How do you think you would feel if your dog had a normal litter of puppies… except for a single one of them? Are you going to be concerned or are you going to feel fascinated? Would you be thrilled? When this dog delivered one particularly strange puppy, the owner did not know how to deal with such a thing. She could not believe that this was even possible!
The dog we are going to talk about was born in July of 2017. Louise Sutherland of Scotland had been there the entire time. Everything unfolded right before her very eyes.
An Animal Lover
Louise Sutherland hails from the village of Golspie in the Scottish Highlands. When the family dog got pregnant, she had no idea that their lives would change forever. She was a big animal lover ever since she was little. The mother and wife had always been surrounded by pets!
In her house, she kept both dogs and cats. She was no stranger to the beautiful and sometimes odd behavior displayed by animals. However, she had never quite encountered anything like this before. It happened when the Golden Retriever gave birth to a fresh litter of the most adorable puppies.
There are many dogs that happened to live in the family house. However, this Golden Retriever had a special spot in her heart. This story would not have happened without Rio, their beloved three-year-old pooch.
Rio first gave birth to a litter of puppies about a year before this. Because of that, Louise thought she already knew what to expect this time around. There were no complications during the pregnancy or delivery, and she found that the puppies were in perfect condition that first time. This is the reason she thought the second litter would be exactly the same.
After a rather quick delivery that lasted five hours, Rio gave birth to five adorable puppies during the first pregnancy. Louise and the rest of the family did not keep those puppies. They decided that it was better to sell them to other people interested in taking good care of them.
While it was hard to let go of the puppies, they understood that this was for the best. They realized that the puppies would flourish more in another setting by themselves. They had become used to this process over the years, which is why they did not expect what they found this time.
Not The Same
Louise was under the impression that the second litter would follow a similar routine since they went through a similar process already. They planned to welcome the fresh litter of puppies and then sell them when they were old enough to be separated from Rio.
They took the necessary preparations for the arrival of this new brood of puppies. They filled the house with the supplies they would need to take care of the babies until they could be taken to their new homes. Back then, they did not know just how weird things were going to get. One of the puppies would end up staying at their home.
Her Second Litter
Rio had a rather ordinary pregnancy and finally welcomed the puppies in early July of 2017. Everyone was glad that she was healthy and merely waited until it was time for her to give birth.
The Golden Retriever had nine adorable little pups! She seemed as proud as she could be when she finally got to meet every last one of them. Even though Rio got into motherhood mode right away, Louise and her daughter noticed that there was something strange about one of the babies. There was no way they would have missed it because it was very different from the rest of the litter…
Watching The Delivery
Even though there was nothing wrong with the pregnancy, they thought that something strange came up during the delivery. At this time, Louise and her child Claire both kept an eye on the process. As you can imagine, they had first row tickets to this magical event!
They did not want to intervene during the delivery and chose to ensure that the family dog was both comfortable and safe the entire time. However, they decided it was time for them to step in when they realized that there was something off. They only wanted to ensure that the mother and puppies were all safe. The last thing they wanted was for any of the animals to get hurt.
Claire and Louise watched from the sidelines. They could see that the delivery was not going exactly according to plan. It was at that moment that they noticed how uncomfortable Rio seemed. When they took a closer look, they saw that one of the dogs got stuck!
They found the head poking out of there, although they took note that Rio seemed to be distracted as well. This is the reason Claire and Louise made the decision they did. There were only two options now: they could either keep their fingers crossed that Rio would keep pushing or they could step in to help. They decided it was better to take the second approach.
Time To Help
When she was interviewed by The Sun, Louise mentioned that they had “all hands on deck” as soon as they noticed that Rio was in pain as she gave birth. They knew that nothing would happen if they simply sat by her side. This is the reason they pulled on their gloves and helped her out.
They went to work to take that first puppy out to make Rio feel much better. To them, it looked like she needed all the help she could get! When Rio gave birth to the first puppy, the other eight puppies then followed without a hitch. The family was glad that the dogs were safe and sound!
