For weeks, a black stray dog wandering in Crawford Park in Southeast Dallas, Texas, wouldn’t let animal rescuers near him. The dog kept his distance until one night, when he greeted the rescuers with loud, panicked barking.
He had never behaved like that before, so it caught the attention of Marina Tarashevsce, an animal rescuer with Dallas Dogrrr, and John Miller, a dog behaviorist. They ended up following the dog and what he lead them to earned him the name “Hero”.
Hero barked for Marina and John to follow him.
They followed him into dense forest. It was pitch black but he lead them to a burnt-out tree by a muddy creek bed.
Peeking inside they found a mom and her puppies!
There were 10 puppies!
They caught the mom and her pups and got them safely to their car. The mom was a bit scared and stressed and exhausted from recently giving birth. Her rescuers named her Mona.
They went back for Hero afterwards and this time he didn’t mind them catching him. I think he wanted to check on the puppies.
He kept a watchful eye on Dr. Hamlin with Mercy Animal Clinic to make sure he’s gentle with Mona and her puppies.
One of the puppies named Bear Grills was found frozen and stiff when they found him. But luckily he pulled through!
He was soon back nursing with his mom and he’s been pre-adopted already!
Mona and her puppies are now in a foster home and growing up fast.
One Catahoula mix puppy is almost twice as big as the smallest pup, another looks like a tiny Rottweiler and one looks just like Hero, so there were probably several fathers.
Of course these pups have only one true dad – Hero.
“He might not be the biological father he is the most loving and nurturing dog dad,” Marina wrote on Dallas Dogrrr’s Facebook page . “This boy is the best dad and Mona and her babies are very lucky to have such a very loving protector.”
If you would like to help Dallas Dogrrr and their efforts to help stray dogs like Hero and Mona visit their Facebook page.
The dog family were rescued on March 10, 2015. I hope Mona, her puppies and Hero all find loving homes soon!
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