Dog Gives Birth to Puppies, with a Big Surprise

The miracle of life is truly incredible for anyone who has the honor of witnessing it in person. In particular, it is a memorable experience to be a dog owner and witness the birth of puppies. For one family, their dog gave birth recently and something truly unique happened: one of the dogs was green.

Their family pet, a dog named Rio, is a three year old Golden Retriever. The dog recently gave birth to a large litter of nine little puppies. Each of the puppies was healthy and in great shape when they entered the world. However, one pup was different than its light golden colored siblings: the puppy was green. This little puppy, which the family has aptly named Forest, is truly unique. It is guessed that this special coloring only occurs in a very small handful of puppies around the world. This truly rare phenomenon has a very logical explanation, however.

Cascade News//Facebook

So, why was the puppy green when Rio the dog gave birth to it? This occurrence is tied to a bile pigment called biliverdin. This pigment is found in the placenta of dogs, which mixes with the mother dog’s amniotic fluid before the dog enters the outside world. It’s this mixture that creates a bright green substance that is able to stain the puppy’s light fur a green color. There are a handful of other cases of green puppies around the world, including one in the United States and two known cases in the country of Spain. This means that Forest the dog is unique indeed.

Cascade News//Facebook

Luckily for sweet little Forest the puppy, the green color of its fur is not permanent. This color will fade over time and return the coat of the golden retriever to its light, golden shade. But his name will always serve as a fun reminder of his uniquely green entry into the world!

Next Article
  • 900 Dogs and Families Welcomed to Hotel

    When Hurricane Irma began swirling in the ocean and threatening to hit the state of Florida, many people evacuated the area. In leaving their homes behind, these families packed up their most precious possessions and headed for safer areas of Florida. During this evacuation process, however, many of these families had pets and they did...

    Read More
  • Puppies Serve as ‘Bouquets’ at Wedding

    Weddings are a beautiful show of love and commitment between two people who love each other very much. There are many elements that go into a wedding, and often this includes flowers carried either by a bride or her bridesmaids. But for one bride, a traditional bouquet of flowers just would not do for her...

    Read More
  • Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out of Car Windows?

    As any dog owner will tell you, there are few things in life a dog loves more than sticking their head out of the window of a moving car. Most dogs love to go for a ride in the car (as long as that ride does not take them to the vet!) and gravitate to...

    Read More
  • Police Dogs Trained to “Sniff Out” Pedophiles

    When it comes to sniffing out criminal behavior, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has made huge strides. Namely, the agency has been able to successfully train dogs so that pedophiles can be brought to justice. These dogs, trained by the FBI, are being used by the British Police. The dogs are used to track...

    Read More
  • Owners who Abandoned Dogs Before Irma Facing Charges

    As hurricane Irma threatened to bear down on the Florida coast recently, many people took the advice of officials to evacuate the area quickly for their own safety. For many of these families, they took as many possessions as they could and then packed up and left. However, many of these homeowners left their dogs...

    Read More
  • Hero Dogs Trained to Aid Veterans

    Around the country, young boys and girls are headed back to school again. The new school year brings excitement and there is much to be learned. But for a very special group of dogs, a new class of furry, four legged boys and girls are also anxious to learn. At the Hero Dogs training program...

    Read More
  • Why Do Dogs Make Us Feel So Good?

    As anyone who has owned (or even loved) a dog will tell you, dogs really make us feel great. But, what is the reason they bring such light and happiness to our lives? Is it their never ending loyalty, those beautiful eyes or a wagging tail? Well, according to researchers it goes much deeper than...

    Read More