Maternal instinct is a powerful feeling that is present in all species of moms.
Regardless of whether they themselves are in danger or not, they will jump into action and fiercely defend their babies if they so much as sense trouble.
Mama dogs tend to protect their babies even if simply fending for themselves would be easier, like this poor mother.
They also are naturally wary of strangers, seeing as they are unsure if they are around to help or hurt her family.
Stray mother dog Petunia had this very dilemma when rescuers came to retrieve her in a parking lot.
When they first got a hold of her, they weren’t sure why she was so guarded and skittish.
That was, until they found her baby nearby, whom she was trying to protect from harm.
Check below to see more pictures of the rescued parking lot dog duo.
[H/T The Dodo]
Little gray curly Petunia had been homeless for months and frequented local haunts where people occasionally fed her.
But rescue organization Hope for Paws heard about her and set out to get her off the streets.
They were able to track her down in a parking lot where she was seen all the time.
But she was skittish around unfamiliar people, and quickly took shelter under a car.
Eldad Hagar, founder of the organization, knelt down on hands and knees to find her.
At first she seemed susceptible to touch, then suddenly got nervous and turned to run away.
But Hagar was quick and grabbed her by the leg.
Though it may be dangerous to grab a nervous dog by the leg, he quickly and skillfully pulled her out from under the truck before any damage could be done.
“The way I always explain it to people who ask about me doing something a little more ‘aggressive’ (like grabbing a leg) is that having this stress for five seconds is worth the lifetime of happiness that is coming ahead of them,” he explained to the Dodo.
Once she was safely in his arms, he realized the reason for her fear.
She was lactating — meaning that she had a baby nearby.
Petunia’s little puppy was found shortly after in a pile of leaves near some bushes in the lot
She couldn’t have been more than 3 days old. They carefully brought her back to her mom, which helped calm her down.
Hagar was anxious that she was hiding other puppies around the premises, so he led her around to see if she would reveal any other hidden babies.
But she seemed to be fully preoccupied with the the only puppy in sight (whom they’d named Petals).
Satisfied that there were no other hidden hounds around, they took the mother-daughter doggy duo to the vet to get checked.
Both were very healthy pooches and have enjoyed being together, away from streets and lots they were living in.
And soon little Petals will open her eyes and the family will be able to be adopted into a loving home!
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