Not every hero wears a cape. In truth, they occasionally come with four legs and a coat of hair, like Maggie, a Canadian Australian shepherd-mix dog from Alberta.
This cunning dog broke out of her kennel during the night after being left off for a brief visit at Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming. Why? to give two puppies some consolation on their first night there.
The puppies, who were 9 weeks old, were fosters from the neighborhood rescue organization and were residing at Barkers Pet Motel as they awaited adoption into forever homes. They were undoubtedly nervous because it was their first night together, but Maggie understood just what they needed.
Maggie had just weaned her own litter of puppies a few weeks prior, so her maternal instincts went into full swing when she heard the puppies crying.
A Barkers staff member, Alex Aldred said , “We’ve never really seen it before, where a dog sneaks out to some puppies and is so excited to see them.”
The employees at Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming have witnessed much adorableness over the years, but they say this definitely “takes the cake.”
Although Barkers is a boarding facility, it frequently accepts foster dogs from neighborhood rescue organizations when there aren’t enough foster families available. This is how the 9-week-old puppies arrived at the facility.
Sandi Aldred, the proprietor of Barkers, had all the dogs tucked into their kennels for the evening. When Aldred went out to dinner with her family, she made the decision to check on the puppies because she uses her phone to monitor the facility through the security cameras.
She then became aware of an oddity. Maggie was outside the kennel housing the puppies after some way managing to escape her own kennel.
The security camera captured every detail. Maggie had gone over to the puppies to lick and sniff them through the gate before lying down next to them.
“We watched her on the cameras and she went straight around and she found their room,” Sandi told. “She paid them a lot of attention and you could see her little tail wagging.”
Sandi added, “And she’d do the little bow down to them and poke them through the chainlink gate of their room. She just decided that was where she was going to stay until we came to get her. It was really sweet. She just had to be with those puppies.”
Sandi returned to the kennel after dinner, and Maggie was there to greet her by the door.
Sandi recalled, “She came to me and she was really happy, and then she took me back to their room as if to say, ‘I really need to meet these puppies’.”
That is when Sandi decided to let Maggie into the puppies’ kennel.
“They were just all so happy to be together,” Sandi explained. “She was nuzzling them really gently and nudging them, and then she laid down and let them cuddle with her.” “The puppies needed her and she needed them,” she added. “It was pretty perfect.”
Maggie was let to spend the night with the puppies by Sandi. And all three of them were still snuggled up together when the staff came back in the morning. Maggie had just weaned her own litter of puppies a few weeks before to being rescued by the Edmonton Humane Society, so her mother instincts were very strong at the time. All dogs, however, whether they are male or female and have never given birth, may possess an instinctive instinct to protect the pups.
While they waited to be adopted, the two puppies themselves had also been weaned from their mother quite early.