Family is what you make of it. A rescue dog at Ruff Start Rescue in Minnesota has once again taught us this valuable lesson.
According to the NBC affiliate KARE 11, a female dog named Poppy died suddenly after giving birth to a litter of ten puppies. âWe started to frantically think about our next move with babies,â said Lexi Johnson, Poppy’s foster parent.
âAnother volunteer was there until 11:30 pm that evening to help bottle-feed. And throughout the evening, my husband and I were up every three hours to get food in our stomachsâ¦ and it took over an hour and a half each time.
Once the Johnsons learned that another rescue dog, Pepper, had just lost all of her litter, they decided to be her foster parents. “When she got to our house we took her to the puppy room and she immediately sat down next to the litter box,” Johnson explained.
“I started placing puppies around her and she lay down and the puppies instinctively hobbled towards her and started nursing.”
“She was nothing less than an incredible miracle”
In a Facebook post, Johnson uploaded photos of Pepper with her adopted offspring.
“Babies all thrived with their humans, but the best place for them is with a mom who can not only give them good milk, but teach them things about dogs, behaviors that we cannot, as than humans, âshe wrote.
âI cried again last night, but those tears were tears of joy. Tears knowing that Mommy Poppy would appreciate so much Pepper taking on the role of Mum. “
How you can help
According to People, the litter will be available for adoption in late August.
Please check the Ruff Start Rescue website at that time if you or someone you know would be interested in adopting or supporting these precious puppies. You can read more about their welcome program here.
If you can’t adopt, you can also donate to the rescue to help the puppies and other dogs who are looking for their forever homes! Donate to Ruff Start Rescue Here!
Have you ever welcomed a mother dog before? Do you think your dog would accept a litter of new puppies like theirs? Let us know in the comments below!