Were her eyes deceiving her? This vet thought that the ultrasound must be wrong because this seemed impossible. However, nothing changed no matter how long she stared at the results. This meant that it was actually true. Still, she could not simply linger in amazement and shock since she had to talk to the owners. What she was about to tell them was going to change a great deal of things. What happened?
Time To Choose One
What should you do when you want to adopt a dog? You go to animal shelters and rescue centers, of course! Chris and Mariesa were looking for a new member of their family, so they did just that. It was tough to choose a pooch when they were all so cute! They looked at the couple with huge eyes that communicated how much they wanted a forever home. It was at that point that she saw a specific dog.
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
This dog went up to Chris and Mariesa to lick their hands! It was a very pregnant pit bull with a belly full of unborn pups. She looked up at them as if to say that she was looking for a proper home. This is a pit bull who needed a good place for the delivery of the pups. Mariesa already knew that this was the one dog that they would take home with them. However, they learned something that made them pause.
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
They had no idea that this pit bull had a tale that was sadder than usual. Mariesa felt like crying for this dog, who was actually named Storie. This pit bull was once owned by a backyard breeder. How did she end up at the shelter? Apparently, the previous owner thought that it was too much work to look after Storie as well as the puppies that were on the way.
A Loving Home
The couple knew that this dog needs comfort, love, and safety. This was already sad, but it turns out that there was more to the story than just this. They were shocked to learn one more thing about Storie.
Fans Of Pit Bulls
Chris and Mariesa loved pit bulls with all their hearts. In fact, this amazing couple has a bunch of dogs from the breed already! Do you want us to be specific? Well, they actually have ten pit bulls at home. Here is a photo of eight of their lovely fur babies.
You would never guess how they take care of so many dogs all at once. One thing that makes it easier is their “megabed.” During an interview with TODAY, Chris explained, “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.” If you wanted to know, it is 14 ft. long and 7 ft. wide.
They have already done a lot for the breed of dogs by adopting them, but they knew that they could still afford to do something else. They already have plenty of experience with pit bulls and other dogs in the past, but this was going to be a new experience altogether. Do you know what we mean by this?
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
They loved each other, but there was something else that brought Chris and Mariesa together: their love of animals! Once, she even told a journalist that she broke up with other men in the past. Those guys just did not understand how much she loved animals and dogs. All she wanted was a house full of pups!
Chris Was Different
We are glad that she finally found the one when she and Chris started to go out. He was a dog-lover as well, so their love for the awesome animals just kept growing with every single day. Look at this photo!
Friendly Faces In These Places
The sad truth is that there are many rescue centers and animal shelters that cannot keep up with the demands of the job. They rarely have enough resources to take in all the animals that they have to. However, there was something else that Chris and Mariesa noticed when they went to the Pibbles & More Animal Rescue. It was full of one dog breed: pit bulls! Why is it that there are so many of these cute dogs there? Chris and Mariesa did not know it back then, but one of them would change their lives.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
Many people think badly of pit bulls, but they do not deserve the reputation they have gotten. The dog breed is distinctive for a large head and muscly body, but this does not make it more dangerous than others. Sadly, it is still illegal to own them in many states. This is why so many of them are in the shelter.
Trying To Change The Stigma
The couple knew all about it, which is why they have taken in a lot of pit bulls. There was not a single time that their fur children displayed any violence towards them. They only wanted to do as much as they could for these sweet dogs. However, fate had a different plan for them.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Even though many automatically assume that pit bulls are dangerous, there is no proof of this. In reality, the dogs can be just as loving and loyal as dogs from any other breed out there. Like others, they will also behave badly if you mistreat them. Still, there is nothing in their genes that makes them predisposed to violence and evilness. You really should give them a chance since they are such sweet creatures. However, Mariesa and Chris did not expect what they were about to deal with in this situation.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
One of the staff members at the rescue shelter told Mariesa and Chris that Storie was actually past the due date already. They had no idea why the puppies were not here yet, especially since she looked about ready to pop. Clearly, this was a precarious situation. What should they do?
Life And Death
The pair wanted to help the pit bull, who was clearly in need of help in one way or another. They had to decide what their next steps should be. After all, it might mean the difference between life and death.
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
They did not have tons of time to think it over. It was important to take care of her as soon as possible, but they had to sort out a couple of things. As they talked about it, Storie rested her head on Mariesa’s knee before looking up pleadingly. That was the last thing Mariesa needed to arrive at a decision.
Big Dog Family
It was final, she was bringing Storie home with her. However, this did not mean that she was confident that it was the right thing to do. At home, she and Chris have a huge brood of dogs already. Could they really take on a pregnant dog? In all likelihood, she would give birth to six more dogs.
