I have an IG 8 years old, Emma, who is in remission from IMHA three years ago. I posted in The Other Place then, but my account apparently went "poof."
In any case--my parents lost their beloved Tessa (15 years old) a little over two months ago, very rapidly, to cancer. A friend of mine just wrote me a few days ago about a rescue situation, so my parents will be getting a puppy--and we just found out within the past hour that we will be picking her up TOMORROW NIGHT (we'd hoped for a few more days).
Here's the scary situation: these puppies are just five weeks old. They must leave the home--and their mother--tomorrow morning. Their mother will remain in the home (both issues are non-negotiable; we've asked and the woman removing them from the home had already tried).
I know that 8 weeks is more usual, and that for IGs in particular, more than that is better. My questions/concerns are: what additional health/mental risks will this puppy have because she will have been taken from her mom (and sisters) so early? What do we need to do differently than we've done for the others we've had in the past (the first was several months old, a direct rescue out of an abusive situation, over thirty years ago; Tessa and Ems were 8 weeks old)? Might there be any long-term problems as a result of such an early adoption? Also, is there an increased risk that Emma might see her as prey rather than a potential cousin, because of how little she is? I have my own house, but I spend a lot of time with my parents, and we're hoping to use Ems to help socialize her (especially until she's old enough to have her shots and be with other puppies).
Thanks for any help. I know that this would have been better handled through an IG rescue group with foster parents, etc. (my dad even suggested to my mom that if the woman would surrender the dam, we could take her and all three puppies and foster them), but the main thing here is to get them out of a potentially dangerous situation (that's part of the longer story).
Wendy (and Emma)
Edited by Wendy, 09 August 2010 - 07:12 PM.