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  • Writer's pictureMary Jo Hamrick

The Twelve Pups of Christmas

A Merry 'Pawliday' Tale From A South Carolina Shelter

This story was inspired by a true story shared in a Facebook post by the Humane Society of York County. Below is the link to the actual story.

Image from the York County Humane Society

It was the Tuesday before Christmas at the end of the day when a big black dog bearing a big black chain came their way. She needed a room, and needed it soon. But the shelter was full, so there was no room, to be had there or anywhere near. Sensing her need, the staff acted with speed and in a jiffy turned an old bathroom into a bedroom quite spiffy. Then the staff said goodnight and tucked her in for the night. She fell into a slumber and dreamt of a life unencumbered. Was it possible she wondered. The very next day when the staff came in to say hey, much to their surprise, they couldn't believe their eyes. The black dog was there, but all they could do was stare at who else was there. Eleven were counted, but then someone shouted, I see another, so they all wondered was twelve the number. Yes that was right, there were twelve alright. Twelve pups snuggled tight. Some were solid and some were striped, but all were black, brown, and/or white. The staff squealed in delight and knew it was right to name the black dog Mary who had come in last night. Later that day, Mary and the pups were on their way to where they would be with their new family.

Image from the York County Humane Society.

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