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Two of three puppies that survived being dumped in the King George Landfill last year get together for a family reunion
From left, Clark (now named Dozer), Tony and Selena (now Stella), play shortly after being rescued at the King George Landfill last year.
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Then Maciejewski found a "wet nurse," a pregnant yellow Labrador retriever that nursed the three puppies, with her own when they were born, until they were strong enough to be weaned.
Adcock had read about the puppies' plight in newspaper stories. She was particularly drawn to Selena, the only female, who seemed a little slower than the others.
Adcock lives in Stafford County, works with special-education students and has a disabled daughter. She has seen children exceed the expectations placed on them, and guessed the clumsy puppy might do the same.
She was right. Selena--whom she renamed Stella--shows no signs of slowed development. It took her a little longer to grasp the concept of potty training, her owner said, but she has done fine otherwise.
"She's a sweet dog," Adcock said. "I can't imagine somebody dumping her off."
Catherine Poole and Jonathan Martin adopted Clark. They live in Colonial Beach, work in law enforcement and renamed the dog Dozer.
Last fall, the couple had to put down a family pet, a beagle with a ruptured disk. Poole wasn't sure she was ready for another dog, but the little landfill puppy helped her decide.
The first time the group met, Dozer took the leash of the couple's German shepherd, Kiya, and dragged the considerably larger dog around the parking lot.
"They were best friends automatically," Poole said. "Dozer is so loving and loyal, and he's such a sweet dog."
Maciejewski and the two owners have made another discovery: The puppies dropped at the landfill may have a connection to the father of our country.
The group wasn't sure of the puppies' breed at first because they looked like beagles or even Lab mixes. But as they matured--and their legs kept going and going--the group has become certain that the three are American foxhounds.
That's one of the rarest of America's native breeds, according to the American Kennel Club. George Washington developed the foxhound for hunting because he wanted a long-legged and capable dog, known for its "speed, sense and brains."
The American foxhound is the state animal of Virginia.
Maciejewski had but one wish as she thought about the rare breed of puppies that had been treated like garbage.
"I just wish we had all nine of them," she said. "That would be awesome."
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