Could the ultrasound result be correct? The vet had a hard time believing it, but there was no other explanation for what she was looking at. She thought that maybe she had miscounted and gave it another try. How was it even possible? There was not much time for her to stay in shock because she had to talk to the owners as soon as she possibly could. After all, this was a matter of life and death.
Time To Choose One
Mariesa and Chris had expressed interest in adopting another dog, which is why they paid a number of shelters a visit. They only intended to bring home one dog, but it was proving difficult to choose just one since there were a lot of cuties in there. It was hard for them to make up their minds because they all looked their way with those huge pleading eyes of theirs. All of sudden, her eyes fell on one specific dog.
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
This dog came up to them and then gave their hands a good lick. It was a very pregnant dog, her bully full of unborn pups. The look this pooch gave Mariesa let her know that it was looking for a good home. Of course, she could have figured that out for herself after taking a look at the swollen belly on the dog. Mariesa already knew that this was the one she was going to bring home with them.
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
However, it turns out that this pregnant pit bull came with a story that was even sadder than they had been expecting. Mariesa felt like crying for the dog, whose name was Storie. She belonged to a backyard breeder who decided that it was too much work to keep her and all the puppies that were on the way. In the end, that person decided to take Storie to the animal shelter instead.
A Loving Home
Chris and Mariesa were aware that this dog deserved a lot of love, comfort, and protection. After all, she was expecting puppies! However, the truth was that everything was more complicated than it seemed. They would learn a bunch of things that would make them worry.
Fans Of Pit Bulls
The two of them liked pit bulls a lot. In fact, Chris and Mariesa already had a bunch of rescues from this breed of dogs. If you want us to be specific, you should know that they have ten fur babies at home! Here are 8 of the adorable dogs they call their own.
You need to have enough space for the pets to rest and play. If you do not have enough beds, you can just make a megabed. “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,” Chris explained to TODAY. It is 14 feet by 7 feet big, large enough for them all.
Chris and Mariesa eventually reached the decision that they could do a lot more for the misunderstood dog breed. They loved pit bulls so much that they decided to help them out as much as they could. Even though they were not new to owning these dogs, this was going to give them a whole new experience.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
The incredible couple had a passion that they shared: their love of animals. In one interview, Mariesa said that she once broke up with some of her boyfriends because they had a hard time understanding how much she loved dogs. They did not support the dream she had about filling her home with animals.
Chris Was Different
It was a good thing that she crossed paths with Chris, who was also a dog-lover. They did not only love each other, but they also adored dogs. Here is a photo to show you the love they had for their pets!
Friendly Faces In These Places
A lot of animal centers and rescue shelters end up with far too much on their plates. The reality is that they are almost always underfunded, which means that they could not handle all the animals that they want to save. When Chris and Mariesa headed to Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they immediately noticed that there was an overwhelming amount of pit bulls in there. What gives? They were shocked to find that this was what it was like. After all, the two of them knew just how friendly these dogs were. On that day, one of those dogs would end up changing their lives.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
Quite a lot of people have a negative view of pit bulls. This is only a result of misunderstandings. Dogs from this breed are known to have big heads and muscly bodies. This does not mean that they are dangerous, but it is still illegal to own them in many states. It is why there were so many of them there.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Mariesa and Chris were aware of this and even adopted a couple of pit bulls for this very reason. Never have their dogs displayed any violence towards them. It was their goal to help as many of these dogs as they could. However, they did not have any idea what was about to happen.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Even though pit bulls are thought to be very dangerous, the truth is that there is no scientific evidence for this claim. Trust us, these dogs can be just as loving and loyal as all the other dogs out there. This means that they will also behave badly when you mistreat them. Still, they are not actually predisposed to be evil. It is important to give them a chance since these dogs can be wonderful companions as well. Despite this, Mariesa and Chris had no clue what they were going to see when they went to the shelter.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
The staff at the shelter told them that Storie had yet to deliver the pups even though she should have already given birth. She looked more than ready to burst, so what was going on here? Was she okay?
Life And Death
This animal-loving couple could see that the pit bull was in some kind of trouble. She was clearly in need of help. They had to make a decision soon since it could make a big difference for Storie and the pups.
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
Time was quickly running out for them. They needed to give Storie the care that she needed, but it was still up to the couple if they wanted to do this. However, Mariesa arrived at the decision after Storie did something. The dog placed its head on her knee and looked at her with those huge pleading eyes.
Big Dog Family
Mariesa already made up her mind to bring this dog home, but she had no idea if she was making the right choice. Were they ready to expand their dog family, which was already huge as it was? It was going to be a big responsibility, so they would need to be sure if they wanted to take it on.
