Why was the vet so shocked by what the ultrasound showed? It was because she had never seen anything like this before. She thought she made a mistake, but nothing changed after recounting.
While she was amazed, there was no time for her to stay like that. It was imperative to bring this up with the parents of the dog. They had no idea what was about to come for them.
Time To Choose One
What do you do when you want to adopt a dog? You go to the shelter, of course. Mariesa and Chris dropped by a number of adoption shelters to look for the perfect dog to bring home.
They only wanted one, but it was proving to be a challenge. How could they possibly pick just a single dog out of these adorable hounds? However, one of them caught Mariesa’s attention.
Belly Full Of Unborn Pups
This very pregnant pit bull approached them and started kissing their hands. The dog looked at Mariesa as if to say that she deserved a good home.
Clearly, this dog needed somewhere to deliver the dogs. Mariesa wanted her right away, but there were other things she also had to take into consideration.
Bred And Then Surrendered At The Shelter
In reality, she had a sad story. Mariesa was emotional after she heard what Storie the dog went through.
It turned out that she once lived with a backyard breeder. However, the owner realized that it was going to take a lot of work and money to look after her and the puppies. She was then brought to the shelter.
A Loving Home
Chris and Mariesa knew that they had everything this dog needed: love, comfort, shelter, and security.
How could they deny her these when she needed them so badly? However, there was more to the story.
Fans Of Pit Bulls
The couple loved pit bulls! In fact, all their rescues were from the same breed. They adored these dogs.
In their home, they had 10 lovely babies waiting for them. Here is a photo of 8 of their lovely friends.
It is impressive, we know. Chris talked about their “mega bed” when he spoke to TODAY: “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 mega bed,” he added. It actually measures 7 ft. wide and 14 ft. long. They need this to snuggle up with all their dogs!
Pit bulls are misunderstood. This was why they wanted to do as much as they could for the dog breed.
They had lots of experience with the dogs, but this was shaping out to be a new experience for them.
Loving Parents To Many Dogs
They had a passion for animals. In fact, Mariesa used to dump other men since they did not understand.
She loved dogs so much that it got in the way of her personal life. Many did not understand her dreams.
Chris Was Different
It is a good thing she and Chris crossed paths! He was also a dog-lover and shared her dreams and goals.
This photo shows us just how much they adore their dogs! We are sure that they were all cozy there.
Friendly Faces In These Places
Rescue shelters and centers often run at full capacity even if they do not have the resources to do so.
When they went to Pibbles & More Animal Rescue, they saw that many of the dogs there were pit bulls. The couple was saddened to see that people did not give them a chance.
A Reputation They Did Not Deserve
This breed comes with a distinctive huge head and muscular build. They are not dangerous, however.
Despite the fact that it is only a misunderstanding, it is still illegal to own the dogs in many states. This is the reason they often end up in animal shelters and rescue centers.
Trying To Change The Stigma
Chris and Mariesa knew about all of this. They adopt pit bulls since they knew that they are lovely dogs.
Their own pets have never been violent. It was their goal to find them a home they can call their own!
Loving And Loyal Creatures
Many think pit bulls are dangerous and violent, but this is not true. They are just like any other dogs!
Nothing in their DNA says that they are monsters. These pit bulls actually make for great companions.
The Pups Should Have Popped Out Already
The couple learned that this dog was already past her due date. How come she had yet to give birth?
Storie was in a dangerous situation, but what was going on? Despite this, they wanted to look after her.
Life And Death
The two of them knew that this pit bull was in danger. They needed to get her help as soon as possible.
Chris and Mariesa had to decide what to do next since it might make a world of difference for Storie.
Helping The Soon-To-Be Mom
Time was not on their side. This dog had to get the proper care she needed, and fast. Still, they had to consider their personal situation too. After all, they wanted what was right for them and Storie.
They were talking when Storie put her chin on Mariesa’s knee. This was the deciding moment for her.
Big Dog Family
Mariesa knew that it would be right for them to bring Storie home. Still, she had some doubts about it.
After all, could they really afford to expand their huge dog family some more? They were not going to add just one dog but an entire litter as well! In reality, things were even complicated than they thought.
The Perfect Solution
They would end up with so many dogs in the house after the birth. However, she did not want to leave Storie there for such a long time. It did not sit right with her to leave the pit bull all by herself.
She wanted Storie to deliver her pups in a safe place. Their home would be better than the shelter.
They talked about various possibilities and ideas. It was not looking good on the logistic side of things.
It was Chris who made a suggestion that suited the pros and cons perfectly. What did he have in mind?
Chris said that they could just foster Storie and the pups! They will look after them but not keep them.
