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.
Once a family has as many dogs as Chris and Mariesa, they need to think more about where everyone will sleep! Seeing as their dogs love sleeping in bed with them, there was simply no room for everyone, so the couple found a solution. They bought a bed and added on to it! Dubbed their ‘megabed’, the huge bed is 14 feet long and 7 feet wide. Speaking to TODAY, Chris said, “At nighttime, all of the dogs want to sleep on the bed and sometimes it becomes too cluttered, and we end up being pushed off of the bed or sleeping on the couch. So we built the megabed.”
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 in 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.
While discussing a bunch of different options, Chris and Mariesa felt like nothing they thought of could be the right answer. They need a practical solution that would work best for everyone involved. Thankfully, Chris was able to come up with an excellent solution for their problem.
While searching the web, Chris and Mariesa were becoming worried about Storie. Surely, there must have been a reason she was refusing to give birth, no? This worry was slowly becoming their main concern.
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.
As it tends to be when looking for medical answers online, what the couple found in their search only scared them more. They read something that made them even more uneasy than they were before they looked into the problem.
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.
Storie must have been feeling as if her puppies were in danger if she’d give birth at the shelter. As is the case with traumatized dogs. Even though she was technically safe, she didn’t feel that way, and it was seriously affecting her and her puppies’ health.
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!
Something Isn’t Right
No matter how long she stared at the screen, the shapes remained the same. Of course, the results didn’t lie. She counted the white outlines on the screen several times just to be sure. Mariesa couldn’t believe her eyes. Twelve puppies!
Frozen In Shock
To clarify, the vet showed Chris and Mariesa all the outlines on the ultrasound. That was when they finally realized what was happening, and the shock took over. They were getting a whole lot more puppies than they bargained for.
The vet joked that Storie had fooled them all. Instead of carrying just six puppies like they initially thought she was, she was carrying double that amount! The three started laughing at how ridiculous that was. However, they still had one problem to face: why hadn’t Storie given birth yet?
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?
When they asked the vet about it, she said the only thing Chris and Mariesa could do at this point was head home and prepare for the birth. They needed to make Storie as comfortable as they possibly could to try and help her giving birth.
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.
A Brilliant Idea
While driving home from the vet, Mariesa figured exactly what she and Chris needed to do when they got home. They wanted to make Storie feel as safe as they could in order for her to finally give birth.
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.
Giving Her Space
Since they had already read about Storie’s situation online, they knew what they needed to do. Seeing as Storie was traumatized and stressed, Chris and Mariesa had to help her relax and feel safe in their home.
Setting aside a nice area in one bedroom, she and Chris set everything up for Storie. They tried making it as cozy as possible, to make it feel like her home. They brought her in to settle in for the night.
After having gone to bed, Chris and Mariesa decided to let Storie rest for the night and check on her in the morning. It was a quiet night, so they thought nothing of it when they got up to go check on her in the morning.
As they headed to Storie’s room, Chris and Mariesa heard some very strange noises. So, they ran the rest of the way and pushed the door open. As they walked in, they couldn’t believe what they were looking at.
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.
Storie looked so relaxed and happy, Chris and Mariesa couldn’t help but feel relieved that everything was okay. Setting up a room for her was obviously just what she needed to give birth safely. They tiptoed toward the puppies to make sure they were all fine.
Less Than A Day
Storie must have somehow known that someone good was about to drop by the shelter for her. Once she made it to a safer environment, she allowed herself to give birth at last. It only took her less than one day to feel safe with Chris and Mariesa!
It’s needless to say, but it was a complete miracle that Storie was okay, since no one could even figure out why she was so overdue. Yet, here she was, with all twelve of her puppies. All she needed was security and protection and Chris and Mariesa gave her just that.
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!
The End Was Nearing
Storie was great with her puppies, nursing and cleaning them. So, it came as no surprise that they were all in excellent health. Unfortunately, Chris and Mariesa couldn’t keep them all. They knew they had to find all the puppies good homes.
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!
The Mr. Mo Project
To really make a difference, Chris and Mariesa founded a nonprofit that takes care of sick and elderly dogs, The Mr. Mo Project. Unfortunately, it turns out that older dogs face a higher rate of euthanasia, so they need more help in getting saved. Their organization also covers living and medical expenses, while the “fospice” homes care for the pet with love.
On the nonprofit’s Instagram account, Chris uploaded this adorable picture with the caption, “Happy Easter and Passover from our dog house to yours #happyeaster #happypassover #lifeinthedoghouse #mrmoproject #gomrmo #18dogsandcounting #72paws #rescuelife #shelterdogs #rescuesdog #seniordogrescue #adoptdontshop #multidoghousehold #siblinggoals #squadgoals #packlife #easterbunnies #easterpictures #love #proudparents”.
When owning and running a nonprofit, there are other responsibilities involved. One thing that comes with the job is photoshoots. They do this to help raise money and awareness. Professional photos like this one get the most attention. They take pictures of dogs for their site using a professional photographer who just so happens to be a big dog lover as well, what a coincidence!
It’s Play O’Clock
Owning one dog is a whole lot of work, so just imagine what it’s like owning more than 10 dogs! While Chris and Mariesa own a lot of older dogs, you can bet that plenty of playtime goes on in that house every single day.
A Large Yard Makes It Possible
Without an exceptionally big yard, raising so many dogs would be much more of a challenge. The open space with a lot of grass allows the dogs to run around freely and lie in the sun to relax whenever they want.
Even Older Dogs Need Exercise
Even though senior dogs might not need as much exercise as puppies do, they still have to move on a regular basis. While Chris was on the treadmill working out, it seems like Jaxi just wasn’t in the mood to do the same.
Time To Fetch
It must be so exhausting caring for 10 dogs day in and day out! Aside from feeding them and caring for them, they need to be entertained, too. On this particular day, Chris was tired beyond belief, but it looks like Charlie just wanted to play! Fetch is always a good idea, no matter what time it is.