The Perfect Solution
They knew that this meant they would have a house with more than 10 dogs. Despite this, it did not feel right to leave Storie there for much longer. She only wanted to get her out of there and give the dog a safe place to deliver the puppies.
The pair talked about the matter some more, trying to debate various ideas. They had to weigh the pros and cons as well because it was important to be practical. Chris was the one who came up with what they needed. He knew that this would be the best path for both Storie and their family.
Chris said that they could simply foster this pit bull and her puppies! It was not going to be a permanent solution, but the animal rescue center would hopefully find them a new home in no time. This sounded like a great plan since they could not keep all the dogs.
His idea solved many of their issues, but there was still one more problem. What was going on with this pregnancy? How come Storie had not yet given birth when her belly was already so swollen by then?
Looking For Answers Online
This was the first time they have ever encountered anything of this sort. What could be going on? Why was Storie preventing the birth of her puppies? They started to worry so much that they started to do some research on their own.
What they found online only caused Chris and Mariesa to feel even more worried. This is typically what happens when you go to the internet in search of expert advice. Mariesa and Chris started to feel more anxious after learning a few things about the pregnancy.
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
It is not a secret that many human beings often underestimate just how intelligent other animals are. When the two of them looked for answers on the web, they found a number of reasons why a dog resists the birth of the pups. There was one particular article that matched the case perfectly.
The research revealed that many animals experience trauma as well as stress when they live in rescue shelters. A pregnant dog will naturally have a higher risk than the rest of the creatures there. Shelters were made to help dogs and other creatures, but they are rarely the ideal place for habitation. Without a doubt, Mariesa and Chris could offer Storie a safer and more comfortable place.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
They read more about the topic and realized that they had gravely underestimated the situation. It was even worse than they had in mind! If Storie did not give birth soon, she was not only in danger of losing the puppies but also her life. Uh-oh.
Mariesa also figured out that traumatized pregnant dogs often worry about the pups so much that there is a chance for them to refuse delivery altogether. It happens when they are in a bad environment.
Off To The Vet
The couple knew that this was a serious situation. They had to bring Storie to the vet at the earliest possible time if they wanted to ensure that she was safe. They went into the car and drove to the vet!
What The Ultrasound Showed
When the vet used an ultrasound machine on Storie, the results completely shocked her. She shook her head, unable to believe what they said. Surely, there was an error of some kind. Was she right?
Something Isn’t Right
No matter what she did, the shapes stayed the same. This meant that it was all true. The white outlines told her something that was going to be groundbreaking. Was the couple going the handle this piece of news well? Mariesa could feel that there was something was wrong.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet inhaled deeply. There was no choice but to explain things to Mariesa and Chris. They had been expecting six pups, but it was not the case. Let us hear what the vet saw in the womb of this pit bull.
Frozen In Shock
The vet showed them the outlines before counting the number of figures on the screen. The couple was starting to figure out what was going on. A litter of six puppies was the norm, but this was not what the ultrasound told them. What was going on?
A Development No One Expected
It also came as a shock to the vet. She counted the pups again and again, but it did not ever change. She could no longer delay the delivery of the news to these anxious foster parents. What did she say?
Chris and Mariesa found out that their expectations had been wrong. They had been expecting to hear about six pups, but this was the wrong number. It turned out that there were 12 pups in Storie’s womb!
They were shocked to hear such a thing. Six was already too much for them, so you can imagine the shock they felt upon hearing it was double that number. However, they were more concerned about how this would affect Storie. Was she going to be fine?
Go Home And Wait
Even the vet did not know why Storie had yet to give birth to these pups. It was a good thing that the results showed that the babies were all doing well. Aren’t you glad to hear such a thing? But what now?
The vet instructed Chris and Mariesa to go home and prep for the birth. They were meant to come back if Storie still did not give birth in the next 48 hours. They had no idea that Storie had it all planned out.
The Parents Are Anxious
Chris and Mariesa both felt very stressed out when they got home. They just learned that Storie was not in danger of losing six pups but twelve! What did the next 48 hours have in store for the two of them?
A Brilliant Idea
It was a risky situation, but it was not like Chris and Mariesa could do much to help her out. The only thing that the couple could do was to provide her with a safe space and offer her love and protection.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
By that point of the night, the two of them had already read a bunch of articles about trauma and stress. They knew that Storie was affected by these things. In an effort to help her, they attempted to give her the comfiest spot possible! Mariesa picked an area in a room and added pillows and blankets there.
They then took her to the room and hoped that she would feel better. Her foster parents put in a lot of effort into the room. They adjusted the materials, the noise level, and the room temperature for her!
They did not know that a miracle would unfold in that room soon. They decided to call it a day and go to bed. In the morning, they went to the room to see how she was doing. They hoped that she was better.
