JAMESTOWN — Bulging bellies. Learning new things every day. Growing by leaps and bounds.
This is the story of four orphaned Dachshunds successfully adopted soon after birth by a German Shepherd mother.
About nine weeks ago when four little “Dachsies” lost their mother Cinnamon Saga during their birth owners Chris and Tracy Rolls’ biggest concern was their feeding. In their first hours, the Rolls family of Jamestown hand-fed them by bottle when they were awake.
Tracy Rolls explained the details of how the surrogacy evolved.
The couple — who have owned eight smooth standard Dachshunds decided to breed their “perfect” Jaeger to “beautiful” Cinnamon because it is difficult to find standard Dachshunds.
Jaeger is championed in AKC and Cinnamon was an AKC grand champion. Jaeger and Cinnamon’s first litter was born in 2012. The four pups were thought to be beautiful. However, because they were unable to keep the boys, Jaeger and Cinnamon were bred again.
Cinnamon was due to whelp March 25 of this year. When she did not deliver, a C-section was performed.
Two females weighed in at 11 and 12 ounces, and two males were delivered, but then Cinnamon’s condition declined rapidly. Her condition did stabilized and she was taken to another vet where blood for a transfusion was available. A second surgery was performed, but they lost her.
Tracy posted a desperate plea on Facebook asking for prayers and a way to save the puppies.
Round-the-clock hand feeding wasn’t enough. They were losing weight.
Coincidentally, Emily Lewis learned about the Dachsund’s dilemma at about the same time she was at a vet to whelp her German Shepherd Genie’s single pup. That puppy was lost.
Emily messaged the Rolls, offering Genie as a surrogate to the orphans. The Rolls weren’t certain the surrogacy could work. Genie’s nipples were the size of the puppies’ heads, but the shepherd and dachshunds bonded. They quickly took to each other. Genie was protective of the babies and seemed content when they were nursing.
Emily owns two other UKC and IABCA west German Shepherds.
The Rolls now have the female standards Missy Jane and Hilde — they want — bringing their dachshund family to six.
Cinnamon’s puppies have been checked out by the vet and weigh one and two pounds and the playful picture of health, thanks to Genie.