VICKSBURG, Mich. -- A group of men from Michigan have returned from a bachelor party in Tennessee with a stray dog and her litter of puppies in tow.
Groom-to-be Mitchel Craddock and his friends were on a five-day trip at a cabin in the woods when a stray dog approached their front door. The dog, who they named Annie, wolfed down food and water the men gave her.
“The first morning we were there, we had the front door wide open and we’re cooking bacon and we look over the front door to the cabin we’re staying in, there is a dog sitting there, sweet as can be but would not come inside,” he told CBS affiliate WWMT.
With no clue where she came from, the group of guys took a liking to her, naming her Annie.
“We figured she is such a sweet dog she’s got to have a home, so she will eventually go somewhere,” Craddock said.
Without a collar, leash or anyone around, it was clear Annie desperately needed help.
“She was very dehydrated, hungry. I mean everything we gave her and out in front of her she gobbled up as fast as she could,” said Craddock.
And that is when the unexpected happened.
“There was one spot in the woods if anything went by there she would leave us and take off barking and going crazy, and she would go to that spot and then she would eventually come back. We connected the dots, we put everything together and we found a giant hole in the ground. So one of my friends went in head first, we found these puppies we started pulling them out,” Craddock said.
One after the other, seven puppies -- Knox, Bear, Daisy, Gunner, Brimmy, Finn, and Rose -- came out of the hole, all in need of medical attention.
“Well, we’re washing our puppies, because they had all come out of a hole and they were all dirty, so there was a group of rough men going down to go four-wheeling, but instead they are inside washing puppies,” Craddock said.
Craddock said each of the puppies were treated by a veterinarian and are all healthy now.
Craddock, who already owned a chocolate Labrador retriever, said he didn’t intend to keep any of the puppies for his new household. However, his bride-to-be insisted they keep one.
Each of the men took one of the puppies, whom they named Brimmie, Rosie, Daisy, Knox, Gunner, Bear and Finn. Craddock’s grandparents took the mother as well as a puppy.