May 9, 2013

And His Name Shall Be Hank

We received a call from the Regional Center for Animal Control and Protection on March 31 about a mama dog and her 8 puppies. Some of the puppies were literally born on the floor of the Emergency Vet Clinic the night animal control brought her there as a stray dog. Our own Vet, Dr. Phillips, happened to be working an extra shift that night and took care of her.

Once her stray hold time was up, the Regional Center staff had limited options with what to do with her, as a pound is a very unsafe place for puppies that young. She was not an overly friendly dog, to put it mildly, and would be euthanized along with pups if we did not take her. As protective as she was over the puppies, placing her in a foster home was not a good option either.

The decision was made to take mama and babies to Harmony Farm Sanctuary, and they have all thrived. Mama has actually come around and relaxed quite a bit, and the puppies are adorable and playful. They came to the Angels of Assisi wellness clinic for a round of shots today, and one found his way to Dr. Phillips as she was taking a break from surgeries.

It’s been decided that he is hers, and she is his. We will make it official when he can leave his mom in 2 weeks, and we can't wait to watch him grow up. He has been named Hank, and with Dr. Phillips he will be both a city boy and a country boy. Look out world, they’ll be taking you by storm very soon.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934    

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