When Lady Rosa gave birth to her first litter of puppies, it should have been the happiest day of her little life. But when the six puppies failed to respond to their mum's licks and nudges, it turned into the most heartbreaking moment imaginable.
A mum's worst nightmare
The six puppies are stillborn, meaning they died before they even had a chance to come into the world.
At first Lady Rosa seemed confused, but when she finally realised what'd happened to her babies, she fell into a deep depression.
Staff at the Secondhand Hounds animal shelter tried to console the pooch, but nothing could help her overcome this terrible grief.
A few days later, and there were still no signs of improvement. In fact, Lady Rosa seemed to be getting worse.
But then a Christmas miracle happened. Or, to be exact, it was five Christmas miracles in the shape of a litter of puppies who'd just lost their mum.
The rescue staff knew exactly what to do, so they introduced the puppies to Lady Rosa. She fell in love with them straight away and adopted the pups as if they were her own.
The little dog with the big heart is continuing to raise her new family, making the very most of her second chance at being a mum.
Secondhand Hounds shared the story via Facebook, writing:
"We have made her the five best gifts ever."
The saddest story has a happy ending
One pic received over 1k likes and hundreds of comments from dog lovers all around the world. One person wrote:
"So precious. Blessings to the little Mama!"
"She is the cutest little mama ever!"
We couldn't agree more!