On their way to that room, Chris and Mariesa could hear weird noises coming from there! They picked up the pace and pulled the door open. They were shocked by the unbelievable sight that they saw there.
During The Night
They went into the bedroom and were delighted to see Storie with twelve adorable puppies! It meant that she gave birth to the entire litter during the night. What a lovely accomplishment it had been.
The two of them could not help but break down and cry. Storie did it at long last! Chris and Mariesa were thrilled about this. Soon enough, they realized why she waited such a long time to do this.
A Dozen Puppies
Pregnant dogs are often very stressed when they live in shelters. It becomes a stressful time for them since they knew that their pups would only be in danger. It was a good thing she met Chris and Mariesa!
Less Than A Day
She had only known them for less than a day, but this was enough time for her to get used to their presence and give birth in peace. She was comfortable, thanks to all the efforts that the made. It was a miracle because no one could understand why she refused to give birth for the longest time!
A Great Dog Mama
She took very good care of the babies, but this was only natural for the best dog mom on the planet. Not long after this, folks started to request the puppies at the rescue center. Even though Mariesa and Chris knew that they could not keep the pups forever, they were still sad about having to let go of them.
Puppies For Adoption
After a few weeks, the pups finally opened their eyes. Mariesa and Chris had such an awesome time with this litter of puppies. They ruled the backyard and played like there was no tomorrow! Of course, Storie was always there to spend some time with and keep an eye on the cutest babies in the world.
Waiting For A Little TLC
As soon as she was in a safe and good environment, Storie just let her body do what it needed to do. In the end, she managed to give birth to twelve puppies. They were all in good shape, all thanks to her!
A Pack Of Her Own
Storie knew just what she needed in order to give birth to all of her pups. This pit bull only craved the feeling of love and security that Chris and Mariesa were able to give her! We are glad that it worked out.
Heading For Their New Homes
We think that it is neat that the couple found people to take in the pups when they were just 10 weeks old. Mariesa and Chris loved them, but they had no choice but to give them up for adoption. It was the right thing to do. If things were different, we bet that they would have chosen to keep them instead.
10 Weeks Old
At the age of 10 weeks old, the pups were taken in by their new owners. But what was going to happen to Storie after this? After taking such good care of her babies, she deserves all the love in the world!
Her Forever Home
Perhaps you already expected this, but the story went viral as soon as it went up on Facebook. The story would then land in the feed of a guy who fell in love with Storie! After reading the story, he messaged Chris and Mariesa. They picked a schedule and place. They decided to talk about the next steps then.
They All Found Homes!
He decided that he wanted to adopt Storie! At last, she was getting her shot at a happy home now. She has finally found the place where she belongs, just like her pups did. Apart from this, she got spayed. After all, no one wanted another massive pregnancy to happen after all the headaches it brought.
The Best Dog Mom
Storie might have given birth to twelve pups, but she still found the energy to look after every single one of them. She showered them with love and affection during the short amount of time they had together.
The End Was Nearing
Mariesa and Chris were proud and happy to see that Storie did well as a mom. She cleaned and nursed the pups until they were all clean and healthy. Sadly, there was no way for them to be together forever.
If Not For Them
All twelve pups thrived in their forever homes. If you were curious, we want you to know that they are doing just fine and getting a lot of love there. Storie stayed with Chris and Mariesa until all of the pups were gone. Her maternal instincts did not go anywhere!
A Crucial Chance
Man, it would have been a disaster if Chris and Mariesa did not take a chance on this poor dog. There was a good chance that she would have lost the puppies or even died a tragic death. We are glad that there are people like these two out there.
A Happy Note
Even though the story ended on a good note, this is not always true for all the dogs out there. There are a lot of pups that will never find the place they could call home. If you can, it would be a good idea to help out at shelters. Adoption is not the only thing you can do for them, you know.
Fostering is still the best idea, so you should do it if you have the means. If not, you can always just donate or spread the word about the fantastic work the centers and shelters are doing. Trust us, these things will go a long way for the people who work at these places.
The Mr. Mo Project
Mariesa and Chris Hughes have also founded a nonprofit that looks after elderly and sick dogs. Called the Mr. Mo Project, they launched this because these dogs often get euthanized. They wanted them to live out the rest of their lives somewhere nice. This project takes on living and medical costs. The dogs also get a lot of TLC in the “fospice.”
A Family Affair
Do you want to adopt or foster more dogs but do not have the space for them? It might be time for you to have a mega bed of your own built. The one that Chris and Mariesa have is much bigger than a king bed. In fact, it is nearly double that size.
If you have reached this point, you already know that Mariesa and Chris are big dog lovers. They post on their ‘The Mr. Mo Project’ Instagram account often, so check it out! This was one of their posts: “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.”