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Rescued dog goes back for her pups

“She looked at me right in my eyes and just was almost like, ‘thank you’".

By Vetstreet Feb 1, 2013 3:46PM

Last week, the Watkins family found a border collie mix wandering the streets in the Bakersfield, Calif., area.

“She was just starving and skin and bones,” said Nikki Jo Watkins, who took the dog home and named her Gypsy. Gypsy indulged in the food Watkins offered and seemed comfortable while getting some rest, but then she was up on all fours, staring at Watkins as though she was trying to tell her something.

Photo: CNN / Gypsy was rescued by a California family, but quickly went back for her seven puppies.The next morning, Gypsy escaped from the house, and the Watkins family went searching for her. Finally, after scouring the area, they heard faint sounds coming from a dirt hole, where they discovered Gypsy’s seven puppies protected by a covering of tumbleweeds.

Watkins brought the puppies to her warm car, where they were reunited with their mom.

“She looked at me right in my eyes and just was almost like, ‘thank you’,” Watkins said. “She continued to strive for survival and for life and she didn’t give up, and I don’t want to give up on her either.”

— Watch it at CNN

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Photo: CNN / Gypsy was rescued by a California family, but quickly went back for her seven puppies.

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