Had it not been for the call to animal control in Caldwell County, North Carolina, last December, Pearl and her seven puppies most likely would have died and been buried unnoticed on a breeder’s property. Instead, when officer Tracy McGuirt responded to a report that someone had killed a dog with a pitchfork, she found another dog, emaciated and worm-ridden, lying in the American Kennel Club breeder’s driveway, giving birth. Three of the four puppies who had already been born to the Weimaraner were dead. Pearl and two puppies not yet born were saved only through an emergency delivery and C-section. Then came round-the-clock tube and bottle feedings (Pearl had no access to food and had been eating wood chips; she was not producing milk).