by Lee Juslin
The Family, as the volunteers at Col. Potter Rescue call them, were found on the street. Mom and five newly born babies were in rough shape. A well-meaning person found them and took them home. Unfortunately, a young child in the family tried to handle the babies, but the mom, doing what moms do, defended her little ones. The family was taken to the shelter the next day.
All are mixed breeds of Maltese, Chihuahua, and Miniature Dachshund. Since there was no breed rescue for these cuties, the shelter contacted Col. Potter, and they agreed to take them. Although all were quite ill when rescued, they are all healthy now and mom, St. Lucia, has been neutered. Two of the pups have been placed in forever homes. The remaining pups: Fitzroy, Santorini, and Tonga, will be neutered very soon and ready to be adopted.All four have different personalities. Momma, St. Lucia, is very sweet and affectionate. She loves to sit beside her foster mom and cuddle. Sandy, the foster mom, says she has a unique way of bouncing when she wants attention, which gives everyone in the room a good giggle. She is house trained and loves toys, especially shoes.
Fitzroy, who is black and tan, also bounces and twirls. Sandy says it is like watching a gymnast perform. He has an independent streak and likes to be on the go. But, when he’s tired, he enjoys cuddling.
Santorini has a reddish coat and is a gentle, sweet, and submissive boy. He is capable of jumping up onto the couch but he prefers to be lifted. He, like his mom, is sweet natured and enjoys cuddling.
Tonga, the girl in the group, is brown and tan. She is the biggest of the three and looks somewhat like a Chihuahua. She is sweet and loves toys but is very protective of “her” toys.
Good homes for these mixes, that can be adopted separately, would be ones with people who are patient and willing to continue the pups’ house training and leash training. They all love toys and wrestling with other dogs. Sandra says they hold their own when playing and wrestling with her Cairn. Although they all love to run and play outside, a fenced yard, while an added bonus, is not required.
Mom and the pups have all been vetted, are up to date on their vaccinations, and have no health problems. Col. Potter is willing to consider out-of-area adoptions once the pups turn six months. In fact, the two pups already adopted went to homes in Maine and Texas.
The Family is part of Col. Potter’s Mix-It Up Program. Dogs in this category are mixes, often with no Cairn, like these four. For qualified adopters, these pups are offered at a much reduced adoption rate.
If you would like more information on The Family, the Mix It Up Program, or want to volunteer or contribute, check out Col. Potter on Facebook or on their website.