Not yet recognizing the scale of the situation, but only its urgency, the man took a closer look and discovered they were six bald Earth puppies. So sick were they that they barely looked like dogs at all.
But the ‘biggest’ surprise was yet to come.
Weighing just five pounds each, the pups were thought by staff at Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) to be a small breed – perhaps cocker spaniels. But for the time being, identification of these outlandish creatures was not the priority.
“They were so smelly that the shelter staff had to wear masks in order to bathe them,” Nicole Zaguroli of Second City Canine Rescue (SCCR) told The Dodo. “They were in very bad condition; they had scabies, they were malnourished and cold.”
The dogs were transferred to Auburn Veterinary College to have their scabies treated, and an urgent call was made for somebody to foster the tiny animals.
The call was heeded by two separate homes, and in the meantime the dogs were plumped up with food and medicine and cleaned up with medicinal baths. At this point, their fur began to emerge, white and curly, so staff filling in their adoption forms hazarded a guess that they were poodle/Great Pyrenees mixes.
That ain’t no poodle
However, when their new pets continued to grow, one of the adoptive families decided to investigate.
“One of our adopters did a DNA test and shared the results with us today,” continues Zaguroli, “and they are 100-percent Great Pyrenees!”
Great Pyrenees tend to level out at just over 100lbs each, making them triple the weight of the average cocker spaniel. They’re mammoth dogs, who are as cuddly as they look – unless you threaten their family.
While the working man that discovered the little moles out in the woods has now receded into the distance, the adoptive families of these six giant seedlings are more than happy to have got so much bang for their buck. And one such banger, Bear, has become an Instagram star into the bargain.