One Amazing Dog
Even though Louise had another year or so before Rio gave birth for the second time, she could not help but feel overwhelmed by what was happening. She could not help but think that Rio was one powerful dog as she watched this Golden Retriever give birth to a huge litter of puppies once more.
She immediately took the puppies to the side. However, Louise noticed that there was something out of the ordinary when she inspected the litter. One of the puppies looked nothing like the rest of its siblings.
Mint Green Fur
In general, all the puppies of Golden Retrievers have pretty similar coats when it comes to their coloring. The golden color is pretty distinctive, and this is why one of the puppies stuck out like a sore thumb. The puppy had an unusual color. His sisters and brothers were all golden, but how come he was mint green?
Louise and Claire have never seen fur like this in the past. They were amazed by how striking the fur on the puppy was. Why and how did such a thing even happen?! Was everything alright? Should they be worried about this?
The Next Steps
The mother and daughter duo had been completely surprised by the strange coloring of this puppy. They also felt very worried. After all, one could easily spot just how different this puppy was from other dogs. It was only natural that they would wonder if it actually meant something bad for the dogs.
They started to wonder if it was sick. Did it need any urgent medical treatment? Claire and Louise started to do some research on this incredible phenomenon. They hoped that the internet could help them figure out what steps they should take for the sake of the dogs.
No Risk Here
It was a good thing that a quick internet search let them know that this green puppy was not in danger. The papers they found on the internet, however, made them realize that they were actually in the presence of one rare creature!
At the time, it did not even occur them just how rare it was to see a creature like this. Despite this, they soon learned that their strange little puppy was one of a kind. The daughter and mother were thrilled to hear the good news, although they had no idea how to put their feelings into words. They had no clue that Rio was going to give birth to such an amazing puppy.
Other Puppies Like Him
The truth is that there are only a handful of similarly-colored puppies in the world. They soon found out that the number of animals born with this green tint is very low. This is the reason that there is always a cause of celebration when your pet gives birth to something with green fur.
You might be happy and pleased to hear that this condition did not come about from a flaw or a health issue. That must have been a huge relief for Claire and Louise! The truth is that there is a scientific reason for this phenomenon.
Something Called Biliverdin
If you do not know a thing about dogs and canine anatomy, you probably do not know what biliverdin is. This refers to the green bile pigment found in the womb of a dog. Although we have yet to learn what its exact function is, we do know that all female dogs carry it in the womb.
This only goes to show that it plays some function in the canine pregnancy cycle. Perhaps it helps give the puppies the essential nutrients they need while in the womb. Some people have come up with the theory that they cannot survive without this.
Not Common Whatsoever
You do not normally observe the effects of biliverdin among pups. While it is always there in their blood, the pigment does not often make itself visible to the naked eye. However, there are times when a strange phenomenon occurs. The biliverdin sometimes gets mixed up in the amniotic fluid of the womb!
It would seem like the unique pup got lucky with the amniotic sac. The good news is that the biliverdin did not do anything but to stain the color of his fur! Even though it might not sound that strange, this has only happened a couple of times in all of history.
Inspired By Nature
The daughter and mother wanted to pay tribute to his green color when he was born. This is the reason they tried to think of a name from what it evoked: nature! They lived in the Scottish Highlands, so they did not run out of inspiration thanks to all the shrubs, hills, forests, and greenery.
In the end, they decided to call the puppy Forest. It was a great choice that received a lot of praise. However, the hardest moment was still yet to come. Louise knew that there was no way they could keep the entire litter of puppies. It was time to do something about that.
Even though Louise would have wanted nothing more than to keep all nine puppies in the house, it was simply not practical for them. They ended up selling the first litter, so it made sense for them to do the same thing with this one.
