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Grieving Labrador retriever cares for orphaned litter: ‘Those are her puppies’

Dan Weese was heartbroken. Last Saturday his beloved bulldog, Indy, stopped breathing shortly after getting home from the veterinarian’s office, where she’d delivered seven puppies by cesarean section.

Weese, 33, and his wife, Katie, 31, tried to save Indy — their family pet whom they also used for breeding. They gave Indy CPR, then raced to get their dying dog to the animal hospital. But they didn’t get there in time; Indy didn’t make it.

Desperately sad and grieving, the family came back to their home in Wadsworth, Ohio, to Indy’s hungry newborn puppies — who, to survive themselves, would now need round-the-clock care.

That night, Weese posted news of Indy’s passing to his Red White and Bulldogs Facebook page, along with photos celebrating her life. It wasn’t to solicit help, but because he “just had to do it,” Weese told TODAY. “My way to honor her, immortalize her.”

Indy on a family trip to California

Then something happened — which Weese describes as “straight out of a Hallmark movie.”

It started with a message from Macy Grubbs, who breeds Labrador retrievers in Kentucky:

“Hey guys I am terribly sorry to hear of your loss. I want to throw an idea your way, it may or may not help. I have a lab that gave birth yesterday and she lost her pups. She is grieving and producing milk like crazy. If you’re interested it might be worth a try. If we can help let’s (sic) us know.”

Pixie lost her pups on the same day that Indy died.

The dog, Pixie, had lost her own litter of pups on the very same day — and nearly the same time — that Indy died. They’d been killed by another dog, and Pixie wasn’t coping well. She was crying, and roaming the house looking for her missing pups.

“She was just a grieving mother,” Grubbs, 33,…


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