The vet was completely shocked by what she saw in the ultrasound result. How was it possible? Could her eyes be fooling her? She counted once more, but the result did not change. Not once did she think such a thing was possible!
However, there was no time for her to stay in shock. What she had to do was to talk to the dog’s owners right away. After all, it might mean the death of the dog and worse if they did not act quickly enough.
Time To Choose One
Mariesa and Chris had been interested in another dog, which is why they started to visit shelters to help them find one more to bring home. Mariesa said that it was only going to be one dog. However, this made things even harder since she did not know how to choose among all the lovely pooches there.
All the dogs there looked at her with pleading eyes. It seems like they were all telling her to choose them! Suddenly, she saw a dog. She knew that something about this dog was special. Was she right?
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
This dog came over to them and licked the hands of Chris and Mariesa. It was also very pregnant. Her belly was full of puppies, so she shot Mariesa a look that communicated just how much she deserved to go to a nice home. It was going to be hard for this pit bull to deliver and raise the puppies in the shelter!
Mariesa already knew that this was the one that they would choose. However, she and her husband learned something that was going to give them doubts about doing so. What was it?
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
It turns out that the pregnant pit bull had been through a lot of things in the past! They had no idea just how sad it was for this dog. Her name was Storie. If you ask us, there was no better name for this very pregnant pit bull.
Before she was taken to the shelter, she belonged to a backyard breeder. However, that person gave her up when they realized that it was going to be hard and expensive to look after her and the puppies. They then brought her to a shelter!
A Loving Home
The couple knew that it was the right decision to provide the dog with love, comfort, and somewhere to give birth to the puppies in her womb. They could not just leave her at this shelter in such a state.
Can you believe that there was even more to the story? They simply could not believe what they found out when they went to the vet. It felt like surprises kept coming one after the other!
Fans Of Pit Bulls
Chris and Mariesa liked pit bulls! In fact, they loved this breed of dog a lot and rescued many of them. They could not get enough of the adorable dogs and loved all the rescues they brought home.
Do you want us to be specific? Well, you should know that they had ten fur babies in their home! Here are eight of their fur babies in this picture. We are sure that it always feels like a party in their house.
With a lot of dogs, it is important to ensure that you have enough space for all of them. This is the reason they had their “mega bed” made. During an interview with TODAY, Chris said, “At nighttime, all of the dogs want to sleep on the bed and sometimes it becomes too cluttered.”
He then said, “And we end up being pushed off of the bed or sleeping on the couch. So we built the mega bed.” It is pretty neat that the beauty measures 7 feet wide and 14 feet long. This is important since they want all their dogs to feel comfortable.
They later decided that there was more they could do for this breed of dogs. That is the reason they decided to help them out. After all, who else was going to do such a thing if not them?
Even though they had a lot of experience with dogs before, this was not anything like they experienced in the past. In fact, even the vet was going to be shocked by what she learned.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
This lovely couple both had their love of animals in common. There was an interview when Mariesa even revealed that she broke up with partners in the past because they could not understand this side of her.
It seems like her obsession with dogs always got in the way of her romantic prospects. A lot of men failed to understand her dreams. She wanted to fill a house with puppies she rescued!
Chris Was Different
Things turned around for her when she and Chris met. He was a dog-lover as well. Aside from the fact that they loved each other, their shared love for dogs kept growing stronger and stronger too.
The photo below shows their love for their fur children. It must be very cozy to sit on the couch with all the dugs cuddling them!
Friendly Faces In These Places
A lot of animal shelters and rescue centers have insufficient resources to deal with everything they want to. Sadly, they can’t take care of all the animals in need.
When Chris and Mariesa went to Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they saw that there were a lot of pit bulls there. They were sad because they knew the dogs were friendly creatures. Back then, they did not have a clue that one such dog was going to change the course of their lives.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
Pit bulls have a bad reputation, although this is nothing more than a misunderstanding! The dog breed comes with a huge head and a muscular body, although this does not show the risk they have.
Even so, a lot of states consider it illegal to own a pit bull! It must be the reason there were so many pit bulls in that specific animal shelter.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Chris and Mariesa knew about these things. It is actually one of the reasons they love the dogs so much. Never have they experienced any violence from the pit bulls they adopted. They wanted everyone to know that these dogs are actually huge sweethearts!
They only wanted to give these lovely dogs the home they deserved. However, they did not know what their act of kindness was going to result in… Despite this, they wanted to keep going with their plan.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Even though pit bulls are thought to be a dangerous dog breed, there is nothing to back up such a claim. In fact, these dogs can be as loyal and loving like every other dog out there! Of course, they will also behave badly if they get mistreated.
No, it is not true that their genes make them evil. In fact, they can be the most amazing companions ever! What were Chris and Mariesa going to learn when they came face to face with this pit bull?
