Pet parenting: question

Greta knows how to sit pretty for a treat, my sons not so much
Greta knows how to sit pretty for a treat; my sons not so much

Question: What happens when Coquina has baby fever but doesn’t really want another baby?

Answer: Her husband buys her a puppy.

That’s how Greta the Doberman became part of our family. Greta was actually very malnourished when we got her–she was all skin and bones. We took her to the vet right away and felt like we had rescued her. She had a staph infection, worms, and we could literally count her ribs when we first took her home from the “breeder” (who had built a deceivingly stellar website from her double-wide). Greta started putting on weight and her coat is a beautiful black sheen now, but for a while we were certain she would never be 100%. We fed her every few hours, washed her with a special medical shampoo for her coat, woke up three times a night to let her out (pushing food and liquids meant she couldn’t be left in her kennel for more than a few hours), and followed her around the house making sure she didn’t eat small toys.

It was similar to having a baby, but instead of late night bottle feedings I followed her around the yard at 3 am, and instead of blow out diapers I washed off paws that stepped backward into the poop pile. I still ended up with a baby, just of a different sort.

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  1. I agree that puppy mills are horrible places and need to be eliminated, but just think of the wonderful life Greta has had since being brought out of that situation. Good for her–she is one very lucky dog.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Greta is certainly a success story. However there are many other animals that are not as fortunate and dont survive such puppy mills. That is why education and awareness are so important with regard to this issue.

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