Summer gave birth all alone with very little to protect her and the newborns. Now she had to fight for not only her own survival, but that of her pups as well. Suddenly, the new mommy heard noises outside of the bush she was hiding in, and they were getting closer.
Homeless dogs face countless dangers while they’re surviving on the streets, not the least of which is starvation. However, some strays are luckier than others and the local neighbors provide for them. That was the case with a street dog called Summer.
We’ll probably never know how Summer became homeless, but somehow she wound up living rough in Los Angeles. Although she didn’t have a home, the locals were kind to her. Rather than seeing Summer as a pest, they fed her and kept the dog alive.
For a lengthy period, this was life for Summer until one day she fell pregnant. Her human friends kept tabs on the stray until she’d had her puppies. After that, they knew things would be different for Summer. The helpless babies were even more vulnerable.
Fearing for the lives of the canine family, the locals contacted an animal rescue organization called Hope for Paws. The group’s a non-profit charity founded on June 11, 2008, by Eldad Hagar and his wife Audrey. Its mission statement is a simple but important one.
Paws’ Facebook page explains its goal as “Saving the animals most in danger and sharing their rescues through video.” It focuses on rescuing animals that have no one else to turn to in the most desperate situations. Paws also wrote that it “stops abuse through education.”
With this in mind, Paws sent a team out led by Hagar himself to rescue Summer and her pups. “She was on the street for a while,” Hagar told The Dodo on July 19, 2017. “Neighbors fed her and really liked having her around because she was so nice.”
Hagar elaborated on how the locals knew Summer would struggle to support the puppies herself. Within hours of the dog’s birth, though, Paws began searching for the family. They found her hiding under a bush sheltering her newborn and prepared the area for the rescue.
Paws laid a soft comforter down on the ground in front of the bush and approached the concealed Summer. And even after recently giving birth, she was just as sweet-natured as the reports. The rescue team described how Summer seemed to sense their good intentions.
Hagar told The Dodo, “We approached her right away and she was just so nice to us, so gentle.” Not only was Summer welcoming to Paws, she also made no fuss when they neared her puppies. In fact, Hagar reported no issues picking them up.
Fellow team member Loretta Frankonyte was on pupper duty, and she retrieved the babies. She picked one furbaby up at a time, sequentially placing them on the comforter. And when she did, Summer was close by to check on the newborns.
The new mommy even popped her head out to make sure her puppies were in safe hands. When she did, the rescuers gave her lots of fuss and affection. Furthermore, they placed the patented Hope For Paws “Lucky Leash” over her neck.
Due to neighbor reports, Hagar expected six puppies hiding in the shrubbery in addition to Summer herself. But even after they found the last one, the rescue team made sure there were no other concealed puppies. Finding them all lured mommy out of hiding too.
“After the last puppy was pulled, the mom came out of the bushes,” the rescue video’s captions revealed. Once Hagar used one of the pups to entice Summer out completely, the rescue was a success. The canine family was subsequently taken to an animal hospital.
After Paws took the dogs to safety, rescuers gave them all names seemingly based on a hot-weather theme. They’re called Sunny, Tanner, Sandy, Shelly, Diver and Surfer (and Summer herself, of course). Then it was just a matter of making sure they were healthy.
Paws reported no major health problems aside from a small issue Summer picked up from the streets. Namely, dirt covered her, and she needed a good bath! The dogs all got some warm food in their bellies, then spent a safe night with Paws.
Since Summer and her puppies didn’t need further attention, they were sent to a foster home to await adoption. While vets deduced that Summer is just a young mommy, her breed is unclear. Initially, Paws thought that she was at least partly Berger Picard.
Berger Picard are a rare French breed made popular by the film and novel, Because of Winn-Dixie. And if that proved true, Summer would be one of the most unusual breeds that Paws has found. However, there was some internet contention on that front.
The subject actually caused some heated arguments online, but ultimately such things don’t concern Paws. Hagar aimed a level response at critics, saying Summer’s origins were unimportant. “The bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter what breed she is,” Hagar told The Dodo.
Hagar continued, “This dog lived on the streets for a long time, was fed by the community. And we were there to save her and her babies.” Summer and her puppies are no longer available for adoption, so presumably they’re now in forever homes. No doubt they’re melting the hearts of their lucky new humans!