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
The rescue staff told Chris and Mariesa that the puppies should have already been born! They had no idea why this was not the case. She looked like she was ready to give birth any moment now.
It was clear that this was a precarious situation. What was the matter? Mariesa and Chris wanted to give Storie the best possible treatment. Hopefully, this was going to help her give birth in a safe manner.
Life And Death
This couple knew that something was wrong here. Storie clearly needed help! They highly doubted that someone was going to give this pregnant dog the help she needed before anything bad could happen.
They had to reach a decision right away. After all, Storie was in a precarious situation. What should they do? They already had ten dogs in their home, so it was hard to keep another dog AND an entire litter…
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
There was not much time for them to discuss the matter at length. Storie clearly needed to receive care and attention right away. They wanted to make the decision that was right for them and the animals.
As they talked about it, Storie decided to put her head on Mariesa’s knee. Aside from that, the dog looked at Mariesa with those pleading eyes of hers. This was everything she needed to reach a decision.
Big Dog Family
Mariesa knew that it might not be the right choice to bring Storie home. They had a huge family already, so they were going to expand it some more. Could they handle it?
They did not know if they could take on such a big challenge. They were not only talking about one dog but several! Moreover, these were puppies they were going to be taking care of.
The Perfect Solution
Even though they knew that it was going to be hard, they decided that Storie should not be there any longer. They did not have it in them to leave her there to give birth.
She wanted this lovely dog to have somewhere safe to give birth in. There was no other place that would fit the bill other than their house. Among other things, there were lots of other loving dogs there!
The couple discussed it some more. They had to weigh the benefits and costs of what they were doing. However, it was hard to think of anything practical. It was hard for them to find any balance there…
Chris was the one to think of a great solution for their problems. He knew that it was the best option they all had. What did he have in mind? Let us see if it was as brilliant as they thought it was…
Chris said that they could be foster parents! It was going to be a temporary arrangement while they wait for someone ready to take the puppies. This was a good idea for everyone involved!
This looked like the best shot they had since the house already came with ten other days. This way, Storie was going to be with them for as long as she needed.
While it was a great idea, there was something else that they had to take care of. What was happening with the pregnancy and why had Storie not given birth yet? Her belly was already so swollen!
It was the biggest concern that they had at that moment. If Storie failed to give birth to the puppies, it was going to be very dangerous for her. Aside from that, the puppies would not be safe either.
Looking For Answers Online
This was the first time they ever saw anything like this. What was preventing this pregnant dog from delivering the puppies? It did not make sense to her since her belly was already very swollen.
The couple started to worry a lot. This is the reason they went online and started doing their own research. They wanted to see why Storie had yet to give birth! It did not seem right at all.
What they found out only gave them more reasons to worry. Well, we all know that this is usually what happens when one turns to the internet for medical advice.
The couple started to feel even more nervous about this situation. They only wanted to help Storie, but what should they do? Was there anything they could do to help her?
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
It seems like humans underestimate just how smart animals can be. In some ways, animals are far smarter than us! We might be able to speak, but this does not mean we are better than them.
When Mariesa and Chris went online to search for answers, they tried to find out why a dog might resist the delivery of the puppies. They found an article that fit their current situation.
Their research revealed that animals often experience a ton of trauma and stress when they live in rescue shelters. Pregnant dogs often have it even worse! They are more sensitive to their surroundings.
While shelters were built to help dogs, it is easy to see that the crowded places are rarely the best place for the poor animals. We are sure that Chris and Mariesa’s house would be a lot better than this.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
Chris and Mariesa continued to do research on the topic and found out that things were even worse! They did not want to believe it, but the explanation made a lot of sense to them.
There was a chance that Storie was going to lose the puppies if she did not give birth soon! On top of that, she could also die! Not giving birth was not only hurting these puppies, but it was hurting her too.
Mariesa found out that traumatized pregnant dogs sometimes worry about their puppies that they just decide not to give birth at all! She did not know that it was possible for dogs to even do this.
It happens because they think that the babies are in danger. Did Storie feel like the dog shelter was dangerous for the puppies she was going to have? Why did she feel that way?
Off To The Vet
The couple now knew the extent of the situation. They had to bring the pregnant dog to the vet since they did not want to lose their new family member. It was only natural for them to worry.
They brought Storie to the vet right away! They wanted to find out how she was doing in light of all the things they just learned. They would have taken her even earlier if they found out about it before this.
What The Ultrasound Showed
The vet used the ultrasound to check Storie’s babies. What she saw shocked her. The only thing she could do was shake her head since she was in a state of utter disbelief.
Did she make a mistake? Mariesa and Chris made their way to the screen to find out what was going on. They could not wait to learn why Storie had not given birth yet.
