There were two more sets of eyes secretly watching her 😳
Donna Lochmann anticipated to discover one adult dog living alone on the land of an abandoned home in St. Louis, Missouri. The Good Samaritan who reported her to Stray Rescue of St. Louis (SRSL) explained that the dog’s family had relocated and left her behind.
The home was clearly vacant, and the dog was standing alone out front, yet she was not alone. Lochmann noticed two additional pairs of eyes observing her from behind the fence after a few seconds.
“There were two pups who seemed to be 6 to 8 weeks old,” said Lochmann, the SRSL’s chief life saving officer.
Lochmann had little trouble getting the mom dog into her car, but collecting the puppies proved more tough.
“On the opposite side of the fence, there was a concrete patio that had been excavated up underground, and the puppies kept going in there,” Lochmann explained. “They were probably remaining there for the most part because it was safe.”
Lochmann stuck her arm beneath the patio and, after a few attempts, was able to catch the smaller dog, but the larger puppy refused.
“The larger one didn’t want me to bring her out,” Lochmann explained. “She continued biting me with her razor-sharp puppy fangs, but I wasn’t going down without a fight.”
Lochmann grabbed a thick glove and pushed her palm into the opening one more time. She finally got the terrified puppy under control.
Lochmann took Pumpkin Patch, the mother dog, and her two puppies, Eckert and Stuckmeyer, to the vet. All three canines were found to be healthy after tests, so they were promptly placed in foster care.
Eckert and Stuckmeyer are being fostered in the same family at the moment. Lochmann stated that they are both still terrified and in in need of socialization. However, their foster home is made of of nice adult dogs, so they should warm up fast.
“The older dogs are playing with the puppies and showing them the ropes of being a dog,” Lochmann explained.
Pumpkin Patch has also been placed in a foster home, where she receives regular hugs, a plentiful diet, and a comfortable bed to sleep in every night.
Staff at Stray Rescue of St. Louis will miss Pumpkin Patch and her puppies, but they are overjoyed that all three dogs are now living happy lives.
“Everyone is now in a home and learning what life is like in a house rather than living on the street,” Lochmann added. “They’re doing fantastic now.”