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Watch Us Grow

If you love to "ohh and aww" over puppies and kittens this is the place for you! Each week the Center staff will add new photos and updates on a litter of puppies or kittens that are currently in foster care so you can “Watch Us Grow”.

Licorice and Foster Brother!

on Thursday, 12 October 2017. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Licorice and Foster Brother!

While Licorice is still awaiting the arrival of her puppies, she’s enjoying spending time with her human foster brother. She loves playing and taking naps while she can. We’re expecting she’ll be a busy mama any day now!

Week One is in the Books for Mama Licorice!

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Week One is in the Books for Mama Licorice!

Week one is in the books for Mama Licorice! She hasn't had her babies yet but she is having a blast with her foster family before becoming a mother.

She has made herself right at home. We are thrilled that she's thriving and will have a warm, safe place to give birth. Stay tuned as we excitedly await her babies' arrival!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say Hello!

on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Say Hello!

Say hello to our new mama to be, Licorice! This sweet girl was transferred to the center from our friends at the Riverside Department of Animal Services as a stray.  Despite being very pregnant, she is still a happy go lucky pup who loves her human friends, especially her foster brother. The center's veterinarian has estimated Licorice’s delivery date to be, about another week.  Stay tuned for the birth announcement pup-dates!

We are on the GO!

on Monday, 01 August 2016. Posted in Watch Us Grow

We are on the GO!

Daisy's kittens have their eyes open and have started to become more active. It's great that they have hit one of their first milestones.

Here are some of the milestones you can expect from kittens. The small remnant of your infant’s umbilical cord will drop off during thier second or third day of life. They are born both blind and deaf with their eyes sealed shut and their ears folded. Their ears will unfold somewhere between 6 and 14 days, and they will be able to stand and crawl at the end of their second week.

Your little one will take their first blurry glimpse of the world somewhere between 5 to 14 days after birth. Thier eyes will be blue — at least until they are a month old, when they may begin to change colors.

Between their third and fourth week, your fuzzy bundle’s teeth will begin to erupt. Like people, kittens start with baby teeth, called deciduous teeth. These will fall out to make room for adult teeth between their third and ninth month.

Daisy's Darlings

on Monday, 25 July 2016. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Daisy's Darlings

Meet Daisy's seven cuties! 

Sweet Daisy!

on Monday, 25 July 2016. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Sweet Daisy!

This pretty mama is Daisy! Daisy came to us in June looking for a safe haven to deliver her babies after being dumped in an industrial lot.

Luckily, someone in the area was watching over her and helped her find her way to us. After three weeks with us, Daisy still hadn’t had her kittens.

Her foster mom brought her back to the Center so we could examine her and schedule an appointment to get x-rays done to check on the babies’ progress. Well, shortly after her arrival, our office doubled as a delivery room. Daisy delivered her first three babies with ease, however the other half of the litter was born breeched. Our foster coordinator stayed with her to assist in the delivery until all her kittens were born.

Thankfully after all the mayhem, Daisy is doing great and all seven of her newborn babies are healthy and striving.

 

Learning

on Friday, 17 April 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Learning

Fandango, who learned "sit" for the first time, thanks to our wonderful volunteers.

Interested in the Environment

on Wednesday, 25 March 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Interested in the Environment

Mambo has reached the 12-week-old mark. At this age, puppies are very interested in their environment. This makes them at higher risk for getting into "things" as they explore their environment. It is estimated that a puppies brain is fully developed at this age and this is the ideal time for them to begin "training". They can begin to understand right from wrong and remember the consequences (reward!). This is also a great time to start training with a leash and collar.

It won't be long before this litter is ready for forever homes!

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

on Friday, 20 March 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Flamenco cuddles with staffer Nick after his bath. It's time to get spick and span clean and ready for adoption!

If puppies get used to regular bathing as youngster, bathing them as an adult will be a breeze. If you have a new puppy or will have one soon, try to focus on associating bath time with treats, toys and games. Bring some toys into the tub, encourage your puppy to play with the bubbles and make the bath seem like playtime.

You Are My Sunshine

on Tuesday, 10 March 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

You Are My Sunshine

Tango sits nicely in the sunshine to have his picture taken. At the nine-week mark Tango and his litter mates involvement with their environment continues to grow along with their motor skills. They have begun to learn which behaviors are suitable for which times and have a strong desire to earn attention. It won't be long now before they are ready for forever homes.

Eat, Sleep, Play!

on Thursday, 26 February 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Eat, Sleep, Play!

Cha Cha’s puppies have reached the 8-week milestone and are primarily focused on the basic needs of eating, drinking, sleeping, eliminating and playing. Play is at the forefront along with lots of sleep.

Play and agility is at the forefront of their development. Most puppies’ 8-weeks old are "clumsy". After all they just learned to walk at 3-weeks of age and run at 5-weeks of age, which was just a few short weeks ago. They are developing their gross motor skills that help them to run, play, and "hunt". Their fine motor skills will come later.

After a rough and tumble session of play Fandango and Mumba take a well-deserved nap. Puppies that are 8-weeks old sleep approximately 18 to 22 hours per day.

Fluffy Bundle of Joy!

on Thursday, 12 February 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Fluffy Bundle of Joy!

Puppies are fluffy bundles of joy that bring a smile to our faces no matter how slobbery or silly they are. Need more convincing? Just take a gander at Mambo and the reasons why puppies are amazing, adorable, awesome and stupendous will make perfect sense once you gaze into those eyes.

Puppies can be a lot of work and are a huge committment.  They need to be taught boundries and manners.  Many people ask, when the right time to start training is.  The answer, right away! 

The good news is that puppies learn very quickly. With consistent instruction your puppy will be well on its way to being the best dog ever. Learn more about puppy and dog behavior.

Having a Blast!

on Tuesday, 03 February 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Having a Blast!

New foster mom Dietlinde is having a blast with her first litter of puppies. Although it is quite a challenge, she finds it very fulfilling. "Fostering is important because it increases the cuteness factor in your life, and the chances of these guys goin' to a good home!" You can feel as proud as Dietlinde by fostering too. Find out how.

Little Rumba

on Thursday, 29 January 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

Little Rumba

Little Rumba hadn't been thriving as well as her litter mates. She was having trouble being able to nurse from Mama Cha Cha because all of the other puppies were more robust than her. To ensure she continues to have a healthy beginning an emergency foster volunteer was called in to perform mom duties which includes bottle feeding every two hours. Rumba has already shown signs of improvement and is getting stronger each and every day!

Rumba Update:  Despite our best efforts little Rumba did not survive.  She will forever be in our hearts.

In the Wee Hours of the Night

on Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in Watch Us Grow

In the Wee Hours of the Night

In the wee hours of the night, eight tiny lives were welcomed into the world. Black, white and spots all over this litter of three girls and five boys are all healthy and thriving. Mama Cha Cha is being the best mom ever to her troupe of lil’ dancers whom have been named Rumba, Mambo, Fandango, Flamenco, Merengue, Diablada, Tango and MacAreana.

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