It began last summer when our rescue was contacted regarding a feral mama dog who had taken up residence under the porch of one of our Facebook followers. She had been brought in with her litter of very young puppies. We were able to get four of them and send them to rescues. However, the last two and the mama dog were very elusive and would not let anyone approach them. I went out to the residence with my dog trap and was able to catch these two pups. The mama dog eluded us at the time although we were able to finally trap her a few months later. But that is another story.
This picture was taken the day after I caught them. You can tell from the expressions on their faces that they were very skeptical about their captors. Parker, the all-black female and smallest of the two, is seen hiding behind her big brother Peyton. They were rather wild at first and had been trying to bite us through the trap and through the fence of the kennel. However, after two or three days they started to warm up to me, and Peyton was the first to roll over on his back, begging for a belly rub.
But then Parker started showing signs of illness. She had almost no appetite and watery diarrhea. She ended up spending three days in the veterinary clinic being treated for parvovirus. About the time that she got better and was released, her brother Peyton also started showing symptoms. He got the worst of it and had to spend five days in the clinic. As you can imagine, even with our rescue group discount, the vet bill was still several hundred dollars. But thanks to generous grants and donations such as those from Pedigree Foundation we were able to afford their treatment instead of having to euthanize them as would probably be the case in a shelter or under-funded rescue.
A few weeks later, after both pups were given a clean bill of health, Parker was sent to the local Humane Society where she was transferred to a Northern rescue and adopted in New Jersey. Peyton was taken in by the Atlanta Humane Society and adopted locally there. I miss them every day but at least I have the knowledge that they were given a chance at life, thanks to the generosity of good people and organizations like Pedigree Foundation.
Dave Mayo, North Georgia Animal Alliance