In a barn filled with straw, a street dog gave birth to seven puppies, reminiscent of the biblical story of Mary giving birth to Jesus.
A beautiful Nativity scene was displayed in a modest tent at the central plaza of Palenque, Mexico. It featured the customary collection of holiday figurines posing peacefully still, but there was a new addition that was unexpected: a pregnant stray dog. The adorable puppy apparently saw the Christmas Nativity scene as a secure area and ended up using it as a haven. She could take a respite from the chilly streets and, if necessary, offer lighting. When local journalist Eric Guzman noticed this, he found her curled up inside the straw.
Eric observed closely as the dog gave birth to a litter of seven puppies. The dog seemed to have chosen the Christmas birth as the safest and most comfortable option for her delivery. Eric informed The Dodo that he was astonished and happy to see the puppies in a safe environment. He also noted that while Palenque is typically hot throughout the year, it starts to cool down in December, and dogs are often seen hiding from the elements.
Ever since Eric first shared his story about the dog and her puppies in the manger, many people from Palenque have made the journey to see them for themselves. Some even bring food and drinks to share. The local government has also gotten involved and agreed to let the family of dogs stay as long as they need to.
Dejando Huellitas SOS Palenque, known for their commitment to promoting holiness, has recently taken steps to ensure the well-being of dogs both now and in the future. As animal lovers, they have started looking for homes for these dogs to live in.
Although Eric doesn’t view the puppies’ birth inside the Christmas manger as a miracle, he believes it will have a lasting impact. As citizens, the journalist hoped that “we will be more cognizant of stray dogs and would adopt them rather than buy them.” He stated, “We should love them no matter where they come from.”