The vet was completely astonished by what the ultrasound monitor displayed. In total shock and disbelief, she repeated the process of counting. When the numbers remained the same, the vet couldn’t move in disbelief of what she had witnessed.
Time was running out fast, however, and the vet had to get over her shock quickly. She needed to talk to the owners immediately. They had to make decisions that could mean life or death for their dog.
Time To Choose One
Mariesa and Chris had been searching for a dog to bring home. They went to several adoption shelters to see if they could find the one. Mariesa wanted to bring home one dog only, but it was difficult for them to choose one from all the sweethearts that stared at them.
They were all darlings who tried to plead at them with their big puppy eyes. They wanted to take them all home! Suddenly, Mariesa’s eye was caught by one specific dog. Was this the one they were looking for?
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
The dog came to them and licked their hands. She was heavily pregnant judging by how swollen her belly was. She gave Mariesa a look that said she and her puppies needed a good home. The pit bull clearly needed a proper place when she gives birth to her brood.
Mariesa knew that it was the dog she wanted to bring home with them, but there was something that made them think if it was really the right choice. What could make them question their decision?
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
The pregnant pit bull had a story that was sadder than anything they could have thought of. Mariesa wanted to weep in sadness for the pit bull who was actually named Storie. She thought the name fit the pregnant pup perfectly.
Storie was once owned by a backyard breeder. She was already pregnant when the breeder realized that it would take too much work and a lot of money to care for her and her puppies once they were born. She was then surrendered to the shelter.
A Loving Home
Mariesa and Chris realized then and there that they had to provide love, shelter, comfort, and proper place to Storie for her to give birth. The couple knew that they could not just abandon Storie in the shelter since she was pregnant.
Surprisingly, there was more to it than just the heartbreaking story. Mariesa and Chris were in disbelief after they heard what else there was. They were completely taken by surprise and did not expect anything like it at all.
Fans Of Pit Bulls
Mariesa and Chris were huge fans of pit bulls to the point that all of their rescues came from this breed. They loved each and every dog they rescued and could not get enough of them.
This would explain why they now have 10 wonderful fur babies in their home! In the photo are eight of their sweet pooches posing gracefully. With so many dogs in the house, it must be like a house party every day.
When you have as many dogs as Mariesa and Chris do, you’ll need more beds for all of them. Behold, their “megabed”. Chris said in an interview with TODAY, “At nighttime, all of the dogs want to sleep on the bed and sometimes it becomes too cluttered.”
He added, “And we end up being pushed off of the bed or sleeping on the couch. So we built the mega bed.” The megabed is 7 feet wide and 14 feet long. That’s how much space they need for themselves and all the dogs they rescued and brought into their home.
Pit bulls are generally a misunderstood breed, which is the reason Mariesa and Chris wanted to do more for them. The couple’s love for the breed led them to make this decision. Who would they rely on to help these dogs if not themselves?
While they already have quite a lot of experience with dogs, the couple would find that a visit to the animal shelter would teach them something new. It was simply something they have never seen before.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
The amazing couple shared a passion: endless love and affection for animals. Mariesa told a reporter that she broke up with past significant others because of this one specific factor.
It was because her love for dogs often interfered with her relationships. Most of her partners did not understand and share her goal of having a house full of rescued pups.
Chris Was Different
Things were different when she met fellow dog-lover Chris. Their love for each other along with their love for their rescues continues to grow as time passes by.
The picture sums up how much they love their fur babies. That couch looks really cozy to sit on especially with all the dogs cuddling around you, doesn’t it?
Friendly Faces In These Places
Rescue centers and animal shelters are often filled to the brim with pets who have been abandoned. Many of these places, unfortunately, do not have enough resources to provide care for all the animals despite wanting to save every one of these creatures in need.
When Mariesa and Chris paid a visit to Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they immediately saw that a large number of dogs in there came from one specific breed: pit bulls. The couple couldn’t believe how many of these adorable creatures were left in the shelter. Although Mariesa and Chris had no idea at that time, one of these dogs would change their lives.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
Pit bulls are known for their large head and stocky body. They have received a bad reputation but it is only due to a misunderstanding. Their muscular build does not actually reflect the risk they pose people.
