Similar to Mary seeking refuge in a humble stable during the birth of Jesus, a street dog in Palenque, Mexico, found solace in a manger filled with straw to give birth to her puppies.
In the town’s main plaza, a picturesque Nativity scene had been set up inside a small tent. Among the serene figurines, an unexpected addition took place: a pregnant stray dog seeking shelter.
It seemed that the gentle dog regarded the Christmas nativity scene as a safe haven and chose it as her refuge. Here, she could rest from the cold streets and provide warmth and protection for her newborns. Local journalist Eric Guzmán witnessed this heartwarming sight and discovered her curled up in the straw with her puppies.
Upon closer examination, Eric realized that the dog had given birth to seven adorable puppies. Although taken aback, he was relieved to find that the puppies were in a secure environment, untouched by dampness or cold. While Palenque typically experiences hot weather year-round, December brings a shift in temperature, prompting dogs to seek shelter more frequently.
News of the dog and her puppies in the Christmas manger spread rapidly, drawing many curious locals to witness the heartwarming scene. Some visitors even brought food and drinks to support the canine family. Local authorities joined in and decided to allow the dogs to stay for as long as they needed.
Alongside the references to holiness, the compassionate individuals at Dejando Huellitas SOS Palenque stepped forward to ensure the well-being of the dogs both now and in the future. They have initiated efforts to find loving homes for the dog and her puppies.
For Eric, the birth of these puppies in the Christmas manger may not be a miracle, but he hopes it will leave a lasting impact. “Hopefully, as citizens, we will become more aware of stray dogs and choose to adopt them instead of buying them,” the journalist expressed. “We should love them unconditionally, regardless of their origin,” he concluded.
This heartwarming story serves as a reminder to embrace and care for all creatures, recognizing the love and resilience they possess, just like this courageous dog and her precious puppies.
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