Pregnant Dog Has Giant Belly, But When Puppies Keep Coming, Mom Realizes X-Rays Were Wrong

Life can be hard

Most often the world is a cruel place to live in. But little acts of kindness can help bring some happiness into our life. For example, this instance which brought in many new voices into our world.

Ashlee Holland, a mother of four, has had always a kind heart for animals.

She loves to care and provide for them the best she can. “It’s kind of always been a passion I’ve had. I’ve always wanted to rescue, I’ve always wanted to work in the veterinary field. It’s instinct,” she said.

Ava and her 18 Royals

Recently she rescued a troubled, soon to be mother, Ava, a golden chow mix. “She was on the euthanasia list. She had no other choice, no other hope. I was basically her last resort along with Midwest Animal ResQ. No dog deserves to be put to sleep for space.” Holland said, “I was aware she was having puppies but x-rays didn’t show how many.”

In about two weeks of bringing Ava home, on Sunday evening she gave birth to a bunch of 18 cute puppies.

Ava and her 18 Royals

“First puppy came out at 10:02. She then popped up four more within 57 minutes. She had two more in the next hour and a half or so. I thought she was done. Cleaned her off, went to bed, woke up, there were eight more puppies. Got my kids ready for school, there are now three more puppies,” Holland said.

All 18 of them are super adorable and are perfectly healthy, thanks to the efforts of Ashley Holland.

“It’s heaven. Puppy pile, you can’t get any better than that,” Holland said.

Ashlee’s 9 year old son, who happens to be a huge fan of Kansas City Royals, named the puppies after the well-known faces.

“We got Ned Yost, Dayton Moore, Buck O’Neil. We got Esky, Royal,” she said.

Holland’s big beautiful heart just saved not one but 19 lives and she is overwhelmed with joy.

Ava and her 18 Royals


“It’s overwhelming. It’s incredible. I didn’t just save one life, I saved 19. It’s amazing,” Holland said.


Ava and her puppies will be ready for adoption after their medical examination in eight weeks. If any of you want to bring the sunshine in your life you can find out more about adopting or helping Ava and her puppies here.

Ashlee also started a Facebook page so you can follow Ava and her pups.




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