Yet, many states still decide that owning a pit bull is illegal. It is one of the reasons why many pit bulls end up staying in animal shelters. It is illegal to own them in a couple of states.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Mariesa and Chris were aware of the breed’s sad situation. They have rescued a number of pit bulls over the years. The couple said that none of their fur babies ever displayed violence. They wanted to prove that pit bulls are sweethearts, contrary to what people think of them.
The couple wanted to help more when it comes to finding forever homes for these beautiful dogs. The two had no idea what the future had in store for them. They were more than determined to push through with their idea whatever fate would bring them.
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Pit bulls are considered by so many people to be a dangerous and violent breed of dogs, yet this is not really proven by science. The truth is, these dogs can be just as sweet, loving, and loyal to us humans. It’s just a matter of how people treat them, just like any other dog in the world.
There is nothing in their DNA that automatically makes them monster creatures. People will be surprised that a pit bull can be an amazing companion if they are given the chance. Mariesa and Chris came across one such pit bull during their visit to the shelter.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
Mariesa and Chris got news from the shelter staff that Storie’s babies should have been delivered already! To their surprise and confusion, they wondered why the puppies weren’t out yet when Storie seemed like she would give birth any second now.
Storie was clearly in a dangerous situation but they didn’t know exactly what was happening. Mariesa and Chris wanted to give Storie proper care and treatment by doing their best to help her get through the pregnancy.
Life And Death
The dog-loving couple knew that the lonely pit bull was in danger and they had to help her. After all, no one knew if there was going to be another person who would come to offer a hand just in time.
Mariesa and Chris had to come to a decision as quickly as they can because Storie and her puppies were in a life and death situation. What should the couple do? Ten dogs were already waiting at home and they didn’t know if they could care for an additional one. What more if it was a pregnant one?
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
Time was running out for Storie. The dog needed to receive proper care immediately and the couple had to meticulously discuss the matter at hand. They had to make sure that their decision was right for them and for Storie as well.
As the couple talked in length about the predicament, Storie placed her head on Mariesa’s knee and looked at her with eyes that begged for help. It seemed that it was all Mariesa needed to finally come to a decision.
Big Dog Family
Mariesa finally knew that she was bringing pregnant Storie back home with them. She just wasn’t sure yet if she made the right choice for them. This meant that their already huge family was going to keep on growing.
It was a ginormous challenge. Were they ready for it? It’s not just one dog they were having. After Storie gives birth, they would have a whole litter of puppies to take care of, and puppies require a lot of time and care. The couple hadn’t realized that they were in a situation much more complicated than what they thought at first.
The Perfect Solution
What the couple knew was that there would definitely be more than 10 dogs in their home after Storie gives birth to her puppies. Mariesa also didn’t want to leave Storie at the shelter for long. She didn’t want the pregnant pit bull to deliver her puppies there!
Mariesa wanted to give the wonderful dog a safe environment to deliver the puppies and be able to rest after. There was no better place for Storie to give birth than Chris and Mariesa’s house. She deserved somewhere safe and secure to give birth in.
Mariesa and Chris discussed different plans, analyzing the cost and benefits of a number of ideas. It seemed like they couldn’t think of anything that was practical for them. They wanted to find a good solution to an incredibly difficult situation, yet it doesn’t look like there is one.
At last, Chris thought of a brilliant idea that would solve their problem. He was confident that it would be the perfect plan for Storie, her puppies, and their family. What could Chris have come up with?
Chris brought up the plan to just be foster parents to Storie and her puppies. They will take care of them while they search for people looking to adopt. The idea was perfect for Storie. She can give birth to her pups in the safety of Chris and Mariesa’s home, then she will go to her forever home afterward!
Since the couple’s house was already filled to the brim, it seemed like the best option for them. They would still be able to spend some time with Storie that way as well.
