Andi’s favored toy in the world is a little pink pig that squeaks like a newborn pup. The 4-year-old rescue would do anything for her pig– including try to feed it.
” Andi found the pig in the toy bin and immediately started crying and squeaking it in her mouth,” Jennifer Tripucka, Andi’s mother, informed The Dodo. “Then she would bring it around the house, circling and crying and protecting it.”
Tripucka really did not understand why her saved shih tzu– who was when used to breed– needed to care for and secure her little toy pig. But 4 days after getting spayed, a vet verified that Andi was experiencing a “phantom pregnancy,” which can happen to female dogs after the surgical treatment.
Tripucka knew something was wrong when the normally agreeable Andi snapped at her siblings every time they came near her prized pig. Andi wanted the baby all to herself.
” She also attempts to nurse [the pig],” Tripucka claimed. “Sometimes she ignores it, leaves the location where it is, and circles looking for it and crying. Then she locates it and moves on to a new spot to nest in. It’s the perfect size– like her pups may be.”
Andi is Tripucka’s second rescue from Wise Animal Rescue, along with big brother, Finn. The wonderful pup likewise has a senior dog brother, Pierre, who is sick with cancer.
” She’s generally a therapy dog to the other two pups, which has been so heartwarming,” Tripucka claimed. “She’s also a treatment dog to us, as we go through this difficult time with our older dog.”
Clearly, Andi’s heart is big enough for her moms and dads, brother or sisters and her toy pig “baby.”.
” This little girl came into our lives very unexpectedly at a time where I really required an additional sweet spirit to add to our pack,” Tripucka said. “She is just the gentlest, most loving and remarkable puppy you could ever picture. I really could not imagine life without her.”.