They have resigned to do this, although there was something special about Forest. He knew how to pull at their heartstrings! Claire and Louise thought the extraordinary color of his fur was meant to tell them that he should stay with the family. In the end, they decided to go with this choice. They held on to the puppy, and he has since become a happy and healthy Golden Retriever!
Not The Only One
There was no doubt in their minds that his unbelievable coloring was special. After all, they had never heard of a puppy like that in the past. It was not something that they see on a daily basis. In fact, only a few pet owners have seen a thing like this. When you see something special, you must hold on to it.
More often than not, stories like this attract the attention of people from different parts of the globe. The media often covers the story because it is simply too strange of a phenomenon.
In the house of yet another dog owner, a pooch welcomed a green puppy. This happened five years before Rio gave birth to Forest and his siblings. In this tale, the owners were a couple called Kyle Murray and Naomi Grimes. They had an adorable Golden Labrador by the name of Buttons.
The Labrador got pregnant for the very first time, so Naomi and Kyle did not have the same preparation that Louise and Claire did. They only got even more confused when they found a green puppy in the mix.
The Green Puppy
Even though they would later be astonished by what they would find, they were determined to help Buttons with the delivery. If anything seemed wrong, they were there by her side. In the end, Buttons gave birth to eight adorable puppies! The couple was pleased to see this.
When they saw the first puppy appear, they were thrilled by the miracle. The same thing happened when they saw the second one. However, there was something rather odd about this second puppy. It was then that they noticed that its fur came with a green tinge.
Washing It Off
In the beginning, Kyle and Naomi thought that the slightly green coloring of the puppy’s fur was simply the effect of some birth liquid. We know that human babies are often covered in the amniotic sac, right? They assumed that this was also the case for the puppy.
Because of that, they decided to carefully wash this particular puppy. They hoped that this was going to be enough to make the hue go away. However, they soon realized that the greenish tint was not about to change no matter what they did. They knew it was strange since the other puppies did not have it.
After realizing this, they started to become even more concerned. Like Louise and Claire, they began to worry if the puppy was sick. They started to check the breathing of the puppy. Among other measures they did, they checked if the circulatory system was in working order.
Before they got in touch with the vets, they also went online to see what the symptom might mean. During the quest, they learned that it was actually the bile pigment phenomenon. They were relieved to hear that the puppy was very healthy even though it looked different.
Like The Superhero
As soon as they learned that the little pup was safe as can be, Kyle and Naomi knew it was time to find a name for him. They did not plan to name all the puppies in the litter since they planned to sell them a couple of weeks later. However, there was no way they could say goodbye to this green pooch without giving him a name that suits his appearance.
In the end, they decided to name him after everyone’s favorite green superhero! We love the fact that they called him “Hulk”. While they were sad to let him go, they were happy that he was in good hands.
A Green Choco Lab
However, you might be surprised to hear that the phenomenon does not only happen to dogs that have golden fur! Elaine Cooper is a dog owner who was shocked to find the same phenomenon in 2017. This happened when Milly, her two-year-old chocolate Labrador, gave birth to a litter of four boys and one girl. She was thrilled to meet the little ones!
Elaine took an instant liking to the single girl puppy since the boys outnumbered her. However, there was something else that piqued her attention about the dog. As you might have guessed, Milly gave birth to a green daughter as well.
Like A Sore Thumb
When Milly welcomed the litter into the world, Elaine had been watching them from the sidelines. She was thrilled that her good girl was bringing adorable little puppies into the world! However, she suddenly got nervous when she saw that one of the puppies was green. What gives?
Just like Kyle and Naomi, she instantly assumed that this discoloration happened thanks to the womb liquids. What made it even more bizarre was the fact that Milly was a chocolate Lab. It made sense for her to assume that the puppies would have dark fur. You can just imagine her surprise to find the green dog.
She decided to follow her gut as the dog mother stared at her puppies in wonder. Milly began to lick the babies clean. Elaine thought that the amniotic sac residue would get wiped off when she was done. However, she felt a little shocked when the outcome did not meet her expectations at all.
