Barkers Pet Motel and Grooming in Canada got a wonderful surprise when they checked their security cameras one evening: one of the dogs they were boarding snuggled up next to the kennel of two frightened foster puppies who had arrived earlier that day.
The puppies were crying through the night. Maggie, the maternal dog, heard the cries for help and snuck out of her kennel to comfort them.
Maggie recently had a litter of her own who were all adopted out of the humane society a little while before she found a loving home.
"We think that's why she got so attached to the puppies," Alex Aldred, who works at Barker's Pet Motel and Grooming, where the heartwarming events unfolded, told ABC News.
Alex Aldred and his mother Sandy were at home when they saw the footage. Sandy rushed to work to let Maggie into the puppies' kennel. The three stayed close together all night.
"When we came back in the morning they were all still cuddled up together," Alex said.
Deanna Thompson, who works at the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, said she was not surprised by this act of maternal love that took place.
"It's innate in a lot of female dogs, especially if they've had a litter in the past. It's just in their nature. We've seen it in a lot of dogs even with male dogs, when they hear other puppies crying they want to console them and make sure they're feeling safe."