Rescue Dog Has Litter of Cow Cubs
Whether you are a cat person or a dog person, one thing that we can all agree on is that rescuing dogs from the street is one of the kindest acts there is. We are happy to see that people are finally realizing there is little difference between purebred dogs and breeds or mutts that have ended up on the street. One of the greatest stories of a rescue dog is that of Rosie, a dog that was saved by a couple back in 2017. They thought that they knew what they were getting into, even though it was quite obvious that Rosie was pregnant.
If you want to find out more about the charming Rosie, as well as her unique litter of puppies, read on!
In 2017, Rosie – a cross-bred Golden Retriever – was abandoned when she needed help the most, as she was pregnant and just about to give birth. While the dog shelters aren’t as cruel as they once were, the euthanization policies are still quite flexible, which means that a great number of canines that are in the shelters go down this route. Thankfully, Rosie was lucky enough to be noticed by two soon-to-be foster parents while they were visiting the shelter she was in.
Rescuers Save the Day
Knowing that Rosie was about to give birth to a couple of puppies, the manager of the local shelter made a couple of calls to the Neuse Golden Retriever Rescue, which mostly dealt with abandoned dogs and tried to find them forever homes. Once they heard the story of Rosie, they rushed to help her. As Neuse Rescue is one of the most successful organizations in this field, they were quite confident Rosie would soon be fostered. On top of all that, one of the volunteers knew a couple that could give her much love and great care.
Help Is Coming
The first part of finding her forever home was making sure she was healthy. One morning, a Neuse volunteer came to the shelter to pick her up and take her to the local vet clinic. She was so close to giving birth that he was sure the litter would be coming at any moment. Luckily, that didn’t happen while Rosie was tested and checked at the Raleigh Vet Clinic, and the results were spectacular. The next step was to find parents that would be able to assist her with the upcoming labor and take care of her and the puppies for at least the next few weeks.
John and Katie – Rosie’s Saviors
As we have mentioned above, there was a volunteer who knew a couple who was able to foster both Rosie and the upcoming puppies. John and Katie Black had more than 20 years of experience with dogs. This experience was not only with the dogs that they had rescued from the streets but also three that they had raised from birth. When the couple got the call, they were incredibly excited to have an opportunity to help Rosie. Only five days after she was initially brought to the shelter, they came in to pick her up.
The Adaptation Period Went Well
When fostering puppies, one of the trickiest parts is making sure that the dog adapts well. Fortunately, that wasn’t an issue with Rosie, given the fact that the Black couple had a lot of experience and knew how to help the Golden Retriever. They instantly opened her an Instagram account and said that, at first, she was quite scared and shy. However, just a day later, she was much more relaxed. Quite soon, she went into labor, and that is when both John and Katie were left speechless.
The Labor Day
At the beginning of this article, we mentioned that this story is about a cross-bred Golden Retriever that gave birth to a couple of beautiful puppies. However, there is a detail that we missed (or left out intentionally). Although the whole litter was healthy, as well as the right size and weight, the color was very different from the golden hue that Rosie displayed. The puppies that were just born looked more like calves.
Not What Was Expected
Not only were John and Katie Black extremely surprised by the litter that they were met with, but we are sure that Rosie was quite confused, as well. However, one thing was clear – the dog that Rosie had mated with certainly wasn’t a Golden Retriever. The black and white color that her babies displayed wasn’t even close to that of Rosie. The name that each puppy got also referenced the fact that they looked like baby cows – Moo, Daisy, Clarabelle, and Betsy.
Who is the Father?
As soon as Rosie went viral, along with her puppies, thousands of users across the internet started guessing the breed of the father. Still, being 100% sure is almost impossible given the fact that there are a number of breeds with white and black spots, including Dalmatians, Setters, and Wetterhounds. On the other hand, if we were to consider only dogs that have true black/white spots, then a Dalmatian would be the most likely choice. However, apart from Rosie, no one will ever be able to be completely sure about this.
The Beautiful Litter
Along with the Instagram popularity that Rosie already achieved, Katie’s father also recommended that she put this on some other social media, which is where Reddit came into play. Rosie has been liked tens of thousands of times, and as we have mentioned above, many users did their best to guess and figure out who was the father of these black and white puppies. At this point, everything became so much fun, as both the babies and Rosie were doing excellent!
More Like Their Dad
Yes, Rosie is a beautiful dog. However, it was quite clear that, if you would put the puppies next to her, no one would be able to guess that she was their mother. According to numerous veterinarian studies, it is quite common that the dominant gene comes from the father, which justifies how these puppies ended up being black and white. Although there is a somewhat scientific explanation, it is quite funny how that doesn’t make this story any less intriguing.
