**UPDATE February 5, 2016**
After returning from vacation, Maggie the dog’s humans were a little more than surprised to hear what she’d been up to. In a “we need to talk” moment arguably more nerve-wracking than any other, owner of the Barkers Pet Motel Sandi Aldred pulled the couple aside to share the news.
Maggie’s dad Grant Harty tells CBC News:
We thought, ‘Oh boy, what did Maggie do?’ […] [Aldred] goes, ‘I have to show you this video’, then all of a sudden it’s this heartfelt video that she shows us. It was touching.
A video of Maggie’s great escape posted to the CBC Facebook page has been viewed over three million times in the past two days, and the numbers continue to grow. Thinking it was just another cute story they would share, Aldred was equally shocked at the reaction to their Facebook posts.
The most recent update to their page reads:
We are still in awe over how much attention this story has received around the world! […] Maggie’s quite the celebrity and is loving every minute of it. The puppies have had lots of interest and both now have pending adoptions.
Maggie even returned with her family five days later to see the puppies and say hello. While it’s bittersweet that she won’t get to keep her “babies,” puppies Hannah and Kari have two adoptive families waiting to give them forever homes. Harty says:
The exposure is phenomenal. […] We sit and we watch and see all of these hits and likes, [and] [i]t just goes to show that a heartfelt story really touches a lot of people.
Maggie’s parents will never forget this one, and this pup certainly won’t forget her Houdini-worthy escape to comfort two puppies who needed her.
The lovely humans of Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in Canada got a heartwarming surprise when they checked on their pups one evening. They discovered one of the dogs they were boarding snuggled up next to the kennel of two foster puppies who had arrived earlier that day.
The facility’s security camera captured the moment.
The puppies are between nine and ten weeks old and were, as puppies often are, crying through the night. They were also scared to be in a new place, as most dogs would be. Maggie heard the tiny fluffs’ cries for help and snuck out of her kennel to comfort them.
Alex Aldred and his mother Sandi, who work at the pet motel, were at home when they saw the footage. Sandi rushed to work and let Maggie into the puppies’ kennel. She knew they needed each other. The three stayed close together all night.
Deanna Thompson, of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, told ABC News that this kind of devotion isn’t rare for dogs.
It’s innate in a lot of female dogs, especially if they’ve had a litter in the past. It’s just in their nature. We’ve seen it in a lot of dogs even with male dogs, when they hear other puppies crying they want to console them and make sure they’re feeling safe.
Maggie currently has a loving home, but the two foster puppies are up for adoption.