Being pregnant and homeless is never a good thing but one lucky little pup named Summer toughed it out with a little help from her human neighbors.
After living outdoors in Los Angeles for far too long, Summer got used to being taken care of by the community. One of the many guardian angels who made sure Summer was fed on a daily basis noticed one day that the friendly gray pooch’s stomach was protruding noticeably. A sure sign that she was eating for six.
Once Summer gave birth to the litter of mostly black and brown pups, a call was made to a rescue organization to make arrangements to find homes for all of them (Summer included).
“She was on the street for a while; neighbors fed her and really liked having her around because she was so nice, but of course when she had babies in the bushes, they knew they had to do the right thing and contact us so the babies and the mom could be with us in a healthy and clean environment,” founder of Hope for Paws Eldad Hagar told The Dodo.
Hope For Paws workers rushed to the site to take a look at the newborn canine babes, and arrived to Summer’s special spot just a few short hours after the miraculous event.
To their surprise, Summer was beyond happy to see them and seemed to intuitively know that no harm would come to her and her family.
“We approached her right away and she was just so nice to us, so gentle,” Hagar explained. “She allowed us to pick up the puppies right away, which was quite surprising because mothers to newborns tend to be protective.”
The rescue volunteers were relieved by Summer’s attitude, which made it that much easier for them to get the puppies—which were gently lifted one-by-one out of the shrubs—to a safe place.
Summer kept a close eye on the process, frequently poking her head out to check on her adorably sleepy, squinty-eyed sons and daughters.
Regardless of her situation, Summer possessed exactly the right attitude. She is basically the quintessential dog, loyal, approachable and eager. This is not always typical of dogs that have lived on the streets, as they haven often been abandoned and sometimes abused (which understandably leads to many behavioral problems).
After the six pups were transported to a blanket, their Mom came all the way out of the bushes and laid down beside behind them.
As you can see from the photos, Summer seemed to be smiling at the thought of a new life.
A vet found all the puppies and their mother to be completely healthy. Hagar was able to identify Summer as a Berger Picard, the same breed that was featured in the 2005 dramedy Because of Winn-Dixie starring Jeff Daniels, AnnaSophia Robb and Elle Fanning.
Homeless dogs as well-adapted as Summer are unusual but unfortunately there are no details on how she ended up on the streets or what her life was like in the years before being picked up.
The bottom line is that it really doesn’t matter what breed she is. This dog lived on the streets for a long time, was fed by the community, and we were there to save her and her babies.
Hope for Paws rescuers named the six babies Diver, Surfer, Sunny, Sandy and Tanner because of Los Angeles’ weather and their birthplace’s proximity to the beach.
Last we heard, they were in foster care until reaching an appropriate age and independence level for adoption.
Judging from their mom’s attitude, the six cuties will make great pets and a perfect addition to any animal lover’s life.
Contact A.R.T N Paws Animal Rescue—a safe, no-kill shelter Southeast of downtown L.A.—for more info on Summer and her puppies.
Remember, while puppies may seem like the cutest option, adult dogs need love too and are less likely to be placed.
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