Pregnant Pit Bull Loses Her Puppies Before Adopting A Tiny Orphaned Baby As Her Own

Dogs didn't earn the title of man's best friend for nothing. Through their unwavering loyalty and happy-go-lucky approach to life, pooches have a way of endearing themselves to humans everywhere. But that title can pigeonhole dogs a bit—they just want to love everyone, man or beast!

Take a look at two pit bulls named Billie Jean and Ozzy, for instance. Both drew short straws early on in life and ended up in respective rescue shelters. Yet, somehow, these canines each managed to forge loving relationships... with the unlikeliest of friends!

When the owners of a pit bull named Billie Jean surrendered her to DeKalb County Animal Services in Georgia, she looked ghastly. Wounds and scars speckled her flesh and hardly any teeth remained in her mouth. Still, that wasn't the worst of it.
Service workers quickly discovered that Billie Jean—who also suffered from kennel cough and heartworms—was pregnant. Soon, she had a litter of eight sickly puppies, and the shelter couldn't support the entire family. Workers needed to find a new home for them, and fast!
Rescue Dogs Rock NYC offered to help the dogs, but then Billy Jean contracted pneumonia. Her rescue, consequently, had to be pushed back to a time when she was better. Tragically, during the wait without their mother, five of her puppies passed away.
Nevertheless, Billie Jean and her three remaining pups eventually made it through the Rescue Dogs Rock NYC system and into foster care. There, according to foster mother Kristin Murphy Dubnoff, the mama pit bull "took beautiful and loving care" of her pups.