Black Dog, Second Chance
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Labrador Retriever / Mixed : : Female (spayed) : : Baby : : Large
Gemini is a real Gem. She is playful and soaks up attention. She is great with other dogs and cats as well. She is intelligent and friendly, and loves to cuddle!
Update 3-22-11: Gemini is begining to be a very well trained pup. She goes outside, but when she has an accident she has it in my bathroom (which I think is kind of funny) because I keep papers down in there for that reason. She plays with all of the dogs in my family (my aunt and my mom both have 3 of their own). She is a very quiet pup, she isn't a barker at all. Although, when she is the only pup in the house (even for a couple minutes while the other dogs are going out) she howls...LOUD! Other than that, she has begun to play with my cat (who loves playing with my other two dogs, but she was a little scared of her at first). Please give this playful, pretty, smart, girl a great home with a lot of energy to keep her busy (or if you have another dog in the home, she will be happiest with that).
Update 2-23-11 : Gemini is AMAZING!!! She is a very playfull girl who loves attention. She loves to play with my 2 dogs and my families dogs aswell. She has a great heart, and is a quick learner. She is the first pup to cuddle by your side, and then bite at your hair. We have grown to love her very much and hope that her new home will have lots of love to give to her and have another dog in the home to keep up with her playfulness.
Update 1-28-11: Gemini loves to be the center of attention, with people and animals. She is always the first to go up to another dog and instigate a "play time". She is also the first dog to go up to you and want you to pick her up and give her some love. She listens very well and is doing great with paper training. She will definetly need a playmate.
Update: First Night: Gemini is a CRAZY energetic girl. Always playing and "on the go". She loves to play "tug a rope" and has to be the center of attention! When she finally calms down though, she is a big lap dog. She definitely will need a high energy family, maybe with children that can tire her out for most of the day!
Gemini, or Gem for short, loves to cuddle. She is spunky and adorable. She may be little, but she does stick up for herself during play time.
It was a cold November week night when we got the call to take in Lotus and her puppies. Lotus had been tossed out like yesterday's garbage, left to fend for herself in the cold, scrounging for food, water and a little bit of shelter under porches. She was chased with sticks and called nasty names. She did what she had to do to survive because she had a belly full of puppies to look out for.
We didn't get to Lotus in time, and she had her puppies under someone's porch right around Thanksgiving time, when it was cold and snowing. We were told there was another pregnant black mom hanging around on the property so we made arrangements to get her, too. We arrived too late, and the black mom already had her babies along side Lotus under that cold porch. Many of the babies died, from both litters. We were all sick. Volunteers did what they had to do to catch Lotus, but she was so scarred from the abuse that she was unwilling to come out on her own. Volunteers had to crawl under the porch and use a snag pole to get her. The black mom got away and a trap was set for a week straight but we couldn't catch her.
We were left with a dilema when it came to black mom's pups. Do we leave them in the cold for mom to come back for them? It didn't seem like a viable option, as many of them had perished the night before from the cold. Do we take them, along with Lotus and her pups, and hope that she nurses them? That's what we had to do. There were 12 pups altogether, we really don't know which pups are Lotus's and which are black moms.
Lotus got to her foster house that night and she just mentally shut down. She had such a troubled past. We got her safe and secure, along with the crying babies, and quietly turned out the light and kept our fingers crossed. We drove out and purchased baby bottles and formula in preparation of a long night ahead of us. When we returned, to our amazment, Lotus was nursing ALL 12 PUPPIES! What a super mom she is!
You can read about Lotus and her journey to healing on her webpage. She is really special.
As for the puppies, each pup is now just developing a personality. It is fun to watch them grow and develop each day. We got to witness them opening their eyes for the first time, taking their first steps, and trying out their big dog voices. What an amazing experience for everyone involved. And to think that they would have been left out in the cold to die just kills us. We'd do it all over again if we had to!
These puppies are not yet available for adoption. We will be screening applicants shortly and pups can go to their new homes at the end of January. We will be particular with where these pups end up. They would love a fenced yard and another furry sibling to play with. They will probably all be medium to large dogs so another medium to large dog in the family would be super. They need to be treated like a member of the family (like all our rescue dogs do), sleep near you at night and daily exercise. We promised them occassional trips to the pet store, too!
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