An update on the two rescued puppies

The two puppies from yesterday’s rescue are doing well. According to Mun Mun, they are eating and drinking well. Just a bit timid. That is, of course, to be expected, since they are, after all, feral puppies.

Here is a photo from Mun Mun:

I also learnt a lot from Mun Mun and the rescue experience yesterday. There is a big difference between the rescue of feral animals and abandoned (former) pets.

When I picked up Yoshee from the Al-Rajhi Bank way back in 2012, it was so, so easy. I merely gave her some food, she came, and I was able to loop a leash over her neck and that was that. Took her in my car, straight to the vet for check-up and within a week, got her adopted by the vet assistant! Yoshee had a collar, she was an abandoned pet and already had contact with humans.

But when it comes to feral animals, it is a totally different ball game. That is why I called for help. I have absolutely no experience with feral dogs except for the ones at the pound but being already captured at the pound – it was just picking them up. Feral cats – yes, one Mr Quack.

I actually contacted two other rescuers first, but they were not available. I didn’t want to trouble Mun Mun knowing how busy he is with his new shelter. But finally, I had to trouble him because I could not get anyone else. Julia and I wanted so much to reunite the family thinking that the puppies might miss their mother and vice versa, but as it turned out, the mother was no longer that attached to her puppies and she also had “her own life” with the pack further away.

So, whatever happened was…well, meant to be. We tried.

I learnt a lot from Mun Mun and Li Yen yesterday and am thankful for the experience. Mun Mun told us that when he trapped mother-dogs with very young puppies, sometimes, within 5 minutes, the mother-dog would step right into the cage. Why, sometimes, even before setting up the cage, the mother-dog was already near enough to be looped. It can be THAT easy, he told us.

And sometimes, Mun Mun would use the snare. It’s how wild boars are caught. But according to Mun Mun, the snare wouldn’t even work for this mother-dog. She refused to be enticed by food.

Oh well, she has her own life and it certainly looked like she wants her freedom.

Please be safe, mother-dog.