do it do it do it...........
They need you El. Heck, put them a box in your bedroom with a stuffed animal or make a pallet and sleep by them. They need to bond with a human and know that it's ok. I slept wiht Molly for two week after I adopted her. I tucked her in beside me and we slept on a pallet on the floor in the living room. I wanted her to bond with a human...me. Husband thought I was a nut but a few times he was there too. Molly has a been a wonderful dog to us. We love her and she has the sweetest nature.
Molly had lived at the pound her whole life when I got her. She went in at approx 4 months and poor girl at nearly two yrs old she had never seen a tv, a ceiling fan or anything. She was so submissive to humans and so unsure of things and nobody wanted her. She was in a shelter that kills after 6 months and she was even adopted once and the lady never came to get her.. So she started her next 6 months as a new dog in the kill system. When it came down to put her down again she came real close to dying. She was on the table and the vet turned around to euthenize her and she looked at him and he KNEW she was a good dog and he put the needle down and put her back in her cage to give her one last chance. She was there approx 4 more months and then I got a job to work part time at the shelter and empted litter boxes for 4 hrs crying over all the dogs and cats waiting execution. I saw them bring one in, a beautiful cow dog and she was crying at the gate wanting her owner who dumped her at the gate knowing she probaby wouldn't be adopted. It broke my heart and I quit my job that evening and told them I could not do this that it was too painful and to keep my paycheck. I could not accept the money....... which is a cop out. I respect all you people who devote your time and your effort working under such difficult circumstances. But I saw Molly that day. She had reached the point of giving up. While the other dogs ran to the front of the cages, she just stood back and watched and never came forward to be petted. Her hips are a little crooked from spending over a year laying on concrete.
I came back the next day and put her in the dog yard with me and fed her crackers and cheese and ham and she was standoffish but she ate them gently from my hand. She would eat and dart away and would not come when I called her unless food was in my hand. She is a big girl and they only fed the dogs, one cup of food a day. They were all skinny animals. And I thought I MIGHT adopt her but she seemed to have a strange personality. But I went back and she jumped and ran to the front of the cage to greet me because I had shown her real affection the day before. I am a cryer and I burst into tears, paid the money and took her home that day and I have never regretted it......
After I had had Molly for a year, I went back and picked out my labmix Emma so she would have a friend. Emma had been there longer than any other dog at the shelter and was due to die soon as well. She was ONE THE LIST. She had been there 9 months. She was black and no one wanted black dogs so she was a lost cause too. She looked kinda mean but she is so sweet and absolutley devoted to me. I had to socialize her. I took her on every store trip, had people pet her and got her to believing people were just ok folks. Now she is an absolute guard dog and she does not growl at anyone. She watches my emotions to see how to react. But she lets me know if someone is outside. I adopted her when my husband worked in Virginia. It was a good 4-6 months before he met her. All this time she had slept on his side of the bed with Molly on the floor on a pallet beside me. Emma did not like husband at first. He was in her bed. So she struggled to get between us pushing her feet again him. In the mornings he would wake early and she would get up too but she would not go toward him even he offered her food. It took a while. She sat by my bed till I woke up. She would not even get out of the car for him unless I told her it was ok. She is my dog but she loves him now. But it took her several months.
I know this is not the dog area, but this is Molly and Emma. And I got way off track of this but I can't sleep.
Molly weighed 50 when I got her. She was real skinny. She weight a whopping 90 now and is not overweight. She is just right. Vet thought she was a beagle puppy but she is actully part St bernard... hehe Big big beagle....... But look in her eyes. She is a kind dog and very intelligent. She would never hurt anything. She does nothing wrong. She is sitting in her crate here which will also be JJ's recovery room, but it is Molly's den. It used to Emma when I first got her because I wasn't sure how she would do with the cats so if I had to leave her, I crated her. All three of my dogs have slept together in this crate it is so big... Snuggling.
Emma weight 45 lbs when I got her. she weighs 75-80 now and is extremely stocky. Vet said she is lab/shar pei mix. She is a bundle of energy and loves us so much. She carries thing to me all the time. Remotes, cat toys, check books, small pieces of paper. She loves to carry stuff and bring it to me.
These little kitties need you Eileen....... they do..... A month goes by before you know it.. It's just one time. And 5 babies will be fun to have around.
I say get them a box and put them beside your bed for the FIRST weekor TWO and lay your hand down in the box with them.. Just dont' fall in love with them. It will help them and make a difference in their lives. Your babies might love a little fresh meat in the house.. It's not for that long girlfriend........ And you love baby kittens. You might be the very thing they need since you are so loving and caring.
p.s. If I was wrong in posting this, I apologise webmaster, but I just took a sleeping pill to try and rest and still can't and I got a little carried away here. I hope it was ok. Got a lot on my mind and mostly needy animals tonight.