Poppy was very pregnant when she initially entered her foster family. Saving Grace NC had rescued her from a North Carolina animal shelter, and although it was unclear exactly where she had come from or what she had endured, her foster mother, Carter Cifelli, had a hunch that she had previously given birth. Before that day arrived, she made the adorable dog as comfortable as she could be because she knew she would likely give birth to her babies soon.
According to Cifelli, “she basically simply wanted to rest, and I focused on letting her acclimate to her environment and getting some decent foods into her.”
A couple days later, Poppy woke up and started her day as usual. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary at all. There were no signs that Poppy was ready to give birth yet, so Cifelli was prepared for a pretty uneventful day.
“Typically when a dog is about to go into labor, they will not be interested in food and they’ll start nesting,” Cifelli said. “Poppy had a huge breakfast and was resting just as she had the day before. She wanted to spend a lot of time outside and was resting in the sun before the day got too warm.”
Poppy was being closely watched by Cifelli, who tried repeatedly to get her to go back inside but she was pleased to lounge in the sun. She once sat down on the terrace on a chair and seemed quite content. Initially content that she was taking a nap, Cifelli left her alone for around ten minutes before deciding that it was unquestionably time for her to enter the house.
As soon as she arrived, she wanted to take a photo of Poppy since she was so adorable. After taking a few pictures, she abruptly noticed something wasn’t quite right.
“She’s hard to get a picture of because she likes to be right next to me,” Cifelli said. “I thought it was strange that she wasn’t moving! When I was really close to her, she turned her head and was licking at something on the seat of the chair. That’s when I noticed there was a puppy there!”
Apparently, Poppy had been so comfy and content sitting outside on the deck that she decided it was time to start giving birth right then and there, and her foster mom was absolutely shocked.
After processing what had just happened, Cifelli gently relocated the puppy inside and Poppy happily followed her. She got the pair all settled in, and Poppy then proceeded to give birth to six more puppies.
Cifelli said, “She was just unbelievably peaceful.” She appears like a seasoned mother, and I’m sure she’s had puppies before. She was quite composed and knew just what to do throughout birth. There were no issues, and everyone of her puppies was well.
Despite giving her foster mom quite a shock, the rest of Poppy’s birth went smoothly, and her puppies truly are the cutest things ever.
All seven of the puppies, together with their mother, are doing well at the age of three and a half weeks. All of them, including Poppy, will be prepared for adoption at some point in August, and everyone is eager to place Poppy in a home where she can experience the comfort and calm she so richly deserves.