A Rescue Dog Has Had Her Own Maternity Photoshoot And It’s Everything
The sweetest dog has been treated to a maternity photoshoot after being rescued.
The two-year-old Pit Bull called Mama Pickles was rescued in early September after being found wandering the streets alone and heavily pregnant by animal rescue.
Sadly, when contacted, her old owners no longer wanted her, so she was taken in by Pitts and Giggles, a voluntary organisation located in North Carolina, USA, that provides maternity and postnatal care for pregnant bully breed dogs and their puppies.
Being a sweet pooch that craved care and attention, the not-for-profit organisation wanted to capture memories of Pickles, as well as secure some snaps to help with adoption.
Lauren Canteen Sykes, a volunteer and photographer for the organisation told Bored Panda: "When Pits & Giggles reached out saying that they just brought in a Mama from the shelter that was the proudest, happy and caring little thing, we wanted to take photos to keep those precious moments."
It is something the organisation often does to give the pooches exposure and a greater chance of adoption.
Mama Pickles owned her time in front of the camera, licking her chops, staring over one shoulder like an A-lister and really working those angles.
Just a few days after the initial shoot, Pickles went into labour.
Amanda Forsythe, Founder of Pitts & Giggles Rescue told us: "When this happens most of our mama dogs want space and privacy, not so with Pickles!"
"This mama needed people with her before she was comfortable bringing her babies into the world."
"She spent the night with her head or body in our laps, needing affection and comfort as she struggled through labour pains.
Since labour, Pickles has been spending her days nursing her babies and "enjoying a quiet safe sanctuary full of peanut butter and biscuits".
Of course, Pickles had time to pose for a few more snaps too, this time with her adorable babies.
She's now being looked after and being given the postpartum care she needs from the sanctuary, who will also go onto spay her.
She doesn't know it yet, but this litter will be her last.
The sanctuary will ensure her puppies are spayed and neutered too as they feel that too many dogs are running the streets and reproducing, with nobody to care for them.
Amanda said: "Many of the dogs that come to us have been bred repeatedly and it takes a toll on their bodies. They're often heartworm positive and carrying a luggage rack of other medical issues."
"Our rescue exists to educate the public on the importance of responsible spay neuter practices and we work with local shelters and rescue organisations to provide community spays.
"We spay a community dog in need in honour of every mama dog we save and nearly ten per cent of our proceeds annually go toward spay neuter services for dogs in our community," they added.
The sanctuary will wait for Pickles to recover physically and for her babies to be weaned before allowing adoption, finding them homes where they will be "loved for life".
However, if you are interested in adopting her or her babies, head to the Pits and Giggles website for more information here.
Featured Image Credit: Enchanted Hills Photography