Then a phone call came in from the construction workers: An operator had been brought in to remove the pallet, and they found two remaining pups alive and brought them to the rescue center. "By then mom was settled and everyone was nursing," Williams said. "A calm came over Stormy when she had all her puppies."
From the start, although sickly, Stormy always engaged with people, and she never growled, hissed or got angry, even when her puppies were handled by others. "She was a welcoming dog to anyone who showed her attention," Williams said of Stormy, who was only 9 or 10 months old herself.
Stormy's bouts of diarrhea contained debris, rocks, gravel, water and fast food wrappers. "She was desperately eating whatever she could to try to take care of the family she was carrying," Williams said.
A temporary foster home was needed, which is when Susan Pratt stepped in. A Saving Paws foster and volunteer, Pratt was at the rescue that day and took a video of Stormy's first bath. "I saw a very shell-shocked dog who had very sad eyes," she told The Dodo. When Stormy was reunited with her puppies "she was so exhausted or sick that she really didn't keep good track of the puppies. A few fell off the puppy bed and she didn't really respond to that."