Ava is a rescue Chow mix who was up for euthanasia, a practice that the shelter needed to do to make more room for other incoming dogs. Having a dog euthanized is such a sad thing. Having a pregnant dog euthanized is even more heartbreaking. This was the case of Ava until she met Ashlee Holland.
When Ashlee met Ava, she, being a mother herself, instantly felt connected with the pregnant dog. Knowing Ava’s situation, she knew that she was Ava’s only hope. So, Ashlee took Ava in.
Who knew there would be 18 puppies inside this belly?!? This picture was taken this past Wednesday 6-21-17
Ashlee immediately brought Ava for a checkup at the vet. They also did an x-ray, which, unfortunately, was unable to tell the number of puppies Ava was going to have. After almost two weeks, the pregnant dog went into labor.
Ava delivered a puppy after a few hours of labor. Four more puppies came out after an hour. Then, Ava had two more pups an hour later. Because Ava’s contractions already stopped, Ashlee cleaned her up and changed her bedding too.
All 18 puppies got weighed and named yesterday. The names are💜Salvy💜Cookie💜Bo💜Duffy💜Royal💙Ace💙Hosmer💙Escobar (Esky)💙Cain💙Gordon 💙George💙Yost💙Buck💙Moose💙Dayton💙Saberhagen (Saber)💙Amos💙McRae
However, Ava wasn’t done yet. Overnight, Ava delivered eight more puppies. Then after a few more hours, another three came out of her tummy, making Ava deliver a whopping 18 adorable, little pups!
It turns out, Ashlee didn’t only save one life. She saved a total of 19 cute, innocent dogs. If not for her, the fate of all these dogs would have been entirely different. Luckily, Ashlee got them right on time.
Pupdate:Royals are doing great! I haven't needed to supplement any puppies over the past couple of days. Ava is back…
All of Ava’s 18 litter of puppies were thankfully healthy. Ava took good care of each of the pups. Ava has been a superb doggy mom! Of course, she wouldn’t have done this without Ashlee’s help.
Now, after reaching the right age, the puppies were adopted by their new loving families. Saving Ava didn’t only make Ashlee happy; she brought happiness to other families through Ava’s puppies too.
Credit: Ava and her 18 Royals