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Dogs are masters of survival. They still know how to endure harsh conditions through their intuition, skill, and instincts.

An abandoned labrador in Hockley County, Texas proved this when she saved her newborn puppies from freezing. Last mid-February, Cedar the labrador gave birth to her litter right before a polar vortex hit.

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Cedar wanted to protect her puppies from the bitter cold, so she dug a hole that’s four-and-a-half feet deep. She then extended the shelter by making a 20-foot long curved tunnel. She made this tunnel to protect her puppies from predators.

Cedar and her puppies get rescued

Fortunately, Cedar and her puppies didn’t have to spend too much time out in the wild. In late February, Sallie Morris heard about a starving stray labrador near her property. Sallie is the owner of Morris Safe House, so she knows what to do. She went to the tree line near her property and gave Cedar some food.

Sallie slowly started to win Cedar’s trust by giving her good and water every day. Then on March 1st Sallie discovered that Cedar has puppies. After some resistance, she was able to save the puppy and bring it to the Safe House. Sallie also learned that Cedar had more puppies down her tunnel.

Finding homes for Cedar and her pups

Cedar was very protective of the tunnel, so Sallie had to lure her away and then take her to the Safe House. Once Cedar was gone, the rescuers were now able to inspect the tunnel. It took a lot of work, but Sallie and her friends were able to excavate the tunnel and find Cedar’s remaining puppies. Cedar and her pups were now together at Morris Safe House.

Sallie also asked some plumbers to use special cameras to check if they’ve left any puppies behind. Fortunately, they rescued all four of the puppies. Cedar and her family will be ready for adoption after they’ve had time to recover after their ordeal.

Credits: El Paso Fire Department

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