Mom Dog Desperately Hides 9 Puppies in Ditch From Cruel Owner Until Help Arrives

August 14, 2019 Updated: August 19, 2019

The arrival of new life is always a remarkable experience for parents and other family members. However, one dog owner thought just the opposite when his own dog gave birth to a litter of nine little bundles of joy. He was quick to post them on Facebook, not making a happy announcement; he simply wanted the dogs gone for good.

Nana dug a hole and placed her babies inside to protect them, but was then chained out of reach, and was unable to nurse them, instead being forced to endure their cries without being able to help them.

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nana is a 4-year-old pit bull boxer mix who gave birth to two litters of puppies, of which only one baby survived. When she was blessed with her third litter, all nine babies lived!

Chained for three out of her four years of life outside her home in North Carolina, Nana had a hard life living with her owner, who neglected her except for breeding. Then, with a big litter of nine puppies, the owner decided that he’d had enough. He wanted to give away all 10 pups, including the one from the previous litter, plus the mom.

Finally safe, with our Southern rescue partners, Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Salisbury NC

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nana was subjected to all manner of abuse, from beatings to neglect from her owner, as the neighbors witnessed with their own eyes. She was chained up and often left out in the hot, southern sun. In order to protect her babies from the heat, and quite possibly from the abusive owner, Nana dug a hole in the ground and placed the pups inside so that they would, hopefully, remain safe.

Then one day in July, the owner decided to move from his residence and posted a photo of the mom and her pups, offering them to anyone who wanted them via a Facebook post. The neighbors who had been advocating for these dogs’ safety for a while, feeding them (as the owner refused to) and building a dog house for them, finally stepped in, removing their chains and taking them all to safety.

One neighbor decided to adopt the older pup, and the rest were sent to stay with Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary in Salisbury, and they contacted another dog rescue organization called Mr. Bones & Co., which also helped out in taking care of the dogs.

Nana and her babies mid-August, on our second visit to see her and her babies.

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Sunday, September 11, 2016

“They sent us photos of the conditions she was living in and the state she was in,” Elli Frank, founder of Mr. Bones & Co., told The Dodo. “Her babies were in a ditch we believe she moved them to keep them cool in the hot July sun. It was heartbreaking.”

Nana is a very protective mom. Even at the sanctuary, she never left her children’s side, watching over their every movement as if they were the last thing she was clinging to in this world.

Meet the Peter Pan pups! Liza and Wendy are in foster to adopt homes, but the other seven are looking for love! Apply online at

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Sunday, September 11, 2016

At the sanctuary, staff made sure the dogs received proper care and attention, and each puppy was named after a character from Peter Pan: Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily, Wendy, John, Michael, Cubby, Liza, and Jane.

A couple of months later, the mom and her children flew with Pilots N Paws to New Jersey, where rescuers from Mr. Bone & Co. picked them up. On that same day, all of the dogs were taken to their respective foster homes, on their new journey to a better life.

It's a big day for our Peter Pan puppies! All nine are being spayed/neutered, microchipped and having a third round of…

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Rescuers from Mr. Bone & Co. had previously visited the party of 10 during their stay at the sanctuary, allowing time for the dogs to get familiar with the staff. A heartwarming bond was built between the abandoned and the caregiver.

“She had learned to trust us over the course of our visits and allowed us to give her babies to kind homes who would take over caring for them until they found forever homes,” Frank said. “She knew she had done her part and had finally been able to save her babies and ensure they survived.”

NANA's PETER PAN PUPPIES are nine weeks old and would love something to chew on…besides each other! 󾍇 Supply wish list is below!NANA gave birth at the end of a chain on July 9 and within days they were safe with one of our rescue partners Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, Salisbury NC. A day after they were born FFAS asked us if we would take this family of TEN into our program once babies were weened. After spending most of her life, four years, on a chain, NANA'S story broke our hearts. Only one pup from her two previous litter survived and that dog was on a chain in the same yard, pregnant, by six months. A kind neighbor took NANA's older daughter in and after two trips down South to meet NANA and get her comfortable with us, (and nine weeks of incredible and loving care from FFAS) we are beyond thrilled to share that this weekend we will finally receive this beautiful family! Stay tuned as their journey to NYC begins. In the meantime, we would be incredibly appreciative to anyone who is able to purchase a much needed supply item for this litter from our wish list: you have Prime, please select this feature when ordering so that we can assemble TEN foster kits for these adorable pups and their mama in time! We have some supplies we can re-use from our previous litters but will need some of the basics and essentials, as detailed.We are now accepting early adoption apps for these pups as well, who will all be spayed and nuetered on Sept. 29 and officially ready go home then. If you live in NY, NJ, CT and some parts of PA (within 90 minutes of NYC) you may fill out an adoption application here: you for sharing!Rescue is the New Black.®#AdoptNanaandPeterPanPups

Posted by Mr. Bones & Co. and Rescue the Runway on Monday, September 5, 2016

It’s been incredible seeing Nana’s strength as a mother, and to everyone’s contentment, Nana’s foster family is considering adopting her as a permanent family member. Nana’s love for her children touched the hearts of many others, who worked together to help provide a better life for these furry friends. Nana’s story epitomizes how love and kindness can change someone’s life, and in this case, 10 lives.