April 16, 2005

I Think I Will Call Her "Miracle"

Walked into the "puppy nursery" today and noticed that one of the red dachshunds had given birth. She was nursing four newborns, and a fifth one was still in it's embryonic sac (I know there is a more correct name for this....). She had pushed it aside. I looked at her nursing pups and figured this was probably the first born. And, she must have felt that something was wrong with it. She didn't bother chewing off the sac. I walked down to tell the owner what I found. "Did you tear off the sac?" No, I didn't bother. I figured that the pup had suffocated. "Why don't you give it a try?" I walked back up and tore the sac off. No movement. So, I picked it up and gently did this manuever that helps clear the mucus from the nostrils of the newborns, if need be. Nothing. I grabbed a towel and dried it off. Then, I started to massage it. Nothing. It's tongue was hanging out. There was a white tinge around it's head. I held it up to my ear. No heartbeat. The pup was dead. I pulled out a piece of newspaper, and wrapped it up. I placed it gently into the trash can. Then, I went back to work. About an hour and a half later, the owner calls me back to the kennel. "I think there was a puppy born in one of the runs, I keep hearing it crying." It was extremely hard to hear over the barking of the dogs. But, I caught the faint sound. We started looking at the first few runs. Nothing. Then, I heard the sound again. It was behind us. I turned around. I heard it again. It was coming from the trash can! I walked over there and looked down. The paper was moving! I grabbed it, unwrapped the once "dead" puppy, only to see that it was alive! It had a good strong cry. It's color was back. It was a little cold, but other than that, it seemed fine. I still don't know what the hell happened. By all rights, that puppy should have been dead. The owners took her down to the house and brought her body temperature back up to where it should be. Yes, it was a girl pup. She was placed back with her mother. I checked on her later, and she was doing fine. I know this sounds kind of corny, but I want to name her "Miracle".

Posted by Valkyre at April 16, 2005 09:54 PM