We rescued Lady, our little Collie cross at 10 weeks old and when she was 3 years old, her puppies were born under our stairs. Five of them!
We sold one to an Agility family and kept the other four, but we also had loads of contact with the one we sold, right till the end. When they were young, it was wonderful and we thought they'd live forever. They all lived till grand old ages, but still......I don't know where the time went!
They've left a hole in my life a mile wide and it can't be repaired, but I feel so very, very privileged to have known them and though it was hard at the end when I lost them....I'd do it all again in a heartbeat! Linda.....my heart goes out to you sweetie!