Friday, August 26, 2011

Hardly Working

I was eager to get into my studio after my walk Monday morning.  I had a mental list of to-do's and I was excited about moving some projects forward. Those plans were completely turned around when I happened upon three abandoned puppies on my walk.  They were very small - their eyes weren't even open yet. Unable to just leave them in the street, I brought them home.

Baby, Brownie and Big Boy

After spending the first two days figuring out how to take care of them, trying to find a shelter that would take them and trying to take care of their terrible flea and tick infestation, I was exhausted and frustrated. I've got the routine down now.  Bottle feedings every four hours, daily sponge baths, periodic replacement of the paper in their box and frequent cuddles. Since no shelter will take them this young, we will be fostering them until they are weaned.

It has been an eye opening experience in many ways. On one hand, we've seen the result of the darker side of humanity - someone leaving those puppies to fend for themselves. (Based on the circumstances in which I found them, the shelter thinks it unlikely that they were born to a stray.) On the other hand, the people at the shelter were so helpful and obviously have a great concern for animals. They were eager to help us foster and provided us with food, a crate and veterinary care.

It has been fascinating to watch them. The changes in only four days are amazing. Their eyes are now open and they are trying to walk. We have also observed their different personalities.

I expect it will be challenging to care for them over the next few weeks, but I think it will be very rewarding. Plus, now that things have settled down and I have a routine, I can get back in the studio and create!


  1. Oh Lisa. They are so precious. I am so glad you were able to rescue them and love them. What a wonderful gift you found on your walk. It is a lot of work to raise puppies but so worth it.

  2. I think that taking some time out to nourish your soul will only make your art (once you get to it) that much better.

    Good on you for taking them in.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work when your "normal" has returned. :)

  3. They are adorable!! And I like their names too! I'm so glad you are nurturing them. I bet they are so precious to hold! Must make you feel very good inside!

  4. I think you may have found some new inspiration for your studio! Thank you Lisa, for taking the time to take care of them. There are rewards beyond our knowing for taking care of the less fortunate; puppies or otherwise.

  5. How lucky for these sweet little dears that you found them. I don't understand how or why someone would abandon animals, but I have also found litters on my walks. It just tears at my heart to imagine what if.... I tell myself that it is probably a good thing the person left them instead of abusing them. Do I see puppy paw motifs in your future art work? Take care of yourself and thank you.

  6. They are adorable - and irrestible! What do your cats think?

  7. The cats are not too sure about all the yelping. And they are feeling a bit left out since they aren't getting as much attention as usual.

  8. Oh, what good people you are. These guys look like
    german shepherd pups but at that age its anyone's guess. Again, good on you for caring for these little ones!

  9. Hi Lisa,

    Just checking in to see how you and the pups are all doing?
    I bet they have really grown.....and no longer fit in that box!
    Good Luck to you,
    LuAnn in Oregon

  10. Thanks for asking, LuAnn. The puppies are doing very well! They have now taken over my sunroom. We have them for four more weeks and then they can be adopted.


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