Agnolia (Maggi) is a sweet puppy who was found pregnant and alone on the streets of Fredericksburg, Texas (United States). She was taken to the Hill Country SPCA by Animal Control, but she was found in a wonderful foster home just before she was due to give birth.
Maggie’s foster family noticed when she arrived that she was an exceptional gentle child, and that her maternal instincts were reflected in her interactions with the family’s young girls.
Maggie’s foster mom was concerned about the pups’ arrival because she had never worked with a pregnant dog before, but she did extensive research to ensure she was ready to assist Maggie with her puppies.
Maggie’s mother, Aubrey Morgan, told The Dodo:
“After reading so many websites and watching so many YouTube videos about labor, I had amassed hundreds of dollars’ worth of birthing and emergency gear to keep on hand.” I’d read somewhere that it’s critical for pups to keep warm after birth. They can’t digest the food if it isn’t heated, and they’ll fade.”
Maggie’s due date was approaching, and while her family was eager to assist her, they were also concerned. The Cubs’ arrival coincided with the recent massive winter storm that slammed Texas. Maggie had just mentioned that the puppies would be arriving soon.
When the puppies arrived, Aubrey expected the power to be restored, but when the first pup arrived, there was still no power, and their house had been damaged by the cold weather.
Aubrey and her family were worried, and they tried everything to make Maggie feel better.
Gotta stay warm somehow 🤷🏼♀️
The woman recalls the following:
“Our home’s temperature was 5 degrees and dropping” (it was 1 degree outside that night). We moved her to our guest bathroom, where we had a hot shower while my husband heated water to put in bags to keep the room warm.”
The cold didn’t go away after the puppies were born, and despite their best efforts, Maggie’s new family needed more protection. When they took her in, they promised her that they would assist her with her babies in any way they could and that they would not let her down.
“After the fourth pup was delivered, we realized that, despite our efforts, the puppies were still extremely cold.” At that point, my husband began preparing the car for Maggie and the puppies. Maggie was in the car with her last three puppies. We put them in the car around 2 a.m. and stayed there for nearly 12 hours.”
The couple also looked for a generator to re-heat a portion of their home. They eventually found one down and returned home. The house, however, became too cold for the couple’s children after a while, so they decided to leave until the electricity was restored.
Aubrey’s girls, three dogs, the new mom, and her seven puppies stayed with her parents for a few days because they had energy and a warm house to accommodate the family.