Something Isn’t Right
As much as the vet tried, the shapes did not change or disappear. It meant that she was right. However, this was going to cause a lot of complications as well…
Mariesa figured out that something was wrong. What was it this time? They did not know what else could make things even more complicated.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet then explained what was going on with the pregnancy. Apparently, there was something strange about it… Yes, it was even more complicated than they initially thought!
They expected that Storie was going to have six puppies at most. However, this was not what they saw in the ultrasound result. Mariesa and Chris could not believe what they just found out.
Frozen In Shock
The vet showed them the outlines and began to count them out. The couple realized what was happening here and froze in shock. They counted the white outlines for themselves as well…
They expected 6 puppies, but they were getting a different number instead. What did this mean? Did it have anything to do with why Storie had yet to give birth? Were the puppies alright?
A Development No One Expected
The vet didn’t expect this development at all. She counted the number of puppies again and again. No matter what, the number stayed the same. The couple also ended up with the same number.
At last, they knew that there was no reason to delay the announcement further. Let us find out what they learned at that moment…
This pregnant pit bull had not been carrying six puppies. No, it was actually twice that number! Whoa.
There were twelve pups growing inside her belly! How did this even happen? It sure sounds impossible.
They were in complete disbelief. Six was already too much, but 12 was overkill. On the other hand, they still had to deal with more pressing problems…
What did this mean for the dog anyway? Was Storie going to be fine with all these pregnancy problems? Could she deliver all twelve puppies without a hitch? Chris and Mariesa were even more worried.
Go Home And Wait
The vet could not tell why Storie did not give birth yet. It was a good thing that they learned the babies were safe and sound, however. That was their main concern at the moment.
What should they do next? Will Storie be fine if things stayed the same way in the next couple of days?
The vet told them to return home and make the preparations for the upcoming birth. If nothing happened in the next 48 hours, they should return for an examination. There was not much they could do.
Chris and Mariesa had no idea that Storie had a great reason to wait! All she needed to do was to wait for the perfect moment.
The Parents Are Anxious
Mariesa and Chris had a lot on their mind when they returned home. They could not imagine losing six puppies, so a dozen was going to be even harder.
The felt anxious about the upcoming 48 hours. Would the puppies arrive at long last? Was Storie going to be okay?
A Brilliant Idea
It was a tough and dangerous situation. However, there was not a lot that they could do but wait and see. In the meantime, they worked together to make her feel safe and comfortable.
As they came home from the vet, Mariesa had a great idea. She could not believe they didn’t think of this sooner! She had a great idea in mind and felt happy about it.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
By then, the couple already read up on animal stress and trauma. They were sure that this was what was happening to Storie. They knew they needed to help her somehow. They wanted to make her feel good.
In their quest to help her, they worked hard to give her a great and comfortable environment. Mariesa picked out a corner of ta bedroom where they could add pillows and blankets all for Storie.
They brought Storie to this new spot. Chris and Mariesa worked hard to ensure that everything was going right. They even included the room temperature in the things they considered!
Aside from that, they also chose the materials and noise level. They wanted to make the perfect environment for this dog! She deserved it, after all.
Chris and Mariesa did not know that something amazing was going to happen soon. They retreated to their bedroom after setting up Storie’s bed. They decided to check up on her when they woke up.
Hopefully, the pit bull was going to feel more comfortable in a space like that. They hoped that Storie was going to feel safe and fine there.
As the couple walked to the room, they could hear strange noises coming from there! When they realized this, they quickened their pace and opened the door. What did they see?
Something extraordinary was waiting for them there! They could not believe what they saw with their eyes. They froze at the door.
During The Night
They entered the bedroom and found Storie with twelve little puppies! She gave birth to the entire litter of puppies overnight. How incredible!
It was a great accomplishment and sight to see. Mariesa and Chris were both thrilled by what they saw. At last, their hard work and stress paid off. They clearly made the right choice!
Mariesa and Chris even broke down and cried. They could not believe that Storie succeeded in doing something this incredible! They were both happy about the turn of events.
They later learned the reason that Storie made a decision like this. She waited for such a long time for a good reason. Can you guess what it was?
A Dozen Puppies
When dogs deliver their puppies in the shelter, it is commonly stressful for the puppies and mother. The low living conditions and crowded atmosphere make it an uncomfortable environment.
Storie knew that this was not the ideal environment for her puppies. She decided to wait until someone like Mariesa and Chris came along to take her away from there!
Less Than A Day
Storie had not been with them for a day before she decided to give birth to the puppies. They managed to make her feel safe and secure in such a short amount of time.
It was a miracle since no one figured out why she had yet to give birth. The situation would have ended on a much worse note!
