A purebred Basset Hound picked up as a stray in Norborne found a secure home – however temporary – in the nick of time before delivering a litter of seven puppies March 2.
Richmond veterinarian Dale Stewart said it was no secret that the mom, thought to be around 4, was pregnant. She was brought to Stewart’s Town & Country Animal Clinic by Norborne police, who found her wandering around town.
“They don’t have any boarding facilities up there, so they brought her here,” said Stewart. “They can keep her for five days (before looking for a home), but she had her puppies before they were up.”
Despite an ad that appeared in Monday’s Richmond News, no one has attempted to claim the mother dog.
The puppies won’t be ready to adopt for around six weeks, Stewart said. Their mother will also be placed with a good home, soon thereafter.
She and her puppies understandably have become the center of attention at the animal hospital. T.J. Slette, a veterinary assistant, said she and her co-workers had a name picked out for the Basset, who from all appearances is a calm, doting mother.
“We tried to name her Sadie, but she comes to Momma Dog,” Slette said.
“I just call her Momma and she comes,” said kennel assistant Cilla Hedrick.
According to its newspaper ad, the animal hospital is showing the litter and mom to people interested in adding to the family. The clinic is even taking adoption reservations.
The mixed-breed pups will cost $65 for females or $50 for males. The mother will be $100.
All the adoptions will include either spay or neutering, vaccines and deworming.
More information is available at 776-5306.
– David Knopf, Richmond News