Stories of dog rescues have become a bit of a staple here at Happiest. There’s nothing we love more than finding out that an animal has managed to find a safe space and escaped a horrible fate or sad life. However, it’s not always dogs that get rescued, oh no, sometimes dogs are the rescuers. When dogs save humans, it truly shows that dogs are man’s best friend. But when a dog rescues baby it’s a whole new story.
Way, a dog from Buenos Aires, Argentina and she’s a street dog who has lived a pretty tough life. But despite her hardships, she’s still got a heart full of love.
This adorable stray dog wasn’t spayed and she gave birth to a litter of puppies as a result. Keeping all of her young safe and healthy would be the ultimate challenge as she was already struggling to survive.
Way had to feed her puppies, knowing this, she had to scour the streets for any scraps of food that she could get her paws on. Given the fact that it was July in Argentina, the winter cold climate was fast approaching so she had to hurry.
But while Way was foraging for food in a nearby alley, the dog had stumbled across a truly heartbreaking sight. Way had found a newborn baby that had been abandoned by its mother.
Without a moment’s hesitation, Way’s maternal instincts kicked in and she decided that the baby needed her warmth and protection. Way ran back to her puppies and carried them one by one to the spot where she found the newborn baby. The mother dog placed her entire litter around the cold newborn to try and keep the baby as warm as possible.
The following morning, a local resident named Alejandria Griffin heard muffled cries from outside her apartment. She was curious to see what was going on, so she went outside to investigate.
Alejandria was absolutely shocked to see that the cries were coming from a newborn baby, huddled together with some puppies. Way had managed to keep her safe through the night and had taken the baby in as her own.
Alejandra had no idea how long the baby had been there or what condition it was in. She called the police and they rushed the newborn – now called Santino – to the emergency room for immediate medical attention.
Daniel Salcedo, chief of police of the Province of Buenos Aires said: “She took it like a puppy and rescued it”.
“The doctors told us if she hadn’t done this, he would have died. The dog is a hero to us.”
Dr Egidio Melia, the director of the Melchor Romero Hospital confirmed that the newborn was only a few hours old. Apart from a few scratches and a few bleeds from the mouth, Santino was in surprisingly good condition after his ordeal. Had it not been for Way’s maternal instincts, the baby may not have made it.
The morning after Santino arrived at the hospital, police were able to track down the baby’s mother. She was a 33-year-old Buenos Aires woman who’d already had 8 other children. She was arrested for abandoning her newborn baby.
This dog is a true hero. She took a strange creature into her family, surrounded her newborns with her and treated her like it was her own. At Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