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Rescue Elsie, the Blue Tick Hound Dog and her 11 Puppies

Updated on April 16, 2013
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Pets of all kinds have shared Yvonne's life. They seem to find her when they are in need and she helps them find their forever home.

Adopt Them from Natchitoches Hope for Paws

Elsie's story is a wake up call for spaying and neutering of pets. When she was found she was very malnourished and pregnant (for at least the second time). What a horrible life this gentle, sweet and handsome dog had before she was found by a good samaritan, who called the Natchitoches Hope for Paws.Elsie, the Blue Tick Hound, had eleven adorable puppies and the resources of this small animal shelter were and are still stretched to the limit.

Although Elsie, the friendly, mild tempered mother Blue Tick Hound and the eleven puppies have been adopted, there are many other beautiful puppies and dogs at Natchitoches Hope for Paws (NHP) that need to find their forever homes.

Many Pups are Ready for Their Forever Homes! - Pups at One Month Old

Elsie's Pups at 1 Month
Elsie's Pups at 1 Month

Contact NHP to Adopt Cute Puppies Like These Little Darlings. Elsie and the pups have found their forever homes. NHP still has many more pups who need a human to love.

Many were rescued from animal hoarding situations in Natchitoches Parish, near Black Lake and some were just abandoned, like sweet Elsie.

Visit Natchitoches Hope for Paws Facebook Page to see pictures of each of the eleven puppies. They are eating food by themselves and have developed sharp little teeth. "Ouch!", says Elsie. The little tykes are also running around and playing with toys and each other.

A Society is Judged by How It Treats Its Animals.

Food Pregnant Malnourished Mom Dogs Need

This is the kind of good nutrition that Elsie will need for the next few weeks as she nurses her eleven puppies. Anything you buy from this lens page will help Natchitoches Hope for Paws provide for the twelve featured here, and the other rescued animals.

How Elsie & the Pups Were Saved

Elsie, the gentle and sweet female Blue Tick Hound dog showed up at a home in the small community of Fairview Alpha, Louisiana. Poor Elsie was very pregnant and malnourished. Natchitoches Hope for Paws took her in and began to help her recover. They knew that she was close to delivery, but they hoped that there was time for her to put on some weight before the puppies were born.

The angels at NHP called her Elsie, because with her very pregnant shape and her coloring she looked a lot like Elsie, the Borden cow.

Who Is the Natchitoches Hope for Paws?

Natchitoches Hope for Paws is a 501C3 Rescue Organization. We rescue, rehabilitate, foster and adopt.

Our Mission

We are a foster and adoption organization for the homeless, abandoned and neglected dogs within the Natchitoches community. We work together in finding them caring paw print at a time.

Reference: Natchitoches Hope for Pets Mission

Elsie with her 11 puppies

Elsie with her 11 puppies
Elsie with her 11 puppies

11 Puppies Were Born

Less than 2 weeks after taking Elsie in, she gave birth to 11 puppies. Though she did gain some weight prior to the delivery, nursing so many puppies is draining her energy. She needs special, high calorie puppy food, and lots of it, so that she can keep up her strength until the puppies are weaned.

Cute Little Puppies

Elsie's Puppies 3 days old
Elsie's Puppies 3 days old

The puppies are chocolate brown and some have white toes and white noses. They appear to be healthy, but because of the great number of them and the small number of staff members and volunteers, the shelter will have it's resources and manpower drastically stretched.

Both Elsie and the 11 pups will need to be vaccinated and spayed/neutered before they can be adopted. Persons who adopt animals (like the 11 puppies) that are too young to be spayed or neutered, will be required to sign a document, pledging to have the surgery done when they are old enough.

The Best Way to Help Homeless Animals is to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Rescuing Animals is Costly

Elsie Waiting to Give Birth
Elsie Waiting to Give Birth

The average cost (for vaccinations, worming, spaying/neutering, etc) per rescued dog is over $100.00. That doesn't count food.

If you'd like to give a donation it would be greatly appreciated. You can do so at Natchitoches Hope for Paws Donations and they accept PayPal and major credit cards.

Needed Supplies

If you live in the Natchitoches, Louisiana area and would like to donate supplies, here is a list of items that would really help Elsie, her puppies and the other rescued dogs get on their feet.

  • High quality puppy food, like Purina One, Iams, or Science Diet
  • Pedigree canned dog food
  • Paper towels
  • Old Towels for bathing
  • Gift cards to Walmart or Tractor Supply Store

5 Days Old

5 Days Old
5 Days Old

Contacting Natchitoches Hope for Paws

If you'd like to contact the Natchitoches Hope for Paws Organization to find out more about adopting or fostering a homeless animal or if you'd just like to volunteer, you can contact them at:

Natchitoches Hope for Paws

PO Box 2552

Natchitoches, LA 71457

Or visit their website contact page.