The plan was a great idea. However, there was still one problem they needed to solve. What was wrong with Storie? Why weren’t her puppies coming out despite her belly swelling like crazy? Even the vet couldn’t answer the mystery.
At the time, it was the couple’s primary issue at hand and their top priority. It could be dangerous for Storie if she didn’t give birth to her puppies soon. The puppies in her belly were in danger too if they didn’t come out soon.
Looking For Answers Online
Mariesa and Chris had never experienced nor heard of this kind of problem in all their years of raising pit bulls. What was stopping Storie from giving birth? Given how swollen her belly was, they couldn’t understand why Storie didn’t deliver her puppies on time.
The two of them were extremely worried and decided to seek help and research online. The couple needed to find out what exactly was causing Storie to delay her pregnancy. It wasn’t right for Storie and for her puppies.
In their search for an answer, what the couple found on the internet only scared them more. It’s usually what happens when people seek expert advice from the web. Remember when you tried to find an answer for your cold only to get results that said you were already dying of some horrible illness?
After they conducted some internet research, Mariesa and Chris became more worried for Storie, and they still had yet to come up with a solution that would help the poor pit bull. What were they supposed to do?
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
Sometimes, we humans greatly underestimate how intelligent most animals are. In fact, many animals are even smarter than us in a number of ways. Sure, we can talk and speak, but animals have their extraordinary instincts that keep them safe.
In their online investigation, Mariesa and Chris searched for reasons why a pregnant dog would delay giving birth to her puppies. An article they stumbled upon looked like it had some answers to the mystery.
Mariesa and Chris found out from their online research that many animals experience a lot of trauma and stress during the time they spend in rescue centers. Pregnant dogs are even more at risk than others since they are more sensitive to their environments.
Despite being established to help animals find a safe place to live in, many shelters are at full capacity because of the number of animals that get abandoned. These overly crowded conditions are certainly not the best places for pregnant dogs. Homes such as Chris and Mariesa’s would be better for them.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
As the couple continued with their research regarding Storie’s situation, they soon found out that it was graver than their initial assessment. It was difficult to believe what their research brought out but so far, it was the only fitting explanation for them.
If the Storie’s condition didn’t change any time soon, she could lose all her puppies. Even worse, they could lose all the puppies AND Storie herself could die from the pregnancy! Refusing to give birth was painful both for Storie and her unborn babies. Things were really more dreadful than they thought.
The couple learned when pregnant dogs are under such trauma, they are too worried about the safety of their puppies that they will even choose not to give birth them completely. Mariesa did not know that such a thing was even possible to do.
This occurs when dogs feel that their puppies’ life would be at risk. How did Storie come to feel that her puppies would be in danger at the shelter? Mariesa and Chris were impressed by this maternal instinct.
Off To The Vet
Mariesa and Chirs now had a better evaluation of the danger Storie was in. They had to take the pregnant pit bull to the vet immediately if they wanted to keep the newest member of their family alive. The last thing they wanted was to lose her when she barely spent any time in their home.
They put Storie in the car and drove to the vet as fast as they could. The pregnant dog was in dire need of professional help. As a matter of fact, Storie should have been brought to the vet earlier, but they had no idea what was wrong with her before.
What The Ultrasound Showed
Once the vet finally saw the ultrasound results for Storie, she was shocked by what the screen showed. The vet shook her head quietly, speechless at what the result said.
It must be a mistake. Mariesa and Chris quickly darted their eyes to the monitor to see what why the vet was so surprised. They wanted to find out what made the vet act this way.
Something Isn’t Right
The shapes on the screen did not shift nor disappear, which means it was real. The white outlines would lead to shocking news for Mariesa and Chris as well as everyone involved in the story.
Mariesa knew that there was something completely wrong. However, she and Chris still couldn’t figure out what it was specifically. They had to find out what it was sooner than later.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet released a deep sign before going into an explanation of what she found in Storie’s womb. According to the vet, the womb showed something different from what they expected to find.
Most dogs would have six puppies on average during pregnancy, but it was not what Storie’s ultrasound displayed. Mariesa and Chris were shocked by the news they heard. What did the vet learn?
