Nothing is cuter than a dog, according to most people.
But wait a minute – it’s not going to work. A puppy litter is cuter than a single dog.
Have you ever witnessed a litter of puppies at the same time? I had the opportunity to play with a newborn puppy a few years ago (before returning him to his mother and five siblings), and it had a profound impact on my life.
But here’s the deal. As cute as puppies are, witnessing a dog give birth isn’t nearly as cute. It may be stressful, nerve-racking, and plain disgusting, much like human births.
Amazing? Sure. Awe-inspiring? Definitely. But is it cute? Not at all.
Most pregnant dogs have just a few puppies at a time, but every once in a while, things become a bit crazy. Multiples aren’t uncommon in dog deliveries, but more than five — or more than ten — pups is extraordinary.
When this sweet pit bull was abandoned, a shelter picked her up, and a volunteer started fostering her.
Obviously, they realized that this sweet fur baby was expecting, so they assumed they’d add a few new fresh faces to the brood.
They definitely didn’t expect to find an ‘uncountable’ number of skeletons inside mom’s uterus.
But that’s exactly what they saw when the vet showed them the dog’s X-ray.
Quite frankly, it’s impossible to tell exactly how many pups there are — it could be seven or eight, but it could also be 12 or 13.
Without taking a bunch of X-rays from different angles, it’s not even possible for the vet to figure it out.
The future owner of the dog wrote, “I do not know how many she is having, but there’s heaps! Like 12 to 15?”
She’s adopting the dog once her pregnancy is over — the puppies will have an easier time finding new homes, so it’s great that someone wants to take in Mom.
The only way to know how many babies there are is to wait for mama to go into labor and see how many puppies come out.
Like other dog owners, they’ll have to wait alongside their doggo to learn just how many puppies she’s actually carrying.
Once the babies are born, they’ll need to spend some time at home with their mom.
Eventually, when they’ve weaned themselves off breast milk and can walk and play and handle themselves around people, they’ll get to find their own forever homes.
People who saw the photos were blown away by the number of puppies. One person wrote, “She’s beautiful, mail me a puppy!”
And another said, “My god, that’s a lot of puppies! Sometimes I think I’ve counted like 18ish in there, maybe more. Please update us! Congrats on your new dog!”
Best of luck to this mom-to-be and the new dog parents that will adopt her precious pups!