Pregnant Pit Bull Won’t Give Birth, Everyone Was Shocked To Learn Why

Published on April 14, 2019
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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.

Pregnant Pit Bull Won't Give Birth, Everyone Was Shocked To Learn Why

Pregnant Pit Bull Won’t Give Birth, Everyone Was Shocked To Learn Why

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.

Time To Choose One

Time To Choose One

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?

Belly Full Of Unborn Pups

Belly Full Of Unborn Pups

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.

Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter

Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter

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.

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A Loving Home

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.

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Fans Of Pit Bulls

Megabed

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.”

Megabed

Megabed

Misunderstood

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.

Fans Of Pit Bulls

Misunderstood

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.

Loving Parents To Many Dogs

Loving Parents To Many Dogs

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!

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Chris Was Different

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.

Friendly Faces In These Places

Friendly Faces In These Places

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.

A Reputation They Did Not Deserve

A Reputation They Did Not Deserve

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.

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Trying To Change The Stigma

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.

Loving and Loyal Creatures

Loving And Loyal Creatures

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.

The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already

The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already

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.

Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom

Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom

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?

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Big Dog Family

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.

The Perfect Solution

The Perfect Solution

An Idea

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.

An Idea

An Idea

Another 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.

Another Problem

Another Problem

Foster Parents

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?

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Foster Parents

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.

Looking For Answers Online

Looking For Answers Online

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.

Relationship Between Trauma And Birth

Relationship Between Trauma And Birth

Terrifying

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.

Terrifying

Terrifying

Stressful Conditions

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.

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Stressful Conditions

Traumatic Experiences

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.

Traumatic Experiences

Traumatic Experiences

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.

Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is

Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is

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!

What The Ultrasound Showed

What The Ultrasound Showed

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?

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Something Isn’t Right

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.

The Shock Of A Lifetime

The Shock Of A Lifetime

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!

A Development No One Expected

A Development No One Expected

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!

Something Isn't Right

Something Isn’t Right

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.

Frozen In Shock

Frozen In Shock

Unexpected

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?

Unexpected

Unexpected

Disbelief

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?

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Disbelief

Preparation

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.

Preparation

Preparation

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.

Go Home And Wait

Go Home And Wait

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.

The Parents Are Anxious

The Parents Are Anxious

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.

A Brilliant Idea

A Brilliant 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.

Giving Her A Space Of Her Own

Giving Her A Space Of Her Own

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.

Giving Her Space

Giving Her Space

Sanctuary

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.

Sanctuary

Sanctuary

Oblivious

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.

Oblivious

Oblivious

Extraordinary

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.

Extraordinary

Extraordinary

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.

A Dozen Puppies

A Dozen Puppies

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.

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During The Night

Tiptoed

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.

Tiptoed

Tiptoed

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!

Less Than A Day

Less Than A Day

Waiting

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

Waiting

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!

Waiting For A Little TLC

Waiting For A Little TLC

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!

A Pack Of Her Own

A Pack Of Her Own

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.

The End Was Nearing

The End Was Nearing

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.

Puppies For Adoption

Puppies For Adoption

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.

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A Great Dog Mama

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.

Heading For Their New Homes

Heading For Their New 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.

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10 Weeks Old

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.

Her Forever Home

Her Forever Home

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.

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They All Found Homes!

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.

The Best Dog Mom

The Best Dog Mom

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!

If Not For Them

If Not For Them

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.

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A Crucial Chance

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.

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A Happy Note

Helping Out

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!

Helping Out

Helping Out

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.

The Mr. Mo Project

The Mr. Mo Project

Happy Holidays!

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”.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Photoshoots

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!

Photoshoots

Photoshoots

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.

It's Play O'Clock

It’s Play O’Clock

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.

A Large Yard Makes It Possible

A Large Yard Makes It Possible

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.

Even Older Dogs Need Exercise

Even Older Dogs Need Exercise

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.

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Time To Fetch

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