The vet was staring in shock at the ultrasound results waiting for her. She tried to count again, but things stayed the same. After realizing this, she had to pause because she did not think this was even possible. Those white outlines indicated only one thing, after all. It was time to talk to the parents as soon as she could.
Time To Choose One
Mariesa and Chris were interested in bringing home another dog, so they dropped by the shelter. They were only looking for a single dog, though it must have been hard to narrow it all down. They were all sweet dogs, but Mariesa found the right one after looking around the place.
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
They found the right dog when she approached them and began to lick their hands. The pregnant dog was able to tell Mariesa exactly how much she and her unborn puppies deserved a proper home. Mariesa knew then and there that she was the one they needed to take home. However, was this the right decision to make?
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
They had no idea that Storie, the pregnant pit bull, boasted of a tale sadder than most. Mariesa wanted to sob for the dog, who had gone through so much already. She used to belong to a backyard breeder, although they took her to the shelter in the middle of the pregnancy. That must have sucked a lot.
A Loving Home
Chris and Mariesa were aware that they were doing the right thing by caring for this dog and her still unborn puppies. However, the tragic tale had more shocking details. The vet told them something shocking.
Fans Of Pit Bulls
Chris and Mariesa have an unusual love for a specific breed of dogs: pit bulls! You would not believe how many they already rescued in the past. They already have ten of these beautiful dogs at home.
Although they already had a lot of pit bulls at home, they wanted to do everything they could for them. This was what propelled them to go to the shelter again. However, this visit was not like the ones they had in the past.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
The lovely individuals are both passionate about animals. This is a great thing, especially since Mariesa once talked about the difficulties of having a partner who did not love animals as much as she did.
Chris Was Different
Luckily, things changed for her when she and Chris started going out. He was a dog lover too, so their relationship did not at all suffer from their love of animals. It is actually quite the opposite for them!
Friendly Faces In These Places
It is tragic that many rescue centers and animal shelters do not get the support and resources they need. Although they want to go further and help all animals, it is simply impossible for them. When Mariesa and Chris dropped by the Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they noticed all the pit bulls there.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
Pit bulls, unfortunately, have the worst reputation when it comes to house pets. Although they have a big head and a muscular body, they are not actually dangerous. Nonetheless, different states made it illegal to have a pit bull for a pet.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Mariesa and Chris were aware of these things, which is the reason they adopted pit bulls. Their babies never acted violence at all. As you can see, they wanted to do more things for these dogs.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Pit bulls might be called the most dangerous dog breed on the planet, but this is not true. In reality, pit bulls can be just as loving and loyal as other dogs. Just make sure you give them love and affection.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
This was when the rescue staff told the couple that it was past time that Storie delivers the puppies. They were not sure why it did not happen already. There was something wrong, that much was clear.
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
Time was of the essence. Storie needed to be cared for then and there. Chris and Mariesa talked a little more but only came to a decision when Storie rested her head on Mariesa’s knee and looked pleadingly.
Big Dog Family
That was how Mariesa decided to bring Storie home with her. However, there were still some thoughts nagging at her. With the puppies, their family was going to become much bigger. Could they handle it?
The Perfect Solution
Storie and her puppies were going to be too much for them, but this did not stop Mariesa from wanting to take her out of the shelter immediately. Chris was the person who thought of a good solution.
Chris was the one to suggest that they take in Storie and the pups while waiting for animal rescue to find them forever homes. This was perfect for them. However, what was happening with the pregnancy?
Looking For Answers Online
They had no idea what was happening because they have not heard of this before. For some reason, Storie was preventing the birth of her puppies. Chris and Mariesa scoured the internet for answers.
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
Lots of humans believe they are far superior to animals, especially when it comes to intelligence. After going online to do some research, Chris and Mariesa found many reasons why this happens. One particular article fit the circumstances perfectly.
The research said that animals experience tons of trauma and stress when they are inside rescue shelters. For pregnant dogs, the risk is even higher. Shelters might have been built to help dogs, although the environment is not the best for them.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
Mariesa and Chris continued their research some more. They found out that Storie could lose her life, and that the puppies could die! Pregnant dogs in such traumatic situations typically refuse to give birth to save their puppies from the dangers of the environment.
