All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Calo Young Adults (CYA) is excited to announce the special delivery of eight precious puppies born July 2nd to Princess Leia in beautiful Winchester, VA. There are three males and five females. Colors range from light to dark gold. The puppies are fathered by Aaron of Calo Teens (Jake’s son).
According to Jeanna Osborn, Calo Programs Canine Director, "We carefully selected Princess Leia (not available for adoption) who has a small build and short coat that is caramel golden and an ideal temperament to mother puppies from our beloved Calo Jake lineage."
Aaron, pictured below, was the students’ pick of the litter from Calo canine Cali and Calo canine Jake, March 24th, 2015. What a perfect pick he turned out to be. He is short and stalky with the “classic” head (huge). He is light golden and has his father’s temperament, which is ideal for the work that the Calo canines’ do with the emerging adults. This pairing will help CYA achieve smaller, easier-to-handle golden retrievers rather than the 100+ pounders like Bruno and Lightning that can be seen at conferences or other community events.
Leia had her first puppy at 11:50 am EST. Students offered her a whelping box and private room, however, she was insistent on an earth birth. Jen Morgan, Calo Young Adults Program Director, said, "The most important thing for this first-time mommy was for her to experience CASA (our treatment model) from us. Therefore, we practiced acceptance, safety, commitment and attunement and everything went great."
The delivery occurred in a cool, dry, peaceful spot behind a shrub in the backyard of the Holly House, the all female house at CYA. All Calo Young Adult students were aware and many wanted to help out. Two students volunteered to administer, under supervision, her first and second oxytocin injection. The first six pups were healthy, but number seven was stillborn. No delayed labor/delivery issues with the little guy the students called "Freedom." He just wasn’t strong enough to make it through the birthing process. The students were able to reset quickly as number eight came. Freedom was later laid to rest after a brief ceremony.
After a short water break, it was decided to move the puppies into the whelping room. Leia followed excitedly. As she got snuggled in, the last puppy was delivered.
Once everything was cleaned, this special delivery was over at approximately 3:30 pm. All students came to visit Leia and puppies, taking pictures and exchanging stories from the special day’s events. Visiting hours were over at 7:00 pm so mommy, puppies, students, staff (including canines Bruno & Stella) could relax, decompress and reset. Some even needed to emote; after all, it was a very emotional day.
The students at Calo Young Adults decided to name the puppies with Independence Day themed names. They are submitting names by petition and seek the majority of their community’s support for the name. As petitions are submitted, the puppies are picked by the petitioner(s) to be named that specific name. The students are all excited and very busy getting signatures for their preferred name. All students are aware that just because they petition to name a puppy, that does not give them claim to the puppy. There is a foster/adoption process that all our Calo teens and young adults are offered. If they choose to participate, it could result in the adoption of the canine they connect with during their stay with us.
To learn more about the Calo Canine Program contact Jeanna Osborn at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Calo Young Adults
Calo Young Adults specializes in helping Young Adults overcome the symptoms caused by exposure to adverse childhood experiences and provides the highest level of clinical intervention available in a transitional living environment.