When Donna Lochmann got a phone call about a family of pit bulls that needed help, she knew it would be hard to save them. The good Samaritan who found them said that at least three puppies were hiding in an overgrown backyard and that the puppies’ scared mother was determined to protect them.
As the chief life-saving officer for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, Lochmann had years of experience and knew that she had to plan how to save the dog. When she got there, she could see that some puppies were hiding in plain sight, but she knew she couldn’t save them until she got to them first.
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“I thought, ‘Well, I’m just gonna try to get mom first because if she’s barking at me, I don’t know what her reaction is gonna be when I start picking up her puppies,’” Lochmann told The Dodo.
Lochmann could tell that the mother dog was hungry, so she opened a can of Vienna sausages and drew the guard dog to her car with them. The dog, which Lochmann named Donutfest, was put in the car within minutes.
“Once Donutfest was safe, I started working on finding the puppies,” Lochmann said.
The first puppy Lochmann saw was all by herself, huddled up against a fence. She didn’t run away when Lochmann came up to her, but she did find a way to say how she felt about being picked up.
“She absolutely started screaming,” Lochmann said. “I can’t believe nobody in the neighborhood came out to see what was going on.”
Lochmann put the puppy and her mother back in the car and then went to look for the other dogs. After a quick look around the yard, Lochmann saw two puppies hiding in the weeds and a third curled up on an old couch.
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The puppies knew where they were, so at first they did everything they could to stay away from Lochmann. Two of them ran deeper into the tall weeds, making it hard for Lochmann to catch them.
But instead of chasing them, Lochmann decided to lure them to her, just like she did with their mother. The person who saved the puppies opened a new can of puppy food, which made the puppies run right into her arms.
Donutfest and three of her four puppies were already in the car, so Lochmann only had to save the last puppy. The last dog jumped off the couch where he had been curled up and ran away from the person who had saved him.
Lucky for Lochmann, the puppy wasn’t running too fast, so he was able to pick him up gently before he got too far away.
“It took me a while to get the last three puppies,” Lochmann said. “But once I got them all in the car, I was so happy.”
The puppies were saved, and they passed their vet checks with flying colours. They went to a foster home almost right away. When Stray Rescue of St. Louis posted a picture of all four puppies together on Facebook, they all got a lot of requests to adopt them.
“I think most of them are already spoken for as far as finding their forever homes,” Lochmann said. “But Mama is still with us.”
Donutfest’s puppies have all gotten a lot of love and attention online, but she is still looking for her own forever home. The dog that used to be sad is now a happy-go-lucky puppy with a smile on her face all the time.
“She’s completely just a happy, smiley, bouncy girl now who loves her caregivers and going on walks,” Lochmann said. “We would love for her to be in a home and finally get adopted.”
The people who work at Stray Rescue of St. Louis hope that Donutfest will soon find a loving forever home. Until then, they are spending as much time as possible with the young dog and giving her all the love and care she has missed.
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