Katie and John are a happy couple who happen to volunteer for a local Golden Retriever rescue center in North Carolina. They will often foster a variety of rescues while they work around the clock to find them homes. On one fateful day though, they chose to bring in Rosie.
In their words, she was “a little shy and scared, but very sweet.” So they made sure to treat her with the utmost sensitivity. They could tell pretty quickly that Rosie was very far along in her pregnancy. So they knew that she needed a roof over her head and a warm place to sleep in during this crucial time in her life.
All Loose Ends Were Finally Tied Up
At first, the couple was extremely frustrated by this explanation. They had worried for so long that the cubs would grow up without a mother. Only now were they informed that for most of the last three years, this pride of tigers had been together all along.
Although they reported the incident to the police, it turns out that the zoo owner only needed to pay a fine for his involvement. While what he did was illegal, the authorities weren't so harsh because they recognized that he was able to reunite the cubs with their mother. So ultimately, the couple were grateful that all was well.
A couple of awesome volunteers were used to doing all of these things, and then some. But when one special Golden Retriever mix came along, it didn’t take too long before they realized that she was heavily pregnant. And as the big day got close, her rescuers (and the vet who examined her) were completely dumbfounded by what she was about to deliver.
There was another reason why Katie and John were compelled to take in Rosie. At the time, the rescue center was extremely understaffed and was at full capacity when it came to the number of rescues they were sheltering. In other words, there were way too many dogs and not enough humans to take care of them.
The couple were well aware of this, and they knew that Rosie was a special case due to her current circumstances. Here, we can see a puppy being escorted out of the rescue center with a doppelganger, who was also taken in by a foster family.
They Were in It for the Long Haul
Katie and John knew what they were signing up for with Rosie. Not only were they going to help her deliver her puppies, but they knew that they’d need to give the litter plenty of care once they were born. So this was going to be a project that required a lot of time, investment, and patience.
It would also require plenty of trips to the vet (as seen here). During the early checkups, the vet actually believed that something was up with Rosie’s pregnancy and that they needed to figure out how to deal with it in the best way possible.