This was an idea that ticked off everything that they were considering. It was the best option they had.
No doubt, it was a good plan. However, they still had no idea why she had not given birth just yet.
This time, their main issue was her delayed pregnancy. What would happen if nothing changed soon?
Looking For Answers Online
The two had never seen anything like this in the past. Her belly was swollen, so what was the problem?
They felt very worried about Storie, so they went online to look for help. Did they see anything helpful?
When they started to read, they only got more scared. This is normal when you go online for answers.
They did some research and ended up feeling more worried. What could the couple do for this pit bull?
Relationship Between Trauma And Birth
The truth is that many do not think that animals are smart. Do not underestimate them, however.
Dogs have great instincts, mind you. Chris and Mariesa looked up why this was happening and felt shocked when they saw that it was all about trauma.
The online research showed that dogs feel a lot of stress and trauma when they live in rescue centers.
Pregnant ones have an even higher risk. While rescue shelters are meant to help dogs, there are times when they only cause more damage. The crowded environment is not good for pregnant dogs.
Realizing How Dangerous The Situation Is
As they kept reading, they found out that it was graver than they had in mind. What did they learn?
If the situation did not change soon, she might lose the pups. What made it even worse? She could also die from her refusal to give birth. Chris and Mariesa were devasted to hear of such a possibility.
They also read that pregnant dogs might not give birth at all if they were in a traumatic environment.
This kind of thing only happens when they feel like the outside world would only harm their pups more.
Off To The Vet
At that point, they had a better understanding of the current issues. What was the next step for them?
They went to the vet as soon as they could. After all, they wanted to help get Storie out of this mess.
What The Ultrasound Showed
The vet used the ultrasound on the pit bull but was shocked by what the results showed. Was it true?
She could not believe what this meant. Mariesa and Chris could feel that there was something important going on. What could possibly make the vet react like that?
Something Isn’t Right
No matter what she did, the shapes on her screen did not change. She knew that this meant it was real.
Mariesa could tell that something was wrong. Still, she and Chris had no idea what it could possibly be.
The Shock Of A Lifetime
The vet sighed and then explained to the couple what she saw in their foster dog’s womb. It was completely unexpected, but it was what it was. She told them about her shocking find.
On average, dogs give birth to six pups per litter. However, this was not the case for Storie the pit bull.
Frozen In Shock
The vet directed them to the white outlines on the image and started to count them. The truth was beginning to dawn on Chris and Mariesa. They could not believe that this was happening.
They had six puppies in mind the whole time. What they found totally changed the situation for them.
A Development No One Expected
This was a completely unexpected development. You will soon learn why the vet refused to believe it.
Despite this, the number stayed the same. It was now time for the vet to explain what she just saw.
No one expected to hear what they just found out about the pregnancy. Storie was not carrying 6 pups.
In reality, she was carrying 12 pups! This was double the amount that they had in mind all along. Whoa.
They could not believe what they just heard. They were in shock. Not once did they think it was possible.
Moreover, they were concerned about what it meant for this pit bull. Could she actually survive a pregnancy like this one? Can the puppies all survive the delivery? Their worries increased tenfold.
Go Home And Wait
The vet did not know why Storie was delaying the birth so much. They did learn the pups were all fine.
But what should they do at that point? Could Storie handle carrying the pups for that much longer?
The vet asked Chris and Mariesa to return home and get ready for the birth of the pups. They were asked to return in 48 hours if this still did not happen. As you can see there was not much they could do.
What the couple did not know was that this dog had it all under control! Let us see what happened next.
The Parents Are Anxious
The couple was anxious after leaving the clinic. Storie might lose not just six pups but an entire dozen!
Chris and Mariesa had no idea what to expect in the next 48 hours. Was everything going to be all right?
A Brilliant Idea
They knew that it was a dangerous situation, but there was no way they could force Storie to give birth.
The only thing they could do was to help her feel at home. Mariesa had a great idea on how to do this.
Giving Her A Space Of Her Own
Chris and Mariesa already read up a lot about stress, trauma, and birth. They just wanted to help Storie.
The goal was to make her feel safe and comfy. This was why they put pillows and blankets in one room!
After this, they brought her to this new sanctuary. They just hoped that this plan was going to work well.
They had everything covered. They made sure to adjust and choose everything for her ultimate comfort.
The couple went to bed. They did not know that there was a miracle that was about to unravel soon!
Chris and Mariesa hoped that Storie was going to feel comfy there. Hopefully, she felt right at home.
As they approached the room Storie was in, they heard strange noises from the other side of the door.
They went in and gasped in shock. They could not believe just what they were looking at. What was it?
