The vet could not believe what she was looking at. The ultrasound must have made an error of some sort. She counted the white outlines again, but this did not change anything. She was in utter amazement when she realized what the white outlines meant. The owners had to know right away and decide what to do next.
Time To Choose One
Chris and Mariesa wanted to expand their family, which was why they went to the shelter. They only wanted one, but they had a hard time deciding which of these dogs to bring home. They all wanted a nice place for themselves, but a single look was all it took for Mariesa to figure it out.
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
The dog charmed them right away when she came to them and licked their hands. The very pregnant pit bull was clearly in need of a place to have her puppies, which she communicated well to Mariesa. She knew what she had to do, but eventually wondered if it was the right thing to do. Why do think that is?
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
There was no way they could have foretold the sad life that this pit bull was living. Mariesa was overwhelmed after learning of the story of this pregnant pit bull, who was known as Storie. She once lived with a backyard breeder. However, they let her go after realizing it would be hard and expensive.
A Loving Home
Mariesa and Chris were good people who knew that taking care of this dog and providing her some love would be the right thing to do. However, there was more to the story than they thought. What did the vet say?
Fans Of Pit Bulls
Mariesa and Chris love pit bulls! Can you guess how many they have rescued already? At the time of writing, they had ten happy fur children already. This photo shows eight of their ten pets. Adorable!
Despite their efforts, they came to a decision that there was more they could do for the dogs. Their love for this breed made them go to the animal shelter one more time. However, this experience was not like the rest.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
The couple had one thing in common: their love of animals. In one interview, Mariesa even explained how some of her former relationships fell apart since many men did not understand her love of dogs!
Chris Was Different
Fortunately, her dating life turned around when she met Chris. He was a dog lover himself, which has only made their relationship even stronger. Below is an adorable photo of the couple and their fur children!
Friendly Faces In These Places
Unfortunately, most rescue centers and animal shelters out there do not have enough resources. They might want to help as much as possible, but it is simply not feasible. When Chris and Mariesa went to the Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they noticed that there was a lot of pit bulls around.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
We all know that pit bulls have a bad reputation, but do not be fooled. There is no truth in this. They have a huge head and a muscular stature, but they are not aggressive. Despite this, many states have laws to forbid owning these dogs.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Chris and Mariesa knew all this and decided to adopt as much pit bulls as they could. Their fur children never showed any violence. That is why they decided to do even more for the lovable dog breed.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Pit bulls are thought of as the most dangerous dogs, but this is actually all conjecture. As a matter of fact, they can be as affectionate and loyal as any other dog! All you need is to treat them well.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
Chris and Mariesa then heard that Storie should have delivered the babies already. The staff didn’t know why it hasn’t happened already. Something was wrong, clearly. Their decision could save her life and her puppies!
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
Time was almost out. It was important for Storie to receive assistance ASAP. Mariesa and Chris talked more about it, but they reached a decision after Storie put her head on Mariesa’s knee and looked with her pleading eyes.
Big Dog Family
Mariesa decided then that the pregnant pit bull was coming home with her. Nonetheless, she did not know if this was a good decision. They already had a big family. Could they add a lot more puppies to it?
The Perfect Solution
They knew that keeping Storie and the puppies would nearly double their family, but Mariesa wanted to take Storie out of the shelter ASAP. Fortunately, Chris came up with a great solution to the problem.
Chris made the suggestion that they could foster her and the puppies as animal rescue sought families for the dogs. This was a brilliant solution, although they still had no idea what was up with the Storie.
Looking For Answers Online
It was the first time they had a problem such as this one. They did not know what could have been stopping the pregnant dog from birthing her pups. Chris and Mariesa went online to find out why.
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
Generally, we humans underestimate how intelligent many animals are. Chris and Mariesa looked up answers to their questions online and saw different results. However, one specific article they found perfectly described the circumstances they were in.
The research claimed that animals normally experience stress and trauma when they are inside rescue shelters. It goes without saying that pregnant dogs have a higher risk. While shelters were built to help animals, sometimes the opposite happens.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
Chris and Mariesa kept researching about the matter some more. They learned that Storie could not just lose the puppies, but also die in the process! Pregnant dogs in traumatic situations often refuse to deliver if the environment is dangerous.
