The Animal Charity of Ohio, a non-profit humane group, received a call last weekend informing them that a family of canines was in need of their assistance. There was a mother and her two puppies living in filth when Jane MacMurchy, the nonprofit’s operations director, and a humane agent arrived at the address.
Dogs were clearly neglected by their owners, and the small family had learnt to rely on each other fully.
“They were in appalling situations,” MacMurchy told The Dodo. “There was maybe 6 to 8 inches of garbage in a makeshift enclosure, and [the puppies] were entirely unsocialized.”
The owners handed over the 5-month-old puppies, Peaches and Layla, as well as their 7-year-old mother, Lady, to the rescuers, who hurried the dogs to the shelter.
Despite the fact that a veterinary examination revealed that the pups were in good health, the puppies lacked self-assurance and had no idea what to do without their mother to guide them. Peaches and Layla’s tender embrace in the shelter broke MacMurchy’s heart.
As MacMurchy recalled, “we were administering the shots and the wellness check and Mom finished first.” As we carried her into our intake area, the puppies, who had been separated from their mother, clung to each other because they were so afraid.
As they learn about what it means to be safe, the small family is sharing a shelter with the others.
According to MacMurchy, “we give them time to just relax and get some TLC with a staff person in a quiet room so they can learn how to trust.” As a result, they do considerably better when their mother is around. We work with the three of them in a group setting as well as one-on-one. Slowly but surely, they’re gaining the confidence to stand on their own two feet.”
She’s already confident and outgoing just a few days after her rescue, eager to meet new people and go for walks. For her two puppies, on the other hand, the socialization process will be a little more time-consuming.
It was MacMurchy’s assessment that Lady was a “tail waving wiggle-butt little sweetie” who was just pleased to receive attention. It’s still too early for the pups to be fully developed. When they’re together, they’re bouncy and happy, and they’re counting on each other for their sense of security.”
MacMurchy went on to say that they are “very dependent” on one another.
Ideally, Peaches and Layla will find a home together when they are both old enough to be adopted. They’ll be able to receive hugs not only from one another, but also from the people they care about most: their families.