As Karen walked down the sidewalk in her neighborhood, she couldn’t help but notice that someone was following her.
A tense German shepherd had been following closely behind, showing curiosity but keeping a respectful distance.
“I wasn’t scared of her following,” Karen, who asked that her last name not be used, told The Dodo. “At first, I tried to get her to come up to me, but she was too scared. I sat on the curb and waited.”
Karen worried the dog may have been abandoned because of her breed, and she immediately felt connected to her. She couldn’t leave her alone.
She discovered that despite several sightings of the stray dog in the region, no one had been able to win her trust.
Security, neighbors, and the Humane Society all made attempts to apprehend her, Karen said.
The wary dog seemed to feel more secure around Karen for some reason. The puppy eventually agreed to let Karen take her home after considerable persistence and bribery.
Karen added, “I was the first one she let close enough.” I find it extremely amazing how these things take place.
The match looked set. Karen was on the fence about acquiring a new dog after losing her cherished golden retriever, Lola, in 2019. She had no idea that her new best buddy would essentially enter her life by accident. Quickly falling in love, she gave the dog the name Nala.
Karen remarked, “Nala followed me and dispelled whatever worries I had about finally adopting a dog. Sometimes you believe you’re not prepared for a scenario, then fate intervenes and says, “Uh, yeah, you are.”
Karen recorded a video to share her experience, and it quickly gained popularity online. Check it out here:
“I’m surprised my reel touched so many people, but so happy people care about rescue!” Karen said.
Karen believed she had told the full tale, but Nala had one more surprise up her sleeve.
Karen became concerned when Nala began to show symptoms of nausea and bloating. She visited the veterinarian for advice.
It was soon evident that Nala was indeed pregnant and not ill.
Nala gave birth to eight healthy puppies in a matter of days.
“Nala is the best mom!” Karen said. “I’m still in major shock and beyond happy!”
The vet guessed that Karen found Nala when she was four weeks along, but since she hadn’t been eating much, Nala wasn’t showing obvious signs of pregnancy. It wasn’t until Karen started feeding Nala regular meals that the situation became clear.
“These moments that happen can take you to places you never dreamed,” Karen said.
When Karen and Nala happened to cross paths that day while out on a walk, she could never have imagined the strange path Nala would take her down. Nevertheless, Karen wouldn’t exchange her experience—or her new dog—for anything.
All I can do right now, Karen replied, “is make sure she’s safe and happy forever.” She also saved me, but I saved her first.