What The Ultrasound Showed
The vet used the ultrasound machine on Storie, but she could not believe her eyes when she saw the results. She shook her head, shocked by what she saw. She thought she made some mistake!
Something Isn’t Right
No matter what she did, the shapes did not change nor disappear, so it could only mean it was true. The white outlines meant groundbreaking things for everyone involved. Mariesa could feel that something was wrong. What was it?
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet then launched into an explanation about the unusual thing she discovered in the womb of the pregnant dog. They thought there were six puppies in the womb, but the ultrasound showed them something else.
A Development No One Expected
The vet was surprised by what she discovered. After recounting the puppies, the number stayed the same. At last, it was time to let the parents know that they were about to get twelve puppies!
They were in complete shock after hearing the big news. They had no idea this was going to happen. Moreover, they wanted to know what it was going to mean for the pregnancy. Will Storie be okay?
Go Home And Wait
The vet had no clue why Storie had not given birth already. Despite this, they saw that the puppies were alive thanks to the ultrasounds. The vet said they should return if she didn’t deliver within 48 hours.
The Parents Are Anxious
The couple felt very stressed about the situation they were in. Storie could not only lose her six babies but the whole lot of them! They were nervous about the following 48 hours. Luckily, Mariesa had an idea.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
Mariesa and Chris already read up on the situation, so they knew it was important to give Storie a comfortable environment. In the bedroom, they piled blankets and pillows to make her feel at home.
A Dozen Puppies
Chris and Mariesa finished doing this and headed off to bed. They just checked in on her in the morning. They wanted her to feel better already, but they had no idea there was a surprise in store for them.
During The Night
The couple went into the bedroom and saw Storie with all 12 of her puppies. Apparently, she gave birth to the babies over the night. The couple eventually figured out why she only gave birth at that moment.
Waiting For A Little TLC
It does not take a genius to figure out that it is stressful to deliver in shelters. Storie knew her puppies would be in danger, so she kept waiting until she was taken in by Chris and Mariesa!
A Pack Of Her Own
Storie only had to spend less than a day with Mariesa and Chris before she was comfy enough to give birth to her litter. What an intelligent dog she was, even though no one understood before!
Puppies For Adoption
It took a couple of weeks, but the puppies finally opened their eyes. Mariesa and Chris had such a great time with the babies. They played in the yard a lot, and Storie was always there to watch them.
A Great Dog Mama
Storie took great care of them, but what else do you expect from the best dog momma ever? Unfortunately, the adoption requests came in not long after. It was sad, but it was time to say goodbye.
Heading For Their New Homes
It only took an impressive 10 weeks before they found homes for all of the puppies. Chris and Mariesa might have loved them, but they could not afford to do so. For their sake, it was best to find other homes.
10 Weeks Old
At only ten weeks, the puppies were shipped off to their new homes. However, what was going to happen to their mother? It is nice they are in good hands, but their mother deserved the same fate.
Her Forever Home
It is not at all surprising to hear that the story went viral on Facebook. The inspiring story was well-received by people and reached a man who fell in love with Storie as soon as he heard about it.
They All Found Homes!
He decided he will bring her home with him… Finally, Storie found her forever home just like her puppies. She also got spayed so that she will not have to deal with huge pregnancies in the future.
The Best Dog Mom
Storie might have given birth to a lot of babies, but she still managed to give them the attention and love they needed. They spent a short time together, but it was enough to show her maternal instincts.
If Not For Them
All twelve puppies from Storie’s litters thrive in their respective new homes. They seem to be doing well and receive plenty of love. Let us hope it stays this way for the rest of their lives!
A Crucial Chance
If Mariesa and Chris didn’t take her in, things would have ended very differently. The puppies and Storie herself might not even be here! Luckily, there are still good people like these two out there.
A Happy Note
We are happy that Storie’s story ended positively, although there are numerous dogs who will never be adopted. Let us all do our part and help shelters in whatever way we could. You don’t need to adopt to help.
We recommend fostering animals if you could, but we know that it is not always possible. Another thing you could do would be to spread the word about these centers and shelters or donate money to them. Trust us, it will go a long way!