Friday, September 4, 2009

The Big Day

As you may have gathered from my lengthy absence, I have been busy. And you can probably guess why. The puppies are now eight weeks old, i.e. old enough to be adopted! All eight of them went to the vet yesterday to be spayed/neutered. I now have eight puppies with cones on their heads, all of whom are desperate to get the cones off their own and each others' heads, and all of whom are confined to a single pen.

They're totally pathetic. But they also can't bite my feet with their needle sharp teeth for the first time in weeks. They are making up for it with the liberal use of razor sharp claws, but I'll take what I can get.

And here's the thing: six of them have found forever homes! Five of those are going home today. I am trying to be adult about this and remember that they were never my puppies, and the goal all along was to get them to this point, but I'm struggling just a little bit--if by "little bit" you understand that I am exerting every bit of self-control I have to keep from grabbing them all up and stuffing them in the back of my truck so I can move to a farm in Kansas and run a dog sanctuary where no dog will ever again go without food, water, medical care, or a place on the sofa.

We all have our dreams.

So, to distract myself from what is proving to be a difficult goodbye, I am taking pictures of my babies with their new families. I will post them tomorrow...if I can drag myself out of denial long enough.

15 comments:

sophanne said...

Beautiful- karma will lead them to the best forever homes ever!

Allison said...

I just got a little teary eyed reading your post. I can't imagine how hard it will be to let them all go! Good luck...you'll be in my thoughts. :)

Deborah said...

I can completely understand how you are feeling. Years ago when my dalmatian had 12 puppies it was extremely difficult for me to part with them for their new homes. I became overly protective of who got them and even had one young couple that i wanted to deny. Just a gut feeling. Taking pictures with their news families is an awesome idea!

Renee said...

What you did was so wonderful. Hopefully the new owners stay in touch and send you photos you can share with us in the future. :)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

That is so wonderful that these puppies would never have even had a life if it wasn't for you and your family and now they are going to have fantastic lives with their new families!!

Maureen said...

Awwww, good luck tomorrow! I'm sure they'll receive as much love from their new owners as they did from you and your family. (keep a box of tissue close at hand)

kmkat said...

In the words of our Cookie, "Suck it up, Buttercup!" I'm glad so many of the puppies have found homes -- maybe you can keep the others? ;-)

trek said...

They will be fine - and so will you.

Tomorrow. Or the next day.

joan said...

Lordy, now I have to go let the dogs up on the sofa again.

I'm very proud of you.

Fibra Artysta said...

How great that you helped find them permanent homes! I know its hard to let them go but they are going to have really beautiful lives because of you! :) Well done!

Steph B said...

You've done a great job with the little guys. It will all be fine.

quiltyknitwit said...

You did a wonderful mitzvah - taking care of that canine family. You can be proud that those little puppies (actually they look rather large!) will provide lots of love and companionship to many, many people.

Knitman said...

I know this is new thing for you. People often ask me if it is hard to re home my puppies. My answer is no, it isn';t because I do all I can to make sure they are going to good people. That makes me feel good for the puppy and for the new family.I am doing something good for them both. Plus,I have come to understand that there are others in the world that can care for a dog just as well as I can.
Give your self a pat on the back, you have done a marvellous thing, the effects of which will touch many for a long time to come.

Kim said...

If you start that dog sanctuary, I'll quit my job and come join you (with Stella and the human boy & man in tow)

crochetgurl said...

Awww, you are such a good person. I'm sure the rest of the puppies will get good homes soon too. :-)