In late June, a Paradise Valley dog had a litter of nine puppies. Nine is a handful for any mom, so once they were weaned, former Shelter Board Chair Maggie McGuane and her family graciously fostered the litter till they were old enough to be adopted. The pups had a great time romping around, playing together, and growing. They even learned how to navigate stairs, as you can see in their video. During their time in foster care, the pups had a special visitor that would make one of them an internet sensation.
Musician and family friend John Mayer posted an Instagram video singing a song “You Can’t Have the Sunday Sads” to little Benny. McGuane said Mayer made up little songs for each pup to sing them to sleep. His video had thousands of hits and lead to Benny’s adoption. “We’re so blessed to have Sweet Magnolia (formerly ‘Benny’) as a member of our family,” says adopter Linda Donewald. “She has such a sweet personality and is a very loving girl, thanks to the care and love given her by her foster mom, Maggie, and the Stafford Animal Shelter. I flew from Phoenix to Bozeman to adopt Magnolia and would do it all over again.”
Magnolia’s brother Huck is thriving in his new home. Adopter Signe Lahren says of Huck, “We absolutely love him. He is one of the best pups we have ever raised. He is very mindful and loyal and so great with my kids and other pets.” She was curious about his breed and had a DNA panel done that showed her pup’s family tree to have mixed breeds at least three generations back and grandparents with Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever genetic influences.
Their sister was adopted by the Williamson family who say, “Truffle is full of mischief and curiosity, but more importantly she brings us lots of joy and laughter. Our 13 year old dog, Caper, may have a different opinion but is teaching her so much.”
We’re happy to report that all nine puppies have been adopted and their mother spayed. Thanks to everyone who cared for them in their puppyhood and to all who have given them forever homes!