do, you see a squishy sweetheart who might want to sit on your foot and lean on your leg for a bit. This big boy is very well-behaved and takes direction easily. He was lovingly raised in a family with children and dogs and comes with crate training, house training, leash training and basic commands in addition to his good looks. He is looking for a new home because his family had to move to a rental and he wasn’t allowed to join them.  In the next chapter of his life, he would really enjoy a fenced yard (he’s a fan of the great outdoors) and a human who has some big dog experience.

Reddick is 8 years old, and weighs approximately 105 pounds. At adoption events he makes many friends, and didn’t appear fazed by the cats at the event either. He’s lived the majority of his life with Lola, who joined him when she was a puppy. Lola is a bit smaller, coming it at 90 pounds and is 6 years old.



Lola is a loving, attentive, social and very well-behaved girl who is looking for lots of love in Part II of her life. She was lovingly raised with children and other dogs and lost her home due to a family move, no fault of her own. Now she is looking for a stable home where she will again be a beloved family member. Lola is housetrained, crate trained and good with dogs and kids. She is also good on the leash and knows basic commands.

Both dogs are fully vetted and fixed as are all animals up for adoption with LDCRF.

These two lunkhead lovebugs would really like a home, and would be overjoyed if that home could be for both of them. If you can’t adopt, consider sharing this post on your Facebook page to help them find a home!

Interested in meeting Reddick and Lola? E-Mail dogs@lostdogrescue.org