A rescue dog’s maternal instincts kicked in when she heard crying puppies who needed the TLC only a mother can provide.
Maggie, who had recently given birth to her own litter, was being boarded at Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in Canada when she broke out of her kennel to tend to a pair of frightened foster puppies, CBC News reports. The St. Albert, Alberta, facility often boards dogs for local rescue groups when those organizations don’t have enough foster homes available, and it was the puppies’ first night at Barkers.
“It was really sweet,” Barkers’ owner, Sandy Aldred, told CBC. “She just had to be with those puppies.”
Maggie had recently become a mother, but her puppies had all been adopted out before she, herself, was adopted by a family. The Australian Shepherd had been staying at the boarding facility for a week when the two, 9-week-old puppies were brought in by the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS).
Maggie was able to break out of her kennel by pushing aside the water dish built in to her kennel’s door and squeezing through the opening, according to CBC. Surveillance footage shows Maggie running through a row of kennels before coming to a stop at the puppies’ kennel — her tail wagging away. She then curls up next to the puppies’ kennel door.
After the staff discovered Maggie’s little escape act, they let her into the puppies’ kennel, and the three of them got all kinds of snuggly together.
“The puppies needed her and she needed them,” Aldred told CBC. “It was pretty perfect.”
Cue the collective “awws.”