Dogs
Hikers hear barks deep in forest and then spot mama dog giving birth
The hikers knew they had to act fast to help the mama and her babies.
Rachel Shapiro
01.04.23

When you’re out hiking, you often hope to see wildlife. It’s always cool to see animals in their natural environment, living their life.

It’s one of the fun parts of hiking.

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But what you wouldn’t expect to see is a mama dog, abandoned and heavily pregnant.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what one couple did find while out hiking – and it seemed they had arrived at just the right time. The dog was giving birth.

The poor mom, a shy pit bull, was completely exhausted and malnourished. She didn’t trust anyone.

But one man, Thom McCallum, was determined to give her a better life.

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Thom took mama and her three babies home with him and introduced them to their “new digs”. The pups were absolutely tiny, and could barely even open their eyes.

Thom had a lot of work on his hands.

It took mom, who Thom named Ruby, a while to warm up to her new owner.

No one can say for sure what she might have gone through in the past, but to have been abandoned by her previous caregiver would have made her lose faith in humans entirely.

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Still, mom didn’t let her outside fears get in the way of her parenting duties. She did an “incredible” job of looking after her little ones, who spent most of their first few weeks of life fast asleep.

While the puppies napped, Thom would use his one-on-one time with Ruby to bond with her and build her trust.

He petted her, whispered words of reassurance, and tried to play with her — though she was still a little too timid to play fetch.

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By Thom’s 20th day of being a foster parent, Ruby’s puppies were finally up on their feet and running about.

Thom now had his work cut out even more – it’s clear all three pups were going to be a handful!

It was soon time for Thom to take the puppies out for their first ever walk. He strapped them to their own little puppy cart, while mom walked protectively alongside them.

There’s no doubt that Thom would have been stopped by a few adoring strangers along the way. His “wagon full of puppies” was just too cute.

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Thom felt that the dogs were ready now to play outside in his yard.

Mama Ruby loved the outdoors, but she was more interested in following Thom around. From being hesitant to open up to him, she was now his biggest fan.

“Ruby won’t leave my side. She goes everywhere I go,” Thom admitted.

As the days passed, the pups grew larger, and Ruby was growing too – in confidence. It was amazing for Thom to see.

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Thom soon shared the fantastic news that all three pups had been adopted.

One of the pups, Tito, was actually adopted by Thom’s next door neighbor, who installed a gate in his back fence, so mom could still come and see her son whenever she fancied.

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As for Ruby, Thom said she’s already home.

He has permanently adopted the brave mom, and plans to look after her for the rest of his life. He added:

“I don’t think she has to go anywhere. She loves it here. I love being with her and I think I’m the best home for her.”

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What a beautiful story. We’re so glad Thom has given Ruby a wonderful place to call home. After her tough beginnings, she deserves a lovely, easy life.

Check out Ruby’s full story in the video below!

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By Rachel Shapiro
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Rachel Shapiro is a contributing writing at Shareably. She is based in New York and can be reached at [email protected]
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