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This isn’t like "Juno," a story of a single mother rescued by a couple of caring adults. Well, maybe it is.
Juno, a German Shepherd from Perris, in between Los Angeles and San Diego, was found in sad shape, emaciated and tick-ridden, after animal control was alerted by concerned neighbors. To the shock of the rescuers, the miracle dog had just given birth to 11 puppies a day before the rescue mission.
Now the happy mother and troupe are the talk of the town, an Internet sensation, as their playtime, sibling rivalry and puppy bedtime stories are streamed via 24-hour webcam on Ustream. The healthy puppies and proud mother have more than 130,000 viewers, striking a chord in the hearts of puppy-lovers as far as the United Kingdom.
"It was an amazing thing that she gave birth to all of them," said Barbara Cavanaugh, a volunteer and fundraiser for Southern California German Shepherd Rescue, in an interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The family of furballs is temporarily being housed at a volunteer’s house in San Diego County until they are ready for adoption.
The pups will be adopted out to qualified people at the rescue group's annual fundraiser, Barktoberfest, to be held Oct. 18 at Markim Pet Resort in Carmel Valley, near San Diego. Tickets for the charitable event include admission to a beer garden, food and entertainment, and can be purchased at www.barktoberfestsd.com.
Juno is growing stronger and healthier with each passing day, although she is too tired from caring for her 11 puppies to update her blog or Twitter feed.