Pauli

Pauli nursing her adopted babies


"Now sit right down and I will tell you a tale " famous line from Gilligan's Island. maybe I won't tell a tale but it is quite an amazing story ( at least we think so )......

Our last litter of pups (born 19 November) were being weaned off Mom Pauli this past week; because of death of step dad I was a week late doing it. On Dec 31, New Years Eve morning around 9:30 am I had a distress call from Michele; a breeder of Brussels Griffins who lives about 50 miles away. Long story made short but after her Female (Frankie) had had a long and hard labour and 5 pups were born (2 natural, 3 C-section) she died through the night. Michele frantically was trying to feed the pups every 2 hours and called me to see if I could be of any help to her.(She said "you were the only one I could think of"..) Thankfully because I was late weaning Pauli she still had some milk so we bundled her up and drove to Michele's. After letting her roam for awhile , we put her in with the pups... she wasn't anxious to do this but did not fight us, she is used to sitting to feed her babes but we wanted her to lay to make sure all pups were feeding; so we had to hold her. After all had been fed we left for an hour to give her time with the folks there and to let her know we could leave but would come back. We fed them all again ; but found that Pauli was unsure of the surroundings as she is use to a whelping box (they were using the bottom of a vari kennel) so with our suggestion Robert (husband) followed us home and took back with him Pauli's whelping box, x-pen, water feeder and food dish and most importantly some paper that her babes had pee and poo on, so the new ones could be rubbed in it to make a familiar scent. Once everything was set up closer to what she was familiar with she took charge .

We are in touch twice a day; Pauli is happy and contented and very protective of her new charges and the best part is the puppies are gaining weight and getting stronger; Michele and her family call Pauli their "silky miracle"...

"If" there is a comical side to this story, it is this: Michele had bought a silky from us (Pauli's sister) but had brought her back because they found Silkys were too active compared to the Griffs and found they couldn't adjust to the extra activity. But a Silky has come to the rescue of their Griffs and they are falling in love with her and have changed their thinking 100%...

Eric told Michele that we would have to have lots of pictures because a year from now Pauli will never believe she helped raise those flat nosed little puppies; this brought a laugh from Michele, the first we had seen through the tears all day..

Pauli is owned by Eric & Betty Keirstead

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