W ell, hello! I’m new around here…like, REALLY new! My brothers and sisters and I were just born in the middle of March and WOW…this is fun! Our momma is fuzzy and warm, the blankets are soft and clean, the human folks are so very gentle, and the milk bar is always open. At first, we slept and ate and slept and ate…lately, we have added crawling and squealing and wiggling and wagging to our day. They call us the Spice Litter; my name is Chili because I am a little firecracker! Our momma’s name is Darby. She is a Saint Francis Service Dog in training, and she is very smart. We are her first babies. Momma lives in Williamsburg with VERY nice people but when it was almost time for me and the other Spices to arrive, she came to Roanoke to stay with MORE nice people. They stayed up all night to help us be born and they made sure we were healthy and they made sure we got enough to eat and they made sure we were warm and they helped Momma take care of us (because five puppies take a lot of caring!). Now that we are a little bigger, we can play outside sometimes if the weather is nice, and we have toys to squeak and balls to roll and boxes to clamber over. Like most brothers and sisters, we sometimes squabble but we are all best friends. And even though we are VERY young…we are all hoping to grow up to be service dogs like our Momma. The games we play and the toys we share and the love we get are all helping us get to that dream (at least, that’s what the nice people say!). I hope that you will join us on our journey. Now I need another nap… Editor’s Note: Saint Francis Service Dogs would like to give our heartfelt thanks to Carol Downey (Darby’s foster mom), Amy Frazier and her entire family (the Spice Litter’s whelpers and first caregivers), and Kathy Marr (SFSD Partner Program Manager and the coordinator of Darby’s motherhood experience) for all of their time, energy and love.
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