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Monday, December 22, 2014

A special Christmas gift from Cici

Cici's story is yet another example of how we can do so much more for the animals when we all work together.

Here is Cici's story:

From Karen of RLRR:

"Initially Red Lake Rosie's Rescue/RLRR got a call from a lady in Rice Lake, a community on
the White Earth Reservation that a female dog would need to be taken or would be shot. Our friends Bill, Teresa, and Cassie responded and brought CiCi to the RLRR shelter."

Karen then reached out to Jenny (Leech Lake Legacy, Program Director) about Cici. We suspected she was pregnant so we reached out to our amazing temp foster, Heidi who immediately agreed to take Cici until she had her puppies.

Cici had been with Heidi for a few weeks and on Saturday, 12/20 we got a call from Heidi that Cici had given birth to one puppy ...

and here is the rest of her story in Heidi's words:

"I felt like a kid waiting for Santa to come on Christmas night!  I was filled with excitement waiting for Cici, my first mother, to have her babies.

Cici is just one of the many precious reservation animals who made her way into our teams helping hands and open hearts.  Originally from White Earth reservation Cici ended up with Karen at Red Lake where her future began.  Cici is wonderful, a gentle soul and a sweet spirit.  What a great girl she is, having her around is a treat.

Saturday, December 20th, around 2:00am she woke up and I knew it was time.  Shortly before 8:00am a beautiful baby girl was born.  Her name would be Gabriella, Gabby.  I was overwhelmed with emotion.  It was just magic; that's the first birth I've ever seen!  More then excited I was just in awe.  Well one hour goes by, two hours go by and no more babies.  Long story short with the guidance and advice of Dr Vicki (of Act V Rescue & Rehabilitation), Jean (of Carver Scott Humane Society), and Julie (of Secondhand Hounds) Cici was going to the vet.  An x ray showed an empty uterus.  Cici had a litter of ONE!  Didn't see that one coming!  However, relieved we went home to rest.

Cici is a mother in every sense of the word.  She is caring, watchful, diligent.  She loves that little girl, and I wonder if having just one increases her nurturing or if she is just naturally a great mother.

It is my absolute pleasure to be apart of Cici, and of course Gabby's story. 

From Cici, Gabby, and myself a big thanks to everyone!


Congrats Cici, and welcome Gabby ..... a big thanks to Heidi, an amazing network of animal welfare groups working together to help the animals.

Gabby, you are without a doubt, a special Christmas gift ....

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." ~ R. Satoro

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