/1.Following an incredible rescue, two small puppies find solace and newfound security in the warm, affectionate embraces that encircle them, an emotion they had never experienced until that moment.
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/1.Following an incredible rescue, two small puppies find solace and newfound security in the warm, affectionate embraces that encircle them, an emotion they had never experienced until that moment.

It was clear that the owners were not caring for the dogs, and the little family had learned to depend entirely on each other.

“They were living in terrible conditions,” MacMurchy told The Dodo. “It was a good 6 to 8 inches of debris in a makeshift pen, and [the puppies] were completely unsocialized.”

The owners surrendered the 5-month-old puppies, named Peaches and Layla, and their 7-year-old mom, Lady, to the rescuers, who rushed the dogs to the shelter.

While a veterinary checkup found the dogs were relatively healthy, the puppies lacked confidence and had no idea what to do when their mom wasn’t there to show them. It broke MacMurchy’s heart to see Peaches and Layla hug each other for comfort in the shelter.

“We were doing the vaccinations and the wellness check, and Mom finished first,” MacMurchy said. “We were walking her out into our intake area, and the puppies, without mom, because they were so scared.”

Rescued puppies hug each o ther in shelter

The little family is living together at the shelter, where they’re learning what it means to be safe.

“We give them time multiple times a day to just relax and get some TLC in a quiet room with a staff member so they can learn how to trust,” MacMurchy said. “They do much better when their mother is around, so we work with all three together, as well as individually. It’s a slow process, but they are learning how to be confident on their own.”

 

When Peaches and Layla are finally ready for adoption, the pups will hopefully go to a home together. There, they will not only get hugs from each other, but from their loving family, too.

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