Frozen In Shock
The vet pointed to the white outlines on the image and began counting them. Mariesa and Chris soon realized what she was trying to stay and stood frozen. They counted the outlines themselves many times to make sure what they were seeing was real.
All this time they were expecting six puppies but that was not what the ultrasound results showed. What was it that they saw instead? Was there something wrong with Storie and the puppies?
A Development No One Expected
No one expected this news at all. She counted the puppies over and over to be sure. She continued counting but still had the same number in the end. They weren’t just imagining things. There were really that many puppies in Storie’s womb.
The vet knew it was finally time to give the news to the couple about what was actually happening. What did she have to tell them?
The number of puppies inside Storie’s womb was not what Mariesa, Chris, or the vet were expecting. As opposed to carrying six puppies, Storie actually had twelve little babies in her womb. It was insane!
A dozen small puppies were really inside Storie’s belly. It was impossible to think about how she had been carrying such a large number of puppies the whole time. How could she have done it?
The couple was completely stunned by the news they heard. It was such a shock. However, there were still other important things on their plate that they needed to act upon.
What does that number mean for the pregnant pit bull? Is she going to survive such an overdue pregnancy? Will all the puppies survive the process of delivery? The couple had so many things to think about and they couldn’t contain their fears and worries about what would happen.
Go Home And Wait
Even the vet could not give them a reason why Storie had yet to deliver her puppies. Fortunately, it seems like all the puppies are alive and healthy judging from the ultrasound. At least that’s one concern they can get out of their minds.
So now, what were they supposed to do? What if Storie still didn’t give birth to her puppies in the following days? What if takes weeks? It would be more and more dangerous for Storie and her puppies if she didn’t give birth soon.
The vet told Mariesa and Chris to go home and prepare for the day when Storie finally gives birth. If it did not happen within 48 hours, they need to return for another exam. At this point, there was nothing else for them to do.
What Mariesa and Chris didn’t know was that Storie had her own reason for not giving birth yet. She was simply waiting for the right time and place where the puppies could safely come out of the womb.
The Parents Are Anxious
The couple felt stressed after they had left the vet. Storie was not only in danger of losing 6 puppies but she was at risk of losing 12 of them! It was such a big risk and their anxiety and fear were even bigger.
Mariesa and Chris remained worried about the next 48 hours. Was Storie going to be alright even if she didn’t give birth in two days’ time? Would she be alright after giving birth to a dozen of them?
A Brilliant Idea
Despite being in a really precarious situation, there was not much that they could do for Storie. The best thing that they can do was to make her feel as safe as they could inside their own hoem.
When they were returning home, Mariesa came up with a brilliant idea. She surprised herself by not thinking about it earlier. It was the perfect solution and she was extremely happy about it.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
Mariesa and Chris already went through more than enough studies about trauma and stress to realize that it had a big effect on Storie. They wanted to help her as much as they could. The couple didn’t want Storie to feel any sort of stress since it was dangerous for her situation as well as for the puppies.
To make her feel at home, Mariesa and Chris tried to make what they thought would be the most comfortable space for her. Mariesa sectioned off a corner in their bedroom where she placed pillows and blankets.
Storie was then brought to the newly made sanctuary. They could only hope that it would help her. The couple put in so much effort to make her feel at home. They even adjusted the temperature in the room. Mariesa and Chris paid attention to every detail to give her the best sanctuary.
The couple thought of everything. They even made sure to check the noise level and chose the materials for the bed. It was up to them to create the perfect place to deliver the puppies without a problem.
The couple had no clue that a miracle was about to happen in their home. Mariesa and Chris went to bed after setting up the bed and checked on Storie as soon as they got up. They wanted to make sure nothing bad had happened to her.
Mariesa and Chris hoped that she would feel more at home with her own comfortable corner. They wanted to give her everything to keep her happy and make sure that she wouldn’t need anything else.
When Mariesa and Chris went to the room where they left Storie for the night, they heard strange little noises coming from the other side of the door. They rushed their steps and bolted inside the room in excitement.
