All three pups were sick upon arrival. They were crying, dirty, dehydrated, stressed and didn't know how to drink from a bottle.
"I always have puppy milk and kitten milk on hand just in case," Tonya said. She immediately set up an appointment with her vet, who determined the pups were infested with parasites. They were also underweight at 2.5 lbs., when they should have been at least 3.5 lbs. The pups were set up with IV fluids, antibiotics and round-the-clock care.
"The vet said I couldn't stay with them, but I talked it into him and brought in a cot," Tonya said. Although they were each in separate cages, "I put my cot up against the wall, took them out and slept with them. Wacipi laid on my heart, Yawto under my left arm with his head on my chest and Wanagi on my right side. I got up every two hours to feed them and clean their bottoms."