Pregnant Stray Dog Shocks Rescuers With 15 Adorable Puppies

Cutest surprises ever 😍🐕💓

Last month, Stephanie Fikes was on her way to visit a friend when she stopped at a grocery store. In the parking lot, she spotted a brindle pittie mix panting in the sun, and immediately noticed the dog’s large belly. 

Worrying that the dog was in labor, she coaxed the pup into her car and continued on her way. Once she arrived at her friend Justin Richie’s home, the two worked to make the dog comfortable — giving her food, water and a cool place to rest.

Pregnant dog found in parking lot
Justin Richie

“We took her to the vet the day after she arrived where they found she had no chip. Then they pulled over 20 ticks from her ears and gave her a much-needed flea bath,” Richie told The Dodo. “The vet said she was a healthy pregnant mama, but that it could be anywhere from five minutes to five days before she gave birth.”

Pregnant pit bull finds two rescuers
Justin Richie

The pair dubbed the dog Lil’ Mama and prepared Richie’s home for the new arrivals. Then, a week after finding the pregnant stray, the friends were watching TV when the dog surprised them both. 

“Stephanie was comforting Lil’ Mama when she said, ‘I don’t want to be dramatic but I think that’s a puppy,’” Richie said. “The whole time we were placing bets on how many puppies she would have. I said eight, Steph said 10 … neither of us expected 15!”

"We really didn’t think 15 was that rare until we started telling our friends," he added.

Dog gives birth to 15 puppies
Justin Richie

It took nearly an entire day for Lil’ Mama to finish giving birth, and the friends were so happy that all the puppies were delivered safely.

“We are exhausted but feeling so blessed,” Richie said. “They love to eat and since Lil’ Mama only has so many working nipples, we’re constantly rotating or giving formula to someone.”

Justin Richie

With so many little mouths to feed, Lil’ Mama is grateful for the helping hands and has made herself at home with Richie and Fikes. 

Pit bull mom feeds her 15 newborn puppies
Justin Richie

“She wasn’t in good shape when she arrived but she blossomed and began trusting once we filled her with love and food,” Richie said. “She isn’t protective or aggressive towards me or Stephanie at all.”

At just over a week old, the puppies' main concerns are napping and eating, but Fikes and Richie are already planning out how to handle 15 rambunctious pups running around the house.

"Our plan is to give them a loving and comfortable home as we work hard to find them loving and comfortable forever homes," Richie said. "This includes getting their first round of shots, teaching them basic training and potty training them."

Justin Richie

Thanks to social media, the friends already have a list of interested adopters ready to take the puppies when they're old enough. And they couldn't be happier that Fikes' detour to the grocery store changed changed Lil' Mama's life — and theirs.

To watch Lil' Mama's puppies grow up, you can follow the little family on Instagram. To contribute to the care of Lil' Mama and her puppies, you can donate to their GoFundMe.