I have been holding off on this post for a few days because in all honesty, I wasn't sure this little orphan pup was going to make it. But today is day five of her arrival at my house and she's still rallying, so I think I might be able to finally exhale.
The tiny pup, estimated to be two days old on Saturday, was brought to the Toledo Area Humane Society as a stray. Normally, the humane society transfers all strays to the Lucas County Dog Warden. But the chances of the less-than-a-pound pup being "claimed" by an errant owner were pretty slim and the determination was made that keeping her alive was more of the essence. She needed to be placed with a nursing mom and pups of about the same size.
Enter, Team Scarlet.
I brought the pup home on Saturday night and had Jim take Scarlet outside to go potty. While she was out of the room, I rubbed the new pup all over her soon-to-be adoptive brothers, to get their scent on her and vice versa. We then brought Scarlet back in the room to see what she would do.
Best case scenario is she would adopt the new pup and start nursing her. Worst case scenario, she'd know this was an intruder and she'd refuse to nurse her.
Thankfully, Scarlet took to her like white on rice. She actually doted on her pretty heavily the first couple of days, actually picking up the tiny one and removing her from the pile and going off with her to give her individual attention. The boys have all been protective toward her as well. I have found different ones curled around her to keep her warm. It's very sweet.
Speaking of the boys, they are all fine. They are fat and sassy, actually. The little girl, who we have named Carmen (sticking with The Ohio State University theme) is coming right along. She's still super duper tiny and I make sure she's suckling Nellie whenever I'm in the nursery. But she is obviously getting it.
Next up will be their eyes opening. The boys celebrated their one week birthday on Sunday and Monday so it should be pretty soon. Carmen is a few days behind them.