Owner Shakes Head When Dog Gives Birth To ”Baby Cows” – Looks Closer And Realizes The Unexplainable

This Can't Be

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She gasped and froze in place for a few seconds - that’s how surprised she was. Then she realized she was not imagining it. The puppy really did look like that. But there was no time to stop and wonder how this could be possible. The mama dog was not done, and more puppies were about to make their appearance. She had to keep on working. And when they did emerge, they only added to her astonishment.

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Golden Retriever Lovers

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In all the years she's been taking care of dogs, Katie had never seen anything like what she witnessed that day. And she’s been doing it for a long time. She and her husband, John Black, are big dog lovers - especially golden retrievers. They have three in their home: Leroy, Annie, and Winchester. But around eight years ago, they realized they could do a lot more. So they opened up their home to other dogs in need.

Rescuing Them

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Katie and John decided to become a foster home for rescue dogs. And they found the perfect place to partner up with: the Neuse River Golden Retriever Rescue. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the organization takes in golden retrievers and golden mix dogs that are surrendered or end up at the shelter. They then place them with foster families until they can find a forever home for them. Katie and John were happy to help.

Love To Help

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Over the course of eight years, the Blacks have fostered about 20 dogs. Though it’s time-consuming and expensive, they love what they do and wouldn’t change anything about it. They even have an Instagram account where they share photos of every dog they take in and the fun they have with them in their home. One day, they took in a dog under special circumstances. They didn’t know it yet, but it was the start of an incredible experience.

Pregnant And Abandoned

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The Neuse River Rescue got word that a golden retriever mix had been surrendered at the county shelter. And that was not all: she was pregnant, and quite near her due date. They knew time was of the essence, as she needed to give birth in a safe and clean environment. They picked her up and contacted their foster partners to see who could take her in. They were not expecting the response they got.

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Going With The Best Choice

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Quite a few foster families volunteered to take in the pregnant dog, whom they’d named Rosie. But after reviewing them, the rescue staff decided to give her to John and Katie Black - they were the ones with the most experience and would be able to take care of Rosie’s needs as well as her puppies. And so the Blacks picked her up and took her home. They began getting ready for the puppies’ arrival… which was getting closer and closer.

Preparing For The Big Day

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Katie and John took Rosie to the vet, who told them she might have 6 or 7 puppies. In preparation, they brought a kiddie swimming pool inside so she could give birth in it. They also closed off the family room with a gate so she could have privacy from the other dogs in the house. The Blacks were ready, but as a first-time mom, Rosie was a little nervous.

Getting Antsy

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Two days after bringing Rosie home, Katie noticed her temperature had dropped - a sign that her body was getting ready to give birth. They set up a camera in the family room so they could keep an eye on her that night. But, while the couple was sleeping, Rosie started having contractions and became anxious. The next morning, as she walked downstairs, Katie noticed one of the railings at the bottom of the stairs had been chewed up. Poor Rosie was not having a good time.

The Puppies Are Here

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Finally, after two days of contractions, Rosie went into labor. John and Katie did everything they could to help her feel comfortable and safe. Then the puppies started coming, and the couple welcomed them with warm, dry blankets. A few hours later, Rosie had given birth to four healthy puppies: three females and one male. But they looked nothing like what the Blacks were expecting.

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Baby Cows

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“Not quite what we were expecting,” Katie posted on Reddit a few days later. “Our foster dog and golden mix gave birth yesterday. To baby cows… she is one proud mama!” Indeed, the puppies looked nothing like golden retrievers. They were white with big black and brown spots all over their bodies - just like baby cows. The couple was left scratching their heads... and it looked like even Rosie was confused.

They Must Take After Their Dad

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The picture that Katie had posted showed Rosie and her pups, with the mama dog looking a little bewildered. It didn’t take long for Redditors to point this out. “Mama looks as confused about this as everyone else,” wrote one user. The thread was so popular that it soon gained more than 90,000 upvotes. The couple’s Instagram page also got a flood of new fans, all wanting to know more about Rosie’s unusual litter.

Welcome To Motherhood

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In honor of their unique look, the Blacks decided to give the puppies names associated with cows: Daisy, Betsy, Clarabelle, and Moo. Rosie was doing a great job as a mom, always keeping an eye on her pups even when she was resting. But motherhood was taking its toll on her, and a few days later, she got sick. So John and Katie had to step in as surrogate moms.

A Rewarding Job

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John and Katie had to bottle-feed the puppies while Rosie recovered and finished her round of medication. But it wasn’t exactly an unpleasant experience. “Someone needs to bottle-feed the puppies? I volunteer as tribute!” joked Katie on Instagram. Even without their mom, the pups were growing quite big. This made the Blacks even more curious about their dad’s breed.

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A Surprising Ancestry

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John and Katie decided to get a genetic test done on one of the puppies to find out what breed their dad was. They knew he wasn’t a golden retriever, and the test revealed him to be a purebred American Foxhound. But the test also uncovered the truth about Rosie - she wasn’t a golden retriever either! She was a mix of Lab, Weimaraner, and Chihuahua. Regardless, she was a sweet dog and ready for the next phase in her life.

Saying Goodbye

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A few months after the puppies were born, they were ready to go to their forever homes. One by one, John and Katie said goodbye to them as they handed them over to their loving new families. The last one to go was Rosie, who had a hard time letting go of her foster family. She even growled at a prospective new owner. But, finally, she was adopted by a loving couple with a big backyard and a dog sister named Bailey. The Blacks will surely miss her and her baby cows!

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