The Perfect Solution
The two of them were aware that taking in Storie would mean that they would have more than ten dogs. Despite this, it did not feel right to leave the dog there any longer. She just wanted to help the pregnant pit bull and offer her a safe place for her to deliver the puppies.
Chris and Mariesa talked about this a lot and weighed the pros and cons of doing such a thing. However, it was important for them to reach a practical decision. It was then that an idea came to Chris. It was a practical solution to what seemed like a complex situation. This was going to be the best for all of them.
Chris had the idea to just foster Storie and the pups while animal rescue centers looked for a place they could call home. It was the best thing to do since they did not have the resources to keep them all.
It was a great idea that would solve the issues that they had, although there was still something else that they needed to figure out. They needed to find out why Storie had not yet given birth already. It was the biggest concern that they had at the moment.
Looking For Answers Online
This was the first time that they had a problem like this one. They had no clue what was preventing this dog from giving birth. The couple started to worry about it so much that they started to look into it.
What they learned online only made them feel more scared. It is often the case when one looks up a problem on the internet. In the end, they only got more anxious about what fate had in store for them.
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
We cannot deny that humans often underestimate just how smart animals actually are. When the two of them tried to look for the answers to their questions, they saw a couple of reasons why a dog would want to prevent the delivery of her litter. They saw an article that matched what was happening.
Their research revealed that animals often experienced trauma and stress when they are in rescue centers. It made perfect sense that pregnant dogs tend to be at a higher risk than most. While these places were created to help the poor creatures, a crowded environment is not really what they need.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
The two of them continued to look into the matter, but they soon realized that everything was even worse than they thought. It turned out that Storie was not only risking losing all the puppies, but she was also in danger of dying! As you can see, it was a truly nerve-wracking situation.
Mariesa found out that pregnant dogs with trauma end up worrying a lot, which is why they sometimes refuse to give birth completely. It happens when they think that the pups would only be in more danger.
Off To The Vet
They were starting to see the full scope of this situation. They had to take this dog to the vet as soon as possible. They did not want to lose the newest member of the family, after all. Off to the vet they went!
What The Ultrasound Showed
The vet used the ultrasound on Storie, but what she saw simply seemed impossible. She shook her head after looking at the results. What could have been so shocking to an experienced professional like her?
Something Isn’t Right
No matter how much she stared at the results, nothing changed or disappeared. She took this to mean that it was indeed true. What the white outlines showed her was about to make it all more complicated.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet then inhaled deeply before she tried to explain what was so unusual about the results of the ultrasound. The whole time they thought that Storie was carrying six puppies, but this was not true!
Frozen In Shock
The vet then showed them the results and counted the white figures on it. The couple was starting to see what she saw. They thought that there were six puppies, but it turns out that this was not the case.
A Development No One Expected
The vet was shocked by what she saw. She tried to count the white figures again, to no avail. No matter what she did, the number just stayed the same. She knew that it was time to reveal everything at last.
No, Storie did not have six pups as everyone had been expecting. Instead of that number, she was actually carrying twelve of them. They were in shock. None of them anticipated this turn of events.
You can’t blame any of them for being shocked about what they just learned. It was far too much. Still, there was no time to linger on this since there was something more urgent that they had to take care of. They wanted to know if it was going to have any negative impact on Storie.
Go Home And Wait
Even the vet could not say why it was that Storie had not yet given birth. It consoled everyone to hear that all puppies were alive and well, based on the result of the ultrasound. What was next for them all?
The vet told them that there was nothing for them to do but to head home and try to prepare for the big moment. If Storie still did not give birth after 48 hours, they were supposed to return to the clinic.
The Parents Are Anxious
It was no wonder that the two of them felt a lot of anxiety and stress after leaving the clinic. They were still shocked that Storie was carrying twelve and not six pups! What will happen in the next 48 hours?
A Brilliant Idea
It was a risky situation, but there was nothing they could do but hope that Storie would give birth soon. At the very least, they knew that they could offer this pit bull comfort and love. They had been driving from the vet when Mariesa came up with a game-changing idea.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
At that point, Mariesa and Chris had already seen a lot of articles that detailed how stress and trauma could affect a pregnant dog. They wanted to create the nicest environment for Storie. This is the reason they put aside a spot in a room and then arranged pillows and blankets for the ultimate comfort.
They took their foster dog to her new abode and prayed that it was going to help. They even changed everything, from the room temperature to the noise level, to ensure that this dog was going to be fine.
They did not know that there was a miracle would happen. Chris and Mariesa decided to go to bed. They agreed to simply check up on Storie when they get up in the morning. Hopefully, she was feeling better.
When they woke up, they immediately headed for the spare room where Storie spent the night. They could hear strange noises and wondered what could be making them. They were shocked by the sight that greeted them!
