This is what love looks like when it seems like no one is watching.
Maggie, an Australian shepherd, was in her cage when she heard the cries of puppiesnearby, according to a Facebook post by Barker’s Pet Motel and Grooming. The family-run business in St. Albert, Alberta often boards rescue dogs when there isn’t enough space for them elsewhere.
Maggie had given up her own babies a couple of weeks earlier and these puppieshappened to be without a mother.
After all the humans had left for the day…Maggie made her move.
“There’s a gate at the front of the kennel,” said Alex Aldred, whose family owns the business. “And there’s a spot where we can just slide in a water bowl. She pushed out her water bowl and wriggled her way through the opening.”
Maggie made her way down the hall until she found the orphans. Because she couldn’t slip inside the kennel with them, she pressed her body up to the cage as tightly as possible.
It’s okay, I’m here for you. Just three dogs, all of them amid confusing, uncertain circumstances, clinging to each other.
And a surveillance camera capturing the whole thing. The Aldred family was out for dinner that night. While checking the motel’s security cameras through a phone, they realized a dog had gotten out of a kennel. They hurried back from dinner, Sandy Aldred was greeted by a jubilant Maggie. Together, they went back to the puppies’ kennel. Sandy Aldred opened the cage and Maggie made herself at home inside.
“She was super affectionate with them,” Alex Aldred said. “She was mouthing them. And they were kissing her chin. So we just decided to keep them together for the night.”
“When we got back in the morning, they were still all snuggled up.”
After her good deed, Maggie found her loving home — she was adopted from theEdmonton Humane Society!
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