Stevoni Wells Doyle has fostered dogs for more than 10 years, but she was still taken by surprise by a pregnant Pit Bull she has been caring for. 2-year-old Graycee arrived at Stevoni’s home 3 weeks ago when she rescued her through Utah-based Rescue Rovers.
The dog gave birth to a litter of 11 puppies just a few days ago and surprised Stevoni by picked up one by one and placing them gently on her lap.
The beautiful moment was caught on video.
Stevoni believes that Graycee, being a first time mother, wanted some reassurance.
“She laid on me and wanted me to love her too,” Doyle said. “She would crawl on my lap and nurse my puppies if I would let her.”
Despite having fostered over 100 dogs, Stevoni finds the bonding experience with with a pregnant dog to be very special and she plans on continuing to do so.
But she knows that what Graycee did is extra special. “She’s the first one that has ever brought them over and been like, ‘here you go.’”
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A note for people who may be wondering why the room is so bare, a friend of Stevoni and the rescue organization explained on reddit that bare rooms are “typically used as birthing/puppy rooms as puppies simply cannot manage their bodily functions well enough to be allowed free range of the house (unless you have all concrete floors and a high tolerance for mopping), quite aside from the safety hazards potentially present to a young puppy (or human).
The plastic swimming pool is a common solution to keeping the birthing mess manageable (when the dog is actually giving birth, they put down towels/sheets/etc to keep them comfortable). It also serves as a place for mama to go when she needs a break from the puppies.”
“Once the puppies are old enough they will graduate to other areas of the home (pending potty training progress etc), and once they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and live on their own without mom around they become available for adoption.” The puppies and mama will be available for adoption through Red Rover.