AND they called it puppy love...
These perfect pooches managed to find homes across the West Midlands after their overwhelmed foster mum turned to the Solihull News’ sister paper for help.
Liz Spencer, from Water Orton, was inundated with offers of good homes for the 11 orphaned Staffordshire bull terriers she weaned at the same time as looking after her nine-month-old son, Matthew.
The pups’ story is one of many featured in the Birmingham Mail Charity Trust’s Animal Magic! calendar, which is available now.
The loveable tykes’ mum, Liz’s pet dog Kia, died following a operation as she gave birth to her brood.
Liz’s plea touched the hearts of hundreds of readers and the switchboard at the paper’s Fort Dunlop HQ was deluged with calls.
After vetting scores of offers, Liz waved goodbye to nine of the litter, keeping two pups which she named Aston and Misty.
The others started new lives with loving families in locations including Shard End, Worcester, Tamworth and Coleshill.
The 2010 calendar features cute and cuddly pictures of animals taken at locations across the region.
It is available for £4.99 plus 72p postage and packaging. All proceeds will go to the trust to distribute to voluntary organisations and charity groups across Birmingham.
Trust chairman and Birmingham Mail Editor Steve Dyson, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity for animal lovers to get cute pictures on their walls all year round and at the same time help to raise vital funds for great causes. The calendar offers great value for money at £4.99 and it would be fantastic to see our readers displaying them in their homes.”
To see all the pictures featured in the calendar and to download an order form go to www.birminghammail.net/charitytrust.