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She Knows What Being a Mother is All About

>> Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The dog in the photo is Maggie. She belongs to Jeff and Rae. Remember? I told you all about her when I shared our rescue puppy story. Maggie is the mother dog who so bravely took care of her litter of puppies under the deck of the abandoned house. She's the mother who will be in all the photos at our puppy reunion!
The kittens in the photo are from a litter that I rescued last summer.
Rae knows how time consuming and difficult having a litter of newborn kittens can be. Every weekend last summer, Rae took the kittens to her house to give me a break. Guess who helped Rae? You've got it, Mother Maggie.

No, Maggie didn't have any milk. What she did have was a huge heart and the natural instinct to be a mother. We named the kittens Luke and Ruth. They suckled and nuzzled and cuddled with Maggie every weekend.

All the rescue stories I share with you involve so many people. My childhood friend, Joan came over every morning at 6:00 AM to help me feed and potty our little babies. These kittens were the only kittens I have ever had that were constipated...yes constipated. We tried everything and eventually had to take them to the vet where they received FREE vet enemas. I know that sounds horrible, but it was necessary.

My son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren took the babies when we left for a week's vacation.

Yes, rescuing is challenging but it is also rewarding. The two babies in the photo above went to a good home...together. It was hard (as usual) to give them up. It was glorious that they have known (and will continue to know) so much love.

I'm just waiting for another litter this summer. This year, I know where the babies will go. Can you guess?

11 comments:

T July 15, 2009 at 10:19 PM  

Rescue is challenging, isn't it? But yes, so rewarding. It can drain you, as you go through all the emotions physically and mentally on a daily basis, but in the end, it is all about the animal you saved, or the one you helped ease their pain.

Very nice post Jan, and thank you for helping save animals, one life at a time.

Rae July 15, 2009 at 10:47 PM  

A fantastic post. Maggie so remarkable. One of those unsung heroes.

chicamom85 July 15, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

That is a beautiful post. Maggie is so pretty and what a cool dog! It is so wonderful how people come together to help. Thank you for sharing that story.

Anne and Sasha

Sandy July 16, 2009 at 8:53 AM  

I didn't know an animal without milk would let other animals nurse, interesting. So, since Maggie didn't have milk, they still needed to be fed..how do you all do that, with a bottle?

Cool story and great photo.

Makes you wonder were the saying fights like cats and dogs came from.

Sandy

Melinda July 16, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

That is so wonderful!!! What an awesome story!

Sandra July 16, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

what a wonderful dog!

2cats July 16, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

We have a feral cat who likes to bring us her newborns before she runs off to play. Fortunately for us she only has one at a time. We have never been successful with our nurturing and it breaks our hearts, but we keep trying.
This spring she showed up pregnant, but when she had her baby, she stuck around. She loves us now and comes right up to the house to be fed. We will take her into to be spayed as soon as the baby is old enough to without her.

Sandy July 17, 2009 at 8:28 AM  

Popping back in, always like to read the follow up comments from your cute stories. Noticed while here my latest post on Sandy's Space showed up on your blogupp widget...how cool is that!

Need more coffee, then a blog walking I will go.

Sandy

Tweedles -- that's me... July 18, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

This is such a nice story Maggie sharring her motherly knowledge. She is smart.
And,,,, I know a dog Loba that got milk from baby kittens nursing on her. Then Loba became thin, and she had to have little bandaids put on her booobies to keep the kittens from continuing to nurse when they were big.
Maggie is a smart one!
love
tweedles

Christine July 18, 2009 at 8:59 AM  

such cute pictures and story

E July 23, 2009 at 12:48 PM  

I've heard of things like this before, but never saw a picture. Pretty cool.

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