We recently had a little miracle happen for one of our pups – actually two large miracles for two pups.
On August 4th, AFH traveled to southern Virginia to pick up a large number of dogs from our rescue friends – 40 dogs. Five of those dogs included Lola and her four puppies. The pups were only four weeks old and still nursing.
The night before we were to arrive, Lola (the escape artist) dug out of her enclosure to go exploring. Two of her tiny little puppies went with her.
Our friends were beside themselves with worry and searched all night. Lola was found by a neighbor and was returned, soaking wet, back to our friends. The puppies were not with her. This is a very rural area and we were all terrified thinking about what might have happened to the puppies.
AFH immediately engaged our amazing dog tracker Sam, who headed down to where we were and began searching. Not only did Sam and her dog search, but so did our friends, AFH volunteers Arlene and Jessie, and several members of a film crew who were filming us for a possible reality show!
Our van headed toward home with the remaining dogs and shortly afterward we got a phone call – one pup had been found! The poor little guy was found in a creek sitting on a log. It was a miracle (the first miracle) that he didn’t fall into the water and drown or get killed by a wild animal. We were all celebrating this victory but were mindful of the fact that one pup was still missing.
Our team, led by our tracker, searched for hours without any luck. Sadly, we resigned ourselves to the fact that the other pup was gone although our friends never stopped searching. The took Lola out in the hope that she would lead them to her puppy. Our tracker also resumed her search the following day.
Then….. 10 days later…. you guessed it! The other pup (Sweet Pea) was found! This was a 4 week old puppy who had been out in the woods all alone. She traveled miles through thick woods and brush, and across creeks.
Sweet Pea made her way to a neighbor’s house 3-4 miles away. This neighbor, thinking she belonged to another neighbor, dropped her off at the other neighbor’s house while they weren’t home. Sweet Pea then returned back to their home!
They then posted her picture on Facebook and word started to spread. Sweet Pea was then taken to yet another home in a nearby town. During this time, people started tagging our friends in a photo of the pup. This was our pup and she was safe!
Sweet Pea had lost weight and was dehydrated and very hungry. We know that she had a guardian angel looking after her.
After picking her up, giving her a warm bubble bath, and giving her small amounts of food at a time, it was not long before her little personality started surfacing. She still liked giving kisses and loved to be snuggled. The only negative effects from her adventure are that loud noises startle her a little and she is thin.
This is nothing that good food, lots of love, and a forever home can’t fix!
If you would like to donate to help Sweet Pea and the rest of her family, please visit www.aforeverhome.org