"I don't know where they got those greenish-greyish eyes – I swear!!" says mama Kiki.
Today I received a bunch of new photos from Dr. Erika Flores to update me on how the little family of mother dog and eight puppies that she's currently fostering are doing. The pups look like they have almost doubled in size! Each one is starting to really come into their own personalities -it's such a joy to hear about all of Erika's stories.
This Friday, we'll be starting a naming contest so that you can help us pick out names for each one of Kiki's beautiful puppies.
That means we'll be posting photos and a short bio for each puppy! Since we'll be focusing so much on those adorable puppies next week, I thought it might be nice to give Kiki the spotlight this week.
Now that the puppies are older and no longer relying on Kiki as their food source, she is absolutely flourishing. Her motherly duties essentially revolve around playtime now, which is much less stressful for the mama dog.
In fact, Kiki is still really young herself - still under a year old - so she loves playtime just as much as her pups!
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.
Though this was likely Kiki's first litter, if she'd remained unspayed and living on the street, she likely would have gotten pregnant again just a few months from having these pups.
Life abandoned on the street is tough for a mom raising a litter as big as this.
Even though Kiki was being fed by some kind neighbors, it takes a hefty and high-quality diet to nourish eight growing pups.
Lucky for Kiki, through the goodness of her neighbors, she was able to find a safe haven. Once she's done raising her puppies, she will also be in search of a Forever home. Kiki might face a challenge in this matter, however.
Even though she's gorgeous inside and out, it's often tougher to find homes for adult dogs then young puppies.
We're not worried about Kiki though because we'll do whatever it takes to ensure she gets a loving home!