Filled With Worry
They had been so happy when her Cocker Spaniel had given birth to eight adorable puppies. However, three of them had been missing for nearly a week, and she couldn’t help the worry that bubbled up inside her. They had been searching everywhere for days, and there was still no sign of them.
But one day, she saw something surprising. She saw her cat had something in its mouth, and her jaw dropped when she realized it was the puppies. Where was she carrying them to? She had no idea what she was about to find.
Loved By All
The Grants were family to Miss Kitty, and everyone in the neighborhood knew who she was. The neighborhood community loved her very much. Many cared for and fed her like she was their own cat.
The Seneca, South Carolina trailer park was home to the Grants and Miss Kitty. She enjoyed spending her time alone as she wandered around the trailer park. But there was more to Miss Kitty than you would think.
Cats have sharp teeth and claws. Miss Kitty could easily use hers but chose not to despite her feisty personality. She had a fiery nature but was always warm and affectionate to those she knew she could trust.
She seemed to understand what was being said when she was spoken to, and everyone thought she was one of the most intelligent animals they had ever encountered. She had been through some rough patches in her life, and the people who knew about it couldn’t help but admire the remarkable animal.
A Glimpse Of Happiness
Miss Kitty had become a mother a few years ago. When she finally gave birth to her adorable litter of kittens, the Grants and everyone in the trailer park cried tears of joy. They were happy to see how calm Miss Kitty was with her babies and how well she looked after them.
But the moment of joy for Miss Kitty and her family wouldn’t last. The happiness everyone felt was replaced with heartache and grief. The neighborhood all felt Miss Kitty’s pain like it was their own.
Miss Kitty was heartbroken when all seven of her kittens passed away one day. She had been a mother for mere weeks, and it wasn’t just her that was devastated. The Grants mourned for her and her litter just as much as she did.
But as sad as the grants were, along with everyone else in the trailer park, it was nothing compared to Miss Kitty’s feelings.
The Grants worried for their cat. She refused to eat and didn’t go outside as she used to, and when they realized that she spent the entire day indoors and sleeping, they knew she was depressed.
It took her a while to overcome her painful past, but the Grants were glad to see her slowly returning to her old self. They knew she would never forget what had happened to her babies but were grateful to see her feisty character make a slow return.
Introducing Someone New
After what happened to Miss Kitty’s babies, the Grants had the idea to visit their local animal shelter. They fell in love with a black Cocker Spaniel called Smoochie and agreed to adopt her, hoping she would get along well with Miss Kitty. They were relieved that Miss Kitty didn’t put up a fuss.
They didn’t bond immediately but kept the peace by tolerating one another. The Grants were happy to see the two pets had no hassles with one another, but their happiness would be short-lived.
Smoochie became a mother to a litter of puppies that looked just like her! They were adorable with their floppy ears, and straight black hair. The Grants were utterly lost when they looked into their eyes.
However, they could tell rather quickly that Smoochie had no idea how to mother her pups. She would lie down so her puppies could drink milk, but she didn’t look happy about it. And that wasn’t all.
Miss Kitty seemed to sense that Smoochie didn’t make for a good mother and appeared to watch the puppies with resentment. The Grants could tell she was in a bad mood, and they started to grow concerned.
Considering Miss Kitty’s past, they hoped that she wouldn’t return to her gloomy mood from before. They liked that she got along with Smoochie and hoped this wouldn’t end their friendship. But it wasn’t long before their worry bubbled over into full-blown fear.
Time To Search
The Grants woke up one morning and noticed that one of Smoochie’s puppies was missing. They immediately searched the house and outside. When they ventured further into the trailer park, they asked their kind neighbors for any assistance. But there were no signs of the lost puppy.
What made matters worse was that Smoochie seemed oblivious to her missing puppy! She went about her daily routine of laying down to feed the rest of the puppies without a grumpy look on her face. But that wasn’t the end of their worries.
It Kept Happening
The next day, another puppy from the litter was missing. The Grants were clueless about what could be going on. Once again, they searched all around the neighborhood and returned empty-handed.
And once again, they witnessed Smoochie’s eerie indifference. Now they were beginning to get worried. They didn’t want to admit it, but they were starting to think that maybe it was their own mother who was behind all of this.
And The Next Day…
The very next day, the same thing happened: there was one puppy less in the litter. But this time, the Grants’ wife, Missy, saw something through the window that gave her a clue of what had been going on.
Miss Kitty was tiptoeing across the garden carrying one of the puppies in her mouth! “So it was her!” Missy thought. She decided to follow the cat to see what was going on.
She Was Hiding Somewhere
Miss Kitty ventured into the garden of one of the Grants’ neighbors, named Linda Blackwell; then, she got under her home. Missy got on her hand and knees to do the same, and she could see Miss Kitty jumping into an opening.
She didn’t know what to expect, and her heart had been racing with anxiety all the way. But when she peeked inside the opening, she instantly smiled, feeling a strong sense of relief.
