Dogs are fiercely loyal creatures. Like humans, they need time to process loss, heartbreak, and depression. The closer we grow to our dogs over time, the harder it is to say goodbye when they pass away, and vice versa. When a photo surfaced online last year of what appeared to be a German Shepherd curled up next to the grave of her late owner, the Internet assumed she was simply mourning her owner's death. However, it was soon revealed that the image was anything but sad. Instead of sitting near the grave to mourn her owner, this dog was actually protecting her puppies!
Thanks to Serbian animal rescuer Vensa Mihajloski, this momma dog and her four beautiful puppies were saved from their desperate condition. We already knew animal mothers were great, but digging a hole underneath a gravestone to shelter your children is some next-level love. The entire rescue process was documented by Mihajloski on her Facebook page, so you can witness the joy these dogs felt when they realized things were about to get a whole lot better.
This dog went through a lot to protect her babies, but from now on they will receive the care, love, and attention they deserve. It's a good thing she was able to protect those pups, because they grew up to be some seriously good dogs. Check out the photos below to see the entire rescue process, from the viral image that started it all to the little puppies all grown up. A mother's love is a special thing, and it's stories like these that remind us how far a parent is willing to go to protect their children.