Litter of lucky 13 pups born at shelter PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 11:06
Puppies, less than two weeks old, are seen feeding off of their mother Maizy, as other puppies in a 13-member litter rest off to the side at the Wood County Humane Society. (Photos: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Having been diagnosed with heartworms and deprived of essential nutrients, staff members at the Wood County Humane Society were unsure if their beloved Maizy would come through her pregnancy.
Turns out Maizy is one tough dog.
On Nov. 7 and 8, she gave birth to 13 terrier mix puppies: Pretzel, Anni, Cla-Zel, Ryder, Minster, Mary, Rebel, Astaire, Basil, Audrey, Gable, Tori and Grace Kelly. A normal litter averages between four and eight puppies.
"She has just done fantastic, far beyond what everyone thought she could do," said Megan Baker, assistant manager at the Humane Society.
The mother of 13 tirelessly feeds her hungry puppies, gives them plenty of affection and even makes time for occasional socializing with her friends at the Humane Society.
"They are just like little babies," Baker said. "They eat, they poop and they sleep - in that order - and then they do it all over again."
Maizy was picked up by the Humane Society on Oct. 25 as an owner surrender. Two weeks later, she delivered 13 healthy puppies. Each staff member got to name a puppy.
Megan Baker (right), assistant manager for the Wood County Humane Society, feeds a puppy as Maizy (left), the mother, cleans another puppy.
In a few months, her puppies will need good homes. The Humane Society is accepting applications now for their adoption.
"They just need a good home that is able to provide them with what they need. A lot of love and caring," Baker said.
Residents will be able to visit Maizy and her puppies, but not for a few more weeks to let Maizy do her "mom thing" without extra stress.
As for Maizy, she will undergo heartworm treatment after her puppies are weened. She will also be get a touch-up on her "pregnancy pedicure." (Pink is her color).
Her puppies will also be given preventative heartworm treatment.
Donations are being accepted for the costly treatments.

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