Homer, Lilly, Bella, Mellow, Minnow, Mojo, Tucker & Titan

In January 2012, PAWS took in a litter of eight puppies who were just six days old. Their owners were unable to care for them after the mother dog would no longer nurse, so they were surrendered to PAWS.

 

Bottle puppies

 

 

Our staff members and foster parents took them home in pairs and bottle-fed them around the clock.

 

 Bottle-pup

 

 

Our family members helped, too!

 

Belle-pup

 

 

The puppies’ eyes opened and they began to discover their surroundings.

 

White pup

 

 

They weaned off their bottles and started eating on their own.

 

Puppy

Sleeping Pups

 

 

They began teething and would nibble on anything they could find.

 

Puppy Nibbling

 

 

They remained in their foster homes in pairs for socialization in their first months.

 

 Sleepy Pups

 

 

They also met adult dogs in their foster homes who taught them canine social skills.

 

Puppy Meets Orion

 

 

As they grew, they developed unique personalities.

 

 Homer

Puppy

Homer-pup

 

 

They also grew plenty of spots!

 

Bella and Lilly

 

 

At twelve weeks old, they were ready to be adopted out to permanent homes.

 

Lilly

 

 

Lilly Rose was the first to find a home – she now lives happily with a multigenerational family in Bucks County.

 

Puppy

 

 

Mojo found a home with his new mom, Joy.

 

 Mojo

 

He’s now a happy, healthy, fully grown dog.

 

Mojo

 

Minnow lives in South Philadelphia and was featured in PAWS’ 2013 calendar with his brother Homer!

 

Minnow Homer

 

 

Homer was adopted by PAWS’ spay/neuter surgeon and has several canine housemates. He comes to work often with Mom and even helps to socialize new dogs who come in to the shelter. Formerly the smallest puppy, he’s now the largest of the group at 81 pounds.

 

Homer

 

 

Bella is now a city girl living in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood.

 

Bella

 

 

Bella took her first trip to the beach with her family!

 

Bella-beach

 

 

Mellow lives near Harrisburg, PA . . .

 

Mellow

 

 

. . . and his brother Titan lives right down the street!

 

Mellow and Titan

 

 

The pups celebrated their first birthday in early 2013.

Now fully grown, they have years of fun ahead with their families!

 

Homer smiling

 

 

Photos by Dog Park Publishing, Jennie Ruff, Little Red Dog Studios, JLS Photography, and the pups’ families.