Miss Kitty was just staying in that nook with the puppies, playing and taking care of them like she was their mother! She was even feeding them with her own milk, and the puppies seemed glad to accept it.
It was almost like they had found a real mother in Miss Kitty regardless of Smoochie’s lack of nurturing skills. The Grants were happy to see that everything had worked out as well as it possibly could. However, there was still one issue.
Feeding The Puppies
For the puppies to grow healthy, they still had to be fed from their natural mother. Even though she was reluctant to do it, the Grants eventually found a way to make her fulfill that part of her maternal role.
Aside from that, the puppies seemed to enjoy their time with Miss Kitty very much. And from then on, she became their adoptive mother of sorts. But the Grants would have to find a way to help Smoochie’s disposition.
Thinking Of A Solution
The Grants knew that their current situation was unsustainable. Smoochie wasn’t ever going to be the mother that her puppies deserved if they didn’t intervene. They hadn’t ever heard of a dog mother being unmotherly.
They would have to research and figure out what they could do for their dog. But they had no idea what was coming.
After brainstorming for days, the Grants came up with a few possible solutions to their current problem. They thought about taking Smoochie to the vet and getting a consultation about her behavior.
This seemed like a good idea, and if it didn’t work, they could always look at other ideas. They just were unaware of what they’d find at the vet.
Hating The Vet
One issue they ran into with this idea was how much Smoochie hated the vet. She didn’t have reason to go in the last two years, but they could remember how she was. She’d howl and bark as soon as she saw the leash.
The entire trip would also be unpleasant, with her constantly fidgeting in the back seat and trying to climb up on them. But that would be the least of their worries.
Getting Her To The Vet
They had made up their minds even if it would be a hassle. They got out the leash, clipped Smoochie in, and took her to the car. It was a struggle, but they managed to get her in the backseat and got in the car.
The drive would be painful, but it was worth it to figure out what was going on with their dog so that they could help her.
The Vet’s Opinion
After a long and difficult drive, they were in front of the veterinarian with Smoochie. They were keen to hear his expert opinion on what exactly was wrong with her. He examined her thoroughly before giving his opinion.
The Grants thought they were ready for what he was about to say. But his words would send a shiver down their spines.
He Didn’t Know
After listening to what the veterinarian had to say, they were less than satisfied. He threw around a lot of jargon and essentially told them that he didn’t know why she was depressed. He said there were many reasons dogs can feel this way, and that was that.
They left the vet feeling worse than they had before. They had paid good money for that consultation, and yet they had only had more questions.
They drove home with poor Smoochie, feeling defeated that the vet couldn’t help them. They felt sorry for their animal. She had gone through the trauma of the vet with no benefit.
They took Smoochie back inside and let her lie in her dog bed. All the Cocker Spaniel wanted to do after that was sleep. But they needed to figure things out if they wanted the situation to improve.
The puppies were growing up fast, but without the mother they needed, the Grants were worried that they wouldn’t develop properly. They only wanted the best for all of their animals. This included the puppies.
What could they do to help them? They were unaware that they’d find answers in an unlikely place.
An Unlikely Ally
The Grants were looking everywhere for answers to their dog’s predicament. They searched extensively online, looking for any solution they could afford. But after looking for a few days, they came up with nothing.
But then, out of the blue, they got a phone call from a number they didn’t recognize. They answered it reluctantly, but they had no idea what would happen.
Answering The Phone Call
The coupled answered the phone call having no idea what to expect. Maybe it was spam or a prank call? They hated it when telemarketers constantly called the home. But these were no telemarketing calls.
The man on the other side of the phone call told them that he had heard about their struggle. He told them that he could help.
A Stranger’s Help
Why would a stranger offer help? The couple was caught off guard by this sudden and unexpected kindness from a stranger. They had to be cautious. This could have been a trap.
But the offer was too good to refuse. The two needed a way out of their situation. Would this be their salvation or their downfall?
The couple listened to what the stranger had to say. He told them that he overheard their conversation with the veterinarian and thought he could help. He managed to get their number and was now calling them.
They anxiously waited for his advice. But would it really help out their poor pooch?
The man explained what he thought was wrong with their pooch. He told them that she was probably suffering from post-natal depression. It was common for a woman to sometimes get this, but they’d never heard of animals getting it.
They took the man’s advice to heart and decided to swing their efforts in that direction. They just hoped that it would help.
Getting Her The Help She Needed
With the information they needed, they looked up more specialized ways to help their pooch with post-natal depression. They found three ways to combat her depression. They’d make her stick to a routine, give her positive reinforcement, and take her out to exercise a lot more than usual.
They hated forcing Smoochie to do things she didn’t want, but they had to do it. And they couldn’t believe what had happened next.
They couldn’t believe it. After keeping to the strict routine for a week, Smoochie’s mood improved. She started acting like her old self again. But it wasn’t over yet. Would she now care for her puppies?
There was only one way to find out. They reintroduced her to the same puppies she had ignored a month before. Miraculously, she recognized them as her own and started to care for them. It was an amazing start. They just had to keep it up.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.