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Sweet ‘Dream’ is made of this

HWAC accepts all abandoned animals - no matter their back story!
HWAC accepts all abandoned animals - no matter their back story!
Helen Woodward Animal Center

No pun intended as we envision the love that exudes from Dream, a four-year-old Poodle that was abandoned and preparing to give birth, is showing that unconditional love exists anywhere the heart is open to receiving or giving it. The staff at Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC) is thrilled to be able to be a part of the following sweet love story.

Dream was rescued by an overcrowded shelter in the high desert area near Lancaster, California. She had been abandoned, labeled as a stray, was dirty, matted and so skinny that the shelter workers were completely unaware that she was pregnant.

Shortly after her arrival, the dog gave birth to two tiny puppies on December 2nd, 2013. Sadly enough, one of the puppies was too small to survive. This broke Dream’s heart, but she worked desperately to keep her remaining puppy alive even though she, herself, was exhausted and underweight and fighting for survival. She succeeded but the loss of the one puppy seemed to weigh heavily upon her and justified her sad disposition.

A Helen Woodward transfer partner notified HWAC’s staff about Dream and her new puppy, which had been promptly named Cupcake for his lovingly sweet nature, and brought them to the Center on December 11th, 2013. Dream arrived newly shaved and bathed and protective of her tiny remaining baby and the two were immediately placed with a foster family who could provide them a safe place to heal and grow and learn what it was like to live in a loving home.

Just a few weeks later, another transfer partner, this one from Kingman, Arizona, alerted HWAC about a young puppy in desperate trouble. A mother Aussie Blend dog named Karly was transferred to the Center on January 10th along with her seven puppies. Karly and six of her puppies seemed to be flourishing, but the seventh puppy, a small girl named Candy, was suffering.

Candy was half the weight of her siblings and she was being trampled by her more boisterous brothers and sisters as they fought for their mother’s milk. The tiny puppy struggled to get to the milk which left her weak, stunted, dehydrated, covered in bite wounds and on top of it all, she was suffering from a nasal infection. Center Veterinarian Stephanie Oba took Candy in, fostering her separately with around the clock care to provide the antibiotics and many resources she needed in order to survive. Through it all, the one thing Candy needed most of all was a nurturing canine mother to love her.

The Helen Woodward Animal Center foster staff made the suggestion to introduce Candy to Dream and her puppy Cupcake. The puppies were about the same age and size and Dream would be able to provide the nourishment Candy needed. The question was whether Dream would accept the new puppy or not. Proving that dreams actually do come true, the bond between the three was instantaneous. Dream immediately took to Candy, snuggling her with her own puppy, Cupcake, as though she were the baby she had lost. Dream sweetly nurses the two puppies and is keeping a watchful eye on both babies. Dream’s spirits seemed to lift. Her family was at last complete.

Foster Pam Fleischman stated, “Dream has been an amazingly good mother. She is content to spend most of her time lounging with Cupcake and Candy and attentively caring for them. We’re looking forward to seeing how the puppies’ personalities develop during the next month. They are both angels and immediately became the best of friends.”

Center Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Oba is providing regular checkups and medical care for the entire family who are all reported doing well. Cupcake and Candy should be ready to be altered in the next two to three weeks and will be available for adoption soon after. In the meantime, the cuddly trio is finally living a truly sweet dream as you can see from the two videos you can click on below:

B-roll of Puppies: B-roll of Dream:

For more information on Dream, Cupcake and Candy, or for inquiries about adoption, please contact the Adoptions Department at: 858-756-4117 ext. 1, visit or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe, California if you are in the area.

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