Rosie as a Celebrity
Although Rosie can’t know how big of a celebrity she has become, her facial expressions say otherwise. Both Instagram and Reddit users had a lot of fun trying to decipher what she was thinking in the photo that was taken as soon as the puppies were birthed.
The Black Family Had to Defend Themselves
As always, not everyone on the internet is going to believe the initial story. Thus, Katie was met with a lot of accusations that she and her partner John intentionally bred Rosie with another black/white dog. From what Katie later said, she had to spend some time trying to prove to people that Rosie was pregnant before they adopted her. They would make sure she was spayed as soon as she was healthy enough. This is because, although the puppies were doing quite well, Rosie’s condition wasn’t as good.
Giving birth and taking care of the litter can be quite exhausting for the mother dog, and such was the case with Rosie. Suffering from a bacterial infection that could have greatly affected her ability to produce milk and feed the puppies, she was immediately taken to a veterinarian clinic. She was subjected to an antibiotic therapy prescribed to treat the Metritis infection that she suffered from.
Kate and John There to Help
Although Rosie wasn’t feeling the best, she had John and Katie there to help take care of the litter. As we can see from numerous Instagram pictures, as well as the fact that all are well and healthy now, the couple invested a lot of time and energy into bottle-feeding and playing with the pups like they were their own. Although the first few weeks were quite troublesome, Rosie recovered soon after and became a fantastic mother.
Rosie as a Good Mom
As soon as she got back on her feet, Rosie rushed to get back to the role of mother. As Katie reported, she did her best to help in all aspects of the job (even basket and laundry cleaning). For the next few weeks, Rosie was beside her pups 24/7, and she made sure that they got the milk that they needed and that she took care of them until they went to other foster homes.
Not as Uncommon
Much like us, you are probably happy with the fact that the story of Rosie and her pups ended the best way possible. Looking at numerous veterinarian studies, as well as what Pets4Authors has to say, the variance and the scope is much higher with cross-bred dogs, which is the main reason why black/white puppies aren’t that uncommon. They didn’t look like dogs at first, but that changed soon after.
In Good Homes
You will be quite pleased to hear that the puppies ended up in great “paws”. Both Katie and John did their best to inform social media fans on how the dogs were developing and growing. They also tried to find potential candidates for fostering these pups. For example, Katie was showing to the audience that, out of all four pups, Clarabelle was the most talkative one. This informative program that they led on social media resulted in the dogs getting great forever homes.
Bigger by the Day
The “cows” were growing bigger each hour, and that was something that the Black family was incredibly happy to see. As time went by, they celebrated their first month of life. This was when Katie posted more info on which pup was shy, which one was hilarious, and which one was the most cuddly.
As time went by and the puppies were healthily developing, it was quite clear that they would get great foster parents. The first ones that were adopted were Betsy and Clarabelle at the beginning of January 2018. Soon after, Daisy was adopted and renamed Lilly, and Moo was given the new name of Barkley.
Rosie Meeting New Parents
As Katie and John were already parenting three big dogs, they knew that they couldn’t keep Rosie forever. Luckily, they were able to find her a happy home, making sure that, much like her puppies, she would be taken care of in the best way possible. No, she may not be seeing her pups anytime soon (who knows?), but the fact that everyone will be happy and healthy is most important.
A Texas Couple and Hurricane Harvey
Much like many other couples, the Cantons struggled to survive and get back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey struck and destroyed most of the pastures and homes in areas across Texas. While they were aware of the tough time that everyone was having, they did their best to help and provided accommodation for eight dogs and two families.
At first, everything was fine, the families were getting together really well, and the dogs were happy. There was something weird that Tammy’s husband noticed a couple of days later, though. After the hurricane, they found what they thought was another pup, but it was actually a calf that was incredibly weak and in bad condition because of the flood it had gone through a few days earlier.
They named this beautiful calf Harvey, and she went on to recover. She was eating much better, and her immune system was getting stronger by the day. One of the things that helped her along her path was hanging out with her dog friends. Frankly, the family was amazed at how impressive the animal kingdom is and that the love between the calf and the dogs was mutual.
As she grew, things were getting much harder, given the fact that she was going through a transitioning period in which she needed to give up a lot of her dog habits. Today, she is a happy and healthy cow, but she has still kept some of the behavior patterns she learned while she was young, such as enjoying a crunchy dog treat!
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