The day I rescued my dog, Riley, from a shelter, I met her three puppies, too.
They were being adopted also, and although I wanted to stay in touch with the new parents, life got in the way and that didn't happen. Then, a year later at the dog park, I saw a dog who had the exact same markings as one of the puppies.
And although Riley didn't seem super interested in the dog, I couldn't help but wonder if it was one of her babies. And if so, why wasn't Riley super excited?
Do dog moms even recognize their puppies if they run into them?
"I have observed moms reunited with puppies at adoption events, and the mom doesn't seem to respond in any unusual manner," Galit Reuben, executive director of Dogs Without Borders, told The Dodo. "If she's a happy dog who likes to meet other dogs, she will respond positively. If she's shy and not socialized, she will react accordingly."