Bobby, Orphaned at Five Days Old... - Michigan Humane Society

Bobby, Orphaned at Five Days Old...

Orphaned puppy accepted into litter of kittens at the Michigan Humane Society

April 22, 2016

Losing your mom is devastating. Losing your mother when only 5 days old is a death sentence for a puppy.

Struck by a car and killed, Bobby's mother left way too early. A passerby noticed the tiny chihuahua puppy struggling near his deceased mom on the side of the road and scooped him up.

Alone and without his mother at 5 days old.

To survive, Bobby needs to eat. Too young for puppy chow, Bobby needs his mother's milk. It's critical for a puppy to gain weight. The calories and nutrition to keep him healthy and growing need to come from his mom. Bottle feeding can be inconsistent, laborious, and risky, even for those that have the resources and time to do so.

Unfortunately for Bobby, there were no currently lactating dogs at the shelter that could substitute for his mother.

And then, wouldn't you believe it, in steps Gwen, a female cat nursing a litter of kittens.

"Do you think it would work?" was the question Bobby so desperately needed the answer to.

As you can see from the video, Bobby fit right in and Gwen accepted him as one of her own.

As you can imagine, Bobby is not out of the woods yet. Now at 5 weeks old, Bobby still has a long way to go. As soon as Bobby starts eating solid food, he'll be transfered to a foster home with other dogs so that he can be socialized.

His "litter mates", especially one small kitten who follows Bobby everywhere, will be sad to see him go.

Your support is needed! Your donation today will help provide the food, shelter, and veterinary care essential to Bobby's well being and can help other puppies and kittens like him.

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