Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

Dogs have loads of surprises up their sleeves. They don’t wear sleeves, but you get the point. You can never know when your lovely pupper will decide it’s time to snag that bit of meat off the table or to run off barking at the neighborhood cat.

Well, dogs can also surprise you in other ways, like this particular pregnant dog that was found struggling in the streets under the sun and was rescued. And then 15 puppies happened leaving its rescuers shocked, in a good way, of course, with how much this doggie family grew in a day.

Imagine your lovely dog giving birth to a couple of puppies, and now imagine it giving birth to 15

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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Meet Lil’Mama, the stray pregnant brindle pitbull mix who was rescued by Stephanie Fikes (28), a bartender, and Justin Richie (28), a yoga instructor, and both artists who love animals a great bunch. Bored Panda got in touch with them for an interview.

Fikes was on her way to the store when she noticed a dog in the parking lot, panting under the heat of the sun with her full-blown belly, indicating she’s expecting a litter. She was malnourished and dehydrated. Worried that the dog might be in labor, Fikes called the mama dog into her car and brought her to Richie’s house and made her comfortable by giving her some food, water, and keeping her cool.

Meet Lil’Mama, the stray pregnant dog that was rescued and soon gave birth to 15 adorable puppies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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The two also took Lil’Mama to the vet to make sure everything was in order. About 20 ticks and a very-much-needed flea bath later, the vet said that the doggo is in good shape, ready to give birth. It was not clear when the birth would happen specifically, as he guesstimated anywhere between 5 minutes to 5 days. Also, unfortunately, they found no chip, so they couldn’t trace the dog to any owner.

So, they took the mom-to-be home and made all of the necessary arrangements to welcome her puppies into the world. Lil’Mama spent another week with them when Fikes noticed that she’d started to give birth.

“She’s definitely calm, but I would say it’s still too early to tell with all of the puppies—but she’s clearly an incredible dog,” explained Richie what Lil’Mama is like. “There’s no way she has spent her entire life as a stray. She’s house broken, good with other animals, great with new people, and an excellent mother. She does only let Steph and me into the bedroom where the puppies are, but she just gives a warning growl to other people, nothing aggressive. We have truly fallen in love with this sweet soul.”

The brindle and pitbull mix was found malnourished and dehydrated in a grocery store parking lot

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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She was soon taken in by two friends who fed, watered and made her comfortable

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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“Stephanie was comforting Lil’Mama when she said, ‘I don’t want to be dramatic but I think that’s a puppy,’” said Richie. “We made guesses while she was giving birth. I said 6-8 puppies and Steph said 9 or 10. Neither of us expected 15!”

Yes, you read that correctly! 15 puppies later, the two friends now had a family of 16 dogs on their hands. In context, five to six puppies is considered the average number among birthing dogs, and the world record for largest litter was set in 2004 by a Neapolitan mastiff named Tia with 24 puppies. So, 15 is a lot.

Needless to say, the two were shocked with this (in the good sense), as explained Richie: “We were absolutely surprised. Of course, we were shocked, but we feel like this big family was meant to happen and it’s been an amazing experience that neither of us will forget.”

She was also taken to the vet, where no chip was found, but she was healthy and well

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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A week later, after a full day of labor, with the help of her rescuers, Lil’Mama gave birth to 15 healthy puppies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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Fortunately, all of the puppies were delivered safely, after which everyone involved was super exhausted but blessed. The birthing process lasted for almost the entire day, so you can imagine why.

Now, Lil’Mama can’t physically feed and take care of all of her babies at once, so Fikes and Richie lent her a hand by feeding the puppies formula. For the time being, the puppies spend their days napping and feeding, but no worries, they are getting ready for when the fifteen little critters start walking and causing shenanigans around the house.

“The hardest part is making sure everyone gets milk. Lil’Mama only has so many nipples and some of them didn’t work until very recently. So, it feels like we are constantly giving someone a bottle or rotating them on Lil’Mama,” elaborated Richie. “Other than that, they sleep, eat, and poop. We know the hard part hasn’t gotten here yet. We’re preparing my home and backyard for the puppy tornado coming through in a couple of weeks.”

Stephanie and Justin, the rescuers, are working on finding good forever homes for the puppies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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There is an Instagram account dedicated to the life of the adorable little critters

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

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The plan now is to give the lovely pupper family a home as Fikes and Richie work towards finding good forever homes for the puppies. Apart from finding the right people to take the puppies in, the two also need to make sure all of the pups get their shots and are taught basic doggie etiquette so that they don’t bring the house down.

So far, with the help of social media and friends, the two are well on their way to making a list of interestedaopters who will be taking the pups when they are of the right age.

Ok, now the fun part. They all have names! Here’s how Richie introduced them: “We decided to name the puppies after food! We are naming them as they grow. Some have names and some don’t, but the names we’ve decided on are: Hoagie, Tofu and Tempeh (twins), Basil, Biscuit Gravy (more twins), Fig, Roux, Queso, Gumbo, Thyme, Falafel, Ginger, Cookie, and Sage. Your readers will have to follow our Instagram to find out who is who though.” You heard the man, get on it!

You can also show support as there is a GoFundMe campaign to help take care of the doggies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

Image credits: fifteenpuppies

Woman Finds A Dehydrated And Malnourished Pregnant Stray, Takes Care Of Her Until She Gives Birth To 15 Puppies

Image credits: fifteenpuppies

Check out all of the 15 puppies in the video below

The internet loved this story, with many expressing their gratitude for the kind hearts that took Lil’Mama in and marveling at how adorable the family of puppers is, especially at the idaof how strong the mother was to endure such a lengthy birth.

You can follow the life of this amazing dog family on Instagram here and, heads up, there’s also a GoFundMe campaign which would help them pay for formula, food, shots, and other things they might need, so do consider donating.

“We want to raise andaopt these puppies the right way, which includes excellent nutrition, basic training, and their first round of shots. We’re also trying to bring Lil’Mama back to good health and get her spayed as soon as we can. We’ve set up a GoFundMe for anyone who wants to donate to Lil’Mama and the puppies,” explained Richie.

What are your thoughts on this? Got some puppy birth stories that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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