PASCO — The once homeless and hungry Lab mix mother who gave birth to 10 puppies during the holidays now is one proud momma.
And eight of her adorable furballs will be ready to be adopted this week.
The puppies made headlines even before they were born when their homeless and pregnant mother, along with her faithful male terrier companion, found a warm haven on Christmas Eve in the home of Joe and Carmen Rodriguez of Pasco.
Dr. Charles Coleman and his staff at the Pet Medical Center in Pasco stepped in to help the Rodriguez family by taking the mother and her male companion -- who were named Adam and Eve -- and the puppies to the clinic.
Coleman performed an emergency Caesarean section on Eve, whose labor had become life threatening. The surgery produced six more pups. In all, Eve had 10 pups but two died in childbirth.
The five girls and three boys are named Fievel, Fiona, Belle, Chip, Maleficent, Ursula, Anastasia and Sebastian.
At 8 weeks old, Fievel is the biggest bruiser in the bunch at more than 6 pounds; Belle is the most outgoing; Ursula is quite the yapper; Sebastian is the most curious; Anastasia is the sweetest and Fiona is definitely the biggest troublemaker, said Stephanie McKennon, manager of the pet center.
As for Chip, well, he just can't seem to get enough to eat.
"But every one of them are snugglers and will make a wonderful addition to the right family," McKennon added.
The clinic will offer the pups up for adoption this week with two options. The new pet owners can sign up for the clinic's wellness plan, which is $35 a month with a commitment for one year. That cost includes all the shots the puppies will need in their first year of life, as well as spay and neuter procedures.
Proceeds from the clinic's wellness plan go into its Guardian Angel Fund, which helps offset the cost of pet care for low-income families and care for homeless and abandoned animals.
Or, for those who live out of town and can't take advantage of the wellness plan, the straight adoption fee would be $100.
Eve also is available for adoption, and she already has been spayed.
Adam, the terrier mix who was Eve's loyal companion through her homelessness and pregnancy, was at first crushed by Eve's neglect after the puppies were born. But he soon found happiness when he was adopted by a Tri-City family, McKennon said.
"He is adored by his new family, and he's thriving," she said. "And, Eve has been an exceptionally good mother to all these puppies, but we do have to give her a break from them a couple times a day.
"She's full of energy and will need a home with kids who have as much energy as she does. And she's very well behaved."
-- Interested in adopting?
Anyone who would like to apply for ownership of Eve and her puppies can pick up an application at the clinic, 8823 Sandifur Parkway in Pasco.