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|04-24-2006, 06:47 AM||#1|
YT 1000 Club Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Northeast Ohio
Help Me! Give me the strength to.......
deal with the sudden loss of my matriarch, my baby Reggie, and help raising her five baby girls. That was my prayer to God. When one least expects it, heavenly intervention provides miracles. God sent me not one, not two, not three, but four miracles. On April 4th, 8 days after giving birth to one boy and five girls, our Reggie was gone. She was only seven, too young for a yorkie to be gone. The little boy died at seven days, the day before his mama. Five baby girls lay there with no mama to care for them. Despite my grief, I had to pull myself together because I had to make sure those precious little girls would grow up big and strong. After giving them three bottle feedings that day, I put Sissy, Reggie's daughter, in the cage with them that night so they were not alone. Sissy had given birth March 12th, a boy and a girl, but both died that day. She was so upset that I called all the vet's in the area the next day trying to find someone who might have young yorkie pups so I could get her a baby to take care of. No such luck. Reggie's litter came March 27th and add another eight days, by now, Sissy's milk had dried up. But the first miracle came when Sissy took over motherly duties as if they were her own. She even growled if the other dogs got near the cage.
The second miracle came the next day when Roxie, Sissy's daughter who is a year and four months old, jumped in to help out. Between the two of them, Reggie's girls were getting the best yorkie care that I simply could not provide. The third miracle was Dante, our 19 week old luvey male. He joined in and would lick each pup until they were clean and then some. And, he would also sleep with Sissy, Roxie, and the babies. I couldn't have been more blessed. I thought my prayers had been answered. But wait, one more miracle was on it's way. One I least expected. Roxie developed milk and is now feeding the baby girls while I supplement them with the bottle.
The girls, Love, Faith, Hope, Charity and Star are thriving. They're growing like bad weeds and are 4 weeks old today. I've started them on real food mush and they are so funny, not eating from the bowl but in the bowl. Messy, messy, messy! When they get their bellies full, I let the other dogs in and they clean up the mess. Sissy has pretty much weaned herself from the pups but Roxie, that's a different story. Those girls are now her babies.
We are keeping Love. She has white on her chest just like her mama did when she was a pup. When they are old enough and I can give them up........one of the girls will be going to live in VA, one to CA and one to NY. That makes four homes but five girls. I already decided I wasn't going to push it trying to find a good home for the last girl. It wouldn't bother me at all to keep that one too. Time will tell.
This past weekend the girls had their first outing. I had to travel to Columbus for a doll show & sale that I was exhibiting at on Sunday. And Saturday, Dante's new family, Tashasmom, was coming to pick him up. We loaded up the Explorer with dolls, the old playpen, Roxie, Dante, the girls and their diaper bag, Grandma and our granddaughter, Emilee, who feeds the pups when I have to be at work. And off we went. I took the playpen as I thought it would give some added protection for the girls as we would be staying with our son's family, four kids - 7 years, almost 5 years, and twins that are going to be 3 the end of May. Well, so much for trying to protect the girls. As soon as we got there, everyone had to hold a baby. Then the neighbor's came to see them, and of course, had to hold the babies. And then the kids had to hold them again, and again. Finally I was able to get the girls settled down in the playpen with Roxie and Dante. They all took a long nap.
That evening, Tashasmom arrived with her husband, two daughters and 3 year old son. It was great meeting them and I know that my little miracle guy, Dante is going to have a wonderful life with his new family. They all fell in love with the girls and everyone had to be held again. Dante has already wormed his way into her husbands heart, you know the type, big dogs-outside. Tashasmom tells me that they went for a walk but her husband had to carry Dante. I think we have another yorkie lover in the works!
When I got back from the show on Sunday afternoon, there they were, all the girls out of the playpen being played with or held. My daughter-in-law said she and Abigail liked Charity the best. I think she's hinting......... I've tried a couple of times to give them one of our pups, but she didn't want to be bothered and/or didn't want a small dog. They have a corgi and now she thinks Lady needs a playmate. We'll see.............
We got home late Sunday night. It was very sad as when ever we had to be gone, even if only for five minutes, the first to greet us was Reggie. She wouldn't be happy until I picked her up and gave her some lovin'. Although the other dogs were happy to see us home, it just wasn't the same. I feed the girls and off to sleep they went. They survived the weekend outing, but more important, I survived too.