Keep Up with Elsie and Her Pups on Facebook

We will be posting more pictures of the pups as they grow and develop, but you can also follow their progress on our Natchitoches Hope for Paws Facebook Page.

Photos of Elsie and Her 11 Puppies

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Elsie nurses the 11 pupsLove the sunThis one looks like ElsieA quick snack before the others wake upAhhh nap time. So comfyWho is that? Is there food?
Elsie nurses the 11 pups
Elsie nurses the 11 pups
Love the sun
Love the sun
This one looks like Elsie
This one looks like Elsie
A quick snack before the others wake up
A quick snack before the others wake up
Ahhh nap time. So comfy
Ahhh nap time. So comfy
Who is that? Is there food?
Who is that? Is there food?


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    • thegrowlinggour profile image


      7 years ago

      Great Lens & Mama Dog!

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      7 years ago

      that is so awesome!!!! I have been dying for the company of an animal and being a "dog person," have been been keeping up with the classifieds for free animals or rescued dogs that just needed a good home and lots of love. But I live on disability and I could not afford to purchase one and all of the supplies and food necessary.

      Then, my birthday rolls around and no gifts!!! BUT, around 11:30 p.m., a neighbor stopped by with his own dog as well as a verrrrrrry hungry, practically starving black lab/ Blue Tick Hound, and jokingly said "happy birthday, you have to take him, he is so sweet, etc.,

      "Haaa", I thought, the joke is on me, I NEVER get my wishes... I reluctantly brought him inside the house tested him, He knew ALL of the tricks and commands.. well, needless to say, his name is Buddy. Buddy is a wonderful animal. He is very, very tall and I just can't imagine that he isn't Blue-tick / Black Lab.

      I have never owned a dog his size before, but he is about 60 to 70 lbs and I am estimating he is about 1.3 to 2 years old. He was severely dehydrated and starved when I found him., As such, Buddy got about 3/4 a cup of food at least 3 times a day and several treats - and of course LOTS of water.

      I like to feed my dog IAMS or Hill Brand - simply because of the lack of 'fillers' and God knows what else they probably add to the mix.

      I had Buddy on a terrific Science Diet mix but then I ran out of the "good stuff" and ended up having to buy a quick no-name brand. Buddy became so very sick I felt horrible (i suffer from Crohn's Disease) and I was at my wits end. So I hit the internet.

      All of the vets and sites suggested feeding him steamed rice in small amounts numerous times throughout the day so that his system could "rest." I have been doing just that for 2 days now and he is a different dog now.

      FINALLY - with all that background., does anyone have any suggestion of which brand of food (GOOD food) and what type of mix I should give my Buddy? He is highly active outside and nice and relaxed inside. Also, I am still training him to do, or not to do, certain things., and when he does one of his many tricks, I like to give him a treat, does anyone have a suggestion of what kind of treats I should get for him?

      Thank you so much for hearing out a "novice" owner...

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Spaying and neutering pets is indeed one of the most important things that a pet owner can do for their cat or dog. That and provide them with a whole lot of love of course. It is so nice to see that Elsie found care and aide from the wonderful Natchitoches Hope for Paws society. Organizations like this are so very necessary.

    • SianaL profile image


      7 years ago

      We rescued a dog in the same situation as Elsie!

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      Gayle B Olson 

      7 years ago from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

      High Five (or Paw Five) I love hearing stories about a new life for animals!

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      @anonymous: Thanks bunches for the blessing. I just saw it. I've been busy with tree limbs on the roof for the last few days.

    • aksem profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for such touching lens

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      7 years ago

      Years ago, I worked at an animal shelter in KY. It was hard to see this kind of stuff going on then, and it's sad that it's still happening. How in the world can we reach people with the message to spay and neuter their pets! I hope Elsie and her pups all find happy homes with people who care enough about them to spay and neuter!

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      7 years ago

      A very nice lens, i like it :)

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      Elsie, you are a great mom! NHfP, you are lifesavers! Great lens!!!

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      7 years ago

      Elsie and her pups are absolutely adorable! Thank you Natchitoches Hope for Paws! Congratulations on making Squidoo's 50 Dogs We Love list!

      Blessed by a puppy luvin Squidoo Angel

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      7 years ago

      Gorgeous mom and pups. I hope they find great homes.

    • DuaneJ profile image


      7 years ago

      She's adorable!

    • naturegirl7s profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      @flycatcherrr: Thank you for the blessing. The "twelve" need all the help they can get to find their forever homes.

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      7 years ago

      What a sweet face and beautiful colouring. And what a smart idea, to use a kiddy wading pool for an emergency whelping pen! *blessed*


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