During The Night
They entered the room and were shocked by what they saw. Storie was there with 12 puppies! They found out that she gave birth to them all over the course of the night. What a great experience!
Mariesa and Chris could not stop the waterworks! The two of them were so proud of Storie. We are sure they were thrilled about this. They would soon find out what this dog had been waiting for all along…
A Dozen Puppies
Pregnant dogs in shelters experience a stressful time in there. They do not want the same thing for the pups, so they sometimes hold it in! Storie knew that good people like Mariesa and Chris were coming.
Less Than A Day
Storie had only spent less than one whole day with Chris and Mariesa but already felt comfortable around them. This was what helped her finally give birth to the litter of puppies. What a miracle it was! If they did not come to the shelter in time, who knows what could have happened to this dog?
A Great Dog Mama
She took very good care of the puppies as well. Clearly, she is in the running for the best dog mother in the world. It did not take long before the adoption requests started to come in. Chris and Mariesa knew that they could not keep the dogs in their house forever. Still, it must have been sad to let them go.
Puppies For Adoption
A few weeks after they were born, the pups opened their eyes at last. Mariesa and Chris loved having them around. The adorable babies completely dominated the yard and then played with each other in that way that only pups know how. It looked like Storie was very happy to be with her babies as well!
Waiting For A Little TLC
The only thing that she needed was a safe environment. Once she got her wish, she was able to give birth! In the end, they were all healthy and happy. However, what was going to happen to them now?
A Pack Of Her Own
This pit bull knew just what she needed in order to give birth to her pups. She only wanted protection and security, which is reasonable. Thanks to Chris and Mariesa, this dog momma got her wish and her pups!
Heading For Their New Homes
It is pretty impressive that they succeeded in finding new owners to take in all the puppies by the time they reach 10 weeks old. Mariesa and Chris adored them but just could not keep them. They knew that the best course of action here was to give the babies up for adoption. It was sad but had to be done.
10 Weeks Old
When they were 10 weeks old, the puppies went to their forever homes. This is lovely news, but what did fate have in store for Storie? We know that the pups are doing well, but what was next for her? If you ask us, this loving and caring dog momma deserves a good home just as much as her babies do.
Her Forever Home
When the story about Storie and her pups was posted on Facebook, it went viral. Eventually, one man got wind of the incredible story. He decided to contact Chris and Mariesa. He wanted to meet Storie!
They All Found Homes!
After he met Storie, he made up his mind that he was going to be her new owner. At long last, this pit bull was going to her forever home! Apart from that, he also got her spayed. After all, he did not want her to undergo another massive pregnancy like the one that came before. It was simply too stressful!
The Best Dog Mom
Even though Storie gave birth to twelve pups, she was able to give them all the attention and care that they needed. She spent a short time with them, but Chris and Mariesa could see that she loved them.
The End Was Nearing
Mariesa and Chris were thrilled to see that Storie was such a great mom. This pit bull cleaned and fed the pups. As a result, all twelve of them were in perfect health. Sadly, it was time to say goodbye to her.
If Not For Them
At this point, those twelve puppies are thriving in their forever homes. If you were curious about how they were doing, you should know that they are getting showered with love daily. Storie stayed with Chris and Mariesa until all of her puppies had been given away.
A Crucial Chance
Had Mariesa and Chris not given Storie a chance, we are sure that it would have ended on a terrible note. She would either have lost her pups or passed away… if not both! As you can see, there is a very good reason to appreciate what the couple did. We are glad there are still people like them out there.
A Happy Note
While it is a good thing that the story ended happily, there are a lot more dogs who will never get a place to call home. Of course, some shelters try to help them out, but they need help. If you cannot adopt a dog, you can still offer some assistance in several ways.
It is also possible to foster dogs if you cannot keep them permanently. Aside from this, one can also donate money or spread the word about the amazing establishments. These things will all come a long way if you truly want to help the great people working at the shelters and rescue centers.
The Mr. Mo Project
Mariesa and Chris also took it upon themselves to start a nonprofit that takes in elderly and sick dogs. It is called the Mr. Mo Project. You might not know this, but these dogs are often euthanized. The Hughes couple wants to give them another shot at life. The project covers their various expenses. They are also taken to the “fospice” homes for love and care!
A Family Affair
Do you want to foster or adopt but believe that you do not have enough bed space? If this is the case, you might be interested to try out the same thing that Mariesa and Chris did. They could build the megabed, and so can you! It is almost double a normal king bed. Whoa.
Mariesa and Chris might be the biggest dog lovers in the entire planet. Do you want to hear more from them? If so, make sure to follow ‘The Mr. Mo Project’ on Instagram. They recently put up this photo. The caption read, “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 #proudparent.”