Lottie - Heavily Pregnant GSD Abandoned
This beautiful dog was in the pound near Doncaster she was picked up as a stray. When her 7 days were up, the pound realised she was pregnant and contacted Lynn our NE dog Co-ordinator.
If you wish to adopt Lottie or one of her puppies, please fill out an adoption form
How could anyone be so cruel as to abandon a heavily pregnant bitch, just before she was due to give birth to her puppies? Fortunately the dog pound contacted our volunteer Lynn in the NE and she came into the care of GSDR. As we are overwhelmed with unwanted dogs, the only person who had the facilities to separate mum and pups was our Lizzy in the south who got the call on Friday night 3rd August.
Saturday Lottie (as we decided to name her) had to make a long journey and travelled 250 odd miles from Doncaster to Guildford.
This is the lovely Lottie
Lizzy took her straight to her vets who were amazed at how good a condition she was in despite being so emaciated. What a lovely face Lottie has.
Lottie after her ultrasound scan
A quick scan confirmed there were pups and heartbeats and Lizzy was told they could arrive anytime. Lottie immediately integrated with Lizzy's 2 dogs. Sophie seemed to realise she was pregnant so needed space but poor Bryn seemed very confused as he knew there was something different about her but didn’t know what.
Lizzie concentrated on feeding Lottie up with puppy food and she was on 6 meals a day. Poor Lizzy was a total novice at this sort of thing so was given crash courses over the phone about birthing and sent a book by another volunteer who assured her that Lottie would do it in the middle of the night. Tuesday morning 7th August Lizzy had said jokingly to a couple of vollies that Lottie's belly had moved back and reckoned it would be tonight. All 3 dogs were pottering around the garden enjoying the sun.
Lottie plus her 6 new born puppies
A few hours later, Lizzy noticed Lottie kept straining as if she was constipated and next thing she knew, she stuck her head out of the back door to see her straining with a pup’s head out and her own 2 dogs sitting watching! Lizzy quickly got her own 2 dogs out of the way, took Lottie to her bed and so the fun began!
A fellow volunteer was on the phone to Lizzy at each birth and as she was also watching the dressage team to do their bit at the Olympics (winning both individual and team gold) we said the pups were Olympians and we should name them after the team. We ran out of names with the dressage team so took one from the show jumping team (who also won team gold) and a couple from the eventing team (who won team silver). Hence we had, Laura, Carl, Ben, Charlotte, Mary and Tina.
Laura, Carl, Ben, Charlotte, Mary and Tina
Little Lottie knew exactly what she was doing (thank goodness) and cleared the sacs, broke the cords and got the puppies clean and suckling. And what more could Lizzy have asked for having been sociable hours as well. First pup arrived at 2.30pm and last one 8.30pm. A 24 hour check up next day and vet was pleased with pups and Lottie.
Lotties story is featuring on the Horse and Hound Facebook page
Puppies - eyes open and now playing
Lottie and one of her pups eating
These beautiful puppies now have eyes open so lots of play, sleep and of course eating.
Lottie and puppies
What an absolute star Lottie has been and a perfect mum to her puppies.
Lottie's puppies are German Shepherd crosses but we have no idea what type of dog the father was. Nevertheless, these gorgeous puppies are going to grow into beautiful dogs so the search begins to find both the puppies and mum, caring, loving homes.
Our beautiful Lottie
Lottie and her puppies will all be looking for new homes once the puppies are old enough to leave mum. Lottie is a very lucky girl, it could all have ended so differewntly. A big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped Lottie. Remember that GSDR is run entirely by volunteers and we couldn't help dogs like Lottie without the support of the public.
If you want to offer Lottie or one of her puppies a home, please fill out an adoption form
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