Pregnancy is one of the most magical times in life but it is also one that is fraught with difficulties. It doesn’t matter if you are pregnant or caring for someone who is pregnant, the issues tend to mount up quickly. Fortunately, for this retriever, the folks at the rescue where she was living were up for the job.
Rosie arrived at the County animal shelter and she was extremely pregnant. They were happy to care for this golden retriever mix.
Katie and John Black took the pregnant dog in and said that it was a challenge, albeit a fun one. Since they started fostering dogs, they have cared for more than 20. They just couldn’t wait for the puppies to arrive.
They were expecting a litter of puppies but they were not expecting what happened when Rosie gave birth. It was unlike anything they had seen before.
Rosie had 4 gorgeous and healthy puppies but they certainly did not look like the mother.
“Not quite what we were expecting – Our foster dog and Golden Mix gave birth yesterday. To baby cows,” Katie wrote on Reddit.
As it turns out, the golden retriever puppies were not all that golden. They looked more like baby cows!
The puppies were white or brown and were spotted little pops. Everybody thought that it was the strangest thing they had ever seen but Rosie didn’t seem to mind.
“She is one proud Mama,” Katie explained.
Since they had the appearance of cows, the Blacks decided to name them with bovine names.
The puppies names are Daisy, Betsy, Clarabelle, and Moo. Although they aren’t sure who the father is, they are sure that it is not a golden retriever.
Rosie’s foster parents help her to care for the babies. When they got old enough, both Rosie and the pups were put up for adoption.
Thanks to the kindness of Katie and John, they will live in forever homes.
When the pups were in their home, they had a lot of fun. As it turns out, however, having pups that look different from the mom is not uncommon.
“There can be quite a lot of variation in terms of the appearances of dogs that are closely related, even in the case of two pups from within the same litter,” Pets4Homes writes.
“When it comes to non-pedigree dogs, mixed breeds and deliberate crossings of two breeds or the subsequent offspring of mixed crossings-like the Labradoodle and Cockapoo – there is a lot more scope for variance, to the point that the color or other manifestations of physical appearance can be quite variable within the same litter.”
That might just solve the mystery!