This is what prompted her new owners to suggest removing her from that situation and they generously offered her a new life with them.
Now - this alone is a sweet rescue story, but there is more. What the new owners didn't realize right away, was that Onyx was pregnant. They had no idea who or what the "dad" was so they didn't know what to expect. They nurtured Onyx through her pregnancy and she eventually gave birth to 6 puppies!! But Onyx was just newly rescued, not in the best of health and certainly not emotionally strong. She lost 4 of her pups pretty much right away. The two remaining puppies (black fuzz-balls) still had a battle ahead of them as their mother wasn't doing well feeding them. They had to be bottle fed.
Can you imagine rescuing one dog only to find out you have 2 more and that those two extras need to be bottle fed if they are to survive! I can't. That's a lot of work.
Well thank goodness Onyx's path brought her to such wonderful people. They did all they could and ended up saving those two pups. Now they have three chow mixes! The boys are only about 6 months old at this point, but they too came in to Digger Dog's with their mother for their very first grooming. I won't lie: as a groomer, it was a challenging day having a family of new chow mixes come into our shop for the first time. They were scared, unsure, protective, and the boys clung to their mom like glue! But as I said, Onyx seemed to be in Heaven, and seemed to enjoy a few moments alone without her sons. If Calgon sold dog shampoo, Onyx would have been a great commercial for them! We purposely groomed her first hoping her boys would watch and learn, and be a bit less frightened. She seemed to understand our tactic because she pranced around all proud and pretty when she was done!
First up was Biggins who did his best to behave but couldn't help expressing just how nervous and afraid he really was (but don't tell his little brother that!). He never did sit still long enough for us to grab a snap shot of his gorgeous face, but we snuck this one before he left.
As for Onyx, well that pretty lady really did hit the jackpot didn't she. These stories make our hearts sing!