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Eight tail-waggers celebrate a special first birthday

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Happy birthday to Bubba, Teddy, Sweetie Pie, Kera, Ivy Jane, Woody Basil, Elvis and Vegas; they all turned one Sunday, thanks to a great group of adoptive parents. Paws Place owner, Nancy Janovetz said, "It’s nice to see all the puppies, and what they grew up into." It all started with the puppies' mom, Darcy. More than a year ago, she was found abandoned behind Paws Place, in a plastic storage bin. When volunteers found her, she was nearly nine weeks pregnant. "No food, no water, no blanket, nothing, she was just in there being pregnant, it was horrible," said Janovetz. A week later, the original Octo-Mom gave birth to the eight healthy pups. After rotating feeding schedules among volunteers, Paws managed to place all eight puppies and their mom, Darcy, with families. Kathy Dzubak and her husband adopted two of them. "We have a seven-year-old Golden also, and it wasn't long before they were just part of the family." The Dzubak’s are proud parents of Ivy Jane and Woody Basil. "They have very different personalities, even though they have the same mother,” said Kathy. “Woody is more laid back, we say that Woody worries, because he has a worried face, and Ivy is a little more outgoing and snarly.” All the parents and puppies enjoyed a giant birthday celebration, along with cake for the people and gourmet biscuits for the toddler tail-waggers. Nancy said, "It's a celebration of the life of the puppies, and also bonding the people together." Paws Place could not press charges because they did not have proof that Darcy's original owners were the ones who dumped her outside the rescue center that frigid day last year. But they do warn animal owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats. All the guests were asked to make a donation to Paws Place instead of bringing gifts.

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