I love puppies as much as anyone. It’s wonderful to have opportunities to visit puppies – and I would say, like most people: who *doesn’t* love to play and cuddle with adorable, sweet and sometimes crazy bundles of joy? This past weekend I got my personal puppy-fix when I had the great privilege to meet, play with, cuddle with and ultimately photograph two separate litters of Rescue Puppies.
If you read my previous blog post, this one will offer yet a different perspective as it ponders, perhaps not the ideal situation – but the Reality of what we currently quite often have…
While the last blog post was trying to offer some food for thought on supporting the “best of the best” when it comes to breeders; ethical, responsible – excellent, thoughtful and deliberate breeding – here we are, in Reality: in which, there are a LOT of unplanned, unexpected (also unwanted!) puppies and litters – born in less-than-ideal circumstances, where the most urgent question may be about survival, certainly not how to provide the best and most enriched upbringing 🙁 Sadly.
And so we continue to struggle with how to deal with that and how to help. What to do: in the Here and Now, where sadly it’s not all Perfect, with all dogs coming from a Perfect Background.
While we work toward better education and hopefully, ideally away from the “unwanted puppy” and poor breeding practices, we will still have to contend with what to do about these unwanted animals in the meantime.
There’s no easy or quick solution, but I like to reflect over it with the same words as the problem solving mantra: “focus on what you CAN do.” It’s easy to get bogged down in what’s wrong and why it shouldn’t be this way, but there isn’t much progress in that. I’ve decided one of the things I *CAN* do is support with photography and getting the word out there.
Both of these litters are being fostered locally in Canmore. The first litter (pictured here at the top) is from the Morely Reserve. Three puppies, from a much larger litter, taken away from their Mother too young – at only about 4 weeks of age. They’ll stay in the foster home for a few weeks yet before ready to be adopted. I’m hoping to go back and take more photos as they mature and grow – and maybe posting adorable puppy photos will in some small way help find them great homes?
|Is there anything cuter than a fluffy, roly poly puppy body?|
Again – the Husky Crosses are being fostered for Pawsitive Match, Calgary – you can get in touch with them directly if interested – or send me a note if you want to be put in touch with the foster home!