Pregnant dogs are known to hold off in giving birth during stressful situations. If feeling they’re surrounded by danger, they’ll counter the natural impulses, so as to protect the unborn pups.
But, why did it take still longer for Storie, a pregnant, pitbull, to give birth? Although in the stressful situation of an animal shelter, she’d recently been adopted by a stable couple. They already had dogs of their own, so had loads of experience in caring for canines.
In our last installment, it was disclosed that as we followed Storie’s story (couldn’t help myself), she’d already given birth at this point. The question that remained was, why still holding off even in a stable, unstressed surrounding?
Well, Storie, as the caring pitbull mother that she is, wanted to make sure that it would last. The dog was testing the stableness of this family atmosphere, as it were. Even though most everyone was sure the litter would be born partially dead, Storie was willing to take that risk for those that would ‘make it’.
But what a reward! Not just that all the puppies made it. But that, reiterating from before, they all survived in spite of there being 12 puppies in all! As most dog owners could testify, it’s quite common for dogs in ideal situations, to still have stillborns, &/or birth at least one with ‘failure to thrive’.
No small miracle that this dog-caring couple was the one to find a seemingly unloved pregnant pitbull. No less of a miracle still, for Storie to find that in @ about a day, she was able to feel safe enough, to then proceed with the birthing process.
Now with the new conundrum; how to deal, as a young couple, with 23 dogs! Tune in next for the last installment as we see the bounty of the human heart, opening up especially in times like these.