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Two purebred yellow labs with champion bloodlines, bred locally, gave birth to 9 puppies. Two of the puppies had cleft palates. This is a hereditary, genetic defect. The breeder was advised to euthanize the puppies shortly after birth because they couldn't eat on their own and would likely not survive long enough to have the expensive and difficult corrective surgery. However, she loved those puppies at sight and knew she just had to try to save them. She fed them with tubes so the food could get past the cleft.
When the pups were 8 weeks old, Pet Allies accepted them and some of their siblings, with no cleft palates, into foster care.
Rock and Doris, who did have cleft palates found wonderful homes. Rock, now Rocky because he's a fighter, has a family in Ohio, who flew into Arizona and drove home with him. Doris was adopted by a family in Flagstaff.
Surgery for both pups went exceptionally well. It was wonderful for the foster mom to see them learn how to eat like normal puppies, just days after surgery. Rocky gained 7 pounds in two weeks! Doris, when she realized she could eat without discomfort, on her own, picked up her dish and asked for more!
Sometimes it's difficult thinking of the cost to our organization for the specialized surgery to save these animals. The generosity of many donors makes it possible to celebrate the lives and wonderful homes of pups like Doris and Rocky. Thank you and enjoy!
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