Something extraordinary was waiting for them in that room. The couple was stunned by what they saw. They couldn’t believe the sight in front of them!
During The Night
They strode into the bedroom and to the couple’s surprise, they found Storie and 12 cute puppies there! Over the night, Storie had given birth to all of her puppies.
It was an amazing sight. Mariesa and Chris could not be any happier. After all the effort, fears, and stress, they finally made it to the end of the road. Most importantly, Storie looked happy and perfectly healthy while nursing her 12 babies.
Chris and Mariesa found themselves tearing up. They still could not believe that Storie had successfully delivered her puppies. The happiness could not be contained, and the couple was thrilled by what happened.
The couple eventually found out the reason why Storie took so long to give birth to their puppies. It was both strange and sensible. Do you have any idea about what it was?
A Dozen Puppies
It is often a traumatic and stressful experience for pregnant dogs to deliver their puppies in an animal shelter. The puppies typically experience stress when they come out. The mother and her puppies feel uncomfortable when they are in a crowded place with a lack of the care, attention, and space they need
For Storie, she knew that the shelter wasn’t the best place for her to give birth to her puppies. Instead, she waited for kind souls like Mariesa and Chris to help her before she could finally deliver the babies.
Less Than A Day
Storie had spent less than 24 hours with Mariesa and Chris but she felt safe enough that she gave birth. They could not believe the turn of events. All she needed was this couple to bring her to a safe place!
It could almost be considered a miracle since no one could find out why she delayed the birth of the pups. The ending could have been completely different and might have turned out worse than this.
A Great Dog Mama
Storie did a great job of taking care of her puppies. It was expected of the best dog mom in the world. Soon after this, adoption requests began to come in from the animal shelter where Storie came from.
Mariesa and Chris knew that they could not have the puppies with them forever. They had ten babies already, so thirteen more would be too much for them. How would Storie respond when her babies are taken away?
Puppies For Adoption
For the first time after they were born, the puppies finally opened their eyes. The couple was enjoying spending time with such a large litter of fur babies that they did not want to give them away.
The puppies took over their yard and played with each other in that way that only pups do. Storie seemed happy and excited to be with her babies. Sadly, they had to leave her side in the end.
Waiting For A Little TLC
Once Storie realized that she was comfortable and in a safe place, she just let her body do its work for her. It looked like she was actually waiting for Mariesa and Chris to take her home with them so that she could finally give birth at last.
The result was all twelve of her puppies had been perfectly healthy. Storie herself was also happy and strong. What was next for everyone? Mariesa and Chris needed to find a forever home for Storie. The couple could not keep Storie and her puppies in their home despite being so obsessed with them.
A Pack Of Her Own
The momma dog knew what she needed to give birth to her babies. Storie needed to feel protected and secure for her to do this. Do not forget comfort, especially when you have 12 little ones inside the belly. Mariesa and Chris provided Storie what she needed in less than a day of knowing her.
The rescue-loving couple made Storie finally feel at home which resulted in twelve cute little puppies. Storie is a smart mama dog. She did not give up on her search for the best place to have her babies.
Heading For Their New Homes
It was remarkable that Mariesa and Chris found people to adopt all twelve of the puppies as soon as they turned ten weeks old. While the couple fell in love with the pups, they were too much for them.
The only option was to put them up for adoption and hope that they find a loving home. The dog-loving couple was heartbroken with the decision, but they knew that it was the right one for them and for the puppies. Although they were sad, Mariesa and Chris wanted to give all the puppies the chance to get the love they deserve.
10 Weeks Old
The puppies were brought to their respective new homes once they reached 10 weeks. But what about Storie? Now that the puppies all found their own homes, what was going to happen to her?
Because of her dedication in taking care of her puppies, Storie deserved only the best home. Where was she going to go now? Was she going to find her forever home as well?
Her Forever Home
The story of her pregnancy gained attention on social media and other places online. The heart-wrenching story reached a man who fell in love with Storie.
