Despite being a mother of eight, Kiki is still a puppy herself. Now that she has lots of toys available to her, she has discovered her true love for them. Her favorites by far are tennis balls. She kicks them with her front paws, jumps on them, and throws them using her mouth, and all the while her tail wags a mile per second.
"I love to watch her play," says Erika. "I am so relieved that she can just enjoy playing, instead of living on the street and needing to worry about keeping her pups safe."
Unspayed females can get pregnant as early as six months of age, depending on factors like breed, size, and the quality of the care they're receiving. The average dog can have two litters per year, though this can also vary.
What this means is that life as an unspayed, abandoned dog can be really tough. Not to mention that when roaming the streets, a female in heat can attract many "suitors" and the results are not only unpleasant for female dogs, but can become a real community nuisance. When groups of male dogs gather around a female in heat, the tension and fighting that can ensue isn't pleasant for anyone - person or dog.