Among those touched by the dogs' sad situation was Melissa Benzel. Having fostered numerous pregnant dogs before, Benzel offered to take in the one who needed her expertise most. That's when she met Hazel, who had five or six puppies soon on the way.
Benzel offered Hazel a place in her home, and baby-watch began - then she had a beautiful idea.
"I happen to be a professional photographer, and I do maternity photos for humans," Benzel told The Dodo. "I thought, Hazel is pregnant, and she's part of our family for now, so I decided to give her some good pictures for her journey with us here."