Bachelor Party Makes Discovery After Following Stray Dog
HeartEternal Staff 1/3/2017
Mitchel Craddock was counting down the days until his bachelor party, but he never expected the trip to change drastically from what his friends had planned. Mitchel and his eight groomsmen were planning a calm yet fun getaway at a cabin in the quiet woods of Tennessee.
This group of friends who love the outdoors had visions of kicking back, playing cards, and maybe imbibing in some adult beverages. It would be a relaxing weekend to celebrate Mitchel's impending wedding.
But on the very first morning of their trip, those plans were tossed aside. Their bachelors' only weekend getaway was disrupted by a female who was in dire need of assistance. When the groom-to-be and his buddies were frying bacon with the windows open and the side door open, the female showed up outside their door. She was starving and looked malnourished. The guys were shocked.
Turns out the female was a very hungry stray dog who appeared to have not been fed in a very long time. She had been abandoned. What's worse is that the incredibly sweet, yet timid, female dog they decided to name Annie appeared to have given birth to a litter of puppies, which were nowhere to be found.
Annie was so malnourished that her milk had dried up, leaving the guys to wonder where the pups were at and if they were even alive. After they fed Annie, they watched her as she took off from their cabin. She ran straight to a grassy area in the woods and remained there, standing guard over something.
So the men cautiously approached Annie and this particular spot and discovered she was safeguarding a hole. That camouflaged dirt hole was where Annie's litter of seven puppies had been hiding. The men decided they couldn't just leave the wee ones whimpering in the hole and had to help the entire family, not just the bacon-loving Annie.
So they got down on their bellies and reached deep into the hole, gently extricating the puppies. Annie was very nervous and panicky at first, cautiously watching the wedding party with her babies. She realized that the men wouldn't hurt them and would help them, just like they had her.
Mitchel and the groomsmen took all seven puppies and Annie back to their cabin where they washed each filthy, flea-ridden yet absolutely adorable puppy and mom, then fed them. The guys also named the puppies: Rose, Brimmy, Finn, Daisy, Knox, Gunner and Bear.
Instead of a bachelor's only weekend getaway to celebrate Mitchel's upcoming nuptials, their party was crashed by a litter of female--and male--puppies and their momma who needed the men's help. The guys were more than willing to help save the babies, bonding with them that weekend. They even spent their money earmarked for adult beverages on dog food and canine supplies.
The happiest twist to this crazy tale is that not only did the men rescue Annie and her babies, but all of the puppies and Annie were adopted by Mitchel and his groomsmen, as well as their family members. Everyone lives within a five-mile radius of each other, so this family of puppies and mom will be able to remain close in years to come.
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This group's saga has captured the hearts of people around the world. The groomsmen created a Facebook page so people can watch the puppies and Annie grow. They even created a 2017 calendar featuring the puppies and Annie with all proceeds from the sale of the calendar going toward the spaying and neutering of this family of canines and other animals in need.