This man immediately reached out to Mariesa and Chris and set up a meeting with them. He wanted to see and meet Storie as soon as possible and then decide what they should do. How did it go for them?
They All Found Homes!
He wanted to bring home Storie as soon as he met her! Did Storie finally find her own forever home? It would be an amazing ending if she and all her puppies have loving homes.
Storie was also spayed so that she can avoid any accidental or similarly large pregnancy like this one. After all, it put her life in so much danger. With any luck, she will never have to experience so much stress ever again. She will now get to live her life carefree and happy like any other dog out there.
The Best Dog Mom
Despite giving birth to a dozen puppies, Storie never failed to give each one of her babies the love and care that they needed. She was an amazing dog mom and just knew what she had to do.
In the time that she and the puppies spent together, she spent most of it giving attention to all twelve of them. Storie was a fantastic mom. It was a good thing that all the puppies are now taken care of and have warm and loving owners.
The End Was Nearing
Mariesa and Chris were so proud and happy for Storie. She did a wonderful job with her babies. She cleaned and nursed her puppies and all of them were in perfect health. She made it seem so easy!
Sadly, the couple did not get to keep the puppies with them for longer. They knew it from the start but still found it extremely difficult to bid Storie and her babies goodbye.
If Not For Them
All twelve puppies are now happily thriving in her new homes. They are given so much love by their owners and seem to be doing well. They’re happy and they give joy to the humans who are taking care of them. Everyone’s relieved and thankful that things ended well for them.
Storie waited until all twelve of her puppies were finally adopted by capable people. Her motherly instincts had been intact. She stayed with her foster family until all the little ones had been taken.
A Crucial Chance
If Storie did not meet Mariesa and Chris that day in the shelter, she would most likely have lost her puppies. The worse-case scenario is that Storie herself would have died. Luckily, there are caring and compassionate people like Mariesa and Chris who offered gave their help to Storie and her puppies.
We are really happy that the couple gave Storie a chance when they saw the pregnant dog in the animal shelter. The puppies surely feel that way as well. It is difficult to imagine how differently things would have gone for Storie if she did not have Mariesa and Chris to help her.
A Happy Note
Storie’s saga had a happy ending, but there are still so many dogs out there who might never find their forever homes. Animal shelters need a lot of help to take care of a large number of animals.
If you want to help but could not adopt a dog, there are still many ways you can lend a hand. You can volunteer your time to the shelter since they can always use an extra hand. With the number of animals inside those shelters, extra help will always be welcome.
If you have the resources, you can also opt to foster one or two animals. You will be able to help them and spend time with the adorable creatures without the huge commitment of adoption. You can also spread the word about the local shelters and rescue centers in your area and donate to them.
Little things that you do will go a long way to help give animals better lives. You are not only making it easier for the people who work there, but you’re also helping ensure that the work gets done.
The Mr. Mo Project
Mariesa and Chris established The Mr. Mo Project which is a nonprofit that takes in older and sick dogs from shelters. Elderly dogs are often brought to shelters when their owners can no longer afford the cost of taking care of them.
Unfortunately, these sick and older dogs have a higher chance of getting euthanized. This is where the couple steps in to help the dogs find homes where they could spend the rest of their lives. The Mr. Mo Project will cover medical and living expenses and the “fospice” home will provide the love and attention the dogs need.
A Family Affair
If you ever find yourself losing your bed to your rescues and fosters, you can replicate what Mariesa and Chris did to solve their own space dilemma. Their solution is brilliant, especially for large families.
The average length of a king-sized bed is 6.6 feet. The bed that Mariesa and Chris have is more than double that size! We are not telling you to whip out a new bed, but it is nice to know the solution if you ever find yourself in the same situation as this couple. You can customize it so that you and all of your fur babies can snuggle in one giant bed.
We are now all aware of the fact that Mariesa and Chris are absolute dog-lovers. We can actually say that it is an understatement. You can check out ‘The Mr. Mo Project’ on Instagram where they are very active. They are dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging more people to adopt senior dogs.
They put up this sweet photo and captioned it, “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”.