Puppies, Candy and Cupcake will be available for adoption at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California on Feb. 3. The unlikely siblings were united through the inspirational nurturing of an abandoned poodle named Dream, who, along with her one surviving puppy, Cupcake, welcomed Candy into the family with the type of affection and acceptance usually reserved for those related by DNA. Now both cuddly canines are ready to find their new forever families and Center staff cannot imagine anything sweeter than seeing each puppy begin a love story of their very own.

In early January, Helen Woodward Animal Center reported on the uniquely moving story of Dream who had been rescued from an overcrowded shelter in the high desert near Lancaster, California. Dirty, matted and so underweight no one knew she was pregnant; Dream lost all of her puppies but Cupcake. Only weeks later, Candy arrived from another transfer partner in Kingman, Arizona. The smallest in her litter, she was in desperate trouble. At less than half the weight of her siblings, the tiny baby was being trampled by her brothers and sisters. Unable to get to her mother’s milk, Candy was stunted, weak, dehydrated and covered in bite wounds.

Helen Woodward Animal Center foster staff decided to introduce Candy to Dream and her puppy Cupcake. Proving that dreams do come true, the bond was instantaneous. Dream immediately took to Candy, snuggling her with her own puppy, Cupcake, as though she were the baby she had lost. Sweetly nursing the two puppies and keeping a watchful eye on both babies, Dream’s spirits seemed to lift. The family was at last complete.

Now the love of this unique family will have its ultimate pay-off. Both sweet puppies are playful, healthy, socialized, and ready to begin their new love stories. “We love this little family and how each one has helped the others to heal, grow and become happy, trusting pets who have wonderful futures ahead of them,” said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager LaBeth Thompson. “It does my heart good. The gifts they gave to one another will last a lifetime.”For more information on Dream, Cupcake and Candy, or for inquiries about adoption, please visit www.animalcenter.org or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.