In the end, the puppy still had the green tinge that she first noticed. Elaine tried to laugh it off. There was no reason for the puppy to be green right? She thought that maybe her eyes were deceiving her.
Looking For Answers
In the end, she decided that she could figure out what was happening by doing the same thing that the others ended up doing. She also took to the internet to see if the puppy was in any danger. What she found made her happy! Elaine was simply glad that nothing was wrong with the health of the puppy. It was now time for her to name all the puppies.
We are not surprised to hear that she decided to name the green one based on the color of her fur! She decided to give the only girl in the litter the name Fifi. It was a reference to Princess Fiona from Shrek.
A Harmless Condition
Don’t you think that it is incredible that some dogs have given birth to green puppies? It might be rare, but it still happens. When these things happen, newspapers and news stations like to report on it. We can’t blame them because this is such an unusual phenomenon. On top of that, everyone loves dogs!
However, it was very important for them all to mention that the puppies are not in danger even though they were born with such a strange coloring. The truth was that the bile does not hurt or harm them in any way.
A Terrifying Ordeal
How do you feel now that you have learned about something so rare? Most dog owners have no idea that such a thing could even happen. We doubt that you have seen anything like this before. In all likelihood, this was also the first time you have heard about it. We bet the owners thought it was scary at first!
Even though most of the owners we mentioned ended up selling puppies, it did not prevent them from taking good care of them while the dogs were still under their care. They still wanted to make sure that the dogs are healthy and happy for as long as they possibly could.
An Incredible Blessing
It was a good thing that these dog owners did not do anything drastic. They had the sense of mind to go to Google first before they resorted to such measures. In the end, they realized that there was no need to go to the vet since the puppies were fine. We are glad that they eventually got to enjoy such a magical moment without any worries.
We are sure that most people will think that this occurrence is a miracle in and of itself. Green puppies must be such an impressive thing to behold!
Let Everyone Know
Now, only time will tell when the next green pup is going to come. We cannot tell for sure if your dog is going to give birth to such a puppy until they deliver the litter. However, we are sure that you will not freak out if it ever happens to you!
We hope that this has at least helped prepare you for such a possibility. Keep in mind that there is nothing wrong with a green puppy. They will grow to be as happy and healthy as other dogs as long as you take care of them.
Even Humans Have It
However, you should keep in mind that dogs are not the only animals with bodies that produce biliverdin. As a matter of fact, we humans also carry the pigment in our bodies! This is the pigment that gives our bruises that distinctive yellow and green tinge.
Even though it is completely natural, too much of the pigment can be dangerous for the body. An excessive amount of the bile can cause jaundice in the body tissue, blood, and circulatory system. Children and newborns tend to be more prone to contracting this, although it happens to adults too.
Other Animals Too
Humans and dogs are not the only ones to have this. In fact, there are many other species in the animal kingdom that carry the bile pigment. Marine fish also tend to have biliverdin in their blood!
Aside from the aforementioned creatures, butterflies and moths tend to have the pigment as well. Frog eggs also carry traces of this pigment. Despite this, it is rare to see all the animals of a species come with the pigment.
Even though the existence of biliverdin stained the fur, it did not pose any dangerous effects on the pup. It was only a temporary color change, as a matter of fact. This green tinge would likely become less noticeable after a handful of weeks since Rio will continue to lick and clean the puppy.
After some time, the puppy should look more like his sisters and brothers. Can you believe that it will no longer look different after a little time? This was what happened to the puppy. The green tinge disappeared completely after a while.
Out Of The Ordinary
Even though we now know that the puppy would not stay green for the rest of its life, Claire and Louise still knew that it was unique. Seeing this with their own eyes made for a great experience. Not once did they think that they would ever see a puppy with such a coloring. All of this is thanks to biliverdin!
It was an incredible sight to see. Even though the pups received equal amounts of love, this green pup had something unusual. This is why they gave him a name that was perfect for his extraordinary looks.