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Some of you know I volunteer for House of Puddles in Maryland, the senior basset hound sanctuary (www.houseofpuddles.org). Marilyn took a new girl in a few weeks ago, April. April was rescued from a hoarder and transported up to HOP. If you get the DD emails, you might remember her story:

April's Story

with permission from Susan Intessimone of Bluegrass Basset Rescue:

I was very very scared. The woman who throws food to us signed a paper and they took us (well, half of us, and that was 22) to a building with lots of barking dogs. I stayed with my terrier friend but we were both so scared we pooped all over our crate. They put us in a storage closet because the building was full and a lady said to one of the workers, "I'll put in a call to basset rescue." Then the next morning they tried to pull me out of the crate because there was a lady there with a little girl and they said they needed to take my picture. Is it for a wanted posted? Would someone really want me? I wouldn't budge so the lady with the camera got down on the floor and took my picture anyway. She called me something--April. The terrier said it was called a name. I've never had a name before. Then she was gone and the days passed.



Today she came back! She carried me out to her car and told me I would never worry about anything else again. I would never have babies that I would never see again. I would never live in filth again. She said I was going home, but I had to come to her house first. There were lots of dogs there but she carried me past them up to a place where water comes out of the wall. She said I was getting a bath. I didn't know what that was and I was very scared. She held onto my collar even though it was so crusted with poop she gagged and slowly I felt something warm wash over me. I relaxed. It felt so nice. I stayed in there for 15 minutes, getting all kinds of soap scrubbed into my crusty coat. I leaned up against the side of the bathtub and closed my eyes. The lady kept saying I was a good girl. She wrapped me in warm towels and carried me back downstairs to a crate. She said I'd get to see the doctor later today.



It was so much better than I could have imagined. Is this what love is? Does someone really love me now?

I look forward to April's arrival at House of Puddles on 4/24. She'll be hitching a ride with Kay Jordan & George E. Grunt on their way to the Boardwaddle.



Anyway . . .

Once April arrived, Marilyn didn't see a spay scar and it's obvious she'd had a lot of puppies, so Marilyn was going to have her examined to see if she was a good candidate for spay or just too old. April saw the vet as soon as she got to HOP but no one noticed . . .

She is PREGNANT!!! And about to give birth ANY DAY!!!!!!!!!

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Want to help? We are hosting a raffle. $1 a chance and the winner can name the buppies! http://www.firstgiving.com/hop-houseofpuddles

Marilyn also set up a live webcam of April in her whelping pen: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/buppycam If you want to join in the chat, be sure to sign up for a free ustream.tv account.

Please pray and drool for April - we are very scared for her. She is too old to be going through this.
 

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OMG is right. Oh that poor baby girl, I had tears in my eyes as I read her story and I'm at work. Any help you need let me know. God bless that little dog and God bless House of Puddles.
 

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The people who had her before she was rescued should be shot. What a story!

For any of you who aren't familiar with House of Puddles and the work Marilyn Brazzle does with these old hounds, take a look at her website- it's funny and sad and heart-warming and well worth a look.

Here's a link for those interested: http://www.houseofpuddles.org/
 

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No buppies yet! But we do have a webcam set up so you can watch April when she's in her pen: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/buppycam It's off right now but should be back up later.

HOP is so grateful for all the generosity of everyone who's donated to April and the buppies. We have raised over $1,000 this weekend for her care! She is so old she may need special vet care and/or a c-section so this money will all be very important to helping keep April and buppies healthy. If you want to donate, please visit http://www.firstgiving.com/hop-houseofpuddles

Please continue to pray and drool for April and the buppies. I'll update when she goes into labor.
 

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April has had her first puppy. Please sling drool & say prayers for a safe delivery & recovery for her.

The webcam is temporarily down - but keep checking - Marilyn is hoping to get it back up and running.
 
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