What The Ultrasound Showed
The vet started to use the ultrasound on Storie, but the results were simply unbelievable. She was in utter disbelief at the results it revealed. Surely, there must have been a mistake that led to this.
Something Isn’t Right
The vet stared long and hard at it, but the shapes remained there without changing. It meant this was true… Those white outlines delivered groundbreaking things for everyone. Immediately, Mariesa felt the change in the air.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet started to explain to the couple what she found in Storie’s womb. They initially thought there were six puppies, but this was not what the ultrasound showed. Can you guess what happened next?
A Development No One Expected
The vet didn’t expect this new bit of information. She recounted the number of puppies, but the number stayed the same. Finally, there was nothing to do but tell them that they were expecting twelve pups!
Chris and Mariesa were taken by surprise after hearing the news. It was too much for them, and they didn’t know how it would affect the birth. Were she and the puppies going to make it alive?
Go Home And Wait
Even the vet herself did not know why Storie hadn’t given birth already. It’s a good thing the ultrasound showed the puppies were alive. They were instructed to return if nothing happens in the next 48 hours.
The Parents Are Anxious
Mariesa and Chris felt nervous as they made their way home. Not only could they lose six puppies, but all twelve of them! They were anxious about the next 48 hours. Luckily, Mariesa thought of something.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
Chris and Mariesa read a lot about trauma and stress by that point. They wanted Storie to feel more comfortable, so they fixed up the bedroom with pillows and blankets in the hopes of helping her.
A Dozen Puppies
Not long after this, they retreated to bed and only checked on Storie after waking up in the morning. They hoped she felt better by then, but they had no idea that a surprise was waiting for them!
During The Night
They entered the bedroom and found some delightful news. Storie was in there with all twelve of her puppies! She gave birth to them during the night. Eventually, the couple found out why it took so long.
Waiting For A Little TLC
It is no secret that it must be stressful to give birth in shelters. Storie knew that it was not a good environment for her babies, so she waited until good people like Mariesa and Chris took her in.
A Pack Of Her Own
Storie was only with the couple for less than a day, but she finally achieved the level of comfort she needed to give birth. She was a smart cookie, even though no one knew what she was up to before!
Puppies For Adoption
A few weeks later, the babies opened their eyes at last. The couple loved having the huge litter of puppies around. They dominated the yard and played with each other in ways only pups can.
A Great Dog Mama
Storie did not only give birth like a pro, but she also did an excellent job at taking care of them. Soon after, the adoption requests started coming in. Unfortunately, they couldn’t keep them forever.
Heading For Their New Homes
Can you believe that it only took them 10 weeks before they found people wanting to adopt the puppies? Although the couple loved them, they simply did not have the resources to keep any of them.
10 Weeks Old
The puppies were only ten weeks old when they made their way to their homes. But what was in store for Storie? We are glad the puppies seem to be doing fine, but where was she going to go?
Her Forever Home
As expected, the story made its way to Facebook and became viral. The story was adored by many people and reached a man who wanted to meet Storie herself. He got in touch with the couple about it.
They All Found Homes!
He then decided that he will adopt Storie! This is how the best dog momma found her forever home. On top of this, she was spayed to avoid more stress and big pregnancies in the future.
The Best Dog Mom
Even though she had a lot of puppies, Storie managed to shower them with attention and love. They did not spend that long together, but it was enough to show that she was an excellent dog mother.
If Not For Them
The twelve babies are now doing well in their respective forever homes. Let us hope they are doing fine and get everything they need. Storie set high standards when she took care of them until they were shipped off.
A Crucial Chance
Had Mariesa and Chris not given Storie a chance, there is a good chance the puppies would not be alive right now. We are happy the good Samaritans took a chance on her. Otherwise, things would be very different.
A Happy Note
True enough, the story of Storie ended happily. Unfortunately, more dogs never get a home of their own. We should all help shelters to make it better for the animals. We can help out in many ways.
If you can foster, it is one of the best ways to help out the people working at animal shelters and rescue centers. However, it will also go a long way if you donate or spread the word about these places!