The Rose Buds turned six weeks old recently. They didn’t find too much to celebrate that day, though, as that was the day their weaning process became official. It was also the day they received their first shots.
Silky Rose, their mom, on the other hand, was celebrating her new freedom. After six weeks of being a devoted mother to 10 hungry, growing pups, she was ready for a chance to begin the healing process. Her little body had become very lean, and she had the injuries that occur from 10 sets of puppy teeth.
Silky is one of those dogs who, if she could talk, would likely tell us the story of too many litters of puppies she has had to raise. She was a gentle and caring mother, who tended well to her young, but she will never have to endure this again.
Silky is now in another foster home, away from the Buds, where she is free to run and play. She’s been spayed, and we learned during her surgery that the extent of the damage from such a difficult young life was more than we had expected.
Although she has the personality of a pup, who loves to run and play with other dogs, her body has been somewhat ravaged by such a rough life. You can’t tell it from her beautiful and playful personality. She is so smart and eager to please — she knows some basic commands such as “stay” and “sit” — she can “shake” and will “go lay down” when told. She will fit well into a home with other playful dogs, and people who understand her sad past and choose to love her anyway.
The Rose Buds are growing into delightful young puppies, too. They share their mother’s eagerness to please, as well as her smartness. Five of them are in other foster homes of their own now, with five still remaining in “Grampa Floyd’s Fabulous Foster Facility” with the same caregivers who have been there for them since they were born.
They all show the many benefits of being hand-raised, foster babies. They are social, sweet, healthy and fun; they love human contact. The Buds hold the hearts of their caregivers in their little paws.They have been such a joy from the very moment of their birth. But the time has come for them to begin their own journeys — to find their own loving and forever homes.
They will never have to suffer as their mother did, because they have the advantages given to them by the Humane Society of Central Arizona — the are spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, so if they become lost, their owners will be easily found.
If you would like the chance to meet any of the members of this sweet family, or any of the many wonderful animals at the shelter, please call (928) 474-5590, stop by 812 S. McLane Road or you can look us on the Internet at www.humanesocietycentralaz.org.
Bear is leader of the pack, she is brave and adventurous. She stands out from her Rose Bud siblings because her fur is fluffier. We think her dad was either a brown bear or a teddy bear (or possibly a golden retriever). She loves to play and is learning to follow verbal commands.
P.C. is the smallest of all the Buds. She has her name because it is short for pure chocolate. Her beautiful, smooth, milk chocolate coat will be very easy to care for, and her sweet green eyes will melt your heart.
Amber Rose has been in a foster home with her brother, Jet, who got adopted. She is already accustomed to a doggie door, and is doing well on becoming housebroken. She is very sweet-natured and is used to cats in the household. She has beautiful green eyes that look straight into your heart.
Wine Tasting May 17
Chapter 3 in the Wines of the World tasting series takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at Gerardo’s Italian Bistro, 512 N. Beeline Highway. The wine tasting series is a benefit for the Humane Society of Central Arizona Building Fund, and Chapter 3 features Wines of the Great Northwest.
Tickets are $20 at the door, or in advance at the Humane Society, the chamber of commerce or The Beverage House.
Matching fund donation
An anonymous donor has offered a $5,000 matching fund donation to the humane society’s building fund. This donor will match all donations to the building fund, made in $100 increments, up to $5,000.
Please send your check for $100 (or other increment of $100) to: Humane Society of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547. Note on your check that the donation is for the building fund.
Every penny counts. If you cannot give $100, donations in any amount will be gratefully accepted.
Protect your pets from the heat
With the rising temperatures, it’s important to remember your pets need protection from the heat, too.
Make sure your pets have access to drinking water at all times. Water evaporates quickly in extreme heat, and water dishes also get knocked over from time to time. Your pets drink more water during hot weather as well.
Never leave a pet locked inside your car on a hot day. Temperatures inside a vehicle can reach dangerous levels very quickly. An animal locked in the car or left standing in a hot, metal truck bed can be injured or killed. If you see an animal in trouble like this, don’t hesitate to tell the manager of the store or facility where you are, or call the police.
When walking your dog, if the pavement is too hot for your bare feet, chances are it’s too hot for your dog’s feet. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening.