I met Sullivan when he was 2 hours old. His nose was bright pink and he was solid white. He almost looked like a rat! But he was perfect as he fit in the palm of my hand. Unfortunately, his mother was unable to care for him or his brothers and sisters. So, they all went home with me in a home-made incubator. It turns out, I was not the best dog mommy either. At the end of the first week, we had lost all of the puppies to pneumonia except for one- little Sullivan. And he was very sick with a high fever. After consulting with our veterinarian we started him on antibiotics, but we worried that it would not be enough. In an effort to save him, we located another whippet mom who had had a litter 4 weeks earlier. Would she accept Sullivan as her own adopted puppy? At first she seemed hesitant, but the moment she heard him cry, she fell for him just as we had.
Sullivan’s adopted mom had only one puppy in her litter. Now she had two. Sullivan was exactly 1 week old when he met his new 4 week old sister- Sasha Fierce. Sasha loved her little brother so much, we had to make sure she was not playing too rough as she initially was twice his size. With his new mom and sister, he quickly became a healthy puppy who thrived while tirelessly trying to keep up with his older sister. They are best friends to this day.
Both of Sullivan’s moms found forever homes. While I had intended on fostering Sullivan and Sasha until they were old enough to be adopted, I quickly realized that was not to be. I had so much fun watching these two grow into beautiful, playful, kindhearted dogs, that I knew they were already home.
These days you may see Sullivan advocating for doggie blood donation with Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank or Sasha Fierce making videos with the social media team at Kingsbrook Animal hospital. They love to hike, socialize, and play ‘wild kingdom’ in the back yard. Both Sullivan and Sasha Fierce love to attend events in Frederick with their Kingsbrook family, but their favorite Kingsbrook activity is when they help teach our Vet Academy for kids. How lucky am I to call these guys my puppies!
By: Julie Fulghum, RVT