When Pickles was discovered wandering alone in early September, it was clear she needed help. The 2-year-old pit bull was pregnant, and the animal control staff quickly took it out of the street and tried to figure out where it came from. They can contact her master, who decides not to want her anymore and choose to let her stay in the shelter.
Poor Pickles was pregnant and needed more specialized help than what the shelter could offer. But fortunately, she was soon picked up by Pits & Giggles Rescue, which takes care of pregnant mama and Breastfeeding with their puppies’ help.
The sweet pit bull was delighted to meet all of his new rescue friends and couldn’t help but jump on top of them to get noticed and kissed. Her large stomach made her movement a little complicated, but even that couldn’t stop her.
Lauren Casteen Sykes, a volunteer at Pits & Giggles Rescue, told The Dodo: “She’s a dog in a Chinese shop.” “Pickles is always tail-wagging and gentle kisses that should always be at your feet! She is definitely a ‘zipper beauty’ and a bit of mischief in her eyes.”
Sykes is the owner of Enchanted Hills Photography and volunteered to spend her time photographing dogs and puppies at Pits & Giggles Rescue to help them get adopted. As soon as Mama Pickles came to the rescue, everyone knew that she was the perfect candidate for the maternity photo session – and the results were more impressive than anyone could imagine.
“She’s so excited that she can hardly sit still,” Sykes said. “She likes affection and treatment and is happy to join! The hardest part is getting her to stay because she loves everyone so much!”
When Sykes tried to pose Pickles for the shoot, people kept whining because she was a diva. She will do the most intense poses anyone has ever seen – and then completely ruin it with her clumsy belly and goofy personality.
“It was hilarious,” said Sykes. “She has a belly and a bit clumsy so posing is not tricky, but making her sit still long enough to get a photo is not easy! Her bows curled, fell off and stumbled on her – we couldn’t help but laugh. She really looks like a cartoon character!”
Despite all the distractions, Sykes was able to take some stunning, adorable pictures of a mother about to become proud and thrilled that Pickles was finally getting love and recognition. Which she deserves.
“She’s a great model,” Sykes said. “Her legs are too short to run on the tarmac, but she loves all the attention and affection.”
After the shoot is over, all that’s left to do is wait for Mama Pickles’ babies to arrive – and they didn’t have to wait long! Over the weekend, Mama Pickles gave birth to 8 healthy puppies – all pretty little girls just like their mother.
After giving Mama Pickles and her puppies a rest and relaxation, Sykes and everyone on the rescue team decided it was just suitable for a newborn photo session as a sequel to the shoot. For the first time – and this time, Mama Pickles took even more pride in posing with her adorable puppies. She has been a wonderful mother making sure her daughters are safe and cared for every step of the way, and everyone is very proud of the beautiful work she is doing.
It is only a few months before Mama Pickles and her children are ready to be adopted and found their permanent home. Until then, they’ll be foolishly spoiled by everyone in the rescue, who are all delighted that Mama Pickles finally gets the second chance she deserves.
“This female has been used multiple times for breeding, and we are delighted to make sure this is her final litter,” Sykes said.