I'm in the process of writing a story, from Reggie's point of view, her life as a yorkie. When we first got her, I wrote a letter to Mommy Gail, Reggie's human mommy. She cried when she got the letter and said it should be a book. I'll have it on my website, http://www.garlinyorkies.info, sometime in the near future and see pics of the girls there, click on puppies, then Reggie's Girls. And, you can also read more about Reggie and her girls here on YT. Have your tissues ready, My Reggie is Gone: http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37520 and feel good with Reggie's Little Girls: http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=39198
Sorry to be so long winded, just too much to tell.
The first picture is substitute mama's, Sissy and Roxie. The second is Dante and Roxie with the pups and the last one is messy, messy, messy feeding time.
Linda and her Baker's Dozen, RIP my angels Reggie & Bo
|04-24-2006, 06:58 AM||#2|
Donating YT 30K Club Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Blog Entries: 6
That is such a heart warming account of a bittersweet event. Animals nevr stop surprising us with their wonderful instincts. Reggie is at the rainbow Bridge saying you all done good!! You have a real talent for writing. Hopefully now you can breathe a little easier. Thanks for sharing this.
Cali Pixie Roxie : RIP Nikki; RIP Maya;RIP my sweet Dixie girl 1/17/08
|04-24-2006, 07:07 AM||#3|
Donating Senior Yorkie Talker
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Alberta, Canada
That was wonderful to read....It reminds me of something my hubby always tells me when things seem to be at its worst "The good lord always provides"
You have some very special furbaby's there, I think that , like children, this is a reflection of their people parents. Those babes are so loved , it is refreshing to read happy stories with joy filled endings. Thanks for the wonderful post.
"To err is human, to forgive, Canine."
Proud Mom of Bailey and Copper
|04-24-2006, 07:09 AM||#4|
Mommy to 3 Princesses
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: DFW Texas
Im so sorry you lost Reggie but I am so happy for your wonderful miracles. I think it is such an amazing story to hear about how Sissy and Roxie came to the rescue. They truly are wonderful yorkie mothers
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|04-24-2006, 07:11 AM||#5|
and Ty too!
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Denver, Nope, not Colorado
That is such an amazing story... It brought tears to my eyes.. Thanks for sharing.. Animals are WONDERFUL!!
|04-24-2006, 07:19 AM||#6|
And Morgan Too!
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Puyallup, WA
Oh my, I am sobbing. What a beautiful story of such a tragic event. I am so grateful you have such great pets to take care of your orphaned pups. Please keep us updated.
Courtney Bailey Morgan
KICKING CANCER'S BUTT, ONE CHEMO TREATMENT AT A TIME!!!
Member of the SSLS (Secret Sisterhood Ladybug Society)
|04-24-2006, 07:27 AM||#7|
Rosi & Poli's Mom
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Washington State
That is such a sad and wonderfull Story ! Yorkies are the greatest !
ROSI & POLI
Love my Babies
|04-24-2006, 07:51 AM||#9|
Yorkies Rock My World!
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Carolina
Beautiful tale, and wonderful telling!
I am looking forward to reading Reggie's book! HUGS to you and all your little ones!
Owned By Dreama & Wosie
|04-24-2006, 08:29 AM||#10|
My2Pearls Chelsey & Chanel
Join Date: Feb 2005
Us humans can learn SO much from our yorkie's!
That's a touching story that will live on for a very long time to come Hugs to all your fur kids from us.
Proud member of the crazy club
|04-24-2006, 09:06 AM||#11|
Out to Spoil the World!
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Palm Springs, California
Your amazing Linda.... Those girls are lucky to have you!!!
Kathryn, Pixie and Chynna
|04-24-2006, 09:20 AM||#13|
No Longer a Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: North Carolina
Amazing story. I feel your pain more than you'll ever know. I went through a similar experience late last year. I ask myself every day when does the pain go away? My only comfort is the beautiful children she left behind. They make every day a bit easier and fill my life with so much joy. I am looking forward to reading Reggie's book. What a wonderful way to remember her!
|04-24-2006, 09:21 AM||#14|
Luv My Spoiled Babies
Join Date: May 2005
Location: New Jersey
That was the most touching and amazing story. I am always amazed seeing that miracles really do happen. Just when we don't think we can carry on God provides the solution.
Susan Mac Mellie & Manny
Until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge
|04-24-2006, 09:37 AM||#15|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Mt. Ulla, NC
I'm sooooo happy everthing is working out for you and your yorkie babies.... Sounds like you have some great helpers... The puppies are just so adorable also
RIP My little Lucy Live forever my Lucy Too, Tank and Annabelle