During The Night
Upon entering the room, they saw Storie and a dozen cute puppies! Yes, she managed to do it at last!
It was nothing short of amazing. Chris and Mariesa were so happy to see the pit bull and her babies.
Mariesa and Chris could not stop the tears from flowing. The could not believe that she finally did it.
They soon figured out why Storie did not give birth right away. It was strange, but it also made sense.
A Dozen Puppies
Pregnant dogs often have a traumatic time in animal shelters. This means the pups will get stressed too.
No one wants that for their baby, right? Storie knew that this would happen, so she opted to wait for someone kind to help her. It was a good thing that Chris and Mariesa helped her just in time.
Less Than A Day
Storie did not even spend more than 24 hours with her foster parents, but it was enough for her.
She just wanted a safe place to give birth in. This does not sound like an unreasonable request to us.
A Great Dog Mama
Storie was great at looking after the pups, of course. Do not forget she is one of the best dog moms out there. Not long after this happened, adoption requests started to come in at the animal shelter.
Chris and Mariesa knew that the dogs would not be theirs forever. How did Storie feel about this?
Puppies For Adoption
Soon, the pups opened their eyes at last. They had a great time and wanted to keep them if they could.
The pups enjoyed playing in the backyard with one another. Storie looked on as they did so. Sadly, the time would come for them to be separated. It was for the best, but it was still a sad affair for them all.
Waiting For A Little TLC
When she knew that she was in a safe place, she only had to let her body do the job. It was that simple.
The end result was a litter of twelve healthy puppies. Storie was also happy and in good health. What comes after this? Unfortunately, Chris and Mariesa had no choice but to give the dogs away.
A Pack Of Her Own
This dog mom knew what she needed to give birth. She had to feel secure and safe to do such a thing.
The couple helped make Storie feel at home. In the end, she gave birth to twelve puppies to prove it!
Heading For Their New Homes
On top of this, Chris and Mariesa found people to bring home the pups when they were 10 weeks old.
They had no choice but to give up the pups. They were sad to do it, but it was the best option they had.
10 Weeks Old
When they were 10 weeks old, the pups went to their new homes. But what was in store for Storie?
She was so dedicated to her pups and deserves a forever home. Let us find out what happened to her.
Her Forever Home
The story of the pregnancy gathered widespread attention online. It soon reached one man in particular.
He fell in love with her right away! He spoke to Chris and Mariesa to schedule a meeting. Did it go well?
They All Found Homes!
It sure seems that way. After all, he wanted to adopt her after he met Storie for the first time. Aww.
Storie got spayed as well. No one wants her to suffer through such a huge and stressful pregnancy again.
The Best Dog Mom
She might have given birth to a lot of pups, but she did not fail to give them as much love as possible.
They did have a long time together, but she made the most out of it. Luckily, the pups are all in good hands now.
The End Was Nearing
Mariesa and Chris felt happy for Storie. They were so proud of how good of a mother she was!
She looked after them as much as she possibly could. As we already know, they could not stay together forever. It was hard for Chris and Mariesa to have to separate these lovely creatures.
If Not For Them
The 12 pups are all happy in their new homes. Isn’t it great that they get the love and care they need?
Storie stayed with the couple until all the puppies were adopted. Her motherly instincts were still there!
A Crucial Chance
If it were not for Chris and Mariesa, there was a good chance that things would have been very bad for Storie. She might have even died. Luckily, there are still good people out there.
Isn’t it amazing that they managed to help the dogs out? It was a good thing they took a shot on Storie.
A Happy Note
The story of Storie had a happy ending. Even so, many other dogs out there do not have such good luck.
Do you want to help but can’t adopt a dog? You can always volunteer your free time at the shelter, among other things that you can do.
Of course, the best way to help out is to adopt an animal or two. Fostering is also an option if you cannot commit to looking after a pet indefinitely.
The small things will add up, believe us. The people and animals at the shelters will be grateful to you.
The Mr. Mo Project
Chris and Mariesa launched the Mr. Mo Project. This nonprofit takes in old and sick dogs from animal shelters. These dogs are often surrendered there when the cost of their care gets too much.
There is a good chance that these animals will get euthanized. This is the part where they step in and help find them a second shot at a home. The project covers living expenses and gives them TLC.
A Family Affair
Is your excuse for not adopting a dog the fact that you do not have enough bed space for them?
If this is the case, why not build a megabed like Mariesa and Chris did. Theirs is over twice the size of a regular king-sized bed. This is a great way to snuggle up with your dogs.
At this point, we can clearly see that Chris and Mariesa love dogs. You should give their Instagram account, ‘The Mr. Mo Project’, on Instagram!
Check out this photo they posted with the caption, “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.”