The story of Betty, Lexa and the miracle puppies...
A couple months ago a sad, scared and starving German Sheperd mix appeared from no where at Betty's house. She returned in horrible shape. Malnourished, dirty and scared to death. This scared sweetheart would hide from everyone under Betty's house.
Betty named her Miss Lexa and decided she would feed her until someone could come and help her out. Lexa wouldn't come out and eat while anyone was outside, only when they would go back in the house.
About a week later, Betty came home one day after work and Lexa came running out to meet her, wagging her tail. Betty realized she had won her trust and her heart started to soften to the dog no one wanted.
What really won Betty over was one day she was walking down the driveway to talk to her neighbor. As he approached Betty, Lexa came running out and stood in front of her. The neighbor stopped and Betty assured Lexa that everything was ok. Lexa pushed Betty back away from him and begin to circle her legs. Betty told her it was ok and started to pet her and then she sat down and never left her side as they chatted.
On this day Lexa became Betty's family! She took her to the vet to get checked out in early December and to make sure she wasn't pregnant so she could get her spayed. They confirmed she wasn't pregnant and scheduled her spay for 1/30/2021.
***Magical puppies begin to appear***
Thursday, January 14, Lexa begins having puppies to everyone's surprise!!! Sadly the first baby was stillborn but she had two more fuzzy, squirming healthy babies. Friday she seemed fine but still a little stressed. Betty knew a co-worker volunteered with Pup Squad Animal Rescue and reached out.
Since Lexa seemed content and was happily sleeping/nursing her 2 pups, we all thought that was the end of the story...
At 3 o’clock Saturday morning Lexa came and woke Betty up, something was very very wrong and she needed help. To think this was the same dog hiding from all humans just a couple months ago and now trusting enough to beg for help...if that's not the definition of a mother's love!!
Betty looked in her eyes and she saw the fear and pain and knew she needed to help to save Lexa and the 2 pups. Frantic, she reached out to Pup Squad and they sprang into action! "Pack them up and take them all to Long Drive Hospital and Pup Squad will take care of it, let's figure out what's going on."
Betty, scared but relieved to have support, did as instructed and got them to the hospital immediately. The hospital staff were waiting on them and took Lexa right in to get checked out. An X-ray was done and to everyone's surprise, there were more puppies waiting to be born. TWO DAYS LATER. Unfortunately, two puppies had gotten stuck in the birth canal.
Lexa had cared for her 2 puppies like the perfect momma while her body was fighting so much pain and trying to figure out what to do. Lexa, in her time of need turned to her mom and her mom turned to Pup Squad!
An emergency c-section was performed without much hope for the remaining puppies. Betty was sent home with 2 day old puppies, bottles and formula. Then we all prayed for Lexa for the 2 newborn pups and for any that might be fighting for life!
***The little fighting miracles***
To EVERYONE'S amazement, 4 puppies were waiting for their birthday! Happy and fuzzy and talking! They had a lot to say about waiting a couple days, which brought so much joy to such a dire situation. Momma Lexa took the 4 and immediately began nursing. She went home a few hours later and was overjoyed to be reunited with the oldest 2.
Betty says, "Without Pup Squad's help, none of these babies would be alive and I would have lost my beautiful Lexa." She added that she now understands why such a group is so needed in our city. Her prayer is, that these puppies will find loving homes because they are meant to be here to bring joy to other's lives!
As you can guess, Pup Squad was happy to help Betty, Lexa and the 6 fuzzballs but it costs money for an emergency c-section! The bill for yesterday was $1,400 but we are hoping to sponsor the costs for some of the vetting of the pups as well. If you feel moved by Lexa's story of maternal instinct and fight please donate. Your donation will help cover these costs, so that we can continue to spring into action each time there is a family/momma dog in need. ~ Pup Squad