A Great Dog Mama
Storie looked after the puppies with great care, but this was expected since she was the greatest dog mama out there. Adoption requests started to come in as well.
They knew that this was a temporary arrangement, but they were sad that they need to part ways with their foster dogs. Sadly, they did not have the means to keep 23 pets in their house.
Puppies For Adoption
After a few weeks, the pups opened their eyes at long last. Mariesa and Chris had a great time with all the puppies in their home! They were sad to let go of the puppies, but they had no other choice.
The pups dominated the entire yard and played with each other. Aww! Storie also looked happy to be with her little ones. Sadly, they also had to be separated…
Waiting For A Little TLC
When she was finally in a comfortable and good environment, Storie only let her body go ahead and give birth. It almost feels like Storie knew that Chris and Mariesa would help her out!
In the end, they came at the exact right moment. However, what can they do for Storie now? They needed to find her a forever home as well. They simply could not keep her in the house.
A Pack Of Her Own
Storie knew what she needed to give birth to the puppies. She only wanted protection, comfort, and security! Let us not forget that Chris and Mariesa handed those things to her in less than a whole day.
The couple made her feel safe enough to finally give birth to her very large litter of puppies. She was such a great dog! Aside from that, she knew what she needed to make it through the pregnancy.
Heading For Their New Homes
It was impressive that the puppies all found places that they could call home by the time they were ten weeks old. Mariesa and Chris adored the pups, but there were simply way too many of them.
There was nothing else to do but to put them up for adoption. It was heartbreaking, but it was for the best! Even though it was sad, Chris and Mariesa knew that this was the ideal situation.
10 Weeks Old
The pups all went to their new homes when they were 10 weeks old! What about Storie? Where was she going to go now? Was she going to be in safe hands?
She showed so much dedication to the puppies, so she deserved the very best. Hopefully, she will see the puppies from time to time as well. If only that were possible!
Her Forever Home
This incredible story made its rounds on Facebook and other online platforms. One man eventually read the story and fell in love with the wonderful dog mother.
He then reached out to Mariesa and Chris to pick a time and date for an appointment. He was eager to meet Storie herself! After this, he wanted what the next step should be.
They All Found Homes!
In the end, he became smitten with Storie! He wanted to bring her home right away. Storie was finally going to be in her forever home! At last, all the foster dogs had been adopted.
Aside from that, she got spayed to prevent massive pregnancies. They hoped that she will never feel that much stress ever again.
The Best Dog Mom
Even though she delivered a lot of pups, Storie managed to take good care of all of them! She was a great mom.
When she was with her litter, she spent a lot of time caring for them. She did a great job at that.
The End Was Nearing
Chris and Mariesa were proud and glad to see Storie take care of the puppies. She cleaned and nursed her pups, which was why they had been in such perfect condition.
They did not have a long time together. They knew this from the start, but goodbyes are still hard.
If Not For Them
The puppies now thrive in their new homes. They all receive the love that they deserve! They are healthy and happy as they can be. We are glad to hear that it all worked out.
Storie stayed with Chris and Mariesa longer than the puppies did. At any rate, she did not fail to be a good mother during the time she had with her puppies.
A Crucial Chance
If they did not take a chance on Storie, the pit bull and her puppies would not be here. It was a good thing Chris and Mariesa acted out of compassion!
We are happy that they gave Storie a chance. We cannot imagine what could have happened if they had not stepped in.
A Happy Note
While this story has a great ending, you should not forget that other dogs suffer terrible fates. Shelters usually need more help than they could afford!
If there is no way for you to adopt or foster a dog, you can also volunteer at the shelter. We promise you, they would probably not say no. They need as many hands as they could get.
However, you should definitely foster if you can. This is a good alternative to adopting since it does not come with long-term commitment. It is also good to spread the word or donate!
Things like these add up and help the people working at the animal rescue centers, as well as the animals, staying there.
The Mr. Mo Project
Mariesa and Chris are the founders of a nonprofit for elderly and sick dogs! They call it The Mr. Mo Project. There are a lot of elderly dogs at shelters since people surrender them more often.
Sadly, these dogs are at risk of euthanasia, which is why the couple wants to take care of them. The project covers the medical and living expenses. The “fospice”, meanwhile, provide care and love!
A Family Affair
If you adopt or foster dogs but run low on space, maybe you should do what Mariesa and Chris did. Do you remember the ingenious solution they had?
The average king bed might be 6.6 feet long, but theirs is nearly double that length! As you can see, you have options out there.
As you can see, Chris and Mariesa are big fans of dogs. That is quite the understatement, in fact. You should check out their Instagram account called ‘The Mr. Mo Project’! We adore it, quite honestly.
They posted a great photo there. The caption said, “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”.