By Jack Williams
A heartbroken shelter dog has been given a new lease of life after she adopted SIX puppies so soon after losing two newborns of her own.
Lovable Blossom, who is based at Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston, Texas, USA, was extremely frantic following the loss of two of her three babies last month.
She had initially been brought to a county shelter, where Maggie Escriva, the intake coordinator for Westie and Scottie Rescue Houston, discovered a dog whoshe had no idea was pregnant and also had heartworm.
After being renamed to Blossom, the abandoned pooch gave birth to three puppies, but only a small white pup named Buttercup survived.
Two days after the puppies had passed away, Maggie saw a rescue friend’s plea for help: She was looking for a nursing mum or bottle feeders for six puppies that had been abandoned.
There had initially been eight puppies, Maggie said, but the litter was thrown from a moving truck and two died.
She agreed to take the puppies as a last resort for the other rescuer, but was initially concerned about how Blossom would react.
Maggie said: “In order to introduce the new puppies, I took Blossom out on a lead while the other volunteer put the puppies in Blossom’s bed with Buttercup.
“When I took Blossom back into the room, she sniffed at the puppies and then climbed into the bed and started cleaning them.”
Since being given the responsibility of looking after a large number of pups – a group known as “Blossom’s Garden,” as all are named after flowers – the mother has seemed like her old self again.
All animals will be put up for adoption once the puppies have the necessary vaccines and Blossom has a heartworm operation, which should mean she can be adopted in September.