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The Things We Do For "Our" Pets

September 17, 2013 - Al Stephenson
If you are an animal lover like I am, the following story will not surprise you. There are some people out there that would not spend one thin dime on an animal. The rest of us will not hesitate to spend whatever it takes when it comes to the care and comfort of our pets. They are, as I like to say, part of the family.

When my buddy told me what happened to his family this summer, I was mesmerized to say the least. I wondered how many people would have done the same thing. It is one thing to spend a significant amount of money on your own pet, but what would you do when a stray animal shows up in need of attention? Here is the story. One that may inspire others to help animals in need.

In late June my buddy and his family were outside their home on a busy state highway when a dog came trotting down the road. His two college aged daughters called the dog and she came over to them. The animal did not have identification and was in danger of being hit by a car on the busy roadway, so they took it into their home. The girls then went up and down the road knocking on doors. They asked the same question over and over. "Do you have a missing dog?"

Getting no one to admit ownership, the family put ads in the newspaper. No one was willing to step up and claim the dog. So my buddy's family decided to keep the sweet natured canine despite the fact that they already had another dog as well as a cat. One more couldn't hurt, could it?

Shortly thereafter my friend decided that the dog should go to the vet as she looked like she might be in the family way. Sure enough Mika, as she was named, was pregnant. A few weeks later she was back at the vet's office to deliver puppies. Mika is a smallish dog of mixed breeding. She had a very difficult time delivering her first puppy and the doctor decided if the babies were to survive the rest would have to be delivered by C-section. It would be costly, but there was no hesitation on the part of the new owners. Mika had five more puppies and by the looks of the little rascals, the dad must have been a Boxer.

The troubles for Mika and the family were not over yet however. Nearly healed from her surgery, Mika tried to jump over something outside and tore her stitches out. Without going into too much of the gruesome details, some of her insides were no longer inside of her. It was back to the vet for emergency surgery in the wee hours of the morning. The vet told my friend that they did the best they could, but whether she would survive the mishap was not immediately known. Meanwhile the expenses just kept mounting.

I stopped by my buddy's house the other day (and a few days later) to see the little darlings. Mika is doing surprisingly well and thanks to my friend and his wife who took turns bottle feeding the puppies at some very odd hours, so is the rest of her brood. The plans are to keep one of the puppies while finding quality homes for the others. One has been spoken for so far.

The view from my seat suggests that playing with these little sweethearts is a tremendous amount of fun. Watching them create a "puppy pile" for sleeping purposes is pretty cool too. Thanks to my friend and his family, these dogs will grow up healthy and make someone a wonderful companion. Congrats to the family for doing what was right by the animals despite the cost!


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