There is nothing a mother won’t do for her babies, including approaching strangers for help. A stray dog was spotted lying in a snowdrift on the side of a northern Minnesota road. Upon closer inspection, the concerned family discovered that the dog was desperately trying to protect her 6 pups from the freezing elements while lying in about a foot of snow.
As ice and snow blanketed northwestern Minnesota, a stray dog searched for somewhere safe to hide her six puppies. When she couldn’t find shelter, the dog dug a den in the snow and wrapped her body around her puppies, doing the best she could to protect her little family while trying to survive herself.
Luckily, some passersby called a rescue that went out to look for her despite the freezing weather. The men drove their van around on the snowy roads looking for a sign of the poor dog. Finally, they saw a drain pipe with the end exposed and stopped to see if that could be her hiding place.
Shelter staffers couldn’t believe the mama dog’s amazing story — naming her Snowbelle. “We have no idea how Snowbelle and her puppies survived,” the sʜᴇʟᴛᴇʀ wrote on.
They cautiously approᴀᴄʜᴇd the storm drain not certain that she’d be there but once they saw the paw prints, they knew they were in the right place. Once she heard them, she came running out of the pipe with her tail wagging.
It was as if the adorable blue-eyed dog knew she needed help and the kindness of these strangers to help her and her pups survive. There was no way she could safely continue to live in the cold and wet drain pipe with her litter of puppies.
And it didn’t take long to nurse the freezing dogs back to health: “After a few days of warm shelter and good food, Snowbelle started producing lots of milk for her babies,” the shelter wrote.
Snowbelle’s puppies have grown quickly, and all but two have been adopted — but Snowbelle still has not found a forever home.